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HBO preps LeBron James-produced doc “Student Athlete” for October

Premium cable network HBO will present the television broadcast premiere of feature-length documentary Student Athlete from NBA superstar LeBron James and producing partner Maverick Carter in early October. Directed by Academy ...
September 11, 2018

Premium cable network HBO will present the television broadcast premiere of feature-length documentary Student Athlete from NBA superstar LeBron James and producing partner Maverick Carter in early October.

Directed by Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Trish Dalton, the 92-minute film chronicles amateur athletics in the U.S. and showcases how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families.

The doc will look to expose the exploitative world of high-revenue college sports, which generates billions of dollars per year, by following four unpaid college athletes at different stages of their athletic careers. Featured in the film are University of Kentucky basketball phenom Nick Richards; Mike Shaw, who played basketball at the University of Illinois and Bradley University; former Rutgers University wide receiver Shamar Graves; and Baylor University football player Silas Nacita.

The film will also profile former NCAA and NFL coach John Shoop and a whistle-blowing shoe representative who exposes the money trail.

Student Athlete is an HBO Sports presentation in association with LeBron James, Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson at SpringHill Entertainment, and Steve Stoute at UnitedMasters.

For HBO, executive producers include Peter Nelson and Rick Bernstein, with supervising producer Joe Perskie. James and Henderson are also executive producers. Stoute, Carter Obaid-Chinoy and Dalton serve as producers.

Student Athlete debuts Oct. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, and will also be available across HBO on Demand, HBO Now, HBO Go and partners’ streaming platforms.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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