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HBO Sports acquires Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s “Momentum Generation”

HBO Sports has acquired the U.S. and Canadian television rights to Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s award-winning feature-length documentary film Momentum Generation.  Captured over the course of multiple years, the documentary features never-before-seen ...
October 4, 2018

HBO Sports has acquired the U.S. and Canadian television rights to Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s award-winning feature-length documentary film Momentum Generation. 

Captured over the course of multiple years, the documentary features never-before-seen archival footage and interviews of some of surfing’s legendary players and details how their brotherhood and competition has shaped their shared emotional experience.

Featured in the 103-minute film, which held its world premiere at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, where it garnered an Audience Award, are surfing greats Shane Dorian, Taylor Knox, Rob Machado, Pat O’Connell, Kalani Robb, Kelly Slater, Taylor Steele, Benji Weatherley, and Ross Williams.

Producers on the film include Justine Chiara, Lizzie Friedman, Tina Elmo and Colby Gottert. The Zimbalists also wrote and produced the project through their company All Rise Films.

Sundance Productions’ Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn serve as executive producers on the film alongside Karen Lauder and Greg Little of Priority Pictures, who also financed the project.

Entertainment agency Endeavor Content handled U.S. sales on the film and brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with HBO.

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group is rolling out an international digital release of the documentary on Nov. 5.

HBO Sports recently announced its intention to drop boxing from its programming strategy in favor of such projects as Momentum Generation and Antoine Fuqua‘s upcoming Mohammed Ali docuseries, What’s My Name|Muhammad Ali, produced in conjunction with executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment

Momentum Generation will debut across HBO on Dec. 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO on Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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