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HBO Sports, NFL Films prep “Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching”

HBO Sports and NFL Films are to profile the long-standing relationship between football coaches Bill Belichick and Nick Saban in the HBO feature-length documentary Belichick & Saban: The Art of ...
September 3, 2019

HBO Sports and NFL Films are to profile the long-standing relationship between football coaches Bill Belichick and Nick Saban in the HBO feature-length documentary Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching, debuting Dec. 10.

Directed by Ken Rodgers and produced by Paul Camarata, both of NFL Films, the 90-minute documentary follows the four-decade long friendship between Belichick (pictured, right) and Saban (left), and includes footage from their annual coaching retreat where they share a multi-layered conversation about their interwoven history and coaching philosophies.

Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching combines footage captured over the past three decades and one-one-one interviews with peers, assistant coaches and family members, among others.

The duo discuss topics never publicly broached before, including their fathers’ respective influences, their tenures with the Cleveland Browns organization in the 1990s and how they connect with the newest generation of players.

“Bill Belichick and Nick Saban have earned their rightful place in the pantheon of greatest coaches ever, across all sports and this film intimately spotlights their woven history from Navy to Cleveland to now,” Peter Nelson, executive vice president of HBO Sports, said in a statement. “It will capture, for the first-time ever, some of the most engaging and personal conversations held every year by the two most towering figures in the game today.”

The film is the latest installation of the Emmy Award-winning programming partnership between HBO Sports and NFL Films, part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League.

Executive producers are Brian Rolapp, Hans Schroeder, Ross Ketover and Pat Kelleher for NFL Media. Peter Nelson and Rick Bernstein are executive producers for HBO Sports

Watch the trailer below:

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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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