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HBO Sports, IMG team up for Serena Williams docuseries

American premium cable service HBO has set a May 2 air date for its five-part docuseries chronicling the life of tennis icon Serena Williams. Being Serena, produced by Endeavor-owned IMG, will ...
March 27, 2018

American premium cable service HBO has set a May 2 air date for its five-part docuseries chronicling the life of tennis icon Serena Williams.

Being Serena, produced by Endeavor-owned IMG, will provide exclusive insight into Williams’ (pictured) November 2017 marriage to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and the birth of her first child, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., while also documenting her journey back to supremacy on the court.

The five-episode series will examine Williams’ landmark career as a 39-time Grand Slam champion and four-time Olympic gold medalist; her family life and motherhood; and her expanding role as a businesswoman and investor in the worlds of tech, fashion, fitness and philanthropy.

Williams is set to return to the tennis circuit in late May to compete in her first Grand Slam event of the year at the French Open.

Mark Shapiro, Will Staeger¬†and Michael Antinoro are executive producers for IMG. HBO’s Peter Nelson and Rick Bernstein are exec producers alongside supervising producer Bentley Weiner.

“HBO is honored to work with Serena Williams on such a personal project,” said Peter Nelson, EVP of HBO Sports, in a statement. “Even though she has been in the spotlight since her teenage years, Serena continues to capture the imagination. With our partners at IMG, we look forward to giving viewers a revealing, behind-the-scenes portrait of her life on and off the court.”

Being Serena¬†marks the third collaborative docuseries between HBO Sports and IMG. The first was 2016′s Gonzaga: The March to Madness, chronicling the Gonzaga men’s basketball team’s march to its 18th consecutive NCAA men’s basketball tournament berth, followed by 2017′s UConn: The March to Madness, spotlighting the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team as it sought a fifth consecutive national championship.

Being Serena premieres May 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO. The series will also be available on HBO Now, HBO Go, HBO on Demand and partners’ streaming services.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is a special reports editor at realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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