Three-time NBA Finals MVP LeBron James is slated to executive produce the upcoming competition series Million Dollar Mile (w/t) for American broadcaster CBS.
The 10-episode high-stakes series will shut down the streets of a major U.S. city to challenge the physical and mental vigor of everyday athletes as they compete to win US$1 million every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. All that’s standing in their way is a challenging course and a group of elite athletes with the goal of preventing the contestants from winning the money.
The series comes from Big Brother executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment, James and Maverick Carter with SpringHill Entertainment, and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.
Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron will oversee the project for SpringHill Entertainment.
“LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination – all skills one will need to complete this one-of-a-kind course where every runner has a chance to win $1,000,000,” said Sharon Vuong, SVP of alternative at CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “Couple that with Allison and Rich’s unrivaled skill for storytelling and game, and we feel like we have a championship-caliber team.”
“This show takes competition series to a whole new level. It’s intense, it’s entertaining and it has a twist that will have people on the edge of their seats while also creating an opportunity to change the contestants’ lives,” added SpringHill Entertainment CEO Maverick Carter. “It’s exactly the type of aspirational content SpringHill Entertainment is about, and we can’t wait for people to experience it.”
Million Dollar Mile is the latest venture for SpringHill Entertainment, whose growing portfolio of content includes NBC’s primetime game show The Wall, which has been picked up for season three. The prodco’s other projects include the upcoming HBO documentary on the legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, directed by Antoine Fuqua; Showtime’s forthcoming three-part docuseries Shut Up and Dribble; and the docuseries Warriors of Liberty City, which will premiere on Starz this fall.
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