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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
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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