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Quibi acquires Donald Sterling docuseries “Blackballed”

Mobile streamer Quibi has picked up the docuseries Blackballed, which chronicles the expulsion of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The series follows the five days during the NBA playoffs in April ...
November 4, 2019

Mobile streamer Quibi has picked up the docuseries Blackballed, which chronicles the expulsion of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

The series follows the five days during the NBA playoffs in April 2014, when players and coaches led an unprecedented movement to hold racism accountable after a  racist audio recording of Sterling’s was leaked to the press.

Basketball players Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and JJ Redick, along with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers and individuals from the worlds of sports, politics, business and media, explain how they asserted their power, leading to the “most definitive and unprecedented punishment in sports history.”

Blackballed is directed by Michael Jacobs and executive produced by Chris Gary and Ryan Simon, Sam Widdoes and Peter Cambor for District 33, Will Packer and Kelly Smith for Will Packer Media, and James Widdoes.

“This powerful story, which portrays a defining moment in the history of the NBA, shines a spotlight on a cultural divide that has affected our country for decades,” Packer said in a statement.

“The Sterling scandal was so much more than a leaked tape,” Jacobs added. “This series will offer a first-person retelling of the heightened drama and raw emotion surrounding a pivotal moment in sports history.”

Quibi, led by founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, is expected to launch in April 2020.

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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