It was announced on Monday that Walt Disney and Ra Vision Media – Kaepernick’s production company, will be signing a deal to develop a documentary series about the quarterback turned activist’s journey, focusing on stories dealing with race, social injustice and equity.
Kaepernick Documentary, Deal with Disney
The stories will be both scripted and unscripted, and another goal will be to showcase producers and directors of color, with Disney agreeing to extend it across all its units, including Walt Disney TV, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and The Undefeated, which is due to expand its portfolio, Disney said.
“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said in a statement.
The series will be using both new interviews, as well as archived material that has never been released before from the last few years of Kaepernick’s life. So far, Jemele Hill is on board as a producer on the project, with ESPN executives Libby Geist, Kevin Merida, and Connor Schell joining in as executive producers, although further details are yet to be revealed.
Kaepernick has previously collaborated with sports merchandise giant Nike Inc, and was named to the board of directors of digital publisher Medium, although the fresh deal with Disney only serves to further extend the quarterback’s reach into entertainment and media.
Senior vice president and editor in chief Kevin Merida said that The Undefeated will be partnering with Kaepernick to “elevate important stories of lives too often unseen,” in order to deliver them to all of the platforms’ audiences, in order to bring attention to the fight for equity and the issues of racial and social injustice.