From Athlete to Film & Television: Eight Black NBA All-Stars That Pivoted Their Careers to Launch Global Production Companies | Urban Girl Mag
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From Athlete to Film & Television: Eight Black NBA All-Stars That Pivoted Their Careers to Launch Global Production Companies

In the realm of lights, camera, and action, NBA stars are not just athletes; they are storytellers and visionaries. Each has launched a production company, channeling their creativity and influence into compelling narratives that captivate audiences beyond the basketball court.

These NBA luminaries are not just champions with the ball, they’re also champions of change and creativity, producing stories that inspire and entertain the culture and change the narrative for Black men in sports. 

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Greek Freak, with his towering presence and heartwarming underdog story, has founded “Improbable Media.” His company aims to produce content that reflects his journey, emphasizing the power of hope and the beauty of achieving the improbable. Leading him to release his life story in his upcoming documentary GIANNIS: THE MARVELOUS JOURNEY now available on Prime Video.

Stephen Curry, the sharpshooter with a golden touch, leads “Unanimous Media.” His company focuses on family-friendly content, faith-based projects, and sports documentaries that echo his personal values and the magic of his on-court performances which lead him to release his latest documentary “UNDERRATED” on Apple TV.

LeBron James, the King of the court, has established “The SpringHill Company.” LeBron’s production powerhouse is dedicated to creating culturally impactful and diverse media that empower audiences, much like his leadership empowers his teammates. Springhill is “a media company with an unapologetic agenda, a maker and distributor of all kinds of content that will give a voice to creators and consumers who’ve been pandered to, ignored, or underserved.”

Dwyane Wade, the stylish and smooth guard, has created 59th & Prairie Entertainment.” Named after the crossroads of his childhood, his company aims to tell stories that are rooted in experiences of transformation and growth, paralleling his own evolution from Chicago’s streets to NBA stardom.

Chris Paul’s Ohh Dip!!! Productions introduces “The Point God’s Odyssey,” a tale of strategy and leadership, as our protagonist navigates the treacherous terrains of Mount Clutch, uniting diverse tribes of the realm. Ohh Dip!!! Production team of media professionals includes award-winning producers, directors, camera operators, and editors that have decades of experience in the industry and offer the highest quality of production, storytelling, and post-production services from a creative, cultural, and cutting-edge perspective. 

 Imagine a dynamic animated series, “Courtside Chronicles,” where each episode dives into the fantastical worlds inspired by the essence of these NBA titans and their production companies. Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures brings us “The Slim Reaper’s Realm,” a universe where our hero harnesses the power of precision and resilience to battle adversity. Durant and Kleiman founded Boardroom in 2019. The media brand covers the business behind media, sports and music. The company also produces original content. “The Boardroom,” a series of roundtable discussions on ESPN+, ran for two seasonsApple TV+Swagger Inspired by NBA superstar Kevin Durant’s experiences, “Swagger” explores the world of youth basketball, and the players, their families and coaches who walk the fine line between dreams and ambition, and opportunism and corruption. Off the court, the show reveals what it’s like to grow up in America.

Blake Griffin’s Mortal Media presents  20th Century, WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP remake and “The Dunk Knight’s Ascent,” where high-flying acrobatics and humor save the day in a city that mirrors the highs and lows of a career on the court. Mortal Media develop and produce a variety of projects across film and television, in both the scripted and non-scripted space. Feature films and scripted television projects will focus on the intersection of genre and comedy, while the non-scripted slate will be dedicated to sports-related projects. 

Carmelo Anthony’s Creative 7 delivers “Melo’s Mythos,” an epic saga of legacy and reinvention, where ancient powers meet the modern game. Creative 7’s goal is to amplify the voices of those who have been silenced, discover stories that will leave you forever changed and increase opportunities for a diversified group of storytellers and creators. 



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