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Brittney Griners Teams Up ESPN and Disney Entertainment Television To Tell Her Story

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Brittney Griners Teams Up ESPN and Disney Entertainment Television To Tell Her Story

Brittney Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time WNBA All-Star, has announced that she will be working exclusively with ESPN and Disney Entertainment Television to share her story. This partnership will include a scripted series development with ABC Signature, a documentary feature from ESPN Films, and an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts of ABC News.

“The last two years have been the most harrowing, transformative and illuminating period of my life, and I am grateful to be in a place now to share my story with the world,” said Brittney Griner. “I’m proud to partner with ESPN and Disney to share this very personal story because of its incredible potential to inspire hope around the world and their proven ability to do just that.”

Griner’s story includes a harrowing and transformative period in her life. In February 2022, during the WNBA offseason, she was arrested at a Moscow airport for cannabis possession while returning to her Russian team, UMMC Ekaterinburg. She was sentenced to nine years in prison and held captive for almost a year without access to her family. Despite protests from the sporting communities and the United States government’s determination that she was wrongfully detained, Griner remained resilient. The documentary feature from ESPN Films will cover her time in prison, featuring exclusive footage, recordings, and letters to and from Griner. It will also explore the circumstances that led to her playing overseas and her subsequent advocacy for the release of other wrongful detainees.

Wasserman’s production company will have Jon Liebman (co-CEO of Brillstein) and Lindsay Kagawa Colas (longtime agent of Griner) serving as executive producers. As an executive producer, Cherelle Griner will be involved as well.

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“Brittney is an exceptional athlete whose hardship and resilience are nothing short of extraordinary,” said Burke Magnus, president, Content, ESPN. “We are thrilled to be working with her to tell the nuances of her story and feel confident that this documentary will captivate audiences everywhere.”

Using rare archival material and exclusive footage, the film will tell her story, from the circumstances that led to her playing overseas to her detention, separation from her wife, struggle for freedom, and advocacy for the release of other wrongfully detained individuals.

A limited series based on Griner’s life will also be developed by ABC Signature.

On December 8, 2023, it will have been one year since Brittney Griner was released from a Russian prison.

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Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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