Colin Kaepernick announced Monday that he will be featured in an exclusive docuseries produced by ESPN Films as part of a first-look deal with The Walt Disney Co.
The deal between Kaepernick’s Ra Vision Media and Disney will focus on telling stories that explore race and social injustice. Another goal the partnership will provide will be to showcase the work of minority producers and directors.
“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. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has come out amidst the nationwide protesting and apologized to players for not listening to them while they peacefully protested and stood up for the killing of innocent Black citizens. This was obviously several years late, as Kaepernick still suffers from the scapegoat that has forced him out of the league since 2016.
Kaepernick, who became the face of a Nike campaign in 2018, will work closely with The Undefeated, which is expanding its portfolio across Disney, to develop stories from the perspective of Black and brown communities. The deal will extend across all Disney platforms, including ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and The Undefeated.
“During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Co. remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters,” said Bob Iger, Disney’s executive chairman. “Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”
A docuseries showing Kaepernick’s NFL journey and his last five years is the first project in development.