Saturday December 9, 2023

Athlete Engagement Through Documentaries

  • Simone Biles is the subject of an upcoming documentary.
  • "Simone vs Herself" will be produced by Tom Brady's Religion of Sports.
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Simone Biles is the latest superstar to allow cameras to document her life. 

“Simone vs Herself,” produced by Tom Brady’s Religion of Sports, will premiere on Facebook Watch ahead of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“What’s amazing about Simone is that, in the history of sports and certainly the history of her sport, there’s never been anyone quite like her,” said Gotham Chopra, Religion of Sports co-founder and chief creative officer. “At 23, she’s considered the Tom Brady of her sport [age-wise], but she’s still the best.”

Other recent athlete-endorsed docs:

  • “Stephen vs The Game” — with Steph Curry, also directed by Chopra for Facebook Watch.
  • “The Last Dance” — the wildly successful tour de force about Michael Jordan’s career with the Chicago Bulls.
  • “D. Wade: Life Unexpected” — a decade-long examination of Dwyane Wade for ESPN’s “30 for 30” series. 
  • “The Carter Effect” — a 2017 documentary on Vince Carter’s impact on Toronto, produced by Uninterrupted, a production company co-founded by LeBron James.

Tom Brady has already been the focus of one Religion of Sports series on Facebook Watch, “Tom vs Time,” that detailed his 2017 season. Another series, “Man in the Arena,” is scheduled to run in nine parts on ESPN+ later this year.

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