Colin Kaepernick Inks Production Deal with Disney
Colin Kaepernick is coming to a digital platform near you. His production company, Ra Vision Media, announced a new partnership with The Walt Disney Company on Monday.
The deal will kick off with a documentary series produced by ESPN Films as part of the first look deal. Former ESPN host Jemele Hill has been tapped to work on the project. According to The Los Angeles Times, the docuseries will give an up close and personal look at the former football star’s journey from 49’s quarterback to activist and social justice advocate.
With the new partnership, Kaepernick has made a commitment to use the platform to create more opportunities for directors and producers of color. The media company will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that will cover social injustice and the fight for equality.
“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.”
Kaepernick has been blacklisted from the NFL since 2016 due to him taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. He has expressed on many occasions that he does wish to continue a career in the NFL despite not being signed by any team after a private tryout in 2019.
An anonymous source stated that the quarterback is in great shape and standing by in case he receives a call.
The NFL had been silent previously on the way things were handled with Kaepernick until the world was shaken by nationwide protests after the death of George Floyd. It was only then that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized to players for not acknowledging their concerns earlier, although a direct apology to Colin has yet to be issued.
Kaepernick has been on the move since his last season with the 49er’s. He became the face of a Nike campaign in 2018, and it was announced in February 2020 that he inked a deal with Audible to release an untitled memoir and additional projects.
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 communities of color.
“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.”
Kaep’s reach is extending wide with his content stretching across all Disney platforms, including Walt Disney Television, Hulu, Pixa, ESPN and The Undefeated.
“Developing exceptional storytelling told through a wide array of voices is at the core of who we are at ESPN,” ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said. “Colin has had a singular path as both an athlete and an activist, and, as the nation continues to confront racism and social injustice, it feels particularly relevant to hear Colin’s voice on his evolution and motivations.”