ALEX MORGAN, CHRIS PAUL, CC SABATHIA, HENRIK LUNDQVIST AND TIM HOWARD WILL BE FEATURED IN UPCOMING EPISODES OF DISNEY XD AND ESPN FILMS' INSPIRATIONAL ATHLETE PROFILE DOCU-SERIES "BECOMING," EXECUTIVE-PRODUCED BY LEBRON JAMES
-- "Becoming: Alex Morgan" to Premiere Sunday, September 13 on Disney XD --
Inspiring stories chronicling the journeys of world-class athletes Alex Morgan (United States women's soccer team; Portland Thorns FC), Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), CC Sabathia (New York Yankees), Henrik Lundqvist (New York Rangers) and Tim Howard (United States men's soccer team; Everton Football Club) will be featured in upcoming episodes of Disney XD and ESPN Films' athlete profile documentary series "Becoming." From the producers of ESPN Films' Peabody and Emmy-Award winning "30 for 30" series and executive-produced by LeBron James and his SpringHill Entertainment, "Becoming" gives young viewers an inside look at the challenges and triumphs of some of their favorite sports stars.
On SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (7:00 p.m., ET/PT), Disney XD will premiere "Becoming: Alex Morgan," treating audiences to the aspirational story of young American soccer superstar and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan. Featuring never-before-seen footage of Alex as a young girl and aspiring superstar, the episode spotlights her commitment to her sport, the obstacles she overcame and the career-defining moments as she rose to the top. From the day she first decided to start playing soccer to her team's recent victory at the 2015 FIFA Women's World, viewers will get an intimate look at her ascension to one of the best to play the game.
The "Becoming" pilot aired in October 2014 and told the story of LeBron James.
In addition to LeBron James, Maverick Carter of SpringHill Entertainment, Libby Geist, Erin Leyden and Connor Schell (ESPN Films) also serve as executive producers on the series. It is a production of ESPN Films and SpringHill Entertainment. Bill Simmons also served as producer on "Becoming: Alex Morgan."
Disney XD is a basic cable channel and multi-platform brand showcasing a compelling mix of live-action and animated programming for Kids age 6-11, hyper-targeting boys and transporting them into worlds full of humor, unexpected fun and inspiring action-filled adventures. Disney XD-branded content spans television, online, mobile and VOD platforms. The programming includes series, movies and short-form, as well as sports-themed programming developed with ESPN. In the U.S., Disney XD is seen on a 24-hour, advertiser-supported network that reaches over 80 million households via its basic cable and satellite affiliates. There are 31 Disney XD channels available in 25 languages around the world.
Created in March 2008, ESPN Films produces high-quality films showcasing some of the most compelling stories in sports. In October 2009, ESPN Films launched its signature 30 for 30 film series, which has since won a Peabody Award, Producer's Guild Award and an Emmy Award. Inspired by ESPN's 30th Anniversary, the films that made up the series were a thoughtful and innovative reflection on the past three decades told through the lens of diverse and interesting sports fans and social commentators. The strong reaction from both critics and fans led to the launch of 30 for 30 Volume II, which is currently underway. Additional projects from ESPN Films include the critically-acclaimed Nine for IX series, SEC Storied and the Webby Award- and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 Shorts.
SpringHill Entertainment, the entertainment and content company created by James and business partner Maverick Carter, develops creative content across a wide variety of platforms including digital, documentary and feature films, and scripted and unscripted TV. SpringHill's growing project portfolio includes Disney XD's inspirational series Becoming, the Starz' breakout scripted comedy Survivor's Remorse, Uninterrupted, the multimedia platform for unfiltered athlete content hosted on Turner digital platform Bleacher Report, and an upcoming primetime game show for NBC.