Showtime Sports Documentary Films presents an autobiographical look at Andre Ward
SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films presents a film examining the unlikely rise of one of boxing’s most guarded champions, Andre Ward, produced by Lebron James and Maverick Carter’s UNINTERRUPTED.
The undefeated, five-time world champion and Olympic gold medalist reveals his untold story in a deeply personal account of his journey from a turbulent childhood in Oakland, California, through the pressures of world championship expectations and ultimately to to his induction into International Boxing. Hall of Fame this weekend. The currently untitled film will premiere on SHOWTIME in early 2023.
“I always knew that one day I would tell my story in my own words. I’ve been waiting for the right time and the right platform to do so, and the time has come,” Ward said. “I’m thrilled to partner with SHOWTIME and UNINTERRUPTED to bring this to life. A lot of people know what I’ve accomplished, but they don’t know what I’ve overcome to get here. I’m pulling the curtain on my parents’ struggles with addiction, the lure of life on the streets after my father’s death, and my battles with the sport of boxing itself.This film will detail how I overcame all of this through my faith, determination and desire to leave my own unique legacy no matter the cost.”
In September 2017, at the age of 33, with his status as the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter assured, the undefeated Ward shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement from boxing. Now 38 and a father of five, Ward reflects on his life with newfound clarity and appreciation for his unconventional rise to greatness. Featuring interviews with longtime coach and godfather Virgil Hunter, wife of Andre Tiffiney Ward, as well as key figures from the worlds of sports and entertainment, the film will examine a side of Ward that no one has ever seen before. seen before.
“The battles Andre Ward has fought go far beyond the title-winning efforts he has produced in the ring,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports & Event Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Most of the people would crumble at the challenges Andre faced, but he stood tall. His story is incredible. We are honored and grateful to him for sharing his personal journey with us, and we are proud to work with him again. UNINTERRUPTED on another gripping and provocative story at the intersection of human drama, sport and society.”
The documentary is directed and produced by Rachel Neubeck with James, Carter, Jamal Henderson and Philip Byron of UNINTERRUPTED, the Sports Emmy® Award-winning athlete empowerment brand hosted by The SpringHill Company founded by James and Carter, and co-production executive by Matt Rissmiller.
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