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|Brittney Griner strikes deal with ESPN, Disney
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Two-time Olympic gold medalist and nine-time WNBA All-Star Brittney Griner will partner exclusively with ESPN and Disney Entertainment Television to share her story through various projects on their platforms, according to a press release.
A documentary feature from ESPN Films and scripted series development with ABC Signature are in the works. Also, Griner will sit down for her first exclusive interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts.
"The last two years have been the most harrowing, transformative and illuminating period of my life, and I am grateful to be in a place now to share my story with the world," said Griner in a statement. "I'm proud to partner with ESPN and Disney to share this very personal story because of its incredible potential to inspire hope around the world and their proven ability to do just that."
The documentary from ESPN Films will chronicle Griner's story of her ordeal in Russian. In February 2022, while returning to her Russian team, UMMC Ekaterinburg, during the WNBA off-season, Griner was arrested at a Moscow airport for cannabis possession and later sentenced to nine years in prison. Despite outcries from the international sporting community and designation by the U.S. government as wrongfully detained, Griner was held under harsh conditions and prevented from speaking with her family for nearly a year.
Griner's life will also be developed for a limited series from ABC Signature.
Dec. 8, 2023, marks one year since Griner was released from the Russian prison.
This article shared 3059 times since Thu Dec 7, 2023
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