IDA NOMINEE: BEST LIMITED SERIES
I've had the opportunity to make some remarkable sports documentary series in my career – the Emmy nominated Fearless, Friday Night Tykes and Kobe Mentu to name a few. However, Best Shot is my best work in this genre without a doubt.
This critically acclaimed show separates itself from other sports series by side stepping the clichés and providing an unfiltered look at the seemingly impossible maze many of our underprivileged youth face. It's refreshingly raw yet cinematic – a difficult balance to strike.
The reception of our series was been overwhelmingly positive and many people have commented on the tremendous emotional power of all 8 episodes. Other folks have compared our series to the seminal documentary classic Hoop Dreams, a comparison I'm highly honored by.
It must be stated that I share this success my collaborators – the highly skilled folks at Boardwalk Pictures, LeBron James’ Springhill Entertainment, YouTube Premium and ESPN. A series can only push the envelope like this if the network allows it and YouTube was an especially brave partner here.
One last point, every song in this series is custom written for the show (with the exception of one diegetic track in episode 7) and the results are so stellar that the soundtrack was released by Warner Bros. It's an impressive combination of evocative score pieces and radio ready hip hop bangers. I simply have never heard of a doc series generating this much incredible music before. I suspect it's a first.
I'm very proud of this one - obviously.