The former QB and longtime activist will produce a biographical docuseries.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback signed a deal with Disney last week to produce an exclusive docuseries about his life and journey as a civil rights leader. The deal is between Kaepernick’s production arm, Ra Vision Media and Disney, and potential projects will reportedly feature scripted and unscripted stories that focus on race, equality, and social justice.
The deal is also meant to provide a platform for minority artists to showcase their talent and skills and extends across all of Disney’s platforms such as ESPN, Hulu and Pixar.
“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 tweeted.
Bob Iger, Disney’s executive chairman, also issued a statement, saying that The Walt Disney Company “remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters.”
Iger went on to say that Kaepernick’s experience will provide a unique perspective where sports, culture and race intersect.
Kaepernick has been open over the years with his views and protests; the athlete took a knee during the national anthem and was seen wearing socks that depicted police as pigs. The professional athlete has garnered many followers and been both cheered and shunned for his actions.