Drake and LeBron James Exec-Producing Documentary About Black Hockey Players With LeBron James

Drake, LeBron James and Maverick Carter are set

to executive produce Black Ice, a feature

documentary about the game of hockey’s racial

reckoning.

 

The film from Uninterrupted Canada and The

SpringHill Company, which was founded by

James and business partner Carter, is about Black

hockey players facing systemic racism in the sport

and will be directed by Oscar nominee Hubert

Davis. Black Ice will spotlight the historical

marginalization of Black hockey players from the

early pioneers of the Colored Hockey League in

Maritimes Canada to today’s National Hockey

League and its paltry number of Black players.

The SpringHill Company, with film credits

like Space Jam: A New Legacy, More Than a

Game and The Carter Effect, will executive

produce along with Drake and Adel “Future” Nur

via the duo’s co-venture DreamCrew

Entertainment. Uninterrupted Canada chief

content officer Vinay Virmani will produce Black

Ice as it pushes hockey into the cultural

conversation for racial justice and diversity.

“Despite the hardships and struggles, this story is

about resilience and how society views itself today

while offering a path forward to a more equitable

and inclusive future,” Virmani said in a

statement. Director Hubert Davis is best known

for his 2005 documentary Hardwood and other

projects like Giants of Africa.

“I think it is more important than ever before for

all generations, particularly young people of

colour, to understand and see the diverse faces

who have contributed and shaped one the

essential fabrics of our country,” Davis said of

hockey, Canada’s national pastime. Black Ice has

started production with pro hockey players Zayde

Wisdom and Wayne Simmonds taking part.

Canadian broadcaster Bell Media will

release Black Ice on its TSN, Crave and CTV

platforms, while Elevation Pictures will do a

theatrical release north of the border. A U.S.

distribution deal is understood to be in the works.

 

Uninterrupted Canada is an athlete

empowerment brand led by CEO Scott Moore and

Virmani, in partnership with Drake and is aligned

with Uninterrupted, the U.S.-based platform.

Founded in 2007, SpringHill has also produced

scripted series including Starz’s Survivor’s

Remorse and Netflix’s Self Made: Inspired by the

Life of Madam C.J. Walker and Top Boy and

unscripted and documentary projects including

NBC’s game show The Wall, I Promise, More

Than a Game, Student Athlete, Shut Up and

Dribble, What’s My Name: Muhammad

Ali and Becoming on Disney+.

 

Source: Tyshawn Smith

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