Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick will partner with Disney for a series of programs “from the perspective of black and brown communities” including a docuseries on his own life, the company said Monday.
The deal with Kaepernick — who launched kneeling protests during US national anthems to protest against police brutality and racial injustice — will span Disney platforms including ESPN, Hulu and Pixar.
It will feature scripted and unscripted shows, including “an exclusive docuseries chronicling Kaepernick’s journey” with unseen footage from the past five years, a Disney statement said.
But the May death of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota sparked global protests over police brutality and brought the Black Lives Matter movement into higher profile as Kaepernick had sought.
In the statement, Kaepernick said he aimed to “elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives.”