YouTube has greenlit a docu-series executive produced by LeBron James about a team of high-school hoops players learning life skills through basketball, joining the video giant’s slate of YouTube Red originals.
The eight-episode “Best Shot” is slated to hit YouTube Red subscription service in 2018. The show features former NBA star and ESPN analyst Jay Williams mentoring students “on the cusp of achieving life-changing dreams through basketball,” according to the producers. The series comes from James’ SpringHill Entertainment in association with Boardwalk Pictures and Warner Bros. Television Group’s Blue Ribbon Content digital studio.
Williams, whose pro career was cut short by a motorcycle accident, compared a five-member basketball team to a company’s board of directors. “The commitment and values I’ve learned throughout my journey will hopefully make me a valuable board member for the most important game of all: the game of life,” he said.
Maverick Carter, CEO of SpringHill, added, “We’re passionate about this story because it’s about real high school students encountering real-life challenges. All they need is that little push in the right direction, and with a relatable mentor like Jay Williams guiding them, they’ve got a very real opportunity to change their lives forever.”
“Best Shot” will be directed by Michael John Warren (“Fearless,” Jay-Z’s “Fade to Black,” “Nicki Minaj: My Time Now,” “Drake: Better Than Good Enough”). He will executive produce alongside LeBron James and Maverick Carter from SpringHill Entertainment as well as Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard and Jordan Wynn from Boardwalk Pictures.
“I’m thrilled to be telling this dynamic and emotional story,” Warren said. “It’s a multilayered series that is as much about the universal human condition as it is basketball.”
SpringHill’s original productions include NBC’s primetime game show “The Wall”; an upcoming HBO documentary on Muhammad Ali along with HBO Entertainment and director Antoine Fuqua; a scripted drama series on entrepreneur and activist Madame C.J. Walker with Octavia Spencer; and a multi-part NBA documentary film for Showtime.
Watch a trailer for “Best Shot”: