LeBron James
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United States
2020

The SpringHill Company, Uninterrupted

LeBron
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James played less basketball this year due to the NBA’s pandemic-shortened season, but that didn’t keep him from his fourth career championship and a major step forward as an entertainment mogul. His company, SpringHill (cofounded with Maverick Carter) — with divisions devoted to film and TV production, digital media, consumer products and marketing — closed a $100 million financing package with investors including Guggenheim Partners and Elisabeth Murdoch, while also signing a two-year scripted entertainment deal with ABC Studios and a four-year, first-look film deal with Universal. Plus, he’s awaiting the July 2021 release of “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” a sequel to the 1996 film starring his childhood idol and chief rival for GOAT — as in, greatest of all time — Michael Jordan.

Career

  • Los Angeles Lakers
  • TRAINWRECK
  • SURVIVOR'S REMORSE

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Sports Impact
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