Fremantle joins African basketball doc
European production group Fremantle has teamed up with True Detective producer Richard Brown to produce an original documentary series about the inaugural season of the Basketball Africa League (BAL).
Directed by South African director Tebogo Malope, the series will follow the stories of the players, coaches and teams from across Africa in the BAL, throwing a spotlight on the momentum and ambition behind the pan-African basketball league and the individuals who have worked to change the landscape of sports on the continent.
The BAL is a partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of North America.
The series has been developed by Malope alongside executive producers Brown, Fisher Stevens (Tiger King), Anthony Scheinman, Christian Vesper and Akin Omotoso, who is currently directing The Greek Freak for Disney+ about basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Sports marketing company Infront and BAL will work alongside Fremantle, which will handle international sales, and Brown to produce the docuseries.