LeBron James Has Sold A Sports Medicine Drama To NBC
LeBron James celebrates in a Cleveland parade after winning the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar)
A few months after LeBron James led his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to a seemingly impossible NBA Championship, the athlete/mogul has netted another win for his business empire.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron's company SpringHill Entertainment has sold a drama to NBC - the company's first scripted project to a broadcast network.
The show is about a doctor who specializes in treating superstar athletes. When the doctor undergoes a health crisis himself, he rethinks his approach to medicine and teams up with a sports psychologist. Orthopedic sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews - who has operated on star athletes like Drew Brees, Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan, Bo Jackson and others - will be an executive consultant for the show.
Matt O'Neill (Bait & Switch) will write the script, with the help of Nicolas Falacci and Cheryl Heuton (Numb3rs). Falacci and O'Heuton will be executive producers, and showrunners if the show becomes a series.
LeBron James and his business partner Maverick Carter will also have roles as executive producers. Their SpringHill Entertainment also executive produces the Starz drama Survivor's Remorse, and has Space Jam 2, which will star James, in the works. But this new sports drama marks the first time that the company has sold a project to a broadcast network.
Along with his company's work in film and TV, James also appeared in the 2015 Judd Apatow movie Trainwreck, co-starring with Amy Schumer, Bill Hader and Brie Larson. Critics praised James for his surprisingly natural comedic chops in the film.