Colin Kaepernick’s production company Ra Vision Media has entered into a historic partnership with Disney+ to produce several new series. ESPN reports that the new shows will aim to uplift filmmakers of color, and center on stories about race, social injustice and the ongoing battle for equality.
“I am excited to announce this historic partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers, and producers, and to inspire the youth with compelling and authentic perspectives,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.”
In 2016, Kaepernick became a champion in the fight for racial equality, taking a knee during the National Anthem in an attempt to raise awareness about police brutality. The move cost him his professional football career but made him a respected activist — one whose voice and actions now feel very ahead of the curve.
“During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Company remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters,” said Bob Iger, Disney’s executive chairman. “Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”
The first show will be a docuseries about Kaepernick’s last five years, and will be produced by ESPN Films.