Disney XD has ordered “Becoming,” a series from ESPN Films of inspiring athlete profiles executive-produced by one of today’s most accomplished sports stars and flourishing entertainment producer LeBron James and his Springhill Production Company. “Becoming” is set to premiere on Disney XD later this year.
“I’m excited about ‘Becoming’ because it’s something every young kid can relate to. It shows them that everyone faces adversity and challenges while growing up –even their heroes,” said James. “I’m so proud that Springhill Production Company is a part of this project that reaches kids in such a positive way, and there’s no better partner than Disney for this inspirational series.”
Created for kids and families, the half-hour show will feature extraordinary stories of athletes from around the world. The “Becoming” pilot aired in October 2014 and told the story of LeBron James’ trajectory to the top, including some of the most defining moments of his life.
Marc Buhaj, Senior Vice President, Programming and General Manager, Disney XD said, “We are thrilled to continue working with ESPN Films and LeBron James on ‘Becoming.’ This unique sports-focused series gives our worldwide audiences the inspiring and entertaining personal stories from some of the biggest athletes in the world.”
“In ‘Becoming,’ we are excited to create aspirational stories for kids using our signature ’30 for 30′ style,” said Connor Schell, Vice President and Executive Producer of ESPN Films. “By allowing the athletes and those who influenced them to tell their own stories, we hope to create an inspiring, inside account of how each athlete reached the top of their sport.”
In addition to executive producer LeBron James and Maverick Carter of Springhill Production Company, the series is executive-produced by Connor Schell, Bill Simmons, Libby Geist and John Dahl, the team behind ESPN Films’ Peabody and Emmy Award-winning “30 for 30” series. Gentry Kirby and Erin Leyden are the producers.