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Prime Video orders McDonald’s All American Games doc

April 14, 2023

Prime Video has announced a feature documentary film from Roc Nation, Known, and Creative Control that chronicles the history of a storied basketball tradition, the McDonald’s All American Games. The documentary will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Candace Parker, Shaquille O’Neal – before these legends made it big, they had to prove themselves on the same parquet floor: the magical McDonald’s All American Games. Since 1977, basketball’s most famous annual exhibitions of next-generation talent have catapulted high school seniors into the NBA, and, for many, turned their dreams of superstardom into reality.

The McDonald’s All American Games documentary tells the story of this epic cultural phenomenon through the eyes of the legends it’s created, the lives it’s changed, and the communities it’s transformed. Production began at last year’s Games and will include coverage from the 2022 and 2023 Games in addition to other historical moments from the showcase.

“The McDonald’s All American Games are some of the most iconic games in basketball. The mere mention of the Games conjures images of legendary jerseys and performances from the past 46 years. We’re thrilled to partner with Roc Nation, Known, and Creative Control to bring these nostalgic moments to life,” said Matt Newman, head of Prime Video Original sports content. “We can’t wait for audiences to see the historical impact of high school basketball’s most prestigious exhibition through the personal accounts of some of basketball’s biggest stars. All while examining what it means to be propelled into superstardom seemingly overnight.”

“We are excited to be a part of the team documenting the storied history of the McDonald’s All American Games, where true NBA and WNBA giants have made their mark,” added Lori York, EVP Film and TV, Roc Nation. “We’re honoured to partner with Known, Creative Control, and Prime Video to share the tourneys’ legacies of showcasing the greatest high school basketball players during their formative years as an athlete.”

The upcoming documentary is from Roc Nation, Known, and Creative Control, with executive producers Jana Fleishman and Lori York for Roc Nation, Ross Martin and Brad Roth for Known, and Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah for Creative Control. The documentary is a co-production of Prime Video Sports and Known.

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