Big Fish Entertainment has signed NBA All-Star Chris Paul to an exclusive television and production partnership deal, the parties announced Thursday.
The deal call for Paul's Oh Dipp!!! Productions to create content across multiple platforms, including unscripted, scripted, digital, premium documentaries, and short-form content, Big Fish executives said. Paul, the Houston Rockets point guard who's been a nine-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, will serve as executive producer and may also host or star in upcoming Oh Dipp!!! series and projects.
Paul and Big Fish — which produces A&E's Live PD series — collaborated in 2017 on a three-part ESPN docu-series, Chris Paul’s Chapter 3, which followed his journey to the Rockets.
“There were so many creative synergies in working together the first time that this partnership felt like a no-brainer," Big Fish Entertainment president Dan Cesareo said in a statement. "We’re thrilled to utilize the boundless resources we have as part of the MGM family to give him and Oh Dipp!!! the platform to develop exciting IP and allow viewers, and longtime fans alike, the opportunity to enjoy content from his singular point of view.”
Added Paul: “I’m thrilled to have found the right partner to collaborate and create wide-ranging content across all mediums. I look forward to sharing my passion for storytelling and bringing audiences together through entertaining, inspiring and unique programming. There’s no limit to what we can accomplish together, and we’re excited to have already hit the ground running.”
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