Kaeper­nick strikes deal with Dis­ney

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For­mer 49ers quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick will be fea­tured in a doc­u­men­tary series pro­duced by ESPN Films as part of a first-look deal with the Walt Dis­ney Co.

The deal be­tween Kaeper­nick’s production arm, Ra Vi­sion Me­dia, and Dis­ney was an­nounced Mon­day. The part­ner­ship will focus on telling scripted and un­scripted sto­ries that ex­plore race, so­cial in­jus­tice and the quest for equity.

‘‘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.’’

De­spite be­ing ex­iled from the NFL since the 2016 sea­son, when he took a knee dur­ing the na­tional an­them to protest po­lice bru­tal­ity and racial in­equal­ity, Kaeper­nick has said he still wants to play but hasn’t received any calls.

Af­ter the na­tion­wide protests in the wake of Ge­orge Floyd’s death May 25 at the hands of a po­lice of­fi­cer in Min­neapo­lis, NFL com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell apol­o­gized to play­ers for not lis­ten­ing to them ear­lier, en­cour­aged them to protest peace­fully and de­nounced racism.

Kaeper­nick will work closely with the ESPN-owned web­site The Un­de­feated to de­velop sto­ries from the per­spec­tive of com­mu­ni­ties of color. His deal with Dis­ney will ex­tend across all plat­forms, in­clud­ing Walt Dis­ney Tele­vi­sion, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and The Un­de­feated.

The do­cuseries chron­i­cling Kaeper­nick’s jour­ney and his last five years will be the first project.

Colin Kaeper­nick

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