Hulu Makes Play for Lakers Docuseries From Jeanie Buss, Antoine Fuqua

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James dunks against the Miami Heat during the first half of their NBA game at the AmericanAirlines Arena Miami, Florida, USA, Nov. 18, 2018. SHUTTERSTOCK

The story of one of the greatest NBA franchises in history is coming to Hulu via a new docuseries executive produced by Los Angeles Lakers CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss and Emmy Award-winning director Antoine Fuqua.

The nine-part series will chronicle the last four decades of the Lakers and feature interviews with over 35 people, including team legends Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, Hulu announced in a press release Monday.

“I am thrilled that the true story of the Lakers will finally be shared with the world — and that we are in such capable hands with Hulu and Antoine, a director whose storytelling I’ve admired for years,”  Buss said in a statement.

Added Fuqua, “We are proud to bring this docuseries to the world and shed light on the legendary history of the Lakers.”

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Meanwhile, Hulu is promising the project will offer a ” very real inside look.”

“The Los Angeles Lakers are one of sports’ most illustrious franchises. Theirs is a history of epic highs and tragic lows, and generations of legendary players and teams who have made a profound impact, not just on the sports world, but on the culture. We are honored to join Jeanie, Antoine and the whole creative team to bring Hulu viewers the very real inside look at the remarkable story of the rise and fall, and rise again of the Lakers,” said Belisa Balaban, VP of Original Documentaries at Hulu.

Haven Entertainment’s Kevin Mann, Michael Mann and Brendan Bragg, Los Angeles Media Fund’s (LAMF) Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman and longtime Lakers senior executive Linda Rambis will serve as co-executive produces of the untitled documentary alongside Buss and Fuqua. Steven Leckart will be both a writer and executive producer for the docuseries. Emmy Award-winning editor Jake Pushinsky will also be part of the production team.

The untitled Lakers documentary series is slated to debut on Hulu in 2022.