SBD/January 25, 2012/Media

Hochberg Ebersol Company Sells NFL-Branded Show On Discrimination To USA Network

Ward (l) is one of four NFL personalities taking part in "NFL Characters Unite" series
Charlie Ebersol's production company, The Hochberg Ebersol Company, sold an NFL-branded show to USA Network. The NBC-owned cable channel will run "NFL Characters Unite" next month as part of its public service campaign against prejudice and discrimination. The 60-minute program profiles four NFL personalities -- Falcons TE Tony Gonzalez, Saints TE Jimmy Graham, Steelers WR Hines Ward and NBC analyst Tony Dungy -- detailing instances when they have had to fight through bigotry. Dungy in the documentary discusses encountering racism; Graham talks about the abuse he suffered in foster care; Gonzalez recounts being bullied; and Ward recalls dealing with bigotry. Each helps a teen facing similar problems. Ebersol, son of the legendary media exec Dick Ebersol, and Justin Hochberg are executive producers of the documentary. It was directed by Greg Frith.
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