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Movie to chronicle life of athlete manager Denise White

Jennifer Aniston has signed up to play her, and the movie title is “The Fixer,” but athlete manager Denise White says she won’t be telling any sports business secrets in the film about her life.

“Oh, God no,” White said, when asked if any real-life stories about the underside of the sports business would be unveiled in the film. “Hell, no. I’m not an idiot. I want to still work in this business, for God’s sakes.”

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Film studio Fox 2000 has acquired a package that includes Aniston playing White in “The Fixer.” As first reported by Deadline Hollywood, “Dallas Buyers Club” screenwriter Melisa Wallack will write the screenplay, which is inspired by a story written about White in Men’s Journal in December 2014.

Wallack was just one of many who reached out to White after the story, headlined “The Woman Who Bails Out the NFL’s Bad Boys,” appeared in the men’s monthly lifestyle magazine. The story detailed some of the crisis PR White did for NFL players in trouble, including women trouble. But it also revealed how White had to fend for herself as the child of a mentally ill mother and a father she did not know.

After the story was published, White said she received a “ridiculous” number of calls from producers, directors, writers and others. Calls included “people wanting me to do a reality show — which I could never do, nor that I would ever do,” she said.

Jennifer Aniston will have the starring role in “The Fixer.”
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But one of the calls she returned was from Wallack, and White has been working with her on the project since then. White said the screenplay is still being written and the film will not be released until late 2017.

White said last week she was surprised by the amount of press the announcement of the movie received in the entertainment world. And she wants people in the sports business to know: “I’m not spilling the beans.”

Instead, the film will feature White dealing with an athlete character who is “an amalgamation” of athlete clients and athlete problems she has dealt with in her almost two decades working with athletes. She founded EAG Sports Management almost 20 years ago as a marketing and public relations firm, but as previously reported, she has been increasingly involved in crisis PR with the explosion of social media.

The film is called “The Fixer,” but it’s about how she learned to help fix athletes’ problems after trying to fix her own broken home as a kid. The film will have a message beyond getting bad boy athletes out of trouble, she said.
“It’s much different than people think it is,” White said of the film. “It’s about dealing with mental illness. It’s about a woman rising through the ranks in a male-dominated industry and not letting anyone tell her, ‘No.’ It’s a tug at the heartstrings and an inspirational movie.”

Aniston, who is also a producer of the film, was one of four actresses interested in the part. White said she and Aniston hit it off after a three-hour meeting.

In the film Aniston, a blonde, will try to look like White, a brunette.

“We don’t look alike,” White said. “I am not a size zero. She has blue or green eyes; I have brown.”

Arash Khalili, an entertainment attorney at Los Angeles law firm Loeb & Loeb, represented White in the film deal.

White wouldn’t reveal financial details, but she said she fully intends to continue working in the sports business after the movie comes out. “I am not going to get rich off of this,” she said.

> SPORTSTRUST SIGNS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: SportsTrust Advisors has signed a number of prospects for this year’s NFL draft, including highly ranked players Andrew Billings, a defensive tackle from Baylor, and Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

SportsTrust also signed Baylor offensive guard Spencer Drango, Alabama running back Kenyan Drake, East Carolina University tight end Bryce Williams, Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker, TCU running back Aaron Green and Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis.

SportsTrust agents Pat Dye Jr. and Bill Johnson will represent the players.

Liz Mullen can be reached at lmullen@sportsbusinessjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter @SBJLizMullen.