Boxcar Entertainment, in Partnership with TeamWorks Media, Producing “Goose,” Chronicling the Life of the Basketball Hall of Fame Legend
CHICAGO, IL – Mannie Jackson, chairman of Boxcar Entertainment, in association with TeamWorks Media, announced the production of a new documentary that will celebrate Hall of Fame legend Reece “Goose” Tatum. The film, currently titled Goose, will be released in 2012. Tatum was posthumously elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 and enshrined on Friday, August 12.
Jackson, former chairman and owner of the Harlem Globetrotters, is the driving force behind educating the world about the man nicknamed “Goose.” “This is an important untold story about human conditions, greatness and an American hero. The impact of this athlete and celebrity is still very much felt today,” said Jackson.
The film will chronicle Goose’s son, Reece Tatum III, and his journey to rediscover the story of his father, Goose Tatum, a man who many believe is among the most influential athletes in history. Reece III was just nine years old when his father died, but his memories of life on the road with the most famous athlete in the world in the 1940s and 1950s offer a unique perspective about the man who inspired hope for a generation of African Americans.
Earlier this year, Reece received a call from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame asking him to accept basketball’s highest honor on behalf his father, including a speech on national television at the enshrinement. The call sparked an emotional quest for Reece to learn about the true impact and influence of Goose on the sport of basketball, race and himself. That discovery included encounters with some of the most impactful names in basketball, including NBA legends such as Oscar Robertson, Dr. J, Marques Haynes and Bill Walton, among others.
A true sports icon, Goose possessed a rare combination of basketball talent and comedic genius, which made him a household name around the world. He was more than just the original “clown prince” of the Harlem Globetrotters. In 1948 and 1949, Goose was a key part of the famous ‘Trotters team that beat George Mikan and the world champion Minneapolis Lakers in a seminal moment in basketball history. His impact on the game is timeless as he invented plays such as the no-look pass and the no-look hook shot. With beginnings in Negro League baseball prior to his basketball career, Goose went on to become one of the most dynamic athletes of his time and the highest paid athlete in the world. In a segregated society, Goose reached across color lines to appeal to fans of all races. At the peak of his international fame and fortune, he did the unthinkable when he left the Globetrotters, pioneering the concept of free agency.
This marks the latest sports documentary partnership between Mannie Jackson and TeamWorks Media following the critically-acclaimed, The Team That Changed The World. Team aired nationally on PBS in 2005 and revealed how the Harlem Globetrotters helped to break the color barrier in professional basketball and documented the team’s influence on the world view of America. TeamWorks Media also produced two acclaimed sports films, including The Street Stops Here, the story of legendary high school basketball coach Bob Hurley Sr. and his journey toward a 25th state championship; and Disco Demolition 25th Anniversary: The Real Story, a documentary examining the Chicago White Sox promotion that quickly became a cultural phenomenon and an influential moment in music history, symbolizing the end of disco music.
About Mannie Jackson, Chairman, Boxcar Entertainment:
Mannie Jackson is the former owner and chairman of the Harlem Globetrotters. After taking the Globetrotters out of bankruptcy in 1992, Jackson led the company to 15 consecutive years of growth and record profit. Jackson’s entertainment business interests include the Broadway musical, The Art of Rock n’ Roll and the musical Las Vegas Revue. He was also partner and executive producer of the critically acclaimed documentary film The Team That Changed The World, which premiered nationally in 2005 and is still syndicated today. The film has been distributed in more than 30 countries worldwide.
About TeamWorks Media:
TeamWorks Media is a Chicago-based sports and entertainment content company. TeamWorks Media’s portfolio includes original television programming, branded entertainment and integrated marketing campaigns for an extensive client list, including the Big Ten Conference, ESPN, PBS, and SportsIllustrated.com. The company specializes in producing inspirational stories using sports as a vehicle for social impact. These stories are discovered, acquired and developed as the centerpiece of marketing initiatives across a variety of media platforms. For additional information, visit www.teamworksmedia.com.