NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Premium entertainment network EPIX announced today it is offering baseball fans in and around “Red Sox Nation” a close-up look at the life and accomplishments of one of sport’s most colorful, thoughtful and productive stars, David Ortiz of The Boston Red Sox, in the EPIX Original Documentary, David Ortiz In the Moment. The special, produced by Relativity Sports in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions, traces Ortiz’s path from The Dominican Republic to stardom and lets us into “Big Papi’s” world. David Ortiz In the Moment makes its World Television Premiere on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8PM ET/PT.
“David Ortiz is a larger-than-life baseball star,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX CEO and President. “From his leadership role helping guide the Red Sox to win three World Series titles to his civic work in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic to the compassionate, funny and empathetic way he embraced and comforted Bostonians and all of America following last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, he is a true inspiration.”
“Very few people get to see my life outside of baseball, I am looking forward to sharing my story with all my fans. I am proud to work with EPIX, Relativity Sports and MLB on this project,” said David Ortiz.
CEO of Relativity Sports Happy Walters added: “David is a great individual and a highly valued client of Relativity Sports. We are excited to be able to produce original content profiling his unique story. We plan to continue to create entertaining programming featuring our clients.”
The documentary follows the nine-time MLB All-Star, three-time World Series champion and Red Sox legend during the past two seasons, including Boston’s championship run last fall and the drama on and off the field that the nation witnessed throughout a very emotional run to the title for both the city and the club. Featuring interviews with top-notch athletes, the EPIX In the Moment series provides viewers an inside look at what it takes to become and remain a world champion athlete. David Ortiz is the latest sports figure profiled in the series, which has featured Lindsey Vonn and Amar’e Stoudemire and will continue with Dwight Howard In the Moment slated to premiere this fall.
David Ortiz In the Moment is produced by Relativity Sports in conjunction with Major League Baseball Productions. Happy Walters, Fernando Cuza, Diego Bentz, Matthew Weaver, Ross Greenburg, David Gavant and David Check are the executive producers, and Ross Bernard is the executive-in-charge of production for EPIX. Alfonso Pozzo is the director.
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About David Ortiz
David Ortiz, nicknamed “Big Papi,” is one of the most prolific hitters of the last decade while becoming a fan favorite on and off the field. His role as a key figure in ending the Red Sox World Series curse in 2004 has earned him legendary status as one of Boston’s greatest sports heroes. A nine-time MLB All-Star and three-time World Series Champion, including World Series MVP in 2013, David is one of the greatest and most popular players of this era. David holds the all-time record for most hits and home runs by a designated hitter and became the 49th player in baseball history to join the 400 Home Run club.
For more information about David Ortiz, please go to http://www.davidortiz.com/.
About Major League Baseball Productions
Major League Baseball Productions is the Emmy® award-winning television and video production division of Major League Baseball and the official video archivists of the game. With unparalleled access to the Clubs and their players, Major League Baseball Productions produces original programming for growing audiences worldwide through its network specials, exclusive home videos, commercials and other specialty programming. For more information on Major League Baseball Productions, log on to www.MLBProductions.com.
EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android tablets and phones, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ:VIA) (NASDAQ:VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 45 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (google.com/+EPIX) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX).