Entertainment12 February 2020
Netflix, the world's leading entertainment service, has announced that an untitled Naomi Osaka documentary series, in association with UNINTERRUPTED and produced by Film 45, is coming to Netflix.
This documentary series takes us on a journey with the multiple Grand Slam Champion, Naomi Osaka, who became the first Asian player to reach the number 1 singles ranking after winning her first Grand Slam at the US Open in 2018 and second at the Australian Open in 2019. With unprecedented access to Osaka, the documentary gives audiences a deep window into the life of a global tennis superstar.
The series will cover Naomi’s pivotal year, from the US Open in August 2019 and on tour with the tennis star as she plays in each of the Grand Slams and prepares for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
With a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka emigrated from Japan to the US as a child, where she rose to become the first Asian player to reach the heights of international tennis. Spending time with her during a hectic training and travel schedule, the crew explores the immense pressure she’s under, her journey of self-discovery, off-season time digging into her interests and her well-known, quirky and honest personality. They also travel with Naomi to Japan to understand her deep connection with the country she represents and the reflections of her multi-cultural identity.
“To be able to tell my story and let people in during this big year, working with a team that really understands me, has been a rewarding experience. It won't look like a traditional sports documentary, and I'm so excited to share it with everyone." - Naomi Osaka
In association with Uninterrupted and produced by Film 45, the series is directed by Garrett Bradley who has been recognized with numerous awards. Her short film “Alone,” made with The New York Times OpDocs, was shortlisted for an Academy Award. At Sundance 2020, Bradley won Best Director for her US documentary feature in competition “TIME”.
Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with over 167 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.
UNINTERRUPTED is an athlete empowerment brand founded by LeBron James and Maverick Carter. The company is built upon the radical idea that all athletes should have a platform to express themselves without intermediaries. From this premise, a mission was born: to empower athletes from all walks of life to communicate in an unimpeded way and to be More Than an Athlete. UNINTERRUPTED is upending the world of sports media by working with athletes to tell unique, human stories from their point of view. Through content, products, events, partnerships and educational opportunities, UNINTERRUPTED is changing the way athletes engage with the public and empowering them to be known and valued for more than the sport they play.
About Film 45
Film 45 is an Emmy Award-winning production company, dedicated to the creation of non-scripted entertainment and branded content for film, television and streaming platforms. Film 45 is an Endeavor Content company.
Kim Parker Gordon