discovery+ Greenlights Docuseries on Three-Time Gold Medalist Snowboarder Shaun White Ahead of 2022 Olympic Winter Games
With Unprecedented Access and Never-Before-Scene Archival Footage, UNTITLED SHAUN WHITE DOCUSERIES from Mandalay Sports Media Will Launch Exclusively on discovery+ This Year
(February 3, 2022 – New York, NY) As the 2022 Olympic Winter Games are set to begin in Beijing, discovery+ has given the greenlight to UNTITLED SHAUN WHITE DOCUSERIES, a new docuseries from the award-winning filmmakers behind Trophy and Immigration Nation, Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau, Emmy® Award-winning producer Mike Tollin (The Last Dance) and Mandalay Sports Media. With unprecedented access and never-before-seen personal archival footage, the series will be a definitive portrait of three-time Olympic gold medalist and arguably the GOAT in two separate sports – snowboarding & skateboarding, Shaun White. UNTITLED SHAUN WHITE DOCUSERIES will launch exclusively on discovery+ this year.
With compelling personal and professional narratives, the premium three-part docuseries will follow American icon Shaun White and explore his legacy that transcends sports. It is a story that includes childhood struggles with a congenital heart condition, the miraculous development of his unbeatable talent, sacrifices made by his unconventional but remarkably supportive parents, the gutsy move into pro-snowboarding at an absurdly young age, and of course, his glorious exploits at the Olympics, where he holds the record for most gold medals by a snowboarder. The filmmakers have been with White in recent months as he qualifies for this year’s games and will be filming with him in Beijing, capturing up-to-the-minute footage as he defends his Olympic title in pursuit of a historic fourth gold medal.
“I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to look back on my career and share my decades-long journey and personal archival footage with discovery+ audiences around the globe. I cannot wait for viewers to experience my path to the 2022 Olympics right along with me,” says Shaun White.
“Shaun White’s road to domination in the worlds of both skateboarding and snowboarding has been a completely wild, twenty-year ride. We are excited to share his drive, struggles, and triumphs with discovery+ audiences this year,” says filmmakers Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clusiau.
“Shaun White’s incredible journey has been unprecedented and wildly entertaining, and it deserves to be documented and shared with the world,” says Mike Tollin, Executive Producer and Co-chairman of MSM. “We’re thrilled to partner with discovery+ to bring viewers the mind-blowing performances and death-defying feats that they know and love from Shaun, while also providing a peek at never-before-seen footage of his early years – before he came to dominate a sport like few athletes ever have.”
The UNTITLED SHAUN WHITE DOCUSERIES is produced for discovery+ by Mandalay Sports Media in association with Octagon. Mike Tollin and Mason Gordon serve as executive producers for MSM, with Kyell Thomas and Amen Teter as executive producers for Octagon. For discovery+, Howard Swartz and Igal Svet are executive producers.
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About Mandalay Sports Media
Mandalay Sports Media is a diversified content and media company that specializes in creating high-quality sports programming for all platforms. MSM also creates, acquires, and invests in businesses and assets across the media landscape.
Since its founding in 2012, MSM has produced content for ESPN, HBO, Netflix, Showtime, NFL Network, Turner Sports, E!, ABC, CBS, FOX, Yahoo, Xbox, VICE, go90, AOL, and many others. MSM continues to develop and produce numerous projects for major television, digital, sports, and feature film entities.
About Shaun White
Shaun White is regarded as one of the greatest action sports athletes of all time. A three-time gold medalist and one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history, White established himself as a dual-sport athlete (skate & snow) as a teenager before focusing primarily on snowboarding for the better part of his ongoing career that spans more than two decades. The action sports pioneer has been recognized for his entrepreneurial endeavors including corporate partnerships, signature products and fashion lines, and a global sports and music festival. White has been named among Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 100 Most Powerful and Marketable Athletes, Forbes’ Most Valuable Sports Brands and 30 Under Thirty among others. Born with a congenital heart defect, Tetralogy of Fallot, he is an advocate for children battling illness and is an active supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Make-A-Wish Foundation.