Under the guidance of Geist and Connor Schell, the executive vice president for content at the network, ESPN has produced original films and series for years, winning critical acclaim and even an Academy Award for 2016’s 10-part documentary film, O. J. : Made In America. But none of its previous movies have connected with audiences like The Last Dance. Originally set to premiere in June to coincide with the NBA playoffs, the Jason Hehir series was moved up two months to fill a programming void left by the cancellation of all major live sporting events. The decision paid off: The Last Dance has averaged 5.
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