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June 13, 2013 — HBO makes an interesting hire

I’ve always liked HBO’s Real Sports as well as the network’s sports documentaries. Much of that was done under the production of Ross Greenberg, who made documentaries on Jim McKay, Howard Cosell, the 1980 Olympic hockey team, and sex in sports.

I didn’t make the connection until today, but I should have known that Greenberg had left HBO when the first thing that aired on the NBC Sports Network after its January 2, 2013 switch from the Versus brand name was a documentary on the Canada-USSR Super Series in 1972.

Today, HBO hired Starfish Media Group for documantary work and its founder, former CNN and Discovery Channel broadcaster Soledad O’Brien, to join the Real Sports team.

I find this interesting on many levels, especially given the depth and quality of ESPN’s documentary filmmaking in recent years. And, frankly, the lack of female subjects in the “30 for 30” series that shamed the network into a series called “IX for IX,” focusing on female athletes.

O’Brien (full disclosure: she was a classmate of mine in college) has become something of a spokesperson for multiculuturalism in America. She also is a good questioner and someone who, like Tim Russert, isn’t afraid to present contradictory evidence to her interviewer.

I’ll be interested to see what stories she does, beginning with a story in production of military veterans using martial arts to cope with post-traumatic stress.