The Golden State Warriors star and his business partner, Rich Kleiman, will make regular appearances in the six-episode series and also serve as the show’s executive producers. ESPN’s Jay Williams will host the show with Jordan Schultz as a correspondent.
The Boardroom will be released sometime next year and will be available exclusively on ESPN+, the sports broadcasting giant and Walt Disney-owned new direct-to-consumer OTT streaming service.
The new show will bring fans behind the scenes of the modern boardroom, showcasing the evolution of sports business, as told from the perspective of athletes, sports executives and tech moguls. Each episode will focus on a broad theme, focusing on topics such as team ownership, player development and the business of social media.
“We’re excited to partner with ESPN for this series,” said Durant. “I’m looking forward to bringing fans insights from some of the greatest minds in in the sports business world and show how athletes and thought leaders are changing the game.”
The show marks Thirty Five Media’s first partnership with ESPN as Durant is continually expanding his media business. The 29-year-old’s YouTube channel has attracted more than 27 million views, and led to similar channels for NFL All-Pro Richard Sherman and NBA star Karl-Anthony Towns.
Durant’s media company also partnered with Imagine Television to create a basketball-themed dramatic series for Apple.
Connor Schell, ESPN’s executive vice president of content, said, “This is a particularly interesting time for the business of sports. Players are increasingly evolving from business endorsers to active participants, decision makers, and owners.”
“We are excited to collaborate with Kevin and Rich, who have both had a profound effect on the way that athletes interact with the business of sports and investment community.”
ESPN+, last week, announced that it has crossed one million paid subscribers mark within five months of its launch. Kevin Durant’s The Boardroom will now add to the vast array of sports content on ESPN+ which already includes MLB, MLS, UFC, NHL, along with premium offerings from cricket, rugby union, tennis, and boxing.