Exclusive: Lion Forge Films by David Steward II, who won an Oscar last year for a short Love poetry Signed a deal with Scott 34 Racing to create films, TV series, digital content and games based on the life of sports pioneer Wendell Scott, first black racer and owner of NASCAR.
Scott’s story is a great story. Born in rural Virginia in 1921 when segregation was imposed by law, his love and knowledge of cars passed from his father, and after he worked as a mechanic in WWII (in a separate division), he was denied access to NASCAR due to the color of his skin.
Scott spent nine years at “Dixie Circuit,” a smaller regional competitor for NASCAR, until he finally convinced the organization to grant him a license to race in 1953 – officially breaking the athletic color barrier.
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The leading contestant won the Jacksonville 200 in 1963 – only to see the victory for a white driver over a “clerical error” (later reversed). After competing in 496 NASCAR races, with 147 of the top 10 races, a horrific near-death crash in 1973 ended his career. Scott died of cancer in 1990 and was officially inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015, becoming the first African American to do so in NASCAR history.
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Immediately developed by Steward II and the newly released Wendell Scott Ventures team, it is a limited TV / broadcast documentary and fictional series that, through the lens of his life, will cover the themes of family, racism, American culture and race. The series will tell stories of Scott’s upbringing, time in WWII, smuggling, raising a family, fighting racism, breaking color barriers, overcoming adversity, and of course winning.
Steward II will partner with Wendell Scott’s son, Frank Scott, and his grandson, Warrick Scott, on all content opportunities.
Steward II is the son of billionaire businessman David Steward and brother of Kimberly Steward, who has invested in K Period Media in films including Manchester by sea And the suspense. Its logo, Lion Forge Animation, is one of the only African-American-run animation studios in the world.
Lion Forge’s recent deals include: Love poetry A sub-string called acne For HBO Max, an exclusive at first sight partnership with Imagine Kids + Family, and a multi-year joint venture partnership with Chinese studio Starlight Media.
Steward II said: “It is an honor and privilege to work with the Scott family to revive Wendell’s legacy in many ways, all carrying a twofold commitment to entertain while delivering an important message. “His personality and achievements to speak of the possibility of hope and leadership. These are stories that must be told – and re-told.”
“Wendell Scott built a bridge of racing diversity, so NASCAR needs to tell that story through the lens of Wendell Scott. He gave people hope because he had a big heart for everyone.” Wendell’s grandson Eric Scott commented, “He had more love in his heart than he (his enemies). ) They hate him in their hearts.
Frank Scott Sr. added: “Creating this project is the fulfillment of a dream that my father had dreamed about 60 years ago. It is everything he wants and cannot get!”