ESPN is bringing “Enhanced,” a look into the modern world of sports training and technology from executive producer Alex Gibney, exclusively to ESPN — its $5-per-month internet streaming service.
The six-part documentary series, from ESPN Films in association with Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, will premiere on Monday, July 16, on ESPN .
“Enhanced” raises questions about the characters, power struggles, and breakthrough innovations that are driving the greatest athletic performances on the planet.
“Enhanced” is an “edgy, forward-looking collection about the limits of the human body,” said Libby Geist, VP and executive producer for ESPN Films.
“It’s a fresh new format for ESPN Films and we are continuing to push our own storytelling boundaries as our projects take on different forms.” ESPN is putting the docu-series behind the ESPN paywall in an attempt to boost subscribership for the fledgling over-the-top service, which launched in April.
ESPN is Disney’s first direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, offering thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks.
The series is executive produced by Alex Gibney — whose credits include “Catching Hell” for ESPN Films’ “30 for 30” — along with Stacey Offman, Brad Herbert, Issac Bolden and Rich Perello.
The “Enhanced” series will feature interviews with a range of experts and athletes.
Those include Dan Coyle, author of “The Talent Code”; David Epstein, investigative reporter at Pro Publica and author of “The Sports Gene”; Portland Trail Blazers basketball player CJ Mc Collum; New York Yankees pitcher Dellin Betances; Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey; pro beach volleyball player and three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings; Olympic marathon gold medalist and Kenyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge; and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.
“I’ve always been fascinated with the will to win – often at any cost – as well as the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the attempts to push the body beyond natural limits,” Gibney said in a statement.
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