HBO Sports® & NFL Films’ BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING, Debuts Next Tuesday, December 10, Exclusively on HBO
Documentary Profiles The Powerful Friendship Between Two Of The Most Iconic Coaches Of All-Time
BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING, HBO Sports and NFL Films’ latest collaborative effort profiling coaching icons Bill Belichick and Nick Saban, premieres TUESDAY, DEC. 10 (9:00–10:15 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Directed by NFL Films’ award-winning documentarian Ken Rodgers, the film intimately captures the long-standing friendship between two of the most towering figures in the sport.
BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and HBO partners’ streaming platforms.
Spanning 75 minutes, BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING brings into focus a more than three-decades-long friendship between Belichick and Saban, who for the first time ever grant unprecedented camera access to their annual coaching retreat where they share a multi-layered conversation about their interwoven history, admiration, coaching philosophies, and more. The intimate portrait invites viewers to examine first-hand their blueprints for organizational success in what can only be described as a literal “meeting of the minds.”
Belichick and Saban met in 1982 in Annapolis, Md., home of the United States Naval Academy, where Saban served as an assistant coach alongside Bill’s father, Steve Belichick. Their first encounter sparked one of football’s most powerful friendships. In 1991, Belichick was named head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and shortly thereafter he hired Saban to command his defense. Under their tutelage, the Browns produced one of the NFL’s most formidable units. Their early success foreshadowed more than two decades of dominance. Since then, Belichick has led the New England Patriots to six Super Bowl victories, while Saban has amassed six national championships.
BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING is the latest collaborative effort between HBO Sports and NFL Films, which has produced 30 Sports Emmy® Awards for production excellence, including the Emmy® for Outstanding Documentary for the landmark football biographies NAMATH and LOMBARDI. The unrivaled partnership dates to 1977 and has included studio show presentations, unscripted programming and documentary films.
Winner of 129 Sports Emmy® Awards, NFL Films remains a gold standard in sports television, providing unprecedented access to and legendary storytelling about the sport of professional football. NFL Films is a part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League, which is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, the NFL App, NFL.com and NFL RedZone.
The executive producers of BELICHICK & SABAN: THE ART OF COACHING are Hans Schroeder, Ross Ketover, Pat Kelleher for NFL FILMS; Peter Nelson and Rick Bernstein for HBO Sports; directed by Ken Rodgers; senior producer Paul Camarata; produced and edited by Garrett Fittizzi and John Weiss; music composed by Dave Robidoux and Ryan Scully of NFL Films. Narrated by Liev Schreiber.