Born Champions

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Three of America’s greatest athletes whose determination and love of sports were deeply shaped by their families, but who were all cut off from their true origins. Billie Jean King learns the true story of her grandmother, who had always kept the secret of her orphan birth. Derek Jeter confronts his own ancestors’ lives as slaves and discovers that they were owned by a white man named James Jeter – the source of the Jeter name and Derek’s 3rd great-grandfather. Rebecca Lobo finds out that her Spanish ancestor fought side by side with a famous revolutionary and was forced to flee Spain because of his democratic ideals. All are also reunited with the foundation of their American roots through the stories of immigrant ancestors who courageously set out across the Atlantic to build a new life.

Enjoy a preview of this exciting episode, premiering September 30th at 8PM EST (check local listings).

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A Film by Kunhardt McGee Productions
and Inkwell Films
In Association with Ark Media

Senior Producer
John Maggio

Director/Producer
Josh Gleason

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Peter W. Kunhardt
Dyllan McGee

SERIES PRODUCERS
Sabin Streeter
Leslie Asako Gladsjo

Written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

EDITORS
Jim Isler
Emir Lewis

CO-PRODUCERS
Nicole Bozorgmir
Hannah Olson

CONTRIBUTING PRODUCERS
Phil Bertelsen
Hazel Gurland-Pooler
Jesse Sweet

ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Brittany Clemons
Jessica Xanthe Cran
Samantha Gowda
Stephen Robinson

RESEARCHERS
Megg Farrell
Joey Fishman

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH
Elena Granda Álvarez
José Antonio Matos Arévalos
Natalie Baur
Kristina Bedford
Linda Blankenship
Brigitte Burkett
Laura H. Congleton
Farley Crawford
Alan Drust
Glynnis G. Gilbert
Matthew Hovious
Roseann Kebles
Tiffany Lukashefski
Aaron McWilliams
Tania Moriera
Doug Nicol
Simeon Stachera
Julia Winters

GENEALOGICAL RESEARCHER
Johni Cerny

DNA CONSULTANT
CeCe Moore

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Elyse Hughes

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
Deborah Clancy Porfido

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Stephen Altobello

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Stephen McCarthy
Samuel Russell

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Gregory Brutus
Stan Wilkins
Trevor Winsett

GAFFERS
David Cambria
Ned Hallick
Larry Hevesy

GRIPS
Edie Burns
Roger Marbury
Julio Yurnet

LIGHTING AND ELECTRIC
Liberty Lighting Ltd.
Production Services & Systems Inc.
Red Herring Motion Picture Lighting Inc.

GRAPHIC DESIGN
Andy Cahill
Brian Oakes

ANIMATION
Andy Cahill
Will Rahilly

ONLINE EDITOR
Chris Connolly

ASSISTANT EDITORS
Todd Goings
Julian Cornwell
Mike Pickett
Edward Wardrip

ADDITIONAL EDITING
Bruce Shaw
Jessica Reynolds

Original Score by Michael Bacon

SOUND RECORDISTS
Josh Harris
Andy Turrett

SOUND RE-RECORDING
Richard Fairbanks

SOUND EDITING
Kevin Peters

FOLEY ARTIST
Brian Vancho

FIELD PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Joe Davison
Jon Fisher

MEDIA MANAGERS
Gregory Brutus
Trevor Winsett

BUSINESS MANAGER
Stef Gordon

IT SUPPORT
Ben Meadors

INTERNS
Anna Blum
Anne-Sophie Bouygues
Zhifang “Zephyr” Guan
Cat Harris
Tianyuan He
Pan Hsuan-Yu
Ethel Mendez
Joseph Neighbor
Stephen Rathier
Antoine Rouet
Clare Shin
Daniel Sznajderman

ARCHIVES
ABC Sports
Allsport / Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Allsport UK / Allsport / Getty Images
American Textile History Museum, Lowell, MA
Archival Film and/or Video Materials from the Collections of The Library of Congress
Associated Press
The Bridgeman Art Library
Corbis Images
Culver Pictures
CPTV
David Rumsey Map Collection
F. Scott Jeter
The Family of Derek Jeter
The Family of Billie Jean King
The Family of Rebecca Lobo

ARCHIVES
Fisk University
The Franco-American Collection, Lewiston, Maine
Getty Images
The Granger Collection, New York
Joe Lobo
Lance Lobo
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division
Linda Kimball
Major League Baseball Footage Used with Permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc.
MLB Photos via Getty Images
NBAE / Getty Images
Photofest
Rodney Brazee
Sports Illustrated / Getty Images
SuperStock
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Knoxville, Tennesse

LOCATIONS
ESPN Headquarters, Bristol, CT
George M. Steinbrenner Field
The Pavilion at Villanova University
Private Residence of Sheri Mathieu
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

TRANSCRIPTION
CLK Transcription, Inc.

TELEPROMPTER
Kelly Cronin

GENETIC TESTING PROVIDED BY
23andMe
African Ancestry
Family Tree DNA

SPECIAL THANKS
Janet Alcala
Joyce Alden
Dr. David Altshuler
Bennett Ashley
Professor Lawrence Bobo
Kasia Bryc
Angie Bush
Dr. Carlos Bustamante
Janine Cloud
Dr. Lauren Dickerman
Edriss Elghannaz
Julie Eugley
Ann Gay
Amy Gosdanian
Bennett Greenspan
Sheila Ford Hamp
Steven K. Hamp
Happy Limo
Morgan Hawthorne
Ainsley Henriques
Bernard Hicks
Theresa Houck
Glenn and Debbie Hutchins

SPECIAL THANKS
Richard and Lynn Jones
Chris Kennedy
Elise Kordis
David Lambert
Sam Lau
Rodney Laughton
Earl Lewis
James Lick
Milton Loyer
Paul Lucas
Dr. Doug McDonald
Barbara McIntyre
Marcyliena Morgan
Chuck Morrison
Joanna Mountain
Monique Nelson
Tip Nunn
Nu-Image Barbershop
Marc Perry
Brian Siberell
Steve Simmons
Janice Stucky
Thayne Tessenholtz
Marial Iglesias Utset
Paul Woodbury

HENRY LOUIS GATES’S WARDROBE
Maurice Sedwell
Bespoke Tailors
Savile Row, London

HENRY LOUIS GATES’S WARDROBE
The Andover Shop
Charles Davidson
Andrew Ramroop

FOR KUNHARDT MCGEE

CO-PRODUCERS
George T. Kunhardt
Teddy Kunhardt

SENIOR RESEARCHER
Jill Cowan

BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Mary Farley

GENERAL COUNSEL
Drew Patrick

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
William Ventura

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Matthew Goldman

FOR THIRTEEN

COORDINATING PRODUCER
Stephanie Carter

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Benjamin Phelps

EDITOR
Michael Weingrad

ADDITIONAL AUDIO
Jon Berman
Josh Broome

BUDGET CONTROLLERS
Susan Bartelt
Joy Sims

LEGAL
Odell Nails

PUBLICITY
Lindsey Bernstein
Harry Forbes
Kellie Specter-Castruita
Donna Williams
Sunshine Sachs

FOR WNET

DIRECTOR, PROGRAMMING OPERATIONS
Jane Buckwalter

EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE
Stephen Segaller

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Julie Anderson

This program is a production of Kunhardt McGee Productions, Inkwell Films and THIRTEEN Productions LLC in association with Ark Media and WNET which are solely responsible for its content.

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