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Soledad O’Brien Joins REAL SPORTS

By Jef Dinsmore on Jul 6, 2013 to HBO Sports

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After eighteen seasons and almost two hundred installments it appears that REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is not slowing down. In fact, it has signed new blood in front of the camera with Soledad O’Brien.

Though a specific debut date is not revealed the award-winning broadcast journalist will soon appear reporting the top news in the vast sports arena. O’Brien is also said to have a development deal with HBO as well. That means the network has first look at any scripted projects and long-form programming concepts that she and her team develop.

Upon coming to HBO the following quotes were made. First is Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports.

“Soledad is a perfect fit for REAL SPORTS. She’s an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we’re thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports.”

Bryant Gumbel’s statement is –

“Soledad’s a respected journalist with a proven track record. Her credibility, broad interests and passion make her a wonderful addition to our program. I’m thrilled to have her on our REAL SPORTS team.”

Soledad O’Brien herself said –

“HBO is undeniably a leader in meaningful storytelling in a wide array of formats. I’m honored to join the REAL SPORTS team and look forward to continuing my fervor for uncovering unique and impactful stories.”

Look for her on upcoming monthly installments of the sports series and let’s see what other work she may develop for HBO’s future.

  • Wow, eighteen seasons? That’s impressive! I’ve never watched it, but I give them props for sticking around for continuing an already impressive run!

  • Had no idea she was into sports. See her on CNN all the time though and I think she’s great.

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