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Dear Basketball, a short film with basketball legend Kobe Bryant, has launched on Verizon’s go90 mobile TV service, in partnership with Granity Studios and Believe Entertainment Group.

dearbasketball 19Dec2017The five-minute animated short will also be available across Verizon’s Yahoo Sports, AOL and Complex platforms. It’s the basketball star’s poetic ode to the game, which generated 50 million views worldwide when first published on The Players Tribune in 2015.

The film brings together animator and film director Glen Keane and renowned composer John Williams to bring to life Bryant’s farewell letter to the game. Keane’s hand-drawn animation together with Williams’ commanding musical composition take viewers on one little boy’s journey from hoop dreams to basketball greatness, serving to inspire the next generation to follow their dreams.

Verizon’s go90 welcomes an array of creators, from icons to up-and-comers, providing them with a flexible canvas on which to share their stories,” said go90 chief content officer Ivana Kirkbride. “On the heels of its Academy Awards shortlist inclusion for Best Animated Short Film, the piece is a delightful new addition to our sports and entertainment offering.”

A 2017 Tribeca Film Festival Official Selection, Dear Basketball recently won Best 2D Hand-drawn Animation and the Special Jury Prize at the 2017 World Animation Celebration.

“Dear Basketball is a story about the child within all of us, having dreams and loving something so much that you know when it’s time to say good-bye,” said Bryant. “Glen Keane and John Williams are masters of their crafts and bring a raw emotion to this story that I never thought possible. We created this film with the sincere hope that it resonates with and inspires fans of all ages, in all walks of life, to be the best version of themselves. Being able to present the short on go90 and across many of Verizon’s media brands gives more people an opportunity to see the film and be inspired.”

Added Dear Basketball co-executive producer and co-founder of the Believe Entertainment Group, Dan Goodman: “Dear Basketball breaks all boundaries in animation and short film, even transcending the sports category itself to deliver a greater message of hope and inspiration. And we found the perfect partner to continue this spirit of innovation for the film's distribution by partnering with Verizon's go90 to deliver Dear Basketball to their expansive, multi-platform audience.”