Sony Pictures has closed a multi-year development and production deal with NBA superstar Stephen Curry across its film, television, and worldwide partnerships operations in the biggest media deal of any athlete to date.
The NBA appointed Derek Chang today as CEO of NBA China. Chang, who will oversee the NBA’s basketball and business development in the country, previously was head of International Lifestyle Channels at Scripps Networks Interactive and before that was DIRECTV’s VP of Content Strategy and Development. He also was an executive VP of development at YES Network where he played a role in launching the network and developing its relationship with the Nets.
Lamar Odom’s new lease on life since coming out of a coma has made him want to improve other people’s lives too … enter his cannabis company. We got the former NBA Champion at Five Star Juice in Torrance, CA Friday and talked to him about the release of his brand of marijuana products, called Rich Soil, which he believes can help people with their ailments … like it’s helped him. Odom says his goal to get people “healthy high,” saying … “I want to get people better, bro. If I can get ’em high, I can get ’em better.”
The Most Influential People of 2018. Kevin Durant. From committing $10 million to the College Track program to help disadvantaged kids receive higher education to building and renovating basketball courts around the world so at-risk youth have a safe place to learn and play, KD is giving those growing up in tough situations, like he did, a path to success. His generosity knows no bounds. As an entrepreneur, KD brings the same relentless work ethic and pursuit of excellence that he has on the court, focusing on companies and products that are making lives better. Above all, he has ridden the ups and downs of following his heart, making a hard choice and taking control of his own career—and has emerged wiser, happier, with his head held high. He’s a role model for us all.