CBS Orders Comedy TV Pilot Based on Rick Fox’s esports CareerPosted by Esports October 18, 2019 in
- Retired NBA star Rick Fox will executive produce a CBS television pilot inspired by his purchase of and career with Echo Fox.
- The comedy series has a put pilot order, which means CBS will face penalties if it does not air the pilot episode. This typically ensures a series pickup.
- Fox will reportedly be removed from Echo Fox following a vote by at least 80% of his limited partners. Fox recently sued two of his partners, alleging fraud.
Television network CBS has committed to a put pilot order for a comedy series inspired by the life of Rick Fox, founder of esports organization Echo Fox.
According to Variety, the show will focus on a retired basketball player who purchases an esports team to reconnect with his son. That’s the exact story of Fox, the former Los Angeles Lakers star and three-time NBA champion, who has often shared the tale of purchasing a League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) team to engage in his son’s interests.
Fox will executive produce the series alongside Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor of Kapital Entertainment. Dan Kopelman, who previously created the CBS sitcom Me, Myself and I, will serve as both writer and executive producer under studio Warner Bros. Television.
A put pilot order means that CBS has agreed to air the pilot episode, which typically ensures that the show will be picked up to series. Otherwise, CBS will have to pay financial penalties.
The news comes amidst ongoing turmoil within Echo Fox, following reports of racist remarks used by prominent investor Amid Raizada. Echo Fox was forced to sell its LCS franchise slot after failing to oust Raizada, which Riot Games mandated. Earlier this month, Fox filed suit against partners Raizada and Stratton Sclavos, alleging fraud and misuse of company funds.
Fox will reportedly be removed from the company on Oct. 21, following a vote from more than 80% of Echo Fox’s limited partners alleging that he acted against the company’s best interests.