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Can Espn score at Emmys with '30 For 30' documentaries? [Video]

3 June 2011 4:41 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Why would major Hollywood directors want to enter the sports arena by helming documentaries for the Espn series "30 For 30"? According to sports journalist, author, and executive producer Bill Simmons, it was a hard sell at first. "I don't know if people trusted Espn with creative documentaries like that," Simmons admitted. "The first five or six (directors) were the toughest ones. Once we got them, it was like dominoes... 'Oh, this is real! I want in on this!'". Espn, not known for contending at the primetime Emmys, is entering "30 For 30" into the Best Nonficiton Series race. Last year's champ was the PBS series "The National Parks: America's Best Idea" from filmmaker Ken Burns. "30 For 30" profiles major and minor sports figures covered by Espn in its first three decades. Among those hired to tell these stories were feature helmers Peter Berg, Barry Levinson, Frank Marshall, Ron Shelt »

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