NASHVILLE – Charlie Daniels, Darius Rucker, Ashley Judd, Melissa Joan Hart and Emmitt Smith, among others, are part of four SEC Storied documentaries that helped kick off the new SEC Network that launched Thursday and is operated by ESPN.
In “The Stars Are Aligned,” 14 famous figures – each representing a different college in the Southeastern Conference – spill their emotions and explain why they’ll never forget where they came from. “The Stars Are Aligned,” directed by Andy Billman, debuted Thursday on the SEC Network.
The SEC Storied franchise, from the creators of the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series, focuses on the people, teams, moments and events that tell the ongoing story of the Southeastern Conference.
Celebrities and athletes interviewed for the film included:
• Darius Rucker – South Carolina.
• Jason Dufner – Auburn.
• James Carville – LSU.
• Ashley Judd – Kentucky.
• Shepard Smith – Ole Miss.
• Charlie Daniels – Tennessee.
• Amy Robach – Georgia.
• Willie Geist – Vanderbilt.
• Melissa Joan Hart – Alabama.
• Rick Perry – Texas A&M.
• Ralphie May – Arkansas.
• Emmitt Smith – Florida.
• Carl Edwards – Missouri.
• Jonathan Papelbon – Mississippi State.
ESPN Films launched the SEC Storied documentary series in September 2011, presenting fans the opportunity to explore the rich athletic history of the Southeastern Conference. From extraordinary athletes and coaches to defining games and moments, the SEC Storied series features films that focus on the SEC’s recent and more distant past. In August, the franchise will expand to 10 documentaries a year with the launch of the SEC Network.
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network, which launched Thursday. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content around the clock, including more than 1,000 events in its first year. The network will televise 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually.
Programming will also include in-depth commentary and analysis in studio shows, daily news and information original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, and more. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. AT&T U-Verse, Cox, DISH, Google Fiber and National Rural Telecommunications cooperative have agreed to carry the SEC Network.