Robert Alexander, Peter Berg and Berg’s Film 45 present Shaq, a four-part documentary series detailing the life and career of NBA Hall of Famer and multi-hyphenate Shaquille O’Neal.
The filmmakers interviewed O’Neal himself talking about his childhood, dreams, aspirations and basketball, business and broadcasting careers.
“We kept this documentary real from the start, and I do feel like it is the most honest look into my life and career up until this point. This process allowed me to reflect publicly in a way I haven’t before, and I’m so proud of the work everyone has done to put it all together,” O’Neal said in a statement
Besides O’Neal, the documentary also features interviews with O’Neal’s former teammates Penny Hardaway, Dwyane Wade, Dennis Scott, Brian Shaw, Derek Fisher and Rick Fox; head coaches Phil Jackson and Pat Riley; and former Los Angeles Lakers General Manager, Jerry West. In addition, the series includes interviews with several members of O’Neal’s family, including his mother, Dr. Lucille O’Neal, siblings Jamal and Lateefah Harrison, and three of his children – Taahirah, Shareef, and Myles.
Shaq is a Film 45 Production in association with Jersey Legends and Hardware Studios. The film is directed by Robert Alexander, executive produced by Peter Berg, Matthew Goldberg, Brandon Carroll, Mike Parris, Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Alexander. It’s co-executive produced by Katy Murakami. For HBO, executive producers are Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller and Bentley Weiner, while coordinating producer is Abtin Motia.
Shaq premiered Wednesday, November 23 on HBO and is also streaming on HBO Max. New episodes premiere each Wednesday.