As seen on Cox Sports TV:Take Odell Beckham, Jr. getting drafted in the first round, add the dynamic duo of quarterback Jay Tyler and running back Kendall Bussey, Jr and you have the makings of a 2016 Silver Telly winning documentary. Glory Days:Newman takes you through the season as the Greenies go for their first ever State Championship. The team advanced to the state semifinals but lost. Tyler signed with Stanford and Bussey with Texas A&M. Check them out this Fall in a stadium near you! Narrated by former Newman Greenie Lee Zurik.
Senior offensive lineman Matt Ryan of Newman was invited to play in the 2016 International Bowl. We end the Glory Days show going to Arlington, Texas, to watch Matt play against Team Canada. This also was the last time Matt's grandfather, legendary NFL coach Buddy Ryan, saw him play in person. Buddy Ryan died in June, five months after the INternational Bowl.
Class of 2017 Girl's Soccer Player Linnea Mosvold's Recuiting Video.
A special season requires a special tribute. So we rented out the Prytania Theatre in Uptown New Orleans, the oldest theatre in New Orleans and threw out the “green carpet” and invited some special guests. See the bold names for yourself, hint some NFL connections are included. Shown left to right: Paul Atkinson, Barrett Schreiner, Bethany Schreiner and Jon Khachaturian.
Former Superdome PR executive Bill Curl told me that John Curtis might be fielding its best ever team in 2012. I wondered what that team would look like on the field so Versatile got a camera to every game home and away and produced another of our season long sports documentaries. John Curtis went undefeated and was named the National Champions of high school football for the first time in its 50-year school history. The show premiered on Cox Sports TV on January 26, 2013. This is a perfect example of the high quality video production Versatile can bring to any project.
Manning 2 Manning--Well this started our love affair with long form television sports documentaries. I read the Manning book in late 2000 and one sentence in the book said TV show: it opens our show. Peyton talks about the 1991 high school season as QB of the Newman Greenies as his most special season of football. I said there's a story there let me get an interview. Archie loved the idea and got Peyton to do a sit down interview in Indianapolis. We talked for 90-minutes just on high school football and that team. Manning 2 Manning debuted on WWL-TV after a Saints game to a 16.7 rating/27 share. HUGE numbers for any effort, much less our first 30-minute TV show! It's Family and Football in that order.
In 1995 Paul Atkinson introduced America to Newman Greenie sophomore QB Eli Manning. Check out Melissa Stark, who went on to be the Monday Night Football sideline reporter. Melissa was the host of the show that season.
Kendall Bussey, Jr. had a fabulous senior season. He was named one of the top running backs in America and signed with Texas A&M. He took a redshirt last year and figures to be a feature back for the Aggies in 2016.
Glory Days: A Season with the Wildcats--Our first nationally televised sports documentary. Glory Days followed Ryan Perrilloux's senior season at East St. John in 2004. Ryan set state and national records during the year and was named the 2005 Ken Hall National Player of the Year at the US army All-American game. He beat out Mark Sanchez and Desean Jackson for the award. Interesting point: the show was going to premiere on Saturday, August 27, 2005, on WGNO in New Orleans. Katrina washed away the show but it did make it to CBS Sports Network (formerly CSTV) for a 2-month licensing deal.