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DID YOU KNOW?
Did you know that ESPN airs a series of sports-themed documentary films? 30 for 30 is the title of this project, this includes three "volumes" of 30 episodes each, a 13-episode series that goes by the "ESPN Films Presents" title in 2011-2012, and a series of 30 for 30 Shorts shown through ESPN.com website.
The idea began in 2007 from Bill Simmons and Connor Schell. The title came from the series' origin as 30 films in celebration of ESPN's 30th anniversary. The first volume first aired in October 2009 and ran through December 2010. It showcased different sports documentaries featuring the best athletes of all time. The viewers' reaction on the series were kind of not good, the first three documentaries had poor ratings. But as awareness of the project and critical acclaim grew, the audience who watched the series grew too. The series also gained awards from different award-giving bodies. The series won awards from Peabody Award, International Documentary Association's "Distinguished Continuing Series", and an Emmy for Outstanding Short-Format Nonfiction Program. It also won the Academy Award for the Best Documentary Feature for O.J.: Made in America. Because of its growing fame, the series also gained presenting sponsors. The series also increased the number of people who become more interested in sports.