MSG Network Announces "Carmelo Anthony: Made In NY" Premiering Tuesday, December 2 at 10:30PM
30-Minute Special Chronicles Anthony's Free Agency Period
and His Decision to Return to the New York Knicks
New York, NY (November 24, 2014) - MSG Network will give fans a rare insider’s view of the free agency process with “Carmelo Anthony: Made in NY,” a new 30-minute special chronicling Anthony’s 2014 free agency period. From a private jet to the superstar’s home, the special puts viewers right next to Anthony as he travels to Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston to meet with the Bulls, Lakers, Mavericks, and Rockets. The special features footage from every step of the process, with exclusive access to Anthony and his management team. “Carmelo Anthony: Made in NY” will premiere with a commercial-free airing on Tuesday, December 2 at 10:30 p.m. following the Knicks home game against the Brooklyn Nets.
Anthony talks about his decision to stay with the New York Knicks saying:
“There’s only a couple people in any genre that are made for NY, whether its music, whether its fashion, whether its sports. It’s so nice they named it twice.”
“I’ve grown up on that concrete. There’s nothing that can happen there that I don’t know how to handle it. I was running around in the projects and not knowing what was gonna happen next and whether my dreams were gonna come true or if I had dreams at all. I was one of those kids. So to see it full circle now, it’s a great thing for me.”
“I want to come back. I’m willing to stay here and I’m willing to ride or die for New York.”
Anthony on free agency:
“I’ve been recruited in college before but not to this level. I never took visits, so this is reliving my college days, high school days getting recruited. It’s kind of similar to that feeling but at a much higher scale.”
Carmelo Anthony and Asani Swann, VP of Business Development for Melo Enterprises, Inc. partnered with Mike Tollin and Mason Gordon of Tollin Productions to bring this journey to life. This is their first venture as a team but felt strongly that this journey was one to share. Mike Tollin has produced and directed more than a dozen feature films, several award-winning documentaries, and hundreds of hours of television winning both a Peabody Award and a nomination for an Academy Award. Tollin also won an Emmy for best documentary for “Let Me Be Brave,” and he has directed and produced several other award-winning documentaries. Mason Gordon has produced innovative sports projects since rolling out the original sport, SlamBall with Mike Tollin on Spike TV and CBS. The sport has produced over a hundred episodes of television programming to date and aired in 91 countries. Gordon has since produced Summer Dreams for CBS, following NBA prospects from the highest draft picks to the longest of long shots and the critically acclaimed “The Comeback: Baron Davis.”
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