Soledad O'Brien Inks Deal With HBO; Joins 'Real Sports'

First-Look Deal is for Scripted, Other Long-Form Projects
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Soledad O'Brien, who left CNN's morning show Starting Point earlier this year, has agreed to a first-look deal with HBO and will join the network's sports newsmag Real Sportswith Bryant Gumbel.

The overall deal with HBO is through O'Brien's newly-launched production company, Starfish Media Group, and will be for scripted projects and other long-form programming.

"Soledad is a perfect fit for Real Sports," said HBO Sports president Ken Hershman. "She's an extraordinary interviewer and storyteller, and we're thrilled to be able to add her to a franchise where the emphasis is on finding and presenting thought-provoking stories in the diverse and ever-fascinating world of sports."

O'Brien's company will also produce three long-form specials for CNN, including more Black in America series, under their non-exclusive agreement.