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ESPN Films Takes on a Series of Short Sports Documentaries for Grantland Website

1/17/2013 7:00 AM Eastern

ESPN has spun off its 30 for 30 documentary series into 30 for 30: Shorts, an online exclusive series for Grantland that makes short sports documentaries accessible to the public. Its latest episode is "Ali: The Mission" which recounts the little-known story of Muhammad Ali negotiating the release of 15 hostages in Iraq in the leadup to the first Gulf war.

Says Connor Schell, vice president and executive producer of ESPN Films, "30 for 30 created a branded destination for quality storytelling. With 30 for 30: Shorts we aspire to do the same thing in a different format...It’s a way of telling a story on a subject that deserves 15 minutes and takes two months to make instead of 50 or 100 minutes and takes eight or nine months to make.”

Watch the short below and read more here on the L.A. Times.