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Death at the Wing

Death at the Wing examines the shocking number of promising basketball stars who lost their lives in the 80’s and early 90’s. At the dawn of the 1980s, the world was moving faster, the media was growing bigger, and greed was finally good. For the NBA, it was a chance to finally step into the spotlight. But all that wealth and stardom came at a deep cost. This is the story of how basketball reflected a moment when Reagan’s America doubled down on some of its core values: selfishness, violence, and racism — and the players who paid the price.

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Adam McKay

Host Adam McKay has spent three decades and counting as a writer, director, producer, podcast host and occasional actor, most notably known as a founding member of Upright Citizens Brigade, the former head writer on Saturday Night Live, writer and director of Anchorman, and director of The Big Short and Vice.

McKay was one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade, a comedy improv theatre in Chicago. He would then audition for NBC’s SNL and would join its team of writers.

It was there he met and teamed up with actor Will Ferrell, and created the comedy films Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Step Brothers (2008), and The Other Guys (2010). McKay and Ferrell would also launch the popular comedy site “Funny or Die” together in 2007.

After directing the sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), McKay began to move away from his comedy-centric comfort zone, first by co-writing and directing the The Big Short, based on Michael Lewis’ best-selling book about the 2008 financial crisis and later, Vice, a biopic on former Vice President Dick Cheney. For The Big Short, McKay won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay

Credits

ADAM McKAY, host and executive producer

JODY AVIRGAN, executive producer and series editor

RAGHU MANAVALAN, senior producer

BRIAN STEELE, producer

KATHERINE SHOEMAKER and SHANE MCKEON, assistant producers and bookers

JASON HEILIG, archival research; WILL TAVLIN, fact-checking; ALISON SCHARY, legal

NUNA CHARAFEDDINE, production manager

Special thanks to HyperObject’s STACI ROBERTS-STEELE

Mixing and sound design by JOANNA KATCHER at NICE MANNERS, music composition by BEACON STREET

HARRY NELSON, executive producer, HyperObject

LAURA MAYER, executive producer at Three Uncanny Four