with a mission To provide ancillary income to athletes through film and entertainment, the company’s first project will be a biopic honoring legendary NBA star Spencer Haywood
Angel, March 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Vassal Benford, Founder, The Benford Company (TBC), Mr Torrell HarrisFounder and CEO of Unique Sports Management International (USMI), and Janelle Stokes, former NBA player and CEO of Stoked Film Group, today announced their landmark partnership to diversify the platform for professional athletes with the launch of TBC Sports Entertainment (TBCSE). TBCSE is a pioneering sports entertainment company that integrates film, television, Web3 and 4D holography with athletes and their compelling stories. By bringing dynamic, inclusive and inspiring projects to the big screen, TBCSE’s ultimate goal is to portray relevant stories that appeal to a global audience and provide players with an ancillary source of income after their careers are over.
For their debut project, TBCSE have acquired the rights to live on a biopic about basketball Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood. The film will focus on Haywood’s life, basketball career, and especially Haywood’s struggle with the NBA for the right to play in the league before graduating from college. The landmark 1971 case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where it ruled in Heywood’s favour. Known as the “Spencer Haywood Rule,” Haywood earned himself and future players the right to become NBA draft-eligible directly out of high school.Spencer Haywood film project will be with Mark Canton and producer of the hit Starz series “Power.”
Vassal Benford said: “I am a storyteller who lives and breathes and there are so many great, untold sports stories to highlight that expanding my repertoire into the sporting world was a no-brainer.” “I’ve been lucky to have had the opportunity to work with such a famous athletic director as Torrell Harris and the legendary Spencer Haywood, with whom I look forward to working closely on this exciting project. “
Benford is an entertainment mogul, record label executive, film and music producer. Benford was executive producer of the hit film series “After” and “After We Collided,” both of which were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million Reaching Netflix’s top streaming movie category at the box office. Other notable film projects include producing original scores for “New Jack City” and “Collective Show,” and the soundtracks for “The Sixth Man” and “Colleagues.”
as a top record producer designated by Clive DavisBenford has sold millions of records and has received numerous awards and honors, including the ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award and 57 platinum records from the Recording Industry Association of America (certified by the RIAA).
Harris Sr. is the founder and CEO of Unique Sports Management International, a sports agency that advises and manages top NBA and international professional athletes. Harris Sr. is recognized for establishing USMI’s unique agency style of providing client services related to the athlete’s lifestyle including: contract negotiation, financial planning, community engagement, branding for athletes from Rolls Royce to Goldish, Oakley’s, Nike and more Endorsements, marketing strategies and other services.
“As a sports agent, it’s my job to grow my client’s brand and generate as much revenue and exposure as possible. The untapped potential in athlete entertainment is starting to flourish, so partnering with the great Vassal Benford was a purpose for me It means a lot,” he said Mr Torrell Harris“Spencer Haywood is a basketball legend who has arguably had a more forgetting influence on the game than most, so I can’t wait to show the world how Spencer Haywood rules.”
As a top sports agent, Harris Sr. managed many Hall of Famers such as George Gervin and Lynette Woodard, and led some of the highest contract negotiations in NBA history. Harris Sr. was also the first African-American private business owner to enter into licensing agreements with the NBA and NFL, and has maintained a successful sportswear line for over 20 years. Most recently, Torrell was inducted into the 2023 New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.
About Benford Corporation:
The Benford Company is a full-service entertainment company with divisions in artist management, production, film, brand licensing, publishing, intellectual property and immersive technology concepts.
Divisions of The Benford Company, Pac Sports Entertainment and TBC Group Corporate Management (full-service multimedia entertainment company, music, film, 4D technology, Web3 technology, concert events, real estate and sports management), both in Angelrepresenting famous superstar boxers manny pacquiao with iconic and legendary blues artist BB King, his estate and BB King Music Company.Benford Corporation has produced more than $300 million In terms of income, currently working in companies such as Universal and Warner Bros.
About Unique Sports Management International:
Unique Sports Management International (USMI) develops a new generation of sports professionals dedicated to a unique style of athlete representation with a focus on strong contract negotiation and community engagement. USMI is a socially and tech-savvy creative with a deep understanding of the rigors of modern media and marketing. Brand development plays an important role in preparing for the future of professional athletes. USMI provides services that are important to a player’s career such as; training, personal development, social media networking, image management, marketing, financial planning, lifelong counseling, brand management, philanthropy and more.
SOURCE TBC Sports Entertainment