Religion Of Sports’ ‘False Idol’ Named Best Sports Podcast at 2022 Hashtag Sports Awards

LOS ANGELES, July 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Religion of Sports, an award-winning production company, won the award for “Best Sports Podcast” at the fourth annual Hashtag Sports Awards held on Tuesday night at Vegas. The company has been recognized for its seven-part podcast series, fake idolwho re-examined the rise and fall of Oscar Pistoriusthe South African Paralympic sprinter, tells the story through the eyes of the people whose lives he has irrevocably changed along the way.

Religion of Sports had a total of five nominations for the 2022 Hashtag Sports Awards, such as The man in the arena and Simone against herself were also recognized for their excellence in engagement. Both productions were finalists in the Best Original Content or Series (over 10 minutes) category. The companion audio podcast for The man in the arena was shortlisted in the Best Sports Podcast category and Simone against herself was nominated for Best Female Sports Content.

“We are honored to have been recognized by Hashtag Sports for three of our audio and video content series that have resonated meaningfully with global audiences over the past year,” said Ameeth Sankaran, CEO of Religion of Sports, who was also a presenter at the Hashtag Sports Awards. “At Religion of Sports, we pride ourselves on telling stories, impacting and examining sport and its impact on life and our wider society. fake idol is an incredible story that is representative of the premium, high-quality content we aim to create with every release. I am proud of the whole team for this important achievement.”

“We are very honored to be recognized by Hashtag Sports, and I would like to say thank you to everyone who spoke to us for this podcast, to everyone who shared their stories with us,” said Tim Rohanhost of fake idol. “Thank you for helping us say by Reeva Steenkamp history, and for helping us shed light on important issues. »

fake idol was a series of narrative podcasts about the life of Oscar Pistorius, the South African Paralympic sprinter who was once considered the greatest Paralympian of all time. He made history at the London Games in 2012, becoming the first amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics. Six months later, he was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. In seven episodes, fake idol explored the rise of Pistorius and the tragic events that followed, in addition to complex issues such as hero worship, gender-based violence and race in post-apartheid South Africa. The popular audio series told the story through the eyes of the people Pistorius forever changed and brought needed attention to the life of Reeva Steenkamp. Hosted by Rohan, who previously worked with The New York Times and Sports Illustrated as a journalist covering sports at the intersection of culture, politics and crime, the podcast was brought to the public in conjunction with PRX, a public media outlet with which Religion of Sports has an extensive audio partnership. and precious.

This honor comes at a time of strong momentum for the company. In June, Religion of Sports announced the successful closing of a Series B $50 million fundraising to develop new proprietary content intellectual property, further expand its extensive network of creators, and increase global strategic partnerships. Religion of Sports has worked with some of the world’s greatest athletes and continues to expand its content aspirations through documentaries, audio, feature films and more.

About the religion of sport

Founded in 2017 and based in Santa Monica, CaliforniaReligion of Sports is an award-winning media company founded by Tom Brady, Michael Strahanand Gotham Chopra. To believe in the power of sport is to experience religion, and the company’s work is defined by thoughtful, elevated stories that explore a range of themes and discover why sport matters.

Through scripted and unscripted videos, podcasts, feature films and social content, Religion of Sports distills the spirituality, science and humanity that unites elite artists and people of all kinds. Since its inception, the company has built an impressive range of works in collaboration with the world’s most elite athletes, spread across large and small screens for digital broadcast/streaming platforms Facebook Watch, Apple TV+, ESPN, Showtime, Fox Sports , NBC Sports and many more. “Tom vs. Time” and “Greatness Code” won Sports Emmy awards. In 2021, Religion of Sports had a banner year, having grown the business exponentially and expanded its production capabilities. In addition, three highly anticipated documentary projects were launched consecutively in the 3rd and 4th quarters of 2021, with Simone Biles (“Simone Against Herself”), Russell Westbrook (“Passion Play”) and Tom Brady (“The Man in the Arena”). Audio-wise, the company produced a companion podcast to accompany the “Man In The Arena” docuseries, and launched three original investigative podcasts – “Lost in Sports”, “Crushed” and “False Idol” – both the latter of which were nominated by Ambies for Best Sports Podcast 2022.

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