Behind the scenes on Disney’s ‘Million Dollar Arm’

Published on Variety. October 3rd, 2013

The makers of “Million Dollar Arm,” the forthcoming movie chronicling the unlikely bid by agent J.B. Bernstein to turn two young Indian men into professional baseball players, portrayed it as more of a universal human interest story than a sports-centric film.

 

Indian baseball player reveals his unlikely path to Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league team

Published on Variety. October 1st, 2013

(CBS News) The baseball playoffs begin Tuesday night and the Pittsburgh Pirates are finally in. Until this year, the Pirates had 20 straight losing seasons, the longest streak in American professional sports. But the team is trying to build a winning future. Recently, CBS News’ Mark Strassmann took a look at one of their most unusual prospects.

 

Sports Industry Leader JB Bernstein Talks to ESPN About Disney’s Upcoming Film, ‘Million Dollar Arm’

Published on Variety. August 21st, 2013

When it comes to the business of sports, JB Bernstein is the go-to guy. The industry veteran has managed several high-profile clients through his firm, including Barry Bonds, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith. B’s more than 25-year career is quite a story to tell, which is why it’s the inspiration for Disney’s May 16, 2014 release, Million Dollar Arm.

 

Lucknow to Hollywood

Published on Variety. July 27th, 2013

Jon Hamm, lead actor on the Emmy-winning American TV show Mad Men, may get top billing on Disney’s upcoming true-life sports film Million Dollar Arm, but behind the scenes, two of the key driving forces behind the movie are a pair of modest Indian athletes who made the seemingly impossible jump from humble beginnings in Lucknow to international fame—simply by picking up a baseball in America for the first time in their lives.

 

Story of beating the odds too good to pass up

Published on Variety. July 15th, 2013

Hollywood producer Mark Ciardi’s credits include inspirational sports films such as “Miracle,” “Invincible” and “The Rookie.’’ Ciardi’s career as a pitcher plateaued after four appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1987, so he’s familiar with the universal sports theme of overcoming insurmountable odds.