Jemele Hill, Mike Schur be part of Meadowlark Media as artistic consultants Jemele Hill, Mike Schur be part of Meadowlark Media as artistic consultants
John Skipper and Dan Le Batard’s new sports content company, Meadowlark Media, continues to add talent. A week after the company announced a new podcast starring Hank Azaria’s Jim Brockmire character, interviewing celebrities and sports media, Meadowlark added Jemele Hill and Mike Schur to generate ideas and advise on behind-the-scenes projects.
Hill has been associated with Meadowlark since reports were circulated of Skipper and Le Batard’s new venture. In January, she told Front Office Sports’ Michael McCarthy that “working again has always felt like it was inevitable”.
Since leaving ESPN in 2018, Hill has started a podcast on Spotify written for The Atlantic, co-hosted a VICE TV show with Cari Champion, and produced several documentaries, including an ESPN series about Colin Kaepernick. She is a provocative media presence, the name of which is sure to draw attention to the projects she is working on with Meadowlark.
“This is a partnership that made too much sense,” Hill said in Meadowlark’s official publication. “Skipper was one of my greatest champions at ESPN and I have such deep, unconditional respect for Dan and admire his limitless creativity a lot.
“In this phase of my career, I only want to deal with like-minded creatives. This doesn’t mean we always have to agree, but there is a central belief system that we share. This partnership checks every box for me. “
Hill’s production company, Lodge Freeway Media, has signed an initial contract with Meadowlark for all sports-related projects.
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Schur has co-designed, written, and produced several acclaimed television comedies over the past several years, including The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Parks and Recreation. He was also the writer and producer of The Office. Additionally, Schur earned a lot of athletic credibility for his role on Fire Joe Morgan, a website that harshly criticized baseball media, the slow adoption of advanced metrics, and the tendency to follow simple narratives.
“I flew to Miami three years ago to write an article about Dan, Stu, and the frightened refugee shipping container that runs America’s best sports radio show,” said Schur.
“At the end of the experience, I was convinced that they had built something very special – both with the topics they discuss and with the way they discuss them.”
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Here, too, Hill and Schur will have advisory roles at Meadowlark, initiating ideas for upcoming projects and providing creative guidance and feedback on projects already under development. In addition, the two will discuss the company’s business growth.