O.J. Simpson remains one of the most resonant figures in American history. Undefeated.co editor in chief Kevin Merida moderates a discussion with the film’s director Ezra Edelman, managing editor Raina Kelley and senior culture writer Kelley Carter about ESPN Films’ O.J.: Made in America and its attempt to make sense of both the racial context surrounding the trial 20 years ago, and a life and career still being debated today.
Kelley Carter is an entertainment and pop-culture journalist with expertise on music, film, television and topical celebrity news. As USA Today’s celebrity reporter, Kelley has interviewed some of the country’s top-tier movie and music stars such as Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Jada Pinkett Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Sean Combs and more. Kelley joins The Undefeated from BuzzFeed.
Ezra Edelman is an award-winning filmmaker. In 2014, he directed two films, Requiem for the Big East and The Opposition, which aired as part of ESPN’s acclaimed 30-for-30 documentary series. In 2013, Edelman co-produced the documentary Cutie and The Boxer, which was nominated for an Academy Award. He also has produced and directed three films for HBO. He produced and directed, Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush, which won an Emmy and The Curious Case of Curt Flood. Before beginning work in documentaries, Edelman spent seven years as a producer on the news magazine show, Real Sports w/Bryant Gumbel, during which time he won four Emmys.
Coming off a successful run as a deputy editor at ESPN The Magazine, Raina Kelley will oversee the site’s day-to-day coverage and help develop new opportunities. Prior to joining ESPN, Raina was a writer for Newsweek magazine where she penned a column on American culture, usually centered around issues of race, gender and politics for the magazine, Newsweek.com and Newsweek/Daily Beast.
Merida is the SVP and Editor-in-Chief at the Undefeated.com. Prior to this post he was the Managing Editor at The Washington Post.