Josephson Entertainment Joins "The Magician"

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(Hollywood, CA – January 18, 2012) – Barry Josephson (“Enchanted”, “Life as We Know It”) and Doug Falconer (“Trail of a Serial Killer”, “Warrior’s Way”) have agreed to co-produce “The Magician” for West Omaha Films. “The Magician” will be produced under the Josephson Entertainment shingle in association with West Omaha Films. The film is based on the true story of the life and times of pro football quarterback Marlin Briscoe. “The Magician” has been penned by Gregory Allen Howard (“Remember the Titans” and “Ali”). Tentatively titled “The Magician”, the film will follow pro football’s first black starting quarterback from his rise to the top, meteoric fall, and journey to self-fulfillment.

Briscoe’s football career led him from being a 14th round draft pick for the Denver Broncos in 1968 to becoming an All-Pro receiver for the Buffalo Bills and an integral member of the 1972 Miami Dolphins. In his rookie year with the Broncos, Briscoe broke the color barrier in professional football, becoming the first African American starting quarterback, and finishing his first season with 14 touchdown passes, a rookie record that still remains.

Momentum Builds for "The Magician"

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(OMAHA, Neb.) — Four decades have passed since Marlin “The Magician” Briscoe became the first African American starting quarterback in the NFL as a rookie for the Denver Broncos in 1968. The dramatic story of Briscoe’s life and career as told in his autobiography “The First Black Quarterback,” is now close to becoming a feature length film with support of actor and Omaha native John Beasley.

West Omaha Films Finalizes Option Agreement with NFL Pioneer Marlin Briscoe for Movie Project

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OMAHA, NE – West Omaha Films announce today the completion of a three year option agreement with Marlin Briscoe. The option agreement gives West Omaha Films the rights to produce a movie within three years about the story of Briscoe’s rise to the top, his meteoric fall and his triumph over incredible odds to become the man he is today. Financial terms of the three year option are not available.

West Omaha Films to Release Movie on Marlin Briscoe, the NFL's First Black Starting Quarterback

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OMAHA, NE – They are the legends of integration in professional sports. Like Jackie Robinson, Arthur Ashe and Joe Louis, Marlin Briscoe was a trailblazer, as the first black man to start as an NFL quarterback. Decades after, black athletes were a common sight on athletic teams of all types, the myth prevailed that an African-American could not successfully lead a football team as quarterback.

Press Contact

For more information, please contact:

Terry Hanna
West Omaha Films, LLC
Phone: 402-660-0607


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