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Brown Super Bowl Success

With the Super Bowl fast approaching once again, DC filmmaker, Kayona Ebony Brown, reflects on the 2021 game that changed the trajectory of her burgeoning career and her presence in the world of sports.

Around this time last year, CBS tapped Kayona to join their Super Bowl team as a writer and producer, where she penned the story of how Black players broke the color barrier in pro-football, appropriately titled, BEFORE JACKIE (password SBLVJackie) The piece starred Viola Davis and aired just before the big game. She also served as a producer for the game-open featuring Jennifer Hudson. Both pieces garnered several Emmy Award nominations; the latter won Brown her first gold statue as a filmmaker.

She has since written and produced several dynamic pieces with CBS Sport including the NCAA Final Four game-open starring Jon Hamm, and the Navy/Air Force game-open commemorating the 20th Anniversary of 9/11.

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