Amazon Prime Video has acquired This Is Football, a six-part premium documentary ‘event’ series exploring the “emotions, stories, passions and triumphs at the heart of the world’s most loved sport.”
The series will launch next month on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
This is Football is produced by October Films in collaboration with Spanish TV and film production house Brutal Media, and Starbucks for Amazon Prime Video.
The series is written and co-created by foreign correspondent and sports author John Carlin (Invictus), based on an original idea by Carlin and Raimon Masllorens. The films are directed by a team of award winning directors and producers led by Creative Director James Erskine (One Night in Turin, Le Mans: Racing is Everything) and Series Executive Producer Jos Cushing (Mygrations, Walking The Nile/Himalayas/Americas). The series is scored by composer Lorne Balfe (Mission Impossible: Fallout, Churchill, The Queen).
The series is filmed across the globe from Iceland to Argentina, Spain to Rwanda, China to the United States, and includes a cast of characters from legendary players to presidents, poets to priests, managers to mathematicians.
This Is Football joins Prime Video’s stable of sports docu-series and live sports, including All Or Nothing: Manchester City; forthcoming Premier League football matches, US Open Tennis and ATP World Tour Tennis events in the UK; and NFL games.
“The universal appeal of football is something we know resonates strongly with the Amazon Prime Video audience worldwide, so I’m delighted that we are able to bring this fascinating six-part series of unique stories about the world’s most talked about sport exclusively to Prime Video,” said Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. “We’re thrilled to add This is Football to our stable of award-winning docu-series and live sports for Prime Video audiences around the world.”
Adam Bullmore, Managing Director of October Films and Executive Producer of This Is Football said: “Football is now a universal language and everywhere you look, football is touching lives and inspiring us in remarkable ways. So, we’re thrilled to be partnering with Amazon Studios and Starbucks to bring these stories to a global audience.”
Raimon Masllorens, CEO of Brutal Media and Executive Producer of This Is Football highlighted: “We cannot be more proud to have teamed-up with our amazing partners for such a great match. It’s really a dream come true that one of our most beloved projects, cooked in-house for such a long time, is now a top tier TV series that will get to every home in the world. Thanks to this team work I’m sure This Is Football will spread the magic of football and their human stories among diverse and massive audiences around the globe.”
Joe Roth, Executive Producer of This Is Football, added: “This is a fantastic series of stories that begin to explain why it’s the world’s most popular sport.”
This Is Football is a Starbucks Production. The Series Executive Producer is Jos Cushing and Creative Director is James Erskine. The Executive Producers are Raimon Masllorens for Brutal Media and Adam Bullmore for October Films, Joe Roth, and John Carlin.
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