Global sports streamer, DAZN, is to invest in its global original production strategy with the launch of specialist content development arm, DAZN Studios.
DAZN Studios launches as the streaming service unveils its global original content slate for 2022, featuring films and series on sporting icons including Ronaldo Nazario De Lima and Diego Maradona.
The 2022 slate includes Angus MacQueen’s Maradona: The Fall, a feature-length documentary made by Macqueen’s Ronachan Films about Diego Maradona’s failed drug test during the 1994 World Cup.
Other films include La Guerra Civil directed by Eva Longoria Bastón, which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2022 and Green Lions, which explores the untold story of Cameroon’s 1990 World Cup heroes produced with Archer’s Mark and Dark Pictures. Ronnie centres on Brazilian football icon Ronaldo and is being made by Zoom Sport.
DAZN’s Chief Operating Officer, Ed McCarthy, said: “Sport has the power to inspire and connect people around the world, and evocative storytelling can bring us closer to its beating heart. DAZN Studios is going to enable us to broaden our original programming offering with productions that not only drive deeper engagement with fans but create opportunities via licensing, distribution, advertising and commissions. We know that the way we tell stories never stops evolving. We already work with some of the biggest names and organisations in sport and film today, but as DAZN continues to grow, we also want to enable the next generation of filmmakers and invest in the future talent of sports storytelling.”
“We are incredibly excited to be working with the next generation of creators and giving them an environment to do what they do best; create engaging and innovative productions.” added DAZN’s EVP Global Commissioning & Original Content, Grant Best. “DAZN Studios will be a space where artists have the space to be creative and produce documentaries, series and films all in the world of sport.”
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