Asylum, Pilgrim partner for “Planet Sport”

California-based prodcos Asylum Entertainment and Pilgrim Studios are teaming up to produce a sport-themed docuseries tentatively titled Planet Sport. (Pictured, L-R: Asylum's Steve Michaels and Pilgrim Studios' Craig Piligian)
May 5, 2015

Beverly Hills Pawn producer Asylum Entertainment and Fast N’ Loud prodco Pilgrim Studios are teaming up for a sport-themed docuseries tentatively titled Planet Sport.

Billed by the companies as an event series that aims to be “the Planet Earth of sports,” the program is to examine sports on a global scale, with a focus on how they “shape and reflect cultures, societies, identities and communities throughout the world,” according to a release.

Each installment of the docuseries is to focus on such themes as glory, fear, rivalry, endurance and teamwork, and will profile various events, competitions and athletic pursuits from around the world. Planet Sport will also draw on archival footage as well as interviews with athletes and figures from the sporting world.

A broadcaster is not yet attached to the project.

Asylum Entertainment co-presidents and CEOs Steve Michaels (pictured, left) and Jonathan Koch, and Pilgrim Studios president and CEO Craig Piligian (right) are exec producing, along with David Michaels. Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary Entertainment – which owns Asylum Entertainment – will also serve as executive producer.

Planet Sport promises to bring to life sports in a way that audiences around the world have never experienced. Using technology, visual arts and high-level storytelling, we are creating the definitive and all-encompassing sports series,” said Asylum Entertainment’s Steve Michaels in a statement.

Pilgrim Studios’ Piligian added: “This series will do for sports what series like Planet Earth did for nature – a sweeping, moving, and beautiful depiction of something that unites us all because it’s so integral to the human experience.”

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