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Amazon greenlights University of Michigan football docuseries

Amazon has greenlit a new series on the University of Michigan football team, to be available on Amazon Prime next January. The untitled docuseries will chronicle the Wolverines’ 2017 season, following ...
September 13, 2017

Amazon has greenlit a new series on the University of Michigan football team, to be available on Amazon Prime next January.

The untitled docuseries will chronicle the Wolverines’ 2017 season, following Coach Jim Harbaugh, his assistant coaches and the team’s student athletes. The series will provide access to their lives on and off the field.

Harbaugh is a University of Michigan alumnus and former Wolverine quarterback. Through his decades-spanning career, Harbaugh has been a Heisman finalist and NFL head coach. He also served as an NFL quarterback for 14 seasons.

The series is a coproduction between BTN Originals, The Montag Group and Jim Jorden Productions. Sandy Montag, Kirk Reynolds, Ron Lynn and Jim Jorden serve as executive producers.

“This series will show viewers an elite college football program in a way that’s never been done before,” said Conrad Riggs (pictured), head of unscripted, Amazon Originals, in a statement. “We’re excited to have this series join the Sports Emmy-winning All or Nothing on our unscripted sports programming roster.”

All or Nothing, a coproduction between NFL Films and Amazon, gives viewers a look inside the lives of NFL players, coaches and team owners. While the first season followed the Arizona Cardinals, Riggs greenlit a second season earlier this year, which turned its focus to the Los Angeles Rams.

BTN Originals is perhaps best-known for college sports docuseries The Journey. Montag was executive producer on Showtime documentary Perfect in ’76, which looked at the University of Indiana’s 1976 basketball season.

“This represents a tremendous opportunity for BTN’s award-winning original programming team to work with an entity like Amazon, as well as explore alternative distribution models for Big Ten content in the future,” says Michael Calderon, SVP programming and digital media at BTN.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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