W orders NHL WAGs series from Bristow Global Media

Canada's W network has commissioned Bristow Global Media to make a docu-series about pro hockey wives and girlfriends. (Pictured: Julie Bristow)
September 18, 2014

Canadian indie Bristow Global Media last year produced NHL Revealed: A Season Like No Other, offering a behind-the-scenes look at pro hockey stars.

Now company founder Julie Bristow, having spent much time around the partners of NHL stars to capture off-ice footage for that show, is returning with another, as-yet-untitled all-access docu-series, this time about the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of top players. The 10-part series will air on Canada’s W Network.

“A lot of the women have been approached before about this kind of series,” Bristow told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback Daily. “It was quite helpful that we had spent a year with a lot of the players in the NHL and were shooting around their families. It felt right that we were women too.”

The talent line-up for the W Network’s inside-look series, to debut in February 2015, will include Anger Management star Noureen DeWulf, wife of Vancouver Canucks goalie Ryan Miller; and Nicole Brown, whose husband is LA Kings star Dustin Brown.

Bristow said she sold W on the NHL WAGs series by creating a compilation reel of partners of players followed as part of last season’s NHL Revealed docu-series. “They’re the CEOs of their families, and it’s another way to look at our national sport and the stamina required to survive a hockey career,” she said.

As with NHL Revealed, the pro hockey league – along with the NHL Players Association and W – are looking to draw in casual hockey fans, beyond hardcore sports viewers.

The upcoming series will also raise the drama ante by following the ups and downs of being an NHL wife or girlfriend, seeing your partner being traded or injured, and ultimately making it to the Stanley Cup finals or coming up short.

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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 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.