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FremantleMedia scores “Football Nightmares”

FremantleMedia has enlisted Italian footballer Gianluca Vialli (pictured, right) for its MIPTV-bound reality format Football Nightmares.
February 18, 2016

FremantleMedia has enlisted Italian footballer Gianluca Vialli (pictured, right) for its latest reality format, Football Nightmares.

The 8 x 60-minute series, produced by FremantleMedia Italia in association with Vialli, finds the star teaming up with fellow ex-professional player Lorenzo Amoruso (left) in order to “transform and restore the confidence of failing amateur football teams.”

The footballers have just one week to challenge the players and help turn the troubled teams around. After seven days, the team plays its first “post-transformation” match.

FremantleMedia is set to bring the format to April’s MIPTV market in Cannes. The original Italian series currently airs on Sky Italia channel MTV 8.

“The Italian version is brilliantly entertaining and the format has the perfect combination of emotion, genuine characters and comedy moments to give it all the makings of a hit,” said Rob Clark, director of global entertainment for FremantleMedia, in a statement.

Vialli, an executive producer on Football Nightmares, added that the format is a “labor of love” that stemmed from his passion for the sport.

“I’ve had a longstanding career within the industry and I wanted to use this opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with struggling non-league teams to get them back on track and reignite their passion,” he said.

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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