Amsterdam-based global content creator and TV channel Insight TV has ordered two millennial-skewing sports series from Vice Studios.
The first, as-yet untitled series follows street footballers, a group of diverse young athletes, some of whom have gone on to compete professionally while others have fallen through the cracks, sometimes even ending up in prison. The series will explore the various paths available to these youths, following well-known footballers as they visit prisons to better understand the decisive moments that upended the young athletes’ lives. Each episode will end with the famous players facing off against the incarcerated athletes on the pitch.
Meanwhile, Modern Day Gladiators explores the expanding global culture of e-games and e-leagues. As eSports enters the mainstream, star players are training up to 12 hours a day and playing in sold out arenas. Their emerging fame and riches can come with a dark side too, and the series delves into the challenges that come with being an eSports star.
Both series are being developed and produced by Vice Studios in Benelux, and will be broadcast globally on Insight TV in the fall.
“We’re dedicated to offering compelling content based on inspirational characters, highlighting social issues and experiences that are important to younger generations globally,” said Arun Maljaars, director of content and channels at Insight TV, in a statement. “These new shows will tap into gritty, thematic and thought-provoking narratives that will entertain and encourage discussion amongst viewers.”
“Vice Studios are experts in telling compelling stories that resonate with younger audiences. These two commissions will look at hidden aspects of international, mass sports — allowing us to tap into a global youth audience by offering unique, candid and insightful content,” added Stefan Tieleman, head of Vice Studios, Benelux.