International sports icon David Beckham has signed on to front the Disney+ series Save Our Squad. The series marks the soccer sensation’s first coproduction under his new production shingle Studio 99, which finds the label partnering with Warner Bros. Television Productions UK-owned Twenty Twenty and the Walt Disney Company EMEA.
Today (April 13), Beckham delivers a keynote at MIPTV discussing his plans for Studio 99 including the prodco’s development and production slate, which includes A Whole New Ball Game, a history of the Premier League, World War Shoe, a docuseries about shoe brands Adidas and Puma, and what is being billed as the “definitive” David Beckham biopic.
Save Our Squad, meanwhile, follows Beckham as he returns to his roots in the East London football pitches where he played as a child. There, he will mentor a young grassroots side who are struggling to survive in the league.
Save our Squad will be executive produced by Sean Doyle for Disney+.
“We are so thrilled to welcome David Beckham to Disney+,” Doyle, director of unscripted for Disney+ in EMEA, commented in a statement. “This is a fantastic opportunity to show the importance and impact of grassroots football in communities in the UK.”
“It is fantastic to be making Save Our Squad with Twenty Twenty and to shine a light on the kind of grassroots football that I experienced growing up and which gave me so much at the start of my life in the game,” Beckham said. “I was so fortunate to have a long and successful playing career and now to have the opportunity to give back to these communities as a mentor is incredible. Developing and nurturing young talent is so important in the game and it is great to be working with Disney+ on this project.”
This announcement is the latest in the Walt Disney Company’s stated commitment to source, develop and produce original productions at a local level, with the brand’s ambition to create 50 productions in Europe by 2024.