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Discovery+ lines up FIFA doc, Eli Roth’s “A Ghost Ruined My Life”

Discovery+ will delve into the controversy surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in a documentary from directors Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme (Get Me Roger Stone, The Swamp). The ...
September 20, 2021

Discovery+ will delve into the controversy surrounding the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in a documentary from directors Daniel DiMauro and Morgan Pehme (Get Me Roger Stone, The Swamp).

The Men Who Sold the World Cup (2 x 60 minutes) is made in partnership with Story Films and Calliope Pictures, and will premiere on the streamer in the U.S. on Oct. 17 and in the UK on Oct. 21.

Criticism around the bidding process for the FIFA World Cup came to a head when the 2022 World Cup was awarded to Qatar.

With exclusive interviews and testimonials, viewers are taken inside FIFA during the era of Sepp Blatter, the ex-president who presided over world soccer for decades.

Contributors include a whistle-blower from the Qatari bid team; Blatter’s former Press chief; soccer greats including Jurgen Klinsmann and Landon Donovan; and Blatter himself.

Simon Downing, head of factual and sports UK at Discovery, said in a release: “The Men Who Sold the World Cup is a highly gripping series that provides a yet untold insight into one of the biggest sports scandals in history. We’re extremely proud to be able to tell this story exclusively on our streaming service, Discovery+. The series is a great addition to our Discovery+ Original Sports content.”

The title was ordered by Discovery’s Myriam Lopez-Otazu, group VP, content and acquisitions, EMEA and APAC; Downing; and Victoria Noble, VP, original content, factual.

Executive producers for Story Films are David Nath and Peter Beard; with Jeremy Phillips executive producing for Discovery.

The non-fiction streamer has also slated Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life, set to premiere Oct. 8.

The 8 x 60-minute series sees people share their paranormal experiences, going beyond the initial contact to reveal the emotional toll on those who were confronted by a ghost.

Roth (pictured) made his directorial debut in 2002 with the film Cabin Fever, with his follow up titles including Hostel, Hostel Part II, Knock Knock and Death.

He also co-produces the Discovery+ series The Haunted Museum with Zak Bagans, and hosts/produces the AMC series Eli Roth’s History of Horror.

Eli Roth Presents: A Ghost Ruined My Life is a Blue Ant Media and Discovery co-production. The series is produced by Toronto-based production company Cream Productions. David Brady, Kate Harrison Karman and Matt Booi serve as executive producers for Cream Productions along with Cathy Garland for Discovery+ and Roth. Armen Kazazian is the series producer for Cream Productions. Overseeing the series for T+E is Sam Linton, head of original content for Blue Ant Media’s Canadian channels.

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