DAZN Launches DAZN Studios | DAZN News Ukraine
DAZN is further investing in its global original production strategy with the launch of the content development arm, DAZN Studios. The division will strengthen the company’s ability to create development deals, sell and license its original documentaries, series and sports films, and explore new production opportunities.
DAZN Studios will launch as the streaming service unveils its global slate of original content for 2022, featuring a lineup of global sports icons including Ronaldo Nazario De Lima and Diego Maradona. As the sports world prepares for another thrilling FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022, DAZN’s list brings together a collection of evocative stories from past tournaments that have captured the attention and imagination of the world, as part of its “World Cup Stories” series.
DAZN is currently working with some of the biggest names in sports and film through its DAZN Originals brand of productions, including La Guerra Civil directed by Eva Longoria Bastón, which will premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, DAZN Studios will seek to working with the next generation of content creators to develop exciting new programming that reflects the future of storytelling in sports.
DAZN COO Ed McCarthy said, “Sport has the power to inspire and connect people around the world, and evocative storytelling can bring us closer to its beating heart. DAZN Studios will allow us to expand our original programming offering with productions that not only spark deeper engagement with fans, but create opportunities through licensing, distribution, advertising and commissions.
“We know the way we tell stories is constantly evolving. We already work with some of the biggest names and organizations in sports and film today, but as DAZN continues to grow, we also want to enable to the next generation of filmmakers and investing in future sports storytelling talent.
“We are incredibly excited to work with the next generation of creators and provide them with an environment to do what they do best; create engaging and innovative productions.” added Grant Best, EVP Global Commissioning & Original Content at DAZN. “DAZN Studios will be a space where artists will have the space to be creative and produce documentaries, series and films in the world of sport.”
The 2022 winners are as follows:
The first feature documentary in DAZN’s “World Cup Stories” series celebrating the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – green lions explores the untold and inspiring story of Cameroon’s 1990 World Cup heroes. The film shines a light on one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history; when African nation Cameroon beat reigning world champions Argentina in the opening match of Italia ’90. More than 30 years after these captivating events, green lions takes viewers inside Cameroon’s training camp to tell the full story from the perspective of those involved for the first time and how their success has impacted the development of a nation and its players. Produced with Archer’s Mark and Dark Pictures, for DAZN – Green Lions is an intimate reflection on a team of enthusiasts, who dared to dream, achieved the impossible and inspired a generation across the world.
Maradona: the fall is an explosive behind-the-scenes look at one of the biggest controversies in World Cup history. The feature-length documentary explores the downfall of soccer legend Diego Maradona following a failed drug test during the 1994 World Cup, as told by the people inside. With exclusive interviews with FIFA President Sepp Blatter, Claudio Caniggia and Alan Rothenberg. Maradona: the fall is directed by Angus MacQueen (Maradona in Mexico) and produced by Ronachan Films and will land on DAZN globally in Fall 2022.
The long-awaited second production of DAZN’s 3-project development deal with Brazilian soccer icon Ronaldo – Ronnie documents the ultimate redemption story of O Fenomeno. A film of heady highs and earth-shattering lows, the feature-length documentary explores Ronaldo Nazario de Lima’s World Cup career; of the mystery that shrouded the World Cup final in France 98, followed by two debilitating knee injuries that forced the world’s greatest striker to spend far too long on the sidelines. Featuring exclusive interviews with footballing superstars Roberto Carlos, Paulo Maldini, Romário de Souza Faria and Zinedine Zidane, Ronnie is a Zoom Sport production with DAZN and slated for theatrical release in 2022.