Fox Soccer Channel will air a movie tonight and Friday on English Premier League team Manchester City. It’ll lead into the team’s playing in the FA Cup Championship on Saturday which also airs on Fox Soccer Channel. Here’s the press release.
Feature Film Makes its U.S. Debut on FOX Soccer Wednesday, May 11 at 8:00 P.M. ET
Los Angeles (May 10, 2011) – FOX Soccer announces the U.S. release of Blue Moon Rising, a landmark feature film charting a year in the life of one of the Barclays Premier League’s most dynamic clubs, Manchester City. The full-length feature film will make its U.S. television debut and air commercial-free on Wednesday, May 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. The film will be replayed on Friday, May 13 at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT, leading up to Manchester City’s FA Cup final match vs. Stoke City at Wembley Stadium on May 14.
Shot using the latest cinema quality ‘Red’ camera technology,Blue Moon Risingfollows a group of Manchester City fans, players and club executives through the 2009-10 season. It captures the emotions of every Man City fan as their hopes and dreams fluctuate with the team’s success and failures. “Manchester City fans are some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the world,” said Joshua Glassel, Vice President of Programming and Acquisitions at FOX Soccer. “We are thrilled to bring their dramatic story to fans in the United States.”
Manchester City, which has not won a major trophy since 1976, was suddenly thrust into the public conscience after a takeover by Sheikh Mansour of Abu Dhabi. Since Sheikh Mansour’s purchase of the club, its profile has vaulted to become the 15th most valuable franchise in world soccer, with an estimated value of $291 million. Manchester City currently sit in fourth place in the English Premier League standings.
Produced by leading sports media company Endemol Sport, Blue Moon Rising takes the viewer from the terraces to the board room with exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of the club’s new owners. The story documents the initial hope and optimism following record-breaking player acquisitions and the euphoria of a 4-2 win against Premier League champion Chelsea, followed by despair after a last-minute derby defeat to Manchester United.
Blue Moon Rising is directed by Stewart Sugg, who has directed BAFTA- and Cannes Grand Prix-winning productions, and produced by Nick London, one of the UK’s foremost documentary producers, with credits including Sky One’s BAFTA award-winning series, Ross Kemp in Afghanistan.
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