Fox Sports announced today that it will be getting into the sports documentary genre with a new series called “Being”. According to Fox Sports President Eric Shanks, “Being” is “the next level of non-fiction storytelling…” The first installment of this new series will air on September 16 surrounding the NFL on Fox.
And the first documentary will focus on the Liverpool franchise in the English Premier League, thus the title will be “Being: Liverpool”, a six part series that will be produced by a veteran of the HBO 24/7 series.
Fox Soccer will air a repeat of the documentary later that evening.
Let’s take a look at what Fox Sports is saying about this new documentary franchise which we can liken to the 30 for 30 franchise on ESPN.
Series Launches Sept. 16 with BEING: LIVERPOOL
New York – What is “being?”
Is it the basic or essential nature of one’s personality? Is it what it means to be you right now? Is it what separates us from everyone else and makes us extraordinary? Is it what defines us? While the answer is certainly complex and different for all, the search is always fascinating, as is BEING, the original, ground-breaking new television franchise from FOX Sports Media Group. First up is BEING: LIVERPOOL coming this September.
FSMG’s new BEING franchise gives fans a deep, thoughtful look at the superstars and teams of today from their point-of-view at a critical juncture or telling moment that shows the viewer who or what they really are. It is intended to be an all-access invitation into the personal and professional lives of some of the iconic people and institutions in today’s sports universe, always asking the question, “What is it like to be you?”
“The BEING franchise is the next level of non-fiction storytelling, where we look forward, not back, and the stories unfold in front of you. We intend to provide fans a connection that humanizes sports heroes and institutions in a fresh and unique way,” said Eric Shanks. “Using brilliant cinematography and presentation, BEING has a unique and distinctive visual style which takes its lead from everything FOX Sports has done since its inception, calling on its signature, brand-defining attitude.”
BEING: LIVERPOOL, a co-production of FOX Soccer and Liverpool Football Club, was originally titled OUR LIVERPOOL: NEVER WALK ALONE when announced in April (http://bit.ly/MLgtOF). It marks the first time in history that a global football power is allowing such unprecedented insider access. The six hour-long episodes are being made available worldwide, with multiple Emmy Award-winning producer Scott Boggins (formerly of HBO’s renowned “24/7” series) leading the project.
BEING: LIVERPOOL premieres Sunday, Sept. 16 on FOX, either preceding (3:00 PM ET) or following (4:30 PM ET) local NFL on FOX singleheader coverage, with two repeats that night on FOX Soccer and MundoFOX (9:00 PM ET/PT), America’s newest over-the-air Spanish-language broadcast network which launches this summer. The program repeats throughout the week on National Geographic Channel, FSN and FUEL TV. Given the wide U.S. reach of FOX, and the anticipated international distribution, the BEING: LIVERPOOL premiere is expected to be available in well over 350 million homes around the world. Such wide distribution is fitting in that Liverpool is one of the most decorated soccer clubs in the world, with 18 topflight English titles, seven FA Cups and a record eight League Cups to its name. Future episodes of BEING: LIVERPOOL debut in prime time on FOX Soccer and MundoFOX beginning Sunday, Sept. 23 (9:00 PM ET/PT), with repeats on National Geographic Channel, FSN and FUEL TV (check local listings).
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