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Amazon joins college football battle

Amazon has become the latest US streamer to greenlight a factual series following a US university’s American Football team during an entire season.

Conrad Riggs

The as-yet-untitled show will revolve around the University of Michigan Football Team and coach Jim Harbaugh during the 2017 season.

It comes from US-based prodcos BTN Originals, The Montag Group and Jim Jorden Productions and promises “unprecedented access” to the college team.

Cameras will follow Harbaugh, his assistant coaches, the student athletes and their support system on and off the field, giving viewers an inside look at the team, game, practice and life outside the sport.

Last month Netflix commissioned a third season of its sports documentary series Last Chance U, which also offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of US college football.

The show is produced in association with Condé Nast Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment and One Potato Productions.

Conrad Riggs, head of unscripted at Amazon Originals, said his series “will show viewers an elite college football programme in a way that’s never been done before.”

“We pride ourselves on offering Prime members access to the people and worlds that they simply cannot find anywhere else,” he said.

Amazon’s series will be executive produced by Sandy Montag (Perfect in ’76), Kirk Reynolds, Ron Lynn and Jim Jorden.

The series will be a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

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