Filming has begun on four-part returnable Sky Originals documentary The Window, which covers the football transfer window.
Produced by Universal Pictures Content Group and Pitch Productions, the 4×60 minutes series will air on Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW in November 2022 in the UK, Ireland, Italy and Germany – and is currently being sold to other international broadcasters.
The Window will feature some of Europe’s biggest football agents, their elite clients and top-level clubs as they make their deals in this summer’s transfer window. Cameras will follow the characters behind the scenes as they pull the strings.
It has been commissioned for Sky Documentaries by Jamie Morris, director of programmes, UK & Ireland and Jack Oliver, head of co-productions for Zai Bennett, managing director of content. Emmy Award winner Justin Webster (FC Barcelona Confidential, Six Dreams) directs, and it is produced by award-winning Adam Darke (Forbidden Games, All Or Nothing: Juventus) with executive producers Jon Owen, Jonathan Rogers for Pitch Productions and Helen Parker for Universal Pictures Content Group.
This announcement comes as Sky appears to ramp up its sports content, with it also snapping up Brazil 2002: The Real Story, a behind-the-scenes look at Brazil’s 2002 World Cup victory from Collective Media Group, Entourage Sports & Entertainment and Trailer Films.
Helen Parker, senior xecutive officer at Universal Pictures Content Group said: “The Window will provide a unique insight into the ‘live show’ that is the transfer period, full of drama and jeopardy, as nail-biting and potentially life changing deals transform the footballing landscape, minute by minute. It’s a series about dispelling the myths and legends of this heightened time and exploring the human stories behind the moves. This summer will see one of the most exciting transfer windows in a long time, and we’ll be following the big agents and players as they plan and discuss their moves in this critical time-period.”
Jamie Morris, director of programmes, UK & Ireland for Sky, added: “At Sky we know football is not just a game – it is life, community, passion and drama – and in Universal Pictures Content Group & Pitch International we have partners who understand that too. Their captivating look at the world of life-changing deals and the wider consequences that each move has on players, their families, fans, clubs and leagues is going to prove truly compelling for our viewers”.
Jonathan Rogers, executive producer for Pitch International, commented: “We are thrilled to be working with Universal Pictures Content Group and Sky to bring the incredible stories behind the hype and drama of transfer deadline day. The deals have already begun and we will be looking several steps ahead, tracking the multitude of complex moves and the ultimate consequences of every transfer that will bring the fans across the world unbridled joy and desperate disappointment in equal measure.”
By Max Miller, Broadcast Now