DAZN acquires Chelsea FC Women doc
May 19, 2022
DAZN, the sports streaming service, has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Asia-Pacific) to Fulwell 73’s latest sports documentary series One Team, One Dream, a behind-the-scenes look at Chelsea FC Women (CFCW), produced in partnership with Waffle Iron Entertainment.
Produced and directed by Alex Sunderland and executive produced by Fulwell 73’s Leo Pearlman and Ben Turner, the six-part series follows the fortunes of Chelsea FC Women. For the first time, cameras have captured the drama, passion, and pressure of life at the top of one of the fastest growing sports on the planet.
The series tells the tale of a remarkable period (2019-2021) when the team needed to regain their status at the top in a world where the doors are finally flung open for women football. Through the season the series will explore the highs and lows of an increasingly professional, commercialised and highly competitive game and all the added pressure those stakes bring.
Featuring iconic manager Emma Hayes OBE, who oversaw the club’s rise to the top, Barclays FA Women’s Super League Player of the Season Bethany England, Ballon d’Or nominee Sam Kerr and prolific England striker Fran Kirby, the first episode of the series will land on DAZN and DAZN’s UEFA Women’s Champions League YouTube channel on May 29th.
Grant Best, DAZN’s EVP Global Commissioning and Original Content, commented: “It has never been more important to increase visibility and access to the world of women’s sport, and telling the stories of its greatest athletes and coaches is one more way we can do that. Fulwell 73 is a world class content creator and we’re excited to bring One Team, One Dream to fans around the globe. This is just another example of how DAZN and DAZN Studios is working with leading talent in the TV industry to create a true sports entertainment platform.”
Leo Pearlman, partner at Fulwell 73, added: “We’re really pleased to be partnering with DAZN Group and Waffle Iron Entertainment to bring One Team, One Dream to audiences around the world. This exciting era-defining series about Chelsea FC Women will give viewers a never-before-seen look at one of the highest calibre women’s football clubs in the world. But this series is about so much more than football. It shines a light on the powerful, human stories at the heart of the club, it’s about leadership at a pivotal time for women’s sport and how you win against all odds with a multinational team against the backdrop of a global pandemic.”
Guy Laurence, CEO of Chelsea Football Club, said: “We’ve always known how phenomenal our Women’s team are and how much hard work and commitment the players, Emma Hayes and the support team put in behind the scenes each and every day. One Team, One Dream now offers fans a fascinating opportunity to experience this for themselves and understand what it takes to become an elite women’s footballer here at Chelsea, playing in one of the best leagues in the world. We look forward to sharing these past experiences with our fans and take them on our journey with us.”