Amazon To Feature Univ. Of Michigan Football Team's '17 Season In New Docu-Series
Amazon is "further expanding its reach into sports programming" and has ordered a Univ. of Michigan football series that follows coach Jim Harbaugh and the team throughout the '17 season, according to Bryn Sandberg of the HOLLYWOOD REPORTER. The as-yet-named series will be "produced by BTN Originals, The Montag Group and Jim Jorden Productions" and will "offer exclusive access" to the 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 in Ann Arbor." The show will be "executive produced by Sandy Montag, Kirk Reynolds, Ron Lynn and Jim Jorden." Sandberg wrote Amazon has "set itself apart from other streaming competition like Netflix and Hulu with its push into the arena of sports programming" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 9/12). In Michigan, Aaron McMann noted the eight-episode series' first episode is "scheduled to air" in January '18. Cameramen from BTN have "been present around the team in recent weeks." The docu-series will be the "first of its kind on Amazon Prime" (MLIVE.com, 9/12).