Series premieres of The Z Team and Gold Medal Entourage highlight this month’s original programming
MADRID – Featuring Olympic stars and stories from around the globe, the Olympic Channel presents an action-packed line up of original shows and series premiering in the month of October. From the high-stakes docu-reality show The Z Team and the heart-warming Cambodia’s Search for Glory to the behind the scenes of athlete’s everyday lives with Gold Medal Entourage and the factual driven On the Line: 100 Meters, viewers can look forward to an insider’s look into their favourite sports and athletes like they have never seen them before exclusively on the Olympic Channel digital platform.
Olympic Channel original programming showcases both short form and long form content focusing on elite athletes and their quest for success as part of the channel’s overall mission to reach younger generations and fans through content that strengthens their connection to the Olympic Movement outside of the Games themselves.
The scope of the Olympic Channel’s original programming covers a diverse array of subjects including training, educational and youth-oriented topics, sustainability, sports science and nutrition, healthy and active lifestyles, historical footage and official films from the IOC’s archives.
The Olympic Channel has commissioned original productions from best-in-class production companies from Cambodia to Rwanda, India to Cuba, Qatar to Argentina and everywhere in between. Currently, there are more than fifty series in production including those from leaders in millennial-focused programming.
First on the October schedule is the series premiere of The Z Team on Tuesday, 4 October. In the humorous and emotional reality series, some of the most unaccomplished youth sports teams receive a helping hand from a game-changing coach and Olympic legend for whom losing is not an option. In the premiere episode, former South African National Team defender Matthew Booth coaches the Hout Bay United Football Community on how to go from being winless to winners. The series is produced by The Moment from Great Britain. (New episodes every Tuesday.)
For an inside look at the team behind the athlete, check out Gold Medal Entouragepremiering with three episodes on Monday, 10 October. Each new episode features the relationship between an Olympian and a key member of their personal support team such as Team USA fencer and Olympic medallist Miles Chamley-Watson and his tattoo artist Noma Han. The series is produced by ThePostGame from the U.S.A. (New episodes every Monday.)
Prepare to be inspired with the animated special Cambodia’s Search for Glorypremiering on Wednesday, 26 October featuring flagbearer Sorn Seavmey as she tries to win her country’s first-ever Olympic medal in Rio in Taekwondo. Produced by ithinkasia from Cambodia.
Relive unique moments in the history of athletics with the series premiere of On the Line: 100 Meters, a dynamic, visual journey where sprinters share what really happened beyond the track, on Friday, 21 October. Utilizing the rich Olympic archive and original interviews, each episode focuses on a single Games and story, including the failed attempt by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to facilitate the desertion of a Soviet athlete at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome. The series is produced by El Cangrejo from Spain. (New episodes every Friday.)
“From the beginning of the commissioning process, we’ve sought break-out creative concepts that push the boundaries of digital and sports content while also delivering programming that is authentic to our target demographic,” said Federico de Mojana, Olympic Channel head of programming. “The unmatched diversity of our programming slate and the global flavour of our production partners is a testament to the ambition of the Olympic Channel and what differentiates us from any other sports network in the marketplace.”
The Olympic Channel is a new, ground-breaking digital platform where fans can experience the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round, and is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and atolympicchannel.com.
Olympic Channel Original Programming New Episode Highlights: October 2016
Week of 3 October
|4 Oct.||Before They Were Superstars: Justin Gatlin (USA)||Athletics|
|4 Oct.||The Z Team: Matthew Booth (RSA) coaches Hout Bay United Football Community (RSA)*||Football|
|6 Oct.||Heroes of the Future||Various|
|7 Oct.||Flag and Family: Alexandri Sisters (AUT)||Synch. Swimming|
Week 10 of October
|10 Oct.||Gold Medal Entourage: Miles Chamley-Watson (USA) and Noma Han*||Fencing|
|10 Oct.||Gold Medal Entourage: Jaime Espinal (PUR) and Franklin Gomez||Wrestling|
|10 Oct.||Gold Medal Entourage: Devin Logan (USA) and Dave Coombs||Freestyle Skiing|
|11 Oct.||Before They Were Superstars: Neymar (BRA)||Football|
|11 Oct.||Before They Were Superstars: Mariana Pajon (COL)||Cycling BMX|
|11 Oct.||The Z Team: Danielle Scott-Arruda (USA) coaches Tuskers Volleyball Club (GB)||Volleyball|
|13 Oct.||Heroes of the Future||Various|
Week of 17 October
|17 Oct.||Gold Medal Entourage: Mia Hamm (USA) and Dr. Colleen Hacker||Football|
|18 Oct.||The Z Team: Daniele Sauvageau (CAN) coaches The Force Ice Hockey Team (USA)||Ice Hockey|
|20 Oct.||Heroes of the Future||Various|
|21 Oct.||On the Line: 100 Meters: Roma 1960 – Spies on Spikes*||Athletics|
|21 Oct.||On the Line: 100 Meters: Munich 1972 – Too Late||Athletics|
|21 Oct.||On the Line: 100 Meters: Moscow 1980 – The Accidental Hero||Athletics|
Week of 24 October
|24 Oct.||Gold Medal Entourage: Kevin Durant (USA) and Ryan Lopez||Basketball|
|25 Oct.||The Z Team: Colin Gregor (SCT) coaches Fallbrook Braves Rugby Club (USA)||Rugby|
|26 Oct.||Cambodia’s Search for Glory: Featuring Sorn Seavmey (CAM)*||Taekwondo|
|27 Oct.||Heroes of the Future||Various|
|28 Oct.||On the Line: 100 Meters: Helsinki 1952 – Cowboy Runner||Athletics|
* Series Premiere.
Schedule is subject to change.
About the Olympic Channel
The Olympic Channel is a new, multi-platform digital experience where fans can discover, engage and share in the power of sport and the excitement of the Olympic Games all year round. A free platform offering original programming, news, live sports events and highlights, the Olympic Channel provides additional exposure for sports and athletes 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Olympic Channel was launched in August 2016 in support of the IOC’s goal, set out in Olympic Agenda 2020, of providing a new way to engage younger generations, fans and new audiences with the Olympic Movement. Founding Partners supporting the Olympic Channel are Worldwide TOP Partners Bridgestone and Toyota. The Olympic Channel is available worldwide via mobile apps for Android and iOS devices and at olympicchannel.com