Gordon Ramsay of FOX’s MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen Joins FOX Sports’ Rob Stone and Executive Producers, Mario Melchiot and David Worthen Brooks
PHENOMS Follows Rising Stars of the Sport and Debuts This Spring on FOX, Leading Up to the FIFA World Cup™
LOS ANGELES, CA – FOX Sports today announced the first sneak peek at the highly anticipated documentary series, PHENOMS, set for a celebration at the FOX Sports House during the 2018 South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals. This captivating global sports documentary following rising stars on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, includes commentary and participation from over 60 players, shot in 20 countries by 12 directors. It will debut on FOX and FS1 In May.
The PHENOMS kickoff event at SXSW® will take place Sunday, March 11 at 8pm with a special menu of international hors d’oeuvres planned by Gordon Ramsay (Star of FOX’s MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, Hell’s Kitchen, 24 Hours to Hell and Back). Rob Stone (FOX Sports Studio Host), Ramsay, Mario Melchiot (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; former professional player) and David Worthen Brooks (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; Vice President, FOX Digital Studio) will come together to showcase and discuss the beautiful game and its rising stars The FOX Sports House is in downtown Austin, TX within walking distance of the Austin Convention Center at 318 Colorado Street.
PHENOMS is a 5-part documentary mini-series that chronicles the journey of the next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. The series allows fans and viewers to experience the personal lives of players through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access. Some of the players featured include young stars from the world’s top clubs and countries such as Dele Alli, Davinson Sanchez, Marco Asensio, Paulo Dybala, Gabriel Jesus, Ousmane Dembele, Adrien Rabiot, Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Hirving Lozano and Marquinhos.
“We have been working with a top team of Directors to create some of the most compelling global human-interest stories around the world of soccer and the players personal stories,” said David Worthen Brooks, Executive Producer of PHENOMS. “We are thrilled to give a sneak peak of the players stories and to showcase this content on such a large scale at SXSW.”
PHENOMS has been created by the world’s top sports documentarians and award-winning storytellers — filmmakers who’ve won Emmys, Peabodys, and Academy Awards including Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, Kevin Klauber, Chris Perkel, Leo Pearlman, Jane Preston, Alastair Uhlig, Lovinsa Kavuma, Bart van den Aardweg, Mirko Dreiling, Marco Schillaci, Gilles Rof, Joan Lloret, and Sofia Geveyler.
FOX Sports has partnered with associate sponsor Hisense, a global technology leader and an Official Sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, to bring PHENOMS to life at the FOX Sports House experience at SXSW® in Austin, Texas.
The FOX Sports House opens on Friday, March 9, 2018 and runs through Monday, March 12 for SXSW® attendees. The experience serves as a hub for additional FOX Sports’ innovative partnership announcements ahead of the World Cup™, including expert panels, technology and daily streaming.
PHENOMS Website: www.Phenoms2018.com
SXSW® dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, TX, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features conference programming, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2018 will take place March 9- 18, 2018.
About FOX Sports
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com and FOX Sports GO. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that established the FOX Sports Radio Network.
About FOX Digital Studio
Fox Digital Studio is dedicated to developing, producing, and distributing original and derivative content for a wide array of new and traditional media platforms including ITunes, Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. In recent years, Fox Digital Studio has revolutionized short branded content by cultivating story-based partnerships with top companies such as Mars Candy, National Geographic and NASA. Their prolific slate of made-for-digital content includes feature films, series, and documentaries. Recognized for their work by top tier festivals such as Cannes, Sundance and South by Southwest, the digital division of 21st Century Fox continues to push creative boundaries wherever they can. Their latest project, Phenoms, a global scale documentary series that follows key players and their journey leading up to the 2018 World Cup, will be the most epic soccer documentary to date.