Jamie Vardy to front Sky Sports series

Jamie Vardy to front Sky Sports series
25th October 2016 admin
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Sky Sports has ordered a six-part series fea­tur­ing Leicester City and Eng­land striker Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy from Zig Zag.

The indie scored access to the Premier League win­ner earlier this year and is now pro­du­cing a 6 x 60-minute series with the pay-TV broad­caster.

The com­mis­sion is the latest co-pro­duc­tion with Krem­pel­wood Enter­tain­ment, the fledgling con­tent agency foun­ded by former Sky com­mer­cial dir­ector Mark Wood and Spon­sor­vi­sion founder Blair Krem­pel, which is also pro­du­cing North One’s His­tory series Rocket Ronnie’s Amer­ican Hustle and Chan­nel 5’s STV-pro­duced Tour De Celeb.

It is also pro­duced in asso­ci­ation with Fleet Street Sport & Media Group, which was foun­ded by former Irish striker Niall Quinn MBE.

The doc­u­ment­ary series will explore Vardy’s V9 Academy, set up to dis­cover the next gen­er­a­tion of foot­balling stars from non-league tal­ent.

The academy will host its first intake of 42 play­ers in May 2017 at Manchester City’s train­ing com­plex. The suc­cess­ful applic­ants will be split into three teams of 14 play­ers for a week-long res­id­en­tial pro­gramme. Pro­fes­sional scouts and agents from Key Sports Man­age­ment will also be in attend­ance.

The show, which ori­gin­ally had a work­ing title of Jamie Vardy’s Hav­ing An Academy, was com­mis­sioned by Sky Sports’ Andy Feeney and is exec pro­duced by Zig Zag’s Danny Fenton and Andy Scott.

Fenton said Vardy was the “poster boy” for Leicester’s suc­cess the pre­vi­ous sea­son.

Now he wants to offer that fairy tale oppor­tun­ity to oth­ers like him who are play­ing in the non-league and want to be pro­fes­sion­als,” he added.

Zig Zag has secured exclus­ive access to Jamie and his V9 Academy and with the sup­port of Sky we look for­ward to bring­ing this six-part series to the world.”