New deal will bring 80 hours of football programming to Channel 5 each season.
Channel 5 has awarded the contract to produce its forthcoming Football League highlights show to Sunset+Vine, part of The Tinopolis Group, after a tender process.
The three-year contract with Sunset+Vine covers the production of 46, 90-minute highlights shows to broadcast at 9pm on Channel 5 on Saturday nights throughout the season starting in August 2015. Each show will feature footage, including every single goal, from matches in all three divisions of the Sky Bet Football League.
In addition, Sunset+Vine will produce a further three one-hour shows covering each round of the end of season play-offs across all three divisions in the Football League, plus eight one-hour highlights shows covering the action from each round of the Capital One Cup. The shows will be produced for Sunset+Vine by Executive Producer Stephen Booth and Series Producer Pete Thomas, with match footage to be filmed, edited and supplied by the Football League’s new production partner ITN Productions.
At the same time, Channel 5 has hired experienced sports TV executive, Mark Sharman, as a consultant to oversee production of the new highlights show on its behalf. Sharman is a former Director of Sport at both Channel 4 and ITV, as well as having previously worked as Deputy Managing Director of Sky Sports and Director of Broadcasting, Sky Networks.
Paul Dunthorne, Channel 5’s Chief Operating Officer, said: “Sunset+Vine has engaged sports fans for Channel 5 with its innovative, high quality coverage of Test Cricket and we’re excited by their proposed approach to bringing football back to the channel. Mark has been instrumental in some of the very best sports broadcasting on British TV; working in partnership with Sunset+Vine, we’re confident our Football League show could not be in better hands.”
Jeff Foulser, Sunset+Vine’s Chairman, commented: “We are delighted to have been entrusted by Channel 5 to tackle this hugely exciting opportunity and we want to create a show that connects footballers, fans and viewers together in the way that only football can. A programme that gets to the heart and soul of our national game.”
The first programme in the new series is scheduled to air on 9th August 2015.