Sunset+Vine scores Channel 5 Football League highlights show deal

DetailsEditor | 21 May 2015

In a deal that will bring 80 hours of programming to UK broadcaster Channel 5 each season, UK super indie Sunset+Vine has won production rights for the highlights show of the English Football League.

The league comprises three divisions sitting below the fabled English Premier League (EPL), promotion to which will have unprecedented importance, and hopefully viewer interest, in the forthcoming season as the promoted teams from Football League Championship will be the first to cash in from the new Premier League mega deal starting in the 2016/17 season.

Sunset+Vine's three-year contract covers the production of 46x90-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. It will also 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.

"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," said Paul Dunthorne, chief operating officer of rights holder Channel 5. "[It was] 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."

Added Sunset+Vine chairman Jeff Foulser: "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."