James Corden-Produced Unscripted Soccer Series Lands at YouTube
'Training Days' will follow the biggest soccer stars off the field.
YouTube will take viewers behind-the-scenes with some of the world's biggest soccer stars in an original series on its global, ad-supported platform.
The show, tentatively titled Training Days, hails from Fulwell 73, the production company of Late Late Show host James Corden and producer Ben Winston, and will show European soccer players off the field. Each of the 10 episodes of Training Days will start at the training ground for one of Europe's elite soccer teams and, after showing some of the practices, will take the players on an adventure.
Training Days will be executive produced by Corden, Winston, Gabe Turner and Leo Pearlman. Turner will direct and serve as showrunner.
The series is expected to premiere in spring 2018, ahead of the World Cup, which kicks off in June.
"The concept for the show lends itself well to bringing out a different side to our superstars and feels like the perfect fit with YouTube's audience," said Turner. "It's an opportunity to spend time with some of the biggest names in world football and create some truly memorable moments."
Training Days is the latest in YouTube's ad-supported programming effort, which launched this summer with Katy Perry's 96-hour live stream and will continue with unscripted projects from Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Lovato, Kevin Hart and others. The projects, which are available globally, differ from the YouTube-funded originals that are offered through Red, the streamer's $10-per-month streaming service.
"This is our first venture working with European partners to develop advertising-supported premium programming for both global and local audiences," said YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl, who announced Training Days on Thursday at the DMEXCO advertising conference in Germany. "We want to support them in creating groundbreaking stories and formats and expose them to our billion-and-a-half-strong audience."
Training Days adds to a growing roster of sports programming at Fulwell 73, including documentaries I Am Bolt and The Class of 92. The company also produces the Corden-hosted Late Late Show on CBS, Carpool Karaoke: The Series on Apple Music and Drop the Mic on TBS.