EXCLUSIVE: Filming is underway for an ambitious European drama series Network, about corruption and conspiracies in the world of international football.
Network It will comprise four independent series, filmed in their local languages, which will function as stand-alone dramas, but also as part of a narrative woven throughout 30 hours of storytelling.
The first of the four seasons to start is Austria’s. The Network – Prometheus, which will star Tobias Moretti (Bad banks), Angel Coulby (Merlin), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Benjamin Sadler (Tribes of Europe) and Nicholas Goh (Skyfall). Andreas Prochaska (The winemaker) directs the Martin Ambrosch film (Brock) text.
Set in the mountains of Austria, the drama will focus on Georg Trotter (Moretti), a doctor and former doping agent who abandoned his career after a tragic car accident that seriously injured his wife Diana (Coulby) and killed his beloved son. . Known as a notorious doping hunter and “bloodhound”, Georg is offered to run a new high-performance, hyper-modern clinic in the Alps. There, the staff are supposed to regain the shape of injured footballers in record time with high-tech training methods and help young talents to become the best footballers in the world. They promote clean sports without illegal gimmicks; for Georg a job that seems to have been done for him. But soon, you have doubts: is it really about the well-being of the players and the sport? The closer Georg looks behind the elegant facade, the more secrets he discovers, which not only point to the future, but also to his own past.
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Filming has begun in Liverpool, Vienna, Bad Gastein and Salzburg, and the Austrian drama will air on Red Bull’s Servus TV and will be online via ARD Mediathek during the FIFA World Cup, which will take place at the end of 2022 in Qatar.
The German series, produced by Sommerhaus Serien for ARD Degeto, is scheduled to follow this summer, while an Italian season is currently in development, which will begin filming later this year, and the fourth series, set in Spain and Latin America. , is also under development.
The entire project is co-produced by Das Netz, a joint venture between Red Bull Media House and Beta Film, as well as local producers of the separate series. It is based on an idea by Matthias Hartmann and Pliny Bachmann.
The Austrian installation is produced by MR Film in co-production with ServusTV, ARD Degeto and Das Netz, with the support of the Austrian Television Fund, Vienna Film Fund and the state of Salzburg.
Matthias Hartmann of Red Bull Media House, creator of Network, said: “The art of serialized storytelling has made giant strides in recent years. Depending on the genres, he developed highly complex and ambivalent characters. For many, the series are now synonymous with classic novels. For us, this inevitably leads to the question, whether we could not extend the narrative cosmos and create a global series network, allowing characters and stories to travel. As football is everything, more than money and religion, there is nothing in the world that suits better. “
Oliver Auspitz of MR Film added: “Network it’s going to be a new way of serial storytelling. Of course, you will be able to watch and enjoy only one of the four series, episode by episode. But it will also be possible to participate in a crossover adventure if you watch the four series together, discovering each time your favorite characters in different countries and in different missions. Then you can get the big picture of the internet. For me, as a producer, it is an exciting new way of thinking and producing. He took his time and it wasn’t easy, but with our extraordinary team, we will make it through, we will go beyond the ordinary. “
Director Andreas Prochaska commented: “The Network is an extraordinary project, which allows me to unite national and international talent in front of the camera. Martin Ambrosch’s script fuses drama and science fiction in a complex thriller with many ambivalent characters. The viewer can look forward to a thrilling journey through the worlds of football, doping, medical drama and crime, from Liverpool to Austria’s Bad Gastein, from the playing field to a high-tech laboratory with unsurpassed scientists. scruples “.
Daniel Prochaska (Maximilian) will assume the directing duties for episode five-eight of The Network – Prometheus.