IMPACT TO PROCUDE A FULL SEASON OF WORLD OF SPORT FOR ITV UK
TV Studios Entertainment Manchester is bringing World of Sport Wrestling back to ITV, for a 10 part series.
It’s teamed up with Anthem Sports and Entertainment Corp, the parent company of Impact Wrestling and will be filming events the Preston Guild Hall in May.
The commission comes following a one-off special which aired on New Year’s Eve.
“Britain’s wrestling scene is thriving and there has never been a better time to bring it back to ITV after a gap of 30 years,” said Tom Mclennan, director of entertainment, ITV Studios Manchester.
World Of Sport was an institution in its own right, launched in the 60’s as a rival to Grandstand, it was variously hosted by Eammon Andrews, Dickie Davies, Fred Dineage and Jim Rosenthal. It was axed in the mid 1980s.
IMPACT Chief Creative Officer Jeff Jarrett will act as Executive Producer and bring his talents to the revival of British wrestling: “The World of Sport brand is etched in professional wrestling tradition. My family’s lineage in the industry dates back 70-plus years, so I am honoured for the opportunity to work on reviving the legacy of this historic British series.”
ITV Studios will co-produce the new 10-part WOS series with Anthem. The Executive producers for ITV Studios are Tom Mclennan and Simon Marsh.
A launch event is planned for this Monday. Jarrett and Jeremy Borash will be on hand to discuss the working relationship that WOS and iMPACT Wrestling have agreed upon.
The new 10-part series is currently set to be recorded in the Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 25th May and Friday 26th May with tickets going on sale at 9 am on Friday 7th April from gigsandtours.com, ticketmaster.co.uk, and prestonguildhall.co.uk.
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