Following the success of NBC’s ‘South London and Proud’ documentary, the broadcaster has been back at the club to film what is the first of the channel’s new ‘Behind the Badge’ series which takes US soccer fans behind the scenes of a Premier League club.
Filmed over eighteen days and covering four matches, viewers will be treated to four thirty-minute episodes charting the Eagles’ work on and off the pitch, starting with Palace’s away trip to Southampton in the third round of the FA Cup.
The series focuses on eight key characters, including manager Alan Pardew and chairman Steve Parish, as well as highlighting the roles played by some of the less recognisable faces who help make the club tick.
NBC launches Episode 1 this Sunday (17th) which will be available to watch Monday on our free membership site Eagles.cpfc.co.uk - click here to see our behind the scenes footage of how filming has gone so far!
Produced by Goal Hanger Films, Executive Producer Tony Pastor says Palace can use the documentary to reach a number of fans in the US who are yet to place their allegiance to a club.
“Soccer is big business over in the States and Palace is going to be the first of these NBC documentaries where they show the working life of a football club. America is a big market place for Palace and there is an awful lot of people who don’t have a club but who just like the game, and there’s a chance to build a whole Crystal Palace support base out there which could be very valuable.”
Set up with Gary Lineker eighteen months ago (who will be the voiceover for the documentary), the company is carving out a niche with its ‘access all areas’ sporting documentaries, with films already appearing on the BBC and ITV.
“We’ve done some interesting things this past year, we made a film about the FA Cup, and another about Wayne Rooney which both went out on the BBC, and we did one with Kevin Pietersen for ITV. We’ve tried to specialise the company in making access documentaries like this one and all of our films have been taken up and shown in the States.”
Once released, all four episodes will be free to watch on Eagles.cpfc.co.uk.