MTV International has commissioned a new footballer-themed edition of its MTV Cribs series, titled MTV Cribs: Footballers Stay Home.
Produced remotely by Otro Studios, the four-part series will get up close and personal with a number of top international footballers amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will follow the footballers’ daily routines, including how they are keeping fit, what’s in their fridge and their amusing pastimes. MTV Cribs: Footballers Stay Home will feature England and Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, Brazil and Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira, Belgian footballing legend Axel Witsel, FIFA 2017 female player of the year Lieke Martens and Arsenal center-back David Luiz.
Production is underway, with the footballers filming themselves, guided by a remote production team working from home. The athletes will use a high spec iPhone that is attached to a handheld camera rig, allowing the production team to see what the camera sees in real-time via video conferencing. Further, each player is hooked up via audio output from the high spec iPhone to the producer, who guides them around their house as if they were in there with them.
The series is set to air on June 1 across MTV’s network of international channels and digital platforms, spanning 180 countries.
Craig Orr, VP of commissioning and development at MTV International, said: “MTV Cribs remains one of the most iconic shows in MTV’s history and whilst fans are home missing sports and seeking fitness ideas, we’ve asked some of our footie favorites to shed light on their stay-at-home routines.”
Claire McArdle, managing director at Otro said: “MTV Cribs is one of those rare things—a cult hit that is still going strong 20 years on—so we are over the moon to be working with MTV International on these special football episodes. Our production team has already done an extraordinary job negotiating the technical challenges of the current situation and we’re looking forward to delivering more unique insights into the homelives of football stars around the world.”