LOS ANGELES — The recently revived Rochester Rhinos will be a subject of a documentary.
Love Productions USA, which develops and produces unscripted competition formats and award-winning documentary series, announced Wednesday that it has closed a deal to produce a new series that follows the rebuilding of the Rhinos.
Last week the Rhinos announced that Leicester City standout Jamie Vardy had become co-owners of the team, joining David and Wendy Dworkin. The Dworkins are part-owners of the Sacramento Kings.
The series will be executive produced by the same producers of several Netflix docuseries, including the Emmy Award-winning “Last Chance U” and “Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians,” as well as Amazon’s documentary about the captain of Spain’s Real Madrid soccer team, Sergio Ramos.
With access to management, the coaching team, the owners, players, backroom staff, and more, the documentary series will chart the rebirth of the Rhinos.
As part of the club’s turnaround, the Rhinos will undergo a rebrand and return to action in 2022.
The team has not announced in which league it will compete.
“Jamie Vardy famously went from working on a factory floor to winning the Premier League title with Leicester City when they were a 5,000-1 shot, so as far as underdog stories go, viewers of this series can expect an exciting and entertaining ride,” said Joe LaBracio and Al Edgington, co-presidents of Love Productions USA and Executive Producers of “Rhino Reboot.”
“We have a lot of experience capturing the behind-the-scenes action, drama and ecstasy that goes into preparing a sports team for a winning season. David and Wendy are experienced franchise owners and know a winning opportunity when they spot it, and Jamie is the epitome of why we love sports—an underdog who continues to demonstrate that if you set goals and work hard, you can achieve greatness.”
Vardy added: “We are really looking forward to working with Al and Joe at Love Productions and for them to capture the exciting journey ahead with the Rhinos!”
The series will document the growth of the franchise as Vardy and the Dworkins fill senior roles at the club, including identifying a head coach and chief business officer, find young local players who haven’t yet played at the competitive level and try to build a team on and off the pitch.
“Rhino Reboot” is produced by Love Productions USA. Executive producers are LaBracio (“Last Chance U”; “Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians”), Edgington (“Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians”; “Amazing Race”), Richard McKerrow (“The Great British Bake Off”; “The Great Pottery Throw Down”), Simon Egan (“The King’s Speech”; “Titanic: Case Closed”), Olwyn Silvester (“David Attenborough’s First Life”; “Dateline Jerusalem”), and Adrian Butchart (“Goal!”; “Goal 2”).