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Beta and Red Bull ongoing on ambitious football drama series “The Net” – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Filming of an ambitious European drama series is underway The Internet, on corruption and conspiracies in the world of international football.

The Internet will include four independent series, shot in their local languages, which will function as stand-alone dramas, but also as part of a narrative interwoven through 30 hours of storytelling.

The first of the four seasons to start is that of Austria The Net – Prometheus, which will star Tobias Moretti (Bad banks), Angel Coulby (Merlin), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock), Benjamin Sadler (Tribes of Europe) and Nicolas Goh (Fall from the sky). Andreas Prochaska (The winemaker) directs the film by Martin Ambrosch (Brock) scenario.

Set in the Austrian mountains, the drama will center on Georg Trotter (Moretti), a doctor and former doping agent who abandoned his career after a tragic car crash seriously injuring his wife Diana (Coulby) and killing his beloved son. . Known as a notorious doping hunter and “blood slugger”, Georg is offered the job of running a new, high-performance, hypermodern clinic in the Alps. There, the staff are supposed to get injured footballers back into shape in record time with high-tech training methods, and help young talents become the best footballers in the world. They promote clean sports without illegal tricks; for Georg a job which seems to have been done for him. But soon he has doubts: is it really about the well-being of the players and that of the sport? The closer Georg looks behind the fanciful facade, the more secrets he uncovers, which point not only to the future, but also to his own past.

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Filming has started in Liverpool, Vienna, Bad Gastein and Salzburg and the Austrian drama will be broadcast on Red Bull’s Servus TV and uploaded via ARD Mediathek during the FIFA World Cup, which is due to take place in late 2022 in Qatar.

The German series, produced by Sommerhaus Serien for ARD Degeto, is expected to follow this summer, while an Italian season is currently in development, with filming scheduled to begin later this year, and the fourth series, which takes place in Spain and Latin America, is also developing.

The entire project is co-produced by Das Netz – a joint venture between Red Bull Media House and Beta Film – as well as the local producers of the separate series. It is based on an idea by Matthias Hartmann and Plinio Bachmann.

The Austrian episode is produced by MR Film in co-production with ServusTV, ARD Degeto and Das Netz, supported by the Austrian Television Fund, the Vienna Film Fund and the State of Salzburg

Matthias Hartmann of Red Bull Media House, creator of The Internet, said: “The art of serialized storytelling has made giant strides in recent years. Depending on the genre, he develops very complex and ambivalent characters. For many, series are now synonymous with classic novels. For us, that inevitably leads to the question, if we couldn’t expand the storytelling cosmos and create a global series network, which allows characters and stories to travel. As football is everything, more than money and religion, there is nothing in the world that would be better suited.

Oliver Auspitz of MR Film added: “The Internet is going to be a new way of serial storytelling. Of course, you will only be able to watch and enjoy one of the four series, episode by episode. But it will also be possible to participate in a cross-over adventure if you watch all four series together, each time discovering your favorite characters in different countries and on different missions. Then you will be able to have an overview of the Net. For me as a producer it’s an exciting new way of thinking and producing. It took a long time and it was not easy, but with our amazing team we will be successful – we will go above and beyond. “

Director Andreas Prochaska commented: “The Net is an extraordinary project, which allows me to unite national and international talents in front of the camera. Martin Ambrosch’s screenplay merges drama and science fiction into a complex thriller with many ambivalent characters. The viewer can expect an exciting journey through the worlds of football, doping, medical drama and crime, from Liverpool to Bad Gastein in Austria, from the playground to a high-tech lab with unscrupulous scientists .

Daniel Prochaska (Maximilian) will lead episode five-eight of The Net – Prometheus.

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