Prime Video Greenlights Good Neighbors Soccer Doc
Prime Video has greenlit the three-part docuseries Good Neighbors, which explores the rivalry between the Mexican and American national men’s soccer teams.
Good Neighbors will peel back the many layers of the 30-year rivalry, spotlighting the personal and professional arcs of stars from each nation, including Landon Donovan from the U.S. and Mexico’s Rafa Márquez. It is slated to debut this fall around the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Over its three episodes, Good Neighbors will also examine the international battle for on-field talent and fan support. Both teams have qualified for this year’s World Cup, which will kick off in November in Qatar.
Good Neighbors is a co-production from Prime Video Sports and Skydance Sports, with Meadowlark Media and Ocellated producing. The series is directed by Academy Award-nominated Nicaraguan filmmaker Gabriel Serra.
Matt Newman, head of Prime Video’s original sports content, said: “With anticipation building for the World Cup, we’re thrilled to bring audiences this incredible docuseries about the electric rivalry between these cross-border national teams. Good Neighbors is the first in an exciting new slate of original sports programming Prime Video Sports will be rolling out over the next several years. We can’t wait for fans to learn more about all the amazing content we have on the horizon.”
Marie Donoghue, VP of global sports video at Amazon, said: “Good Neighbors is the type of global storytelling we’re delighted to bring to our Prime Video customers, as we continue to expand our slate of scripted and unscripted sports programming to complement our marquee live sports offerings.”
Jon Weinbach, president of Skydance Sports, said: “The U.S.-Mexico rivalry is a fantastic, multilayered narrative that is both timely and timeless, and we’re incredibly excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with Prime Video Sports, Meadowlark and Ocellated in bringing this story to a global audience.”
John Skipper, CEO of Meadowlark, said: “With its reputation, brand, worldwide distribution, and impressive portfolio of global football rights, Prime Video is a spectacular service on which to debut Good Neighbors, and surrounding the World Cup is the perfect time to do so.”
Dante Moller, CEO of Ocellated Media, said: “We are happy to collaborate with Prime Video on this story that covers both sides of the border. Good Neighbors is a story that needs to be told in a balanced and profound way. The U.S.-Mexico fútbol rivalry is complex and controversial, but also displays a beautiful side of the greatest sport in the world.”