IMG renews Premier League Productions role to 2022
IMG, the international sports and entertainment company, has today been awarded a new three-year contract to continue operating Premier League Productions, the service that handles the production and distribution of international programming for English soccer's top-flight.
The new agreement runs from 2019-20 to 2021-22, and once again includes the broadcasting of all 380 Premier League matches each season, seven magazine shows each week and the production of the 24-hour content service which is offered by some international rights-holding broadcasters as a full channel.
Some 76 matches in the 2019-20 season will be broadcast in Ultra High-Definition, or 4K, while 500 match promotions and 50 pieces of short-form content will be produced each week.
Next season will also feature the introduction of Video Assistant Referees to the Premier League, with the operation based at IMG Studios at Stockley Park in west London.
IMG has served as the Premier League’s international production partner since 1997.
Paul Molnar, Premier League director of broadcasting, said: “We are now entering our 16th year in partnership with IMG for the management of Premier League Productions. The suite of programming and service provision delivered by PLP is best in class and we look forward to continuing our work with IMG to further improve this service to our international broadcast partners over the next three seasons.”
Nick Morgan, managing director, PLP, added: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with the Premier League and to be playing our part in bringing live coverage of the most watched and popular football league in the world. We continue to strive to enhance and improve our offering to international broadcast licensees to enable the very highest production values for them and their millions of viewers around the world.”