Netflix scores soccer doc for Latin America

Netflix has acquired the rights to Red Arrow International's Mata Mata, to stream within Latin American territories just before the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.
May 20, 2014

Netflix has acquired the rights for Red Arrow International’s soccer documentary Mata Mata to stream in the service’s Latin American territories, it was announced Tuesday.

Red Arrow International is a global programming house that has handled international sales for such titles as Amazon’s Bosch, Netflix’s Lilyhammer, NBC’s Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, and ABC’s The Taste. The company also co-produces and provides production financing for a wide array of scripted and non-scripted projects.

Produced by F24 Film for Germany’s SWR/ARD, Mata Mata (Brazilian term for ‘knockout match’), explores the lives of rising soccer talents and the cut-throat business of the sport they play. Athletes featured in the doc include 17-year-old Danilo, as he gets flooded by offers from top European clubs; Bayer Leverkusen’s 18-year-old central defender Carlinhos; and FC Bayern Munich defender Dante, 30.

Mata Mata, which debuted on Netflix last Friday, is timed to launch just head of the FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil June 12 to July 13.

Image courtesy Lanpernas Dospuntozero Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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