Insight TV, the leading millennial-focused global channel and content producer, announced an agreement with China Media Group (CMG), Film, Drama, and Documentary Programming Center, whose documentary channel is the flagship and professional platform for broadcasting documentary programs in China, to co-produce a new six-part documentary series that follows a group of inspiring athletes as they prepare for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
Winter Gold will give an intimate portrait of leading international athletes as they prepare for the biggest challenge of their lives across several winter sports events, including figure skating, alpine skiing, and snowboarding.
Coproduced with China Media Group, Film, Drama, and Documentary Programming Center (known as CCTV-9), this 6 x 50’ series will tell the universal story of how individuals, through sheer determination and dedication, can drive themselves to the pinnacle of their field. The series is an intimate study of athletes as they balance competition and glory with private, personal cost. From enduring the strain of intense training schedules and battling injuries, to stepping into the spotlight and representing a nation in the era of social media – it’s a lifestyle that requires immense physical and mental strength. Everything is on the line for our athletes. Though the price of success is high, the glory on offer is eternal.
The elite athletes to feature in ‘Winter Gold’ include:
- Donovan Carrillo – figure skating (Mexico)
- Kai Verbij – speed skating (Netherlands)
- Eileen Gu – freestyle skiing (China)
- Alice Merryweather – alpine skiing (United States)
- Katie Ormerod – snowboarding (United Kingdom)
- Mikhail Sergachev – ice hockey (Russia)
- Team China of Nordic Combined – Nordic combined (China)
The Insight TV crew are currently filming the series across all athletes’ home locations.
“Winter Gold marks our first co-production in China and one of our most exciting series to date – as there are few bigger projects to chronicle than the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. This seminal documentary series will track the journey of six incredible athletes, blending intimate storytelling with outstanding production value,” said Arun Maljaars, Insight TV’s Vice President of Content and Channels.