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Six-time Malaysian league champion and 2015 AFC Cup winner Johor Darul Ta’zim FC (JDT) will release a premium sports docuseries charting the club’s triumphant rise in the football world that has helped forge a community, a society, a state and a nation over the years.

Titled “FEARLESS: Rise of the Johor Southern Tigers”, the five-part series will feature the highly successful behind-the-scenes docuseries concept and turns the floodlights on one of Southeast Asia’s football powerhouse, making it the first Asian docuseries of its kind.

The highly-anticipated series lifts the lid on the establishment of JDT’s world-class infrastructure from its top training facilities and the stunning new Sultan Ibrahim Stadium, to their progressive youth academy program, which is not just building the next generation of footballers but globalising Johoreans and Malaysian society.

A heartfelt story, “FEARLESS: Rise of the Johor Southern Tigers” also takes viewers from the epic vistas of football fandom to the intimate moments of JDT’s triumphs, bringing into focus the untold story of one of the most admired clubs in the Asian region. 

Johor Crown Prince and club owner HRH Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim said: “Some ridiculed our dreams but this exclusive, behind-the-scenes series shows what the Johor football project – Johor Darul Ta’zim FC – is really all about and how we have become a force to be reckoned with. 

“FEARLESS will feature never-before-seen footages of how the Southern Tigers have become an empire, the struggles and success, how the club is managed away from the public eyes and the drive behind our endless pursuit for success on and off the pitch,” he added.

Filmed during the 2019/20 season, the series highlights, through the personalities of JDT FC and their passionate superfans – the ‘Boys of Straits’, the boardroom politics and the footballers’ struggles both on and off the pitch, and how the ambitious team built its legacy to stake an enduring claim on the world of football. 

“FEARLESS: Rise of the Johor Southern Tigers” is co-directed by Leon Tan and Tony Pietra Arjuna, and produced by Kuala Lumpur-based Supernova Media. It is a 22-minute five-parter with English language narration and subtitles. 

Meanwhile, Singapore-based global IP investment, production and licensing firm 108 Media has acquired international sales rights for the docuseries and set their sights on a worldwide deal. 

On the astute acquisition, its chief executive Abhi Rastogi said that the firm is immensely impressed with the scale of FEARLESS’ production values, its inspirational, narrative value surrounding the sport and its ability to unite an entire region.

In anticipation of the docuseries, 108 Media has already begun selling the rights to broadcast the feature to numerous broadcasters from their international offices in North America, Asia and Europe.

This article was first published on August 29, 2020 in our Weekly E-Paper issue 105

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR

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