Amazon greenlights docuseries on Novak Djokovic
Amazon has green-lit the documentary series Novak (working title), starring our #1 guy. The Amazon Original Series will follow 12 time Grand Slam winner Djokovic, to explore what drives the champion and show his motivation to be the best man he can on and off the court. The series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan, and will be available via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at Amazon.com/originals.
“There are not enough superlatives to describe Novak Djokovic, one of the most accomplished, multi-dimensional, exciting and captivating athletes on the planet,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “Prime members will get an intimate look at the mind and life of a world champion, husband and father, as well as the incredible group of individuals that make up his team.”
“Passion, perseverance, commitment and self-awareness are key elements of a champion, but these are impossible to maintain without strong support around you. I am fortunate to have the support of both a caring family and a strong team working with me,” said Novak Djokovic. “My fans have been suffering and celebrating with me from the very beginning of my career on the tennis courts and now I want to share with them all my daily life and what’s important to me—my values, my beliefs, and my habits—and also introduce to them all the amazing people that are always next to me.”
Based on a concept by Alberto Scarpetta and Novak Djokovic, the series will give an unprecedented inside look into the life of a tennis legend over the next tennis season, including his professional life on and off the court—his mental and fitness routines and commitment to healthy food rules and habits—as well as his work in education reform with the Novak Djokovic Foundation and charities such as UNICEF, trips to his hometown in Serbia and even his daily journal entries. Featuring everyone on “Team Novak,” the series will give viewers access to an incredible journey of growth and discovery in the making of a man and tennis legend.
The No.1 player on the professional men’s tennis tour, Djokovic has won 12 Grand Slam singles titles, the fourth most in history. He has won an all-time record six Australian Open titles, three Wimbledon titles, two US Open titles and one French Open title. In 2016, he became the eighth player in history to achieve the Career Grand Slam. His records include breaking the single-season record with six titles in 2015, winning 31 consecutive ATP World Tour Masters 1000 series matches, playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (shared with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal) and being the only player to win eight of the nine events at least twice. Among other titles, he has won the ATP World Tour Finals five times and was on the Serbian team which won the 2010 Davis Cup.
Novak is slated to be co-produced by The WorkShop (The Haney Project, The Vince Papale Story) and Film 45 (On Freddie Roach, Live to Tell) founded by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor and the upcoming Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day) who will serve as an executive producer. Djokovic and Scarpetta are slated to executive produce along with The WorkShop’s Tom Farrell and Todd Donnelly, Film 45’s Matthew Goldberg and Brandon Carroll, and The Alternative Co.’s John Ferriter. John Henion (Fearless, Chef’s Table, Road to the Show) is lined up to serve as Co-Executive Producer and Showrunner. Former professional tennis player Boris Kodjoe and former UCLA All American and NCAA Champion Philipp Gruendler are slated as Co-Executive Producer and Consulting Producer, respectively.