NEW YORK (Nov. 6, 2017) - NowThis Sports and the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the launch of a new series on Facebook's Watch platform that chronicles the creation of a brand new professional sports franchise - the Vegas Golden Knights™ - and its role within the community in the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting on October 1. Co-produced by NHL Original Productions, Home Team: The Vegas Golden Knights, which premieres on Wednesday, November 8, will post weekly episodes on Facebook Watch over the course of five weeks. Viewers can add this show to their watchlist by following the Home Team: The Vegas Golden Knights Show Page.
Home Team: The Vegas Golden Knights was embedded with the Golden Knights during the team's first ever training camp, and follows the Golden Knights as they come together as one team and form their identity. With crews filming at the time of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the series chronicles the team as it helps to unite a community trying to heal in the wake of the tragedy. Not simply about hockey, Home Team: The Vegas Golden Knights is a story about home and how sports can help a community rally together in times of crisis.
Home Team: The Vegas Golden Knights is the first series to launch as part of NowThis Sports -- a new channel from NowThis. Through compelling social video and mid and long-form series, NowThis Sports will tell highly emotive stories that uncover the human condition that drives athletes. The channel will look inside the tough exterior of sports to reveal the personal stories behind the athlete, and will also explore issues at the intersection of sports and politics.
"We're honored to be partnering with the NHL to create such a meaningful series," said Athan Stephanopoulos, President of NowThis. "It's not often that a professional sports team is launched, but given the extra weight of the recent events in Las Vegas, our goal is to tell this story with sensitivity and on-the-ground perspective that NowThis is known for. We're excited for viewers to experience both the launch of the Vegas Golden Knights through the eyes of the athletes, and also experience the fans' reaction as they come together to grieve and heal in the wake of such tragedy."
"This is a terrific opportunity to continue to super-serve our fans with compelling content that helps them understand who our players are behind the visors and masks, and to connect them with our newest franchise on a more emotional level," said Steve Mayer, NHL Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President. "The world saw the entire hockey community come together in solidarity with the Golden Knights and in support of the victims and first responders. Home Team: The Vegas Golden Knights will bring fans into the locker rooms and living rooms of the players that helped bring comfort to Las Vegas."
NowThis creates news content for the social, mobile generation by informing, entertaining and inspiring its audience about what's happening and important in the world right now. Launched in 2012, NowThis is the #1 video news brand on the social web in the U.S. with more than 2.5 billion monthly views. NowThis has eight content verticals, including: News, Politics, Entertainment, Future, Her, Money and more. In December 2016, NowThis joined forces with Thrillist, The Dodo and Seeker to form Group Nine Media.
About NHL Original Productions:
NHL Original Productions is the in-house production arm of the National Hockey League, focused on documenting, preserving and promoting the game of hockey. Established in 2011, NHL Original Productions develops long- and short-form hockey programming for use by the League's media platforms (NHL Network™ and NHL.com), as well as national and regional rightsholders.
About the Vegas Golden Knights:
The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights visit vegasgoldenknights.com. Fans can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.