Rampage is… marginally, pretty, no wait, MASSIVELY excited to announce that Extreme Sports Channel has commissioned 13x 30 min episodes of ‘Roller Derby’!!
Featuring the incredible London Rollergirls league, Rampage is already well underway with filming the series and it’s going to be EPIC!!
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Full Press Release below:
London UK, 24 January 2013: Extreme Sports Channel, the world’s first TV channel dedicated
to the action sports lifestyle, announced a brand new commission today – Roller Derby – a
factual entertainment series featuring roller skating bone-shattering action from the London
Rollergirls league. This is the first time the sport has been brought to the small screen outside the
The 13 x 30 min commission from Rampage Studio delves into the lives of the women who take
part in this high-impact sport as well as showcasing the dramatic Derby action as teams go head-
to-head at events across Europe. Each episode will follow one of the thrill-seeking female stars
from the UK’s premier Roller Derby team, the London Rollergirls. Featuring big personalities,
incredible sporting action and intimate personal stories, the series will provide viewers with a
unique glimpse into the heart of this exciting sport.
Tim MacMullen, General Manager of Extreme Sports Channel said: “We strive to bring our
viewers the most adrenaline-fuelled sporting action from a variety of disciplines. As soon as we
saw the event and met the women involved, we knew that Roller Derby was a perfect fit for the
channel. We are delighted to be bringing this young and exhilarating contact sport to TV viewers
in the UK and Europe for the very first time.”
The series, which is currently in production, is due to premiere on all feeds of Extreme Sports
Channel (ESC), which is owned by international broadcaster Chello Zone, in autumn 2013.
Roller Derby is a full contact sport played by two teams of five members skating in the same
direction around a track. Points are awarded to the sprint skater (jammer) on each team when
they pass a member of the opposing team. Both teams will be trying to block one another from
scoring points and the team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Raw Heidi (Amy Ruffell) – London Rollergirls: “We have been campaigning for years to increase
the profile of our sport and we are delighted that the Extreme Sports Channel agrees with us. It is
a highly entertaining and challenging sport that has a huge following across Europe and I hope it
will find new fans when it airs on the channel. The buzz I get from playing a full contact roller skating sport is unbeatable. We work and train hard and are at the top of our game. We’re
delighted to be able to showcase our sport to the rest of the world.”
Ben Campbell, Series Producer at Rampage Studio, said: “For many skaters Roller Derby is
much more than a sport, it’s a way of life. The derby scene in the UK and Europe is massive and
the sport is very dear in the hearts of both the skaters and the fans. We’re looking forward to
bringing this exhilarating sport to a wider audience as there really is no better way to experience
Roller Derby than through the passion of its skaters.”
Extreme Sports Channel launched in 1999 and is now available to over 30 million subscribers in
67 territories and 13 languages across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.