Sunset+Vine to produce chess news programme for World Chess

World Chess is launching a new TV show, produced by Sunset+Vine, that it hopes will showcase the sport to a wider audience.

Scheduled to air from September 2024 to July 2025, the news programme aims to enhance the way that chess is presented on television, transforming it into what World Chess describes as “a compelling and mainstream TV sport.”

The new series will consist of ten episodes, each approximately 30 minutes long, featuring content that addresses major issues in the world of chess, including cheating, gender equality, politics and scandals, as well as coverage of major events.

Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, commented: “Our goal is to bring the excitement, drama, and strategic depth of chess to a wider audience. With the expertise of Sunset+Vine, this TV series will not only entertain but also educate and inspire viewers around the world.

“Following the successes of our Armageddon Series, which we launched in 2023 across major TV channels including Bloomberg and MSNBC, we are excited to continue innovating and expanding the reach of chess, using our new TV series to recognise and celebrate this competitive sport.”

Peter Angell, chief executive of Sunset+Vine, added: “We are proud to partner with World Chess on this innovative project. Our team is committed to showcasing the intensity and intrigue of chess, making it accessible and engaging for a global audience.”

The programme has a presenting partner in World Chess’ long-standing collaborator, Domains. The launch is the next strategic step between World Chess and Domains, aimed at opening the world of chess to wider audiences and supporting the community of this intelligent sport.

World Chess is a London-based media company that develops and commercialises chess. It’s an official broadcaster and commercial partner of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).


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