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'The Drive: Pac-12 Football' wins top honors by Cablefax Program Awards

Oct 3, 2015

Season two featuring the UCLA Bruins named ‘Best Show or Series’ in sports category 

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (October 3, 2015) – Season two of Pac-12 Networks’ groundbreaking docu-series The Drive: Pac-12 Football featuring the UCLA Bruins was honored by the Cablefax Program awards Friday in New York City.  

The series, which documented the 2014-15 UCLA football season took top honors in the ‘Best Show or Series Sports’ category, beating out programs from Comcast Chicago, MLB Network, MSG Network and Outside Television.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award from Cablefax,” said Pac-12 Networks president Lydia Murphy-Stephans. “Each week, our production team for The Drive delivers an all-access authentic peak inside Pac-12 college football. It’s real, it’s intimate and the stories are compelling.  I’m thankful our crew is being recognized for their hard work and dedication.”

The Drive redefined all-access sports programming with Pac-12 Networks production teams mastering aggressive editing timelines to turn around 30 minutes of all-access content in a 3-5 day window. Each installment captured exclusive footage and sound from games and practices, as well as a glimpse of what life is like off the field for players and coaches. 

The 15-episode season featured a complete look inside the 2014-15 football season where on the field, the Bruins finished with a 10-3 overall record that included thrilling wins against Texas, USC and an Alamo Bowl victory over Kansas State. The Drive also gave viewers an intimate look at the lives of coaches and players off the field including the stories of DB Marcus Rios’ return to the field after contracting an rare infection that almost took his life, head coach Jim Mora and wife Shannon’s ‘Count on Me’ Foundation and the special connection QB Brett Hundley shares with his father Brett, Sr.

The Drive is back for its third season this fall, airing new episodes every Wednesday on Pac-12 Networks that focus on Oregon State and Utah football programs. Production on season two of The Drive was led by Pac-12 Networks Coordinating Producer Michael Tolajian and Jim Jorden of Jim Jorden Productions.

To view previous seasons of The Drive, catch up on season three, or for more information on the series, visit http://pac-12.com/content/drive-pac-12-football.