NEO Studios, the sports-focused, full-service global production company (discovery+’s Legacy: In the Shadow of Greatness; Amazon’s Take Us Home: Leeds United) and Italian production company ROMA PRESS (Warner Discovery – Real Time: Second Life; The Facchinettis) have partnered with Diego Maradona Jr. for a new docuseries that will celebrate and analyze the life and legacy of his late father, football star Diego Maradona. “He Was My Father” (w/t) will chronicle Diego Jr.’s experience growing up as the unknown son of one of most celebrated and controversial soccer players of all time.
After nearly three decades of denying paternity, Maradona publicly acknowledged Diego Jr. as his son for the first time in 2016. Over the course of four years, the two strengthened their relationship, bonding over their passion for football, before Maradona passed away in 2020. Unable to attend his father’s funeral due to COVID-19, “He Was My Father” follows Diego Jr. as he travels to Argentina to gain insight into his father’s life off the pitch.
The four-part docuseries will delve into Diego Jr. and Maradona’s complex relationship, the emotional challenges Diego Jr. faced growing up with a father who refused to acknowledge him, and living in his father’s shadow, while also highlighting their special bond, reconciliation, and the time they shared before Maradona’s passing.
Analyzing the final moments before his passing, “He Was My Father” will also include never-before-released recordings of Maradona, as well as interviews with his family, friends and former teammates who offer untold stories about the legendary footballer and provide viewers an exclusive window into the extraordinary life and world of Diego Maradona.
Said Diego Jr., “My father lived in the public eye, with all the controversy and speculation that goes along with that. Though it was a challenging road, it was also a great one that ultimately brought us together. It was important to me to set the record straight and to share my story – which is also my mother’s story – while honoring the true legacy of my father, Diego Maradona.”
“Maradona is widely regarded as one of the best soccer players of all time, but his life off the field was sensational as well, often drawing criticism,” said NEO Studios Global CEO, Anouk Mertens. “Through the lens of his first-born son, viewers will get unprecedented access into Maradona’s life and impact on sport. We’re excited for Diego Jr. to finally share his story, as he honors his father’s legacy.”
Produced by NEO Studios and ROMA PRESS, “He Was My Father” is based on an original concept by Gabriele Parpiglia. NEO Studios is repped by APA.