Wednesday, June 13, 2018




Original Shorts from Embassy Row Kick-Off the Biggest Global Soccer Event

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Sony Crackle, the free ad-supported streaming network, has launched a series of original shorts, “Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia,” providing all of the ins and outs about the 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Hosted by sports writer Roger Bennett and award-winning television producer Michael Davies, the witty and passionate soccer enthusiasts known for their popular series on NBCSN and podcast “Men in Blazers,” share insightful details and predictions leading up to the big event.  Each four to six-minute installment features a specific country along with Roger and Michael’s predictions for that team and, of course, the high-brow humor and lighthearted, fun take on soccer that fans have grown to love from them. 
Stream “Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia,” and see where Roger and Michael’s predictions net out for Portugal, Spain, France, Argentina, Iceland, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Belgium and England (schedule below):

Friday, June 15 at 11am PT
Portugal: Rog and Davo marvel at the preening show pony and omnipresent offensive threat that is Cristiano Ronaldo, and ponder if his team can re-summon the tactical discipline and steel that lead them to Euro 2016 glory. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Spain: Rog and Davo laud a team loaded with sagacious veterans and promising newcomers, wondering if their intricate play will paper cut all comers to death, as it did when they lifted the trophy in 2010. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Saturday, June 16 at 3am PT
France: Rog and Davo discuss a team of young, exciting players, who despite being loaded with potential, often save their best performances for social media. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Saturday, June 16 at 6am PT
Argentina: Rog and Davo dissect an Argentina team that features one of the greatest players ever, Lionel Messi, and question if the man with the face of a video store clerk and a Supercuts haircut will get the help he needs from his supporting cast. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Iceland: Rog and Davo celebrate the underdog story of a nation with the same population as Corpus Christi, Texas. It's a team with Viking blood in its veins and a former dentist as a manager. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Sunday, June 17 at 8am PT
Germany: Rog and Davo run for cover while talking about a robotic footballing force lead by nose-picking coach Joachim Löw. Despite winning the whole enchilada last time, they appear even stronger this tournament. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Mexico: Rog and Davo go deep on a Mexico team who have made it to the Round of 16 in the last six tournaments in which they've participated before being excruciatingly eliminated, a hex that's worse than the curses of the Billygoat, Bambino and Madden Cover combined. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Sunday, June 17 at 11am PT
Brazil: Rog and Davo genuflect to the country with the most titles in history and question whether football phenom/manga cartoon Neymar can lead them back to the promised land after they crumbled spectacularly on home soil in 2014. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Monday, June 18 at 8am PT
Belgium: Rog and Davo study an all-star roster loaded with players from Belgium's "Golden Generation," including ginger-haired wonder Kevin De Bruyne, who hopes to avoid damp squibbing yet again at a major tournament.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH

Monday, June 18 at 11am PT
England:  Rog and Davo ponder their birthplace's chance of lifting their first title since 1966. It's a young, likable team, high on surnames, low on experience, and constantly under attack by the baying English media. CLICK HERE TO WATCH

“Rog & Davo’s Guide to Russia” is produced by Embassy Row with Roger Bennett, Michael Davies and Jen Simons serving as executive producers.

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Happy World Cup 2018!

About Roger Bennett and Michael Davies
Roger Bennett is a writer, broadcaster, filmmaker and co-host of NBCSN’s “Men in Blazers,” which has quickly become one of the most listened to football platforms in the world.  Previously a football columnist for ESPN, he has made a series of acclaimed documentaries on Premier League football for NBCSN and created the behind-the-scenes 30 for 30 series “Inside: US Soccer’s March to Brazil” for ESPN.  Michael Davies is a multiple Emmy® award-winner and the president of Embassy Row, a Sony-owned television, digital and documentary production company based in New York City.  Previously an executive at Disney and ABC, Davies was a pioneer in bringing alternative programming to the US.  As a producer, Davies has placed breakthrough ideas and unique talent for numerous broadcast and cable networks, including ABC, NBC, AMC, MTV and Bravo.  He also served as executive producer for a number of documentary sports films, including “The Tillman Story,” “Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos” and “I Scored a Goal in the World Cup,” a series of 30 shorts for ESPN. This month, Bennett and Davies launched a book, “The Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica by Roger Bennett and Michael Davies,” and a “Men in Blazers Across America” tour for live events across the country.

About Embassy Row
Embassy Row is a Sony-owned, bi-coastal, non-fiction production company that specializes in edgy, talent-driven, talk, sports, comedy, competition and docuseries content that encourages a highly engaged and extremely passionate audience.  Embassy Row is run by prolific producer Michael Davies and is most known for producing shows such as “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen, “Talking Dead,” “Good Morning Football,” “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” “Beyond Stranger Things” and “Comedy Knock Out,” among others.

About Sony Crackle
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