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Series Co-Created and Executive Produced by Peabody Award Winners

Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault (“American Vandal”)

Comedic Documentary-Style Series Will Explore the World of Esports

Through a Fictional League of Legends Team’s Pursuit of a Championship

Series Produced by CBS Studios in Association with Funny Or Die

August 27, 2021 – Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, today announced a new series order for PLAYERS. From the Peabody Award-winning creators of “American Vandal,” Tony Yacenda and Dan Perrault, PLAYERS is a comedic documentary-style series that follows a fictional pro League of Legends esports team, as they pursue their first championship after years of close calls and heartache. To win it all, they will need their prodigy, a 17-year-old rookie, and their 27-year-old veteran to put their egos aside and work together.

PLAYERS, produced by CBS Studios in association with Funny Or Die, reunites the Peabody Award-winning producing team behind Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda’s critically acclaimed freshman series “American Vandal.” In addition to co-creating and executive producing alongside Perrault, Yacenda will also direct. Funny Or Die’s Joe Farrell and Mike Farah also serve as executive producers alongside Tim McAuliffe, Riot Games, 3Arts’ Ari Lubet and Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ Todd Sellers.

Riot Games’ “League of Legends” is the most-played PC game in the world and generates billions of hours of gameplay per year. League of Legends is also the largest esport on the planet, with the 2020 League of Legends World Championship Finals generating a record-breaking 23.04 million average minute audience.

PLAYERS joins Paramount+’s growing comedic slate which includes iCARLY, NO ACTIVITY, FOR HEAVEN’S SAKE, the dark dramedy WHY WOMEN KILL, and animated adult comedies STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and STEPHEN COLBERT PRESENTS TOONING OUT THE NEWS. Other upcoming comedy series include animated series THE HARPER HOUSE and more to be announced.

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