Amazon greenlights Ken Block’s The Gymkhana Files
James R | On 27, Oct 2017
Amazon has greenlit The Gymkhana Files, a new unscripted series featuring famed motorsports star and entrepreneur Ken Block.
The eight-episode series will chart the making of Gymkhana 10, the recently-announced tenth installment of his award-winning, record-breaking Gymkhana Film series. The show will provide an exclusive look behind the filming, the struggles and the personalities that go into making of one of the biggest viral campaigns of all time, along with the untold stories and never-before-seen footage from Block’s previous nine films.
Block is a professional rally driver with Hoonigan Racing Division, is one of the co-founders of Hoonigan and Hoonigan Media Machine, and was also one of the co-founders of DC Shoes. His Gymkhana series has amassed over 500 million views, was named as one of the Top 10 Viral Video Advertisements of All Time by AdAge and has won awards including One Show Interactive Gold Pencils, Streamys and Webbys.
“The inner workings of the wildly popular Gymkhana Film series have long been a mystery to its large and rabid fan base, and we are thrilled to provide Amazon Prime members worldwide with an exclusive look into the making of Gymkhana 10,” says Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “Ken and the Hoonigan team will take viewers on a wild ride unlike anything they’ve seen before.”
“I’m really excited to be working on GymkhanaTEN and I’m stoked that Pennzoil was able to come in and support us getting a teaser video out today to help announce the video,” adds Block. “I’m also legitimately excited to be able to announce that I’m collaborating with Amazon Prime Video on The Gymkhana Files at the same time. I’ve always taken great pride at being on the leading edge of creating content, as well as viral marketing and in figuring out the best ways to get that content into the hands of fans and consumers. Amazon is very similar in their approach to what they’ve done over the years and I think that together we’re going to create some amazing programming that really gives fans and viewers insight into not just my world, but the inner workings of my Gymkhana films and at the end of it all, the fans get to watch GymkhanaTEN during the final episode.”
The series is created and executive produced by Block, Brian Scotto and Gil Marsden, and produced by Hoonigan Media Machine. Marsden is the showrunner.
The Gymkhana Files is available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video as part of a Prime membership or a £5.99 monthly subscription.