UTA Gets In On Action, Inks Nitro Circus
EXCLUSIVE: Nitro Circus, the sports entertainment brand which has interests in a global action-sports tour after spawning a TV series and movie, has signed with UTA.
Nitro Circus’s global tour has spanned Europe, Asia, Africa and North America and has sold more than 3 million tickets over 14 years, showing off its team’s wild stunts. Its latest action-sports competition event, Nitro World Games, is set to take place in Utah in June and air live on NBC as part of a… Read
ESPN Nets Serena Williams And Savages Blizzard Of Viewer Stats: Upfronts
On Broadway’s Minskoff Theatre stage, where The Lion King roars eight times a week, Disney arm ESPN launched its upfront presentation to advertisers with a mix of gallows humor and star power. The presentation began with a New Orleans jazz band tooting the classic dirge, “St. James Infirmary Blues,” as dancers spun around in mock mourning, presumably for the crisis in ad sales. Then the skies brightened and the Voice of God assured the assembled buyers that “everything is… Read
‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Trailer: Steve Carell Lobs Chauvinism, Emma Stone Smashes It Back
It was 1973. We were was waist-deep in Watergate. Spiro Agnew was about to resign. The OPEC-fueled energy crisis loomed. Americans needed a diversion. Enter Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King. Fast-forward nearly half a century, and boy could we use some escapism today.
That said, here’s the first trailer for Battle of the Sexes, Fox Searchlight recounting of the tennis match that pitted the tennis pro/hustler and admitted male chauvinist Riggs (Steve Carell) against the… Read
Peyton Manning To Host 2017 ESPYs On ABC
Five-time NFL MVP and two-time Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning has been tapped to host The 2017 ESPYS Presented by Capital One on ABC. The 25th annual trophy show will be broadcast live on ABC Wednesday, July 12 at 8 PM EDT from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Manning retired from the NFL after the 2015 season, finishing his 18-year NFL career as a two-time Super Bowl champion and the all-time winningest quarterback in league history. He spent his final four seasons… Read
ESPN Revamps ‘SportsCenter’ As It Boosts TV And Digital News Updates
ESPN’s calling an audible on SportsCenter, its flagship newscast that’s fighting to hang on to viewers who increasingly turn to mobile devices for the latest scores and video highlights.
Disney’s sports channel is focusing its TV schedule around personalities including Steve Levy, Kenny Mayne, John Anderson, John Buccigross, Sage Steele, and Hannah Storm — who have signed new multi-year deals.
And starting August 28, SportsCenter will offer frequent news updates on TV as… Read
Tony Gonzalez Joins Fox Sports Team As NFL Studio Analyst
Tony Gonzalez changed teams once during his 17 NFL seasons. Three years into his broadcasting career, the future Hall of Famer is with his second network. The former tight end is joining Fox Sports as a studio analyst for the upcoming season and will be a regular on Fox NFL Kickoff, its pregame show that precedes Fox NFL Sunday.
Gonzalez retired from football after the 2013 season and spent the next three years with CBS Sports as a member of its The NFL Today team… Read
Sports Emmys: Fox Sports Leads Field After World Series For The Ages
As if huge ratings and lasting memories for the 2016 World Series weren’t enough for Fox, the network, cable sibling FS1 and Fox Sports Media Group tonight scored the most wins at the 38th annual Sports Emmys. The 112th Fall Classic took the marquee trophy for Outstanding Live Sports Special during the ceremony at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick Rose Hall in Manhattan. For the list of winners in all 41 categories, click here.
FS1 claimed bragging rights with nine… Read
Tim Tebow Inks Multiyear Extension With ESPN
Tim Tebow, the once-polarizing quarterback-turned-broadcaster-turned-baseball player has signed a multiyear contract extension at ESPN.
Tebow last year signed a minor league baseball contract with the New York Mets and currently plays with the Columbia Fireflies. ESPN said his role will “not preclude him from continuing to pursue professional baseball opportunities.”
The network also announced today that it has signed Major League Baseball analyst Eduardo Perez and TV and… Read
Kentucky Derby On NBC Posts Second-Best Overnights In 25 Years
NBC's telecast of the Kentucky Derby posted the second-best Derby overnight (10.5/23) in 25 years. The race – won by Always Dreaming – was up +12% from 2016 (9.4/21) when Nyquist crossed the finish line.
Derby coverage has scored a TV-only rating of 10.0-or-better in the metered markets for 4 of past 5 years – the first such stretch since 1988-92.
Top markets for yesterday’s telecast were Louisville 39.0/65; Ft. Myers 21.3/39; Cincinnati 18.8/37; Buffalo 17.9/31… Read
AFI Docs: Netflix’s ‘Icarus’ & ESPN Films’ ‘Year Of The Scab’ To Open And Close Fest
Bryan Fogel’s Icarus, the Netflix film about sports doping, will open AFI Docs, the American Film Institute’s annual documentary festival, June 14 at Washington D.C.’s Newseum. Year of the Scab, the ESPN Films doc about the 1987 NFL strike, directed by John Dorsey, will close the fest June 18 at the same venue.
"Filmmakers Bryan Fogel and John Dorsey tell two very different David-and-Goliath tales,” said Michael Lumpkin, Director, AFI Docs. “Remarkable — even unthinkable… Read
Verizon Scores Streaming Rights To NFL London Game
Verizon has dug deep for exclusive streaming rights to an early-season NFL game to be played in London this fall. Terms weren’t revealed, but The Wall Street Journal cites a source that pegs the price tag at $21M for the Week 3 matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars.
The September 24 game, one of four to be played in the British capital in 2017, will be available on AOL, go90 and Complex, a site Verizon co-owns with Hearst Corp. The deal covers… Read
‘Pitch’ Star Kylie Bunbury Thanks Fans In Post About “Role That Resonated With So Many People”
The woman who played the pitcher on Pitch wrote a postmortem on social media after Fox canceled the drama today after its rookie season. “I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role that resonated with so many people,” Kylie Bunbery wrote. Read her post in full below.
Bunbery played Ginny Baker, who makes history as the first woman to play Major League Baseball, pitching for the San Diego Padres. The series’ cancellation had been near certainty after all of… Read