Abrams Artists Sweeps In To Sign Team USA Curling Gold Medal Winner Matt Hamilton
EXCLUSIVE: Abrams Artists Agency has signed Matt Hamilton, the mustachioed member of Team USA’s gold medal-winning men’s curling team at last month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. He became NBC’s poster child of sorts amid the Americans’ surprising run through the field — which included victories over Canada and then Sweden in the finale to clinch the first U.S. gold in the sport, led by team captain John Shuster.
Hamilton’s Hollywood rep deal covers all areas… Read
Indy 500 Moving To NBC After 54 Years On ABC
Beginning in 2019, the Indianapolis 500 race will be broadcast on NBC after 54 years on ABC, part of a new multi-year media rights deal between IndyCar and NBC Sports Group.
Under the pact, NBC Sports has acquired rights to present all IndyCar races, qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights races across its platforms beginning in 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Indianapolis 500 and seven additional Verizon IndyCar Series races will be broadcast annually on… Read
New Pro Football League Leapfrogs XFL, Unveils Plans For 2019 Kickoff & CBS Deal
Are you ready for some more football? As the NFL struggles with ratings and other issues on and off the field, a new pro football league is ready to suit up in just 11 months. And no, it’s not the XFL.
The today announced a February 9 kickoff and a TV deal with CBS. Billed as “a shift in the way we approach professional sports,” the eight-team league is going for a fan-friendly vibe with free streaming of games, integrated fantasy football… Read
Amazon Prime Announces ‘All Or Nothing’ Global Sports Docuseries
With the success of their Emmy-winning All or Nothing NFL series, Amazon Prime Video unveiled today that they will launch more sports programming under the All or Nothing banner.
The docuseries will put the spotlight and give unprecedented access to a team's entire season, character-driven storytelling and compelling visuals. It all starts with All or Nothing: The Michigan Wolverines on April 6.
Narrated by NCIS actor Mark Harmon, all eight episodes of All or Nothing: The… Read
March Madness Steals ‘American Idol’ Spotlight Sunday
March Madness-fueled CBS (1.3 demo rating, 9.01 million viewers) looks to have topped Sunday night, with the network’s post-60 Minutes (1.5, 10M) premiere of Instinct (1.0, 8.79M) likely to be the No. 1-ranked entertainment show for the night. CBS’ primetime experienced a 37-minute delay – and enjoyed a strong springboard – compliments of the NCAA basketball tournament overrun.
Early data on CBS, which is subject to substantial change owing to the live games overrun… Read
NCAA Tournament Tops Last Year’s Opener For CBS; ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Dominates Entertainment Shows
UPDATED with final stats: The opening nigh off the NCAA men’s basketball tournament led CBS to a primetime victory Thursday. Basketball underwent a notable shuffle due to the live nature of broadcast, causing CBS to slide to a 1.5 demo rating and 4.98M viewers, though that still bested last year’s 4.47M and 1.2 demo rating.
ABC (1.3, 5.38M) was best of the rest for the primetime night overall. Network’s 8 PM Grey's Anatomy (1.8, 7.25M) was the top entertainment show of… Read
Michael Smith Hangs ‘Em Up As ESPN ‘SportsCenter’ Anchor Weeks After Jemele Hill Exit
Michael Smith is headed to the ESPN SportsCenter sidelines. His last show will be tonight as he follows his former SC co-anchor and His and Hers podcast partner Jemele Hill out the door of the flagship highlights show.
Sports Illustrated first reported that Smith will leave the 6 PM ET gig, an unsurprising exit in the wake of management’s push to make the show more of a traditional SportsCenter. His move comes less than 14 months Smith and Hill were announced to be… Read
Facebook Steps Up To Plate With MLB Streaming Deal
Facebook Watch and Major League Baseball have reached a deal that will see 25 weekday games — one a week — streamed exclusively and live worldwide on the social media giant during the 2018 season. It’s the first major sports deal for Facebook, and will also mark the league’s first digital-only national broadcasts.
The 25 games, all day games, will be distributed through the MLB Live show Page, excluding select international markets. The games will be produced by MLB… Read
Disney’s Bob Iger To Shareholders: “I Was Rooting For Fox Searchlight” At Oscars
Some of Disney’s annual shareholder meetings over the years have brought high corporate drama, but today’s edition in Houston was more of a chance for celebration.
There was a brief business portion of the meeting, during which directors up for nomination were introduced. All of them were approved. The roster includes Susan E. Arnold; Mary T. Barra; Safra A. Catz; John S. Chen; Francis A. deSouza; the company’s chairman and CEO, Bob Iger; Maria Elena Lagomasino; Fred H… Read
Former ESPN Employee Sues For Sexual Discrimination And Harassment
UPDATED with ESPN response: Adrienne Lawrence, who worked for ESPN for two years in a fellowship program, has sued the Disney-owned sports network for sexual discrimination and harassment.
Veteran ESPN anchor John Buccigross is the subject of many of the allegations in the complaint, which alleges that female employees were subjected to a demeaning workplace culture that systematically denied them opportunities to advance. The complaint also includes an allegation lodged… Read
World Cup Soccer Doc Marks First European & Latin American Co-Pro For HBO
Leading South American and European soccer players will take part in a 10-part documentary about preparing for this summer's World Cup in Russia. The series will mark the first co-production between HBO in Europe and Latin America.
The international divisions of the premium U.S. cabler are working together for the first time on Destino Rusia 2018, which will explore the personal accounts of leading players from both regions and their immediate entourages ahead of the most… Read
Katie Couric Was Right: Amsterdam Really Does Skate On Canals
Katie Couric spoke too soon. Nearly three weeks after apologizing for quipping that Dutch people sometimes skate on frozen canals, dozens of Amsterdam residents proved her right by doing exactly that.
Europe’s current deep freeze – the “Beast from the East” – saw temperatures drop so hard that Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht canal turned to ice, drawing cold-defying crowds to strap on skates and do their best figure eights.
Photos of the skaters (check some out above and below)… Read