Friday saw arch-rivals Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao (along with Showtime and HBO) announce plans for what will likely become the biggest PPV boxing event of all time, with the bout slated for May 2 in Las Vegas. Combining their resources, both HBO and Showtime will contribute to the production and marketing of the event, with Top Rank CEO Bob Arum telling 8CountNews that the host will be CBS’ James Brown, with Jim Lampley calling blow-by-blow, Showtime’s Al Bernstein offering color, Roy Jones serving as the boxing expert and Showtime’s Jim Grey and HBO’s Max Kellerman reporting from the locker room. No word yet on plans for HBO’s traditional 24/7 franchise or Showtime’s All-Access platform. “The Mike Tyson-Lennox Lewis joint pay-per-view fight was a great roadmap for this fight,” said HBO Sports President Ken Hershman in a call with reporters. “It showed that this can be done successfully. There’s a lot of mechanics that go into this when two networks are working together, and those mechanics carry forward in terms of how things operate behind the scenes.” “One of the main reasons why this deal got done, as opposed to deals in the past, was because Leslie Moonves [President and CEO, CBS Corporation] was a part of the process,” said Stephen Espinoza, EVP and General Manager of Showtime Sports. “He was deeply committed to making this deal and was someone that all parties in this negotiation really respect. He was really the catalyst for seeing this through and refused to take no for an answer from any side.”
TBS picked up a second season of The Last O.G., starring Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish, and a third round of comedy/thriller Search Party. O.G. is 2018’s top cable comedy show, while Search grew double digits in its second season and became the fastest TBS original to reach one million views on VOD in season […]
A reality competition will, “for the first time in the history of American television,” says ABC, allow viewers to watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously. That’ll happen when American Idol is simulcast in all time zones over a three week period starting Sunday, April 29, with real-time results announced at the end of the […]
Family, faith and sports will be the focus of Steph Curry’s new studio at Sony Pictures Entertainment, which yesterday inked a development and production deal with the NBA superstar that will extend to TV, film, gaming, virtual reality and more. Curry’s new production house, Unanimous, was co-founded by Curry, CEO Jeron Smith and chief creative […]
Mondo TV announced a new 3-year deal with Discovery for Robot Trains to air on DKids, a Middle East pay TV channel owned by Discovery. Season 1 will debut in May; season 2 is slated to drop in February 2019.
U.S. Figure Skating and NBC Sports Group locked in a media rights agreement that hands the media group exclusive media rights to premier domestic and international figure skating events through 2026. Each season during the partnership, NBC Sports Group will present an unprecedented 80+ hours of coverage, including 30+ hours of figure skating coverage on […]