Hearst Corporation acquired a 25 percent stake in DreamWorks Animation’s multi-channel network AwesomenessTV for $81.25 million. “Few companies have built the global audience of millennial females as quickly as AwesomenessTV. For us, it’s very important to make a bet on the future of how content is created,” Hearst CEO and President Steven R. Swartz said. Hearst will work with DWA to manage its current programming and grow ATV. [ATV co-founders] “Brian Robbins and Brett Bouttier are democratizing media by enabling young talent to produce their own content, be discovered by their peers and then be showcased across AwesomenessTV’s network of channels, as well as television shows and even movies,” Hearst Co-President of Entertainment & Syndication and President of Hearst Digital Studios Neeraj Khemlani said. Hearst will allow DWA access to its SVOD technology, pushing more content to consumers across multiple formats. Two years old, ATV averages 800 million monthly views and more than 114 million subscribers. Its top YouTube channels include Cimorelli, Miss Glamorazzi, Tyler Oakley, Cameron Dallas and Nash Grier.
Conan O’Brien’s Conan Without Borders trip to Haiti, announced right after President Trump reportedly made disparaging remarks about the island nation, will air as a primetime special Saturday, January 27 at 10p on TBS. Someone’s in a hurry – O’Brien just landed in Haiti yesterday. It’s the shortest time ever between the filming and airing […]
An immigration-themed reboot of 1994-2000 family drama Party of Five landed a put pilot commitment from Freeform. The new version, from original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman and Sony Pictures Television, follows the five Buendias children after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico.
The 67th NBA All-Star Game will once again pit LeBron James versus Stephen Curry, who have been named team captains after finishing as the All-Star starter from each conference who received the most fan votes in his conference. Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 8p on TNT and […]
ESL announced that the world’s top Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competition, CS:GO Pro League will now run exclusively to Facebook in 2018. In partnership with WESA, the deal kicks off with the upcoming Season Seven starting Feb. 13 and run for four seasons of Pro League, through December 2019. ESL will also broadcast one of its […]
Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo (Grey’s Anatomy) signed a new 2-year deal with ABC Studios, paving the way for a renewal of the medical drama for seasons 15 and 16. As part of the agreement, reportedly worth $20 million per year, Pompeo becomes a producer for Grey’s and a co-exec producer on its upcoming untitled spin-off.