Discovery and Magnolia, the lifestyle brand led by Chip and Joanna Gaines, made their joint media venture official. The company, to be named soon, will comprise a linear television network and TV Everywhere app to be unveiled in summer 2020, as well as a subscription streaming service to debut at a later date. The Gaineses will serve as chief creative officers of the company, and current HGTV president Allison Page will serve as president. Next summer, Discovery’s DIY Network, currently in more than 52 million US homes, will be renamed for the channel, which will feature primarily long-form programming around topics including community, home, garden, food, wellness, entrepreneurialism and design. The network also will be home to the complete library of Fixer Upper, which premiered on HGTV in 2013 and was one of the highest-rated series on the network during its four-year run.
The Good Fight will go on. The legal drama and flagship original series for CBS All Access has been renewed for a fourth season. “Its visionary creators Robert King and Michelle King and the extraordinary cast continue to explore the cultural climate with insight, humor and courage,” said Julie McNamara, EVP of Original Content at […]
Robin Roberts is heading to ABC primetime. Roberts, a regular on Good Morning America, will be featured on the net’s coverage of the NFL Draft, also broadcast on ESPN. “It’s going to be different,” said Roberts. “We are really going to give you storytelling [about the] young men and their families.” Country singer Luke Bryan […]
Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo signed on for a new four-year contract to keep his brand on SiriusXM Radio. Russo will continue to host Mad Dog Unleashed every weekday on his channel Mad Dog Sports Radio. “Chris is a singular talent at the top of his game and we are thrilled and very proud to tell […]
The Big 12 Conference named Learfield IMG College as its new comprehensive sponsorship rights holder. Under this new relationship, Learfield IMG College will have the worldwide sponsorship rights to all 16 Big 12 championship events; and acquires the right to sell title, presenting, and other secondary sponsorships to a broad array of Big 12 events […]
E! will expand its entertainment news and commentary programming with three additional hours of original content every weekday, starting in early 2020. Tammy Filler, who for 16 years was at NBC’s Today, most recently as exec producer for the fourth hour, will join E! as EVP and editor-in-chief, E! News, to lead creative development, production […]