Lionsgate is really throwing its hat into the SVOD ring. Its latest OTT effort comes via a partnership with actor/comedian Kevin Hart and his digital production unit, Hartbeat Digital. The service, dubbed Laugh Out Loud, will be the exclusive home for all content created by Hart outside of his live performances and film roles. (The partnership will also see the production of a new social media adventure game developed by the company Fifth Journey, which Hart will write and star in.) This marks Lionsgate’s third major OTT effort; The company partnered with Tribeca Enterprises on the Tribeca Shortlist movie service, and, on May 7, will launch a Comic-Con-themed channel in partnership with Comc-Con International. Suffice to say, not only are Lionsgate’s OTT efforts piling up – they’re diverse, probing a wide range of niches and audience interests. The OTT space may be crowded, but Lionsgate clearly still sees plenty of opportunities.
Misfits Gaming is making history, announcing (along with the Miami Heat) a broad-ranging deal described as “one of the most comprehensive sponsorship partnerships in esports” with Alienware. Dealpoints will see the team leverage the brand’s slate of gear across an entire slate of categories that include laptop, desktop, mice, keyboard, mousepad, monitor and training analytics. […]
FACEIT is announcing plans to host the first UK-based Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Major at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley. The tournament will run from Sept. 20-23 with tickets on sale starting April 2. “The community has been at the heart of everything we do at FACEIT, and we’re so grateful for the support of the players […]
Wendy Williams revealed today on her syndicated talk show that she has Graves disease and hyperthyroidism. The show will go on a three-week hiatus beginning today (February 22) so Williams can focus on her health.
Because we don’t have enough political drama… WE tv will begin airing binge-a-thons of CBS drama series Madam Secretary on Wednesday, March 7 from 7p-4a. Beginning the following week, Wednesday, March 14, the series will air during all-day binge-a-thons on Wednesdays from 10a-4a.
After a run that topped 35 years, Mike Patrick’s stay at ESPN is over. Patrick began his play-by-play role with the network in 1982, but the network announced yesterday that his last event with the company was the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30. During that span, Patrick’s role included serving as the voice […]