Endemol Beyond’s NewFronts presentation Thursday highlighted plans to launch two new digital-first networks. First is pop culture-focused Looksy and second is Smasher, a sports & gaming network led by digital stars Toby Turner and Jesse Wellens, who have almost 30 million YouTube subscribers between them. Looksy will have plenty of new content, including scripted series Neurotica and reality series True Internet Tales. Smasher will feature international imports Rule’m Sports and Legends of Gaming from Endemol Beyond UK. The company is also launching two new series with ubiquitous rapper Pitbull: MasterClass, which focuses on encouraging viewers to live life to the fullest, and Pitbull Presents, an introduction to a few of the everyday people in Pitbull’s life who are important to him. Pitbull is already involved with Endemol series Gentleman’s Code and The Most Bad Ones. Endemol just signed a deal with American Idol finalist Jessica Sanchez that will have the singer featured in a number of the brand’s series.
In the latest Discovery shuffle post-Scripps acquisition, Jane Latman is new GM at Travel Channel, reporting to Henry Schleiff. Latman also will continue to serve as EVP, development and research, for Investigation Discovery and American Heroes Channel, and GM of Destination America.
Using science as the foundation for stunts and practical jokes, SciJinks, the new science prank show hosted by Johnny Galecki, will premiere Wednesday, May 16 at 10p on Science Channel. Galecki, along with science “prankologists” Tamara Robertson and Jason Latimer, test out science on unsuspecting marks, drawing from chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and more.
Amazon Prime Video continues to bolster its sports rights portfolio, locking in a deal with the USTA to snag the exclusive live telecast rights to the US Open Tennis Championships for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The five-year agreement, which begins with the 2018 US Open, will bring live and on-demand content to […]
Armed with its new Thursday Night Football package, FOX kicks off its coverage of the regular season with Week 1 as a national weekend on Sept. 9 pitting the Cowboys/Panthers and the Seahawks/Broncos at 4:25p while Thanksgiving will see the Redskins/Cowboys on the channel. This year’s Thursday Night Football package on FOX begins in Week […]
CBS renewed 11 more series for the 2018-19 season, for a total of 17, including the entire Tuesday and Friday night lineups. Coming back are Blue Bloods, Bull, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, MacGyver, NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, Survivor, The Amazing Race, 48 Hours and 60 Minutes.