It’s time for the Scripps National Spelling Bee once again, marking ESPN’s 21st straight year of televising the event. Coverage will see more than 14 combined hours of live competition across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3, starting today at 8a and concluding tomorrow at 10p. Throughout the competition, ESPN3 and WatchESPN will feature an enhanced “Play Along” version, a newly integrated informational experience featuring the live coverage from the Bee alongside a display of the official spelling clues from Scripps, speller bio blasts, previous words spelled, live tweets and other information. SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry returns to the Final with Paul Loeffler returning as analyst. Meanwhile, ESPN and the Scripps National Spelling Bee reached a two-year agreement for the exclusive rights to carry the National Spelling Bee Finals in 2014 and 2015 across its linear television and digital platforms.
Jeff Zucker, CNN Worldwide’s president, is taking a six-week leave from the company to deal with heart surgery. A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the information tweeted on Thursday morning by the net’s media correspondent Brian Stelter. “He assured everyone he is going to be just fine,” posted Stelter, reporting Zucker’s comments from a news meeting.
Comedy Central is getting more animated, adding King of the Hill and The Cleveland Show to its lineup. The network has acquired all 13 seasons of King of the Hill, set to bow on Monday, July 23, as well as all four seasons of ensemble comedy The Cleveland Show, launching this fall.
Lots of news out of Bristol yesterday, including ESPN locking in Hall of Fame sportscaster Linda Cohn, the longest-tenured anchor for the SportsCenter, has signed a new deal to remain with the company in a multi-year agreement. Cohn originally joined ESPN in 1992 and anchored her first SportsCenter on July 11, 1992. Deal points will […]
ELEAGUE and the US Air Force inked an expanded multi-tournament marketing partnership ahead of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2018 in a deal that will see Air Force serve as ELEAGUE’s first-ever official armed forces partner across all platforms. The deal will see Air Force activate across a number of branded integrations and placements, highlighting the […]
Sold-out Springsteen on Broadway will launch globally on Netflix December 15, the day the one-man show ends its Broadway run. “The purpose of the film is to bring this incredibly intimate show to Bruce’s entire audience intact and complete,” said Bruce Springsteen manager Jon Landau. “In addition to its many other virtues, Netflix has provided […]