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Just days after Anthem Sports & Entertainment acquired the majority interest in AXS TV from Mark Cuban, the company announced that it will move its IMPACT Wrestling promotion to the service next month. Although it did not specify a specific window, Anthem did inform that IMPACT would migrate following its largest pay-per-view event, Bound for Glory, held Oct. 20 in Villa Park, Ill. The weekly series will continue to be simulcast globally on the IMPACT Wrestling Twitch Channel. 

“IMPACT Wrestling is a perfect fit for AXS TV’s slate of live sporting events and combat sports content,” said Anthem Sports & Entertainment COO Ed Nordholm. “The newest addition to our growing portfolio of media assets, AXS TV’s audience perfectly aligns with our passionate IMPACT Wrestling fan base, and this move increases the reach for our weekly program with distribution in over 50 million homes. We could not ask for a better home and are excited by the opportunities to work with Mark Cuban and Anschutz Entertainment Group, our partners in AXS TV, to bolster IMPACT Wrestling’s presence in the market, as we continue to deliver action-packed and innovative weekly programming featuring some of the most athletic and gifted stars in the professional wrestling industry.” AXS currently airs New Japan Pro Wrestling, as well as Women of Wrestling (WOW), and now adds IMPACT Wrestling into its catalogue of sports-based programming. The latter debuted its second season on Sept. 7, providing a lead-in for New Japan Pro Wrestling on Saturday night.
Friday the 13th could mark the expiration of Walt Disney Co.’s carriage deal with AT&T’s DIRECTV, U-verse and AT&T Now streaming platform. A number of published reports indicate the affiliate deal, covering eight ABC-owned stations, including WABC in New York and KABC in Los Angeles, the ESPN suite of services, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD and Freeform, is set to expire at the end of September. Others, though, are pointing to Disney messaging, indicating that viewers could miss the Florida/Kentucky game on Sept. 14 and the Monday Night Football matchup of the New York Jets/Cleveland two days later, if an agreement is not reached. Those in that camp point out a potential blackout could occur as early as Friday. Neither company, at press time, was providing a time frame, relative to when their current agreement concludes.
HBO continues to bolster the cast for the pilot for a potential drama series about the Showtime Lakers. Inspired by Jeff Pearlman’s book Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s, the pilot is now scheduled to feature Jason Clark as Jerry West, the league logo, former team star and the general manager of the dynastic team in question. John C. Reilly is taking on role of the team’s later owner, Dr. Jerry Buss, Rookie Quincy Isaiah, a recent drama school graduate plays Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, while 6-11 Solomon Hughes, a pro player in a number of leagues and a Harlem Globetrotter, portrays Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Pac-12 Networks will tip off a 150-game basketball slate Nov. 5, with 2019 NCAA Sweet 16 participant Oregon squaring off against Fresno State. Beginning Jan. 2, 46 telecasts will feature regular-season conference matchups. The season will conclude with coverage of eight of the conference tourney’s 11 games at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Over the course of the 2019-20 season, each men’s team will be showcased at least a dozen times, led by 21 appearances by California and 20 apiece for Stanford and Washington State.
A pair of friendlies, which were also simulcast on TUDN, lifted Univision to the No. 2 and No.3 spots among broadcast networks on Sept. 11 among adults 18 to 34 and 18 to 49. The U.S./Uruguay match averaged 1.2 million viewers, including 630,000 in the demo. That compared with 245,000 and 112,000 for FOX Sports 1.The nightcap, Mexico/Argentina at 10 p,  averaged 2.4 million viewers, with 1.3 million in the 18-to-49 group.

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MLB has connected on a multiyear partnership with EquiLottery Games making it the first North American pro league to tie in with lottery draw game. Looking to boost fan engagements, MLB has thrown out the first pitch on Baseball Bucks, which sports the official marks of the circuit and its 30 franchises. The game involves players purchasing a $5 quick-pick ticket featuring 10 games from that day’s regular-season slate. Winning tickets will match anywhere between seven to 10 winning squads, with overall odds of at least 6-1 across four prize tiers. “We are always aiming to work with partners who share our goal of providing innovative ways for fans to engage with live games,” said Kenny Gersh, MLB’s executive vice president for gaming and new business ventures. “Baseball Bucks is a completely new gaming opportunity for lottery players and baseball fans. We’re looking forward to working with EquiLottery Games to bring Baseball Bucks to as many jurisdictions as we can.”
When The Athletic launches a daily podcast later this month, it will the subscription-based sports news site’s lead move into advertising. Working with Wondery, The Lead podcast is The Athletic’s first content to be published outside its paywall and will include a trio of ads within in each 20-minute show. After accounting for Wondery’s production costs, the companies will divvy ad revenue. Theatrical Ad Astra will be the first advertiser.
TB12 is now posting on TikTok. New England QB Tom Brady shared highlights from the Patriots’ 33-3 drubbing of Pittsburgh. Brady’s actions on the social video service arose after the NFL tackled a multiyear deal with ByteDance, as it looks to reach more young fans online.


Skillz is working with the International Game Developers Association to provide game developers with new tools to forge sustainable businesses, by retaining, engaging and monetizing their content. The mobile esports proponent said the collaboration connects its 30 million registered players and over 20,000 game makers to IGDA’s extant network over 10,000 developer chapters and special-interest groups. Via the new venture, Skilz joins Amazon, Microsoft and Unity among IDGA’s prominent partners, with an eye toward providing resources and support services that can help game makers create the next industry sensation.
“Game makers are the unsung heroes of esports, designing the engaging content that drives a growing multi-billion dollar industry forward,” said Skillz CEO and founder Andrew Paradise. “By giving some of the most talented creators in the world access to the Skillz community and technology platform, the industry’s brightest rising stars can showcase their passions to the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers.” 

Expanding on an alliance first reached in 2017, the NFL has struck a two-year renewal pact with Facebook. Under the extension, the Facebook Watch video service will continue as a platform for three-minute game recaps of all regular-season contests. Video highlights will also be accessible from the NFL Draft, Pro Bowl and scouting combine. NFL Network studio shows and other content tied to the NFL’s 100th season can also be screened.
Additionally, the league and the social media network will team on content around specific teams and players, and will organize a weekly “Watch Party,” centering on a select game recap in which users can discuss the action in real-time.
NBC Sports Gold’s international subscription offering for Notre Dame home football games is now available in 13 nations. The direct-to-consumer service covers all seven of the Fighting Irish contests from South Bend, Ind. this season, beginning with the Sept. 14 meeting against New Mexico. The full-season Notre Dame Game Pass retails for $49.99, while individual contests are available for $9.99. The pass is accessible in 13 countries: Austria, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.

Ahead of the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs this weekend in Las Vegas, NBC Sports is revving a special episode of the NASCAR on NBC Podcast featuring an interview with Jeff Burton. Additionally, analyst Steve Letarte checks in with Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta  at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the latest installment of Letarte on Location.

Friday Night College Lights:  North Carolina/Wake Forest on ESPN at 6 p; Kansas/Boston College on ACC Network at 7:30 p; and Washington State/Houston on ESPN at 9:15 p.
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ON THIS DAY in 2017
: The IOC announces that Paris and Los Angeles will host the Summer Games in 2024 and 2028, respectively.
In the Know: It may not have been on Friday the 13th, but a black cat spooked the Chicago Cubs at Shea Stadium in 1969. Who was in the on-deck circle when the feline made its (in)famous appearance? (Email [email protected] with your answer and be sure to include your company and city).
Answer to Our Last Sports Trivia Question: Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm. Kudos: Michael Ritz-Northwestern Mutual/NY;Mike Seidel-CSI Sports/Jersey City; Keri Willis-ESPN/Bristol: Synda Kollman-Charter Marketing Group/ Boca Raton; Andy Pittman-TAMU/College Station; Allison Stevens-Comcast Spotlight/SF; Tom Moore-Kalt Productions/LA; David Westberg-SAG-AFTRA Credit Union/Burbank; Jaymz Wooden-Bottelsen American Dart Lines/Santa Maria.

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FX Networks
Manager, Research is  responsible for tracking/analyzing the performance of all programs on linear and SVOD with an emphasis on Scripted Programs and landscape of TV. MUST be fluent in Excel and NPower. Multitrak and VBA exp a plus. Must have 3-5 years of relevant experience
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Ensure all materials used in our internally-produced content are properly cleared and licensed. Review rights bibles, perform detailed contract analysis on license agreements & perform risk analysis. BA w/JD pref’d. Min 3 yrs exp analyzing third party licenses (music, stills). Prior exp in a TV, cable, law firm or film studio a plus. Apply HERE  Full info HERE (9/27)
Deep knowledge & real passion for media, ent & consumer insight. Assist in monitoring the health of key series for 3 channels; keep a finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the video content landscape. 1-2yrs rsrch exp; qualitative and quantitative research techniques—e.g., focus groups, surveys, etc. Full info HERE (9/27)
: Collaborative team player to dvlp/execute cross-pltfrm mrktng progs across network portfolio. Lead internal planning/brainstorming in response to RFPs, activate/manage sponsorship prgrms & work effectively w/ stakeholders. 5+ yrs int mrktng exp. Full info HERE (9/27)
Insight Strategy Group/NYC:
 Be an idea contributor and an active voice in team brainstorming. 0-3yrs of exp in market rsrch, or in a brand/mktg consulting role that involves hands-on primary rsrch. Kids/family research exp pref’d.  Full INFO   HERE  (9/27)


FX Networks/LA: Manager, Research is responsible for tracking/analyzing the performance of all programs on linear and SVOD with an emphasis on Scripted Programs and landscape of TV. MUST be fluent in Excel and NPower. Multitrak and VBA exp a plus. Must have 3-5 years of relevant experience. Full info HERE (9/27)

Develop campaign direction, voice & tone, strategy, & creative for high-profile media/entrtnmt clients. 5-8 years social media & digital, pitch and new biz dev experience. Full info HERE (9/27)

 Seeking organized/motivated candidate to join linear sales team as a leave replacement.  Responsible for developing proposals, allocating inventory and stewarding existing business.  Strong communication skills, proficiency in MS Excel & 2 yrs linear cable exp desired.  Position available 12/2019 – 4/2020. Full info HERE (9/27)

UP/NYC: Asst AEs, Sales Plners & Pricing/Inv. Edit PowerPt presentations & excel spreadsheets. Work w/ agency buyers. Maintain order entry, inv moves & prod allocations. Effective verbal skills. Strong attn to details. Prior internship exp at TV ntwk pref’d. 
Full info HERE (10/24)

NY-Based ProdCo seeks strong, multi-faceted Line Producer(s) for 2+ upcoming projects. well versed in both studio and field productions, be calm under pressure, have the ability to multi-task and manage a multi-facetted budget a must.  Work closely with the project creatives & talent in ensure the quality programs on-time and on-budget. Full info HERE  (9/23)

9 Story Media Group/NYC
: provide administrative support to the NY development team as they oversee several projects in development. Manage calendars for two busy VPs of Dvlpmnt. 1-2 years of prior assistant work, children’s content exp. a +  Full info   HERE (9/20)

Crown Media Family Networks/Chicago:
 Maintains & grows business on assigned agency list; key liaison for Ad Sales team. Min 2 yrs. exp sales planning or buying. BA/BS req; strong MS Office Skills;  prior exp. Full info HERE (9/19)

Crown Media Family Networks/NY:
This position is responsible for providing sales support to the Direct Response sales team for Crown Media Family Networks: Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Drama. Full info   HERE  (9/19)

TV One/Silver Spring MD:
 Strategize/ implement publicity plans to generate positive consumer & industry press coverage of the network’s prgrmng, leading to awareness & viewership. Min 5-6 yrs related exp & thorough understanding of social & traditional PR. PR exp w/ a prod co, studio, network or ent PR agency pref’d. Full info HERE (9/18)

 Mobile Media/Ad Tech firm – Dir Strat Partner, 6+ yrs media sales, client svce exp. 75% tri-state travel, BusDev, client mgmt. TV, Radio, Agency, venue, retail & mobile com exp. Full info 
HERE (9/18)

RIDE TV/Chicago:
  Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI) Full info 
HERE (9/18)

  Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI)  Full info HERE (9/18)

  Develop media proposals and creates sales presentations for all RIDE TV networks and platforms utilizing all available research, sales and content resources. 2+ yrs related advertising exp. Knwlg of research techniques and sources (Nielsen, MRI)  Full info HERE  (9/18)

 Establish strong business relationships and act as a liaison with ad agency counterparts and internal departments including DR, Traffic, Marketing and Accounting. Strong organizational skills; great verbal/written communication skills and ability to work in a deadline driven environment. Full info 
HERE (9/18)

Establish strong business relationships and act as a liaison with ad agency counterparts and internal departments including DR, Traffic, Marketing and Accounting. Strong organizational skills; great verbal/written communication skills and ability to work in a deadline driven environment. Full info HERE (9/18)

 Book and produce high-profile national and international news makers, experts and guest in politics, foreign relations and business/economy. 5+ yrs exp in live TV (i.e. morning shows, cable shows, broadcast TV), 2 years in political journalism. Full info HERE (9/18)

CNBC/Englewood Cliffs NJ:  
Responsible for publicizing/promoting CNBC’s primetime programming & talent as well as implementing and executing PR campaigns and strategies. 4+ yrs of exp in PR/Communications. TV/Media exp pref’d. Full info 
HERE (9/18)

NBCUniversal/NYC: Looking for world-class brand strategist responsible for supporting the overarching DTC communications strategy. Must be big picture thinker with 8 yrs brand planning/marketing strategy exp (TV/DTC) from ent industry, adv agency or consumer products co. Full info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC: Operate/execute complete audio mixing/creation for several live & taped broadcasts, in the context of originally produced programs & public service announcements of audiences. 2+yrs successful exp in executing graphic and character generation in TV news, creative services, etc.  Full info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC: Directs, co-develops & delivers locally produced programs and public service announcements for national and international audiences. 3+ yrs of successful exp in directing Live TV news, studio-based programming or similarly related professional media prod & media presentation expFull info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC: Produce and deliver completed projects using Adobe Creative Suite. Collaborate with production team, producers, and talent to create and deliver broadcast ready elements and assets. 5+yrs professional editing exp. Full info HERE (9/17)
Newsmax TV/NYC:  Create graphics template for on-air Guests. Create animation graphics template for telephone guests.  2+ more years of successful exp in the field or in a related area required. Full info   HERE  (9/17)

Newsmax TV/NYC:  Manage, oversee and/or execute multiple communications and program publicity campaigns. A strong understanding of television publicity, key press outlets/journalists and experience in launching and sustaining press coverage on TV series is essential. Full info   HERE  (9/17)


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