Wednesday, May 23, 2018

ESPN and ESPN+ to Become Exclusive Media Home of UFC in the U.S.

ESPN and ESPN+ to Become Exclusive Media Home of UFC in the U.S.
Starting in January 2019, ESPN+ and ESPN become the exclusive digital and linear distributors in the United States for UFC, showcasing 42 live events, 30 of which will feature a full card of 12 UFC bouts.
[via press release from ESPN] Expanded Package Builds Upon Agreement Announced Earlier this Month
Includes 30 Fully Exclusive UFC Fight Nights and 42 Nights of Live Event Coverage per Year
UFC(R), the world's premier mixed martial arts organization, and The Walt Disney Company's new Direct-To-Consumer and International segment along with ESPN, today announced the full scope of the historic multi-year agreement that makes ESPN-branded media platforms the exclusive digital and television home of the UFC in the United States, further expanding streaming rights to UFC on ESPN+ and building upon the agreement revealed earlier this month.

Starting in January 2019, ESPN+ and ESPN become the exclusive digital and linear distributors in the United States for UFC, showcasing 42 live events, 30 of which will feature a full card of 12 UFC bouts. ESPN linear networks will broadcast 10 exclusive events as well as all UFC pay-per-view preliminary fights, while ESPN+, the recently-launched multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, will offer 20 exclusive events and all preliminary fights for "UFC on ESPN Fight Night" programs. Events broadcast on ESPN will be branded "UFC on ESPN Fight Night," while events streamed live on ESPN+ will carry the "UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night" moniker. With this agreement, the only destination where fans can watch all UFC programming is the ESPN app, and in the future, the full breadth of content will be available on ESPN+.

Jimmy Pitaro, ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks said, "ESPN's unparalleled multimedia platform is the perfect home for the UFC and will deliver tremendous value to both parties. UFC fans are passionate and loyal and we plan to bring the full power of ESPN's live coverage, powerful storytelling and unmatched distribution to serve them in an unprecedented fashion. We can't wait to get started."

Added Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-To-Consumer and International, The Walt Disney Company, "The expansion of our relationship with UFC is an exciting development for fight fans. Delivering 20 exclusive UFC fight nights per year and a host of original content to UFC's young, passionate and tech-savvy fan base, makes ESPN+ the clear new digital home for UFC and further establishes our new service as the leading platform for direct-to-consumer sports streaming."

Dana White, President, UFC said, "Every year for the last 18 years, we have taken this sport and brand to another level. We find innovative ways to promote our athletes and build stars. Today is another monumental day for UFC, our athletes, and our fans. We are now part of the ESPN family, recognized around the world as the pinnacle in sports broadcasting. I am very excited for this next chapter for UFC." With more than 280 million fans around the world, UFC boasts the youngest fan base among major professional sports organizations in the US with a median age of 40 and an audience comprising 40% millennials.

UFC on ESPN
Fight Nights Platform # of Events
UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night ESPN+ 20
UFC on ESPN Fight Night * ESPN networks 10
UFC PPV Preliminary Fights ESPN networks 12
* Prelims for UFC on ESPN Fight Night will be streamed live on ESPN+
Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year). To subscribe, fans simply download or open the ESPN App (or visit ESPNPlus.com). In addition to live, exclusive events, the lineup of UFC content available to ESPN+ subscribers will include:
· Exclusive, all new-seasons of "Dana White's Contender Series" beginning in June 2019
· A new original, all-access series produced by IMG Original Content
· Exclusive pre- and post-event shows for all 30 "UFC on ESPN Fight Night" programs on ESPN and ESPN+
· Non-exclusive access to UFC's full archive of programming, including historic events, classic bouts, and original programming
· Additional UFC-branded content, including "UFC Countdown" shows, press conferences, weigh-ins, and pre-and post-shows
In addition to the live events and content included in the ESPN+ subscription, fight fans will be able to purchase and watch UFC FIGHT PASS(R) (UFC's DTC streaming offering) and UFC PPV events via ESPN+ and within the ESPN app, for a separate cost.

ESPN will also bring fans a variety of UFC content across ESPN's widely consumed linear and digital platforms, including an exclusive, 30-minute special on ESPN's linear networks previewing upcoming bouts and breaking down match ups leading up to each UFC PPV; hundreds of hours of UFC library programming on linear networks; and re-airs of current UFC PPV events.
The ESPN App and ESPN+ are available on mobile and TV-connected devices and on ESPN.com. The new ESPN App with ESPN+ are available on devices and platforms including Amazon (Fire TV, Fire Stick, Fire Smart TVs, Fire tablets), Android (Android phones, Android TV), Apple (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and supported in the Apple TV App), Chromecast and Roku.
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About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company's Direct-to-Consumer and International segment and ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN's linear TV or digital networks. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. Fans can subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time. ESPN+ is an integrated part of a completely redesigned ESPN App. Already the leading sports app, the new ESPN App is the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans and a showcase of the company's culture of innovation. With a richer, increasingly more personalized experience, the new ESPN App curates all of ESPN's incredible content into an experience unique to each fan's individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com.

About UFC(R)
UFC(R) is a premium global sports brand and the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world. Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, UFC boasts more than 284 million fans worldwide and has produced over 400 events in 21 countries since its inception in 1993. Acquired in 2016 by global sports, entertainment and fashion leader Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG), together with strategic partners Silver Lake Partners and KKR, UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas with a network of employees around the world. UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe, while programming is broadcast in over 165 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion TV households worldwide in 40 different languages. UFC FIGHT PASS(R), a digital subscription service, delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the world. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC. 

Commit to Real Love Every Tuesday Night on Lifetime with New Seasons of "Married at First Sight" and "Seven Year Switch"

Commit to Real Love Every Tuesday Night on Lifetime with New Seasons of "Married at First Sight" and "Seven Year Switch"
Joining the schedule on Wednesday nights is the new docuseries "Seatbelt Psychic," following renowned psychic medium Thomas John as he brings his gift of communicating with the dead to the masses, one car ride at a time.
[via press release from Lifetime] COMMIT TO REAL LOVE EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT ON LIFETIME WITH NEW SEASONS OF "MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT" AND "SEVEN YEAR SWITCH"
FROM THE PRODUCERS OF "CARPOOL KARAOKE," "SEATBELT PSYCHIC" DRIVES INTO WEDNESDAY NIGHTS EXPLORING RELATIONSHIPS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

This July, Lifetime unveils new "Real Love" relationship block for its Tuesday night lineup, beginning with season seven of hit docuseries Married at First Sight on July 10 at 8pm ET/PT with a matchmaking special, followed by a super-sized two-hour premiere at 9pm ET/PT. Then on the following Tuesday, July 17 at 10pm ET/PT, Seven Year Switch debuts its third season following four couples who partake in an extreme experiment of switch therapy, swapping partners in an attempt to salvage their broken relationship.

"Personal connection is at the heart of what Lifetime delivers to our audience, and we're committed to offering a weekly destination for high-quality, non-fiction, romance and real relationship-based programming," said Gena McCarthy, Executive Vice President, Head of Programming, Lifetime Unscripted & Head of Programming, FYI. "With the enormously successful 'Married at First Sight' anchoring the night, we're confident that 'Real Love' Tuesdays on Lifetime will quickly become required viewing."

Joining the schedule on Wednesday nights is the new docuseries Seatbelt Psychic, following renowned psychic medium Thomas John as he brings his gift of communicating with the dead to the masses, one car ride at a time. From the producers of Carpool Karaoke and Drop the Mic, Seatbelt Psychic debuts July 11 at 10pm, after all-new episodes of Little Women: LA.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT SADDLES UP IN DALLAS FOR SEASON SEVEN JULY 10 AT 9PM ET/PT

The lucky number seventh season of Married at First Sight heads to Texas where six Dallas area singles yearning for a life-long partnership agree to a provocative proposal: getting legally married to a stranger the moment they first meet, at the altar. A panel of experts - psychologist Dr. Jessica Griffin, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz and marriage counselor, Pastor Calvin Roberson, create what they believe are three compatible couples based on scientific matchmaking and continue to counsel and mentor the couples throughout the season. The series captures each couple's journey as they go from wedding, to honeymoon, to early nesting, to the daily struggles of working on their marriage. After several weeks together, each couple must make a decision: do they remain together or decide to divorce?

Married at First Sight, which wrapped its sixth season in April, delivered series high ratings on the network in the key Adults 25-54 (648,000) and Women 25-54 (467,000) demos. Over 1.2 million Total Viewers tuned into the season finale, the show's best performance in over two years. On finale night, Lifetime was cable's #1 entertainment network from 9-11pm among Women 18-49 (418,000) and the series was Lifetime's best Tuesday telecast in key demos in two years.

SEVEN YEAR SWITCH RETURNS FOR SEASON THREE JULY 17 AT 10PM ET/PT
In season three of Seven Year Switch on its new home on Lifetime, four couples embark on an emotionally difficult journey to help repair their relationships by participating in an extreme, innovative experiment of switch therapy. Each couple will swap partners and partake in experimental marriages in order to help determine if different traits and characteristics in a mate could make their marriage stronger. Viewers learn each of their stories - how they met, how they fell in love, how their marriages took a turn for the worst and why they are willing to risk everything in order to save it. Two relationship experts; Charles J. Orlando and Dr. Jessica Griffin, will help guide the couples through the switch therapy process, as they adjust to living with an experimental spouse.
Married at First Sight and Seven Year Switch are produced by Kinetic Content (a Red Arrow Studios Company) for Lifetime. Kinetic Content's Chris Coelen and Eric Detwiler executive produce both series. Sam Dean, Kimberly Goodman, Ally Simpson and Jen McClure-Metz also executive produce Married at First Sight while Dean Slotar and Rob Schwarze executive produce Seven Year Switch. Gena McCarthy executive produces both series for Lifetime.

SEATBELT PSYCHIC Picks Up Real Love... From Beyond the Grave Premieres July 11 at 10pm ET/PT

Lifetime's new half-hour series, Seatbelt Psychic surprises unsuspecting ride-share passengers with readings featuring world-renowned medium Thomas John, a trusted advisor to influencers and celebrities around the country, including Courteney Cox, Sara Gilbert and Goldie Hawn. With the goal to share his gift with as many people as possible, Thomas picks up ride-share passengers and reveals he can communicate with the dead. From the driver's seat, Thomas relays detailed messages from past family members and friends, leading to fun, highly emotional, shocking, and for many, life-changing readings. Thomas has never met the people he picks up, nor does he know what spirits will speak to him. But the details he relays will be mind-blowing, for both believers and skeptics alike. Thomas may only be giving his passengers a short lift, but they'll be floored to find out who they will hear from along the way.

Seatbelt Psychic is produced by Fulwell 73 in association with CBS Television Studios for Lifetime. Ben Winston, Zeberiah Newman, Emma Conway, Sarah Happel Jackson and Ryan Simpkins serve as executive producers for Fulwell 73. Gena McCarthy, Brie Miranda Bryant and Lauren Celinski serve as executive producers for Lifetime.

Idris Elba Set to Star, Direct and Produce a Modern Retelling of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" for Netflix

Idris Elba Set to Star, Direct and Produce a Modern Retelling of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" for Netflix
The feature film will be a sonic and musical experience for which Elba will also produce the music.
[via press release from Netflix] Idris Elba Set to Star, Direct and Produce A Modern Retelling of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" for Netflix

Golden Globe and SAG winner Idris Elba will star, direct and produce the currently untitled film, a modern retelling of Victor Hugo's "Hunchback of Notre Dame" for Netflix. The feature film will be a sonic and musical experience for which Elba will also produce the music.

Producers: Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Midnight Special) for Automatik and Elba and Ana Garanito for Elba's Green Door shingle.
Writer: Michael Mitnick (The Current War)

ABOUT MICHAEL MITNICK
Michael Mitnick is the screenwriter of THE CURRENT WAR, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon. He has also written THE GIVER, which starred Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, and has written for the HBO Series VINYL. He is adapting LILY AND THE OCTOPUS for Amazon Films, and is collaborating on a project with Appian Way at Fox. Michael's screenplay THE AMERICAN, about acclaimed American composer Leonard Bernstein, will shoot this October. Jake Gyllenhaal stars and Cary Fukunaga will direct. Michael is a graduate of Harvard University and has an MFA in Playwriting from The Yale School of Drama. His plays include SEX LIVES OF OUR PARENTS (Second Stage, The Kennedy Center), THE SIEGEL (South Coast Repertory), and SPACEBAR: A BROADWAY PLAY BY KYLE SUGARMAN (The Wild Project). He co-wrote/composed the musical FLY BY NIGHT (Drama Desk-nominated Best Musical, Playwrights Horizons). His new play MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES will have its world premiere this season at the Geffen Playhouse. He is represented at WME, Grandview, and Sloane Offer.

ABOUT AUTOMATIK
Automatik is a Los Angeles based film and television production company led by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Fred Berger, and partnered with Grandview Management. Berger and Kavanaugh-Jones have produced over 70 films including Jeff Nichols' films TAKE SHELTER, MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, and LOVING, as well as the INSIDIOUS Chapters, the SINISTER series, and THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE. Berger received an Academy Award(R) nomination and won Golden Globe, BAFTA, PGA, BFCA, and NY Film Critics Circle awards for Damien Chazelle's LA LA LAND starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. The duo are currently in post on Chris Weitz' OPERATION FINALE starring Oscar Isaac and Sir Ben Kingsley, Max Minghella's TEEN SPIRIT starring Elle Fanning, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte's DREAMLAND starring Margot Robbie, and DESTROYER starring Nicole Kidman and directed by Karyn Kusama.

ABOUT GREEN DOOR
Idris Elba created Green Door Pictures in 2013 with the mission of developing new and established talent to champion inclusion as well as diversity of thought and ideas. The slate covers Scripted and Non-Scripted Television, Film and Digital content. Recent credits include the Sky One comedy 'In The Long Run', created by and featuring Idris Elba as part of an ensemble cast including Bill Bailey, in co-production with Sprout Pictures. It recently received a Broadcast Digital Award for Best Comedy Program. Green Door also produced short-form drama series '5x5' in collaboration with BBC Studios as part of 'The Idris Takeover', a week long takeover of online channel BBC3. Green Door also executive produced 'Guerrilla' written by John Ridley in collaboration with Fifty Fathoms Productions, ABC Signature, Sky and Showtime. In Summer 2018 production starts on 'Turn Up Charlie', a Netflix comedy series co-created and starring Idris Elba.

ABOUT NETFLIX
Netflix is the world's leading internet entertainment service with 125 million memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Nickelodeon to Develop Norman Lear Animated Project, "Man of the House"

Nickelodeon to Develop Norman Lear Animated Project, "Man of the House"
The project follows 11-year-old José as he helps his mother Maria watch over his two younger siblings, Maria Juliana (Maju) and Diego, while trying to form a hip-hop group with his quirky classmate and neighbor, Wilbur, that lives downstairs.
[via press release from Nickelodeon] NICKELODEON TO DEVELOP NORMAN LEAR ANIMATED PROJECT, "MAN OF THE HOUSE"

Claudia Spinelli to Oversee Project as Newly Appointed Vice President of Animation Development at Nickelodeon

BURBANK, Calif.--May 23, 2018--Nickelodeon today announced the development of a new animated project, Man of the House (working title), from Norman Lear's ACT III Productions. With creative concept by Colombian-American writer and illustrator Michael Molina (Trivia Night), Man of the House follows 11-year-old José as he helps his mother Maria watch over his two younger siblings, Maria Juliana (Maju) and Diego, while trying to form a hip-hop group with his quirky classmate and neighbor, Wilbur, that lives downstairs. Lear (All in the Family, The Jeffersons) and Brent Miller (One Day at a Time) will serve as executive producers.

The development of Norman Lear's project will be overseen by Claudia Spinelli, who has been promoted to the role of Vice President, Animation Development. Formerly Vice President of Current Series, Spinelli will oversee the development pipeline of all new animated content, while identifying potential creators, showrunners, writers and directors. She will also work closely with Nickelodeon's talent relations department and the animation community to scout new talent for animation development.

"Norman has been telling stories about families, parents and kids for many years, and it's so exciting that he and his producing partners Brent and Michael, want to tell this story to today's generation of Nick kids," said Chris Viscardi, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Animation.

Viscardi continued, "I am also incredibly excited that Claudia will oversee the development of this project, among many more, as Nick's new head of development. Claudia has shepherded some of today's most popular series including SpongeBob Square Pants and Sanjay and Craig. She is a true creative partner and a trusted voice with a love for storytelling. I look forward to her continued leadership in our animation group."

Spinelli began her career at Nickelodeon in 2000 in the development department. In 2002, she expanded her role by joining the Current Series group as a creative executive overseeing the brand management of SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents, Jimmy Neutron and Avatar. Throughout her career at Nickelodeon, she has also worked on animated shows Sanjay and Craig, Robot and Monster, Making Fiends, and Planet Sheen, among others. As SpongeBob SquarePants grew in popularity, Spinelli was elevated to Executive in Charge of the series in 2007. For the past decade, her work on SpongeBob SquarePants has extended beyond the show as she has helped initiate projects throughout other areas of the company including: marketing partnerships with Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade; SpongeBob SquarePants theme park attractions; video games featuring the iconic character; and the most recent debut of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical, which was recently nominated for 12 Tony Awards.

Spinelli holds a BFA in film from New York University. She also earned an MFA in Animation and Digital Arts from University of Southern California, where later she taught a class on Introductory Principles of Motion for Animation for the Interactive Media Department. In between her degrees, Spinelli has held a number of positions in various animation houses in New York City on commercials and short films.

Founded in 1985 by television icon Norman Lear, ACT III Productions is a media company dedicated to creating and or producing content that not only entertains, but also creates a conversation and is best known for producing popular films including Stand by Me, The Princess Bride and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Brent Miller, Lear's producing partner and head of production and development for the company, also serves as an executive producer with Lear on projects including the critically acclaimed reimagining of One Day at a Time, documentary series America Divided, and upcoming pilot Guess Who Died.
After graduating from Columbia University in New York City, Michael Molina produced sketch videos and feature film, Trivia Night, with comedy troupe Local Empire before relocating to Los Angeles. Molina has also written educational animated TED talks that have garnered millions of views online, covering topics ranging from déj� vu to vampires.

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon's U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids' basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). 

Food Network Celebrates Wedding Season with a Night Full of Top-Tier Cakes on Monday, June 25th

Food Network Celebrates Wedding Season with a Night Full of Top-Tier Cakes on Monday, June 25th
Highlights include the all-new competition series, "Wedding Cake Championship," hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir.
[via press release from Food Network] FOOD NETWORK CELEBRATES WEDDING SEASON WITH A NIGHT FULL OF TOP-TIER CAKES ON MONDAY, JUNE 25TH

Hosts Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir Test the Talents of Elite Wedding Cake Bakers on All-New Wedding Cake Championship at 9pm ET/PT
Drew Scott and Linda Phan Search for their Dream Wedding Cake on New Special Wedding Cake Countdown with Drew and Linda at 8:30pm ET/PT

New York - May 23, 2018 - Food Network rings the wedding bells on Monday, June 25th with a primetime lineup celebrating the season with a lush stack of wedding cake-themed episodes along with exciting new hosts and a bevy of special guests. The all-new competition series, Wedding Cake Championship, premieres at 9pm ET/ PT, hosted by the dynamic Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, and features six teams of elite wedding cake makers vying for the grand prize and Wedding Cake Champion title. Judging the action are baking extraordinaire Kimberly Bailey, Chopped's Maneet Chauhan, and celebrity wedding planner David Tutera, who are joined on the premiere by special guest Randy Fenoli, host of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress. Before the bakers get baking, don't miss the all-new special Wedding Cake Countdown with Drew and Linda premiering at 8:30pm ET/PT featuring Drew Scott, of HGTV's Property Brothers, and Linda Phan as they hunt for the wedding cake of their dreams.

"Wedding season is in full swing this time of year and Food Network is the perfect place to spotlight all the wedding cakes and cake makers baking dreams come true with their incredible creations,' said Courtney White, Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "With Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir at the helm of Wedding Cake Championship adding flavor, fun and flair to the competition, and Drew Scott and Linda Phan giving us a firsthand look at their wedding cake pursuit, viewers will be in love at first sight with all the incredible wedding cake designs on Food Network's night of cake."

Wedding Cake Championship, hosted by Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, gives six baking duos a chance to show off their skills as they whisk through two rounds of challenges. First, they must tackle wedding cake toppers, where one team will earn a special advantage in the next round when the bakers must design a personalized wedding cake for a real-life couple!Special guest Randy Fenoli helps set up the first challenge in the premiere on Sunday, June 25th at 9pm ET/PT and judges Kimberly Bailey, Maneet Chauhan and David Tutera determine which teams move on and which will be eliminated from the competition. The action continues week to week, all leading up to the grand finale, when the pressure is on for the three remaining teams as they are challenged to create the most over-the-top, impressive cake for Tara Lipinski and husband Todd Kapostasy for their first wedding anniversary. The team on top will win a $25,000 grand prize and the title of Wedding Cake Champion! Catch competition highlights, meet the competitors, and exclusive videos of the hosts and judges decorating their own cakes at Foodnetwork.com/WeddingCakeChampionship, and weigh in on your favorites using #WeddingCakeChampionship.

It was love at first sight for celebrity couple Drew Scott and Linda Phan. Wedding Cake Countdown with Drew and Linda, premiering on Sunday, June 25th at 8:30pm ET/PT, gives a firsthand look at Drew and Linda's search for the perfect cake that suits both of their needs and tastes - Linda wants tradition with a nod to the simple, clean glamourous style of their home, where as Drew is looking for something with more splash and possibly even some mechanics! Join Drew and Linda from bakery to bakery as they look for the ultimate wedding cake baker to create their dream cake. But when the search is over, there is one more twist as the chosen baker will have to create this cake masterpiece in a foreign kitchen at the site of the wedding location. Tune in to see if it all came together on time and get ready to say "I do" to sweet highlights on FoodNetwork.com/WeddingCakeCountdown. Plus, check out behind-the-scenes photos and insider videos with Drew and Linda, plus unforgettable moments with the happy couple as they prepared for their big day. Keep up with the conversation and share your wedding memories using #WeddingCakeCountdown.

Don't miss the full wedding cake-themed primetime lineup which kicks-off at 7pm ET/PTwith Outrageous Wedding Cakes, followed by a special episode of Ridiculous Cakes at 8pm ET/PT, and the premiere of Wedding Cake Countdown with Drew and Linda at 8:30pm ET/PT and Wedding Cake Championship at 9pm ET/PT.

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FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers' best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring, empowering and entertaining through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to nearly 100 million U.S. households and draws over 46 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine's rate base has grown 13 times and is the No. 2 best-selling monthly magazine on the newsstand, with 13.5 million readers. Food Network is owned by Discovery, Inc., a global leader in real life entertainment whose portfolio also includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. 

Viceland Announces Nine Summer Series

Viceland Announces Nine Summer Series
New programs premiering on the network include: "Hollywood Love Story," a dive into the world of the wannabe Insta-famous presided over by one of the pioneers of 'famous-for-being-yourself' culture: Paris Hilton.
[via press release from Viceland] VICELAND ANNOUNCES NINE SUMMER SERIES
RAPPERS 2 CHAINZ & ACTION BRONSON RETURN ALONGSIDE NEW PROJECTS FROM DIRECTOR X AND PARIS HILTON

Brooklyn, NY (May 23, 2018) - VICELAND is bringing nine series to air this summer with a wide range of diverse talent from returning network staples to newcomers covering everything from food and friendship to internet celebrity, fringe science and skateboarding.
New programs premiering on the network include: Hollywood Love Story, a dive into the world of the wannabe Insta-famous presided over by one of the pioneers of 'famous-for-being-yourself' culture: Paris Hilton; Mister Tachyon, the first-ever original television project from prolific music video director and filmmaker Director X, which examines fringe science with a scientist-turned-comic book style hero at its center; and Post Radical, an exploration of the many different subcultures within the world of skateboarding, hosted by pro skater/amateur anthropologist Rick McCrank (VICELAND's "Abandoned")

In addition, the summer will see the return of VICELAND regular, rapper/chef Action Bronson, and his signature series F*ck, That's Delicious and 2 Chainz's celebration of excess, Most Expensivest, is also back for more. VICELAND third season airing Thrasher Magazine's epic scavenger hunt/road trip competition King Of The Road returns, a second season inside the minds and work of the best tattoo artists in the world: Tattoo Age, as well as a third season of the craft-brewer talent search Beerland.

ABOUT THE PREMIERES
On July 10 at 8:00 PM-- Post Radical marks the return of pro-skater turned documentarian Rick McCrank ("Abandoned") as he explores the wide variety of subcultures within the skateboarding community. McCrank embeds himself within each of these distinctive groups around the world, from finger boarders and downhill racers to a growing DIY scene in Ethiopia and a skateboard high school in Sweden, and a look at skate culture amid the turmoil in Israel and Palestine.

On, July 11 at 10:00 PM, VICELAND debuts Hollywood Love Story in which Paris Hilton, an Insta-famous celebrity before there was a name for it, introduces tales of wannabe singers, model-actresses, rappers, photographers, designers and DJs trying to make it in modern day Los Angeles. They've all got big dreams and backstories and exemplify the current so-called "selfie culture." Each episode explores the blurred lines between the fantasy and reality of living in Hollywood craving fame and sharing it all on social media, where success and self-worth are measured in likes, follows and reposts.

Also premiering on July 11 at 11:30 PM is Mister Tachyon, the first-ever original television project from Director X, the prolific music video director (Drake, Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Jay-Z, to name a few) and filmmaker (this summer's "Superfly"). In a radical departure from the traditional science show, the series follows our titular host, a fictional scientist with a comic book style backstory (born invisible due to his scientist father's experiments) as he searches for a cure through fringe science and his own experiments. Mister Tachyon will try to answer questions often ignored by conventional science -- from examining whether the earth's magnetic field is secretly shaping our lives, to exploring the power of thought to change a person's biology.

As previously announced, VICELAND's first co-production with A+E Networks' History, the documentary series Fighting ISIS will air Sundays at 10:00PM, starting June 3. The show follows a group of veteran and civilian volunteers who travel to Syria and Iraq to fight against ISIS alongside local militias.

ABOUT THE RETURNING SERIES
Beerland's third season is already underway after premiering May 22.
Returning July 10 at 9:00 PM, King Of The Road bursts back onto the screen with it's blend of "Jackass" and "The Amazing Race" as we follow Thrasher Magazine's annual scavenger hunt with a vengeance. Three teams of the world's best skaters representing Element (featuring one of the biggest names in skateboarding Nyjah Juston), Real, and Foundation Skateboards -- go on the road trip of a lifetime. It's gnarlier and more ridiculous than ever this season as the teams stack tricks, freak out and test the limits of their skills and sanity in the process.

Also returning at 10:00 PM, Grammy winning hip-hop superstar 2 Chainz gets back to the business of excess in the second season of Most Expensivest. Chainz, with his signature blend of swagger and charm, takes viewers on a guided tour of the best of the best from weed and wellness to matchmaking and eco-indulgences. Filmed in the luxurious locales of Miami and Los Angeles, this season will bring more of the absurd and decadent with one question in mind: "Is it worth it? Is it sh*t? Or is it "The Sh*t"?"

On July 10 at 10:30PM, it's the return of VICELAND staple, rapper-chef-raconteur Action Bronson and his franchise series F*ck, That's Delicious. Currently in its third season on the channel, the show will turn its focus homeward, where the eating habits of hip-hop's greatest bon vivant and his tight knit crew of friends and collaborators (Meyhem Lauren, Big Body Bes and The Alchemist) were formed: New York City. Bronson and co. will take in local flavor in their own inimitable style and once again celebrate great food, good friends hometown heroes and local legends in the city they love.

Finally, on July 11 at 10:30PM, Tattoo Age returns to deliver an in-depth look at the state of tattooing today. Through profiles on some of the most important current and most influential artists of the last 50 years, creating a complete tapestry of this ever-evolving, living art form - from shops and styles, to the philosophy behind the art and the business.

SUMMER SHOWS AT A GLANCE (NEW SHOWS IN RED)
BEERLAND (premiered) MAY 22 @ 10:00 PM
HUNTING ISIS JUNE 3 @ 10:00 PM
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KING OF THE ROAD JULY 10 @ 9:00 PM
MOST EXPENSIVEST JULY 10 @ 10:00 PM
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About VICELAND
Most TV channels are just a collection of shows - VICELAND is a collection of personal points-of-view. Everything at VICELAND has a reason to exist and a strong perspective. Our mission is to examine the world we live in, and explore the things that confuse us, make us curious, make us laugh, or awaken our sense of wonder.

VICELAND features series examining all things culture, including music, food, technology, sex, fashion and more. Oscar-winning writer/director Spike Jonze, co-chief creative officer of VICE Media maintains creative oversight on the channel which features diverse series from documentary style programming to shows hosted by longtime VICE personalities like Action Bronson and Eddie Huang. The channel also serves as an experimental platform for familiar faces like Ellen Page, Gloria Steinem, Tyler the Creator, James Van Der Beek and Michael K. Williams to explore personal projects while also breaking new talent like VICELAND's own critically acclaimed late night hosts "Desus & Mero."

About VICE MEDIA
VICE is the world's leading youth media brand. Launched in 1994, VICE is on pace to bring its award-winning programming to over 80 territories worldwide in 2018 across mobile, digital, and linear platforms. VICE operates an expanding international network of digital channels; a television and feature film production studio; an Emmy-nominated international television network, VICELAND; an Emmy-nominated weekly newsmagazine show on HBO; a nightly news series on HBO; an in-house creative services agencies and branded studio; a magazine; and a record label.
VICE's award-winning programming has been recognized by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Peabody Awards, Sundance Film Festival, PEN Center, Cannes Lions, Frontline Club, Knight Foundation, American Society of Magazine Editors, LA Press Club, James Beard awards, and Webby Awards, among others. 

Robert Simonds' STX Uglydolls Franchise Gets Animated as New Kids Series for Hulu

Robert Simonds' STX Uglydolls Franchise Gets Animated as New Kids Series for Hulu
The agreement includes a 26-episode series order of "Uglydolls" to be developed and produced as an animated kids series for Hulu, as well as the exclusive SVOD rights to the upcoming animated feature film following its theatrical run.
[via press release from STX Entertainment] Robert Simonds' STX UGLYDOLLS Franchise Gets Animated as New Kids Series for Hulu
New Deal also Brings Upcoming Feature Film from STXfilms Exclusively to Hulu
BURBANK, Calif., May 23, 2018 -- STX Entertainment, Robert Simonds' next-generation media company, today announced a new deal with Hulu for UGLYDOLLS, STX's highly anticipated animated franchise. The agreement includes a 26-episode series order of "Uglydolls" to be developed and produced as an animated kids series for Hulu, as well as the exclusive SVOD rights to the upcoming animated feature film following its theatrical run. Hulu will be the streaming home to both the series and the film in the U.S., with STX retaining the international rights.

STXtv will take on the dual role of studio and producer for the new animated kids series, which will be based on the animated feature UGLYDOLLS already in the works at STXfilms for a 2019 theatrical release. Hulu is the latest major player to join STX's first animated franchise which has also attracted Hasbro as global master toy licensee, and Walmart signed on to give UGLYDOLLS its highest level of retail support - a commitment reserved for few premiere properties.

"UGLYDOLLS is an ideal brand fit for STX, which was conceived for franchise building across all platforms from film to television, digital, virtual reality, consumer products, and more. Our seamless infrastructure allows us to strategize across all divisions, and as a next-generation studio we are thrilled to partner with a next-generation premium streaming service of Hulu's caliber to service the entire universe of the 'UglyDolls' franchise," said Jada Miranda, STXtv's EVP/Head of Scripted Television. "Our partners at Hulu fully embraced this opportunity and we felt confidence in their plan to realize the massive potential in what is STX's first animated property."

Created as a plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim, the Uglydoll brand quickly gained a cult following around the world and was named Toy of the Year by the Toy Industry Association in 2006. Beloved by children, teenagers and adults alike, Uglydoll characters are distinct for their endearing "ugliness," in a wonderful "uglyverse" where differences are celebrated and embraced.
This new deal marks yet another step for Hulu as it expands its library of family programming. Earlier this month, Hulu announced its largest kids & family licensing deal to date with DreamWorks Animation for future slates of DreamWorks Animation feature films, as well as the rights to develop original kids & family series based on the company's popular franchises. Hulu also recently announced a deal with Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and Warner Bros. Animation to create and premiere a brand-new version of the iconic cartoon franchise, Animaniacs.

"Uglydolls" marks STXtv's third scripted production commitment in the past five months, following National Geographic's six-part limited series "Valley of the Boom" from showrunner Matthew Carnahan, and YouTube's "The Edge of Seventeen," a spin-off of STXfilms' critically-acclaimed film of the same name with the film's original director Kelly Fremon Craig returning as executive producer.

About STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content. It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises. The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG. Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia's largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China's leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world's largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; New Enterprise Associates (NEA); DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others. With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market. For more information, please visit http://www.stxentertainment.com.

About Hulu
Hulu is a leading premium streaming service that offers instant access to live and on demand channels, original series and films, and a premium library of TV and movies to more than 20 million subscribers in the U.S. Since its launch in 2008, Hulu has consistently been at the forefront of entertainment and technology. Hulu is the only streaming service that offers both ad-supported and commercial-free current season shows from the largest U.S. broadcast networks; libraries of hit TV series and films; and acclaimed Hulu Originals including Emmy(R) and Golden Globe Award-winning series The Handmaid's Tale, The Looming Tower, Future Man, Marvel's Runaways, The Path, 11.22.63, and Golden Globe nominated comedy Casual, as well as upcoming series Castle Rock, The First, Catch-22 and Little Fires Everywhere. In 2017, Hulu added live news, entertainment and sports from 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, NBCUniversal, CBS Corporation, The CW, Turner Networks, A+E Networks and Scripps Networks Interactive to its offerings - making it the only TV service that brings together live, on-demand, originals, and library content all in one place, across living room and mobile devices. 

Video: CBS All Access Reveals Official Trailer and Additional Key Art for "Strange Angel"

Video: CBS All Access Reveals Official Trailer and Additional Key Art for "Strange Angel"
Based on George Pendle's book of the same name, the series is inspired by the real life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.
[via press release from CBS] CBS ALL ACCESS REVEALS OFFICIAL TRAILER AND ADDITIONAL KEY ART FOR "STRANGE ANGEL"
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE OFFICIAL TRAILER

STRANGE ANGEL Premieres Thursday, June 14th on CBS All Access
New Episodes Will Be Released Weekly on Thursdays Exclusively for CBS All Access Subscribers

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STRANGE ANGEL, a drama series created by Mark Heyman ("Black Swan," "The Skeleton Twins") and based on George Pendle's book of the same name, is inspired by the real life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.

Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor), a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles, works as a janitor at a chemical factory but dreams of building rockets that will take mankind to the moon. As he helps pioneer the unknown discipline of rocket science by day, by night, Parsons is pulled into a new occult religion created by Aleister Crowley, performing sex magick rituals to bend the world to his will and make his fantastical dreams a reality.

The cast of STRANGE ANGEL includes Jack Reynor, Rupert Friend, Bella Heathcote, Peter Mark Kendall, Michael Gaston, Greg Wise, Rade �erbed�ija, Zack Pearlman and Keye Chen.
STRANGE ANGEL is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions. Mark Heyman, David DiGilio, Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker serve as executive producers. Clayton Krueger serves as co-executive producer, and David Lowery ("A Ghost Story," "Pete's Dragon") directs and executive produces.

ABOUT CBS ALL ACCESS
CBS All Access is CBS' digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its original series, which includes STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, comedy series NO ACTIVITY and the new edition of "The Good Wife," THE GOOD FIGHT, CBS All Access gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand - spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits - and stream their local CBS station live. CBS All Access is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs and Amazon Channels. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit: https://www.cbs.com/all-access/. 

Kim Cattrall Joins CBS All Access' Upcoming Psychological Thriller, "Tell Me a Story"

Kim Cattrall Joins CBS All Access' Upcoming Psychological Thriller, "Tell Me a Story"
Earlier this month, it was announced that Billy Magnussen will star in the series as Nick, a young high school teacher who is handsome, seductive, and quite possibly a wolf in sheep's clothing.
[via press release from CBS] THIS JUST IN...
... From CBS ALL ACCESS
KIM CATTRALL JOINS CBS ALL ACCESS' UPCOMING PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER, "TELL ME A STORY"

May 23, 2018 - CBS All Access announced today that Kim Cattrall ("Sex and the City") has joined the cast of its upcoming psychological thriller, TELL ME A STORY.

Cattrall will play Colleen, an unlikely and very nontraditional grandmother. When her son moves back home, bringing with him a troubled teenager, Kayla, this former chorus girl is going to have to grow up finally and take on the parental duties to protect her family against a very dark and sinister threat.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Billy Magnussen will star in the series as Nick, a young high school teacher who is handsome, seductive, and quite possibly a wolf in sheep's clothing. After a wild night with a girl he met at a nightclub results in a hookup but no phone numbers swapped, he thinks his chances with her have gone out the window. But when he runs into her again, he's sure to take advantage of his second chance, proving he's sensitive, understanding... and, quite possibly, too good to be true.

This is Cattrall's first starring role in a U.S. television series since "Sex and the City," for which she was recognized with a Golden Globe; two Screen Actors Guild Awards; five Emmy Award nominations; and three Screen Actors Guild nominations. Since then, Cattrall has been working globally on projects including the HBO Canada/Rhombus series "Sensitive Skin," in which she starred and executive produced for two seasons; season two of the Swedish television series "Modus" for TV4; the BAFTA-nominated BBC mini-series "The Witness for the Prosecution"; and the U.K. mini-series "Any Human Heart".

TELL ME A STORY takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized drama interweaves "The Three Little Pigs," "Little Red Riding Hood" and "Hansel and Gretel" into an epic and subversive tale of love, loss, greed, revenge and murder. From Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, the series is written and executive produced by Kevin Williamson alongside Aaron Kaplan, Dana Honor and Liz Friedlander, who is set to direct and executive produce the first two episodes. 

Mustard and Nick Jonas, Chloe x Halle to Perform at 2018 "MTV Movie & TV Awards"

Mustard and Nick Jonas, Chloe x Halle to Perform at 2018 "MTV Movie & TV Awards"
The network also announced Michael B. Jordan, Seth Rogen, Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis, Zendaya, Gina Rodriguez and Common are confirmed to present.
[via press release from MTV] PLATINUM PRODUCER MUSTARD AND GRAMMY AND GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATED ARTIST NICK JONAS TO PERFORM "ANYWHERE" AND CHLOE X HALLE TAKE THE STAGE FOR MEDLEY OF "WARRIOR" AND "THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT" AT 2018 "MTV MOVIE & TV AWARDS" HOSTED BY TIFFANY HADDISH
MICHAEL B. JORDAN, SETH ROGEN, MILA KUNIS, KRISTEN BELL, ZENDAYA, GINA RODRIGUEZ AND COMMON TO PRESENT

NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2018) - Platinum producer Mustard and Grammy and Golden Globe nominated artist, Nick Jonas will perform the new single "Anywhere" for the first time in its entirety at the 2018 "MTV Movie & TV Awards." The world premiere of the video debuted yesterday on MTV. Additionally, Chloe x Halle are set to take the stage for a medley of "The Kids Are Alright" and "Warrior" from their debut album.

The network also announced "Black Panther's" Michael B. Jordan; Seth Rogen and Kristen Bell, from the new comedy "Like Father;" Mila Kunis of "The Spy Who Dumped Me;" Zendaya and Gina Rodriguez in the upcoming animated film "Smallfoot" and artist and actor, Common are confirmed to present. Additional names will be announced at a later date.

As previously announced, Chris Pratt will receive this year's "Generation Award" and Lena Waithe will be honored with the "Trailblazer Award." Hosted by Tiffany Haddish, this year's show will air on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT from the Barker Hangar in Los Angeles.

Mustard (Dijon McFarlane) is a multi-platinum producer and DJ from South Central LA whose 2010 rise is attributed to a simple, hypnotic sound. Known for hits including Tyga's "Rack City," 2 Chainz's "I'm Different," and Young Jeezy's "R.I.P," he was also behind a quartet of singles that hit the Top Ten of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart, including YG's "My N*gga," Ty Dolla $ign's "Paranoid," Kid Ink's "Show Me," and Trey Songz's "Na Na." His debut album, 10 Summers (Roc Nation) arrived in 2014 and his follow up album, which featured appearances by YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Quavo, John Legend and many more, dropped in 2016. In 2016 he also produced Rihanna's longest-charting and five-time platinum hit, "Needed Me." A year later he returned with The Ghetto, which included the single "Is It Mine," featuring RJMrLA. He can be found performing everywhere from Coachella to EDC.

Nick Jonas, the multi-platinum, Grammy and Golden Globe nominated recording artist, actor, and award winning songwriter, released his self-titled debut album in November 2014. The critically-acclaimed album included the triple-platinum and #1 U.S. radio hit, "Jealous." A recipient of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame's prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, Jonas released his sophomore solo album 'Last Year Was Complicated' in June 2016. Jonas also co-wrote an original song titled "Home" for the movie "Ferdinand," released by FOX Animation. The song was nominated for 2018 Golden Globe in the category of "Best Original Song." Jonas can currently be seen alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black in "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." He recently completed production on Lionsgate's post-apocalyptic thriller, "Chaos Walking," starring Daisy Ridley and Tom Holland which is scheduled for release in March 2019.

The buzz about the sisters Chloe x Halle began building back in 2013 by way of their YouTube Channel where they posted their now-infamous covers of popular songs. Their rendition of Beyoncé's ballad "Pretty Hurts" garnered over 15 million views and ultimately led to a recording deal with Beyoncé's, Parkwood Entertainment. Since then, Chloe x Halle served as the opening act for "The Formation World Tour" and appeared in the now-legendary visual masterpiece for Lemonade. In 2016, they also lent their voices to the song, "This is for My Girls" (alongside Kelly Rowland, Zendaya and Janelle Mon�e, among them) in support of Let Girls Learn, an education-focused initiative launched by former President Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama. Their on-screen credits include their roles as Jazz and Sky on Freeform's hit comedy "Grown-ish" for which they also co-wrote the series theme song, "Grown."

Joel Gallen/Tenth Planet Productions will serve as Executive Producer with MTV's Amy Doyle, Wendy Plaut and Vanessa Whitewolf for the "2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards." Rick Austin will also serve as Executive Producer. Melanie Block is Executive in Charge of Production. Amani Duncan and Lisa Lauricella are Executives in Charge of Music.

Official sponsors of the 2018 "MTV Movie & TV Awards" include Doritos(R), MTN DEW(R), SIMPLE Mobile(R), Taco Bell(R), Toyota and truth(R).

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