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Monday, June 4, 2018

COMBATE AMERICAS NAMES MEDIA INDUSTRY VETERAN JACQUELINE HERNANDEZ PRESIDENT

Hernandez Previously Served as Chief Marketing Officer, NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises; Chief Operating Officer, Telemundo Enterprises and Publisher of People En Español

NEW YORK- June 4, 2018 – Combate Americas, the world’s premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports and multimedia entertainment company targeting Hispanics, announced today the appointment of media industry veteran and former NBCUniversal executive, Jacqueline Hernandez, as Combate Americas President. She will be based in New York and will report to Campbell McLaren, CEO and Founder of Combate Americas.

“Jackie is well-positioned to take Combate Americas into a rapidly changing media landscape,” said McLaren. “She is the undisputed champion of Hispanic millennials and Gen- Z marketing. Her leadership skills are world-class. It is a true honor to welcome her into La Jaula.”

Hernandez, working in tandem with McLaren, will oversee the entire business apparatus and P&L of Combate Americas. She will be responsible for driving the company’s continued global expansion, expanding multiplatform distribution channels and geographic regions for the company’s growth plan, negotiating media rights and developing a world-class MMA Sports & Entertainment enterprise and brand name.

“The intersection of cultures and new identities around the world - including the US - has propelled today's young generations to be rule breakers, culture benders and trendsetters," said Hernandez. "I'm excited and honored to join Campbell and the Combate Americas team because we are committed to ensuring new generations see themselves reflected in its fandom. Our audiences and the heroes who bring our franchise to life are the spirit of Combate."

Hernandez has played integral roles at major worldwide corporations, including Chief Marketing Officer of NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises; Chief Operating Officer of Telemundo Enterprises and Publisher of People en Español and Teen People. Most recently Hernandez was President and Founder of the strategic consulting firm, The M²Z Group where she took on Combate Americas as her first client.

Throughout her career, Hernandez has earned various industry awards, including FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Latinas (2017), The Top CableFAX 100 Players (2016), the PromaxBDA Brand Builder of the Year (2013), The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment (2013 & 2012), Broadcast & Cable’s Wonder Women (2013) award, and was named one of Advertising Age’s 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising.

Hernandez earned an MBA from Baruch College, New York and a BA from Tufts University.

ABOUT COMBATE AMERICAS

Combate Americas is the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise, rapidly becoming the number two sport, after soccer, for Spanish speaking sports fans worldwide. Currently it is distributed globally on various leading broadcast and cable networks. In the US it can be seen on Univision and Univision Deportes; in Mexico on Azteca7; in LATAM on ESPN and on GOL in Spain.

The Combate Americas content franchise includes live events, reality TV programming and mobile programming. The company's CEO, Campbell McLaren, is universally recognized as the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). New York Magazine described McLaren as "the marketing genius behind the UFC" and Yahoo! Sports proclaimed that he "knows more about the sport than just about anyone in it today." With an unprecedented product and a blue-chip ownership and management team, Combate Americas is poised to break new ground and bring about a new era in world championship level MMA competition.

SOURCE: Combate Americas

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Review Of Vince Russo's Attitude With Terri Runnels

Bro “the man” is back with another edition of his Kayfabe Commentaries series where he spews about how great he was as the sole writer of the Attitude Era in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. It is Vince Russo and his Attitude talking with the former Marlena AKA Terri Runnels who managed her now ex-husband Goldust AKA Dustin Runnels in the promotion. Since the first release in the series with Ken Shamrock, Russo has been fired by his podcasting network for being a douchebag, been featured on Something Else to Wrestle with former KC.com guest Bruce Prichard on WWE Network and I re-read both of his books, most likely sold on his website and Amazon. So this is interesting to watch indeed especially when Runnels brings out her dog Mozart.

Surprisingly Russo admits Vince McMahon had the idea for Goldust but nothing more than a “Hollywood Golden Era” persona. McMahon also had the idea for Marlena but didn’t have someone to play it. Runnels shares how she created the overall look including fighting with cigar/cigarette phobic McMahon about taking one to ringside. They bring up how Marlena was involved in the debut of Chyna in WWE, an unannounced visit to the Academy Awards, being on the road with Dustin and Dakota (their daughter), issues from WWE TV sponsors in reaction to the slight homophobic tendencies of the character plus issues with Sable (Rena Mero/Lesnar) and Sunny (Tammy Sytch). She also discusses Dustin’s battle with substance abuse (thankfully he has somewhat conquered them), working with Ultimate Warrior, Roddy Piper (Goldust’ WrestleMania 12 opponent), Val Venis, the PMS angle with Jacqueline and the late Brian Pillman (who dated Terri before she married Dustin). Runnels does give great detail into her relationship with Pillman and the angle where she was under his control.

Only because of my loyalty to the Kayfabe Commentaries product and Sean Oliver did I review this DVD. This is a car crash from the moment you push play. There is hardly any format kept to by Russo especially when we are subjected to a story of Runnels getting a piercing in a place I really didn’t want to know about. Some of this was brand new to me because during the Attitude Era I watched more of WCW than WWE.

The www.KayfabeCommentaries.com site lists upcoming releases as YouShoot with “Wildfire” Tommy Rich May 29) and Supercard with “Hacksaw” Butch Reed (June.) There will also be YouShoot episodes with Justin Credible and Mikey Whipwreck released in the summer. For information on Alan Wojcik’s wrestling coverage, check out
www.Facebook.com/KayfabeWrestlingRadio
& www.Twitter.com/MyNameIsWojcik

SOURCE: Alan Wojcik

Monday, May 21, 2018

LFA JOINS LONDON TRUST MEDIA HOLDINGS GROUP

Las Vegas, NV -- May 21, 2018. Las Vegas, NV - LFA CEO Ed Soares announced today that the promotion has joined the London Trust Media Holdings group of companies. London Trust Media Holding is a diversified corporation with a primary focus on the Internet, entertainment and media industries.

London Trust Media acquired a majority ownership stake in LFA which is expected to stimulate the growth of LFA through revitalized branding and an expanded reach across all Internet and social platforms. Additionally, the LFA team will gain access to a diverse network of LTM owned companies building an international presence for a stronger position in the market place.

"This is a great day for LFA and MMA," said Ed Soares, CEO of LFA. "We now host thirty MMA events across the United States which makes LFA the fastest growing MMA promotion in the world. Our strategic partnership with London Trust Media ensures that LFA will continue to grow as we develop the top prospects in the sport." Soares noted that when the RFA and Legacy FC 2016 merger formed in 2016-2017, they became the premier developmental organization in MMA. Since then, RFA and Legacy FC have launched the careers of over 130 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC.

"London Trust Media has high hopes for the MMA industry and LFA specifically. We anticipate tremendous growth in viewers, sponsors and attracting new generations of athletes and fans through our strategic alliance." stated Ted Kim, CEO of London Trust Media.

LFA will continue to produce as many as 30 live MMA events per year in multiple markets across the USA, all broadcast live on AXS TV. The new partnership with London Trust Media will allow LFA to expand its footprint by creating special interest content focused on its many athletes and their lifestyles and history.

The LFA leadership will continue with Ed Soares as CEO and Sven Bean, former LFA COO, has been named as President. Mark Bieri, a founding partner in the organization, will assume the role of Vice President of Talent Relations.

"I cannot be more pleased and excited with this new partnership," stated Bean, "When we originally formed the LFA our single most important goal was to create the premier developmental organization in the sport of MMA. We were able to do that in less than a year. Now with the expertise, experience and assets through London Trust Media, our growth as a brand will be unstoppable!"

Please visit LFAfighting.com for bout updates and information. LFA is on Facebook at Legacy Fighting Alliance. LFA is also on Instagram at @LFAfighting and Twitter at @LFAfighting.

About LFA:

LFA is a professional Mixed Martial Arts promotion that gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. LFA was formed by the powerhouse merger between RFA and Legacy FC. LFA presents live Mixed Martial Arts events on a monthly basis around the United States including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, and Houston. LFA can be seen live in over 53 million homes nationally through its television deal with AXS TV. Based in Houston, TX, LFA is one of the most active and respected MMA organizations in the fastest growing sport in the world. (The Octagon, Ultimate Fighting Championship®, UFC®, and the eight-sided competition mat and cage design are registered trademarks owned exclusively by Zuffa, LLC. All rights reserved).

About London Trust Media:

London Trust Media is a diversified business focused on the Internet and media industries - bringing the Internet back to its original state and bringing power back to the people. London Trust Media runs the leading no-log VPN service provider in the world Private Internet Access (PIA) as well as Kore Asian Media, Linux Journal, freenode, Snoonet, JOG, BlockExplorer, and Provocateur. Please visit their website at www.londontrustmedia.com for more information.

SOURCE: LEGACY FIGHTING ALLIANCE

Monday, April 30, 2018

SHOWTIME® ANNOUNCES RAW AND REVEALING DOCUMENTARY CHRONICLING SPORTSCASTER MAURO RANALLO AND HIS LIFELONG BATTLE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER Premieres During Mental Health Awareness Month

On Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME

NEW YORK – April 30, 2018 – Prolific combat sports broadcaster Mauro Ranallo and his lifelong battle with mental illness are the subject of a new documentary film from SHOWTIME Sports®. BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER – named for the moniker Ranallo gave himself as a broadcast personality and DJ in the early 90’s – will premiere on SHOWTIME during Mental Health Awareness Month on Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

First look video: https://s.sho.com/2Ft4Mig

Ranallo has Bipolar Affective Disorder, a condition afflicting nearly five percent of the U.S. population according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI.org). As a national sportscaster for preeminent boxing, mixed martial arts and WWE events, Ranallo has long been an advocate for ending the stigma of mental illness. Now, for the first time, he exposes the true extent of his daily struggle. Through extensive behind-the-scenes video footage, candid personal interviews and detailed accounts from his loved ones and doctors, BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER takes an unflinching look at mental illness and its effects.

The film explores Ranallo’s career, including his work on the two biggest pay-per-view events in television history, and his relentless pursuit of a childhood dream despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Through this deeply personal portrait, Ranallo hopes that the film might inspire others to persevere in pursuing their dreams despite the challenges of a mental health condition.

“I have always tried to do my part to bring awareness to mental health issues,” said Ranallo. “Over the last several years, I allowed my best friend, Haris (Usanovic), to film me at my lowest points as well as at my highest. The idea is simply to show others who suffer that they are not alone and that, even when the outlook is bleak, you can overcome and achieve success. Mental illness is a life sentence—there is no cure—but it doesn’t have to be a death sentence.”

“Through BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER, Mauro Ranallo has chosen to share not only his life’s dreams, but his nightmares as well,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Event Programming for Showtime Networks Inc. “Having reached the pinnacle of his profession, Mauro bravely turns his keen observational skills inward to examine his own life-long battle. The result is a raw, poignant and ultimately inspirational film that personifies Mauro’s courage and selflessness.”

Ranallo is a popular fixture on today’s combat sports scenes. In a career that has spanned more than 30 years, he has called everything from “All-Star Wrestling,” a Canadian professional wrestling outfit, to historic MMA events for PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS out of Japan, to WWE SmackDown Live on USA Network, to many of the biggest boxing events in the world for SHOWTIME Sports. Ranallo was the first broadcaster to call play-by-play on boxing, kickboxing, MMA and professional wrestling events on national television.

Today, Ranallo is the voice of three prominent nationally televised series: SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING®, WWE’s weekly show NXT on WWE Network, and BELLATOR MMA on Paramount Network. Perhaps best known for his dramatic, excitable style, Ranallo is a student of the English language. He has already made a lasting mark on the industry having called the two biggest pay-per-view events in television history: Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao (May 2015, international telecast); and Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor (Aug. 2017, SHOWTIME PPV®).

BIPOLAR ROCK ‘N ROLLER is produced by Brian Dailey, the network’s Vice President, Sports Digital Content and Strategy, and MALKA MEDIA GROUP. Directed by first-time filmmaker Haris Usanovic, the film is executive produced by Stephen Espinoza and SHOWTIME Sports.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network's authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Apple®, Roku®, Amazon, Google, Xbox One, Samsung and LG Smart TVs. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Sony PlayStation™ Vue, Amazon Channels and FuboTV. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™, and offers Smithsonian Earth™ through SN Digital LLC. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

Source: Showtime Sports

Friday, April 20, 2018

MMA Fighter Bryce Logan Joins Soba Recovery in Fighting Addiction Movement

TUNE IN TONIGHT ON AXS TV

April 20, 2018 - Soba Recovery Center is happy to announce its partnership with MMA fighter Bryce Logan (8-2), who battles Dakota Bush (4-0) tonight on Legacy Fighting Alliance on AXS TV. Logan joins Roy "Big Country" Nelson as they join Soba Recover Centers in their movement to fighting addiction.

"Today, we as a society, need to be aware of the dangers that drug, and alcohol addiction has on our families. It brings me great pleasure to join Soba Recovery Centers and their quest to help fight addiction. Addiction does not discriminate, it hits home to every race, religion and culture. Tonight, I'll be wearing a Soba patch on my trunks in honor of fighting addiction."

For a TV listing on AXS TV please click HERE.

About Soba Recovery Centers:

The emphasis at SOBA is "WHEN YOU ARE READY." When you finally realize your life has become unmanageable due to drug and/or alcohol addiction, and you sincerely desire to turn that around for yourself (rather than trying to please someone else)- you have an excellent chance of success. Ready? Pick up the phone and call us at (866) 948-9014. You will be speaking with someone who has similar experiences with the same feelings and emotions you may be going through right now.

Source: Soba Recovery

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Roy "Big Country" Nelson Joins Soba Recovery In Fighting Addiction Movement

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 11, 2018) - During his fight with Matt Mitrione at Bellator 194, MMA fighter Roy "Big Country" Nelson was wearing a Soba Recover Center patch on his trunks. The support for Soba was more than a sponsorship partnership for Nelson, it was union that hits close to his heart. In this in-depth interview, Soba Recovery Center founder and recovering addict, Greg Hannley, goes one on one with Nelson, as they both give their testimony on how addiction has affected their lives. This is a very inspiring video with vital information on how the insurance companies should change their policies when it comes to the opioid crisis that is killing the middle class. Please click on the video link below and get informed.



About Soba Recovery Centers:

The emphasis at SOBA is "WHEN YOU ARE READY." When you finally realize your life has become unmanageable due to drug and/or alcohol addiction, and you sincerely desire to turn that around for yourself (rather than trying to please someone else)- you have an excellent chance of success. Ready? Pick up the phone and call us at (866) 948-9014. You will be speaking with someone who has similar experiences with the same feelings and emotions you may be going through right now.

SOURCE: Soba Recovery

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Alan Wojcik's Review Of HBO Sports’ Andre The Giant Documentary

Andre the Giant was not like anyone you nor will I ever see in professional wrestling. In a business that labels people legends and icons, Andre Roussimoff was all of the above and more. He transcended the business and became a uber pop culture icon, especially to children who grew up in the 1980’s. Sadly he passed away in January 1993 visiting family in France. HBO Sports, producer Bill Simmons and director Hehir bring Andre’s story to life airing April 10th at 10pm and on demand.

We find out through the film Andre’s original ring name was Jean Ferre’, a French lumberjack and it was in the United States he was called the name we all know him under. We follow Andre from his debut in the late 1960’s to his arrival in North America in Montreal through the United States in the mid 1970’s. Thanks to regional promotions having TV and the wrestling magazines like Pro Wrestling Illustrated, Andre became the legend we know today. As heartwarming the stories told in the film are, it is heartbreaking to think the everyday life of someone with giantism (AKA acromegaly). To be oversized for even normal things like flying in an airplane or riding in a car must be extremely difficult. Andre appeared to find solace when he bought a ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina. People always say either Andre liked you or hated you; there was no middle ground as we find out about superstars like Randy Savage, Big John Studd and the Iron Sheik. The phrase BOSS also was used by the Giant and it is used to describe him with affection. The amazing stories also come out from his legendary consumption of alcohol and those who tried to keep up with Andre’s lifestyle. Andre had to endure the death of the territories at the hands of the WWF (now called WWE) who went national making Hulk Hogan its number one star. The filmmakers wonderfully cover Andre’s transition to the bad guy side; being managed by Bobby “the Brain” Heenan which led to the iconic WrestleMania 3 match with Hogan.

In addition to archived interviews with Andre, many wrestling personalities are featured like Andre’s travel partner Tim White, Hulk Hogan, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, Pat Patterson, WWE chairman Vince McMahon and his son Shane, writer Pat Laprade, Canadian wrestler Gino Brito, writer David Shoemaker, Jerry “the King” Lawler, Gene Okerlund, journalist Dr. Terry Todd and journalist David Meltzer. The filmmakers also got time with Andre’s brothers Antione & Jacques and his daughter Robin Chirstensen plus actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, family friend Jack McAuley, and his co-stars in the Princess Bride Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Billy Crystal and director Rob Reiner.

Even the non-wrestling person will love this film. The only flaw in the film is the focus on WWE’s 1980’s expansion; the film briefly turns into an infommercial for World Wrestling Entertainment and nearly kills the film’s momentum. This segment eats ten minutes of the one hour twenty-four minutes dedicated to the Giant.

I must offer tremendous thanks to HBO Sports; specifically to Gregory Domino, for allowing me to screen this before the general public. For information on Alan Wojcik’s wrestling coverage, check out www.Facebook.com/KayfabeWrestlingRadio & www.Twitter.com/MyNameIsWojcik

Thursday, March 1, 2018

SHOWTIME SPORTS® RELEASES FIRST INSTALLMENT OF NEW DIGITAL TALK SHOW BELOW THE BELT

Debut of BELOW THE BELT with Brendan Schaub features Heavyweight World Champion Deontay Wilder, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® analyst Paulie Malignaggi and Former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar

Available NOW On YouTube And Facebook

WHAT: SHOWTIME Sports released the debut installment of the first-of-its-kind sports talk show BELOW THE BELT, hosted by Brendan Schaub, available now on the Below the Belt YouTube Channel and the Below the Belt Facebook Page. The premiere of the twice-monthly, 30-minute program features a preview of Saturday’s Heavyweight World Championship between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz with SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING analyst Paulie Malignaggi, as well as an interview with America’s only heavyweight world champion himself, Deontay Wilder. Schaub also interviews former UFC Lightweight Champion Frankie Edgar ahead of his co-main event bout with Brian Ortega at UFC 222 on Saturday night.

BELOW THE BELT explores the latest news in combat sports and pop culture, with Schaub delivering candid thoughts in his unique and unfiltered style. The multi-platform program, which also includes a weekly podcast and a composite program that airs once per month on SHOWTIME EXTREME, features interviews with the biggest names in combat sports and entertainment, road trips, fight camp visits, sketches, animation and pop-culture spoofs. The next installment of BELOW THE BELT launches March 14, followed by new shows on March 28, April 11, April 18, May 2 and May 16.

SOURCE: Brener Zwikel & Associates, Inc.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Well, It's Midnight, And You Know What That Means ...

Merry Christmas, everyone! Wherever you are, and however you choose to celebrate,
please, be safe!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Programming Alert: The Rock On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

Tomorrow night's edition of ABC's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (11:35/10:35c), features Dwayne Johnson (to me, he'll always be "The Rock"), who will be promoting the upcoming 'Jumanji' movie. As a heads up, if you were planning on attending the taping and haven't already gotten your tickets, you're too late, because it's sold out.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Programming Alert: Catch Tonight's Bellator 189 Prelims At Canvas Chronicle

Props to Bellator MMA, for passing along an embed link for tonight's preliminary lineup at Bellator 189. The card, which starts at 7 PM EST, is as follows:

1.) 150 lb. Catchweight Prelim Bout: Gaston Bolanos (1-1) vs. Rick Gutierrez (0-1)
2.) Lightweight Prelim Bout: Mandel Nallo (5-0) vs. Alec Williams (6-1)
3.) Bantamweight Prelim Bout: Jordan Howard (10-3) vs. Brandon Phillips (6-3)
4.) Women’s Flyweight Prelim Bout: Na Liang (6-1) vs. Juliana Velasquez (5-0)
5.) Featherweight Prelim Bout: Marcos Galvao (18-8-1) vs. Sam Sicilia (15-8)
6.) Featherweight Prelim Bout: Cris Williams (2-0) vs. Thomas Lopez (1-2)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Parks Associates Announces 2017 Top 10 U.S. Subscription OTT Video Services

HBO Now, Starz, and Showtime all moved up in the list while Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu maintain top three slots

DALLAS, Nov. 9, 2017 -- Parks Associates today released its updated list of the top 10 subscription over-the-top (OTT) video services in the U.S. market, based on number of subscribers. Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu continue to hold the top three slots while HBO Now made a significant move into the top five.

1. Netflix
2. Amazon Video (Amazon Prime)
3. Hulu (SVOD)
4. MLB.TV
5. HBO Now
6. Starz
7. YouTube Red
8. Showtime
9. CBS All Access
10. Sling TV

YouTube Red entered the top ten list during the past year, and the OTT services for premium channels Showtime and Starz moved up or entered the list compared to 2016. Sling TV has maintained its strong growth from 2016, and MLB and WWE continue to lead in sports-related subscription OTT video services, with WWE sitting just outside of the top ten.

"While the top three are no surprise, the big story over the past year has been the rapid subscriber growth for OTT video services from HBO, Showtime, and Starz. The combination of recognized brands and popular original content is driving demand for their offerings," said Brett Sappington, Senior Director of Research, Parks Associates. "Services such as Sling TV and Crunchyroll are still enjoying strong growth, but other services have simply grown at a faster rate over the past year."

Sappington notes that online pay-TV services are also growing quickly, fueled by nationwide advertising campaigns. "YouTube TV's advertising and sponsorship deal with MLB during the recent World Series is just one example of the marketing dollars behind these service offerings. While more online pay-TV services could enter the top 10 within the next year, those services that comprise the top 10 are recognized brands that are aggressively working to expand their subscriber bases. Displacing them will be a difficult task."

Parks Associates notes operators and OTT video services are working together in promotions, OTT service distribution and bundling, integration into the set-top box, zero-rating of video in data services, and billing. OTT services are partnering with each other for distribution and bundling, service promotion, improved brand awareness, and content licensing.

"Consumers have a variety of choices and are increasingly self-aggregating multiple OTT video services. As a result, partnerships within the OTT space are becoming more common, as operators, content owners, and OTT service providers all look to gain an edge in attracting subscribers and generating buzz for their offerings."

Parks Associates' OTT Video Market Tracker has research services for North America and Europe to track the content offerings, business strategies, and subscription numbers for OTT services in these regions. Additional data from these services:

- One-third of U.S. broadband households subscribe to multiple OTT services.
- More than 200 OTT video services are available in the U.S. today.
- Over 87% of OTT video services in the U.S. offer some type of subscription option today, including freemium, ad-free premium tiers, and other blended business models.
- Over 80% of services available in Western Europe offer some type of subscription option, including ad-free service tiers.

To schedule an interview or request data, contact Julia Homier at 184333@email4pr.com, 972-996-0214.

About Parks Associates

Parks Associates is an internationally recognized market research and consulting company specializing in emerging consumer technology products and services. Founded in 1986, Parks Associates creates research capital through market reports, primary studies, consumer research, custom research, executive conferences, and service subscriptions. http://www.parksassociates.com

SOURCE: Parks Associates

Monday, November 6, 2017

World-Renowned Wrestler And Entertainer Chris Jericho Stars In New Travel Channel Special - 'The Legend Of…With Chris Jericho'

PREMIERES FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 AT 11 P.M. ET/PT

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2017 -- Six-time WWE world champion and lead singer of Fozzy, Chris Jericho is trading in his belt for a whole new challenge: unmasking the world's greatest mysteries on Travel Channel. "The Legend of…with Chris Jericho," premiering Friday, November 17 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, follows Jericho as he brings his lifelong fascination for history's unexplained legends and the figures behind them to the small screen. Digging into the past, Jericho searches for answers that separate fact from fiction to find the true story behind the legend.

In the half-hour special, Jericho investigates the legend of Butch Cassidy and the facts behind his most brazen heist in Castle Gate, Utah. He heads out to the desert with professional treasure hunters in search of Cassidy's legendary lost loot. There, he meets up with an expert with information on Cassidy's post-heist escape route who helps Jericho recreate the effects of the TNT explosives once used to blow open bank vaults.

"I've had lot of amazing experiences over the course of my career and my life, but searching for the truth behind some of the greatest mysteries in history is by far some of the most incredible! I'm on a mission for truth, treasure and true adventure," said Jericho.

ABOUT TRAVEL CHANNEL

For virtual and active travelers who want to go on a thrilling quest; taste other cultures; enjoy the mystery of the unexplored; get a dose of epic adventure or a splash of wacky fun; there is no better daily escape than Travel Channel. Reaching more than 83 million U.S. cable homes, Travel Channel is the world's leading travel media brand. Fans also can visit Travel Channel for more information or interact with other fans through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Travel Channel is owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc., which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

SOURCE: Travel Channel

Monday, October 30, 2017

Charlie Cox & Jon Bernthal Join WWE Legend The Undertaker And WWE Superstars Bella Twins & Hardy Boyz At ACE Comic Con Long Island

-- Latest Additions to Powerful Lineup includes Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ciarán Hinds --

-- More than 90 vendors, 50 world-class artists & writers, Stellar programming, All Included in General Admission Ticket

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2017 -- ACE Universe, the new media company founded by Comic Con legends Stephen & Gareb Shamus, confirmed that Daredevil star Charlie Cox and The Punisher star Jon Bernthal will join WWE® Legend The Undertaker® and WWE Superstars The Bella Twins®, WWE Superstars The Hardy Boyz®, and WWE Superstar Corey Graves® at ACE Comic Con Long Island on December 8-10.

This inaugural ACE Comic Con will take place at NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island, and will feature the best of pop culture and entertainment throughout the weekend. Confirmed guests also include Henry Cavill (Superman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Ray Fisher (Cyborg), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Jason Momoa (Aquaman) and Ciarán Hinds (Steppenwolf).

Seasoned fans and families will be among the first to experience the newest in Film, TV, Gaming, Comics, Collectibles and Virtual Reality along with live performances worthy of the Nassau Coliseum. More than 90 vendors and 50 top artists and writers will be showcasing their work and skills during the weekend. ACE Comic Con has also partnered with a unique family-themed show called "Kids Comic Con" to bring a fun "show within a show" programming for youngsters including art classes with master illustrators, costume contests and workshops to create their own comic books. WWE Superstar Corey Graves will host a WWE panel, and do a limited FREE autograph signing!

Charlie Cox stars in the Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil. His riveting work in the role of Matt Murdock, and his superhero alter ego Daredevil, has made the show a runaway hit. Charlie first came to the public's attention in the big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust and has appeared in the esteemed series Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire.

Jon Bernthal will star in the upcoming series The Punisher, after appearing as Frank Castle / The Punisher on Daredevil alongside Charlie Cox. Jon portrayed Shane Walsh in Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead, and reunited with Darabont for the TNT series Mob City. Jon has also starred in The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury, Sicario and Pilgrimage.

WWE Legend The Undertaker has dominated the WWE landscape for 25 years like a menacing shadow, spelling out doom for those who dare cross him. A multiple WWE and World Heavyweight Champion, a six-time tag team titleholder and a Royal Rumble winner in 2007, Undertaker's accomplishments in WWE have cemented his place among the greatest in history.

WWE Superstars The Bella Twins have truly blazed a path for female athletes to follow over the years, both inside and outside the squared circle. Outside the ring, sisters Nikki and Brie have thrived as the center pieces of the hit E! reality shows Total Bellas and Total Divas. Nikki can be seen tearing up the dance floor on the current season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

WWE Superstars The Hardy Boyz are tag specialists with innate fraternal chemistry. Matt and Jeff are famous for their unmatched fortitude and innovative, risk-taking arsenal, which has carried them to Superstardom in the wrestling universe.

Tickets for ACE Comic Con Long Island are on sale now, and can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, www.nycblive.com, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting www.aceuniverse.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the Ticketmaster Box Office located at the Coliseum. Kids under 10 years-old get in for free.

ACE UNIVERSE

ACE Universe (www.aceuniverse.com) is a New York-based media and experiential events company founded by Gareb and Stephen Shamus, who are the world's most experienced producers of Comic Con conventions. Stephen has personally produced over 175 Comic Con events, booked thousands of celebrity guests, and played host to millions of happy fans. Gareb is a leading pop-culture expert, founder of the largest Comic Con tour in the world, an original producer of national Comic Cons, and publisher of multiple award-winning magazines published in 75 countries worldwide. ACE Universe produces premium events in world-class venues that feature the best of Film, TV, Gaming, Virtual Reality, Collectibles, Comics, Original Art, Toys, Action Figures, Graphic Novels, Illustrators, Writers, Creators, and Entertainment Programming. Fans can live stream all ACE Universe events at www.aceuniverse.com and engage with us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT BROOKLYN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT:

Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center, NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, and LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre. BSE manages and controls the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and its G League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL's New York Islanders.

Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by Tanduay.

NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.

SOURCE: ACE Universe

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ronda Rousey To Feel True Power With Xbox One X And Assassin's Creed® Origins

Rousey to Show Stealth and Power Moves on Xbox Live Sessions

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2017 -- American mixed martial artist, model and actress, Ronda Rousey will feel true power when she joins the first-ever Xbox Live Sessions to be played on the new Xbox One X console. The interactive livestream hosted on the Mixer Xbox Channel, will have Rousey playing the new Assassin's Creed® Origins on Thursday, October 26th at 6 p.m. PT.

Fans will experience the stunning details, beautiful landscapes and incredible cities of Ancient Egypt when they tune into the Xbox Live Session for Assassin's Creed Origins, which will be released on October 27th. The livestream will feature Rousey who most recently executive produced the Go90 documentary series, "Why We Fight."

In addition to being the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo which she won at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Rousey is the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion and the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She has also appeared in "The Expendables 3," "Furious 7," and "Entourage."

"I'm always up for a physical and mental challenge, so I jumped at the opportunity to see the power behind the new Xbox One X and play one of the most anticipated video games a day before its release," said Rousey. "The storyline and visuals of Assassin's Creed® Origins are truly impressive, and I'm excited for my fans to tune in and watch."

Fans who tune-in to the livestream will have the chance to submit questions to Ronda for the opportunity to win prizes. Ronda will also be joined by Microsoft Studios Community Manager, Rukari Austin as host of this Xbox Live Session.

"Ronda playing Assassin's Creed Origins on Xbox One X is going to be amazing to watch," said Aaron Greenberg, GM of Games Marketing at Xbox. "We look forward to seeing how her fearlessness translates to playing Bayek, protector of Egypt, in Assassin's Creed Origins."

Assassin's Creed Origins will let fans dive into a new adventure every time they play with each quest telling an intense, emotional and memorable story set in Ancient Egypt. From deserts to lush oases, from the Mediterranean Sea to the tombs of Giza, fans will fight against ancient factions and wild beasts while they try to uncover the story of the Assassin's brotherhood.

Since its launch in August, Xbox Live Sessions has welcomed top celebrities such as DJ Khaled, Marlon Wayans, James Corden, Scott Eastwood, Chandler Riggs, Josef Newgarden and Tanner Foust to play newly release titles on Xbox.

SOURCE: Xbox

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Boxing Chapter To Start For Former UFC Heavyweight Title Challenger Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga

October 28 in Worcester, MA

WORCESTER, Mass. (October 19, 2017) - The next chapter of former UFC heavyweight title challenger Gabriel "Napao" Gonzaga starts October 28th when he makes his professional boxing debut fighting on the "New England Future 4" card, the fourth and final 2017 installment of the popular professional boxing series, "New England's Future", to be held at the DCU Center (Exhibition Hall) in Worcester, Massachusetts.

"New England's Future 4" is presented by Rivera Promotions Entertainment (RPE), which is owned and operated by retired three-time, two division world champion Jose Antonio Rivera and his son, Anthonee (A.J.) Rivera.

The 38-year-old Gonzaga teaches Brazilian Ju-Jitsu (BJJ) in Worcester and lives nearby in Ludlow (MA). An imposing physical fighter, the 6' 2", 260-pound Gonzaga (17-11-0, 7 KOs, 9 SUBs, 1 DEC), holds 4th degree black belt in BJJ. The highlight of his MMA career was at the 2007 UFC 70, held in Manchester, United Kingdom, in which he knocked out K-1, Pride and Rizen champion Mirko Cro Cop with a head kick in the opening round, positioning Gonzaga for his unsuccessful challenge of UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture in his next fight.

Gonzaga, who retired from MMA 1 ½ years ago, also defeated Ben Rothwell, Shawn Jordan and Chris Tuchscherer, among the more notable UFC fighters he faced in the Octagon.

Gonzago has a new opponent for his four-round bout, Tampa's pro-debuting Alejandro Esquilin Santiago, who also has a pro MMA background.

"I like challenges in my life," Gonzaga explained why he's making his pro debut. "I set new goals because I like to be competitive in sports. I have a good boxing coach who told me I should try. I was a BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) world champion and UFC title contender. I have good boxing skills and plan to put on a good show. I do have one-punch power and hit hard.

"I started boxing in 2001 and worked at it every day for two years to learn, but then I was competing in MMA. Now, I'm focused on boxing. I think boxing is the hardest part of MMA. I know you can't make mistakes in boxing and there's no time to relax. In MMA, I could relax a little at times in clinches, but the referee won't allow that in boxing. I'll probably fight more than once but not too many because of my age and I'm not really at the high-level of boxing like I was in MMA."

Gonzaga's head boxing trainer, Rocky Gonzalez, has been working with several MMA fighters, including Gonzaga, for more than a decade to help them improve their striking skills. Gonzalez freely admits that Gonzaga knew how to box before he started working with him, crediting Gonzaga's Muay Thai coach, and that boxing came naturally to the big Brazilian who has made an easy adjustment from the Octagon to the ring. Gonzalez also feels that leg positioning differences for MMA fighters switching to boxing, in terms of throwing proper punches, is somewhat overrated.

"In boxing," Gonzalez said, "fighters need their hands like their legs and elbows in MMA. Distance and timing is more important than where their legs and feet are positioned. Gabriel doesn't like sparring with headgear, so, his sparring is more like real fighting. He's been hot with some real shots but he's responded well. He's always going to have a puncher's chance and he's deceptive because he doesn't look as fast as he is.

"We didn't really plan anything but he got this good opportunity. He's always wanted to turn pro as a boxer and go from there. Gabriel is a good listener who keeps working hard to get better. When he first brought up boxing, he was contracted by the UFC, but we started talking about him boxing after the UFC released him. He knew Jose from him teaching boxing. Gabriel isn't doing this for the money. He's a competitive guy who wanted to try boxing."

Former WBU Americans and IBU North American cruiserweight champion, Vinnie "American Nightmare" Carita (16-1-1, 15 KOs), fighting out of Pembroke (MA), will take on Bolivian heavyweight champion Saul "El Fenjx Asesino" Faraff (64-23-3, 56 KOs) in the eight-round main event.

Hartford's (CT) popular Richard "Popeye The Sailor Man" Rivera (3-0, 2 KOs) meets Hansen Castillo (0-2) in the four-round, co-featured event to be contested at a 180-pound catchweight.

Many of New England's best and most popular N.E. fighters will be in action, including 2014 N.E. Golden Gloves champion Adrian "Tonka" Sosa (4-0, 3 KOs), fighting out of nearby Lawrence (MA), vs. veteran Norwalk (CT) welterweight Shakha Moore (12-23-3, 2 KOs) in a six-round match.

Also fighting on the undercard in four-round fights include 2016 N.E. Golden Gloves champio, Anthony Laureano (5-0, 3 KOs), of East Hartford (CT) vs. Bruno Dias (0-3), of Woburn (MA), New Haven (CT) Edwin Soto (10-2-2, 4 KOs) vs. Anthony Everett (1-6). of Lawrence, at a 150-pound catchweight, three-time USA Boxing Nationals champion Elvis Figueroa (2-0, 1 KO), of New Haven (CT), vs. pro-debuting Brazilian native Rene Nazare, Southbridge (MA) junior welterweight Wilfredo "El Sucaro" Pagan (2-0) vs. Patrick Leal (0-3), of Woburn (MA), at a 150-pound catchweight, Danbury (CT) junior welterweight Omar Bordoy, Jr. (2-0) vs. Schenectady (NY) veteran Bryan "The Brick" Abraham (6-30, 6 KOs), and Timmy Ramos (4-0-1, 4 KOs), of Framingham (MA) vs. Seth Basler (0-2), of Illinois.

All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets, priced at $75.00 (ringside) and $45.00 (general admission), are on sale and available to purchase at the DCU Center box office, www.dcu.centerworcester.com, by contacting Jose Rivera (elgallojar@gmail.com/508.864.6954), AJ Rivera
(anthoneerivera@gmail.com/774.272.2269) or any of the fighters

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., first bout 7:00 p.m. ET.

Sponsors include Lundgren Honda, Championsofhealth.usna.com, and American Pyramids.

Part of the proceeds will go to Worcester Latino Dollars For Scholars.

INFORMATION:
Facebook.com/RiveraPromotionsEntertainment
Twitter: @RiveraPromoEnt @joseriverachamp @KingRivera_

SOURCE: Full Court Press