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ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - discovery+ Launches as a Premium Subscription on The Roku Channel - May, 2022
Both ad-free and ad-supported versions now available on The Roku Channel - Iconic brands like HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Magnolia Network and more now accessible directly within The Roku Channel

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Award-Winning NBC reporter Michele Tafoya joins the Salem Podcast - May, 2022
Award-Winning NBC reporter Michele Tafoya is an award-winning sportscaster and political commentator. Michele recently announced her retirement as the longtime sideline reporter for NBC's Sunday Night Football. Since her start with the network in 2011, Michele has won four Emmys for her work on the field in the Outstanding Sports Personality - With a career spanning over 30 years, Michele is a versatile talent who has covered nearly every sport, from the Super Bowl LII (2018) to the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio, Brazil

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - TaiwanPlus Launches Video-Podcast - May, 2022
With Taiwan’s First Digital Minister Audrey Tang, Featuring Founders of YouTube and Ethereum and other Changemakers - The guest of the first episode is YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen. Chen, who is also a key member of Taiwan’s digital startup ecosystem, takes audiences back to the creation of the very first video uploaded on YouTube. He also discusses his choice to return to Taiwan with his family in 2019

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Defense Strikes Back This Spring In Sports Illustrated NFL Draft Preview - April, 2022
Inside the Issue: Forecasting the NFL Draft as defenses look for ways to contain a wave of young quarterback stars; Can Major League Baseball recapture its buzz?; NBA’s Joel Embiid stepping up big; Sicilian rugby outlet offers hope; and more - Includes Tom Verducci on the better-late-than-never MLB season and Nationals hitting prodigy Juan Soto, the 76ers’ Joel Embiid Daily Cover by Chris Mannix, a look ahead to F1’s Miami moment, the National Women’s Soccer League still navigating last year’s fallout from Emma Baccellieri, and more

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano to Meet in Historic Boxing Clash on April 30 - April, 2022
Pound-for-pound stars are first ever female fighters to headline an MSG event in the iconic venue’s 140 years of boxing history - Irish icon Taylor (20-0 6 KOs) puts all the Lightweight belts on the line for the sixth time since winning them in June 2019 in a war with Delfine Persoon and seeing off the Belgian in a rematch in England before repelling the challenges of Miriam Gutierrez, Natasha Jonas, Jennifer Han and Firuza Sharipova – and there’s added spice to the fight as Taylor holds a win over Amanda’s sister Cindy in Boston back in October 2018

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - UFC to Make History in Singapore in June - April, 2022
UFC 275: TEIXEIRA vs PROCHAZKA Will Mark UFC’s First Pay-Per-View and Championship Title Bouts Hosted in Southeast Asia - TEIXEIRA vs PROCHAZKA will be UFC’s fourth event hosted in Singapore with support from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). In planning the return of live events in Asia, UFC selected Singapore because of its proven health and safety track record and its outstanding infrastructure across all components – both of which are key to ensuring the successful production of a premium international event

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Global Country Music Superstar Brad Paisley to Perform at SHRM Annual Conference & Expo - April, 2022
Paisley has earned his place in country music history as one of the genre’s most talented and decorated male solo artists. A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2001, Paisley has written 21 of his 25 No. 1 hits, and in 2008 became the first artist to achieve 10 consecutive Billboard Country Airplay No. 1 singles. Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are co-founders of nonprofit organization The Store, a free-referral based grocery store, which aims to empower low-income individuals and families in the Nashville area

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Jon Batiste, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Nas, and Chris Stapleton to Perform at the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards - March, 2022
Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Ben Platt, and Rachel Zegler Also to Perform as Part of Special in Memoriam Segment Music's Biggest Night Airs Sun, April 3, 2022, on CBS - This year's leading nominee Jon Batiste received 11 nominations including Record Of The Year ("Freedom"), Album Of The Year (We Are), Best Traditional R&B Performance ("I Need You"), Best R&B Album (We Are), Best Improvised Jazz Solo ("Bigger Than Us"), Best Jazz Instrumental Album (Jazz Selections

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - YouTube Sensation Brat TV Partners With Future Today to Launch New AVOD Channel - March, 2022
Wildly Popular YouTube Channel With 1.6B Views Expands to Roku and Fire TV - The launch of the new Brat TV channel is Future Today’s first foray into programming dedicated entirely for teenage audiences, and presents new opportunities for advertising to reach and engage this highly sought-after demographic

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Triller, Who Recently Announced a Go-Public Transaction With Nasdaq Listed SEAC - March, 2022
Introduces Trillerverz 5 ‘Lineage of Greatness’ Featuring Legendary Boxing Families and an Iconic Verzuz Battle Trillerverz 5 at the Forum Brings Together the Biggest Names in Entertainment on One Stage - In December 2021, Triller entered into a definitive merger agreement with SeaChange International, Inc. in a transaction that would result in the combined company being named TrillerVerz Corp., and its common stock will be listed on Nasdaq, subject to completion of the conditions listed in the S4, which was filed on 2.22.2022 by SeaChange

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - TuneIn Brings Westwood One’s Coverage of NCAA March Madness - March, 2022
And Other College Sports Championships to Premium Subscribers - Through TuneIn, collegiate sports fans can listen to the best in real-time college sports coverage across multiple platforms and connected devices - TuneIn can also be accessed in 100 plus countries across a variety of connected devices including Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Sonos, Bose, and Tesla’s in-dash experience

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - The Texas Rangers to Premiere Nolan Ryan Documentary on May 1 - March, 2022
The documentary, called “Facing Nolan”, debuted at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival - Nolan Ryan played for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros and Texas Rangers. His most notable accomplishments on the field include 5,714 strike-outs, seven no-hitters and the fastest pitch at 108.1mph. In spite of setting 51 MLB records, Nolan never won a Cy Young Award and was constantly undervalued as a player according to teammates, coaches and journalists

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Atmosphere Brings Sports Back to the Center With the Launch of Atmosphere Sports - March, 2022
The channel is the latest in a series of additions to Atmosphere’s lineup that allows venues to replace and supplement expensive cable subscriptions in the OOH space. Atmosphere Sports removes the talking heads that now dominate sports news and instead focuses on what consumers really want: a simple, clean way to digest the latest news in sports

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Clix Celebrates the Top Streaming Women In Front and Behind the Camera - March, 2022
Clix is a multi-platform streaming company at the intersection of entertainment, technology and e-commerce. It is free and reaches 120 million digital television homes, and streams to more than 100 million online viewers monthly. It has distribution on every screen for mobile, web and home consumption: along with the company’s web, iOS and Android distribution

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - CBS Studios Expands “NCIS” and “SEAL TEAM” Franchises for Paramount+ - March, 2022
CBS Studios is one of the world’s leading suppliers of entertainment programming, with more than 70 series which includes genre-defining franchises such as NCIS, “CSI” and the ever-growing “Star Trek” universe, award-winning late night and daytime talk shows, as well as an extensive library of iconic intellectual property. The Studio also develops and produces local language and international content originating outside of the U.S. with series in the U.K., Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Guillermo del Toro to Receive 1st Ever Gene Kelly Visionary Award - February, 2022
At the Advanced Imaging Society’s 12th Annual Lumiere Awards - Del Toro’s recent film, psychological thriller Nightmare Alley, featuring a star-studded cast including Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Ron Perlman and Willem Dafoe, received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Cinematography

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Sports Illustrated Celebrates Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl LVI Championship With Commemorative Issue - February, 2022
The Rams walked away having won it all; their triumph applauded in a special edition magazine on newsstands Feb. 24 and available for online order today - The 84-page photo-packed magazine includes the biggest moments of the Rams’ outstanding season from senior writers Albert Breer, Greg Bishop, and Conor Orr. Flip through the untold stories leading up to the Big Game and exclusive interviews with MVP Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald, and Von Miller

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Return of Madden NFL 22 Virtual Pro Bowl Event - February, 2022
Electronic Arts and National Football League Announce Return of Madden NFL 22 Virtual Pro Bowl Event - Micah Parsons, Justin Jefferson, Derwin James and Nick Chubb Play as the NFC and AFC in Madden NFL 22 & Attempt to Break a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title - NFL Pro Bowl: Madden NFL 22 Edition will Stream on February 5 at 6pm ET Across NFL Social Channels, EA Madden NFL Twitch and iHeart Radio App

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - National Geographic Dives Into the Untold History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade With New Podcast, INTO THE DEPTHS - February, 2022
National Geographic Explorer Tara Roberts Takes Us on a Personal Journey That Follows Black Scuba Divers Searching for Slave Shipwrecks Around the World - The Podcast Series Is Accompanied by a Cover Story in the March Issue of National Geographic Magazine and a National Geographic Documentary Special, CLOTILDA: LAST AMERICAN SLAVE SHIP, Premiering Monday, Feb. 7, 10/9c on National Geographic and Available to Stream Next Day on Hulu

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Comcast NBCUniversal to Provide Live 8K Virtual Reality Coverage of the 2022 Winter Olympics - February, 2022
Through the NBC Olympics VR by Xfinity App, Viewers Can Watch 150+ Hours of Olympic VR Coverage in Spectacular 8K Resolution - Live and on-demand coverage of six popular sports including figure skating, hockey and snowboarding in an immersive 180-degree environment. Select events will offer viewers the option to switch between different cameras to get alternative vantage points - The NBC Olympics VR by Xfinity app is now available to download from the Meta Quest 2 app store

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - “Stay Alive (Prod. SUGA of BTS)” Original Soundtrack for 7FATES: CHAKHO Is Coming Exclusively to WEBTOON - February, 2022
Produced by SUGA, with vocals by Jung Kook of BTS - Will be released on February 4 at 9 PM ET exclusively on WEBTOON’s global service. Created in collaboration with 21st century pop icons BTS, 7FATES: CHAKHO already set a record with 15 million views in two days online

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - TaiwanPlus Indie Music Docuseries, “Road to Legacy,” Featuring Namewee & ABAO - January, 2022
Since its inception, “TaiwanPlus strives to provide a platform to showcase the diverse, creative culture that flourished under Taiwan’s vibrant democracy. Following the positive reception from the TaiwanPlus Film Festival, which was an online curation of 10 iconic Taiwanese films - The remaining episodes will be made available in February (PA PUN BAND, Dadado Huang and Sweet John) and March (Namewee, ABAO, The Next Big Thing and LINION)

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Simon Fuller Introduces the Future X - January, 2022
Dynamic New Pop Group Set to Release Debut Single next Month on Columbia Records With Live Dates to Follow in March - Now living and working together in their Malibu compound, The Future X are currently busy in the recording studio putting the finishing touches to their launch music and preparing for their first live performances in March 2022, when they will join Now United’s sold-out arena tour of Brazil - Founding Brand E.L.F. Cosmetics to Launch search on TikTok for the Future X’s Makeup Artists With #elfitup Hashtag Challenge

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Former Nickelodeon Executive Keith Dawkins Tapped to Lead Harlem Globetrotters as President - January, 2022
Additional oversight of Herschend Entertainment Studios to propel the legendary brand beyond the court - Dawkins, who spent 17 years at Viacom (now ViacomCBS), was elevated to the position of Executive Vice President at Nickelodeon where he oversaw and grew some of that brand’s most beloved and successful networks)

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Launches the Sofia Carson Prodigy Scholarship - January, 2022
A four-year scholarship towards a bachelor's degree at Berklee College of Music and 43 additional scholarships are available to music students in need - The four-year namesake Prodigy Scholarship, this year the Sofia Carson Scholarship, was created seven years ago and has been co-sponsored by Latin stars including Enrique Iglesias (2015), Juan Luis Guerra (2016), Miguel Bosé (2017), Carlos Vives (2018), Emilio and Gloria Estefan (2019), Julio Iglesias (2020) and Juanes (2021)

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - “KIMI,” Starring Zoë Kravitz, Streaming Exclusively on HBO Max - January, 2022
Beginning February 10, 2022 - Steven Soderbergh, whose most recent film for the streamer was the star-studded “No Sudden Move” and who is next returning for “Magic Mike’s Last Dance,” directed “KIMI” from a script by acclaimed screenwriter David Koepp. Soderbergh’s frequent collaborator Michael Polaire and Koepp produced

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Most Anticipated Movies and Series of 2022 - January, 2022
The Batman is the most anticipated movie of 2022 among IMDb fans - House of the Dragon is the most anticipated new series, and fans eagerly await the return of Ted Lasso, based on IMDbPro data on IMDb page views - Additional insight into trending movies, TV shows, and celebrities, with rankings updated weekly, is available to IMDbPro members Channel

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - Disney Channel kicks off 2022 with "Sulphur Springs" On FRIDAY, JAN. 14 - January, 2022
Disney Channel will kick off 2022 with an adventure-filled season two premiere event for "Secrets of Sulphur Springs." On FRIDAY, JAN. 14, beginning at 8:00 p.m. EST/PST, viewers will enjoy two back-to-back episodes of the popular time-travel adventure series centered around the mysterious Tremont Hotel, with new episodes every Friday on Disney Channel

ENTERTAINMENT BIZ - VIZIO Expands its Popular WatchFree+ Streaming Service - January, 2022
With Access to Hundreds of Free Channels -- Now with Thousands of Free On Demand Titles - Adds Massive Library of Free On Demand Blockbuster Movies, TV Shows, and VIZIO Exclusives - Now Millions of SmartCast Users Can Discover Entertainment On Demand From Studios Including Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, Lionsgate, Sony Pictures, Samuel Goldwyn? and More


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