January 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 


The 3rd Annual Streamy Awards Presented by Coca-Cola Will Be Streamed Live For Viewers Worldwide on February 17, 2013 from The Hollywood Palladium


SANTA MONICA, CA (January 17, 2013) — dick clark productions, inc. and Tubefilter announced today that actor and comedian Chris Hardwick will host the 3rd Annual Streamy Awards, honoring excellence in original online video programming and those who create it.

As creator of The Nerdist, a podcast, website and BBC America TV series, Chris Hardwick has become the leading authority on nerd culture. Currently, he is hosting AMC’s first live after-show Talking Dead, following the highly-rated zombie drama Walking Dead. Hardwick is also a contributing writer for Wired magazine, in addition to being an established stand-up comic with nearly 15 years of experience. Hardwick first gained popularity as the co-host of MTV’s hit dating show Singled Out.

“Don’t tell television, but there is some SUPERIOR programming being made on the Interwebz,” stated Chris Hardwick. “I am honored to help give the Web community, many of whom are my friends, the accolades they deserve. Also, the show is going to be breezy and fun. I think the Streamys could be a new Tonys! DO YOU HEAR ME NPH?!”

Streamy Awards Executive Producer Barry Adelman and Producer Assaf Blecher jointly stated, “Chris Hardwick’s proven hosting abilities and comedic talent make him an ideal fit to host this year’s show. Being such an influential force in pop culture and a powerful online presence, he truly resonates with our audience.”

This year’s Streamy Awards nominees (, demonstrate the merging of talent from new media and traditional media in the online video space. The event also provides a unique platform for fans to see Chris and all of their favorite creators in person. Tickets for the show can be purchased at The 3rd Annual Streamy Awards Presented by Coca-Cola will be streamed live on February 17, 2013 from the Hollywood Palladium.

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About the Streamy Awards
Created in 2008 by Drew Baldwin and Joshua Cohen, along with leaders from the digital entertainment industry, the Streamy Awards is devoted to honoring excellence in original online video programming and those who create it. The annual event brings together the leading creative talent from the online entertainment industry. Visit and follow @streamys on Twitter.

About Chris Hardwick
Chris Hardwick is a well-known comic, actor, writer, producer and composer. He is a writer for Wired magazine and is the face of AMC’s first live after show Talking Dead, which airs as a platform to discuss the network’s highly rated show The Walking Dead. In 2008, Chris founded Nerdist, a website and podcast devoted to all things nerd related. Nerdist then merged with GeekChicDaily to form Nerdist Industries with Hardwick serving as Founder & Chief Creative Officer. Their online presence includes a website at, a YouTube channel, the Nerdist News daily e-newsletters, nearly 1.8 million Twitter fans and a podcast network including the flagship Nerdist Podcast which is also produced as a TV show on BBC America. Nerdist hosts live events such as The Nerdist Podcast Live! and Course of the Force, an annual Comic-Con lightsaber relay in partnership with Lucasfilm LTD. Chris has also been featured in a one-hour Comedy Central stand-up special Chris Hardwick: Mandroid. To learn more visit

About dick clark productions, inc.
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. Visit and follow @dclarkp on Twitter.

About Tubefilter
Tubefilter is the leading digital entertainment media company covering the online video industry and is the definitive source for industry news, reviews, and industry events. Properties include: Tubefilter News, the authority for online video industry and leading source for web series news and reviews; Tubefilter Meetups, an event series where online video professionals gather to hear expert panel discussions and meet other advertisers, executives, and content creators; and the Streamy Awards, a star-studded awards show honoring excellence in online video programming. Visit and follow @tubefilter on Twitter.


The Morrison Hotel Gallery in NYC Announces Fine Art Sports Brand in Association with Sports Illustrated

January 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

First Exhibition To Feature Renowned Sports Illustrated & LIFE Photographer Neil Leifer


New York, NY, January 3rd, 2013 – Morrison Hotel Gallery is pleased to announce the addition of a sports brand to their fine art photography galleries located in New York and Los Angeles, featuring a roster of renowned sports photographers including Neil Leifer, Walter Iooss, Ken Regan, Neal Preston, Theo Ehret and Michael Zagaris.

The kick-off exhibition and photographer’s reception for the sports brand, in association with Sports Illustrated, will take place on January 23rd at the Morrison Hotel Gallery’s SoHo location in New York City and will feature the esteemed work of photographer Neil Leifer (Sports Illustrated, LIFE, TIME). Mr. Leifer, who has shot record numbers of Olympic Games, World Soccer Cups, World Series, Super Bowls and heavyweight title fights, cites his favorite subject as that of the great heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, who he has had the opportunity to photograph on nearly 60 different occasions.

Peter Blachley, owner of the Morrison Hotel Gallery, states “Our entry into fine art sports photography fits well with our brand and our customers’ needs. As we have demonstrated our success in offering fine art music photography, we are now excited to offer the most beautifully photographed sports images, from the most iconic and historically significant to the most esoteric as taken from the archives of the leading photographers in the field.”

Karen Carpenter, executive director at Sports Illustrated adds, “This partnership will tap into the deep emotion that music and sports fans share. We are excited about the opportunity this collaboration with the Morrison Hotel Gallery presents to Sports Illustrated.”

About the Photographers:
Neil Leifer – Neil Leifer became a professional photographer while still in his teens. Beginning in 1960 as a freelancer, his pictures began regularly appearing in every major national magazine, including the Saturday Evening Post, Look, LIFE, Newsweek, Time and, most often, Sports Illustrated. Leifer was a staff photographer for Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine, and a contributing photographer at LIFE. By the time Leifer left in 1990, his photographs had appeared on more than 200 Sports Illustrated, Time and People covers, the most covers ever published of one photographer’s work in Time, Inc. history. Leifer has published nine books, four of which have been collections of his sports photographs. His 1978 Abrams book Sports, has been hailed by many as the best of its kind ever.

Walter Iooss – Walter Iooss is an acclaimed photographer best known for his award-winning images of sports’ greatest athletes, including Michael Jordan, Kelly Slater, Tiger Woods, Scottie Pippen and Muhammad Ali. He has been called “the poet laureate of sports.” Walter began his photography career shooting for Sports Illustrated at the early age of 18 and earned his first cover only two years later. He has contributed to the magazine for more than 50 years and has also photographed for the magazine’s Swimsuit Issue for four decades. In 2004 he was awarded with the LUCIE Lifetime Achievement Award for Sports Photography. Iooss is also known for his music photography when he worked for Atlantic Records from 1968-1972 where his subjects included Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown.

Neal Preston – Although his versatility as a photographer extends to many genres, the following is clear: Neal Preston is one of the most highly respected photographers in the world. In 1980 he began a long relationship with People Magazine and to this day remains the most-assigned photographer in the history of the magazine, with almost 700 shoot days to his credit. In addition to dozens of People covers, he has shot covers of Newsweek, Time, and Rolling Stone with subjects as diverse as Nancy Kerrigan, Richard Nixon, and Marvin Gaye. A true sports fanatic, Preston has worked at six Olympics, from the 1984 Winter Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia to the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, Italy. Preston has also photographed many other major sporting events including heavyweight title fights, the World Series, NBA and NFL playoff games, and World Cup soccer matches.

Ken Regan – While many are familiar with the late, great Ken Regan’s photography in the music realm, shooting such icons as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones, his career actually began in the sports arena where he covered the World Series, Super Bowls, the Olympics, heavyweight champion fights, Hockey, Basketball, Tennis, Horse Racing, Auto Racing and other professional sports for Time, Sports Illustrated, LIFE and Newsweek. He photographed such athletes as Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Wilt Chamberlain, Hank Aaron, Joe Namath, and Mario Andretti. Regan released the critically acclaimed book, Knockout: The Art of Boxing (Insight Editions) in 2007.

Theo Ehret –Theo Ehret (1922-2012) was the house photographer at downtown L.A.’s Olympic Auditorium from the mid-sixties until the early 1980s and his evocative work captured the enormous personalities of that era — Muhammad Ali and Roberto Duran, George Foreman and Freddie Blassie.  He shot up-and-comers (Sugar Ray Leonard) and down-and-outers (Sonny Liston).  He photographed the rise of heroic Latino fighters who inspired new immigrants from places like Mexico, Honduras, Panama and Nicaragua.  And just as importantly, he documented the colorful scene: the Battle Royales, Cage Matches, celebrities, mariachis, luchadores, dwarves, heels, and passionate fans. Ehret’s work is the subject of Benedikt Taschen’s mammoth volume Exquisite Mayhem: The Spectacular and Erotic Photography of Theo Ehret.  In addition, several of his shots of Muhammad Ali appeared in the landmark tome Greatest of All Time: A Tribute to Muhammad Ali (G.O.A.T.).

Michael Zagaris – AKA “the Z Man” started shooting professional sports in the ’70s. He began as a team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers in 1973, and the Oakland A’s in 1981, both of which he continues to shoot to this day. To date, Michael has photographed 34 Super Bowls, 12 World Series and 14 All Star games. His photos have appeared in numerous publications including on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He’s shot sports icons from Joe Montana to John Madden. Jim Carroll, author of the book Basketball Diaries used one of Michael’s portraits for the cover. Zagaris was also the band photographer for the Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin — and the list of rock legends he captured on film goes on and on.

About The Morrison Hotel® Gallery

Peter Blachley, a former record company executive, Richard Horowitz, a music industry professional, and Henry Diltz, a legendary music photographer, founded the Morrison Hotel Gallery in 2001. The gallery has since grown to become a major brand in fine art music photography and is respected amongst peers and artists alike. In February 2013, the Morrison Hotel Gallery will open its Los Angeles location at the Sunset Marquis Hotel, with a gallery space in the lobby as well as having photographs throughout the property of the hotel. Morrison Hotel Gallery also exhibits photography in key sports facilities and retail outlets throughout the United States.



January 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Northeastern – George Mason Thursday at 7 P.M. ET

Lehigh – VCU Saturday at 5 P.M. ET

No. 13 Florida – Yale Sunday at 5:30 P.M. ET

Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Pierre McGuire to Call College Hockey on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET

Liam McHugh On-site in Miami to Provide BCS Championship Reports and Updates

NEW YORK – January 2, 2013 – NBC Sports Network will televise three college basketball games this week, plus one college hockey contest called by veteran NHL commentators Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick and Pierre McGuire. In addition, NBC Sports college football studio host Liam McHugh will be on-site in Miami to file Notre Dame – Alabama reports from today through Monday.


Coverage begins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ET, when George Mason hosts Northeastern at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. Todd Harris will handle play-by-play duties for the game and will be joined by analyst Ron Thompson.

College basketball coverage continues on Saturday night at 5 p.m. ET when Lehigh travels to the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va., to take on VCU. Veteran play-by-play announcer Dave Strader will call the action, alongside analyst Dave Kaplan.

On Sunday night at 5:30 p.m. ET, No. 13 Florida takes on Yale at the Payne Whitney Gymnasium in New Haven, Conn. Randy Moss will serve as the play-by-play announcer for the matchup and will be joined by analyst Dalen Cuff.

The NBC Sports Network will televise more than 60 college basketball games this season — the most in its history — featuring more than 40 different schools. The majority of the games and teams will come from the Atlantic 10, Mountain West, Colonial Athletic Association and Ivy League conferences.


In addition to this week’s college basketball coverage, NBC Sports Network will feature college hockey coverage on Friday night. No. 13 Nebraska–Omaha hosts Colorado College at 7:30 p.m. ET, from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick will call the game, alongside ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire.

NBC Sports Network will offer more college hockey games this season than ever before. By compiling a schedule of contests from the ECAC, Hockey East, the University of Denver, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, NBC Sports Network is airing 25 games this season.


NBC Sports will offer extensive coverage of the Notre Dame-Alabama BCS Championship Game. Today through Monday, NBC Sports college football studio host Liam McHugh will be on-site in Miami offering reports for various programs and updates across both NBC and NBC Sports Network.

Today through Friday, McHugh will produce reports for NBC Sports Talk and The ‘Lights on NBC Sports Network. On Saturday, McHugh will report live from Sun Life Stadium during pre-game and halftime of NBC Sports’ coverage of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the high school all-star football game airing on NBC. An interview he conducted with Brian Kelly will also air.

On Monday, McHugh will provide frequent live reports from Sun Life Stadium during the afternoon on NBC Sports Network. NBC Sports Talk will be dedicated to Notre Dame-Alabama coverage with McHugh hosting NBC Sports college football analyst Doug Flutie and other special guests live from Sun Life Stadium. McHugh will often be joined by Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports and Keith Arnold,’s Notre Dame insider.

Remaining NBC Sports Network 2012-13 college basketball schedule (all times ET):



Time (ET)
Thurs., Jan. 3 Northeastern at George Mason 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 5 Lehigh at VCU 5 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 6 Florida at Yale 5:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 10 Old Dominion at George Mason 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Butler at Dayton 2 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Drexel at James Madison 4 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Penn at Princeton 6 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 12 Colorado State at San Diego State 8 p.m.
Sat., Jan 19 Columbia at Cornell 3 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 19 Hofstra at George Mason 5 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 19 UNLV at Colorado State 7 p.m.
Sat., Jan 26 Dartmouth at Harvard 2 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 26 New Mexico at San Diego State 4 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 28 Delaware at Drexel 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 31 Drexel at George Mason 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 Dayton at Saint Louis 2 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 Columbia at Princeton 6 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 2 Nevada at New Mexico 8 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 4 George Mason at Old Dominion 7 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 7 Old Dominion at Drexel 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 New Mexico at UNLV 9 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 11 Old Dominion at Delaware 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 Saint Joseph’s at La Salle 1 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 Princeton at Harvard 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 16 San Diego State at UNLV 9 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 18 Hofstra at Drexel 7 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 21 Drexel at Delaware 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 New Mexico at Colorado State 4 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 23 Nevada at San Diego State 6 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 28 Drexel at Old Dominion 7 p.m.
Sat., March 2 George Mason at Delaware 2 p.m.
Sat., March 2 UNLV at Nevada 4 p.m.
Sat., March 2 Harvard at Penn 6 p.m.
Thurs., March 7 Butler at Massachusetts 7 p.m.
Sat., March 9 La Salle at Saint Louis 1:30 p.m.
Sat., March 9 San Diego State at Boise State 3:30 p.m.
Sat., March 9 Cornell at Harvard 5:30 p.m.
Sun., March 10 CAA Conference Semifinal Game # 1 2:00 p.m.
Sun., March 10 CAA Conference Semifinal Game # 2 4:30 p.m.
Mon., March 11 CAA Conference Championship Game 7 p.m.

Remaining NBC Sports Network 2012-13 college hockey schedule (all times ET):

Date Game Time (ET)
Jan. 4 Colorado College at #13 Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 9 Harvard at # 6 Boston University 7 p.m.
Jan. 11 #7 Union at Princeton 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 #13 Nebraska-Omaha at #15 Denver 10 p.m.
Jan. 18 Harvard at #14 Yale 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 #14 Yale at Cornell 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 #10 Dartmouth at Union 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 #8 North Dakota at #13 Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15 #6 Boston University at Maine 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 #14 Yale at Quinnipiac 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 22 #8 North Dakota at #15 Denver 10 p.m.
March 1 Wisconsin at #13 Nebraska-Omaha 7:30 p.m.
March 8 Maine at #2 New Hampshire 7:30 p.m.


Hockey East Tournament

Date Game Time (ET)
March 15 Quarterfinals 7 p.m.
March 22 Semifinals 5 &8 p.m.
March 23 Final 7 p.m.

NBC Sports Group–



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NEW YORK – December 31, 2012 – Last night’s Cowboys-Redskins game on Sunday Night Football is the highest-rated NFL regular-season primetime game ever on NBC, and the highest-rated NFL regular-season primetime game on ANY network in 15 years, according to overnight data released today by The Nielsen Company. The game also generated the best overnight rating for any Cowboys-Redskins primetime matchup in 19 years. The Washington D.C. market had its best rating ever for a primetime NFL game.




Sunday’s game on NBC, in which the Redskins defeated the Cowboys, 28-18, to win the NFC East, drew an 18.3 overnight rating and a 30 share, seven percent higher than last year’s Week 17 game (Cowboys-Giants 17.1/27), which was also a win-and-in game to determine the winner of the NFC East. Last night’s game topped the previous-best NFL regular-season primetime overnight on NBC (18.0/29 for the 2012 Week 1 matchup between the Steelers and Broncos).


Other Ratings Notes:


  • The Washington D.C market has its best overnight rating (44.6/68) for a regular-season primetime game in the history of Nielsen People Meters (since 1987), topping the previous high of 43.0/63 for Cowboys-Redskins, Sept. 6, 1993 on ABC).


  • Best overnight rating for any regular-season primetime game on ANY network in 15 years (Broncos-49ers, 19.3/30, Dec. 15, 1997 on ABC).


  • Best overnight rating for an NFL primetime regular-season final game in 18 years (19.6/33 for 49ers-Vikings, Dec. 26, 1994 on ABC).




  • Best overnight for a Cowboys-Redskins primetime matchup in 19 years (20.7/34 on Sept 6, 1993 on ABC).




NOTE: Official national ratings and viewership will be available on Thursday.




1. 18.3/30 Cowboys-Redskins, 12/30/12
2. 18.0/29 Steelers- Broncos, 9/9/12
3. 17.7/28 Vikings-Saints, 9/9/10*
4. 17.2/28 Saints-Packers, 9/8/11*
5. 17.1/27 Cowboys-Giants, 1/1/12
6. 16.9/27 Cowboys-Jets, 9/11/11
T7. 16.5/27 Giants-Cowboys, 9/20/09
T7. 16.5/26 Cowboys-Giants, 9/5/12
T7. 16.5/25 Eagles-Cowboys, 12/12/10
10. 16.4/26 Cowboys-Redskins, 9/12/10




* NFL Kickoff Games






1. Washington D.C. 44.6/68
2. Richmond 42.8/60
3. Norfolk 37.1/53
4. Dallas 36.9/55
T5. San Antonio 28.4/44
T5. Austin 28.4/48
7. Albuquerque 27.6/41
8. Baltimore 23.9/35
T9. Greensboro 23.6/35
T9. New Orleans 23.6/32


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Bob Costas Goes One-On-One With Former Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine, Tuesday, October 23 on NBC Sports Network

October 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Valentine’s First Sit-Down Interview Since Being Fired by Red Sox Following the 2012 Baseball Season

Costas Tonight Includes Michelle Beadle on Social Media and Viral Videos, and NBC Sports Group NHL Analyst Jeremy Roenick Discussing the Current Lockout

Tomorrow on NBC Sports Network Also Includes: Live Team USA Women’s Soccer vs. Germany, Return to London Featuring the Team USA Women’s Soccer Semifinals vs. Canada and Gold Medal Match vs. Japan

Costas Tonight Originates from Studio 8G at 30 Rock and Airs Tomorrow, October 23 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

NEW YORK – October 22, 2012 – Former Major League Baseball manager Bobby Valentine, who was fired after his first season leading the Boston Red Sox, is scheduled to join Bob Costas, a 23-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and one of America’s preeminent interviewers, on the latest edition of Costas Tonight, a 60-minute program, to air on Tuesday, October 23 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.

This will be Valentine’s first sit-down interview since being fired by the Red Sox the day after the 2012 baseball season ended after his Red Sox finished in last place in the American League East for the first time in 20 years. It was Valentine’s only season as manager of the Boston Red Sox.

In addition to Costas’ sit-down interview with Valentine, NBC Sports’ and Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle will make her debut on Costas Tonight, joining Costas to discuss top trending social media topics; and former NHL star and current NBC Sports Group analyst Jeremy Roenick will discuss the NHL lockout, and his experience going through a similar thing in 2005 when he lost an estimated $8 million in salary.


5:30 p.m. ET – Return to London: Team USA Women’s Soccer semifinal match vs. Canada

7:30 p.m. ET – Team USA Women’s Soccer vs. Germany (Live)

10 p.m. ET – Costas Tonight – Interview with Bobby Valentine

11 p.m. ET – Return to London: Team USA Women’s Soccer Gold Medal match vs. Japan

Costas Tonight builds on Costas’ long and storied career as an interviewer from Later with Bob Costas and Costas Coast-to-Coast to his acclaimed HBO programs, On the Record and CostasNOW. Costas Tonight originates from Studio 8G at 30 Rockefeller Plaza,



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ORLANDO, Fla. (March 22, 2012) – She’s not yet 23, but Michelle Wie has lived one of the most public and highly scrutinized careers in the history of women’s golf. On the next episode of Feherty, Monday at 10 p.m. ET, David Feherty gets a rare visit with Wie to provide Golf Channel viewers with an inside look into the ups and downs of Wie’s life, which has been dominated by driving the little white ball down the fairway.

Wie turned pro just before her 16th birthday, but had been on the national golf scene since she became the youngest ever to qualify for a USGA amateur championship at age 10. Since an early age, she has commanded international attention for her golfing prowess and ability to hit the ball more than 300 yards. She has garnered two LPGA Tour victories so far, and has had seven, top-10 finishes in LPGA major championships. She’s even qualified and played in a men’s PGA TOUR event.

Feherty meets Wie in Palo Alto, Calif., on the campus of Stanford University, where she’s making graduation plans. The two discuss her decision to attend college and face critics who thought she should remain focused solely on golf, as well as the shocking transition from a sheltered life with her parents to becoming a “regular” co-ed. Feherty also finds out what dorm life is like for the golf star, checks out a Stanford volleyball match and gets soaked during a little “fountain hopping” (a Stanford tradition) along the way. He also experiences what it’s like to be the Stanford Tree, donning the mascot costume with hilarious results.

The episode reveals the lighthearted side of Wie, rarely seen through television cameras following her in competition.

Feherty, which originally debuted in June 2011 as Golf Channel’s most-watched original series in the network’s 17-year history, has been called a “cross between Oprah Winfrey and Johnny Carson” by The New York Times. Early in its second season, the series has seen Feherty going one-on-one with NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Russell, “running with the bulls” in Spain with golfing superstar Sergio Garcia, and playing with slightly less than a full deck in Las Vegas with famed golf swing coach Butch Harmon.



February 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

111.3 Million Watch Super Bowl XLVI, Tops Last Year’s Super Bowl (111.0 Million)

47.0 Household Rating is Best in 26 Years, Since 48.3 for Super Bowl XX

40.5 Adult 18-49 Rating is Best for a Super Bowl in 16 Years

14% Higher Than Last Giants-Patriots Super Bowl in 2008

12% Higher Than Last NBC Super Bowl in 2009

7th Straight Year Super Bowl Audience Increases

INDIANAPOLIS – Feb. 6, 2012 – Super Bowl XLVI is the most-watched television program in U.S. history and the highest-rated Super Bowl in 26 years, according to fast national data released today by The Nielsen Company.

The game, in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 21-17, was seen by a record 111.3 million viewers (6:31-9:58 p.m. ET), topping last year’s 111.0 for Super Bowl XLV on Fox and is the biggest audience to watch a television program in U.S. history.


1. 111.3 Million – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Last Night’s Game)
2. 111.0 Million – Super Bowl XLV, Fox
3. 106.5 Million – Super Bowl XLIV, CBS
4. 106.0 Million – M.A.S.H. Finale, CBS
5. 98.7 Million – Super Bowl XLIII, NBC

HIGHEST-RATED SUPER BOWL IN 26 YEARS: The game earned a 47.0 rating and a 71 share, a gain of two percent from last year’s 46.0/69 for Super Bowl XLV and is the highest-rated Super Bowl since 1986 (Bears-Patriots, Super Bowl XX, 48.3/70). The 47.0 rating is the 6th highest in Super Bowl history.

· The game drew a 40.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, the highest for a Super Bowl in 16 years (41.2 for Super Bowl XXX on Jan. 28, 1996)


1. 49.1/73 – Super Bowl XVI, CBS
2. 48.6/69 – Super Bowl XVII, NBC
3. 48.3/70 – Super Bowl XX, NBC
4. 47.2/67 – Super Bowl XII, CBS
5. 47.1/74 – Super Bowl XIII, NBC
6. 47.0/71 – Super Bowl XLVI, NBC (Last Night’s Game)
T7. 46.4/71 – Super Bowl XVIII, CBS
T7. 46.4/63 – Super Bowl XIX, ABC
9. 46.3/67 – Super Bowl XIV, CBS
10. 46.0/69 – Super Bowl XLV, Fox

VIEWERSHIP GROWS THROUGHOUT THE GAME: The viewership and rating grew throughout the game and peaked at a 117.7 million viewers and a 50.7/72, respectively, from 9:30-9:58 p.m. ET in the fourth quarter when Eli Manning led the Giants on a game-winning drive.


6:31-7, 99.2 million
7-7:30, 107.9 million
7:30-8, 110.9 million
8-8:30, 114.0 million
8:30-9, 114.3 million
9-9:30, 115.4 million
9:30-9:58, 117.7 million


6:31-7, 42.5/69
7-7:30, 45.5/71
7:30-8, 46.4/71
8-8:30, 47.4/70
8:30-9, 47.7/70
9-9:30, 48.9/70
9:30-9:58, 50.7/72

HALFTIME SHOW FEATURING MADONNA IS MOST-WATCHED EVER: The halftime performance by Madonna (8-8:30), was seen by 114.0 million viewers, nearly four million more than last year’s performance featuring the Black Eyed Peas (110.3 million), and is the most-watched Super Bowl halftime show featuring entertainment ever (dating back to 1991).

· The halftime viewership 18.3 million more than NBC’s last Super Bowl with Bruce Springsteen (95.7 million).

· The halftime show earned a 47.4 household rating, six percent higher than last year (44.7/68) and is the highest-rated halftime show featuring entertainment ever.

“THE VOICE” DELIVERS HUGE NUMBERS: The season two premiere of “The Voice” that followed the Super Bowl averaged a 16.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 37.6 million viewers overall, making it the highest-rated entertainment program in 18-49 in six years, since ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” post-Super Bowl telecast on February 5, 2006 (16.5). “The Voice” is up versus last year’s post-Super Bowl telecast of “Glee” by 47 percent in 18-49 (16.3 vs. 11.1) and up one percent versus the 2010 post-Super Bowl telecast of “Undercover Boss” (16.3 vs. 16.2).

BOSTON SETS LOCAL MARKET RECORD: The rating in Boston was the best ever for an NFL game in that market (56.7/81) topping the previous high of 56.1/78 for Super Bowl XXXVI (56.1/78 on Fox).

· The New York market registered a 49.7/74, the second-highest overnight for an NFL game in that market, trailing only the 53.4/72 for Super Bowl XXI, the Giants first-ever Super Bowl. By comparison, New York registered a 44.9/67 for Super Bowl XLII, the last time they were in the big game.

· The host market of Indianapolis registered a 56.4/79 overnight rating, the second-best overnight for a host market only trailing Jacksonville (58.9/77) for Super Bowl XXXIX).


1. Boston, 56.7/81
2. Indianapolis, 56.4/79
3. Norfolk, 54.2/73
4. Columbus, 54.1/72
5. New Orleans, 54.0/72
T6. Nashville, 53.5/74
T6. Jacksonville, 53.5/70
8. Buffalo, 52.9/72
9. Kansas City, 52.1/73
10. Milwaukee, 52.0/73
*New York ranked 18th with a 49.7/74



January 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Features and Segments from NBCUniversal Properties Include CNBC, Golf Channel, Bravo, Telemundo, Access Hollywood, Weather Channel, E!, Style, G4, iVillage

NBC Sports Network to Present More Than 18 Hours of Live Super Bowl Programming including Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl and Daily Editions of NBC SportsTalk: LIVE from the Super Bowl

TODAY Show Segments Live from Indianapolis Start Friday

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to Originate Four Shows from Indianapolis including LIVE Show on Super Bowl Sunday Night

NEW YORK – January 25, 2012 – NBCUniversal will surround its coverage of Super Bowl XLVI with an unprecedented and diverse collection of assets ranging from sports to news to entertainment. It will also utilize Spanish-language programs, kids news services, theme parks and in-flight programming to cover and promote the game.

Coverage of Super Bowl XLVI from Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5 begins at Noon, ET with the Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Game Show.

NBCUNIVERSAL AT THE SUPER BOWL: The following NBCUniversal properties and programs will have live presence in Indianapolis to cover Super Bowl XLVI.

· TODAY Show
· Weekend TODAY
· Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
· E! News
· Access Hollywood
· Bravo’s Top Chef
· CNBC sports-business reporter Darren Rovell
· Weather Channel’s Al Roker, Jim Cantore and Stephanie Abrams
· Style correspondents, Jeannie Mai and Alexa Prisco
· Golf Channel’s Feherty Live
· Telemundo
· NBC SportsTalk
· Scholastic Kids press corps reporter

NBC Sports Network: The recently rebranded NBC Sports Network will be live on site in Indianapolis with more than 18 hours of live coverage including the first ever Costas Tonight: Live from the Super Bowl and daily editions of NBC SportsTalk: LIVE from the Super Bowl.

TODAY Show: America’s No. 1 Morning News Program will kick off Super Bowl weekend with a split show from Indianapolis on Friday with Al Roker and Ann Curry. Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie will join TODAY’s coverage on Super Bowl morning.

TODAY with Kathie Lee and Hoda: The fourth hour of the TODAY Show will feature a Super Bowl-themed “Who Knew” segment on Wednesday of Super Bowl week and a Super Bowl kickoff featuring cuisine and chefs from the two Super Bowl cities Friday of Super Bowl weekend.

Weekend TODAY: Jenna Wolfe will report from Indianapolis for Weekend TODAY for Saturday’s coverage.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: For the first time in the show’s history, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon will take the show on the road – to Indianapolis – for a total of four shows; including one first-ever LIVE Late Night with Jimmy Fallon show on Sunday night after Super Bowl XLVI.

Weather Channel: Jim Cantore will join NBC’s Super Bowl coverage from Indianapolis, and Wake Up with Al’s Stephanie Abrams and Al Roker will also be on-site reporting the Super Bowl headlines for Weather Channel.

CNBC: Sports business reporter Darren Rovell will do live hits from Indianapolis Thursday-Sunday, and will also tape his NBC Sports Network show, Sports Biz: Game On from Indianapolis on the Friday before the game.

Golf Channel: In anticipation of season two of his critically acclaimed series premiering Feb. 27, David Feherty will host a special Feherty Live stage show from Indianapolis Friday night, which Golf Channel will air as a one-hour special Saturday at 10 p.m. ET. And throughout Super Bowl week, Golf Channel’s popular morning show, Morning Drive, will feature various NFL guests, including former and current players and executives to talk Super Bowl predictions. Friday’s Golf Central show will include look-ins at Feherty’s rehearsals in Indianapolis and promote Sunday’s Super Bowl.

E!: The nation’s premier destination for celebrity and entertainment news will report from Indianapolis Wednesday through Monday with correspondents Catt Sadler and David Burtka.

NewsChannel/Affiliates: NBC’s NewsChannel, which feeds all 235 NBC affiliates nationwide, will have numerous reporters on-site in Indianapolis doing live stand ups for stations and offering technical support for other on-site stations.

Bravo: Top Chef, Bravo’s Emmy-Award winning culinary show, will be on-site in Indianapolis with host Tom Colicchio and two popular former contestants, Richard Blais and Antonia Lofaso, competing to create the perfect tailgate food. Their tailgate preparations and end result will be featured on NBC’s Super Bowl XLVI Pre-Game Show. Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison of Football Night in America will determine the winner.

NBCU Entertainment: Stars of NBC’s primetime line-up will hit the Super Bowl pre-game red carpet with host Nick Cannon. Celebrities from NBC’s new primetime shows include Jessica Simpson (Fashion Star), Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly (The Voice) and Katharine McPhee (Smash).

Access Hollywood: The No. 1 entertainment show will be on-site in Indianapolis with reports on all Super Bowl festivities Tuesday through Monday.

Style: The destination for inspiring lifestyle programming will feature a pre-game Super Bowl party-planning segment with Bill and Giuliana Rancic. Throughout Super Bowl week, the couple will offer party tips on Style and through Style’s twitter handle, @mystylequicktip. The segments will pay off in a Super Bowl Party reveal with Bill and Giuliana during Super Bowl pre-game, a few hours before the game kicks off.

iVillage: the largest content-driven community for women online, will feature VIDEOS and profiles on wives of NFL players on how they achieve family balance with the hectic schedule of the NFL. iVillage will also feature stories on Super Bowl community and philanthropic events throughout the week. The iVillage community will participate with their Super Bowl content through activities and discussions on the iVillage social media pages.

Telemundo/mun2: Stars of Telemundo and mun2 will be in Indianapolis all week, covering all the NFL and Super Bowl activities. Telemundo will air a 1 hour special, Sabor Al Super Bowl XLVI, on Saturday at 2pm EST/PST, 1pm CST, highlighting all activities leading up to the big game and providing expert analysis for the US Hispanic audience.

Universal Parks: Universal Parks and Resorts in Los Angeles and Orlando will help promote NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI by featuring NBC Sports-produced trailers and video on their CityWalk Astrovision screens throughout Super Bowl week. Super Bowl signage on print billboards and other signage throughout the Parks will also be present.

Universal Pictures: Several movies from Universal Pictures will be promoted during Super Bowl pre-game.

NBC News Scholastic Reporter: Kids press corps reporter Grace Ybarra will be on-site in Indianapolis to report on the youth-themed Super Bowl activities for Scholastic News, a youth-oriented news service and NBC News partner.

G4: The gaming and technology network will air a special Super Bowl-themed segment of the popular show, Gadget Pr0n, which will feature all the best gadgets and technology needed to create the ultimate Super Bowl viewing experience. The episode will air Monday, Jan. 30.

NBC Experience Store: The popular Rockefeller Center destination features a window display promoting NBC’s coverage of Super Bowl XLVI.

American Airlines: NBC’s in-flight programming on American Airlines, which reaches 5 million viewers/month is airing Super Bowl features throughout the month of January.

NBC Out-of-Home Platforms: NBC Sports utilized the promotional platforms of NBC’s out-of-home assets to extend the Super Bowl tune-in message. Super Bowl spots ran on the following screens: taxi cabs, universities, arenas, PATH stations and gas pumps.

NBC Retail Store Screens: NBC Sports-produced Super Bowl promos ran in retail stores including Wal-Mart, Costco and Sam’s Club stores nationwide throughout January. Super Bowl promos were seen on 210,000 screens in 6,400 stores, reaching 600 million viewers.



December 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

NEW YORK – December 28, 2011 – The NFC East division title is on the line as the New York Giants (8-7) host the Dallas Cowboys (8-7) in a win-and-in game on Sunday Night Football. The winner will be the No. 4 seed in the NFC and will host a Wild Card round playoff game next week, while the loser’s season is over. The last time these two teams met was Week 14 on Sunday Night Football with the Giants rallying from 12 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Cowboys, 37-34, in Dallas. The game was seen by 24.5 million people, the second-most watched SNF game this season (see chart below).

Calling Cowboys-Giants will be six-time Emmy Award-winner Al Michaels (play-by-play), in his 26th season as the voice of the NFL’s premier primetime package; 12-time Emmy Award-winner Collinsworth, who won the Emmy for outstanding event analyst in both of his seasons in the Sunday Night Football booth; and sideline reporter Michele Tafoya, in her first season on SNF.

Coverage begins Sunday with Football Night in America at 7 p.m. ET with 22-time Emmy Award-winner Bob Costas hosting the program live from inside MetLife Stadium. Costas is joined on site by Michaels and Collinsworth for reaction to the afternoon games.

Dan Patrick co-hosts Football Night from Studio 8G at NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza studios and is joined by Super Bowl-winning head coach Tony Dungy, two-time Super Bowl winner Rodney Harrison, Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on Alex Flanagan will report from Sports Authority Field at Mile High on the Chiefs-Broncos game.

“There were so many points and so many yards put up in that last one (Week 14 game) that maybe it comes down to the defensive side of the ball on Sunday. Jason Pierre Paul was remarkable in the last game. He really almost won the thing by himself. And DeMarcus Ware is going to have to get after Eli Manning.”

Harrison: “It’s going to be more of a defensive-minded game. The Cowboys are going to come out and try to slow down the Giants pass rush by running the ball. The Giants will win. They will run the ball with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, and in tight games like this, I trust Eli not Romo.”

Dungy: “This is a playoff game.”


(WWE) WWE Suspends Heath Slater

October 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

STAMFORD, Conn., October 17, 2011 – In accordance with its Talent Wellness Program, WWE (NYSE:WWE) has suspended Heath Miller (Heath Slater®) for 30 days effective immediately for his first violation of the company’s policy.

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