Best week ever? Quite possibly if you’re Drake. The 6 God’s latest album VIEWS is projected to shoot straight to number one with expected sales of 800,000-plus in its the first seven days. Throw in a boost from streaming services and the number jumps up to 900,000. We’ve already discussed Drake’s journey from Myspace unknown to chart-topping rapper, and we’ve […]
For years, ESPN’s upfront has been mostly a celebration of its perch atop the sports TV marketplace: the self-styled Worldwide Leader flexing its muscle as the unchallenged victor.
That’s still mostly true, as rivals NBCSN and Fox Sports 1 have done little to dent ESPN’s lead. But when the media company takes the stage at New York’s Minskoff Theater in two weeks, it will find itself in an unfamiliar position: As subscribers cut the cord and big-money talent heads for the exits, ESPN will have to make its strongest pitch yet to advertisers.
As younger consumers continue to eschew traditional TV, ESPN, like most other networks, has had to seek out a strong digital-native partner. Today it has, in Vice.
"Growing up watching ESPN I came to love the brand and their content. Maybe a little too much," said Shane Smith, co-founder and CEO, Vice Media. "The amount of manly tears shed over various 30 for 30’s throughout the years has been nothing short of embarrassing."
The wide-ranging partnership encompasses both digital and television. Vice Sports will produce new original series that will air across ESPN. Select 30 for 30 documentaries from ESPN Films will air on Vice’s new TV network Viceland.
"Evoking manly tears from Shane Smith is no small task, and I take immense pride in that," added ESPN president John Skipper. "Shane and the team at Vice do an extraordinary job presenting stories through their own, very unique lens—and working with them will help to bring a new perspective to our storytelling."
In classic Vice style, the Vice-produced shows will feature athletes and championship events that are outside the mainstream. Additionally, Vice and ESPN are developing a short-form animated series.
The content arrangement is an extension of ESPN parent company Disney’s $400 million investment in Vice sealed late last year, which gives Disney a 10 percent stake in Vice.
Other elements of the content partnership include:
- Vice Sports series including original episodes of The Clubhouse will run across ESPN’s linear and digital channels, including WatchESPN.
- ESPN will feature digital cutdowns of Viceland’s Vice World of Sports, with full episodes airing on other ESPN properties.
"I applaud Shane for understanding that television is the smartest path to worldwide leadership," Skipper added.
You Are Appreciated 2pac’s mother and former Black Panther, Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams) passed away in Northern Califonia early this morning. She was 69. So far no cause of death has been reported. Back in 1995, Afeni was immortalized on her son’s magnum opus, “Dear Mama”. Later this year, actress Danai Guriri will portray her in the 2pac biopic, All Eyez On Me. Condolences to Ms. Shakur friends and family.
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You can beat back the worst outcomes of jealousy, and gain self-knowledge, with a few smart strategies.
A colleague hired at the same time as you gets promoted into a new leadership role. You weren’t actively gunning for that role yourself, but still, the speed of his ascent has alarms ringing in your head. Indeed, you soon find it hard to think of much else.
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If you thought an onslaught of Nike Air Presto releases would soon begin to slow, guess again. More colorways look to be on the horizon including this budding teal edition.
Rendered in a more customary Air Presto blocking, a Rio Teal base is offset by a translucent TPU cage alongside accenting white laces and midsole.
Official Stateside release details for the Nike Air Presto “Teal” are not readily available.
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Anderson .Paak and his Free Nationals band are taking the world by storm.
The album is dedicated to a young cancer patient, Megan Flores.
42 amateur footballers from around the world gathered at the French Football Federation’s national training center in Clairefontaine for a chance to join The Nike Academy.
The first football boot to receive the trademark Nike What The treatment, the "What the Mercurial" showcases 16 of the silo’s most memorable colorways in one bold boot.
Pick up the newest Supreme x Levi’s collection when it hits Supreme New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris and online on May 5, while Japan shoppers can cop on May 7.
Nike’s Mercurial boot has been around since 1998, in turn revolutionizing how Nike soccer boots are designed. In paying homage to the shoe’s rich style heritage, the Swoosh has taken 16 of the most memorable Mercurial colorways and applied them all to the “What the Mercurial.” This marks the first time that Nike’s signature “What […]
Anderson .Paak has a new music video for tracks off his great album Malibu. The clip, directed by .Paak and Chris Le, is for the album’s third and fourth tracks—"The Waters" featuring BJ the Chicago Kid and "The Season / Carry Me." Across a series of surreal scenes, including one where .Paak is confronted by a giant trash monster with Donald Trump’s face, the video closely resembles the collage aesthetic of Malibu‘s cover art.
Revisit "Anderson .Paak and the Power of Positive R&B."
Three in one.
Last night, Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, and Robert Glasper played at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, held at the White House in Washington, D.C. Watch a webcast of the show below. After opening remarks from President Obama, which can also be found below, the concert also featured performances from Aretha Franklin, who paid tribute to the late Prince with a rendition of "Purple Rain" (at the 1:14:00 mark). Esperanza Spalding, Buddy Guy, Sting, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Hugh Masekela, Al Jarreau, Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, and many others also performed. Watch the full 94-minute special via UNESCO:
"It’s a good thing for Washington to take itself down a peg for a night," said chief White House speechwriter Cody Keenan to the CNN, whose role was to oversee the three-week-long process of putting the speech together. "There’s nobody in America who would say ‘hey, these politicians are poking fun at each other too much.’ Because there’s so much to make fun of!" Clocking out to a solid half hour, the President had his audience in stitches before a final mic drop with his final words "Obama Out."