Press Releases

Tim Ballard Issues Statement Debunking Baseless Sexual Allegations

Written by 19 September, 2023

The Spear Fund—an organization funding and collaborating with a coalition of experts, organizations, and concerned citizens from around the globe to end human-trafficking in our time—is releasing a statement on behalf of Senior Advisor Tim Ballard.

“As with all of the assaults on my character and integrity over many years, the latest tabloid-driven sexual allegations are false. They are baseless inventions designed to destroy me and the movement we have built to end the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable children. 

“During my time at O.U.R., I designed strict guidelines for myself and our operators in the field. Sexual contact was prohibited, and I led by example. Given our meticulous attention to this issue, any suggestion of inappropriate sexual contact is categorically false.”



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TBS Nabs 'Modern Family' For Afternoon Programming Block

Written by 12 September, 2023

TBS has expanded its comedy line up by licensing the popular, award-winning series Modern Family which follows the diverse and complex Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker clan as they navigate daily life. Beginning Monday, September 25, Modern Family will air on weekdays in the network’s 12:30-3:30 p.m. ET/PT time slot.  And, starting this week, to further bolster its position as the home of comedy, TBS also will air longer daily marathons of The Big Bang Theory -- a series that currently ranks as the #1 acquired series in cable in 2023.
 
“Our audience continually seeks out popular comedies like Friends, The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family, so now that we have all three of these iconic series on TBS, we can build an even bigger, more engaged audience,” said Julie Taylor, Chief of Content Strategy & Insights, US Networks Group, Warner Bros. Discovery. “We have the best in class content that drives an audience from daytime through primetime and we do that by leveraging our fans’ affinity for comedies and by creating daily destinations.”



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Cumulus Media’s Westwood One Launches 37th Consecutive Season As The Exclusive Primetime Network Radio Partner Of The NFL

Written by 06 September, 2023

Cumulus Media’s (NASDAQ: CMLS) Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S., will provide exclusive play-by-play coverage of the National Football League’s entire primetime regular season as well as every postseason game, marking the 37th consecutive season that Westwood One is the exclusive network radio partner of the NFL. This will be the 51st time that the network will broadcast the Super Bowl to a national audience.

Westwood One Sports will provide play-by-play coverage of the NFL’s 2023 national regular season primetime games including Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, and Sunday Night Football plus Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday, Christmas Day, NFL International Games, and the entire postseason including the Wild Card and Divisional Playoffs and the AFC and NFC Conference Championship Games. Westwood One’s coverage will culminate on Sunday, February 11 with Super Bowl LVIII, live from Las Vegas.

The 2023 NFL regular season kicks off September 7 when the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs host the Detroit Lions. The weekly Sunday night schedule begins September 10 when the New York Giants host the Dallas Cowboys. Monday Night Football starts September 11 when Aaron Rodgers and the Jets host Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills. Thursday Night Football debuts September 14 when the Minnesota Vikings meet the defending NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles. Coverage kicks off at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Kevin Harlan, two-time NSMA Sportscaster of the Year, and Hall of Fame Quarterback and NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner will once again be the lead broadcast crew, calling the KickOff Game, Monday Night Football and Super Bowl LVIII for the network. This will be Harlan’s 14th full season behind the Westwood One microphone and Warner’s 10th season as an analyst for the network.

Ryan Radtke and Mike Golic will be the primary announcers for Sunday Night Football, while Ian Eagle returns as the main play-by-play voice for Thursday Night Football. Kevin Kugler will broadcast select Thursday night games as well. Analysts for Thursday Night Football this season will include recently retired defensive backs Jason and Devin McCourty, plus Hall of Fame offensive linemen Tony Boselli and Joe Thomas. Tom McCarthy, John Sadak, Spero Dedes, JP Shadrick, Mike Watts, and Bill Rosinski will also serve as play-by-play announcers. Other game analysts this season will include Hall of Famer James Lofton, as well as former NFL players Ross Tucker, Mike Mayock, Ryan Harris, Ryan Leaf, and Derek Rackley.

NFL Network’s Rich Eisen returns to anchor the pregame and halftime shows of Monday Night Football. Scott Graham will once again host the remaining games in the national radio package.

In addition to live game coverage, Westwood One Sports will also offer the weekly features NFL Insider, NFL Preview, and NFL Fantasy Forecast.

Where to Listen
Millions of passionate listeners and football fans will be able to hear Westwood One Sports’ NFL broadcasts this season on approximately 500 terrestrial radio stations nationwide, streamed on westwoodonesports.com and affiliated stations’ primary digital platforms outside of the Club’s immediate 100-mile proximity, and via the NFL App. Coverage will also be available on SiriusXM and NFL+.



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TLC Orders Second Season Of 'Match Me Abroad'

Written by 14 August, 2023

TLC was #1 in all of television on Sunday, August 6 among Women 25-54 and Women 18-49. Breakout freshman hit series Match Me Abroad earned a season high among Adults and Women 25-54, including a 1.13 L3 rating among Women 25-54 and a 0.84 L3 rating among Adults 25-54 for its season finale episode.  Match Me Abroad was the #1 cable program in its time period at 10pm ET/PT for the entire season with key demos.  The series, which premiered on Sunday, May 14, reached an audience of 16.4 million viewers across TLC, Max and discovery+.  TLC has ordered a second season of Match Me Abroad.

Across TLC’s social accounts, clips from Match Me Abroad have generated incredible engagement, totaling more than 48 million total video views.

Match Me Abroad is produced by Sharp Entertainment, a part of Sony Pictures Television - Nonfiction, for TLC. 

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AGBO’s Visual Creatures Expands Executive Team with Andy Williams As Senior Executive Producer

Written by 03 August, 2023

Visual Creatures has appointed Andy Williams as Senior Executive Producer for their virtual production studio. 

Williams, a former Executive of DNEG & Outpost VFX, will helm business development and client strategy for the company who just completed VFX work on Russo’s Citadel and virtual production services on upcoming feature The Electric State.  Andy Williams joins Visual Creatures as the Russo Brothers’ AGBO owned entity expands its virtual production and visualization offering to the filmmaking industry.  Andy will be acting as Senior Executive Producer, Virtual Production, VFX & Cinematics joining founders Ryan McNeely and John Cranston, VFX Executive Ian Unterreiner and industry visualization veteran Scott Meadows. With a focus on deploying realtime tools in service of narrative filmmaking and game cinematics, Andy will be fostering this mission by leveraging 15+ years in the VFX and virtual production space.  His joining coincides with the recent investment in VC's VizLab, a motion capture stage fully integrated with their realtime pipeline and LED volume.

“The opportunity that VisualCreatures offers its clients through its association with AGBO is entirely unique. No other provider of services within the space couples technical innovation with such a strong connection to creative storytellers who are constantly pushing the envelope.” says Andy Williams.

Ian Unterreiner, President of Visual Creatures, says, “Both respected by the teams he leads and trusted by the clients he has long standing relationships with, Andy is the perfect fit to share with the world all the exciting things we are developing at VisualCreatures. We are very lucky to have him as part of our leadership team during a time of rapid growth in Virtual Production at VC”

ABOUT VISUAL CREATURES:
 
Visual Creatures (VC) is a visual effects and animation studio founded by Ryan McNeely and John Cranston, specializing in advancing the next generation of virtual and real-time production technologies to more efficiently deliver large-scale, premium animation and VFX-driven productions. As an AGBO subsidiary, VC is well positioned to play a key role in AGBO’s Universe strategy, having worked on CherryThe Gray Man, Citadel and the upcoming The Electric State as well as third party projects for Epic Games and Tim Miller’s Love, Death & Robots.



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