“Johnson” Season One Seen by 5.7 Million Viewers, Season Two Coming in 2022





“Johnson” Season One Seen by 5.7 Million Viewers, Season Two Coming in 2022
The complete first season is available on Bounce’s popular streaming service Brown Sugar, as are all Bounce originals.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
“Johnson” Season One Seen by 5.7 Million Viewers, Season Two Coming in 2022

ATLANTA (Oct. 14, 2021) — The just-completed inaugural season of the newest Bounce original series Johnson was seen by 5.7 million unduplicated viewers 2+ and launched as the most-watched half-hour series in Bounce history.

Bounce has renewed Johnson for a second season, with all-new episodes coming in 2022. The complete first season is available on Bounce’s popular streaming service Brown Sugar, as are all Bounce originals.

Johnson is a dramedy that focuses on life-long best friends, all of whom share the same last name, centering around their intriguing and sometimes complicated journey of love, friendship, heartbreak and personal growth. The series is produced in partnership with Cedric The Entertainer and Eric Rhone’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment and Deji LaRay (the show’s creator) and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions. Johnson’s ensemble cast is led by D.L. Hughley, LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P. Valley, Luke Cage, Being Mary Jane), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie) and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First).

Bounce (@bouncetv) is the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via Bouncetv.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

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Source: Nielsen Live+7 data. All plays of Johnson airing on Bounce & ION. P2+ Reach reflects a 3 minute qualifier.

Johnson S1 Reach across Bounce & ION among P2+: 5,665,000



Bounce Renews “Johnson” for Second Season





Bounce Renews “Johnson” for Second Season, First Season Finale Premieres This Sunday, Oct. 3 @ 8:00 P.M. ET/PT
“Johnson” earned more than two million viewers across its debut in August 2021, setting a Bounce viewership record for a half-hour series.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
Bounce Renews Johnson For Second Season, First Season Finale Premieres This Sunday, Oct. 3 @ 8:00 P.M. ET/PT

ATLANTA, Sept. 30, 2021 — Bounce, the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, announced today that the hit new original series Johnson will be returning for a second season in 2022. Video link here.

Johnson earned more than two million viewers across its debut in August 2021, setting a Bounce viewership record for a half-hour series. Johnson’s first season finale will air this Sunday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. ET with a primetime play for the west coast at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. All episodes are available on Bounce’s streaming service Brown Sugar.

Johnson is a dramedy that focuses on life-long best friends, all of whom share the same last name, centering around their intriguing and sometimes complicated journey of love, friendship, heartbreak and personal growth. Told from the Black male perspective, but inclusive of all men, the series looks to shine a new light on hot-button stereotypes and misconceptions. Shot in Atlanta, the show integrates the culture of the city by featuring some of its most popular landmarks into storylines.

The series is produced in partnership with Eric C. Rhone and Cedric The Entertainer’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment, Deji LaRay (the show’s creator) and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions. Johnson’s ensemble cast is led by D.L. Hughley, LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P. Valley, Luke Cage), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie) and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First). LaRay and Jones serve as showrunners and executive producers; Rhone, Cedric The Entertainer and Reesha L. Archibald serve as executive producers.

“Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones created a show by-and-for African Americans, giving viewers an authentic and heartfelt peak into life for Black males in today’s society at a time when it is hugely important and relevant,” said David Hudson, Head of Original Programming for Scripps Networks. “The show was immediately embraced by viewers and became a can’t-miss hit that sparks huge social media commentary and conversation every week.”

“We set out to create a show with relatable characters that tackled tough conversations in an entertaining way, and I’m happy that has resonated with our audience,” LaRay said. “We can’t wait to show how these characters are evolving and how they will navigate life’s challenges and conflicts that lie ahead.”

“Deji and I felt that showcasing our experiences as the everyday Black man was overdue, and we are grateful to our family at A Bird and A Bear Entertainment, David Hudson and Bounce for believing in us,” said Jones. “Johnson has opened the flood gates for some honest and necessary dialogue. We look forward to continuing that trend in season two.”

“If you thought season one was amazing, you ain’t seen nothing yet – season two is going to be incredible,” said Rhone.

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



“Johnson” Reaches More Than Two Million Viewers in Series Premiere





“Johnson” Reaches More Than Two Million Viewers in Series Premiere, New Episodes Seen Sunday Nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Bounce
“Johnson” becomes the most-watched half-hour series launch in Bounce history.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
“Johnson” Reaches More Than Two Million Viewers in Series Premiere, New Episodes Seen Sunday Nights at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Bounce

ATLANTA, Aug. 5, 2021 — The series premiere episodes of the newest Bounce original series Johnson were seen by 2.1 million viewers 2+ in their debut telecasts.

The first two episodes of Johnson premiered back-to-back on Bounce on Sunday, Aug. 1st from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET and their initial airing burst within 24 hours included special presentation on Bounce’s sister network ION Sunday night.

Johnson becomes the most-watched half-hour series launch in Bounce history.

Johnson is a dramedy that focuses on life-long best friends, all of whom share the same last name, centering around their intriguing and sometimes complicated journey of love, friendship, heartbreak and personal growth. The series is produced in partnership with Cedric The Entertainer and Eric Rhone’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment and Deji LaRay (The show’s creator) and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions. Johnson’s ensemble cast is led by D.L. Hughley, LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P. Valley, Luke Cage), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie), and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First).

Bounce premieres new episodes of Johnson Sunday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET, with a primetime play for the west coast at 12 Midnight ET/9:00 p.m. PT. They are added to Bounce’s streaming service Brown Sugar on Monday mornings.

About Bounce

Bounce (@bouncetv) is the leading broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).

Source: Nielsen Live+SD. P2+ average delivery across 6 plays on Bounce (8p, 8:30p, 11p, 11:30p on 8/1/21 and 2p, 2:30p on 8/2/21, and 11p, 11:30p on ION). Data compared to L+SD data for all Bounce original premieres back to 2013. Reach based on a 1 minute qualifier.



“Johnson” Premieres August 1st with Back-to-Back Episodes on Scripps’ Bounce





“Johnson” Premieres August 1st with Back-to-Back Episodes on Scripps’ Bounce
Centering on four life-long best friends in Atlanta, all of whom share the same last name (Johnson), the series revolves around what happens when the four guys find themselves in vastly different places in their lives and it begins to threaten their bond.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
“JOHNSON” PREMIERES AUGUST 1st WITH BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES ON SCRIPPS’ BOUNCE

Cedric The Entertainer & Eric C. Rhone Executive Produce New Series Featuring Deji LaRay, Thomas Q. Jones & D.L. Hughley

#JohnsonOnBounce

Scripps’ Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans will be premiering its newest series, Johnson, on Sunday, August 1st with back-to-back episodes starting at 8:00pm EST.

Centering on four life-long best friends in Atlanta, all of whom share the same last name (Johnson), the series revolves around what happens when the four guys find themselves in vastly different places in their lives and it begins to threaten their bond.

Produced in partnership between Eric C. Rhone and Cedric The Entertainer’s A Bird & A Bear Entertainment and Deji LaRay and Thomas Q. Jones’ Midnight Train Productions, the series will be feature D.L. Hughley and spotlight an ensemble cast that includes LaRay (Bosch, Greenleaf), Jones (P- Valley, Luke Cage), Philip Smithey (Switched At Birth, The Rookie) and Derrex Brady (NCIS, First). Reesha L. Archibald serves as one of the executive producers on the series as well.

Designed to explore topics from the Black male perspective, but in a way that was also inclusive of all men, the series will look to give insight into why men say and do certain things. Furthermore, a key goal for the show is to break down misconceptions and bridge the gap between conflicting perspectives on various subjects, even within individual communities.

About Bounce:

Bounce features a mix of original series, movies and specials, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports and events with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-air, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and the web via BounceTV.com.Bounce and Brown Sugar are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



All New Season of Saints & Sinners Premieres





All New Season of Saints & Sinners Premieres

Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT On Bounce

Greenleaf’s Gregory Alan Williams Joins Ensemble Cast

Led By Vanessa Bell Calloway & Clifton Powell

ATLANTA – Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, will take viewers back to all the drama of Cypress, Georgia starting this Sunday, April 11 as the mega-hit original series Saints & Sinners returns for an all new fifth season. New episodes will premiere Sunday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and pickup following the events of the first-ever Saints & Sinners movie Judgment Day which aired in February.

Set against the backdrop of a large southern church, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption, compromising sexual affairs and murder. The new season welcomes Gregory Alan Williams (Greenleaf, Chicago Med) to the cast where he’ll join the ensemble toplined by Vanessa Bell Calloway and Clifton Powell. Tray Chaney, Keith Robinson, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny, Karon Joseph Riley and Christian Keyes return as series regulars.

Leading up to the new season premiere, Bounce will air daily marathons of the complete Saints & Sinners series:

Thursday, April 8 Season 1 (1:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Friday, April 9 Season 2 (1:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Saturday, April 10 Season 3 (1:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
Sunday, April 11 Season 4 (11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Sunday, April 11 Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day (7:00 – 9:00 p.m.)
All times Eastern.

All previous episodes of the series – including ratings-record breaker Judgment Day – are available for viewing anytime on Bounce’s streaming service Brown Sugar. New episodes from this season will be added Mondays after they premiere on Bounce.

Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Tales, Pride & Prejudice). Nigel Campbell serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the series.

Bounce features a mix of original series, movies and specials, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports and events with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-air, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce and Brown Sugar are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day Movie World Premieres on Bounce





Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day Movie World Premieres on Bounce

Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

New Season of Saints & Sinners Debuts April 11

ATLANTA – Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, has set the dates for the return of its top-rated and enormously-popular original drama Saints & Sinners.

Bounce will world premiere Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day – the first-ever Saints & Sinners movie – on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The movie serves as a bridge to the fifth season of the series, which will premiere on Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day sees vengeance running rampant and family loyalty ceasing to exist in the small town of Cypress when Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) is arrested for killing Malik Thompson (Karon Joseph Riley) whose body is found at the bottom of her empty pool. Simultaneously, Ella’s mother Leona (Donna Biscoe) steps in to claim what she believes is rightfully hers — the key to the city — and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Robin Givens guest stars.

Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day will be available for viewing on February 15 on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s popular streaming service, with the complete first four seasons of the series available anytime. Bounce will air a binge-viewing marathon of seasons one-four starting April 8 leading up to the season five premiere.

Set against the backdrop of a large southern church, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption, compromising sexual affairs and murder. In addition to Calloway and Biscoe, the series stars Clifton Powell, Tray Chaney, Keith Robinson, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny and Karon Joseph Riley. The additions to the cast for season five include Gregory Alan Williams (Greenleaf, Chicago Med).

Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Tales, Pride & Prejudice). Nigel Campbell serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the series and the two-hour film, which he also wrote.

Bounce features a mix of original series, movies and specials, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports and events with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-air, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce and Brown Sugar are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



“Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day” Movie World Premieres on Bounce Sunday, Feb. 14





“Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day” Movie World Premieres on Bounce Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, New Season of “Saints & Sinners” Debuts April 11
The film will be available for viewing on February 15 on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s popular streaming service, with the complete first four seasons of the series available anytime.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day Movie World Premieres on Bounce Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, New Season of Saints & Sinners Debuts April 11

ATLANTA, Feb. 8, 2021 — Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, has set the dates for the return of its top-rated and enormously-popular original drama Saints & Sinners.

Bounce will world premiere Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day – the first-ever Saints & Sinners movie – on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The movie serves as a bridge to the fifth season of the series, which will premiere on Sunday, April 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day sees vengeance running rampant and family loyalty ceasing to exist in the small town of Cypress when Mayor Ella Johnson (Vanessa Bell Calloway) is arrested for killing Malik Thompson (Karon Joseph Riley) whose body is found at the bottom of her empty pool. Simultaneously, Ella’s mother Leona (Donna Biscoe) steps in to claim what she believes is rightfully hers — the key to the city — and will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Robin Givens guest stars.

Saints & Sinners: Judgment Day will be available for viewing on February 15 on Brown Sugar, Bounce’s popular streaming service, with the complete first four seasons of the series available anytime. Bounce will air a binge-viewing marathon of seasons one-four starting April 8 leading up to the season five premiere.

Set against the backdrop of a large southern church, Saints & Sinners centers around the pursuit of power, intertwined with greed, deception, corruption, compromising sexual affairs and murder. In addition to Calloway and Biscoe, the series stars Clifton Powell, Tray Chaney, Keith Robinson, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke, Dawn Halfkenny and Karon Joseph Riley. The additions to the cast for season five include Gregory Alan Williams (Greenleaf, Chicago Med).

Saints & Sinners is produced in partnership with Swirl Film’s Eric Tomosunas & Ron Robinson (Behind the Movement: The Rosa Parks Story, Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story, Tales, Pride & Prejudice). Nigel Campbell serves as the showrunner/executive producer of the series and the two-hour film, which he also wrote.

Bounce features a mix of original series, movies and specials, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports and events with programming seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-air, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce and Brown Sugar are both a part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



Bounce Trumpet Awards To Honor Naomi Campbell, Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams





Bounce Trumpet Awards To Honor Naomi Campbell, Yara Shahidi, Stacey Abrams,

& Tommie Smith As 2020 Recipients In Special Year

Paying Tribute To Those Fighting For Social Justice

Mariah Carey, Lee Daniels and Jesse Williams Among Presenters,
Musical Performances by Busta Rhymes, Anthony Hamilton,
Terrace Martin and Bell Biv Devoe

Ceremony Set To Air Sunday, December 13th at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT)
Ahead of World Broadcast Premiere Of With Drawn Arms

ATLANTA (Dec. 3, 2020) – Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, has announced the full roster of honorees for the 2020 Bounce Trumpet Awards which annually recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. This year’s 29th annual ceremony – entitled The Bounce Trumpet Awards: Stand Up – will honor individuals who have risen to fight social injustice for Black Americans and will premiere on Sunday, December 13th at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

This year’s honorees:

Supermodel, businesswoman and actress Naomi Campbell will be honored with the Vanguard Award which highlights individuals who creatively challenge the norm by introducing mainstream culture to avant-garde ideas and making a social impact in their respective industry. Campbell has used her voice for decades to call out racism in the modeling industry and set up various charity relief efforts for natural disasters all over the world.

“Grown-ish” and “Black-ish” star-turned-activist Yara Shahidi will receive the Trailblazer Award which recognizes pioneers who inspire others to follow their path to greatness with innovative ideas that challenge the status quo. Aside from acting, Shahidi founded WeVoteNext (formerly Eighteenx18) with NowThisNews to encourage voting for the 2018 and 2020 elections and has a partnership with the Young Women’s Leadership Network of New York.

Transformational Georgia political figure Stacey Abrams will be bestowed with the Valor Award which recognizes an individual who shows boldness and determination in the face of conflict or danger, for her astonishing organizing efforts with Fair Fight Action to bring about record voter registration and turnout during the 2020 election.

Former American Track & Field star Tommie Smith will be given the Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction, named after the esteemed founder of the Trumpets, which recognizes individuals who, having succeeded against immense odds, herald change and prosperity to enhance and enrich the world. Smith’s silent gesture of protest at the 1968 Olympics continues to be a historic and enduring image for athletes and activists standing up against injustice today.

Among the special guests helping to pay tribute to the honorees are Grammy-award superstar Mariah Carey, Oscar nominated director Lee Daniels, actor/activist Jesse Williams, actor Trevor Jackson, political activist Angela Davis and former Congressman Bakari Sellers. In addition, this year’s ceremony will feature musical performances from Busta Rhymes, Anthony Hamilton, Terrace Martin and Bell Biv Devoe.

Immediately following The Bounce Trumpet Awards: Stand Up, Bounce will present the world broadcast television premiere of With Drawn Arms, the critically-acclaimed and compelling documentary produced by Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy, Power) and Oscar®, Emmy® and GRAMMY®-award winner John Legend which explores the impact and the legacy of American track star Tommie Smith’s then-shocking symbol of protest against social injustice while receiving the gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics. With Drawn Arms is the result of a long-term collaboration between Smith and artist Glenn Kaino, who co-directs with Afshin Shahidi. An official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, With Drawn Arms explores the legacy of the iconic fist-raising gesture, following Smith as he looks back at the moment that helped make a statement while providing a symbol of hope. President Barack Obama, the late Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis, Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe, Jemele Hill, Nelson George, Brent Musburger and Jesse Williams are among those who discuss the moment and its impact.

The Bounce Trumpet Awards were conceived to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans and those who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. Founded in 1992 by American Civil Rights leader Xernona Clayton, The Trumpet Awards were acquired by Bounce in 2016. The list of prestigious honorees includes Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Steve Harvey, Martin Luther King, III, Janelle Monáe and Spike Lee and many others including the late Rep. John Lewis, who will be memorialized during the ceremony for his life’s work alongside this year’s recipients.

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku®, on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



Bounce to Present World Broadcast Premiere of Acclaimed Documentary “With Drawn Arms”





Bounce to Present World Broadcast Premiere of Acclaimed Documentary “With Drawn Arms,” Based on Tommie Smith’s Iconic Protest at 1968 Summer Olympics
On Sunday, December 13, Bounce will debut “The Bounce Trumpet Awards: Stand Up” at 8:00/7:00c followed by the world broadcast premiere of “With Drawn Arms” at 9:00/8:00c.
[via press release from Bounce TV]
Bounce to Present World Broadcast Premiere of Acclaimed Documentary With Drawn Arms, Based on Tommie Smith’s Iconic Protest at 1968 Summer Olympics

Bounce to Honor Smith at 2020 Bounce Trumpet Awards Which Pay Tribute to Those Fighting for Social Justice

Back-to-Back Premieres of Both Set For Sunday, December 13th

ATLANTA, Nov. 23, 2020 — Bounce, the first and only broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, has acquired the exclusive world broadcast television premiere rights to With Drawn Arms, the result of a long-term collaboration between Smith and the artist Glenn Kaino, who co-directs with Afshin Shahidi. The critically-acclaimed and compelling documentary, produced by Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy, Power) and Oscar(R), Emmy(R) and GRAMMY(R)-winner John Legend, explores the impact and the legacy of American track star Tommie Smith’s then-shocking symbol of protest against social injustice while receiving a gold medal at the 1968 Summer Olympics.

Bounce also announced that Smith will be one of the four honorees for the upcoming Bounce Trumpet Awards which annually recognize the outstanding accomplishments of African Americans who have succeeded against great odds and inspired success in others. The list of prestigious past honorees includes Rep. John Lewis, Muhammad Ali, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, The African-American Women of the United States Congress, Quincy Jones, Maya Angelou, Ambassador Andrew Young, Spike Lee and many others. This year’s 29th annual ceremony – entitled The Bounce Trumpet Awards: Stand Up – will honor individuals who have risen to fight social injustice for Black Americans. Smith will be receiving the Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction, named after the esteemed founder of the Trumpets.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, Bounce will debut The Bounce Trumpet Awards: Stand Up at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT followed by the world broadcast premiere of With Drawn Arms at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

At the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City after winning the 200-meter race with a world-record time, Smith and teammate John Carlos, who took the bronze, ascended to the podium to claim their medals. As the National Anthem of the United States played, the world watched – and was stunned – as the two men raised their fists to the sky in silent protest against social racism in a move that would echo for more than 50 years and counting.

An official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival, With Drawn Arms explores the legacy of the iconic fist-raising gesture, following Smith as he looks back at the moment that helped make a statement while providing a symbol of hope. President Barack Obama, the late Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis, Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe, Jemele Hill, Nelson George, Brent Musburger and Jesse Williams are among those who discuss the moment and its impact.

Bounce (@bouncetv) programming is seen over-the-air, on cable, on DISH channel 359, over-the-top on Roku(R), on mobile devices via the Bounce and Brown Sugar apps and on the web via BounceTV.com. Bounce features a programming mix of original series, docuseries and movies, off-network series, theatrical motion pictures, specials, live sports and events and more. Bounce is part of The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP).



Bounce’s “Dying To Be Famous” Premieres Nov. 1





Bounce’s “Dying To Be Famous” Premieres Nov. 1

Limited Run Docu-Drama Focused on Unsolved Mystery Behind Brutal Death of “Black Entourage” Rising Star

Bounce, the first and only multi-platform entertainment network for African Americans (from Scripps/Katz Media), will debut its first docu-drama, Dying To Be Famous: The Ryan Singleton Mystery on November 1st at 9pm EST with two back-to-back episodes. An intriguing six-episode true crime story, the series revolves around the still unsolved mysterious death of Ryan Singleton, a 24-year old aspiring model and film producer, who sets out to pursue fame and fortune in Hollywood with his close friends. With the goal of being the “Black Entourage,” the group’s dreams of stardom take a tragic turn when Ryan is found dead in California’s Mojave Desert, his body dumped, mutilated and missing ALL organs. Using footage the group shot meant to document their journey plus new interviews, clues and discoveries uncovered in their own investigation, the series will look to piece together what happened to their friend.

The limited-run drama will world premiere on Sun. Nov.1 at 9:00 pm (ET) with two back-to-back episodes.