Wanda Sykes to Host “Ring Nation” Viral Video Series





Wanda Sykes to Host “Ring Nation” Viral Video Series from MGM Television, Ring & Big Fish Entertainment
“Ring Nation” is a half-hour, studio-based series that gives audiences a daily dose of life’s unpredictable, heartwarming and hilarious viral videos shared by people from their video doorbells, smart home cameras and more.
[via press release from MGM Television]
WANDA SYKES TO HOST “RING NATION” VIRAL VIDEO SERIES FROM MGM TELEVISION, RING & BIG FISH ENTERTAINMENT

Ring Nation premieres in syndication on September 26, 2022, featuring a mix of eye-catching videos from the smart devices around our homes

Los Angeles, CA – August 11, 2022 – MGM Television and Ring announced today that Emmy-winning comedian and actress Wanda Sykes (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Crank Yankers, The Upshaws) has signed on to host Ring Nation, a new twist on the popular clip show genre, premiering in syndication on September 26, 2022. Ring Nation is a half-hour, studio-based series that gives audiences a daily dose of life’s unpredictable, heartwarming and hilarious viral videos shared by people from their video doorbells, smart home cameras and more. From neighbors saving neighbors and marriage proposals to military reunions and silly animals, Ring Nation showcases the most buzzworthy clips from coast to coast.

“Wanda Sykes is one of the biggest names in comedy and beloved by fans across the globe. We are thrilled she has signed on to host this fun new take on a tried-and-true format,” said Barry Poznick, president of alternative television & Orion TV at MGM. “From the incredible, to the hilarious and uplifting must-see viral moments from around the country every day, Ring Nation offers something for everyone watching at home.”

Featuring clips submitted by people across the U.S., Ring Nation is the next way Ring will highlight interesting moments from communities across the country. Ring Nation is a collaboration between MGM Television, MGM’s Big Fish Entertainment and Jamie Siminoff, the chief inventor and founder of smart-home security company Ring. He appeared on Shark Tank originally as a contestant, only to return years later as a recurring Guest Shark after selling his company to Amazon. Executive producers on the new series are Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Jamie Siminoff, Karni Baghdikian, Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D’Agostino, Bret Calvert and Jordana Starr.

“Bringing the new community together is core to our mission at Ring, and Ring Nation gives friends and family a fun new way to enjoy time with one another,” said Jamie Siminoff, founder and chief inventor at Ring, and executive producer of Ring Nation. “We’re so excited to have Wanda Sykes join Ring Nation to share people’s memorable moments with viewers.”

Wanda Sykes is an Emmy-winning, eleven-time nominated stand-up comic, writer, actress and producer. She can currently be seen in season 2 of the Netflix comedy The Upshaws which she created and stars in. In 2023, she will appear in the Hulu show History of the World Part 2 starring opposite Mel Brooks. In 2020 she was nominated for an Emmy for her role as ‘Moms Mabley’ in Amazon Studio’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and for her voice work as ‘Gladys Murphy’ in Crank Yankers, a role she originated in 2004. Wanda’s guest-starring role on ABC’s Black-ish also brought her two back-to-back Emmy nominations for “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series” in 2017 and 2018. Her fifth and latest standup special, Wanda Sykes: Not Normal, is currently streaming on Netflix and was nominated for two 2019 Primetime Emmy Awards; “Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special” and “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.” She is repped by CAA and attorney Roger Pliakas.

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About MGM

Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco, and digital distributors. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous other television channels, digital platforms, interactive ventures, and is producing premium short-form content for distribution. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.

About Ring

Since its founding in 2013, Ring has been on a mission to make neighborhoods safer, together for everyone. From the first-ever Video Doorbell, to the award-winning DIY Ring Alarm system, Ring’s smart home security product line, as well as the Neighbors app, offers users affordable whole-home and neighborhood security. At Ring, we are committed to making security accessible and convenient for everyone – while working hard to bring communities together. Ring is an Amazon company. For more information, visit www.ring.com. With Ring, you’re always home.

About Big Fish Entertainment

Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company, is a full-service production company that creates multi-platform, visually driven content that compels and entertains audiences with the “unexpected.” Founded in 2006 by President Dan Cesareo, Big Fish has since produced more than 1000 hours of award-winning and top-rated programming in the live, unscripted reality, lifestyle and documentary space. Series and credits include History’s Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan (History); Secrets of the Chippendales Murders, America’s Top Dog, Live Rescue and Animals Saved My Life (A&E); Ugliest House in America, Martha Knows Best and A White House Christmas (HGTV); Kitchen Crash, A White House Thanksgiving with First Lady Jill Biden, and the Emmy-nominated Amy Schumer Learns to Cook (Food); Regular Heroes (Amazon); the Black Ink Crew franchise; mental health special In Session Live With Dr. Jess and Girls Cruise (VH1); Hustle & Soul (WE tv); Chris Paul’s Chapter 3 (ESPN); Snap’s Driven and Swae Meets World; Tattoo Girls (TLC); How Far Is Tattoo Far? (MTV); Animal ER Live (Nat Geo WILD); and Truth Behind the Moon Landing (Science Channel), as well as the Gates Foundation’s Reality PD public schools project. For more information, visit bigfishusa.com.



Jeanie Buss-Owned “WOW – Women Of Wrestling” to Premiere the Weekend of Sept. 17





Jeanie Buss-Owned “WOW – Women Of Wrestling” to Premiere the Weekend of Sept. 17 in National Syndication
Global professional wrestling superstar, screenwriter, mental health advocate and New York Times bestselling author AJ Mendez serves as executive producer and color commentator.
[via press release from CBS]
JEANIE BUSS-OWNED “WOW – WOMEN OF WRESTLING” TO PREMIERE THE WEEKEND OF SEPT. 17 IN NATIONAL SYNDICATION

New Key Art Revealed

The Only All-Female Wrestling Organization with a Global TV Footprint Has Been Cleared in 100% of U.S. Markets

WOW – WOMEN OF WRESTLING, the world’s premier all-female sports entertainment entity, today revealed its new key art and announced that the series will premiere nationwide the weekend of Sept. 17. WOW, the only all-female wrestling organization with a global TV footprint, will be available in syndication via Paramount Global Content Distribution, marking the largest-ever distribution deal in the history of women’s wrestling.

WOW – WOMEN OF WRESTLING has been cleared in 100% of the U.S. including the following station groups: CBS-owned-and-operated stations, Sinclair Communications, Nexstar Broadcasting, Hearst Television, TEGNA Media, Weigel Broadcasting, Gray Media and Cox Television. Internationally, the show has also already been licensed in Canada (CHCH and CHEK), Australia (10 Play), and Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore (MOLA), with more to come.

WOW is owned by trailblazing sports executive Jeanie Buss and was created by David McLane, founder of the original GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Global professional wrestling superstar, screenwriter, mental health advocate and New York Times bestselling author AJ Mendez serves as executive producer and color commentator.

“From sports to politics to business and beyond, women’s voices are being heard louder than ever, and the Superheroes of WOW couldn’t be more excited to step into the ring on Sept. 17 and join this revolution,” said WOW owner Jeanie Buss. “We’re grateful to our partners at Paramount Global Content Distribution for providing a platform for these inspiring athletes.”

“The Superheroes of WOW have come from all walks of life to prove who’s the best, and are eager to show the world what’s been missing for years from women’s professional wrestling,” said WOW creator David McLane.

“We can’t wait to share the thrilling sports entertainment experience of WOW – WOMEN OF WRESTLING with a wider audience,” says Dan Cohen, chief content licensing officer at Paramount Global. “We know viewers will be inspired and empowered by the Superheroes’ athleticism and emotional backstories, while being thoroughly entertained by this unique roster of athletes. We look forward to working with Jeanie Buss and David McLane as we continue to grow this brand.”

About WOW – Women Of Wrestling

WOW – Women Of Wrestling is the premier all-female sports entertainment property, owned by Jeanie Buss and David McLane. Led by the larger-than-life WOW Superheroes and their in-ring rivalries, WOW is an action-packed saga that plays out at high-energy live events and in weekly syndication across the U.S. As the only all-female wrestling organization with a global footprint, WOW showcases supreme athleticism, dramatic and inspiring storylines, and is centered 24/7 around empowering and uplifting women and fans around the world. Fans can learn more about their favorite WOW Superheroes on the WOW website wowe.com and any of the social media platforms @wowsuperheroes. Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/TikTok: @wowsuperheroes

About Paramount Global Content Distribution

Paramount Global Content Distribution is the leading distributor of premium content across multiple media platforms throughout the global marketplace. The division’s portfolio is comprised of some of the world’s most recognized brands, including feature films and television programs from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, CBS Studios, CBS Media Ventures, CBS News, SHOWTIME Networks, Nickelodeon, MTV Entertainment Studios, Miramax and third-party partners. The division also has the largest distributed library of series and film titles, including global franchises such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” NCIS, “Star Trek,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Transformers,” “Mission: Impossible” and more. In addition, the division licenses a diverse lineup of scripted and unscripted formats for local production and international co-productions. Paramount Global Content Distribution is a division of Paramount.

Editor’s note: “Of” in the show title “WOW – Women Of Wrestling” is capitalized.



Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group Launches New Television Series “We the People with Judge Lauren Lake”





Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group Launches New Television Series “We the People with Judge Lauren Lake” in 95 Percent of the Country
This new court series is a daily/strip one-hour block of programming for Fall 2022 available to broadcast television stations, as well as global platforms, cable networks, and digital distribution.
[via press release from Allen Media Group]
BYRON ALLEN’S ALLEN MEDIA GROUP LAUNCHES NEW TELEVISION SERIES “WE THE PEOPLE WITH JUDGE LAUREN LAKE” IN 95 PERCENT OF THE COUNTRY

Daily One-Hour Court Series Launches in 95 Percent of U.S. Broadcast Syndication Markets and on Allen Media’s Television Network JusticeCentral.TV

LOS ANGELES, July 11, 2022 — Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group (AMG) television division proudly announces nationwide clearance for the Fall 2022 launch of its 68th and newest HD television series WE THE PEOPLE WITH JUDGE LAUREN LAKE. This new court series is a daily/strip one-hour block of programming for Fall 2022 available to broadcast television stations, as well as global platforms, cable networks, and digital distribution. Over the past 13 years, AMG has launched seven court series, making it the largest owner/producer/distributor of television court programming in the world.

WE THE PEOPLE WITH JUDGE LAUREN LAKE has secured clearances with group-owned television stations including: FOX O&Os, CBS O&Os, Nexstar, Tegna, Weigel, Mission, Sinclair, Lockwood, Gray, Entravision, Hearst, Scripps, Corridor, Circle City Broadcasting, Block, Allen Media Broadcasting, Graham, COX Media Group, American Spirit, Bahakel, Sunbeam, and the CW 100+.

In addition to broadcast syndication television stations and station groups, all AMG’s court programming is carried on AMG’s television network JusticeCentral.TV, which is available in over 50 million U.S. homes and is carried on Comcast, DirecTV, Cox, ATT U-Verse, Mediacom, Verizon FiOS, DISH, Altice, Charter/Spectrum, and other major cable carriers nationwide and globally.

The initial AMG court series, AMERICA’S COURT WITH JUDGE ROSS, premiered in Fall 2010, and just began its thirteenth year of production. The additional AMG court series, also currently in production, are: JUSTICE FOR ALL WITH JUDGE CRISTINA PEREZ, JUSTICE WITH JUDGE MABLEAN, SUPREME JUSTICE WITH JUDGE KAREN, and THE VERDICT WITH JUDGE HATCHETT. These series are all currently carried in more than 95 percent of U.S. broadcast television markets, and on network and digital platforms globally.

Television viewers know sharp-witted lawyer and legal analyst Judge Lauren Lake from her previous nationally-syndicated television show, the MGM Television Emmy(R) Award-winning series, LAUREN LAKE’S PATERNITY COURT, where Judge Lake helped litigants resolve paternity-related legal issues.

“We at Allen Media Group are beyond elated to add WE THE PEOPLE WITH JUDGE LAUREN LAKE to our already stellar portfolio of court shows,” said Byron Allen, Founder/Chairman/CEO of Allen Media Group. “Emmy(R) Award-winning Judge Lauren Lake is an outstanding and charismatic television host. We are extremely confident that our newest court series with Judge Lake will be very successful for years to come as she joins our outstanding roster of talent, including Judge Kevin Ross, Judge Mablean Ephriam, Judge Christina Perez, Judge Karen Mills-Francis, and Judge Glenda Hatchett.”

“I am very excited about WE THE PEOPLE WITH JUDGE LAUREN LAKE and I’m thrilled to be working with Byron Allen,” said Judge Lake. “Byron’s creative vision and commitment to creating high-quality television programs and networks is unparalleled in this industry. I am enthusiastic and highly confident that we will deliver another first-class television court series.”

WE THE PEOPLE WITH JUDGE LAUREN LAKE is produced and distributed by AMG.

About Allen Media Group

Chairman and CEO Byron Allen founded Allen Media Group in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Charleston, SC. Allen Media Group owns 27 ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX network affiliate broadcast television stations in 21 U.S. markets and twelve 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 220 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, THE WEATHER CHANNEL EN ESPAÑOL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, JUSTICECENTRAL.TV, THEGRIO.TV, THIS TV, and PATTRN. Allen Media Group also owns the streaming platforms HBCU GO, SPORTS.TV, THE GRIO, THE WEATHER CHANNEL STREAMING APP and LOCAL NOW–the free-streaming AVOD service powered by THE WEATHER CHANNEL and content partners, which delivers real-time, hyper-local news, weather, traffic, sports, and lifestyle information. Allen Media Group also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 68 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations. Allen Media Group International Television continues to extend its corporate branding and content around the globe. It currently has active license agreements and programming in South Africa, The United Arab Emirates, Australia, The Bahamas, Canada and New Zealand. With a library of over 5,000 hours of owned content across multiple genres, Allen Media Group provides video content to broadcast television stations, cable television networks, mobile devices, and multimedia digital. Our mission is to provide excellent programming to our viewers, online users, and Fortune 500 advertising partners.

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures is a full-service, theatrical motion picture distribution company specializing in wide release commercial content. ESMP released 2017’s highest-grossing independent movie, the shark thriller 47 METERS DOWN, which grossed over $44.3 million. In 2018, ESMP also released the critically-acclaimed and commercially successful Western HOSTILES, the historic mystery-thriller CHAPPAQUIDDICK and the sequel to 47 METERS DOWN, 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED. The digital distribution unit of Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures, Freestyle Digital Media, is a premiere multi-platform distributor with direct partnerships across all major cable, digital and streaming platforms. Capitalizing on a robust infrastructure, proven track record and a veteran sales team, Freestyle Digital Media is a true home for independent films.

In 2016, Allen Media Group purchased The Grio, a highly-rated digital video-centric news community platform devoted to providing African-Americans with compelling stories and perspectives currently underrepresented in existing national news outlets. The Grio features aggregated and original video packages, news articles and opinion pieces on topics that include breaking news, politics, health, business and entertainment. Originally launched in 2009, the platform was then purchased by NBC News in 2010. The digital platform remains focused on curating exciting digital content and currently has more than 100 million annual visitors.

For more information, visit: www.entertainmentstudios.com



Tamron Hall returns for 4th season

NEWS: “Tamron Hall” Will Return for Fourth Season on Tuesday, September 6 Following Second Daytime Emmy® Win For Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host

 

June 27, 2022

 

TAMRON HALL WINS DAYTIME EMMY® FOR OUTSTANDING INFORMATIVE TALK SHOW HOST FOR SECOND TIME IN THREE SEASONS 

 

Nationally Syndicated Talk Show Returns for Fourth Season on Tuesday, September 6, 2022

 

Tamron Hall was honored by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on Friday with her second Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host during the televised ceremony from the Pasadena Convention Center. ABC News announced today “Tamron Hall’s” premiere date for the show’s fourth season is Tuesday, September 6, 2022.

 

Hall took home her first hosting trophy in 2020, marking the first time since the award’s 2015 inception that a freshman host was the recipient of that honor. The nationally syndicated show (check local listings) was nominated for a record four nominations in 2022: Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host, as well as Outstanding Informative Talk Show, Outstanding Art Direction/Set Decoration/Scenic Design and Outstanding Makeup.

 

“On the heels of the exciting and humbling Daytime Emmy win for Outstanding Talk Show Host, to coming off recent season high record ratings, I can’t wait to return for season 4 and continue our amazing conversations with unforgettable guests. Our audience keeps growing and I’m so honored to spend this golden hour with the Tam Fam every day,” said Tamron Hall.

 

“Tamron Hall,” is a destination to discuss and dissect the issues of the day. The show’s third season featured timely, topical and powerful conversations with newsmakers, changemakers, and visionaries including Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, former First Lady and best-selling author Michelle Obama, Oscar-award-winning actress Halle Berry, Dancing With the Stars pro Cheryl Burke, supermodel, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Iman, author and former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, country music superstar LeAnn Rimes, actress/writer/director/producer Issa Rae, legendary R&B group New Edition, TV’s original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter, music icon and actress Mary J. Blige, and many more.

 

From the deeply personal to the purely fun, “Tamron Hall” is a daily destination for viewers to connect with the people shaping our lives through entertaining, meaningful and impactful topics, like medical gaslighting; human trafficking; “The Great Resignation” where Tamron spoke candidly with Americans quitting their jobs in record numbers in search of more money, flexibility and happiness; “mom rage” where brave women shared their stories; and how to deal with toddler tantrums. The show also provided helpful tips and takeaways about everything from how to be more confident to how to find love and how to harness the power of laughter.

 

“Tamron Hall” is produced by ABC News and is distributed in national syndication by Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. The show is executive produced by Hall and Quiana Burns. The show broadcasts from New York City and features a dynamic mix of live and taped shows.

 

For times and channels, go to www.TamronHallShow.com and follow the show on social media @TamronHallShow.