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Bounce TV to Celebrate Black History Month Sunday Nights in February

Month-Long Tribute Includes The Color Purple, Miss Jane Pittman, Malcolm X, Glory, Raisin in the Sun, Documentaries and New Original Short-Form Series Featuring Andrew Young, Rep. John Lewis, Ludacris and Others

ATLANTA (Jan. 29, 2014) — Bounce TV (bouncetv.wpengine.com), the nation’s first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans, will honor Black History Month in February with a month-long programming tribute including some of the greatest African American stories, motion pictures and performances of all-time every Sunday night.

 

The tribute will also include a new original short-form series of vignettes featuring such influential African Americans as Ambassador Andrew Young, Representative John Lewis (D-GA), rapper, entrepreneur and actor Ludacris and others sharing their thoughts and perspective on famous African American figures as well as the films being featured.

 

Ambassador Young, who is among the Founding Group and Board of Directors of Bounce TV, commented, “Bounce TV celebrates the African American community every day of the year. At the same time, it is important as the country focuses on the contributions of African Americans to the advancement of civilization that we participate in a significant and meaningful manner. I strongly encourage people of all races and ethnicities to watch Bounce TV all year, but particularly in February.”

 

Sunday Nights in February

(All Times Eastern)

 

February 2:

Malcolm X (7:00 p.m.) Denzel Washington’s 1992 Academy Award®-nominated performance as the famous African American leader.

To Sir, With Love (11:00 p.m.) featuring Sidney Poitier’s memorable turn in this 1967 classic.

Rising From the Rails: The Story of the Pullman Porter (1:00 a.m.) which tells the story of the relatively unheralded Pullman Porters, generations of African American men who served as caretakers to wealthy white passengers on luxury trains that traversed the nation in the golden age of rail travel.

 

February 9:

The Color Purple (7:30 p.m.) 1985’s multiple Oscar® nominee including Best Picture chronicles 30 years in the life and trials of a young African American woman played by Whoopi Goldberg who won a Golden Globe for Best Actress.

The Jackie Robinson Story (11:00 p.m.) is a theatrical movie starring Robinson himself that showcases Robinson’s life, from youth, through his college career at UCLA, his time in the Negro Leagues and his pioneering experiences and career with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

A Defining Moment (1:00 a.m.) Examines the personal stories of four of the famed Tuskegee Airmen whose contribution to the civil rights movement helped pave the way for an historic event: The inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States.

 

February 16:

Glory (7:30 p.m.) The acclaimed tale of the Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company featuring Denzel Washington’s Oscar®-winning performance.

A Raisin in the Sun (10:00 p.m.) The 1961 classic starring Academy Award® winner Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil about a substantial insurance payment that could change a poor African American family’s future, for better – or for worse.

A Colored Life: The Herb Jeffries Story Story (1:00 a.m.) An honest, entertaining, and often humorous look at a charismatic personality who used his light complexion to survive — and thrive — in both the black and white worlds.

 

February 23:

Ghosts of Mississippi (7:00 p.m.) The critically-acclaimed story of the search for justice by the widow (played by Whoopi Goldberg) of slain Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (10:00 p.m.) The iconic movie featuring the unforgettable performance by Cicely Tyson (EMMY® for Best Lead Actress in a Drama) in the title role as a black woman in the South who was born into slavery in the 1850s and lives to become a part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

The Good Fight: James Farmer Remembers the Civil Rights Movement (12:30 a.m.) The life of Freedom Rides founder and pioneer of the earliest sit-ins James Farmer, in his own words.

 

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch in 2011, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike. Bounce TV is seen in: 88 markets, including all of the top African American television markets; 89% of African American television homes; and 72% of the total television homes in the United States.

 

Contact:  Jim Weiss   (770) 955-1300   JWeiss@BounceTV.com

 

Bounce TV Kicks-Off 2014 with Best Performance in its History, Reinforces Position as #2 African American TV Network

ATLANTA (Feb. 4, 2014) — Bounce TV began 2014 where it left off in 2013: Continuing to rapidly expand viewership.

 

For the fourth consecutive month, the nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans posted its highest-rated and most-watched month in its history in January. Bounce TV also reinforced its position as the number two network for reaching African American adults among Black-targeted networks beating TV One by 43% during Prime.

 

Bounce TV continued to build on its record-breaking December performance by posting solid January gains in Total Day and Prime. In Total Day, Bounce TV was up 11% in both Households and Adults 25-54. During Prime, the network posted increases of 9% in Households and 7% in Adults 25-54.

 

Bounce TV ranked 9th among all ad-supported cable in the Total Day delivery of African American viewers 18+ beating 96 ad-supported cable networks including OWN, AMC, TBS, TV Land, WE, Oxygen, CNN and TV One. During Prime, Bounce TV tied for #12 with African American viewers among all ad-supported cable finishing in front of 92 ad-supported cable nets including TBS, AMC, WE, TRU, TV Land and TV One.

 

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch in 2011, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike. Bounce TV is seen in: 88 markets, including all of the top African American television markets; 89% of African American television homes; and 72% of the total television homes in the United States.

 

Source: Nielsen, January 2014 Live+SD.

 

Contact:  Jim Weiss   (770) 955-1300   JWeiss@BounceTV.com

 

Bounce TV Now #2 African American-Targeted Network Among Black Adults

Network Posts Best Month in its History in December,
Beats TV One by Double-Digits in Prime and Total Day in both P18-49 & P25-54

ATLANTA (Jan. 6, 2014) — Bounce TV firmly established itself as the number two network for reaching African American adults among Black-targeted networks in the just-completed December 2013 ratings period, using BET, TV One and Centric as the competitive set. The nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans continued to grow viewership at the end of the year, posting its highest-rated and most-watched month in its history.

 

In December, Bounce TV tied for 9th (with Bravo) among all ad-supported cable in the Total Day delivery of African American viewers 18+, beating 94 ad-supported cable networks including AMC, A&E, FX, TBS, Lifetime, TV Land, WE and TV One.

 
Total Day African American P18+ Viewers December 2013
 

During Prime, Bounce TV ranked #13 with African American viewers among all ad-supported cable finishing in front of 91 ad-supported cable nets including A&E, TBS, Oxygen, WE and TV One.

 

For the month of December, Bounce TV unseated TV One beating the network by:

• 28% in P18-49 and by 14% in P25-54 viewers in Total Day

• 46% in P18-49 and by 28% in P25-54 viewers during Prime

• 66% in P18-49 and by 44% in P25-54 viewers in Late Night

 

In December, Bounce TV surpassed its previous-record-breaking November by 36% in P18-49 and 19% in P25-54 on a Total Day basis. During Prime, Bounce TV’s ratings success was even more pronounced with the network outpacing November by a whopping 64% in P18-49 and 42% in P25-54.

 

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch in 2011, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike. Bounce TV is seen in: 88 markets, including all of the top African American television markets; 89% of African American television homes; and 72% of the total television homes in the United States.

 

Source: Nielsen. December 2013 (11/25 – 12/29/13)

 

Contact:  Jim Weiss   (770) 955-1300   JWeiss@BounceTV.com

 

Bounce TV Announces More Renewals & More New Markets

Bounce TV Announces More Renewals & More New Markets:

Gannett Renews Network in Atlanta & Washington, D.C.,
Nexstar Renews in Nine Markets Through 2017

WSYR-TV (Syracuse, NY), WFFT-TV (Fort Wayne, IN),
WTVW-TV (Evansville, IN) & WMDN-TV (Meridian, MS) Set to Launch


ATLANTA — Bounce TV (bouncetv.wpengine.com), the nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans, today unveiled another round of network renewals by current affiliates and launches by new ones in announcements made by Bounce TV Executive Vice President of Distribution Jeffrey Wolf.

 

• Gannett Broadcasting has renewed Bounce TV on WUSA-TV in Washington,            D.C. and WATL-TV in Atlanta, GA.

• Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) has renewed Bounce TV in            nine markets through 2017 including: Little Rock, AR; Rochester, NY;            Jacksonville, FL; Peoria/Bloomington, IL; Rockford, IL and Monroe, LA. Bounce            TV was the first network that Nexstar deployed on a large scale in their digital            spectrum.

• New stations launching Bounce TV include: WSYR-TV in Syracuse, NY; WFFT-            TV in Fort Wayne, IN; WTVW-TV in Evansville, IN and WMDN-TV in Meridian,            MS. KMCI-TV in Kansas City also recently launched the network.

• Bounce TV has also been renewed by WDEF-TV, a Morris Multimedia, Inc.            station in Chattanooga, TN through 2017.

 

Other major station groups recently renewing Bounce TV include Raycom Media, LIN Television Corporation (“LIN Media”) and Belo Corp. On the air for just 26 months, Bounce TV is available in all of the top African American television markets, 89% of African American television homes and 72% of the total television homes in the United States. The network is now renewed with nearly 50% of its distribution base.

 

“Bounce TV has delivered on their commitment to bring compelling and entertaining programming to the previously-underserved African American audiences in our communities,” commented Perry Sook, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. Chairman, President and CEO. “We are proud to be one of the charter affiliate groups of Bounce TV and renewing our affiliation agreement reflects the strong viewer and advertiser response our stations have enjoyed.”

 

“We are very grateful to all of our affiliates for their unwavering support of Bounce TV,” commented Wolf. “Nexstar and Gannett believed in our mission early on and were pioneers in embracing Bounce TV. Now their stations will continue to reap benefits from the tremendous value we bring to their local markets.”

 

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.

 

Contact:  Jim Weiss   (770) 955-1300   JWeiss@BounceTV.com

 

Bounce TV Originals Fuel its Strongest Prime Performance!

Bounce TV Originals Fuel its Strongest Prime Performance to Date, Net Beats TV One in Prime and Total Day in Households and Adults

ATLANTA — Bounce TV posted its highest-rated and most-watched month in its history in the just-completed November 2013 ratings period, racking up gains in key dayparts and targeted demographics. The nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans also beat TV One in key demos and dayparts.

 

Two new Bounce TV Originals and a deep demo-specific movie library helped to propel the network to its best-ever prime time performance. My Crazy Roommate, the network’s first original scripted sitcom, reached 4.2 million total viewers while the pop-culture entertainment series BRKDWN reached 3.2 million viewers since its premiere.

 

On a Total Day basis, Bounce TV beat TV One in Households, all Adults and most significantly, the coveted sales demo of P25-54. During Prime, Bounce TV out-delivered TV One in Households and beat them by double-digits among All Adults.

 

“Bounce TV’s originals provide even more fuel for the network’s rapid growth in ratings, distribution and ad sales. Our success in audience delivery proves that the network’s extensive move library is the perfect platform to launch and sustain original programming. We anticipate further growth as more and more viewers discover the network,” commented Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz.

 

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.

 

Contact:  Jim Weiss   (770) 955-1300   JWeiss@BounceTV.com

 

SIAC Week 5 Football Players of the Week Announced

ATLANTA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its football players of the week for the fifth installment of the 2013 SIAC Football Season as voted by the SIAC Sports Information Directors Association.

 

Kentucky State University junior running back Jacquise Lockett and Stillman College sophomore quarterback Josh Straughan were selected as Co-Offensive Players of the Week. Lane College senior defensive back Jack Howard is the SIAC Defensive Player of the Week.

 

After a breakout performance in Saturday’s 21-17 win over Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University true freshman Montavious Taylor is the SIAC’s Newcomer of the Week. SIAC Lineman of the Week was awarded to Tuskegee University senior offensive tackle Devonte Jones, and Kentucky State University junior kickoff returner Jakar Turner is the SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

 

Read the entire article here.

 

SIAC Football Week 5 Recaps

rp_primary_rp_primary_M._TaylorCOLUMBIA, SC-Miles College gained 261 yards rushing and took advantage of three turnovers to pull Miles Football way from a close game and defeat Benedict 27-13 on Saturday afternoon at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.

 

In a game that was tied 7-7 at the half, the Golden Bears , (2-2, 2-0 SIAC) scored 20 second half points to win its second consecutive game. Quarterback Demetrice Price went 13-for-19 passing for 116 yards, but had two rushing touchdowns to lead Miles. Running back Emmitt Terry finished with 83 yards and a score and Denzel Veale broke a 63-yard run late in the fourth quarter to end hall hopes of a Benedict comeback.

 

The Golden Bears scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:05 left in the third quarter. A poor snap on fourth-down from midfield resulted in a 14-yard loss for Benedict punter Brian Curry, his second attempt of the day he failed to get off. The Golden Bears took over at the Benedict 37 and needed just four plays to score, with Terry Emmett running the ball in from eight yards out. The PAT by Jason Coste missed, giving the Golden Bears a 13-7 lead with 3:49 left in the third quarter.

 

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Benedict’s Martin Epps Named Semifinalist For Scholar-Athlete Award

rp_primary_Epps_Martin_BowieSt_2012DALLAS – Benedict College senior safety Martin Epps has been selected as one of 170 national semifinalists for the 2013 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments.®

 

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, October 31. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy. Each member of the 2013 National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 10 during the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will also be announced live at the event as the winner of the William V. Campbell Trophy.

 

The William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth, recognizes an individual as the absolute best scholar-athlete in the nation. The 170 semifinalists represent the most ever since 2006 when the NFF increased the nomination standards to require a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA.

 

Epps is one of 24 student-athletes from Division II, and the only representative from the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

 

“This is a tremendous honor for Benedict College and our football program,” Willie Washington, Benedict College Director of Athletics, said. “We are very proud of Martin Epps and are appreciative that his hard work in the classroom and on the football field are being recognized with this honor.”

 

A senior biology major from Augusta, Ga., Espps led the Tigers in total tackles in 2012 with 78. He has a 3.42 GPA, with plans to attend medical school after graduation in December, finishing his degree in just three and a half years.

 

Epps was named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-Super Region 2 team in 2012.

 

“We take great pride in the record participation by the number of schools in the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program this year,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning whose sons Peyton (William V. Campbell Trophy winner) and Eli were named NFF National Scholar-Athletes in 1997 and 2003, respectively. “It is important for us to showcase that success on the football field starts with winners in the classroom and the community. This year’s record-breaking number of nominations further illustrates the power of our great sport in developing the next generation of influential leaders.”

 

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The class is selected each year by the NFF Awards Committee, which is comprised of a nationally recognized group of media, College Football Hall of Famers and athletics administrators.

 

“The NFF would like to personally congratulate each of the nominees as well as their schools on this tremendous honor,” said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. “We are extremely proud to highlight each semifinalist’s achievements, which show that football players can balance between academics and athletics at the highest level. There is no question that the NFF Awards Committee will have an incredibly difficult task in selecting the finalists from among this esteemed group.”

 

Named in honor of Bill Campbell, the chairman of Intuit, former player and head coach at Columbia University and the 2004 recipient of the NFF’s Gold Medal, the award comes with a 25-pound bronze trophy and increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total post-graduate scholarship of $25,000. A total distribution of $300,000 in scholarships will be awarded at the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, pushing the program’s all-time distributions to more than $10.4 million. Launched in 1959, the NFF scholar-athlete program became the first initiative in history to award post-graduate scholarships based on both a player’s academic and athletic accomplishments. The William V. Campbell Trophy, first awarded in 1990, adds to the program’s mystique, having previously honored two Rhodes Scholars, a Rhodes Scholar finalist, two Heisman Trophy winners and five first-round NFL draft picks. In 2011, the NFF and Fidelity Investments launched a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. As part of the initiative, Fidelity became the first presenting sponsor ever in the 55-year history of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program. Fidelity also helped launch the NFF Faculty Salutes initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives at each of the institutions with an NFF National Scholar-Athlete. As part of the initiative, the NFF will present each of the faculty representatives with a plaque and a $5,000 check from Fidelity Investments to support the academic support services for student-athletes at each school.

 

SIAC article here

 

SIAC Week 5 Football Players of the Week Announced

ATLANTA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its football players of the week for the fifth installment of the 2013 SIAC Football Season as voted by the SIAC Sports Information Directors Association.

 

Kentucky State University junior running back Jacquise Lockett and Stillman College sophomore quarterback Josh Straughan were selected as Co-Offensive Players of the Week. Lane College senior defensive back Jack Howard is the SIAC Defensive Player of the Week.

 

After a breakout performance in Saturday’s 21-17 win over Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University true freshman Montavious Taylor is the SIAC’s Newcomer of the Week. SIAC Lineman of the Week was awarded to Tuskegee University senior offensive tackle Devonte Jones, and Kentucky State University junior kickoff returner Jakar Turner is the SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

 

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SIAC Football Week 4 Recaps

Special Teams, Defense Propels Fort Valley State Victory Over Benedict
Fort Valley State 34, Benedict 30

 

rp_primary_Ja_Bioas_GleenAUGUSTA, Ga. – Fort Valley State University scored 20 points off a pair of blocked punts and an interception return, and then held off a late Benedict rally to defeat the Tigers 35-30 in the annual Augusta City Classic played Saturday afternoon at Lucy Laney Stadium.

 

Quarterback Eugene Smith also threw for 197 yards and a touchdown, completing 12-of-22 passes , and Jonquez Sanders to lead the Wildcats, (2-2, 2-0 SIAC), to its second consecutive victory, after starting the season 0-2. Ja’Bioas Glenn scored on a 34-yard interception return and was named Defensive MVP of the Classic.

 

After starting the season 2-0 Benedict, now 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the SIAC, was held to -16 yards rushing on the day, although quarterback Marcus Graham was sacked four times and had -32 yards rushing on 11 attempts. Graham completed 15-of-42 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw three interceptions.

 

Fort Valley took an early 13-0 lead after scoring on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone by Stefon Harper and a Jamie Walker 9-yard touchdown reception from Smith. Benedict responded with 17 unanswered points after Rodney Hall took a Fort Valley State kickoff 90-yards, which was followed by a 5-yard Thomas Gillie touchdown reception and a Eduardo Hernandez field goal, which gave the Tigers a 17-13 lead minutes before the half. Before the period ended, however, Brian Curry’s second punt attempt was blocked, which was recovered by Calvin Jackson, which gave the Wildcats a go-ahead score.

 

Fort Valley will have its home opener next week against Tuskegee, while Benedict will also host Miles for its home opener for the season.

 

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SIAC Week 4 Players of the Week Announced

Atlanta, GA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its football players of the week for the fourth installment of the 2013 SIAC Football Season as voted by the SIAC Sports Information Directors Association.

 

After leading his team to a come-from-behind victory against Kentucky State over the weekend, Stillman College sophomore Josh Straughan was named SIAC Offensive Player of the Week, while SIAC Defensive Player of the Week was awarded to Miles College junior Julante English after the linebacker had a stellar performance leading the Golden Bears to their first victory of the season over Albany State.

 

Newcomer of the Week was awarded to Miles College’s Demetrice Price, who led the offensive charge for the Golden Bears in his first start of the season at quarterback. Tuskegee University All-American senior Christopher Tolbert was awarded SIAC Lineman of the Week and Benedict College junior Rodney Hall and Fort Valley State defensive back Ja’Bioas Glenn were named Co-SIAC Special Teams Players of the Week.

 

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SIAC Announces Week 3 Players of the Week

ATLANTA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its football players of the week for the third installment of the 2013 SIAC Football Season as voted by the SIAC Sports Information Directors Association.

 

After leading his team to a victory over Elizabeth City State University over the weekend, Albany State University junior running back Adrian Alexander was named SIAC Offensive Player of the Week, while SIAC Defensive Player of the Week was awarded to Fort Valley State University senior rover DeRon Furr.

 

A trio of Morehouse College players, true freshman quarterback Monquavious Johnson, sophomore offensive lineman Ajene Robinson, and senior running back/ kickoff returner Thomas Williams were named SIAC Newcomer, Offensive Lineman and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively.

 

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BOUNCE TV CELEBRATES 2ND BIRTHDAY WITH RECORD …

DISTRIBUTION, ADVERTISER AND RATINGS GROWTH AND ACCELERATED ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING PRODUCTION

ATLANTA (Sept. 25, 2013) – Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young are among the Founding Group and Board of Directors of Bounce TV, the nation’s first and only over-the-air broadcast television network designed for African Americans. The two legendary figures in American history helped bring Bounce TV to the airwaves two years ago tomorrow. Since then, the network’s growth and expansion across all facets of the business in just its first 24 months on the air has been astonishing.

 

Since its Sept. 26, 2011 debut, Bounce TV has become the fastest growing African American network in television and has rapidly expanded to be seen in:

• 87 markets including all of the top African American television markets.

• 89% of African American television homes.

• 71% of the total television homes in the United States.

 

This upfront season, Bounce TV more than tripled the number of advertisers from this time last year and has added nearly 30 new sponsors from such major categories as Automotive, Health & Beauty, Insurance Pharmaceutical, Motion Pictures, Fast Food/Casual Dining, Personal Care, Candy/Snacks and more.

 

The network also recently began being rated by Nielsen Media – unprecedented for such a young network but fueled by its rapid distribution gains – and in its most recent performance highlights, Bounce TV in August:

• Surpassed TV One in Adults 18+ viewership.

• Topped AMC, Bravo, TruTV, TLC, Discovery and 80 other ad-supported cable           networks in African American ratings and viewership with Adults 18-49 and 25-54.

• Racked up double-digit Total Day growth among all Adults (+17%) and across P18           -49 (+12%) and P25-54 (+18%).

• Posted primetime (7P-11P) increases among all Adults (+9%) and across P18-49           (+3%) and P25-54 (7%) month-to-month.

 

The rapid growth accelerated its original programming plans and on Oct. 14, Bounce TV will premiere its first original scripted sitcom, My Crazy Roommate, created and produced by Bentley Kyle Evans (“Martin”, “The Jamie Foxx Show”) at 10:00 p.m. ET. My Crazy Roommate is a modern-day “Odd Couple” as Brooke (Laila Odom), a Brooklyn hipster and Chloe (Brittany Richards), a rich “valley girl” find themselves living together in one Los Angeles apartment. And at 10:30, Bounce TV debuts BRKDWN, an original new half-hour series featuring the hottest gossip, freshest beats & need-to-know-now pop culture news each week with an urban swagger. Hosted by YouTube sensations, Cynthia LuCiette and Jon Scarlett. Alchemy Networks, the premiere digital network for urban lifestyle and entertainment, and BMP Digital, the digital division of leading production company Bunim/Murray Productions, producers of such hit reality shows as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Project Runway,” have teamed to produce.

 

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. The network airs twenty four hours a day, seven days a week on the digital signals of local television stations.

 

SIAC Week 2 Football Players of the Week Announced

rp_primary_WEEK_2_PLAYERS_OF_THE_WEEKAtlanta, GA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its football players of the week for the second installment of the 2013 SIAC Football Season as voted by the SIAC Sports Information Directors Association.

 

Kentucky State University junior running back Jacquise Lockett was named SIAC Offensive Player of the Week, while SIAC Defensive Player of the Week was awarded to Tuskegee University sophomore linebacker Quavon Taylor.

 

Kentucky State University freshman linebacker Travon Spencer was named SIAC Newcomer of the Week. Benedict College junior Stevon Wilkerson and Tuskegee junior Kaleep Williams were named SIAC Lineman of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively.

 

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Bounce TV Posts Highest-Rated Month in its History in August:


 

Beats TV One in Total Day Viewership Among all Adults, Tops AMC, Bravo, TruTV, TLC, Discovery, Other Nets in African American Delivery


Ratings Growth in Line with Network’s Rapid Distribution Expansion


ATLANTA (Sept. 3, 2013) — Bounce TV, has posted its highest-rated and most-watched month
in its short history, posting gains in key categories and targeted demographics in August, and marking consecutive months of significant growth.


Among the August performance highlights, Bounce TV:

• Surpassed TV One in Adults 18+ viewership.

• Topped AMC, Bravo, TruTV, TLC, Discovery and 80 other ad-supported cable           networks in African American ratings and viewership with Adults 18-49 and 25-54.

• Racked up double-digit Total Day growth among all Adults (+17%) and across P18           -49 (+12%) and P25-54 (+18%).

• Posted primetime (7P-11P) increases among all Adults (+9%) and across P18-49           (+3%) and P25-54 (7%) month-to-month.


“This is astonishing growth for a young network. Strong key demo delivery has resulted in a large scale of new advertisers embracing Bounce TV this upfront, and made it crystal clear that the network is now a major player in the space,” commented Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz.


With its most recent launch in St. Louis on KSDK-TV and weeks shy of just its second birthday, Bounce TV is already seen in:

• 87 markets including all of the top African American television markets.

• 89% of African American television homes.

• 71% of the total television homes in the United States.

The network also recently announced a sweeping range of renewals and new launches by major station groups representing coverage in 40 markets.


Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational
faith-based programs. Since its launch, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.


Contact:

Jim Weiss                JWeiss@BounceTV.com

 

SIAC Week 1 Football Players of the Week Announced

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Atlanta, GA—The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its football players of the week for the first installment of the 2013 SIAC Football Season as voted by the SIAC Sports Information Directors Association.

 

Benedict College’s sophomore quarterback Marcus Graham was named SIAC Offensive Player of the Week and Stillman College junior defensive back was named SIAC Defensive Player of the Week.

 

Newcomer of the Week was awarded to Morehouse College freshman Lake McGuffie, while Lane College’s Trevante Jones was named SIAC Lineman of the Week. Kentucky State University senior defensive back Ed Dunaway was named SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

 

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CIAA Boasts Five Football Players Ranked in D2Football.com’s Top 100

HAMPTON, Va. (Sept. 5, 2013) – Five Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (CIAA) student-athletes were named among the Top 100 football players in Division II by D2Football.com, a news website for fans of Division II football. The Top 100 football players list was released last week and includes Winston-Salem State University’s (WSSU) Carlos Fields and Donnie Owens, Robert Holland and T.J. Batchelor of Chowan, and Virginia Union’s Devin Wallace. The full Top 100 DII Players list can be found on D2Football.com.

 
Fields, who was the highest ranked CIAA player at 13, is the reigning CIAA Defensive Player of the Year. He finished last season with 117 tackles, including nine for a loss, en route to receiving an All-American nod. As a sophomore, the now senior linebacker tallied 81 tackles, 12 for a loss, and 4.5 sacks.

 

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Tuskegee ranked No. 24 in AFCA Preseason Top 25 Poll

WACO, TX–Tuskegee University, the defending SIAC Football Champions, will open up the season as the 24th ranked team in the nation, as the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Preseason Top 25 poll was released today.

 

The Golden Tigers received 124 votes to earn the ranking and will open its 2013 season on September 7 against Alabama A&M at the Louis Crews Classic in Huntsville, Ala.

 

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11 SIAC Teams in 11 Days: Miles College Golden Bears

Miles CollegeMiles was in the driver’s seat of the SIAC for the first nine weeks of the season, until hopes of defending the SIAC championships were diminished by Tuskegee in the final week of the season resulting from a 27-17 loss to the eventual SIAC Champions. As a consolation prize, the Golden Bears earned its first playoff berth in school history, where the team suffered a disappointing loss to West Alabama. Once again, Miles will be a heavy favorite to return to Atlanta for the SIAC Championship game and the Division II playoffs. While the task will be daunting, veteran head coach Reginald Ruffin will have his team up for the challenge in every phase of the game.

“Everything is all about finishing, and we did not finish the game against Tuskegee. That’s what we harped on,” said Miles College head coach Reginald Ruffin. “We have to execute and finish.”

 

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Paine To Play Home Games at Lucy Laney Stadium

rp_primary_Greg_Ruffin,_Paine_College_Football_CoachAUGUSTA, Ga. – After a 51-year hiatus from football, Lions fans and the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) will again get the chance to witness Paine College football starting in October. The Paine College Athletics Department has announced that the team will play each of their four club games this season at nearby Lucy C. Laney Memorial Stadium.

 

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BOUNCE TV TO CELEBRATE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON ON AUGUST 28

Tribute Includes Exclusive Television Premiere of 

KING: A FILMED RECORD…MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS Documentary,

New, Originally-Produced Short-Form Series Featuring Interviews with

Martin Luther King III, Rep. John Lewis, Usher, Other Prominent African Americans

 

 

ATLANTA, GA (August 26, 2013) – In honor of the 50th anniversary of The March on Washington on August 28, Bounce TV (www.BounceTV.com) will present the exclusive television premiere of the acclaimed documentary KING: A FILMED RECORD…MONTGOMERY TO MEMPHIS at 7:00 p.m. (ET).

 

Directed by the legendary Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, this rarely-seen 1970 film features historical footage of the event and includes appearances by Sidney Poitier, Diahann Carroll, Bill Cosby, James Earl Jones, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Charlton Heston and other ardent supporters and friends of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. many of whom marched alongside him.

 

Throughout the evening, Bounce TV will also premiere a series of new interviews with Dr.  King’s eldest son Martin Luther King III, Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis, longtime King friend and associate Ambassador Andrew Young, music superstar Usher Raymond along with GRAMMY®-nominated actor-singer-songwriter Tyrese. Each of these influential African Americans will reflect on the importance of the March, that period in our Nation’s history and its relevance in today’s racial climate. Both Mr. King III and Ambassador Young are among the Bounce TV Founding Group and Board of Directors.

 

“We feel a great responsibility to recognize the anniversary of this major event in the history of Civil Rights in our country,” commented Bounce TV Executive Vice President of Programming and Production Billy Hall. “To have Mr. King III and Ambassador Young actively involved with Bounce TV is such a rare and powerful opportunity and reminds us all of Bounce TV’s  growing and visible position within the African American community.”

 

ABOUT BOUNCE TV

Bounce TV (www.BounceTV.com) targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike. The network is already available to 89% of African American television homes and 71% of the total United States, all of the top ten markets and 25 out of the top 25 African American markets.

 

Contacts:

Jim Weiss
Bounce TV
P: 770.955.1300
E: JWeiss@BounceTV.com

Tiaka Hurst
Liquid Soul Media
P: 323.216.6974
E: Tiaka@LiquidSoulMedia.com

 

KSDK, NewsChannel 5 to Launch Bounce TV in St. Louis!


 

KSDK, NewsChannel 5, the Gannett-owned NBC affiliate in St. Louis announced this afternoon a distribution agreement as the exclusive provider of Bounce TV in the St. Louis market. The station will begin broadcasting Bounce TV on Wednesday, August 28th. The announcement was made by Bounce TV’s Executive Vice President of Distribution Jeffrey Wolf. Bounce TV is the nation’s fastest-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans. KSDK will carry the network on its digital channel 5.2. It will also be available on Charter Cable channel 87.


Bounce TV targets primarily African Americans between the ages of 25-54, with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, live sporting events, documentaries, specials, inspirational faith-based programs, off-network series, original programming and more. Bounce TV will air twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week as a digital terrestrial network designed for carriage on the digital signals of local television stations. The Founding Group is led by Martin Luther King III, Ambassador Andrew Young and Andrew “Bo” Young III.


“KSDK is excited to expand our programming and provide St. Louis with Bounce TV,” said Lynn Beall, President and General Manager. “Distributing Bounce TV is one more demonstration of KSDK’s commitment to St. Louis’ African American audience and to the community at large.”


The launch date for Bounce TV in St. Louis, August 28th, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. This landmark event took place in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and was a defining moment for the American Civil Rights Movement.


The Bounce TV agreement with KSDK is the third with a Gannett station; the network is also carried by Gannett’s WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and WATL-TV in Atlanta, Georgia. Since its launch, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.


“We are thrilled and grateful to have Bounce TV come to the great city of St. Louis thanks to KSDK,” commented Wolf.


With the launch in St. Louis, Bounce TV will now be available in all 25 of the top 25 African American television markets, and the network’s penetration will rise further to 89% of African American television homes and 71% of the total United States. Bounce TV also recently announced a sweeping range of renewals and new launches by major station groups representing coverage in 40 markets. This young network will be two years old in September.


About Gannett Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) is an international media and marketing solutions company that informs and engages more than 100 million people every month through its powerful network of broadcast, digital, mobile and publishing properties. Our portfolio of trusted brands offers marketers unmatched local-to-national reach and customizable, innovative marketing solutions across any platform. Gannett is committed to connecting people – and the companies who want to reach them – with their interests and communities. For more information, visit gannett.com.


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Gannett’s KDSK-TV in St. Louis to launch Bounce TV on Aug. 28


 

ATLANTA/ST. LOUIS (August 15, 2013) – Continuing its ongoing growth and expansion, Bounce TV (www.BounceTV.com) today announced a distribution agreement with Gannett Broadcasting’s KSDK-TV which will make the station the exclusive provider of Bounce TV in St. Louis, MO, it was announced today by Bounce TV Executive Vice President of Distribution Jeffrey Wolf. KSDK will carry the nation’s fastest-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans on channel 5.2 beginning August 28. Bounce will also be available on Charter Cable channel 87.


The agreement is Bounce TV’s third with a Gannett station; the network is also carried by Gannett’s WUSA-TV in Washington, DC, and WATL-TV in Atlanta.


With the launch in St. Louis, Bounce TV will now be available in all 25 of the top 25 African American television markets and the network’s penetration will rise further to 89% of African American television homes and 71% of the total United States. Bounce TV also recently announced a sweeping range of renewals and new launches by major station groups representing coverage in 40 markets. The young network will be two years old in September.


“We are thrilled and grateful to have Bounce TV come to the great city of St. Louis thanks to KSDK,” commented Wolf.


“KSDK is excited to expand our programming and provide St. Louis with Bounce TV,” said Lynn Beall, President and General Manager. “Distributing Bounce TV is one more demonstration of KSDK’s commitment to St. Louis’ African American audience and to the community at large.”


Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.
Contact:   Jim Weiss      JWeiss@BounceTV.com

 

BOUNCE TV Begins Production on its First Original Scripted Sitcom: My Crazy Roommate

Created and Executive Produced by Bentley Kyle Evans

Series Premieres Tuesday, October 15th at 10:00 P.M. (ET)


 

ATLANTA (August 13, 2013) – Bounce TV (www.BounceTV.com) has started production in Los Angeles on the network’s first original scripted sitcom, My Crazy Roommate. The series is created and produced by Bentley Kyle Evans (“Martin”, “The Jamie Foxx Show”) of Bent Outta Shape Productions. My Crazy Roommate will world premiere on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

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My Crazy Roommate is a comedy series about two young women, Brooke (Laila Odom) and Chloe (Brittany Richards), from vastly different backgrounds who are forced to live together while on a crusade to find fame and fortune in Hollywood. The reluctant roommates find themselves in a series of dilemmas causing them to temporarily put their differences aside to resolve the many obstacles they face throughout their journey.

The series was created and produced by veteran producer Evans through Bent Outta Shape Productions. “Bounce TV has quickly become a major new force and outlet for high-quality original programming for the vastly-underserved African American audience,” says Evans. “I’m thrilled to be working with the network and to have it be the home of My Crazy Roommate. I’m looking forward to success of the series and a long and fruitful relationship with Bounce TV.”

The nation’s first-ever broadcast television network for African-Americans, Bounce TV is rapidly expanding its originally-produced content. EVP Programming and Production, Bounce TV, Billy Hall commented, “We are aggressively moving forward with a robust slate of original programming and believe we are off to a terrific start working with Bentley and his team on My Crazy Roommate.”

ABOUT BENT OUTTA SHAPE PRODUCTIONS

Bent Outta Shape is home to Bentley Kyle Evans, Co-Producer of and Executive Producer to the hugely successful sitcoms “Martin” and “The Jamie Foxx Show”. A fortuitous opportunity landed Evans working alongside actor Martin Lawrence in the early 90’s; it was that encounter that sparked the creation of the globally syndicated “Martin” and Evans’ passion for writing and producing. Best known for sitcoms, Evans also co-wrote “A Thin Line Between Love And Hate” and created “Love That Girl”. With a career spanning two decades, Evans continues to produce content to entertain the African-American audience.

ABOUT BOUNCE TV

Bounce TV targets African Americans primarily between the ages of 25-54 with a programming mix of theatrical motion pictures, original series, specials and events, live sports, off-net series, documentaries, and inspirational faith-based programs. Bounce TV celebrated its first birthday on-the-air on Sept. 26, 2012; a year that has been overwhelmingly successful, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups and distribution, advertisers and viewers alike. For more information go to: www.BounceTV.com

Contacts:

Jim Weiss
Bounce TV
P: 770.955.1300
E: JWeiss@BounceTV.com

Tiaka Hurst
Liquid Soul Media
P: 323.216.6974
E: Tiaka@LiquidSoulMedia.com

 

Bounce TV Announces First-Ever Renewals and More Launches

Bounce TV Announces First-Ever Renewals and More Launches:

Raycom Renews 26 DMAs, Adds Network in Knoxville & Panama City;

LIN Media Renews Four Markets, Launches in Buffalo, Providence & Grand Rapids;

Belo Renews in Houston; WVUE Renews in New Orleans;

WBDT Television, LLC Renews in Dayton;

WYTV Television, LLC Launches in Youngstown

 

Most Deals Extend Affiliations Through 2017, Raycom Commits Through 2019

 

ATLANTA (July 15, 2013) – After just 21 months on the air, Bounce TV (http://bouncetv.com), the nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans, today announced a sweeping range of renewals and new launches by major station groups representing coverage in 40 markets:

 

•Raycom Media has renewed its original distribution agreement for Bounce TV in 26 markets (Complete list below), just launched the network in Panama City, FL (WPGX) and will add it in Knoxville, TN (WTNX) shortly.

 

•LIN Television Corporation (“LIN Media”) extended its Bounce TV agreement for stations in Indianapolis, IN (WNDY), Hartford/New Haven, CT (WTNH), Norfolk, VA (WAVY) and Mobile, AL/Pensacola, FL (WFNA) and recently launched the network in Buffalo, NY (WNLO), Providence, RI (WPRI) and Grand Rapids, MI (WOOD).   In addition, two of the Bounce TV affiliates that LIN Media services have agreed to renew in Dayton, OH (WBDT-TV) and launch in Youngstown, OH (WYTV-TV).

 

•Belo Corp. has renewed its deal to carry Bounce TV on KHOU-TV in Houston, TX.

 

•New Orleans’ WVUE, owned by Louisiana Media Company LLC, whose owner Tom Benson owns the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, has also renewed Bounce TV.

 

This significant scale of renewals and additional launches will drive Bounce TV’s penetration to 88% of African American television homes and 70% of the total United States.

 

“It’s extremely rare in our business that carriage agreements are renewed and extended this early in a network’s life-cycle, but that is the case here and it is a resounding vote of confidence in Bounce TV,” commented Bounce TV executive vice president of distribution Jeffrey Wolf.  “From the beginning, these major stations and groups believed in our mission and embraced the promise of the network. Now they will continue to reap benefits from the enormous value we bring their viewers and their sponsors for years to come.”

 

Raycom has extended their original agreement to carry Bounce TV in  Cleveland/Akron, OH (WOIO/WUAB),  Charlotte, NC (WBTV), Cincinnati, OH (WXIX), West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX), Birmingham, AL (WBRC), Memphis, TN (WMC), Louisville, KY (WAVE), Richmond, VA (WUPV), Columbia, SC (WIS), Toledo, OH (WUPW),  Huntsville, AL (WAFF), Shreveport, LA (KSLA), Jackson, MS (WLBT), Baton Rouge, LA (WAFB), Savannah, GA (WTOC), Charleston, SC (WCSC), Myrtle Beach/Florence, SC (WMBF), Tyler/Lufkin, TX (KLTV), Augusta GA (WFXG), Montgomery, AL (WSFA), Columbus, GA (WTVM), Wilmington, NC (WECT), Albany, GA (WALB), Biloxi, MS (WLOX), Hattiesburg, MS (WDAM), Dothan, AL (WDFX)  and Lake Charles, LA (KPLC).

 

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Since its launch, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.

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Contact:         Jim Weiss                     JWeiss@Bouncetv.com

Bounce TV to Premiere New Original Series BRKDWN This Fall


Bounce TV to Premiere New Original Series BRKDWN This Fall, YouTube Channel Alchemy Networks and Bunim Murray to Produce New Episodes of the Popular Online Show

Original Programming Pushes Cross-Platform from Online to Television

ATLANTA (July 9, 2013) – Bounce TV (www.BounceTV.com), the nation’s fast-growing and only broadcast television network for African Americans, will debut a new original series this fall which will be newly-created episodes of the popular YouTube show BRKDWN, it was announced today by Bounce TV Executive Vice President, Programming and Production, Billy Hall.

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Alchemy Networks, the premiere digital network for urban lifestyle and entertainment, and BMP Digital, the digital division of leading production company Bunim/Murray Productions, producers of such hit reality shows as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Project Runway,” will team to produce the newly-created original episodes of the popular Alchemy original online series.

Based upon the online show, the new version of BRKDWN will be a half-hour series featuring pop culture news and stories of the moment as viewed through the distinctive lens of today’s media- connected urban experience.

“Bounce TV’s accelerated distribution growth and strong initial ratings has allowed us to expand our original programming efforts ahead of schedule and BRKDWN targets our audience beautifully,” commented Hall. “Alchemy Networks is a natural partner as they are creating desirable original content to reach targeted audiences and Bunim Murray’s track record in the space is outstanding.”

“We couldn’t be more excited with BRKDWN’s expansion to broadcast television” says Peter Griffith, CEO of Alchemy Networks. “One of our goals since launching on YouTube was to extend to multiple platforms keeping viewers engaged at both ends of the spectrum – over the Internet and in front of their TV screens. We have achieved that goal in a relatively short period and it is a testament to the quality production from our partners at Bunim Murray and our talented hosts at BRKDWN”

“BRKDWN has proven itself as a successful, viable online series that delivers entertainment and pop culture news with a unique point of view,” said Daniel Tibbets, Senior Vice President of Digital Media at Bunim/Murray Productions. “Bounce TV’s interest in the series proves that the web is becoming a go-to destination for quality concepts and content with a built-in audience.”

About Bounce TV

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, and inspirational faith-based programs. In under two years on-the-air, the network is already available to 88% of African American television homes and 70% of the total United States, all of the top ten markets and 24 out of the top 25 African American markets.

About Alchemy Networks:

Alchemy Networks is the premiere digital unwired network for urban lifestyle and celebrity entertainment that targets the 18-54 consumer with a particular emphasis on music, fashion, storytelling, reality, urban stage plays, and social and local content. A new kind of network for the digital age, Alchemy creates engaging and exciting programming and premium branded platforms in partnership with top producers, brands and sponsors of urban content.

Alchemy is not bound by traditional media silos and its digital infrastructure allows it to offer content on all media platforms from mobile, digital, social gaming and television via its suite of branded mini channels which target the urban demographic for advertisers, sponsors and producers of content.

More information can be found at: http://www.thealchemynetworks.com/

About Bunim/Murray Productions

Bunim/Murray Productions is the leading producer of innovative entertainment content. The Emmy Award-winning company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series The Real World (28 seasons for MTV). BMP continued to innovate with the first reality game show, Road Rules (MTV), in 1995; the first reality sitcom, The Simple Life (E!), in 2003; and the first reality soap opera, Starting Over, in 2003. Bunim-Murray’s programming includes Bad Girls Club, Bad Girls All Star Battle, Love Games and Best Ink (Oxygen), Keeping up with the Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Total Divas (E!), The Real World and The Challenge (MTV), The Ruckers: Southern Royals (WE tv) and Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime). Bunim/Murray Productions has also produced films, including Valentine Road (HBO), Pedro (MTV) and the Emmy Award-winning Autism: The Musical (HBO). Bunim/Murray Productions has launched additional entities including BMP Films, BMP Digital and BMP Latin. Based in Van Nuys, CA, Bunim/Murray Productions was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim, who were inducted into the Television Academy of Arts & Science’s Hall of Fame in 2012. The company joined Banijay Group in 2010.

 

Bounce TV Acquires Broadcast Network Rights To The American Bible Challenge and Catch 21


The Two Popular GSN Series to Debut This Summer,

Join The Newlywed Game on Growing Bounce TV Schedule

 

ATLANTA (June 24, 2013) – Bounce TV (bouncetv.wpengine.com), the nation’s only broadcast television network for African Americans, has acquired broadcast television rights to The American Bible Challenge and Catch 21 game shows in a new agreement with GSN, it was announced today by Bounce TV Chief Operating Office Jonathan Katz.  Both shows will debut later this summer.

 

american_bible_challenge_200The American Bible Challenge is the highest-rated original series in GSN history. The one-hour game show, hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy, brings together contestant teams who compete based on their knowledge of the Bible as they strive to win prize money for the charity of their choice. Multiple Grammy Award® winner Kirk Franklin serves as musical co-host. The American Bible Challenge is produced by RelativityREAL, with RelativityREAL’s Tom Forman (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) serving as Executive Producer on the project along with Janelle Fiorito (“Extra Virgin”).  Nick Stuart and Maura Dunbar of Odyssey Networks are Consulting Producers.  Jeff Foxworthy also serves as Producer.  Embassy Row’s Michael Davies as well as Parallel Entertainment’s J.P. Williams and Jennifer Novak serve as Executive Producers.

 

catch_21_200Catch 21 is one of GSN viewers’ favorite series, with ratings and key demo delivery having progressively grown with each season. Its fast-paced game play features host Alfonso Ribeiro quizzing contestants three at a time as they compete to win playing cards, and try to build the hand that comes closest to 21. Catch 21 was created by industry veteran Merrill Heatter and is executive produced by Heatter and Scott Sternberg of Scott Sternberg Productions.

 

Bounce TV recently landed the broadcast network rights to The Newlywed Game, hosted by The View’s Sherri Shepherd.

 

“After only a few weeks on the air, The Newlywed Game is already an audience favorite and stellar performer, consistently delivering key demos of scale to Bounce TV. We are very confident that the broadcast premieres of The American Bible Challenge and Catch 21 will add fuel to Bounce TV’s skyrocketing growth,” commented Katz.

 

About GSN

GSN is a multimedia entertainment company that offers original and classic game programming and competitive entertainment via its 77-million subscriber television network and online game sites. GSN’s cross-platform content gives game lovers the opportunity to win cash and prizes, whether through GSN’s popular TV game shows or through GSN Digital’s free casual games, mobile and social games, and cash competitions.  GSN is distributed throughout the U.S., Caribbean and Canada by all major cable operators, satellite providers and telcos.  GSN and its subsidiary, WorldWinner.com, Inc., are owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and DIRECTV. For further information, visit GSN at GSNTV.COM.

 

About Bounce TV

Bounce TV targets African American adults with a programming mix of original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries, specials, game shows and inspirational faith-based programs. Launched Sept. 2011, Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and expansion among station groups, advertisers and viewers alike.

 

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Contact:         Jim Weiss                                JWeiss@BounceTV.com

‘Newlywed Game’ with Sherri Shepherd heads to Bounce TV

newlywed_game_200“The Newlywed Game” is renewing its TV vows.

Episodes of the veteran game show that pits newly married couples against each other are being revived on Bounce TV, which is geared toward African Americans. The series, which first premiered on ABC in 1965, has been on and off the air on various networks and in syndication since its launch. Click Here to Read More…

Bounce TV’s First Original Non-Scripted Series Set

The African American-focused diginet Bounce TV will premiere its first original non-scripted series, Forever Jones Presented by Walmart on Wednesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. ET.

Coming on the heels of Bounce TV’s original special A Forever Jones Holiday, the new reality series will delve deeper into the daily lives and challenges of the close-knit, faith-based family and gospel group foreverJONES. The series, set in the family’s hometown of Shreveport, La., will run original episodes Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. over six weeks. Click Here to Read More…

Bounce TV Unveils its First Upfront Programming Slate

The African American-focused diginet Bounce TV today announced its first slate of upfront programming plans, including original new scripted and non-scripted series, series renewals, the return to broadcast television of one of the most-popular game shows in history, an exclusive new college sports rights deal and more theatrical motion pictures for its library. Click Here to Read More…

Bounce TV Expands Digital, Interactive Efforts

Bounce TV today announced the hiring of Paul Campbell as vice president of digital and interactive.  Campbell will be based in Atlanta and report to Bounce TV Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Katz.

Campbell has been working with digital technologies for more than 16 years. He joins Bounce TV from Turner Broadcasting System, where he directed digital development teams and product delivery.  Most recently, he was senior director of technical operations for TBS/TNT/TCM digital platforms and branding where he oversaw the development of Web-based products focused on supporting the digital marketing and branding initiatives for the Turner Entertainment Group’s properties. Click Here to Read More…

Bounce TV To Premiere THE JACKIE ROBINSON STORY, 4/14

On April 15 every year, players across Major League Baseball wear the number 42 to honor the late Jackie Robinson, the man who broke baseball’s color barrier on that date in 1947. As part of that celebration, Bounce TV, the nation’s first-ever broadcast television network for African Americans, will honor the baseball legend by premiering The Jackie Robinson Story.

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Bounce TV Air Inauguration, MLK Specials

Bounce TV’s Martin Luther king Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, will include live coverage of the 57th Presidential Inauguration as President Barack Obama takes his second oath of office, starting at 11 a.m. E.T. Bounce TV will also honor MLK Day with two special primtetime documentaries…

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Bounce TV Set Black History Month Specials

The African American-focused diginet Bounce TV will honor Black History Month in February withOur History, a month-long programming tribute that includes documentaries, specials and a new original short-form series called Memories of My Father featuring Martin Luther King III sharing his personal memories and impressions of his father, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

 

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