The show that averages 3.1 million viewers on Friday nights and beats all Friday primetime viewing on any cable network is moving to Thursday nights on Syfy beginning January 15th at 8pm ET. With more than 800 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind WWE’s other flagship program, Monday Night Raw®.
“Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday night than on Fridays,” said Michael Engleman, Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital and Global Brand Strategy, Syfy. “Among Men 18-49, PUTS are 15 percent higher compared to Fridays, expanding the potential audience for SmackDown. Since the majority of broadcast programming skews female, we’re also using Thursday nights to counter program.”
“WWE’s sizable and passionate fan base make SmackDown the #1 entertainment show on Syfy and the most-watched, regularly-scheduled program among key demographics on the network,” said Michelle Wilson, Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer, WWE. “We look forward to bringing the WWE audience to Thursday nights on Syfy.”
Over the past 15 years, SmackDown has been broadcast from 170 different venues, in 148 cities and towns, in seven different countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Japan, Italy and Mexico. The name SmackDown came from WWE Superstar Dwayne “The Rock®” Johnson’s popular catchphrase, “Lay the Smackdown®.”
J.J. Abrams spoke with Entertainment Weekly about “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” During that conversation he opened up a collection of “vintage” Topps trading cards for Episode VII. The cards had the images of the characters we saw in the trailer complete with their specific character names. Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, the Sith looking figure is Kylo Ren, and Daisy Ridley is Rey.
The cards only display the first names of the characters played by John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, which some are thinking will be the lead characters. Rumors are flying around the internet that they both could be descendents of some original trilogy characters. J.J. Abrams did say to Entertainment Weekly that the numbering of the cards/characters does matter.
The brand committed to continuously pushing boundaries through partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry, Reebok takes the fusion of music and footwear to a whole new level with Kendrick Lamar. Together, Reebok and one of the most prolific artists in music today, will inspire and empower youth to become their best selves through programs designed to provide a positive alternative to the streets. Their shared goal provides the creative foundation for a short film released to announce the partnership.
“Reebok has a history of helping kids in the community realize their potential is limitless. I saw what the brand was doing, and I wanted to be a part of it and make it even stronger. It’s as simple as that. Kids that listen to my music are looking for inspiration. It’s important that I continue that message in anything I represent,” said Lamar.
Reebok and Kendrick Lamar bring their joined vision of celebrating the limitless potential of youth through a short film created to pay homage to kids in Lamar’s hometown of Compton, CA. The video, “Reebok Presents Kendrick Lamar,” was directed by acclaimed director Anthony Mandler and was shot at locations that hold true meaning in Lamar’s life. A nod to his roots, the short film features today’s standouts at his alma mater, Centennial High School. The youth featured in this film are showcased to inspire the new generation to find their voice, and not to be afraid to become their best selves. The short is narrated by Kendrick through a powerful verse called “Kendrick Lamar – I AM” — his own personal ode to Compton.
“Reebok has a long history of working with trail-blazing music artists, but we knew a partnership with a lyricist like Kendrick had to mean something bigger for our brand. With Kendrick, Reebok truly finds a new voice, and together we look forward to launching ground-breaking projects over the coming months,” said Todd Krinsky, Global Vice President of Reebok Classics and Entertainment.
Kendrick fans will get their first glimpse of the Ventilator OG, debuting January 15th within the short film. As part of the new partnership, Kendrick will be featured in Reebok’s global campaign celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Reebok’s iconic Ventilator shoe, which will debut in March 2015.Kendrick will also create his own limited edition capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2015, which will include signature Ventilator styles inspired by the artist’s life, style, and personality and will be available as of June 2015.
A Reebok fan since he was a kid, Kendrick grew up wearing what he called “TeeBos and Rees” (white tee, Jabo jeans and Reebok Classics). Today, his Reebok shoes of choice are the Ventilator, and the Classic Nylon. “My style is simple, but with an edge – and it’s as classic as that,” said Lamar.
Multi-platinum recording artists and two-time CMA Vocal Duo of the Year winners, Florida Georgia Line will join WWE Superstars and Divas to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 12th annual WWE holiday special Tribute to the Troops, which will air on USA Network as a part of ”WWE WEEK” on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8/7 p.m. CT, and will re-air as a one-hour special on NBC on Saturday, Dec. 27, at 8/7 p.m. CT.
In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances for our servicemen and women to celebrate their dedication and commitment to our country. The holiday program is considered one of television’s most patriotic and heartwarming shows. NBCUniversal joins WWE in saluting our troops with special messages from some of the networks’ biggest names such as Seth Meyers, The Kardashians, Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic, Katherine Heigl, Lester Holt, Padma Lakshmi, Mark Feuerstein, Tom Brokaw, Rachel Maddow and Carson Daly, as well as the coaches of “The Voice,” Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
“For 12 consecutive years, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and domestically as a way to thank them for their commitment to our country,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “Our servicemen and women work tirelessly for our freedom and we are proud to continue our Tribute to the Troops tradition.”
WWE Tribute to the Troops will chronicle WWE’s visit to United States Army post Fort Benning, where WWE Superstars and Divas will spend two days giving back to those who serve and their families with hospital visits, career workshops and Be a STAR anti-bullying rallies. Fort Benning supports more than 120,000 active-duty military, family members, reserve soldiers, retirees, and civilian employees and has been the home of the Infantry division since 1918.
The television special will also highlight WWE’s annual goodwill visit to our troops who are fighting for our freedom overseas. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show and R-Truth and WWE Divas Summer Rae and Alicia Fox will travel abroad to spread some holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.
WWE’s dedication to the military is a long-standing tradition that continues year-round, through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free tickets for active servicemen and women, and provide workforce assistance for veterans through a partnership with Hire Heroes USA.
Reebok Classic x The FADER’s two-part concert series, Coast to Coast, concluded with a big finale last night in New York City with performances from Kiesza and Brenmar, hosted by Hot 97’s Miss Info at Openhouse.
Concert goers were treated to a DJ set by the talented Brenmar before Kiesza took the stage in her Reebok Classic “Ventilator” sneakers. Accompanied by her dancers, Kiesza performed and danced her way through the songs from her recently released full length album “Sound of a Woman” and closed the show with her breakout hit “Hideaway” to the cheering crowd.
Coast to Coast was developed as a platform to integrate music with style, and celebrate the Reebok Classic Ventilator in New York and Los Angeles, which is on the verge of celebrating its 25th anniversary. To help celebrate these artists, the concert series hit both coasts with exclusive performances, in addition to pieces of content that document each artist in their home base, which will be live on TheFADER.com later this year.
Born during the golden era of Reebok design and technology innovation, the Ventilator was a game-changing runner when it was first introduced in 1990 and remains a wardrobe staple for many of today’s hottest up and coming artists.
The Reebok Classic “Ventilator” sneakers retail between $80 -$90 and are available at key retailers such as Jimmy Jazz, Urban Outfitters, Bait, Shoe City and Reebok.com.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and what a great way to enjoy a feast than with the perfect movie to watch with your family. Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is now available on Digital HD plus Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand December 9th!
Check out some awesome clips from the bonus features below! With Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA), you can now access your Disney digital movie collections on all VUDU-enabled devices including set-top boxes, gaming systems and smart TVS; on iOS devices via iTunes; and on Android devices through the recently announced partnership with Google Play; as well as through the Disney Movies Anywhere website.
Edge Shave Gel is teaming up with Assassin’s Creed for Assassin’s Creed Unity to give those gamers some awesome advantages while they play. In partnership with the game, Edge Shave Gel is introducing limited edition cans featuring Assassin’s Creed Unity artwork – giving guys the ultimate edge as they play by offering exclusive access to downloadable content including swords, armor and more.
Each Assassin’s Creed Unity limited edition Edge Shave Gel can includes a code to unlock exclusive gaming content:
Edge Sensitive Skin Shave Gel gives access to an exclusive downloadable sword, contains aloe, and helps prevent nicks, cuts and irritation.
Edge Extra Moisturizing Shave Gel gives access to exclusive downloadable armor and has vitamin E and a blend of ingredients to leave your face hydrated and smooth.
Edge Ultra Sensitive Shave Gel gives access to an exclusive downloadable Assassin’s Hood, contains colloidal oatmeal, and helps provide protection against razor burn.
To further help celebrate the Assassin’s Creed Unity launch on November 11, Target stores will offer a complimentary $10 gift card to any customer purchasing both the Assassin’s Creed Unity game and any Assassin’s Creed Unity Limited Edition Edge Shave Gel can (excluding 2.75 oz). The promotion will last November 16–26.
USA Network and WWE will kick off the holiday season with an action-packed “WWE Week” beginning December 15 with MONDAY NIGHT RAW®, followed by a live SMACKDOWN® and a two-hour TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS® special, along with a week-long daytime roadblock featuring interviews with the WWE Superstars and Divas.
Both RAW and SMACKDOWN feature a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas, and deliver a shot of adrenaline to viewers with over-the-top action, feats of athleticism and high octane-drama.
On Monday, December 15 from 8-11pm ET, USA will air MONDAY NIGHT RAW, live from Detroit, Michigan. On Tuesday, December 16 from 8-10pm ET, USA will also air SMACKDOWN live from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
On Wednesday, December 17 from 8-10pm ET, USA will air one of the most patriotic and heartwarming shows of the holiday season, WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS. In the tradition of Bob Hope, WWE brings together the best of sports entertainment and pop culture with celebrity appearances and performances from music’s most popular acts for our servicemen and women to honor their commitment and dedication to our country. The 12th annual holiday special will also re-air as a one hour special on NBC on Saturday, December 27 from 8-9pm ET.
WWE also takes over USA DAYTIME from 11am-3pm Monday, December 15 – Friday, December 19, as host Cat Greenleaf interviews WWE Superstars and Divas, on her iconic stoop, including The Miz®, Big Show®, Titus O’Neil™ and Brie Bella™, as well as Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon.
Comedy giant Larry the Cable Guy brings his award-winning routine to WWE’s Monday Night Raw when he guest stars on Monday, November 24 at 8/7C on the USA Network.
Larry the Cable Guy is an award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist, television personality and one of the top comedians in the country. His comedy tours continue to sell out across the United States and The Git-R-Done Foundation, named after Larry’s signature catch phrase, has donated more than $7 million to various charities.
Joined by WWE Santino Marella™, Larry the Cable Guy stars in Jingle All the Way 2, the newest holiday release from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and WWE Studios, which will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday, December 2. In this sequel to the 1996 hit, Larry the Cable Guy finds himself competing for his daughter’s affection with his wife’s new husband, as they both desperately try to track down the season’s most popular toy, The Harrison Bear. Jingle All the Way 2 is directed by Alex Zamm and produced by Vicki Sotheran and President of WWE Studios, Michael Luisi.
Monday Night Raw is the longest-running, weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history and is the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on cable, airing live every Monday night on USA Network. Each week, it is rated one of the most socially active shows on cable television and continues to be a “must-stop” for celebrities to reach WWE’s TV audience and its more than 425 million social media followers.
Plus if you missed it Internet sensation Grumpy Cat was a guest star on WWE’s flagship program, Monday Night Raw, Monday, November 17 at 8/7C on the USA Network.
Grumpy Cat has become a pop-culture phenomenon and currently boasts 7 million Facebook fans, 500,000 Instagram followers and her YouTube page has received 29 million video views. With countless media appearances including The Today Show, American Idol and Forbes Magazine under her collar.
Fox Networks today announced the launch of “Stream It and Dream It Sweepstakes,” a wide-reaching promotion designed to increase awareness of the Fox Networks TV Everywhere platform, which gives viewers the ability to access TV programming on their computer, smartphone, tablet, or other internet connected device with their pay-TV subscription. Fox Networks’ TV Everywhere services include FOX NOW, FXNOW, Nat Geo TV, BTN2Go, and FOX Sports GO. The two week promotion will run from November 6th through November 20th and offer participating viewers a chance to win $25,000.
During the two week window of the promotion, viewers are able to Sign In to any of the five Fox Networks apps, authenticate using their pay-TV provider User ID and Password, and may watch some of Fox’s most popular hit programming and marquee sporting events. Participating viewers may utilize a tool on StreamItandDreamIt.com that links directly to pay-TV providers to secure their personal User ID and Password information. Additionally, viewers who do not have pay-TV Sign In credentials will be able to access the content using a two-hour temporary pass. The content will include a promotion code that can be entered at StreamItandDreamIt.com for a chance to win $25,000.
Programming available to consumers during the promotional window is anticipated to include New Girl, The Mindy Project, Brooklyn Nine Nine, and Gotham on FOX NOW; Sons of Anarchy, American Horror Story and The League on FXNOW; The Incredible Dr. Pol, Wicked Tuna: North vs. South, Life Below Zero: The Thaw and Live Free or Die on Nat Geo TV; NFL, College Football, College Basketball, and UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Manuwa on FOX Sports Go; and college sports – Football, Basketball, Ice Hockey and Volleyball on BTN2Go.
You will be able to get on of the best movies this year on Digital HD plus Disney Movies Anywhere November 18th and then on Blu-ray™ 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray and On-Demand December 9th
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy film has earned over $645 million worldwide and recently passed the $300 million mark at both the domestic and international box offices. Guardians of the Galaxy opened domestically August 1 with $94.3 million to become the biggest August debut of all time and ultimately the biggest August release ever; it’s also the highest grossing film of the year and the first to surpass $300 million in 2014 domestically. After becoming the 10th straight Marvel Studios film to open at #1, Guardians of the Galaxy occupied the top spot domestically for four of its first six weekends in release.
From Marvel, the studio that launched the epic franchises of “Iron Man,” “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Marvel’s The Avengers,” comes an unlikely new team—the “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands into the cosmos when brash space adventurer Peter Quill steals a coveted orb and becomes the object of a relentless bounty hunt. To evade his enemies, Quill forges an uneasy truce with Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon; Groot, a tree-like humanoid; the deadly assassin Gamora; and the revenge-driven Drax. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb, he must rally his ragtag band of misfits for a desperate battle that will decide the fate of the galaxy. Featuring amazing new characters and exclusive bonus features, this must-own blockbuster will have you hooked on a feeling… of pure adrenaline!
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