The performer who now just calls himself Diddy would use the music channel to boost distribution for his Revolt TV, another music service that launched in October, Bloomberg reports citing “three people with knowledge of the situation.” …
Revolt network, which Sean Combs leads with MTV veteran Andy Schuon, is one of four minority-owned independent networks Comcast pledged to distribute as a condition of getting FCC approval of its NBCUniversal merger. And yet, since its October launch, Revolt has not been available in Comcast’s hometown, Philadelphia. Schoen told TV critics this morning they’re working on that. “People are noticing” he said of the omission.
“Have they given you a date?” a Philly TV critic asked.
Comcast had committed to launching Revolt “to a certain percentage of homes” in its digital basic tier and to roll it out “in more markets over time.” He noted the network is availabie in Seattle, the Bay area and Miami and in some smaller markets.
“We’re a fairly obvious market,” the Philly critic snarked.
Attention music fans between the ages of 13 and 25 – Revolt TV wants you. Revolt founder and chairman Sean Combs announced an open casting call today for on-air talent for the new multi-platform television channel set to launch next month. In an Instagram video posted today (see below), Combs asks candidates to submit 15-second audition tapes explaining why they are REVOLT. Submissions can be uploaded to Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Vimeo, Facebook or YouTube. In the video description, participants must use both #iamrevolt and another hashtag to describe their musical style, for example #alternative, #EDM, #hiphop. They can also use the description or comment section to describe their personal style and any musical inspirations. The video must end by saying “I Am REVOLT.” Deadline for submissions is September 30th. One of the top candidates could be offered to join Revolt as an on-air host. Click over for Combs’ video:
CNN got a ringing endorsement this morning from the unlikeliest of places — Sean Combs. Talking to TV critics at the TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 about the fall launch of his new cable network Revolt, Combs said that if cable networks were unbundled and viewers got to decide what channels they’d hang on to, “You’d keep CNN – or you’d keep Fox if you were a Republican — you would keep ESPN and probably keep The Weather Channel. Why would you keep those four? Because they are focused, live…they give you what you want. If it’s news you wanted, you went to CNN. If it’s sports, you went to ESPN. If it’s music you want, and you are a millennial, you are homeless. You have nowhere to go. You are out there all alone…But that is no more. I’m here to be the new No. 1 name in music. I would love to be humbled one day to be come compared to ESPN or CNN.”