R.I.P. Ultimate Warrior

By | Wednesday April 9, 2014 @ 8:17am PDT
Mike Fleming

warriorJames Hellwig, aka The Ultimate Warrior, has died at age 54 after reportedly collapsing in Arizona. We don’t usually eulogize wrestlers, but this one makes me feel bad. I watched The Ultimate Warrior rise through what was then known as … Read More »

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WWE Shares Fall Following Disappointing Sub Announcement For WWE Network

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 8:18am PDT

The stock price is down more than 20% in early trading after the company said that its new online video channel has 667,287 subs — not including “potential failures to comply with subscription terms.” WWE Network logoStill, WWE Read More »

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UPDATE: WWE Network Back On Track After Opening-Day Technical Problems

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 11:35am PST

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UPDATE, 1:01 PM: People who want to subscribe to WWE Network should be able to do so now that the company’s technology partner, Major League Baseball Advanced Media, has worked through the launch-day crush. Demand for subscriptions “exceeded … Read More »

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WWE Sets February 24 Launch Date For Online Network

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 8:19am PST

The company’s been talking for years about creating a network, but failed to excite cable and satellite distributors. WWE NetworkSo it now says it will make its WWE Network happen online as a subscription service that will cost $9.99 a month with a six-month commitment. Powered by MLB Advanced Media, the WWE programming will be available on conventional computers, and apps for Apple and Android devices, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 4, and Roku — with Xbox One and some Smart TVs following this summer. Customers will be able to watch 12 monthly pay-per-view specials, 1,500 hours of shows from WWE’s library, and several new programs. The network “allows us to transform and reimagine how we deliver our premium live content and 24/7 programming directly to our fans around the world,” CEO Vince McMahon says. “WWE Network will provide transformative growth for our company and unprecedented value for our fans.” The company anticipates as many as 3M subscribers  ”based on extensive consumer research and the value proposition for a network that reflects the inclusion of our pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania” and other programming. The company says that about 53% of TV households “have an affinity for WWE content.” If it’s estimate is correct, then it could help WWE generate as much as $350M in additional revenue and “incremental OIBDA [cash flow] between $50 million and $150 million at a ‘steady state.’” Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey is more cautious, saying that by charging $9.99 a month for PPV specials that cost $44.95 “will cut into WWE’s revenue in the short term” although the company could “make it up over time as the network’s subscriber base increases.” WWE shares have appreciated nearly 52% over the last three months, and are up about 1% today. Read More »

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WWE Names Matthew Singerman EVP Programming

By | Thursday November 21, 2013 @ 9:27am PST

In the newly created role, Matthew Singerman will be responsible for the strategic development of content, including original, unscripted and scripted shows, scheduling of all programming and operations across all distribution platforms, including a potential WWE Network. He … Read More »

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E! Orders More Episodes Of ‘Total Divas’

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 10:58am PDT

E! and WWE are adding six episodes to their new reality series Total Divas, the show tracking the in-ring and behind the scenes lives of pro lady wrestlers Natalya, the Bella Twins, … Read More »

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Yahoo Unveils WWE, ABC News, CNBC Partnerships & Original Comedy Slate

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 4:00pm PDT

The web portal today announced a slate of new programming initiatives during its upfront-style NewFront event. Those include a new network partnership with WWE launching a new Yahoo WWE online hub hosting exclusive Monday Night Raw pre-show content, two new weekly 50-episode series per year, exclusive live events, archival content, and current show clips launching this summer. Yahoo will also host digital-only versions of ABC News’ World News Behind The Headlines, Nightline Online, GMA Live, and CNBC’s Talking Numbers. New comedy shows in Yahoo’s fall comedy lineup include Principato-Young Entertainment‘s Tiny Commando with Ed Helms, Zachary Levi and Gillian Jacobs; the Morgan Spurlock & John Stamos-exec produced Losing Your Virginity With John Stamos celeb interview show; and We Need Help with Cheryl Hines and Rachael Harris, produced by Principato-Young and Steve Carr and directed by Hines. Episodes from Yahoo’s fall comedy lineup will be released at once a la Netflix’s “binge viewing” strategy. Fashion Recipe, Cinema & Spice, and an unnamed grilling show were named to Yahoo’s new lifestyle programming. A new Saturday Night Live deal distributing current-season clips and archival clips beginning September 1 was announced last week. Below are descriptions of Yahoo’s comedy lineup:
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WWE: Jerry “The King” Lawler Suffers Heart Attack During ‘Monday Night Raw’

By | Monday September 10, 2012 @ 11:20pm PDT

UPDATE 11:20 PM:  Here’s the latest on Jerry Lawler from WWE.

“Jerry “The King” Lawler suffered a heart attack while commentating during last night’s broadcast of Monday Night Raw in Montreal. We are hopeful Jerry makes a full recovery and returns to WWE in the near future. Our

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ION Preps Weekly WWE Wrestling Show

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

WWE ION TelevisionION WWE Main EventION Television has teamed with WWE for a new weekly one-hour original series. WWE Main Event will debut October 3 and air on Wednesday … Read More »

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