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 will report directly to WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. Singerman previously had senior level positions at Fox News Channel, TV Guide Network and Reelz Channel.
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:
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