Reorg hits NBCUni lifestyle group

NBCUniversal’s Lifestyle Group is undergoing a significant restructure. Key operations of E! are being combined with Bravo, Oxygen and Universal Kids, with about 5% of the group’s workforce trimmed. The reorg includes the integration of E! and Bravo’s development teams under Rachel Smith, who’s currently SVP, Bravo Development. Jen Neal, previously EVP E! Marketing Live Events, has been promoted to GM, E! News, Live Events and Lifestyle Digital. E!’s EVP of Development and Production, Amy Introcaso-Davis, is exiting, while Betsy Slenzak, VP of Development, will be heading to NBCU’s upcoming streaming platform Peacock as VP of Development for Unscripted. “I’m confident that this new structure, which creates multi-brand roles, will allow us to continue to grow the business and optimize our internal talent,” wrote Frances Berwick, President of NBCUni’s lifestyle nets, in a memo to staff. “I believe this leadership team and new structure, along with the talented employees

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ESPN deepens Special Olympics ties

ESPN and Special Olympics are expanding their relationship in a new partnership extension that will see an additional eight-years of global programming and ESPN’s Global Presenting Sponsorship of Special Olympics Unified Sports. The new eight-year programming agreement will see ESPN continue as the Global Broadcast Partner of key Special Olympics events through 2027, including the World Games, World Winter Games and USA Games.

“The relationship between ESPN and Special Olympics spans nearly three and a half decades and has been built on a bedrock of shared belief in the power of sports to positively impact lives and make lasting change in the world” said Jimmy Pitaro, President of ESPN and co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. “In many ways, Special Olympics represents all that is great about sports.”

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DAZN’s Comcast connection

DAZN’s latest deal makes the platform available to Comcast customers on Xfinity Flex and will be available over the Internet to millions more on Xfinity X1 this fall. The new agreement marks DAZN’s first distribution deal with a major US video and internet provider. “We’re thrilled to give our Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex customers access to DAZN’s live and on-demand programming starting this fall just in time for some of the most highly anticipated events in sports this year,” said Daniel Spinosa, Vice President, Entertainment Services for Comcast Cable. “With new content from partners like DAZN, coupled with our aggregated UI, X1 is the best way to experience live sports at home, and with Flex we can extend this great content, integrated experience and voice control to our Internet-only customers directly on their TVs.”

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Breaking News – Oxygen Debuts "The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes" on Saturday, October 12 at 7 PM ET/PT with a Special 90-Minute Series Premiere

OXYGEN DEBUTS “THE DNA OF MURDER WITH PAUL HOLES” ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 AT 7 PM ET/PT WITH A SPECIAL 90-MINUTE SERIES PREMIERE

Series Stars Paul Holes, the Cold Case Investigator,
Who Helped Crack the Golden State Killer Case,
as he Looks to Solve Brutal Murders from Around the Country

New York, NY – September 19, 2019 – Oxygen, the destination for high-quality crime programming, heads right to the crime scene for a brand-new active investigation series “The DNA of Murder with Paul Holes” debuting Saturday, October 12 at 7 pm ET/PT with a special 90-minute series premiere. Holes is best known as the retired cold case investigator whose work was instrumental in identifying a suspect in the Golden State Killer case. For a sneak

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Is there a massive twist coming on American Horror Story: 1984?

If you’re a regular viewer of FX’s American Horror Story, you should be fairly used to having the rug pulled out from under you. The series has a history of subverting expectations, which makes AHS: 1984 all the more suspicious.

This latest installment, about a group of campers stalked by a key-loving killer named Mr. Jingles, premiered

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Kim Kardashian Says She ‘Started Crying’ the Last Time She Saw Saw O.J. Simpson in Public

Kim Kardashian West is opening up about the last time she came face to face with O.J. Simpson.

In a recent interview on her close friend Jonathan Cheban‘s new podcast, FoodGod: OMFG, Kim, 38, was surprised to learn that Cheban recently ran into the ex-NFL star at a restaurant in Miami.

“He knew me and then he asked … he was in the back room, and the guy felt like a charmer, it’s so crazy,” said Cheban, 45. “I know whatever happened or whatever, he’s such a charming person just the way he speaks and stuff. And like the first thing he asked was about you guys, like, ‘How are the girls? How is everybody?’”

The reality

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Gus Kenworthy Responds To ‘American Horror Story’ Critics Who Say He Can’t Play Straight

The Olympic freeskier has tried his hand at acting before, having appeared in an episode of ABC’s “The Real O’Neals” and in a memorable cameo of “Sharknado 5: Global Warming.” His “AHS” role, however, has already drawn a fair share of scrutiny, with some taking aim at his thespian skills even before they’ve seen a single episode. 

Read more at: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gus-kenworthy-american-horror-story-1984_n_5d83c1f0e4b0957256b37107

Gay News

Today, HRC announced that the organization will honor actress Dominique Jackson with the HRC National Equality Award at HRC’s 23rd Annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2019. HRC previously announced that it will also honor global superstar Ricky Martin with the HRC National Visibility Award. HRC will welcome openly bisexual NFL veteran Ryan Russell and actor Jake Choi as special guests, as well. This will mark the first HRC National Dinner under the tenure of new HRC President Alphonso David, who will deliver remarks from the stage. DJ Nhandi and comedian Dana Goldberg will be providing entertainment during the program, as well.

“Dominique Jackson has brought her one-of-a-kind charisma and talent to the hit FX series Pose, all while being a visible and forceful advocate for LGBTQ rights — especially the rights of transgender women of color,” said  HRC President

Read more at: https://www.gaytoday.com/index.php/2019/09/19/hrc-to-honor-dominique-jackson-ricky-martin-and-welcome-ryan-russell-and-jake-choi-to-the-national-dinner/

Ricky Martin, Dominique Jackson at the HRC National Dinner

Today, HRC announced that the organization will honor actress Dominique Jackson with the HRC National Equality Award at HRC’s 23rd Annual National Dinner in Washington, D.C. on September 28, 2019. HRC previously announced that it will also honor global superstar Ricky Martin with the HRC National Visibility Award. HRC will welcome openly bisexual NFL veteran Ryan Russell and actor Jake Choi as special guests, as well. This will mark the first HRC National Dinner under the tenure of new HRC President Alphonso David, who will deliver remarks from the stage. DJ Nhandi and comedian Dana Goldberg will be providing entertainment during the program, as well. 

“Dominique Jackson has brought her one-of-a-kind charisma and talent to the hit FX series Pose, all while being a visible and forceful advocate for LGBTQ rights — especially the rights of transgender women of color,” said  HRC President Alphonso David. “Her onscreen poise

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Events, activities, craft shows and more Downriver | Events Calendar

What’s Going On is a listing of activities taking place throughout the Downriver community. To submit an event, send an email to downriverlife@thenewsherald.com. List the time, date, location, cost and contact information. For a complete listing, visit www.TheNewsHerald.com/DownriverLife.

Events added this week

Marching Band Exhibition: The Trenton High School Marching Band will be performing at the 12th Annual Chelsea High School Marching Band Exhibition at 4:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Chelsea High School Football Field starting. This event will feature 16 of the finest high school bands in the area and the evening will conclude with a special guest performance by the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and seniors, with special family rates.

The Taylor Historical Society presents: “A Casual Conversation with the Honorable Judge Anthony Nicita”, Thursday, Sept. 26, from 6-7:30 p.m., Taylor Community Library, Community Room, 12303

Read more at: http://www.thenewsherald.com/downriver_life/events_calendar/events-activities-craft-shows-and-more-downriver/article_e42d810a-db05-11e9-afa7-7b64ffac39b3.html