Bounce TV upfront programming slate includes originals and revivals
(June 6, 2013) Bounce TV, the nation's only broadcast television network
for African Americans, announced its first-ever slate of upfront
programming plans, including original new scripted and non-scripted
series, series renewals, the return to broadcast television of one of
the most-popular game shows in history, an exclusive new college sports
rights deal and more theatrical motion pictures for its growing library.
"Bounce TV's accelerated distribution growth, immediate popularity with
viewers and strong initial ratings has made the network a new must-buy
for brands seeking to reach the African American consumer," commented
Bounce TV Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales, Dennis Ray. "We
are expanding our original programming efforts ahead of schedule to meet
the demand and offer advertisers attractive fresh new programming."
Bounce TV's first original non-scripted series, Forever Jones Presented
by Walmart premieres Wednesday, June 5. The network's upfront
programming announcements include the following:
New Original Series:
My Crazy Roommate is an original scripted sitcom in the tradition of 2
Broke Girls, Laverne and Shirley and The Odd Couple. Two young African
American women, from vastly different backgrounds, are forced together
as roommates while each struggles to find her fame and fortune in Los
Angeles. Created and Executive Produced by Bentley Kyle Evans (Martin,
The Jamie Foxx Show) through his Bent Outta Shape Productions. Premieres
Step Wars is an exciting original unscripted series set in the world of
step competitions at the country's top Historically Black Colleges and
Universities (HBCUs). The show follows the fraternities and sororities
as they prepare for their big Homecoming events, and prepare to beat
their rivals on stage. A mixture of personalities, rivalries, coaching
from famous alumni and the sheer exhilaration of top-notch step routines
comes together in each episode. Produced by Atlanta-based CSE. Premieres
first quarter of 2014.
The Keepsake is an unscripted reality dating competition series. From
diverse backgrounds and from across the country, five gorgeous women
come together to compete for the affections of one handsome man. Their
goal is to meet the love of their life and receive "The Keepsake"
necklace that comes with being chosen as the winner. This first-class
look at dating through an African American perspective takes our viewers
from high-end hotels and restaurants to glamorous locales, as our
contestants strive to win the attention of a recognizable bachelor from
the world of sports or entertainment. Produced by Bounce TV Productions.
Premieres Spring 2014.
BRKDWN is an original half-hour series delivering to viewers the pop
culture stories of the moment. BRKDWN hosts have their ears to the
streets and eyes on the tweets, and pull no punches as they deliver
their distinctive perspective on today's media-connected urban
experience. Produced by Bunim/Murray Productions and Alchemy Networks.
Premieres Fall 2013.
Bounce Beats: Profiles is a new half-hour series taking viewers
backstage and behind the scenes with many R&B and contemporary urban
musicians for candid conversations as they discuss their lives and
careers. Beyonce, Alicia Keyes, Al Green, Wyclef Jean, and John Legend
are featured among many others. Premieres Fall 2013.
Renewed/Returning Original Series:
Off The Chain , a half-hour family-friendly stand-up comedy series
featuring the hottest African American comedians on the planet, has been
renewed for a second season. OTC is hosted by Rodney Perry (The Monique
Show) and produced by Bounce TV Productions. Season two premieres Fall
Bounce Beats is Bounce TV's top 10 countdown of the hottest R&B and soul
music videos in the country. Season two premieres Fall 2013.
The Newlywed Game will be back on broadcast television on Bounce TV.
Hosted by The View's Sherri Shepherd, this new version is as wild and
hilarious as the one viewer's remember – but with a decidedly sassy and
contemporary flavor. The Newlywed Game is produced by Embassy Row for
GSN. Broadcast television premiere, debuts Fall 2013.
New Sports Rights:
Bounce TV announced a new exclusive sports right agreement with the
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) which consists of
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) located in the
southern United States for regular season football games in October and
November plus the SIAC Conference Championship Game on November 16. The
network also televises both football and basketball games from the
nation's largest African American athletic conference, the Central
Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA.)
Theatrical Motion Pictures:
Bounce TV has acquired the television rights to nearly 40 African
American-skewing motion pictures in a multi-year licensing agreement
with Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Among the titles
Bounce TV lands in the new agreement: The 11-time Academy
Award®-nominated The Color Purple (1985) featuring the Oscar®-nodded
performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery; a
trio of Denzel Washington films including his Academy Award®-nominated
turn as Malcolm X (1992) directed by Spike Lee, John Q (2002) and the
1993 thriller The Pelican Brief ; the critically-acclaimed story of the
search for justice by the widow of slain Civil Rights leader Medger
Evans, Ghosts of Mississippi (1996); Morgan Freeman in Lean On Me
(1989); Whitney Houston's breakout performance in 1992's The Bodyguard;
LL Cool J and Samuel L. Jackson in Deep Blue Sea (1999); The Wesley
Snipes thrillers New Jack City (1991) with Ice-T and 1997's Murder at
1600 ; Menace II Society (1993), the original Shaft (1971) and two
subsequent sequels and others.
"In the midst of Bounce TV's first upfront, we continue to acquire a
wide-ranging and unmatched volume of African American theatricals
designed to drive sampling to our slate of new original series,"
This is Bounce TV's second major film licensing agreement with Warner
Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. The network also has motion
picture rights agreements with Lionsgate, Miramax, MGM Domestic
Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television, Paramount Pictures
Television, Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Studios.
Bounce TV targets African American adult with a programming mix of
original series, theatrical motion pictures, live sports, documentaries,
specials, and inspirational faith-based programs. Launched Sept. 2011,
Bounce TV has seen overwhelming success, with accelerated growth and
expansion among station groups and distribution, advertisers and viewers
alike. Bounce TV has distribution agreements with: Raycom Media, FOX
Television Stations, Gannett Broadcasting, E.W. Scripps Television
Station Group, Lenfest Broadcasting, Nexstar Communications, Belo Corp.
and Meredith Broadcasting, among others.
Univision Television Group has launched Bounce TV as a multicast channel
of their stations in San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Denver, Sacramento,
Raleigh and Tampa. Bounce TV is also seen in New York, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston,
Detroit, Baltimore, Charlotte, Cleveland/Akron, Orlando, New Orleans,
Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Hartford/New Haven and
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