SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV (SI TV) Debuts with Slate of Original
Documentaries Featuring Exclusive Access to LeBron James, Ricky
Williams, Julio Jones; Weekly Studio Shows with Peter King, Grant Wahl;
Acquired Oscar-Winning Sports Movies, Festival-Honored Documentaries and
Beloved TV Shows
New SI Swimsuit Series to Coincide with Launch of SI Swimsuit
Issue in February Augments Collection of Iconic SI Swimsuit Specials
from the Past Two Decades
Shaquille O’Neal Opens Up About His Rookie Fears During His
Madison Square Garden Debut in the Network’s Original Documentary
Series, “The Vault,” Exclusively on SI TV
Award-Winning Filmmakers Mike Tollin and Jonathan Hock Sign on
with SI TV For Original Documentary Projects Slated for 2018
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV Joins People TV as Time Inc.’s Second
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Time Inc. [NYSE: TIME] today announced the launch of SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED TV (SI TV), an over-the-top (OTT) streaming media
network available November 16 on Amazon Channels. The network premieres
with a robust slate of 130 hours of on-demand programming, including
original documentary series, weekly studio shows and acquired sports
movies, documentaries and TV shows. SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV joins People
TV as Time Inc.’s second streaming network.
SI TV has also inked deals with Oscar-nominated and award-winning sports
filmmaker Mike Tollin, co-chair of Mandalay Sports Media, and 10-time
Emmy winner Jonathan Hock, for two different sports documentary projects
slated for early half and latter half of 2018, respectively.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV’s tagline, “Because you love sports,” reflects the
network’s position as a haven for the sports lover who wants another way
to engage with the hallmark of the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED brand — rich
storytelling, unmatched access, entertaining content and thoughtful
“SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV is a new home for sports lovers who want to go
beyond sports highlights and heated debates with distinctive, immersive
and entertaining original programming curated through the trusted SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED lens,” said Rich Battista, President and CEO of Time Inc.
“SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV presents a broad slice of sports culture,
complementing the pages of the magazine consumers have long loved. The
brand’s unmatched storytelling is now available to audiences in an
unparalleled holistic way through print, online, and on television.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV is premium viewing that will appeal to men and
women of all ages, as well as families.”
Amazon Prime members in the United States can subscribe to SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED TV for $4.99 per month after a 7-day free trial and can
access the content through the Prime Video app on TVs, streaming media
players, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick and Fire tablets
or online at Amazon.com/amazonchannels.
The network brings the iconic SPORTS ILLUSTRATED magazine to life with
much of the original show content inspired by and complementary to the
pages of the magazine. Time Inc.’s award-winning sports producers and
editorial staff will develop original SI TV shows at Time Inc.’s
world-class production facility.
SI’s original content, which will be found in the “Original Series”
section of SI TV, will include exclusive access to interviews with Julio
Jones, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, Conor McGregor, Ricky Williams
and many more of the biggest stars in sports.
In addition, “Original Series” includes new SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT
content exclusive to SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV with a series on the
first-ever open casting call model search for the 2018 SI Swimsuit issue
in February. At launch, there will be a trove of SI Swimsuit shows going
back to 1994.
“SI Now,” the daily show that airs on SI.com and
features such guests as Russell Wilson, John Cena, Aly Raisman, Von
Miller, Kate Upton and Ice Cube, will also boost the offerings.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED TV will be constantly updated with new original show
episodes, content partnerships and a regularly refreshed library of
acquired movies, documentaries and TV shows. To see more about SI TV’s
content go to SI.com/TV.
The five original shows greenlit for SI TV
around launch include the following:
Premium original documentary series:
“The Vault”—SPORTS ILLUSTRATED has a track record of
industry-leading journalism and storytelling going back to 1954. “The
Vault” revisits the most impactful of these stories and brings them to
life with new on-camera interviews.
“SI: Under the Cover”—Current subjects in the magazine burst onto
the screen. From interviews with high-profile athletes like Julio Jones
to an inspiring one-handed linebacker, this is where SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED’S world-class reporting jumps off the page and onto the
Original weekly studio shows:
“The Crossover”—A basketball lifestyle show featuring engaging
discussion about the players, games, culture, fashion and memes. Hosted
by SI.com writers
Matt Dollinger and Rohan Nadkarni.
“Planet Futbol”—Hosted by the USA’s preeminent soccer writer,
Grant Wahl, “Planet Futbol” is a deep dive into the sport around the
globe with top-flight guests from Europe and the Americas.
“The Line” (working title)—An entertaining and
informative show about sports wagering and daily fantasy.
Acquired movies and documentaries at launch
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Bad News Bears (1975)
Eight Men Out
North Dallas Forty
Michael Jordan: Come Fly With Me
In Football We Trust
Life, Death & Texas Football
NBA Champions: Cleveland Cavaliers
2015 NBA Champions: Golden State
Let’s Ball (University of Kentucky Basketball)
Great Chicken Wing Hunt
ABOUT THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED GROUP
Time Inc.’s SPORTS ILLUSTRATED is the preeminent journalistic enterprise
covering the world of sports both on and off the field. Debuting in
1954, SI has garnered worldwide acclaim for its award-winning
storytelling born from an independent voice and for its unparalleled
access to the most popular athletes and newsmakers from the sports
world. This is the underpinning of the Group, which boasts a collection
of best-in-class consumer products, platforms and businesses. The SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED Group features the most-read sports magazine, a top 10
sports digital network and marquee franchises and properties
including SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT, The MMQB, Planet Fútbol, the
FanSided Network of sites and apps, Sportsperson of the Year, SI
Fashionable 50, SI EATS, SI Kids, GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com.
For more information, visit SI.com and
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ABOUT TIME INC.
Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading multi-platform consumer media company
that engages over 230 million consumers globally every month. The
Company’s influential brands include PEOPLE, TIME, FORTUNE, SPORTS
ILLUSTRATED, INSTYLE, REAL SIMPLE, SOUTHERN LIVING and TRAVEL + LEISURE,
as well as approximately 60 diverse international brands. Time Inc.
offers marketers a differentiated proposition in the marketplace by
combining its powerful brands, trusted content, audience scale, direct
relationships with consumers and unique first-party data. The Company is
home to growing media platforms and extensions, including digital video,
OTT, television, licensing, international markets, paid products and
services and celebrated live events, such as the TIME 100, FORTUNE Most
Powerful Women, PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s
Sportsperson of the Year, the ESSENCE Festival and the FOOD & WINE
Classic in Aspen.