The wildly popular TMZ franchise is no stranger to the sports world, proving its mettle time and again, recently breaking stories that launched national conversations on controversial topics featuring names like Ray Rice and Donald Sterling, and breaking news involving sports celebrities such as Lamar Odom, Tiger Woods and Jameis Winston. In November, TMZ expands its brand and national television presence, with the debut of TMZ SPORTS on FS1.
With the premiere of TMZ SPORTS on Monday night, Nov. 9 at 12 a.m. ET, FS1 shines a nightly Hollywood-sized spotlight on the celebrity and lifestyles of today’s athletes, sports stars of yesteryear and newsmakers who make the games we love possible. A half-hour program airing late night Monday-Friday on FS1 (12:30 a.m. ET on Wednesdays following GARBAGE TIME WITH KATIE NOLAN), TMZ SPORTS features exclusive up-to-the-minute, off-field stories and breaking news specifically focused on sports personalities making headlines around town.
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"TMZ SPORTS offers a window into the world where sport and celebrity cultures intersect — whether at a party, movie premiere or an ordinary day," said Jamie Horowitz, President of FOX Sports National Networks. "To both avid and casual sports fans, these stories are captivating."
Spearheaded by Harvey Levin, the TMZ franchise is the first multi-platform, three-screen success for any media outlet and is the most-cited entertainment news source in the world. TMZ.com launched online in 2005, and the original TMZ television program, from Telepictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, first hit the airwaves in September 2007; it currently ranks as the No. 1 entertainment news program in first-run syndication among young adults, men and women 18-34 & 18-49 for the 2015-’16 season to-date.
"We’re incredibly excited to be on FS1," TMZ Executive President Harvey Levin said. "We’re hoping our show adds a new dimension to sports coverage, and this network feels like the perfect place to park our humor, irreverence and news gathering."
The executive producers of TMZ SPORTS are Levin and Evan Rosenblum. The show is produced by Harvey Levin Productions, Inc. and paraMedia, inc. in association with Telepictures.
TMZ SPORTS premieres on FS1 on the heels of several recent, high-profile programming and personnel moves at FOX Sports, including the addition of Colin Cowherd and his FS1/FOX Sports Radio Network program, THE HERD WITH COLIN COWHERD, and journalist Jason Whitlock, launching a new era of opinion-oriented programming at FOX Sports.