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[07/14/14 - 09:40 AM]
ESPN(R) and History(R) Create Co-Branded Promos Featuring "SportsCenter(R)" and "American Pickers(R)" to Air on Both Networks
In the humorous spots, Mike and Frank find the pick of a lifetime, the SportsCenter news desk where the icons of ESPN hosted more than 32,000 shows.

[via press release from History]

ESPN(R) AND HISTORY(R) CREATE CO-BRANDED PROMOS FEATURING "SPORTSCENTER(R)" AND "AMERICAN PICKERS(R)" TO AIR ON BOTH NETWORKS

SPOTS WILL STAR SPORTSCENTER'S SCOTT VAN PELT & KENNY MAYNE ALONG WITH AMERICAN PICKERS' MIKE WOLFE & FRANK FRITZ

COLLABORATIVE SPOTS TO COINCIDE WITH THE SEASON PREMIERE OF AMERICAN PICKERS AND THE NEWLY LAUNCHED SPORTSCENTER SET

THE OLD 'PICKED' SPORTSCENTER NEWS DESK WILL BE AUCTIONED DURING THE ESPYS(R) WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO THE JIMMY V FOUNDATION

NEW YORK, NY - July 14, 2014 - ESPN(R) and HISTORY(R) are collaborating on co-branded spots featuring SportsCenter talent Scott Van Pelt and Kenny Mayne along with Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from HISTORY's hit series, American Pickers(R). The spots will begin airing on both networks, Monday, July 14, to highlight the new, recently launched SportsCenter set and the new season of American Pickers which premieres Wednesday, July 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In the humorous spots, Mike and Frank find the pick of a lifetime, the SportsCenter news desk where the icons of ESPN hosted more than 32,000 shows. Once the pickers get the set from Van Pelt and load it into their van, they drive off only to find quite a surprise hidden inside the desk.

This is the second time ESPN and HISTORY have collaborated on customized spots. The first featured the hit scripted drama Vikings in February and involved Mayne and the Vikings character "The Seer" in three different promos that touted the series.

"ESPN has been a wonderful collaborator and this is an organic next step in our continued partnership," said Samantha Maltin, Senior Vice President of Marketing for HISTORY & H2, "By combining forces with ESPN Sportcenter we can expand our fan base and raise the cultural currency of our core franchises."

Added Sean Hanrahan, Senior Vice President of Marketing Solutions at ESPN, "Following the success of the Vikings spots, we were looking for ways to work together again. Combining American Pickers with the debut of the new SportsCenter set, made perfect sense. It's a great way to blend the two brands and reach a crossover audience."

As ESPN's flagship show is evolving to their new sets in Bristol, CT, the old Sportscenter "American-Pickers-picked" set will be auctioned during the ESPYS with all proceeds benefitting the Jimmy V Foundation. From this desk, ESPN brought fans the biggest highlights and covered the most historic moments. This is a once in a lifetime chance for the ultimate sports fan to own a piece of history and to help a very worthy cause.

About HISTORY(R)

HISTORY(R), now reaching more than 98 million homes, is the leading destination for award-winning original series and specials that connect viewers with history in an informative, immersive and entertaining manner across all platforms. The network's all-original programming slate, including scripted event programming, features a roster of hit series including American Pickers(R), American Restoration(TM), Ax Men(TM), Ice Road Truckers(R), Pawn Stars(R) and Swamp People(R) as well as History's first scripted series Vikings, and epic miniseries and special programming such as The Bible and the Emmy(R) Award-winning Hatfields & McCoys, Gettysburg, Vietnam in HD, America The Story of Us and 102 Minutes That Changed America. The HISTORY website is the leading online resource for all things history, and in 2011, the United States Library of Congress selected HISTORY's Civil War 150 site for inclusion in the historic collection of Internet materials related to the American Civil War sesquicentennial. www.history.com.

About ESPN

ESPN, the world's leading sports entertainment company, features more than 50 assets - seven U.S. television networks, ESPN International, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, and more. ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by The Hearst Corporation.





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[07/02/15 - 11:49 AM]
FOX Sports Expands FIFA Women's World Cup 2015 Coverage with 30 Hours of Added Programming
Said additions include expanded pre- and post-game coverage of the championship match, a pair of marathons showcasing the U.S. Women's National Team's dramatic run to the final and more.

[07/02/15 - 11:06 AM]
The Biting Snark Continues on WE tv - Network's Second Annual "Snark Week" Featuring the Snarkiest Personalities and Shows Returns July 6-10
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[07/02/15 - 10:18 AM]
Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers Rank #1 for the Late-Night Second Quarter vs. Their ABC-CBS Competition in All Key Measures
NBC spins the late-night numbers for the second quarter of 2015.

[07/02/15 - 10:00 AM]
Donald Glover Pilot "Atlanta" Casts Its Leads as Production Gets Underway
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[07/02/15 - 09:46 AM]
Season Three Premieres of the Hit Dramas "Ray Donovan" and "Masters of Sex" Are Available for Early Sampling
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[07/02/15 - 09:12 AM]
"Nightline" Wins 2Q15 in Total Viewers For Second Year in a Row, Leading in Four of the Last Five Quarters
ABC spins the late-night numbers for the second quarter of 2015.

[07/02/15 - 08:52 AM]
A+E Networks(R) Launches Lifetime(R) Movie Club(TM)
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[07/02/15 - 08:42 AM]
NBC Encores Tie for the Wednesday Win Among the Big 4 in 18-49
NBC spins the numbers for Wednesday, July 1.

[07/02/15 - 08:40 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS, FOX & NBC All Share Demo Crown
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[07/02/15 - 07:48 AM]
FOX Sports Names John Strong Lead Play-By-Play Voice for CONCACAF Gold Cup Coverage
The U.S. team enters the region's biennial championship coming off huge away wins over European powerhouse Netherlands and World Champion Germany, and FOX Sports televises every match.

[07/02/15 - 07:35 AM]
NBC Renews New Variety Series "I Can Do That" for Eight-Episode Second Season
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[07/02/15 - 07:09 AM]
Bravo Media's "Married to Medicine" and "Mother Funders" Move to a New Time Beginning Sunday July 5
Both series will now air one hour later: 9:00/8:00c and 10:00/9:00c, respectively.

[07/02/15 - 07:00 AM]
Amid a Sea of Schtick, Nat Geo WILD Presents Some Real-World Reality for the Whole Family
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[07/02/15 - 06:36 AM]
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The one-hour special premieres Thursday, July 16 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/02/15 - 06:04 AM]
Second Season of Amazon Original Kids Series "Annedroids" is Now Available for Amazon Prime Members in the US and UK
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