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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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[10/22/14 - 04:00 PM]
New Primetime Special "Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy" to Premiere Sunday, November 23 on Disney Channel
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[10/22/14 - 03:19 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 01:40 PM]
World Series Game 1 Drives FOX to Prime Time Ratings Win
FOX Sports spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 01:37 PM]
Lifetime Greenlights Limited Series "Lizzie Borden: The Fall River Chronicles"
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[10/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
Sneak Play of "Becoming," from LeBron James' Springhill Production Company and ESPN Films, Added at 5:30 P.M. Sunday, October 26 on Disney XD
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[10/22/14 - 12:44 PM]
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[10/22/14 - 11:31 AM]
Syfy's Hit Competition Series "Face Off" to Return for Eighth Season January 13 at 9PM
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[10/22/14 - 11:14 AM]
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ABC spins the numbers for the weeks of September 22-October 19.

[10/22/14 - 11:05 AM]
Comedy Icon Steve Coogan to Star in "Happyish" on Showtime(R)
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[10/22/14 - 11:04 AM]
Discovery Family Channel to Premiere the Third Season of Hasbro Studios' Popular Animated Series "Transformers Rescue Bots," November 1
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[10/22/14 - 10:58 AM]
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CBS spins the numbers for Tuesday, October 21.

[10/22/14 - 10:49 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 10:42 AM]
"CMA Country Christmas" Adds Performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley with Rock Legend Steven Tyler
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[10/22/14 - 10:41 AM]
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[10/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
TNT Greenlights "Cold Justice" Spinoff
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