Seen on Screen: YouTube to Host Live Super Bowl Halftime Show; Oscar De La Hoya to Offer Spanish-Language Sports Network

by Jarrel Harris, Editorial Assistant

YouTube will host a live Super Bowl halftime show to be produced by Collective Digital Studio. The show will be broadcast live on YouTube’s AdBlitz channel on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1.

Shot at YouTube Space LA, the halftime show will feature YouTube creators and musicians such as Harley Morenstein of EpicMealTime, Freddie Wong, Rhett and Link and Toby Turner…

…Former boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya is stepping into the cable network ring. De La Hoya, currently CEO of boxing promotion company Golden Boy Promotions, will look to offer an Spanish-language network targeting fans of combat sports like boxing and mixed martial arts. The Miami-based network will be offered to cable operators as a free video on demand service this spring before transitioning into a fee-based linear basic cable service, according to network executives.

…For the past decade, Spike TV has been a prime destination for combat sports on cable, most recently with Bellator MMA and GLORY kickboxing. Now, Spike is expanding its combat sports roster and is getting into the ring with a monthly primetime boxing series “Premier Boxing Champions.”  The new series will debut Friday, March 13 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Spike TV has entered into a multi-year agreement to present the Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) series each month for free on Fridays. The network will create compelling monthly shoulder programming for each fight that will help showcase the next generation of boxing stars and energize the sport’s fan base.

The first Premier Boxing Champions series event on Spike will showcase two high-octane matchups, Andre Berto vs. Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter vs. Roberto Garcia…

…truTV has ordered a pilot for Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy loosely based on the wild  business empire of Shaquille O’Neal, who is executive-producing the show. The series is being produced for truTV by Mandalay Sports Media.

This half-hour scripted comedy follows Shaquille O’Neal and the team who runs his sprawling business empire. The offbeat, yet capable, group juggles the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. But while they’re all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud…

…TSN and RDS are bringing Canadians live coverage of the Canada Games, delivering 40 hours of the action from Prince George, B.C. – host city of the 2015 Canada Winter Games (#2015CanGames). Marking the ninth Canada Games to air on TSN and RDS, the 2015 Canada Winter Games officially get underway with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. ET on TSN2 and RDS2 and culminate with the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, March 1 at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2 and RDS.

The 2015 Canada Winter Games brings together more than 2,400 athletes, 1,000 coaches and officials, up to 4,500 volunteers, hundreds of media, and thousands of visitors in Prince George – the first city in British Columbia to host a winter edition of the games. The Canada Games are held once every two years and alternate between winter and summer, representing the highest level of national competition for up-and-coming Canadian athletes.

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