“PERSONAL WITH BILL RHODEN” DEBUTS ON EPIX AUGUST 19TH – OSCAR DE LA HOYA SHARES HIS PERSPECTIVE ON THE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES OF A CAREER IN THE RING

EPIX CAPTURES OSCAR DE LA HOYA AS HE DEFINES HIMSELF, LIFE IN AND OUT OF THE RING

ON PERSONAL WITH BILL RHODEN PREMIERING AUGUST 19 AT 8PM ET

New York, NY (July 21, 2014) – EPIX, the premium entertainment network, announced today that boxing great and entrepreneur Oscar De La Hoya will be the next guest on Personal with Bill Rhoden, the network’s special interview series hosted by the award-winning sports journalist with The New York Times.  In the 30-minute candid sit-down which premieres Tuesday, August 19 at 8pm ET, De La Hoya  discusses his drive to be an Olympic and world champion and shares his perspective on the positives and negatives of a career in the ring and how it affected him personally.  The special offers a unique look into the mind and life of a smart, successful and nuanced elite athlete/businessman.

“Bill Rhoden brings out all sides of Oscar in this new installment, one which we think will be a treat not just for boxing fans, but for anyone who enjoys hearing about the ups and downs of a great champion,” said EPIX President and CEO Mark Greenberg.

Nicknamed “The Golden Boy,” Oscar De La Hoya is one of the most charismatic and successful athletes and businessmen in professional sports in the last quarter century.  Born in East Los Angeles, De La Hoya won a gold medal at the Barcelona Olympic Games shortly after graduating from James A. Garfield High School and went on to be one of greatest champions the sport has ever known.  He defeated 17 world champions and won ten world titles in six different weight classes and also generated more money than any other boxer in the history of the sport, an estimated $696 million pay-per-view income. De La Hoya founded Golden Boy Promotions, Inc., a sports promotional firm and expanded his efforts outside of boxing into other businesses, including owning Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo franchise. Outside the ring, De La Hoya has had a very public battle with substance abuse and has been the subject of tabloid coverage.  He was inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame last month.

This is the latest installment of Personal with Bill Rhoden, following the critically acclaimed launch of the series in June 2014 with the father-son tandem of Grant and Calvin Hill.  Personal with Bill Rhoden is an EPIX Original Presentation produced by Starship SA, LLC.  Seth G. Abraham and Tim Braine are co-executive producers, Paul James is director and Ross Bernard is executive-in-charge of production for EPIX.  Abraham, who formerly headed up HBO Sports, Time Warner Sports and was President of Madison Square Garden, founded Starship SA LLC in 2004.  Braine is a multi-award winning producer of televised sports, documentaries and comedy for HBO.

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About EPIX

EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.   Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.”  It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android tablets and phones, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players.  EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM).  Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to 50 million homes nationwide.  For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (google.com/+EPIX) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX).

 

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“PERSONAL WITH BILL RHODEN” DEBUTS ON EPIX JUNE 11TH – GRANT AND CALVIN HILL TALK ABOUT TEAM OWNERSHIP, THE CLASHING WORLD OF CULTURAL ISSUES AND THE CHALLENGES OF PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES TODAY

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:      FULL SHOW AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST         

                                   

“PERSONAL WITH BILL RHODEN” DEBUTS ON EPIX JUNE 11TH

Grant and Calvin Hill Talk About Team Ownership, The Clashing World of Cultural Issues and The Challenges of Professional Athletes Today

Features most recent and timely sit-down with the NFL Legend and his Superstar NBA son

New York, NY (June 2, 2014) – EPIX, the premium entertainment network, announced today that the premiere of a new 30-minute special series, “Personal with Bill Rhoden,” will air on Wednesday, June 11 at 8pm ET with a pair of America’s most elite athletes and personalities, NFL Hall-of-Famer Calvin Hill and his son, recently retired NBA superstar Grant Hill.  Recorded last month in Atlanta, the show will touch on many of the current topics in American sports, from the Donald Sterling situation to race relations and the changing views and acceptance of the LGBT community to the on-going issues professional athletes and men of color face in society today.   In the discussion, Grant talks frankly about his dealing with Sterling and the challenges of being a professional athlete today, while Calvin gives his unique perspective on the same issues from the vantage point of both a parent and a legendary star in the NFL.  Bill Rhoden, an award-winning sports journalist with The New York Times, conducts the up close and intimate interview.

“We are very excited to have these two iconic personalities as our first guests on ‘Personal with Bill Rhoden,’” said Mark Greenberg EPIX CEO. “Our goal with all our documentaries is to discuss the issues of today, and we could not have a more timely presentation. It will be a memorable half-hour presented only as a journalist like Bill Rhoden can do.”

Grant Hill was a seven time All-Star during an 18 year NBA career with the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers following an All-America career at Duke University, where he helped lead the Blue Devils to a pair of NCAA Titles. Calvin Hill was a four-time Pro Bowl selection during a 13-year career with the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns after a standout career as a collegian at Yale University. They also have the unique tie of being a father/son combination to have both been named Rookie of the Year in their respective sports, Calvin in 1969-70 and Grant in 1994 – 95. More importantly than their work on the field was the respect both have gained in the business world and in their personal lives as role models and mentors to people of all ages, creeds and color.

Personal with Bill Rhoden” is a give and take between two generations of elite athletes, as each plays off Rhoden’s questions on the world we live in today and where athletes and race factor into bigger discussions in society. Calvin Hill touches on the issues he faced in the segregated south and how he has had to adjust some of his views as the world has evolved with a new-found social acceptance of people from diverse backgrounds, while Grant Hill expounds upon the use of social media as a tool for athletes to have a voice today, his reaction to the goings-on around the LA Clippers (which he is purportedly involved with one of the bidding groups), and the new-found consciousness of the American athlete in the world today, among other topics.

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Personal with Bill Rhoden” is an EPIX Original Presentation produced by Starship SA, LLC. Seth G. Abraham and Tim Braine are the co-executive producers, Paul James is the director and Ross Bernard is the Executive-in-charge of production for EPIX. Abraham, who formerly headed up HBO Sports, Time Warner Sports and was the President of Madison Square Garden, founded Starship SA LLC in 2004. Braine is a multi-award winning producer of televised sports, documentaries and comedy for HBO. James has directed hundreds of national commercials and promos as well as written & directed original content for brands and corporations including HP, Sony®, HBO, Arm & Hammer®, Glad, Showtime, ESPN and CBS.

“I have wanted to create an interview program like this for 30 years and we could not have found a better way to start the series than with Grant and Calvin,” said Abraham. “Bill Rhoden’s style brought out the best in them, and we think he has set a new standard for the interview with his work on this inaugural show.”

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About EPIX

EPIX is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service delivering the latest movie releases, classic film franchises, original documentaries, comedy and music events on TV, on demand, online and on devices.   Launched in October 2009, EPIX has pioneered the development and proliferation of “TV Everywhere.” It was the first premium network to provide multi-platform access to its content online at EPIX.com and was the first premium network to launch on Xbox, PlayStation®, Android tablets and phones, Windows 8.1 and Roku® players. EPIX is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads® and iPhones® and is the only premium service providing all its programming on all platforms, delivering more movies than any other premium network, with thousands of titles available for streaming.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). Through relationships with cable, satellite and telco partners, EPIX is available to over 45 million homes nationwide. For more information about EPIX, go to www.EPIX.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD (http://www.twitter.com/EpixHD) and on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/EPIX), YouTube (http://youtube.com/EPIX), Instagram (http://instagram.com/EPIX), Google+ (google.com/+EPIX) and Pinterest (http://pinterest.com/EPIX).

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EPIX ANNOUNCES A NEW SPORTS INTERVIEW SERIES “PERSONAL WITH BILL RHODEN”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EPIX ANNOUNCES A NEW SPORTS INTERVIEW SERIES “PERSONAL WITH BILL RHODEN”

 

HOSTED BY AWARD-WINNING NEW YORK TIMES SPORTS COLUMNIST BILL RHODEN,

SERIES LAUNCHES WITH BOXING GREAT OSCAR DE LA HOYA

 

New York, NY (September 4, 2013) – EPIX, the premium entertainment network, announced today that it will premiere a new special series, Personal with Bill Rhoden, featuring revealing interviews with popular athletes and sports enthusiasts. In each 30-minute episode, notables will disclose more information than ever before about their lives beyond the statistics and awards. Hosted by Bill Rhoden, an award-winning sports journalist with the New York Times, Personal with Bill Rhoden will premiere early next year on EPIX, on demand, online at EpixHD.com and EPIX apps on PS3, Xbox, Roku players, iPads and more.

The series begins with an intimate conversation between Rhoden and famed boxer and Olympic Gold Medalist Oscar De La Hoya.  Viewers will learn first hand about De La Hoya’s inspirations, including how and why he built a new life for himself following his time in the ring.  Upcoming Personal with Bill Rhoden subjects will be announced in the coming weeks.

Personal with Bill Rhoden will be one of a kind,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO.  “We love sports and are devoted to raising the bar on sports programming through specials such as this, which allow us to bring our viewers even deeper into the lives and stories of our heroes.”

Personal with Bill Rhoden is co-executive produced by Seth G. Abraham and Tim Braine, and directed by Paul Fuentes. Abraham, who formerly headed up HBO Sports, Time Warner Sports and was the President of Madison Square Garden, founded Starship SA LLC in 2004.  Braine is a multi-award winning producer of televised sports, documentaries and comedy for HBO.  Fuentes has directed hundreds of national commercials and promos as well as written & directed original content for brands and corporations including HP, Sony®, HBO, Arm & Hammer®, Glad, Showtime, ESPN and CBS.

“I have wanted to create an interview program like this for 30 years,” said Abraham.  “Bill Rhoden is one of the most insightful, inquisitive journalists covering sports today.  Under his guidance you will see sports through a broader prism.”

Personal with Bill Rhoden is an Epix Original Special produced by Starship SA, LLC.  Ross Bernard is the Executive-in-charge of production for EPIX.

 

 About EPIX

EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox consoles, first on Android tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.

EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

 

For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EPIX.

 

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