Launching Spring 2017
Baltimore, MD & Los Angeles, CA (January 17, 2017) Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) (“Sinclair”), and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (“MGM”), today announced the launch of “CHARGE!” ,a new 24/7 action-based network that will feature more than 2,300 hours of TV series content and more than 2,000 movie titles. This new network will build on and leverage the infrastructure of Sinclair and MGM’s first network partnership, the science fiction multi-channel network COMET. The announcement was made by Chris Ripley, President and CEO of Sinclair and John Bryan, President, Domestic Television Distribution, MGM.
CHARGE! will debut in the first quarter of 2017 and is slated to reach in excess of 50% of the country by the end of the second quarter by way of distribution deals outside of Sinclair’s footprint. CHARGE! will stream the linear network feed via the native and mobile web, with complimentary streaming apps launching later in 2017. The network will feature a broad variety of action and adventure content from MGM’s library, including such popular TV series as “In the Heat of the Night” and “The Magnificent Seven”, and award-winning movies, including “Dances with Wolves” and “Platoon.” In addition, tent pole franchises “Rocky” and “James Bond” will appear on the network.
Sinclair and MGM’s network partnership began with the launch of COMET in October of 2015, and the network now reaches 83% of the country and has built a loyal following of viewers that love classic science fiction programming. COMET is also the only multicast network that streams its linear feed on its website (www.comettv.com).
“MGM owns one of the deepest libraries of premium action-themed content in the world,” said Ripley. “This is another example of the synergies and audience value that can be created when you seamlessly combine content and distribution, and we are excited to broaden our relationship with MGM to another vertical.”
“Action is a genre that viewers never seems to tire of watching, and we intend on bringing our best titles to CHARGE!,” said Bryan. “Sinclair’s been an ideal partner, and the distribution we expect to have at launch is phenomenal.”
Sinclair is one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in the country. The Company owns, operates and/or provides services to 173 television stations in 81 markets, broadcasting 483 channels and having affiliations with all the major networks. Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of live sports content. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. The Company regularly uses its website as a key source of Company information which can be accessed at www.sbgi.net.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is a leading entertainment company focused on the production and global distribution of film and television content across all platforms. The company owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content. In addition, MGM has investments in numerous television channels. For more information, visit www.mgm.com.