MSG Networks Announces Expanded Content Partnership with Complex Networks
New Episodes from Complex Networks Series Including “Sneaker Shopping” and
“Hot Ones” to Air on MSG Networks Throughout the Basketball and Hockey Seasons
Upcoming Episodes of “Hot Ones” Featuring Ty Burrell and “Sneaker Shopping” With
Lil Yachty and Todd Gurley to Air Following Select Knicks and Rangers Games in October
New York, NY (October 9, 2018) – MSG Networks (NYSE: MSGN) and Complex Networks, the global lifestyle brand and media company, announced today an expanded content partnership that will bring up to 80 new episodes from several of Complex’s popular digital shows to television. The episodes will air as part of the network’s “MSG Shorts” programming, following select Knicks, Rangers, Islanders and Devils games this year.
As part of the agreement, MSG Networks will air new episodes from seven of Complex’s original series, including two of its flagship shows, Sneaker Shopping and Hot Ones. The entertaining and unique programming lineup will also include episodes of Sean in the Wild, Complex Closets, Food Grails, The Culture and Jobs Unlisted that will tap into a crossover audience of sports, fashion, food and music fans.
Sneaker Shopping and Hot Ones have become two of the most viral shows online today, with each episode in the series generating millions of views on Complex.com and YouTube. Upcoming episodes airing on MSG Networks will see Sneaker Shopping host Joe La Puma put a spotlight on the styles and significance of sneaker culture through the eyes of some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment and pop culture, including Lil Yachty and Todd Gurley. On upcoming episodes of Hot Ones, host Sean Evans will sit down with celebrities, such as Ty Burrell, and test their taste buds by eating increasingly hot wings.
A complete breakdown of the shows airing on MSG Networks is listed below.
Sneaker Shopping – Sneaker aficionado Joe La Puma interviews bold-faced names in music, sports, film, television and pop culture through the lens of sneaker culture
Hot Ones – Interview-style show hosted by Sean Evans, where celebrities answer questions and test their taste buds eating increasingly hot wings
Sean in the Wild – Sean Evans takes viewers on a journey experiencing the diverse culinary world
Complex Closets – Host Joe La Puma visits the homes of famous athletes and musicians and takes you on closet tours of their vaunted sneaker collections
Food Grails – Music journalist and radio personality Miss Info travels around the country to discover how certain foods define a city’s flavor
The Culture – Brandon “Jinx” Jenkins sits down with the creatives who are driving music, fashion and art forward
Jobs Unlisted – Speedy Morman provides an in-depth look into some of the most aspirational and unexpectedly cool professions that you won’t expect to find in a job search
About MSG Networks Inc.
An industry leader in sports production, and content development and distribution, MSG Networks Inc. owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network (MSG) and MSG+, and a live streaming and video on demand platform, MSG GO. The networks are home to 10 professional sports teams, delivering live games of the New York Knicks; New York Rangers; New York Islanders; New Jersey Devils; Buffalo Sabres; New York Liberty; New York Red Bulls and the Westchester Knicks, as well as coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. Each year, MSG and MSG+ collectively telecast approximately 500 live professional games, along with a comprehensive lineup of other sporting events, including college football and basketball, and critically-acclaimed original programming. The gold standard for regional broadcasting, MSG Networks has won 152 New York Emmy Awards over the past ten years.
About Complex Networks
Complex Networks, formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today. Complex Networks generates over 810 million video views a month across its digital channels – Complex, First We Feast, Pigeons and Planes, Sole Collector and more – and is a Top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube. Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with premium distributors. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In 2016, the company launched ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, to bring the “Internet to life.” The annual event attracts over 200 culture shifting brands and over 50,000 digitally savvy attendees to the two-day cultural festival.
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