Tiger Beats Gets New Life From Nick Cannon, Kevin Durant & More

Tiger Beat, the magazine whose flattering photographs of young pop stars and actors made it a favorite of teenage girls, has found its Prince Charming. A few of them, actually.

A group of 17 investors recently raised $2 million to buy and revamp the magazine, giving new life to a publication that had lost much of its sheen. The goal: turn the glossy magazine into a media empire.

Tiger Beat’s new backers include the banker and entrepreneur Mark Patricof; the television host and comedian Nick Cannon; the basketball star Kevin Durant; Steve Tisch, a film producer and the chairman and executive vice president of the New York Giants; and The Daily Mail.

“It’s a great investment,” Jon Steinberg, the chief executive of Daily Mail North America, said in an interview. “This is not a vanity investment.”

Though the publication has faded in popularity, Tiger Beat, which began in 1965 near the height of Beatlemania, remains the paragon of so-called teenzines. Its pages are filled with flowy-haired heartthrobs. Exclamation points rival hearts for supremacy. There are pullout posters and full-page photos that can be ripped out and stuck on walls.

But among Tiger Beat’s investors, there is a bigger vision for the brand.

“I knew when I was a teenager how much impact it had,” Mr. Tisch said. “I’m certainly excited about not only restoring the power of Tiger Beat, but really introducing it to a whole new generation and hopefully many generations going forward.”

To that end, there are plans to overhaul the website. Mr. Patricof, a senior executive at the boutique investment bank Houlihan Lokey, also mentioned plans for a music tour and a radio channel. He hinted that the Tiger Beat brand could get involved in TV and film. There will be T-shirts with the magazine’s vintage logo.

The magazine itself will retain much of its archetypal charm. The cover of the September issue, the first published under its new ownership, has collaged photos of young stars like Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. There’s an exclusive feature on the Disney Channel movie “Teen Beach 2,” with “never-before-heard secrets, behind-the-scenes stories, LOLS and more.” Luke, Ashton, Michael and Calum of the Australian band 5SOS (5 Seconds of Summer, for you non-tweens) share “girl secrets.”

Since the magazine’s glory days in the 1970s, the landscape for celebrity news has changed drastically. Digital sites like BuzzFeed and TMZ certainly present tough competition. But while plenty of media companies are focused on millennials, fewer are aimed at the younger “centennials.”

Indeed, the new Tiger Beat family does not seem particularly worried.

“This magazine will not lose money,” Mr. Patricof said. He emphasized the power of the Tiger Beat brand, which he said would appeal to advertisers.

Leesa Coble, the magazine’s editor in chief, was also optimistic.

“It just has such a ripe platform to grow and grow and grow,” she said. “Under this company, I think it will become the brand that it has been screaming to be.”


America’s Got Talent to Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary with Special

It’s time for celebration!

A celebration of 10 years of wacky, wonderful, heartwarming and amazing talent is what is planned for America’s Got Talent anniversary special.

The special “10 Years of Talent,” will air Wednesday, July 29 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

The special which is hosted by current host Nick Cannon who joined the franchise in season 4, will see not only clips from some of the best moments over the past decade for the variety show but will also feature commentary from the current season’s judges Howard Stern, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel as well as past judge Piers Morgan.

This special is part Fremantle celebration of the “Got Talent” format as the most successful reality television format in history. NBC will present “World’s Got Talent” on Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 8 PM. The “World’s Got Talent” special will feature the most memorable acts from “Got Talent” productions from around the globe, showcasing jaw-dropping talent and shocking moments American audiences have never seen before.


Mission: 4 Count Debuting on TeenNick July 6th, 9 P.M. ET/PT

Tricon Kids & Family, division of Tricon Films & Television, is pleased to announce that Mission: 4Count will debut on July 6th at 9pm (ET/PT) on TeenNick. The series takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the hot new boy band, 4Count, discovered and managed by media mogul, entrepreneur, and multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, who is prepping the band members for stardom. Executive produced by Cannon, Mission: 4Count is produced by Tricon Kids & Family for Canada’s YTV and distributed by Tricon.

The series chronicles the members of 4Count, Aaron Scott, Ben Robinson, and brothers Adam and Kieran Ackerman, who left their homes in California to practice their musical skills abroad. Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent host) sends the band mates on multiple missions to give them a boot camp on making it in the music industry. With their manager, Marty, the band mates do their best to keep up with a relentless schedule of rehearsals, recording sessions, and live performances, but the question remains, can they pass the test and successfully complete their assigned missions or will they be sidetracked by fun and games?

4 COUNT was brought together by multi-entertainer and host of America’s Got Talent, Nick Cannon. The group is making their presence known to the world in a big way with their music and captivating choreography. Adam the jokester, Kieran the old soul, Aaron the romantic, and Ben the storyteller: all four guys have been inspired to pursue their dreams. With inspirations like Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson and the Temptations, the band released their debut album “4Count” through Sony Canada. The group is currently working on a mixtape that is set to be released later this year. In the recording studio, on the rehearsal dance floor, out in the field throwing a football—the band that works and plays together, stays together.


DJ Nick Cannon To Close Out the #BlogHer15 Party

BlogHer.com has now revealed that Nick will be closing out this years’ amazing #BlogHer15 conference with a spectacular DJ set.

This is the 7th year of the conference and will feature appearances from Boyz II Men, keynote speakers Ava DuVernay, Gwyneth Paltrow and many more.

BlogHer have partnered once again with McDonalds to bring you the biggest dance party you’ve been to all year.

So don’t miss out on not only some amazing learning experiences and workshops for yourself, friend, family member and child but also an AWESOME PARTY!!

It’s not too late, get your #BlogHer15 tickets here.

MTV2 Comes Out #1 In Ratings Fight For Young Male Audience

Today, MTV2 announced their highest-rated second quarter in network history in the period ranging from April to June 2015.

This is the eighth straight quarter of consecutive year-over-year growth for the network, making them the only network targeting P12-34 to accomplish that feat.

MTV2’s record ratings were driven by its #NONSTOPSUMMER programming slate which included the as popular as ever “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out” and new series “Not Exactly News” and “MTV2’s Joking Off.” The series have pushed MTV2 into the top 10 cable networks among its key demographics of M12-24 (No. 6, up from No. 11 last year) and M12-34 (No. 10, up from No. 14 last year).

Quarterly ratings highlights include:

MTV2 finished June 2015 as the No. 1 cable network for M12-24 over the course of the month, excluding non-full day and sports networks.

The June 17 series premiere of “Not Exactly News” was MTV2’s highest-rated original series launch in two years, averaging a .43 P12-34 rating, making it the third highest-rated original series launch in network history. “Not Exactly News” ranks as the No. 1 original series in its time period among Teens. Since its series premiere, 3 million total viewers have watched the show.

“Wild ‘N Out” ranks as the No. 1 original series at 11 p.m. across all of TV in the P12-34 demo. Since its season seven debut on June 10, 7 million total viewers have watched the series.

“MTV2’s Joking Off” ranked as the No. 1 original cable series in its time slot among Teens. The first season of the series reached more than 18 million viewers.

MTV2 scored its highest-rated day in the network’s nearly 20-year history on Wednesday, June 10, reaching 4.4 million unique total viewers (L+3) with a .3 rating across total day. The day was led by the season premiere of “Wild ‘N Out,” which averaged a 1.3 L+3 rating in the P12-34 demo across two all-new episodes.

“Wild ‘N Out” and “Not Exactly News” air Wednesday nights starting at 11 p.m. ET/PT on MTV2. The network’s #NONSTOPSUMMER will continue on Friday, July 10 at 11 p.m. ET/PT, with the debut “Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne,” while an additional new series, “Kingin’ with Tyga,” bows on July 24 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.