NBCU Rebrands G4 as The Esquire Network
Strategic partnership with Hearst Magazines starts April 22
By Andrea Morabito -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2013 9:21:19 AM
The network is a strategic partnership between NBCU, which acquired G4 in the Comcast merger, and Hearst Magazines, and will focus on the multifaceted lives of modern men. G4 general manager Adam Stotsky will helm the new channel, working closely with Esquire editor-in-chief David Granger.
"There is a vastly under-served audience in cable TV - today's modern man - and by joining forces with Esquire, we will deliver a multi-platform experience to this upscale, engaged, passionate audience, one that widens the aperture beyond G4's technology and gaming base," Stotsky said in a statement. "Esquire magazine brings 80 years of unparalleled insight into what makes men tick, and we will incorporate the best of this iconic brand to produce original shows that build the network for growth and success."
With the rebrand, the network will expand beyond gaming and technology to also include entertainment, food, fashion, women, humor, travel, competition and danger. Series will be both scripted and unscripted along with movies and specials.
Series in development include Knife Fight, an underground, after-hours cooking competition where chefs go head to head in front of a crowd of celebrities, critics and foodies; and The Getaway (working title) from producer Anthony Bourdain, which features well-known personalities taking viewers to their favorite city.
Legacy G4 series American Ninja Warrior will return for a fifth season this summer on Esquire Network and NBC. The network has also acquired NBC's Parks and Recreation and Starz comedy Party Down as part of its initial programming slate.
The rebrand comes after G4 canceled two of its long-running series, Attack of the Show! and X-Play at the end of last year. At that time, TV Guide first reported the possible partnership with Esquire.
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