As expected, NBCUniversal on Monday announced it will
rebrand the gaming-focused G4 network as the Esquire Network beginning April
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
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.