Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Fremantle Celebrates the Second Annual National Game Show Day on June 1; Billy Bob Thornton's Sling Blade Makes Streaming Debut

National Game Show Day

Fremantle, the world's largest producer of game shows, is offering fans everywhere a variety of festivities in celebration of the 2nd annual National Game Show Day on June 1. The party begins early with classic episodes of The Price Is Right coming to BUZZR for the first time and continues throughout the month with a multitude of activities and viewing opportunities designed specifically for game show fans, including BUZZR's premiere sponsorship of the first-ever Quiz Show Expo.

Fremantle's National Game Show Day activities and events will include the following:

  • BUZZR kicks off the celebration today with the ultimate gift to game show groupies by airing The Price Is Right episodes hosted by the iconic Bob Barker for the first time in the network’s history.
  • When: Beginning May 28, Barker treasures will air daily from 3:00 – 5:00 PM ET
    Where: BUZZR Network

  • The pieces will fall into place as Fremantle partners with the casual online gaming platform, Arkadium, to turn their daily Jigsaw Puzzle into a tribute to game shows with each puzzle throughout the week featuring iconic imagery from shows such as The Price Is Right, Match Game, Password Plus and more.
  • When: May 27 – June 7
    Where: www.Arkadium.com/games/buzzr-national-game-show-day-jigsaw

  • Classic game shows become interactive as Fremantle partners with Gaggl to produce 15 two-hour live streams featuring popular Twitch creators as they offer play-along audience participation with shows such as The Price is Right, Supermarket Sweep, Password Plus and more. Creators include AnEternalEnigma [twitch.tv], Alixxa [twitch.tv], Ashsaidhi [twitch.tv], ZachBussey [twitch.tv], plus BBJess will be live streaming from Dreamhack Dallas.
  • When: May 30 – June 5
    Where: Twitch

  • BUZZRtv.com will get into the action by hosting daily give-away drawings for some of the best game show related goods.
  • When: May 30 - June 3
    Where: BuzzrTV.com/giveaway

  • Contestants will want to “Come on Down” for this Showcase when The Price Is Right on CBS features a special collection of prizes designed to make for the ultimate National Game Show Day celebration.

    When: May 31
    Where: CBS, please check your local listings

  • The party heats up when game show fans from all walks of life convene in Burbank for the first-ever Quiz Show Expo, featuring meet and greets with game show legends, panel sessions, hosted conversations, etc. Fremantle's BUZZR will serve as a title sponsor, with network branding being featured on the expo's main theater, along with a special BUZZR selfie station where fans can share why they love America's only retro game show network for a chance to appear on BUZZR TV. Iconic set pieces from The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal will also be on display for additional photo opportunities.
  • When: May 31 – June 1
    Where: Quiz Show Expo – Burbank Airport and Convention Center Marriott

  • Let's make it official - Marlo Anderson from the National Day Calendar joins us at Quiz Show Expo to issue a proclamation declaring the Fremantle-founded National Game Show Day an official yearly holiday honoring the cultural impact of game shows.
  • When: 10:00 AM PST, June 1
    Where: Quiz Show Expo – Burbank Airport and Convention Center Marriott

  • One of the most popular pricing games in The Price Is Right history lands at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Travelers will have an opportunity to play a special version of the game called “Passenger Plinko,” sponsored by American Airlines and Barclays.

    When: June 3 – June 30
    Where: Chicago O’Hare Airport

  • In addition to all these great activities, throughout the month of June, Fremantle's unparalleled collection of Game Show FAST offerings will continue to offer the very best in shiny floor fun on channels such as BUZZR, Family Feud Classic, The Price Is Right: The Barker Era, Supermarket Sweep, Let’s Make a Deal and The Price Is Right: Drew Carey.

    Please visit NationalGameShowDay.com, owned and operated by Fremantle, for further information on all game show celebrations.


    John Ritter and Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade

    The wait is finally over! The critically acclaimed and award-winning film Sling Blade has been remastered in 4K and will be available digitally on May 28 exclusively on Red Coral Universe, an artist-first, AVOD, OTT streaming platform. Red Coral Universe is a free-to-use global platform available on all phones, tablets, smart TVs, connected devices, and the web, or via the Red Coral Universe App on App Store, iOS, and Google Play.

    Red Coral Universe has built an eclectic roster of content ranging from traditional, feature film and television, to music videos and shorts, to rap battles and podcasts. The platform even has local sports featuring current superstars such as Caleb Williams and Angel Reese in their final high school games. Red Coral Universe celebrates artists by giving them a platform to reach a global audience and an opportunity to earn a greater share of the revenue generated compared to other streaming services. Whereas, some streamers will make creators jump through hoops to share fractions of points, Red Coral Universe gives creators the vast majority of the revenue starting from the first ad watched. The AVOD platform launched in January 2024 and has grown its registrant base at 10% per day since its inception. The catalog now features a wide variety of nearly 7,000 titles from over 600 artists and growing. Red Coral also finances, produces and distributes its own original content and currently has over a dozen film and television projects in Development.

    Directed, written by, and starring the immensely talented Billy Bob Thornton, Sling Blade opened in theaters in December 1996 and became a sleeper hit, capturing audiences worldwide with its gripping narrative and stellar cast. Thornton's portrayal of Karl Childers earned him widespread acclaim, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Best Actor nomination, while Oscar-winning actor J.T. Walsh, country music legend Dwight Yoakam, the incomparable John Ritter and Lucas Black, delivered performances that have stood the test of time and continue to resonate with audiences today.

    With its hauntingly beautiful cinematography and poignant storytelling, Sling Blade has earned its place in cinematic history, captivating audiences, and critics alike for decades. Whether you're revisiting this cinematic gem or experiencing it for the first time, Sling Blade promises to leave an indelible mark, reminding us of the power of compassion and the possibility of redemption.

    Sling Blade was produced by Red Coral Universe Founder and CEO, Larry Meistrich. When the film was purchased by Miramax, it broke all previous sales records for independent film ushering in an era of profitability and opportunity for indie filmmakers. Today, Meistrich has re-acquired Sling Blade as a signature film for the artist-first streaming platform. Chris Ogeneski of Corvid Partners, a Dublin-based financial services company, advised on the re-acquisition.


  • Sitcoms Airing Tonight / Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows

    Monday, June 24

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the World" (CBS, 8:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    The whole crew heads out to see Toni Braxton live in concert, but just as the show begins, Courtney’s water breaks.

    The Neighborhood - "Welcome to the Foos Box" (CBS, 8:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
    Gemma and Dave are adjusting to Grover growing up and becoming a teenager, and Marty and Calvin are struggling with different management styles at work. Also, we meet one of Marty’s new employees, Courtney (Skye Townsend), who might become something more.

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    Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of June 24)

    Monday, June 24

    • Martin Short (Only Murders in the Building/Mulaney/I'm a Big Girl Now/The Associates) - Martin guest hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Steve Martin (Only Murders in the Building) - Watch Steve on Jimmy Kimmel Live! at 11:35pm on ABC.
    • Ed O'Neill (Modern Family/Married with Children) - Ed appears on a repeat of Late Night with Seth Meyers at 12:36am on NBC.
    • Doug Benson (You're the Worst) and Diona Reasonover (Clipped) - Doug and Diona are guests on a repeat of After Midnight at 12:37am on CBS.
    • Eva Longoria (Only Murders in the Building/Telenovela) and Eddie Murphy (The PJs) - E! News has interviews with Eva and Eddie at 11pm on E!.
    • Alex Wolff (The Naked Brothers Band) - Alex talks about A Quiet Place: Day One on CBS Mornings some time between 7-9am.
    • Jennifer Garner (Party Down/Camping) - Jennifer and her mother Patricia Ann are guests on NBC's Today some time between 7-9am and in the 10am hour.
    • David Duchovny (Californication) - David appears on NBC's Today in the 9am hour. He also chats with the ladies of The View on ABC at 11am ET/10am CT-PT.
    • Keshia Knight Pulliam (Tyler Perry's House of Payne/The Cosby Show) - Keshia is back with a baby update, plus working with Lifetime on the "Stop Breast Cancer For Life" campaign on a repeat of Tamron Hall, so check your local listings.
    • Patton Oswalt (A.P. Bio/The Goldbergs/The King of Queens) - Patton talks about Fox's The 1% Club on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
    • Jane Seymour (B Positive/Modern Men) - Jane talks about Acorn TV's Harry Wild on a repeat of Access Daily with Mario & Kit, so check your local listings.
    • Josh Gad (Wolf Like Me/Avenue 5/The Comedians/1600 Penn/Back to You) - Josh is joining Drew and telling her about getting denied from his college's musical theater program and making his return to Broadway after eleven years with bestie Andrew Rannells on a repeat of The Drew Barrymore Show, so check your local listings.


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