NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EPIX, the premium entertainment network, announced today that it will premiere a new special series, Personal with Bill Rhoden, featuring revealing interviews with popular athletes and sports enthusiasts. In each 30-minute episode, notables will disclose more information than ever before about their lives beyond the statistics and awards. Hosted by Bill Rhoden, an award-winning sports journalist with the New York Times, Personal with Bill Rhoden will premiere early next year on EPIX, on demand, online at EpixHD.com and EPIX apps on PS3, Xbox, Roku players, iPads and more.
“Bill Rhoden is one of the most insightful, inquisitive journalists covering sports today. Under his guidance you will see sports through a broader prism.”
The series begins with an intimate conversation between Rhoden and famed boxer and Olympic Gold Medalist Oscar De La Hoya. Viewers will learn first hand about De La Hoya’s inspirations, including how and why he built a new life for himself following his time in the ring. Upcoming Personal with Bill Rhoden subjects will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Personal with Bill Rhoden will be one of a kind,” said Mark Greenberg, EPIX President and CEO. “We love sports and are devoted to raising the bar on sports programming through specials such as this, which allow us to bring our viewers even deeper into the lives and stories of our heroes.”
Personal with Bill Rhoden is co-executive produced by Seth G. Abraham and Tim Braine, and directed by Paul Fuentes. Abraham, who formerly headed up HBO Sports, Time Warner Sports and was the President of Madison Square Garden, founded Starship SA LLC in 2004. Braine is a multi-award winning producer of televised sports, documentaries and comedy for HBO. Fuentes has directed hundreds of national commercials and promos as well as written & directed original content for brands and corporations including HP, Sony®, HBO, Arm & Hammer®, Glad, Showtime, ESPN and CBS.
“I have wanted to create an interview program like this for 30 years,” said Abraham. “Bill Rhoden is one of the most insightful, inquisitive journalists covering sports today. Under his guidance you will see sports through a broader prism.”
Personal with Bill Rhoden is an Epix Original Special produced by Starship SA, LLC. Ross Bernard is the Executive-in-charge of production for EPIX.
EPIX is the newest premium entertainment network delivering the latest movie releases, classic library titles, plus original films, comedy, music and sports events on TV, on demand, online and on devices. Launched October 2009 as the first multiplatform premium network with online accessibility for subscribers through EpixHD.com, EPIX pioneered the development and proliferation of TV Everywhere for American consumers. EPIX was the first premium network to launch on Xbox consoles, first on Android tablets and phones, first on Roku® players and is available to authenticated subscribers on hundreds of devices including Apple® iPads®, iPhones®, Samsung® Smart TVs and Blu-ray™ players and more. Today EPIX remains the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up from new Hollywood hits to original programs on all platforms and provides more movies than any other premium network.
EPIX is a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.