ANTHEM SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT AND NATIONAL CABLE TELEVISION COOPERATIVE (NCTC) RENEW DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR AXS TV AND HDNET MOVIES

The New Multi-Year Agreement Enables NCTC Members to Continue Offering the Popular Music-Focused AXS TV Network & Blockbuster Film Channel HDNET MOVIES to Their Subscribers
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Los Angeles, CA (April 28, 2020)Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc., a globally integrated multi-platform media company, and the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC)— representing over 750 mid-sized and small independent cable and broadband operators throughout the United States and its territories—announced today the completion of a multi-year renewal agreement offering both AXS TV and HDNET MOVIES to its Member companies.

AXS TV is the premier television channel and digital media company specializing in music content, powered by an extensive roster of unforgettable performances, acclaimed documentaries, candid profiles, and more. AXS TV’s lineup includes extensive coverage of concert events such as Farm Aid and CMA Fest, and original programs such as the celebrity sit-down series The Big Interview With Dan Rather, all-star jam series Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar, and fan-favorite countdown series The Top Ten Revealed. The Network is also home to the award-winning series Live From Daryl’s House, starring Daryl Hall, and delivers unparalleled combat sports content with IMPACT Wrestling and MMA action.

Additionally, AXS TV launched the new “At Home & Social” initiative in support of families, small businesses, healthcare professionals, and many others who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The ongoing series gives world-class artists and entertainers a unique platform to broadcast exclusive live performances from their homes and studios directly to their fans. Highlights include performances by an eclectic lineup featuring Dave Matthews, Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Luke Bryan, and Ryan Tedder, among others associated with Verizon’s “Pay It Forward” live series, as well as the star-studded special event At Home With Farm Aid featuring Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, and Dave Matthews, that helped raise over $500,000 for family farmers.

HDNET MOVIES gives viewers the ultimate movie-watching experience with a wide selection putting the spotlight on award-winning classics, blockbuster epics, and modern favorites from the 1980s to today. The network also presents a wide variety of themed blocks highlighting memorable Oscar epics, A-List lineups, celebrity birthdays, and more, as well as special events hosted by notable actors, artists, and experts from across the film industry.

“This important agreement with the NCTC presents us with a valuable opportunity to bring AXS TV and HDNET MOVIES’ exclusive premium content to even more viewers across the country,” said Randy Brown, Senior Vice President of Distribution for Anthem. “AXS TV is perfectly suited to music and pop culture fans, providing an unprecedented lineup of classic concerts, exclusive live performances, celebrity interviews and professional wrestling from the industry’s top talent, while HDNET MOVIES has something for film buffs of all ages to enjoy with a catalog of beloved blockbusters and cinematic classics. We look forward to continuing our partnership with NCTC members and delivering high quality content they cannot find anywhere else, for many years to come.”

“We are pleased to have extended our agreement with AXS TV and HDNET MOVIES,” said Judy Meyka, Executive Vice President, of Programming, NCTC. “We are excited to build on this successful partnership with Anthem as we move forward.”

About the National Cable Television Cooperative

The National Cable Television Cooperative, Inc. (NCTC) is a Kansas-based, not-for-profit corporation that operates as a programming and hardware purchasing organization for its member companies who own and operate cable systems throughout the U.S. NCTC seeks to maximize current and future opportunities to ensure the profitability, competitive stature and long-term sustainability of its member companies. NCTC represents more than 750 small and mid-sized independent cable and broadband operators across the U.S., in programming and technology acquisition. NCTC is actively engaged in helping network providers and suppliers evolve their business models to deploy new video/data solutions to match the changes in the media landscape.

About Anthem Sports & Entertainment, Inc.

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Inc. is a globally integrated multi-platform media company with offices and studios in Los Angeles, Denver, Nashville, New York, Toronto, London and Istanbul. Anthem's portfolio includes AXS TV, a leading music, entertainment and lifestyle television channel and digital media company; Fight Network, the world's premier combat sports channel; IMPACT Wrestling, one of the world's leading wrestling organizations specializing in original programming and live events; Game+, the leader in Esports and gaming content; GameTV, the home of game shows and competition-based reality series; and HDNet Movies, which features theatrically released films and documentaries. Anthem also has a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel, one of the top outdoor channels in the U.S.

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