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September 8, 2021

Future of TV Briefing: How TikTok has influenced media companies’ videos on platforms like Snapchat and YouTube

Within the past 18 months, TikTok has influenced Team Whistle’s digital video creation as well as how it hires the people to make those videos. “We’ve increasingly emphasized that any newly onboarded social programmers have chops with [Adobe’s visual effects editing software] After Effects,” said Joe Caporoso, evp of media at Team Whistle.

Those visual effects skills have become even more important for two reasons. First, TikTok has made visual effects a bigger means of captivating audiences, similar to what Snapchat has done with its augmented reality filters. Second, as other platforms like Instagram have rolled out rivals to TikTok, they have begun to penalize posts repurposing TikTok videos and carrying the latter platform’s watermark. As a result, video makers are pressed to recreate TikTok’s native visual effects to replicate them in videos posted as Instagram Reels, YouTube Shorts or native Facebook videos.

The ability to internally recreate TikTok’s visual effects can also be a boon business-wise. Visual effects have become a bigger component of Team Whistle’s branded content campaigns this year, and being able to apply them to other platforms opens up the distribution options, which is advantageous heading into the heady holiday marketing period. The interest in visual effects in branded videos is “not going to change in Q4,” Caporoso said.

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September 8, 2021

Get inside Notre Dame S Kyle Hamilton’s head in Whistle’s ‘Put You On’

As a fan of any sports team, you always want to get a chance to get inside your favorite athletes head. You want to know what drives them, how they relax, what their favorite activities are outside their exploits on the field.

Well, Whistle Sports has you covered, as today they dropped ‘Put You On’ featuring Notre Dame star safety Kyle Hamilton. They bring you a chance to get inside what drives the All-American, how he gets away from the game of football, one of his favorite places to eat and some general inside information that many of us didn’t know about.

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September 8, 2021

Notre Dame football: Watch as Kyle Hamilton stars in ‘Put You On’ (video)

The Notre Dame football team has one of the best defensive players in the country in Kyle Hamilton, who is getting big publicity off the field.

Notre Dame football fans can’t get enough of Kyle Hamilton. After all, the can-do anything All-American safety is a walking highlight reel. The most important player on the Irish defense, Hamilton can be seen making plays at the line of scrimmage or deep downfield in coverage.

Now, you can watch Hamilton off the field too. Whistle has a new series, called “Put You On,”which follows different celebrities and athletes on a tour of their town. Born from new NIL rules, this will help to see how different players live and what makes them the person they are on the field. and they have recently released an episode on Kyle Hamilton.

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September 3, 2021

Whistle Pays College Athletes to Star in New Digital Series

Sports media brand Team Whistle will pay college athletes to appear in its new digital series, Put You On, which debuts today. The first episode features Notre Dame sophomore Kyle Hamilton, who is regarded as a top safety in college football. Whistle will allocate $1 million over the next year toward partnering with college athletes and related NIL content production.

The show follows athletes in their college towns, with the subjects taking viewers to their favorite local spots. Other student-athletes to appear in future episodes include Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave and University of Georgia softball player Jaiden Fields.

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August 24, 2021

Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt lift lid on intense training at Leeds United Academy

“During the week, it’s all out. Every week. No rest,” Whites forward Sam Greenwood told cameras for No Days Off, a Whistle original YouTube series which puts a spotlight on the dedication of young athletes.

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August 24, 2021

WATCH: Celtics center Enes Kanter tries new sports, talks on his veganism

Boston Celtics veteran big man Enes Kanter has rejoined the team he was traded away from at the end of the 2019-20 season, and his ties to his former teammates remains strong. The popular locker-room presencecontinues to maintain a high profile on a number of issues he spoke extensively about in his last stint with the team, ranging from the political oppression taking place in his native Turkey to his decision to go vegan.

And if you’re interested in catching up on what the Zurich native has to say about those causes while taking a day off, check out this clip produced by the folks over at Whistle’s appropriately titled “No Days Off” series.

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August 10, 2021

Sports Trading Cards Are Trending, and eBay Wants To Do More Than Facilitate Transactions

While eBay is historically a hotspot for collectible goods, the platform saw a 142% increase in sales within the trading card category in 2020. In the first quarter of 2021, the company sold an average of 139 cards per minute. It’s clear eBay is comfortably facilitating transactions, so its next step is engaging with the content that draws sports card collectors together.

That’s why eBay has partnered with sports media and entertainment company Team Whistle to sponsor Card Clout, a series hosted by DJ Skee that features trading card tips from athletes and celebrities who are also successful collectors. The first episode of the second season features basketball player Spencer Dinwiddie, who is currently auctioning a signed card on eBay. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to City of Hope, a nonprofit research medical center and school in California, according to Team Whistle, and four additional episodes will run on YouTube through the end of the year.

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July 29, 2021

Media Briefing: As student athletes begin signing brand deals, sports publishers want in

Team Whistle, for one, is in the process of filming two new shows for its social and CTV platforms that are personality-led by college athletes on both the men’s and women’s teams and focuses on their lives and side hustles off the court and field:

  • “Put You On” is a show where every episode a new college athlete takes a camera crew through the city or town where their college is located. It is meant to be a behind-the-scenes look into their lives, including where they like to hang out with friends or eat or study, but does not take place on-campus or during games.
  • The second show, “Side Hustle,” also follows one player at a time, but looks at how these student athletes are in the process of monetizing themselves through NIL deals in between classes and practice. It is a spin off of ‘My Hustle,’ which focuses on professional athletes who are creating businesses outside of their sport.
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July 28, 2021

WATCH: Pre-draft videos highlight NBA prep, pro characteristics for Tennessee’s former 5-star freshmen

Now, both former 5-star freshmen are projected lottery picks in the 2021 NBA Draft, which starts Thursday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).

As part of the pre-draft process, each former Vol has been featured in his own pre-draft episode of No Days Off, adocu-series featuring relatable young athletes and the journey to achieve their goals from Whistle.”

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July 27, 2021

G Thing: New York Gauchos featured in new series

THE BRONX — A renowned basketball program in the Bronx that has turned out many college and NBA players is now in the spotlight on the small screen.

The New York Gauchos are being featured in the documentary series “No Seasons Off.”

You can watch “No Seasons Off” on Whistle TV, which is Team Whistle’s free ad-supported sports and entertainment digital network available on The Roku Channel and other OTT platforms including: Samsung TV Plus, Vizio, TCL, Plex, DistroTV, STIRR, and LocalNow.

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July 13, 2021

Raiders prep for training camp; Abram shows off his dog, Amo

Ron Futrell of 8 News Now reports on the Raiders focus on defense in 2021 and safety Jonathan Abram shows off his new dog, Amo. Abram also gives us an inside look at his unique and massive shoe collection (courtesy Whistle Entertainment – watch the full video here.)

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July 8, 2021

Whistle TV Sets First Content Slate With Original Documentary

Team Whistle set the first slate of original content for Whistle TV, its free ad supported sports and entertainment digital network. Programming for Whistle TV is headlined by No Seasons Off, a documentary that follows the New York Gauchos basketball program in the Bronx. It also includes series from Team Whistle content partners Dude Perfect and 2Hype.

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June 23, 2021

Cade Cunningham Gives Pre-Draft Insight in Whistle’s ‘No Days Off’ Series

A cool video dropped before Tuesday evening’s festivities, though. Whistle featured Cunningham in its “No Days Off’ series where the former Oklahoma State standout went through what he is doing to get better between now and the NBA Draft on July 29.

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June 23, 2021

Cade Cunningham in his own words, scouting breakdown, top 10 plays and more

One of the more common responses I got on Twitter after the Detroit Pistons won the NBA Draft Lottery — other than a series of excited expletives — was questions about Cade and requests to provide a little bit of additional info on the potential No. 1 overall pick.

I get it. We are all learning, and, honestly, as Laz said on his emergency pod last night, I didn’t really allow myself to entertain the idea of getting the first pick so I was more interested in breaking down the Evan Mobleys and Jalen Greens and Jalen Suggs, and in my darkest moments the Scottie Barnes and Sharife Coopers of the world.

I need to do some Cade study of my own. I figured the best place to start would be hearing from the man himself, as well as his trainer and cousin, on the kind of work they do to prepare for the NBA Draft.

Luckily, Whistle featured Cunningham in a No Day’s Off feature yesterday in advance of the lottery.

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June 18, 2021

Johnathan Abram Shows His Personal Side

The Las Vegas Raiders safety Johnathan Abram talks about his dog Amo and shows a peek at his large sneaker collection on 'Meet the Pets.'

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June 18, 2021

WATCH: See how Allen Robinson spends his time off the field in 'Cheat Day'

On a new episode of Whistle’s Cheat Day, we get a look at Robinson’s life off the football field on one of his rare days off. And he’s just like you and me. Minus the shoe collection.

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June 18, 2021

What does Allen Robinson do on his cheat day?

Check out this quick video from Whistle, which is a sports and entertainment media company, spotlighting A-Rob and what he does on a typical day when he’s not 100% focused on football. He talks a bit about growing up with his sister, his experiences as a new father, his connection with his dad, and the importance of family supporting each other.

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June 18, 2021

Women in the Game Bring Sports Savvy to the Office

Past athletics experience proved seminal for these top women TV sports execs, like Melanie Capacia Johnson.

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June 15, 2021

How Television Networks Are Celebrating Pride Month in 2021

“Women’s Flat Track Derby Tournament” (June 1, Whistle TV) — Whistle TV will celebrate Pride Month by airing a new Women’s Flat Track Derby Tournament from 2020 every day at 3 p.m. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, which has one of the most inclusive gender statements in sport, is committed to diversity and building an equitable environment in women’s sports.

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June 15, 2021

Inside Henry Ruggs III's intensive muscle-building offseason

Henry Ruggs III has been going through an extensive training and diet program this offseason in preparation for his second season. The speedy receiver has been able to gain some serious muscle mass in the process, deciding to go back to where it all started and train in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, at MadHouse Training.

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June 15, 2021

Pride Month Programming: How Networks Are Marking LGBTQ Celebrations In June

WHISTLE TV

The station for the sports media and entertainment company is marking Pride Month by airing a new Women’s Flat Track Derby Tournament from 2020 daily. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat-track roller derby and has one of the most inclusive gender statements in sport.

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June 14, 2021

Crooked Media will use Team Whistle’s Snapchat Discover channel to drive viewers to its YouTube show

In a twist on the typical cross-platform content promotion strategy, Crooked Media will have Team Whistle distribute Crooked’s YouTube show “ALL CAPS NBA” on Snapchat and Whistle’s other social platforms. The move is meant to capitalize on Whistle’s large social footprint to funnel viewers to Crooked’s weekly series, which launched on March 19.

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June 14, 2021

Henry Ruggs Offseason Workouts Set Stage for 2021

The Las Vegas Raiders' wide receiver Henry Ruggs takes us inside his offseason workout regimen. Produced by Whistle as part of their "No Days Off" video series, the video puts us up close and personal with Ruggs and his team as they prepare for this season.

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June 14, 2021

Look: Raiders safety Johnathan Abram shoe collection is insane

Most players, either just prior to being drafted or soon thereafter, are asked what the first thing they will buy with their first NFL paycheck. I think it’s safe to say, for Johnathan Abram, that answer is shoes.

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June 14, 2021

SociaLight: Marlon Humphrey Is Living in a Camper

Welcome to Marlon's Marquee Oasis. The Ravens star cornerback is the latest Raven to opt for the camper lifestyle.

After he signed his new contract with the Ravens, Humphrey said he was expecting to finish the season and return home to a new house, but COVID delays had other plans.

Humphrey loves the land his house is on, as he has dubbed it his "Marquee Oasis," so he opted to stay on the property a different way. His offseason crib is a camper! Check out this episode of Team Whistle's series, "Days Off."

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June 14, 2021

TV News Roundup

Bear Grylls Adventures” will premiere June 5 on Whistle TV, Variety has learned exclusively. The show is a compilation of the iconic, eponymous survivalist’s most intimate moments and will feature his coolest tips and behind-the-scenes looks at his adventures and private life. “Bear Grylls Adventures” is part of an ongoing partnership between Team Whistle and Banijay’s The Natural Studios to create The Bear Grylls Digital Network, distributed across the adventurer’s social media channels. “My goal was to speak directly to my fans and empower them to learn tips and tricks for survival in the wild and in life,” Grylls said. “It’s been amazing to see the uptake here!”

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June 14, 2021

Video: Marlon Humphrey Living in Camper While He Builds New Home

Marlon Humphrey is building a new home he calls the "Marquee Oasis." However, he is living in a camper while the home is being built.

The new episode of Team Whistle's series Days Off chronicles that journey.

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March 29, 2021

ELEVEN SPORTS AGREES TO ACQUIRE TEAM WHISTLE

Aser Ventures’ portfolio companies ELEVEN SPORTS and Team Whistle will come together in a newly expanded ELEVEN Group.

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March 26, 2021

How Team Whistle Became a Video Juggernaut onSnapchat and TikTok

“Let our competitors be the aspirational hipsters — we’re like the really cool next door neighbor that’s actually dope,” Whistle’s Noah Weissman tells TheWrap.

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March 19, 2021

Team Whistle expands original programming as it chases more brand deals at higher prices

Our EVP of Media Joseph Caporoso sat down with Digiday to break down our current investment in original programming and how the strategy has paid off with advertisers and viewers, alike.

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March 11, 2021

How Gen Z and Millennials view sports betting: study

Team Whistle spoke with Business Insider about our latest research study revealing sports betting as a "side hustle" for Gen Z and Millennials. Their entrepreneurship has major implications for sports and related interest areas like card collection, memorabilia, sneakers and collectibles.

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February 22, 2021

Team Whistle Partners with SpringServe for its Ad Serving Platform

We're thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with SpringServe, the leading ad serving platform for over-the-top (OTT) and connected TV (CTV). Our partnership will play a key role in further engaging our advertisers on cross platform buys on OTT, CTV, Social, Mobile and Audio platforms.

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February 1, 2021

Cinedigm Selects Team Whistle As Exclusive Agency of Record for Direct Ad Sales

Cinedigm today announced they have chosen Team Whistle, a global media and entertainment company that includes Whistle, Tiny Horse, New Form and Vertical Networks, as Agency of Record, becoming the exclusive direct ad sales agent for Cinedigm's portfolio of ad-supported OTT networks.

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November 16, 2020

Dallas Mavs Big Man Boban Marjanovic Spends A Day at the Dallas Zoo

Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic's amusing personality is incredibly likeable and entertaining. And just when you thought it wasn't possible to like 'Bobi' any more ... The fan favorite spent his off-day at the Dallas Zoo, learning about lions, elephants, hippos, chimpanzees and giraffes.

The 7-foot-4, 32-year-old's "cheat day" was documented and produced by Team Whistle in partnership with Devour.

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September 30, 2020

Team Whistle Ups Michael Cohen To CEO, Sets Long-Form Partnership With Ex-Electus Chief Chris Grant

Team Whistle, parent of digital media operations such as Whistle, New Form, Tiny Horse and Vertical Networks, has promoted Michael Cohen to CEO, replacing company founder John West.

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August 19, 2020

FORTNITE: WORLD CUP FINALIST SCEPTIC JOINS TEAM WHISTLE AS AN ESPORTS AMBASSADOR

Team Whistle is a sports and entertainment company based out of New York. Today, they announced a partnership with Fortnite World Cup Finalist Griffin “Sceptic” Spikoski.

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August 10, 2020

With Gen Z craving engaging short-form content, TikTok is becoming the new home for sports

Tommy Walters, Research and Insights Manager at Team Whistle, discusses why teams should use TikTok to reach and engage with young sports fans.

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August 3, 2020

A media company explains its TikTok growth strategy, including mixing original and user-generated content and getting funding directly from the app

"I think you see more and more trends or pieces of [user-generated content] or pieces of music that originate on TikTok take o as much as they do on any other platform now," said Joe Caporoso, EVP of content & brand platforms at Team Whistle, the digital-entertainment startup that owns the Brother brand.

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July 22, 2020

‘Don’t Look Deeper’ Trailer: Quibi Unveils Nightmarish Look At Sci-Fi Thriller From Catherine Hardwicke

High school is a time in one’s life when they feel like they don’t fit in… but imagine finding out that you’re not human. That’s a whole new level of teen angst. This is exactly the case for the new Quibi series Don’t Look Deeper, which released the first trailer today.

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June 23, 2020

Bear Grylls & Banijay Partner With Team Whistle To Launch Digital Network

Bear Grylls, star of Netflix’s You Vs Wild and Nat Geo’s Running Wild With Bear Grylls, is launching a digital network after striking a deal with Team Whistle.

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June 22, 2020

Cinedigm Partners with Team Whistle to Distribute Whistle TV Programming

Cinedigm announced today a new partnership with Team Whistle to distribute its Whistle TV streaming service. Whistle TV is an OTT Linear and VOD sports and entertainment network featuring Whistle original shows and a content library from various studios, networks, and sports leagues. The free streaming service STIRR. Cinedigm will work with Team Whistle to significantly expand Whistle TV’s nationwide distribution on linear, AVOD, and SVOD platforms on connected TVs, digital set-top boxes, streaming devices, and web-based and online OTT services. Cinedigm will also distribute Whistle TV films and movies across OTT.

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May 21, 2020

Media Company Whistle Buys Marketing Firm to Capture Ad Spending by Streaming Services

Team Whistle, a digital media company known for its sports and entertainment programming on social platforms, has acquired the marketing firm Tiny Horse LLC, partly to capture more business from intensely competitive video streaming services.

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May 21, 2020

Team Whistle Buys Entertainment Marketing Firm Tiny Horse in $30 Million Deal

Team Whistle, the New York-based digital-media company, on Thursday announced the acquisition of Tiny Horse, a marketing services firm focused on over-the-top streamers, TV networks, producers and advertisers.

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April 7, 2020

Comedy Consumption When Nobody Feels Like Laughing

The media reporting on the generational divide during COVID-19 has cast behaviors and opinions of boomers, millennials, and Gen Z in a stark light. From reports of irreverent spring breakers to reports of boomers feeling less concerned about the virus than their younger counterparts, these differences are driving headlines.

But, across these groups, media consumption is up — and comedy, in particular, has always been an outlet for all ages to turn to during challenging times. Because of this, we dug into trends around comedy across generations and what they mean for brands who want to connect with customers.

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April 7, 2020

Whistle’s Joe Caporoso on crafting content in challenging times

Media companies are adjusting to a new, extended reality of remote work. In support of the social distancing measures facing our country, producers, editors and programmers are now stationed from their homes. Major events, particularly in the world of sports like the 2020 Olympics, are paused for the foreseeable future. It is imperative that companies adjust their strategy and move quickly to utilize their workforce despite the obstacles being presented by the current situation. At Whistle, our team has initially mobilized in three different ways to keep our platforms populated and tell the stories we are passionate about.
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March 30, 2020

Whistle to Boost Content Distribution While Fans Remain At Home

The coronavirus pandemic has hit each sector of the sports industry differently.

While leagues and television networks featuring live sports action continue to face headwinds, digital media companies relying on programmed content find themselves on the other end of the spectrum.

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March 6, 2020

Quibi Is Coming. Here Are the Famous People Making Shows for It

The new short-form streaming service Quibi, which debuted April 6, was meant to be ideal for smartphone users on the go. But now that no one’s going anywhere, what’s the main attraction?

For now the answer is content and celebrities — and oodles of both.

Quibi stands for “quick bites,” which refers to the service’s plan to offer short video segments (10 minutes or less) designed for small screens (your phone). But little else about Quibi is bite-size. In its first year, the company’s partners (the chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg and the C.E.O. Meg Whitman) are spending more than a billion dollars on content acquisition alone.

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February 24, 2020

Whistle Hires Ex-ITV Exec Alex Dundas as Head of Unscripted Originals

Digital-media company Whistle recruited Alex Dundas, most recently with ITV Entertainment, as executive VP and head of unscripted premium originals.

Based in Whistle’s L.A. office, Dundas will oversee development and packaging of new unscripted shows from Whistle and also will support sales to TV network and streaming partners. He reports to Dominic Ianno, EVP of Whistle’s growth and new initiatives group.

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January 9, 2020

John West Recognized As Digital Innovator To Watch in 2020

Since West started Whistle in 2009, the company has built a roster of sports-centric digital content creators and partners to reach millions of young sports-culture fans — and raised more than $100 million from investors including NBC Sports, Sky Sports, Liberty Global and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo. West beefed up Whistle’s playbook with two acquisitions in 2019: New Form, the digital entertainment studio whose owners included Discovery, ITV, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer; and Vertical Networks…

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January 7, 2020

Walmart's Vudu Orders Dwyane Wade-Produced Docuseries In Partnership With Whistle

Vudu is turning its attention to the next generation of athletes with its new docuseries. Walmart's digital video service has ordered Legacy about up-and-comers in their respective sports who all happen to be the children of famous athletes. The eight-episode series hails from Whistle and is executive produced by former NBA player Dwyane Wade through his 59th & Prairie.

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December 20, 2019

Whistle’s Recipe For Success: Mobile-First, Multiplatform, Made To Order

The watchword at entertainment and sports media company Whistle is distribution. “We go direct-to-consumer on whichever platforms our audience prefers to do their watching,” said Alison Meyer, who leads brand marketing solutions at Whistle. Originally known for its influencer-led sports content, Whistle has since branched out into lifestyle, humor and general entertainment – anything “positive and relatable,” Meyer said.

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November 13, 2019

Dude Perfect To Drop ‘Untold Stories’, A Feature-Length Glimpse Behind Their Trick Shots

Sports-centric YouTube quintet Dude Perfect, best known for their trick shot videos, is set to release a feature-length project next month titled Dude Perfect Trick Shots: Untold Stories.

Untold Stories was produced by Dude Perfect’s longtime digital network, Whistle. Whistle inked a new deal with Dude Perfect last year that called for the two parties to collaborate on longer-former content ventures, and which also stated the Dude Perfect crew would become brand amassadors for Whistle — which has more recently acquired New Form and Vertical Networks, and is in the process of building its own OTT channel, WhistleTV.

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November 6, 2019

Blue Wire and Whistle Team Up For Podcast Partnership

As Blue Wire Media looks to grow, the sports podcast network is branching into partnerships with existing media brands.

Blue Wire announced partnerships with Whistle and the Las Vegas Review-Journal to produce and distribute podcasts for the two established brands.

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October 28, 2019

Eko Launches Interactive Fashion Series With Nina Garcia

Eko's latest interactive series turns viewers into Hollywood stylists.

The video startup has launched Clothes Call With Nina Garcia, a 12-episode fashion series where viewers will have a tight budget to style a client for a big event.

Garcia, a judge on Project Runway, stars in and executive produces the series, which hails from Whistle-owned mobile-first studio Vertical Networks. Drew Pokorny of Vertical Networks is also producing.

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October 26, 2019

After Sluggish Starts, More Publishers Are Finding Snapchat A Moneymaker

Once an afterthought in the media landscape, Snapchat Discover has transformed into a profitable venture for many digital media publishers looking to reach a younger audience, including Whistle.

“We have seen a notable increase in the previous few months and the trajectory of revenue growth we have seen has been particularly encouraging. It is definitely becoming a larger share of our media and social distribution business,” said Joe Caporoso, Senior VP of Content and Brand Platforms at Whistle.

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October 24, 2019

Memes Made Spice Adams More Famous Than the N.F.L. Could

At a WeWork in the Gramercy Park neighborhood, Anthony (Spice) Adams was transformed.

He had entered as himself, the former N.F.L. player turned social media sensation, but he emerged festooned in a maroon suit and matching fedora, a white T-shirt from his new merchandise line strategically peering through.

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October 18, 2019

Whistle Announces Launch of OTT Network, WhistleTV

More digital-native studios are launching linear streaming channels to get in on the growing share of advertising dollars that are shifting to over-the-top streaming (OTT) platforms.

Digital-entertainment company Whistle is the latest to go over-the-top with 24-hour streaming channel, WhistleTV, that will land on at least two ad-supported OTT platforms later this year, the company told Business Insider.

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October 13, 2019

Whistle Wise Featured In Ad Week Infographic

More Gen Zers and millennials are using their phones as a primary mobile viewing device. But there are marked differences in their content viewing habits, according to Whistle Wise. The data arm of the Gen Z media brand Whistle found 62% of Gen Zers prefer a daily hit from their Instagram feed, while 65% of millennials are streaming Facebook video every day.

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October 9, 2019

Digital Media Companies Consolidating Should Boost Their Forays Into Hollywood

Scale matters on Madison Avenue, and it matters on Hollywood Boulevard too - but in a different way.

The recent flurry of media companies coming together - Vox Media and New York Media, Vice Media and Refinery29, Whistle and Vertical Networks, Group Nine Media and Popsugar - may stem from the pressure that Google and Facebook have put on their respective advertising businesses. The consolidation stands to also help these companies in their forays into streaming and TV programming.

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October 4, 2019

Whistle Is Buying Media Mogul Elisabeth Murdoch's Mobile-Content Studio, Vertical Networks

Digital entertainment startup Whistle, which is know for its sports programming, is buying Elisabeth Murdoch’s mobile-content studio, Vertical Networks, to double down on lifestyle and entertainment brands that can be monetized across platforms.

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September 17, 2019

Whistle and OTRO Announce Multi-Year Commercial Partnership

The entertainment and sports media company Whistle and the digital content studio OTRO have announced a multi-year commercial partnership.

Together, the two companies will collaborate on programming strategy, co-creating premium original content and developing experiential activations. They will also work together on the development and monetization of content and IP formats globally.

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July 12, 2019

After Sluggish Starts, More Publishers Are Finding Snapchat A Moneymaker

Once an afterthought in the media landscape, Snapchat Discover has transformed into a profitable venture for many digital media publishers looking to reach a younger audience, including Whistle.

“We have seen a notable increase in the previous few months and the trajectory of revenue growth we have seen has been particularly encouraging. It is definitely becoming a larger share of our media and social distribution business,” said Joe Caporoso, Senior VP of Content and Brand Platforms at Whistle.

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June 12, 2019

Don Cheadle to Star in Quibi Sci-Fi Drama ‘Don’t Look Deeper’

Don Cheadle is the latest A-list name to throw his hat into the Quibi content ring.

The “Avengers” and “Black Monday” star has joined the cast of sci-fi drama “Don’t Look Deeper,” which is in the works at the short form content platform founded by Jeffrey Katzenberg.

“Don’t Look Deeper” is set in Merced, Ca. fifteen minutes into the future, and centers on a high school senior who can’t seem to shake the feeling that something about her just isn’t right. She’s not human, not one of us. This revelation sets in motion a series of events that suddenly puts her entire life in jeopardy.

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May 2, 2019

"F2 Finding Football" Receives Daytime Emmy® Awards Nomination

The YouTube Original series "F2 Finding Football," starring soccer skill pioneers Billy Wingrove and Jeremy Lynch of The F2, received a Daytime Emmy® Awards Nomination for Outstanding Travel and Adventure Program. Bringing together the best in football talent and celebrity guests, The F2 takes viewers along a global adventure to explore the beautiful game and unique pitches around the world in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Iceland, France, Thailand and more.

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January 23, 2019

Whistle Acquires New Form

Whistle, a rising sports and entertainment content entity repped by CAA, has set a deal to acquire New Form, the content outfit launched in 2014 with backing from investors such as Ron Howard, Brian Grazer and Discovery.

The companies declined to reveal terms of the deal, but said it involved a cash investment by New Form in exchange for equity in the combined company. Howard, Grazer, Discovery and other stakeholders such as ITV and agency vet Jim Wyatt, will have equity in Whistle, and a majority of them invested cash into the new entity.

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December 5, 2018

‘Benedict Men’ Set At Quibi

Benedict Men, a new docuseries executive produced by Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media and produced by Whistle, is set at Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s Quibi, the new mobile subscription service, which launches next year. The project, among the first for the mobile video startup, was announced today by Katzenberg and Quibi CEO Whitman during Variety’s Innovate: AI and Data Science in Media summit.

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November 15, 2018

Whistle, Soon After Securing $28M In New Funding, Signs With CAA

Not long after raising $28 million in additional funding through a Series D round, sports video and branded content player Whistle has signed with CAA.

The deal will give Whistle access to the agency’s resources across TV, motion pictures, digital media and sports. CAA has been building a major presence in sports for more than a decade, making Whistle a logical client.

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August 21, 2018

Whistle Sports Ranks in Top 10 Media Companies in Inc. Magazine's 2018 Inc. 5000

Whistle Sports, the entertainment media brand that creates, curates and distributes content for young audiences, was named the #10 fastest-growing media company on the 37th annual Inc. 5000 list and #439 across all industries. The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2014 and 2017.

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June 21, 2018

Whistle Sports Raises $28 Million Series D

Digital entertainment startup Whistle Sports has raised $28 million as part of an ongoing Series D fundraise, the company announced Thursday. The new round of funding is being led by Aser, a global investment company that also counts British soccer club Leeds United as part of its portfolio.

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COMEDIAN AND ACTRESS MICHELLE BUTEAU LETS LOOSE WITH FRIENDS IN WEEKEND GETAWAY WITH MICHELLE BUTEAU, STREAMING EXCLUSIVELY ON DISCOVERY+

Produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere’s Flavor Unit Entertainment, Three-Episode Series with Guest Stars Tig Notaro, Sasheer Zamata and Chelsea Peretti Drops Thursday, June 10th

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TEAM WHISTLE AND EBAY PARTNER ON NEW SEASON OF ‘CARD CLOUT’ AFTER A RECORD BREAKING YEAR FOR THE TRADING CARD INDUSTRY

Spencer Dinwiddie Prism Parallel card, signed by Spencer himself during the show will be Auctioned on eBay Directly Following Premiere Episode with 100% of Funds Donated to City of Hope

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TEAM WHISTLE CELEBRATES PRIDE MONTH WITH A NEW WOMEN’S FLAT TRACK DERBY TOURNAMENT EVERY DAY AT 3 PM ET ON WHISTLE TV

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TEAM WHISTLE DOUBLES DOWN WITH TWO STRATEGIC NEW HIRES

Matt Koenig, Set to Serve as VP of Programming and Monetization; Stacey Richman, Named VP of Communications

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TEAM WHISTLE LAUNCHES BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURES SERIES ON WHISTLE TV

Team Whistle previously entered a partnership with Banijay’s The Natural Studios To Launch The Bear Grylls Digital Network

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TEAM WHISTLE PARTNERS WITH ‘NIL’ ATHLETES TO DEVELOP THEIR LIKENESS THROUGH ORIGINAL FORMATS LIKE SERIES ‘PUT YOU ON’ PREMIERING ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3

Starting with Collegiate Football Players and Projected First Round Picks, Kyle Hamilton from Notre Dame and Chris Olave from Ohio State, as well as Jaiden Fields, a Softball Player from University of Georgia and more

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TEAM WHISTLE PARTNERS WITH CROOKED MEDIA TO SYNDICATE SERIES ‘ALL CAPS NBA’ WITH JASON CONCEPCION

This Marks First Collaboration of a Larger Partnership Focused on Passion Points of Today’s Generation Including Sports, Entertainment and Activism

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WHISTLE TV ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER SLATE OF ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING AND SERIES FROM DUDE PERFECT AND 2HYPE

Premiering Documentary ‘No Seasons Off’ Following New York Gauchos, Based on Hit Series ‘No Days Off’ on July 9 at 8 PM ET

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YOUTUBE SENSATION MMG PARTNERS WITH TEAM WHISTLE TO HOST NEW SERIES ‘RELOAD MY ROOM

Series to Enhance and Elevate Rooms of Deserving Young Gamers From Across the Country

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