Discovery+ launches in U.S.; new platforms added

The following is a press release from Discovery+:

Discovery+, the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service from Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is now live in the U.S. as the company announced major new distribution agreements that will make the product one of the most widely distributed streaming services at launch. Discovery+ is available on the following platforms and devices:

· Amazon Fire TV streaming devices, Fire TV Edition smart TVs and coming later to Prime Video Channels

· iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Apple TV, and the app is fully integrated with the Apple TV app

· Google devices and platforms including Android(TM) phones and tablets, Chromecast with Google TV(TM) and other Android TV(TM) OS devices, and Google Chromecast(TM) and Chromecast built-in(TM) devices

· Microsoft Xbox One and Series S/X devices

· The Roku(R) platform

· 2017 and newer Samsung Smart TVs

In addition to previously announced Discovery+ partnerships with Verizon in the U.S. and Sky in the U.K. and Ireland, it was announced today that Discovery and Vodafone have signed a new long-term, multi-platform agreement that includes a collaboration to make discovery+ available to existing Vodafone TV and mobile customers in 12 markets across Europe. The multi-year deal, which covers Vodafone’s subscriber bases in the UK*, Germany, Turkey*, Italy, Spain, Romania, Portugal, Greece, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland and Iceland, gives Discovery access to 100M Vodafone homes to which discovery+ can be made available for a promotional period that will vary by market.

David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery, Inc., commented:

“As we go live with Discovery+ today in the U.S., we are thrilled to be working with best-in-class partners to make it available everywhere our fans are. Our ambition is simple: bring consumers the definitive and most complete destination for real life entertainment at a price point that makes this the perfect companion for every household’s streaming and TV portfolio. There is nothing like it in the market today. We launch with significant advantages, including the world’s greatest collection of non-fiction brands and content, built over more than 30 years across popular and enduring verticals, as well as powerful partnerships with leading distributors and platforms.”

Discovery+ brings to market the most comprehensive collection of real-life programming available anywhere and the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service. Discovery+ features more than 55,000 episodes of current and classic shows from Discovery’s iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and the forthcoming Magnolia Network. The service also offers top non-fiction content from A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime, as well as the definitive offering of nature and environmental programming, headlined by exclusive streaming access to the largest collection of natural history from the BBC.

Discovery+ also features more than 50 original titles and over 150 hours of exclusive content at launch, with 1,000 hours of original content in its first year across fan-favorite, real-life genres. Starting today, viewers in the U.S. have access to new series from iconic franchises and personalities such as Chip and Joanna Gaines; 90 Day Fiancé; Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis; Amy Schumer; David Schwimmer; Sir David Attenborough; Ben Napier; Joe Kenda; Mike Rowe; and many others. For the list of original titles available to stream today, click here.

Verizon Partnership

Under a landmark partnership between Discovery and Verizon announced last month, new and existing Verizon wireless customers with a Play More or Get More Unlimited plan will get 12 months of Discovery+ on Verizon*; customers with Start or Do More Unlimited plans will receive six months of streaming on Verizon. New customers who sign up for Verizon 5G Home Internet or Fios Gigabit Connection can receive 12 months of Discovery+ on Verizon; new Fios customers may also be eligible for three to six months depending on their plan*. The offer adds access to thousands of hours of valuable premium video and a leading industry partner to the nation’s most-awarded network.

Discovery+ Features

Discovery+ will make it easy for subscribers to browse the largest offering of real life content anywhere with world class features to create one of the best streaming experiences:

· The “For You” section will always feature shows that are most relevant to the subscriber and provides immediate access to series and shows from across the entire content library; their favorite networks; and interactive hero images on connected TV’s, without ever leaving the home screen.

· For the first time, Discovery+ combines the most loved brands in entertainment and makes it easy for subscribers to explore each one with customized “Brand Hubs” that feature the best series, shows and episodes.

· The Discovery+ navigation is designed to allow subscribers to dive deep into “Top Genres” including lifestyle, home, food, true crime, adventure, relationships, nature and animals, science and tech, natural history, paranormal and more. Subscribers can easily search across passion verticals and scroll through an abundance of choices.

· The Discovery+ “Browse” and “Search” experiences are among its most powerful features. Subscribers can quickly and easily find what they want to watch and take a deep dive into a vast array of content that is instantly filtered by new, trending and timely topics.

· Finally, Discovery’s favorite personalities, like Joe Kenda, Randy Fenoli and Ben and Erin Napier, will provide curated, custom “Collections” that feature their favorite discovery+ shows and personal stories.

Launch Sponsors

Newly announced Discovery+ launch sponsors include La-Z-Boy, Aflac, Campbell’s, Subaru of America, Inc. and Ace Hardware. They join the streaming service’s inaugural advertisers Boston Beer Company, Kraft Heinz, Lowe’s and Toyota. The unique, incremental reach offered by Discovery+, along with lighter ad loads, a younger demographic and data-driven cross-platform capabilities, has been enthusiastically received by the marketplace.

Pricing

Discovery+ is available in the U.S. starting at $4.99 per month, with an ad-free version available for $6.99 per month. Each account will include up to five user profiles and four concurrent streams, among the most offered in the streaming video category.

Global Rollout

Internationally, Discovery is leveraging its massive library of local-language content, as well as its broad portfolio of live sports, to drive its direct-to-consumer offering across more than 25 key markets in 2021, including the Nordics, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Discovery+ will also launch in Latin American markets, including a planned launch in Brazil, and in parts of Asia.

In the European markets launching in 2021, Discovery+ will be supported by Eurosport’s unrivaled, premium and locally-relevant multi-sport offering, which includes the tennis Grand Slams, cycling Grand Tours, motorsport, football and winter sports. Beginning with the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year, it will become the streaming Home of the Olympics* in Europe with access to every minute, every medal, and every hero live and on demand.

About Discovery:

Discovery, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is a global leader in real life entertainment, serving a passionate audience of superfans around the world with content that inspires, informs and entertains. Discovery delivers over 8,000 hours of original programming each year and has category leadership across deeply loved content genres around the world. Available in 220 countries and territories and nearly 50 languages, Discovery is a platform innovator, reaching viewers on all screens, including TV Everywhere products such as the GO portfolio of apps; direct-to-consumer streaming services such as discovery+, Food Network Kitchen and MotorTrend OnDemand; digital-first and social content from Group Nine Media; a landmark natural history and factual content partnership with the BBC; and a strategic alliance with PGA TOUR to create the international home of golf. Discovery’s portfolio of premium brands includes Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform JV with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S., Discovery Kids in Latin America, and Eurosport, the leading provider of locally relevant, premium sports and Home of the Olympic Games across Europe. For more information, please visit corporate.discovery.com and follow @DiscoveryIncTV across social platforms.

About Discovery+:

Discovery+ is the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service. Discovery+ will launch with a landmark partnership with Verizon that gives their customers with select plans up to 12 months of Discovery+ on Verizon. At launch in the United States, Discovery+ will have the largest-ever content offering of any new streaming service, featuring a wide range of exclusive, original series across popular, passion verticals in which Discovery brands have a strong leadership position, including lifestyle and relationships; home and food; true crime; paranormal; adventure and natural history; as well as science, tech and the environment and a slate of high-quality documentaries. For more, visit discoveryplus.com.

*Android, Android TV, Google Chromecast, Chromecast built-in and other marks are trademarks of Google LLC.

*Roku is a registered trademark of Roku, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. Trade names, trademarks and service marks of other companies appearing in this press release are the property of their respective holders.

*Restrictions apply. See verizon.com/discoveryplus for terms and conditions.

*Discovery+ will only be available to Vodafone mobile customers in the UK and Turkey.

*Olympic rights exclude Russia. Eurosport will be an Official Broadcaster in France and the UK for Tokyo 2020.

2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Celine Dion, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots added to lineup

November 13, 2019

The following is a press release from NBC:

A spectacle like no other awaits millions as the 93rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, the nation’s most cherished holiday tradition, once again kicks off the holiday season. Millions of families will tune in to watch the excitement unfold on Thursday, Nov. 28 as Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker of NBC News’ “TODAY” host the broadcast from 9 a.m.-noon in all time zones that will also include a special debut performance from her new album Courage by the incomparable Celine Dion.

The Macy’s Parade has must-see entertainment for everyone in the family. Joining the festivities will be stars from a variety of global music genres from pop, R&B and country to Latin and K-Pop, with a few noteworthy special appearances thrown in the mix. Appearing or performing onboard one of Macy’s signature floating stages will be Natasha Bedingfield, Black Eyed Peas, Chicago, Ciara, Josh Dela Cruz, Celine Dion, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, Debbie Gibson, former NASA astronauts Kay Hire & Janet Kavandi, Chris Janson, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, NHL legends Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk, the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, NCT 127, Ozuna, Billy Porter, Kelly Rowland, That Girl Lay Lay, TLC, Tenille Townes and Chris Young; with an extra special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.

To kick-off the revelry, a special must-see opening number featuring a who’s who of actors, singers, dancers and more, all joined by the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, will start the Thanksgiving Day party with a smash.

Following the opener on 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances from the casts of Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations, Beetlejuice, Hadestown and Tina – The Tina Turner Musical. In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes® will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.

Since November 1924, the magic of the holiday season has begun with the march of the Macy’s Parade as it enthrals the nation with its signature mix of whimsical elements and special performances. For the 93rd edition, the line-up will feature 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 11 marching bands.

“We are thrilled to present the 93rd edition of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to our viewers nationwide,” said Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs, NBC Entertainment. “This iconic tradition will once again jump start the holiday season with a celebration led by an incredible lineup of performers, bands, floats, balloons and more.”

For the fourth year, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon, will give viewers an up close and personal second screen experience of the Parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page. The stream will go live at 8:30 a.m. EST at www.youtube.com/verizon and will run through noon EST. With exclusive access to cameras along the entire Parade route, online spectators will get a glimpse of the magic behind the scenes, as well as a preview of what’s to come as the Parade marches down the streets of Manhattan. Additional information on the livestream to be announced soon.

New giant balloons joining the line-up this year include Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide, Green Eggs and Ham by Netflix, and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon. In celebration of his 75thbirthday, a heritage balloon and fan-favorite will return to the Parade as Smokey Bear returns to the skies over Manhattan.

Since 2005, the Macy’s Parade has also been home to a collection of high-flying artworks created in collaboration with renowned contemporary artists, as part of a special series titled Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery. This year, for the eighth edition of the collection, the world’s most renowned female contemporary artist will take her iconic art to new heights as Yayoi Kusama joins the Macy’s Parade with her Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon creation. The balloon design was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her “My Eternal Soul” series of paintings — a body of work that she began in 2009. Vibrant and animated, the paintings embody Kusama’s innovative exploration of form and revolve around a tension between abstraction and figuration. The artist’s signature dots, which recur throughout her practice, also feature prominently in the Macy’s Parade balloon design. Previous balloons in the Macy’s Parade Blue Sky Gallery series have included works from famed artists Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, Tim Burton, KAWS and FriendsWithYou.

This year five new floats will debut, including Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You! (Josh Dela Cruz), The Brick-changer by The Lego Group (NCT 127), Home Sweet Home by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (Tenille Townes), Rexy in the City by COACH® (Billy Porter), and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (Kelly Rowland).

The nation’s best marching bands bring the beat to the holiday revelry. For this year’s 93rd march, 11 of the specially chosen ensembles will ignite coast-to-coast excitement and hometown pride as they step off and perform on the streets of the Big Apple. This year’s bands include Awesome Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band (St. Petersburg, FL), Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment (Blue Springs, MO), Catalina Foothills Falcon Band (Tucson, AZ), Franklin Regional Panther Band (Murrysville, PA), Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States), Madison Central High School Band (Richmond, KY), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High School’s Kings of Halftime (Lithonia, GA), Morgan State University’s The Magnificent Marching Machine (Baltimore, MD), NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY), Ronald Reagan High School Marching Band (San Antonio, TX) and Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band (Cullowhee, NC).

Entertaining the crowds with their signature exuberance will be the Parade’s signature large and specialty performance groups. Joining the line-up this year are the teen dancers and cheerleaders of Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer. These groups together feature more than 1,200 of the very best performers recruited from hometowns nationwide. Days before Thanksgiving, they will gather for the first time in New York City to rehearse their numbers as a group, ahead of their once-in-a-lifetime national spotlight. Adding some wacky 1980s style dancing will be the hilarious 610 Stompers (New Orleans, LA), with modern dance youth talent showcased by The Alvin Ailey School (New York, NY) and the tap dance theatrics of children from The Nice List (New York, NY). Rounding out the performance group line-up and joining select talent performances will be Gamma Phi Circus (Normal, IL), Manhattan Youth Ballet (New York, NY), the dance stars of the world-renowned in-school arts education program National Dance Institute (New York, NY) and Young People’s Chorus of NYC (New York, NY).

PLEASE NOTE: All talent, performers, elements and information included are subject to change.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade broadcast is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Brad Lachman Productions. Brad Lachman serves as executive producer, Bill Bracken will co-executive produce and Ron de Moraes directs.

For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should visit macys.com/parade for regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, special tours, interactive historical information, and more. Fans can also follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: major floats, celebrity appearances announced

November 1, 2019

The following is a press release from NBC:

A spectacle like no other awaits millions, as the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, the nation’s most cherished holiday tradition, kicks off the holiday season. On Thursday, November 28 at 9 a.m., the time honored phrase Let’s Have a Parade™ will ring from the starting line as the march of fantasy takes to the streets of New York City. With more than 8,000 volunteers dressed as clowns, guiding the flight of larger-than-life character balloons, transporting spectators to new worlds on signature floats, bringing the beat in the nation’s best marching bands and entertaining the crowds as part of dazzling performance groups, the annual march is jam-packed with entertainment. With more than 3.5 million spectators in New York City and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is America’s premiere holiday celebration.

“Spectacle is synonymous with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and each year we aim to create an even bigger one than the last, with incredible must-see entertainment for millions of spectators nationwide,” said Susan Tercero, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “Featuring an amazing line-up of high-flying character balloons, jaw-dropping animated floats, world-class marching bands and performance groups, artists covering a variety of musical genres, and of course, the one-and-only Santa Claus, we are ‘Parade Ready’ and can’t wait to take to the streets of New York City to once again herald the arrival of the holiday season.”

For more than nine decades, the magic of the holiday season has begun with the march of the Macy’s Parade, as the spectacle enthrals the nation with its signature mix of whimsical elements and dazzling performances. For the 93rd edition, the line-up will feature 16 giant character balloons; 40 novelty balloons, heritage balloons, balloonicles, balloonheads and trycaloons; 26 floats; 1,200 cheerleaders and dancers; more than 1,000 clowns; and 11 marching bands.

INFLATABLE ICONS
Since 1927, when the Parade’s character balloons first joined the revelry, the inflatables have become a signature element featuring some of the world’s most beloved characters. Over time, the inflatables have morphed from air-filled characters carried on sticks to high-flying giants, balloonheads and even hybrid inflatables with vehicles inside (balloonicles) or tandem tricycles (trycaloons).

New giants joining the line-up this year include Astronaut Snoopy by Peanuts Worldwide, Green Eggs and Ham by Netflix, and SpongeBob SquarePants & Gary by Nickelodeon. In celebration of his 75th birthday, a heritage balloon and fan favorite will return to the Parade as Smokey Bear once again takes to the skies over Manhattan.

In 2005, the Macy’s Parade began to feature what would become a collection of high-flying artwork created in collaboration with renowned contemporary artists. The special series, entitled Macy’s Blue Sky Gallery, has featured some of the art world’s finest creators. This year, for the eighth edition of the series, the world’s most renowned female contemporary artist will take her iconic art to new heights as Yayoi Kusama joins the Macy’s Parade with her Love Flies Up to the Sky balloon. The design was developed by the artist from face motifs that appear in her “My Eternal Soul” series of paintings–a body of work that she began in 2009. Vibrant and animated, the paintings embody Kusama’s innovative exploration of form and revolve around a tension between abstraction and figuration. The artist’s signature dots–which recur throughout her practice—are also featured prominently in the Macy’s Parade balloon design. Previous balloons in the Macy’s Parade Blue Sky Gallery series have included works from famed artists Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, Keith Haring, Takashi Murakami, Tim Burton, KAWS, and FriendsWithYou™.

Returning giant balloon characters include Diary of A Wimpy Kid® by Abrams Children’s Books; Sinclair Oil’s DINO®; The Elf on the Shelf®; Goku; Illumination Presents Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; Jett by Super Wings™; Olaf from Disney’s “Frozen 2”; Chase from PAW Patrol®; Pikachu™ by the Pokémon Company International; Pillsbury Doughboy™; Power Rangers Mighty Morphin Red Ranger; Ronald McDonald®; and Trolls. Completing the inflatable lineup is the famed Aflac Duck, Sinclair Oil’s Baby DINOs and the Go Bowling balloonicles, as well as Universal Orlando Resort’s The Nutcracker.

STARS ON PARADE
The Macy’s Parade has must-see entertainment for everyone in the family. Joining the festivities will be stars from a variety of global music genres including Pop, R&B, Country, Latin and K-Pop, with a few noteworthy special appearances thrown in the mix. Appearing or performing onboard one of Macy’s signature floating stages will be Natasha Bedingfield, Black Eyed Peas, Chicago, Ciara, Josh Dela Cruz, Debbie Gibson, former NASA Astronauts Kay Hire & Janet Kavandi, Chris Janson, Idina Menzel, Lea Michele, Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin, NHL® Legends Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk, the cast & Muppets of Sesame Street, NCT 127, Ozuna, Billy Porter, Kelly Rowland, That Girl Lay Lay, TLC, Tenille Townes, and Chris Young; with an extra special appearance by the one-and-only Santa Claus.

FLOATING WONDERS
Conceived and crafted by the incredible artisans of Macy’s Parade Studio – a design and production facility that includes carpenters, engineers, electricians, painters, animators, sculptors, metal fabricators, scenic and costume designers – this year’s line-up of floats sets an unparalleled stage for entertainment. Gliding down Manhattan, the Parade’s signature floats transport spectators to worlds of wonder through creative design, engineering, and skillful construction. While they may seem to float down the Parade route as three stories tall and several lanes of traffic wide stages, the magic is truly in the design as these floats are built to collapse to no more than 12 ½-feet tall and 8-feet wide in order to travel safely from the New Jersey home of the Parade Studio to the Manhattan starting line via the Lincoln Tunnel each Thanksgiving eve.

This year, five new floats will debut including Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You! (Josh Dela Cruz), The Brick-changer by The Lego Group (NCT 127), Home Sweet Home by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® (Tenille Townes), Rexy in the City by COACH® (Billy Porter), and Toy House of Marvelous Milestones by New York Life (Kelly Rowland).

The returning float roster and its scheduled performers and special stars include 1-2-3 Sesame Street® by Sesame Workshop™ (The cast and Muppets of Sesame Street); Big City Cheer! by Spirit of America Productions (Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin); Central Park (Lea Michele); Christmas Cheer is Near by Elf Pets®/The Elf on the Shelf®; Cornucopia; Deck the Halls by Balsam Hill® (Idina Menzel); Everyone’s Favorite Bake Shop by Entenmann’s®; Fantasy Chocolate Factory by Kinder™ (Natasha Bedingfield), Harvest in the Valley by Green Giant® (Chris Janson); Heartwarming Holiday Countdown by Hallmark Channel (Chicago); Mount Rushmore’s American Pride by South Dakota Department of Tourism (Chris Young); the NHL® Most Valuable Hockey Mom presented by MassMutual (Black Eyed Peas and NHL® Legends Dominic Moore and Eddie Olczyk); Parade Day Mischief by SOUR PATCH KIDS® Candy (Ozuna); Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Nickelodeon (Ciara); Santa’s Sleigh (Santa Claus); Shimmer and Shine by Nickelodeon (Debbie Gibson); Snoopy’s Doghouse by Peanuts Worldwide (Charlie Brown and former NASA Astronauts Kay Hire and Janet Kavandi); Splashing Safari Adventure by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions (TLC); Tom Turkey; and Universal Playground by Universal Kids (That Girl Lay Lay).

Returning for a third year by popular demand, the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree by Delta Air Lines will feature the harmonious voices of more than 100 Macy’s colleagues and friends from Delta hailing from across the nation and the world. Performing an original song to celebrate the start of the holiday season, the golden-voiced chorus will touch the hearts and uplift the spirits of millions.

STRIKE UP THE BAND AND DANCE
The nation’s best marching bands bring the beat to the holiday revelry. For this year’s 93rd march, 11 of the specially chosen ensembles will ignite coast-to-coast excitement and hometown pride as they step off and perform on the streets of the Big Apple. This year’s bands include Awesome Original Second Time Arounders Marching Band (St. Petersburg, FL), Blue Springs High School Golden Regiment (Blue Springs, MO), Catalina Foothills Falcon Band (Tucson, AZ), Franklin Regional Panther Band (Murrysville, PA), Macy’s Great American Marching Band (United States), Madison Central High School Band (Richmond, KY), Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. High School’s Kings of Halftime (Lithonia, GA), Morgan State University’s The Magnificent Marching Machine (Baltimore, MD), NYPD Marching Band (New York, NY), Ronald Reagan High School Marching Band (San Antonio, TX), and Western Carolina University’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band (Cullowhee, NC).

Entertaining the crowds with their signature exuberance will be the Parade’s signature large and specialty performance groups. Joining the line-up this year are the teen dancers and cheerleaders of Spirit of America Dance Stars and Spirit of America Cheer. These groups together feature more than 1,200 of the very best performers recruited from hometowns nationwide. Days before Thanksgiving, they will gather for the first time in New York City to rehearse their numbers as a group, ahead of their once-in-a-lifetime national spotlight. Adding some wacky 1980s style dancing will be the hilarious 610 Stompers (New Orleans, LA), with modern dance youth talent showcased by The Alvin Ailey School (New York, NY) and the tap dance theatrics of children from The Nice List (New York, NY). Rounding out the performance group line-up and joining select talent performances will be Gamma Phi Circus (Normal, IL), Manhattan Youth Ballet (New York, NY), the dance stars of the world-renowned in-school arts education program National Dance Institute (New York, NY) and Young People’s Chorus of NYC (New York, NY).

A NATIONAL SPECTACLE
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is the nation’s biggest and most anticipated holiday celebration. Broadcast nationally on NBC, with millions of families nationwide tuning in to watch the excitement unfold,  the TODAY Show’s Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker will host the three-hour broadcast from 9 a.m. – noon (in all time zones).

To kick off the revelry, a special must-see opening number featuring a who’s who of actors, singers, dancers and more, all joined by the cast and Muppets of Sesame Street, will start the Thanksgiving Day party with a smash.

Following the opener, on 34th Street, Broadway’s best shows will take a star turn in front of Macy’s famed flagship with special performances.  In addition, the show-stopping Radio City Rockettes® will bring their signature high-kicking magic to Herald Square.

360 DEGREE INTERACTIVE FUN
For the fourth year, Macy’s, along with NBCUniversal and Verizon, will give viewers an up close and personal second screen experience of the Parade with a 360-degree livestream on Verizon’s YouTube page.  The stream will go live at 8:30 a.m. EST at www.youtube.com/verizon and will run through noon EST. With exclusive access to cameras along the entire Parade route, online spectators will get a glimpse of the magic behind the scenes, as well as a preview of what’s to come as the Parade marches down the streets of Manhattan.

For spectators in New York or those traveling to the city to see it live, the 93rd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade begins at 9 a.m., kicking off from 77th Street and Central Park West. The procession will march to Columbus Circle, turn onto Central Park South and then march down 6th Avenue/Avenue of the Americas. At 34th Street, the Parade will make its final turn west and end at 7th Avenue in front of Macy’s Herald Square.

For an insider’s look at the holiday procession, fans nationwide should visit macys.com/parade or regular updates including behind-the-scenes previews, special tours, interactive historical information, and more.  Fans can also follow @macys on various social networks and join the conversation using #MacysParade.

This Thanksgiving, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will bring millions of spectators a dazzling celebration like no other. Start the countdown, in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … Let’s Have a Parade!

Delta Air Lines is the official airline of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Hilton is the official hotel of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Ram is the official truck of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Remo is the official drumhead provider of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Under Armour is the official outerwear provider of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: TV specials and special screenings

May 7, 2018

The royal wedding of Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle will take at Windsor Castle in England on May 19, 2018. Several networks will have a live telecast of the event. Here’s a rundown of what royal watchers in the United States can see in celebration of the wedding.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (Photo by Tim Rooke/REX/Shutterstock)

The following is a press release from E!:

As the Royals and A-list stars converge on Windsor, England to celebrate the upcoming fairytale nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, E! builds on its continued coverage of the Royal Family culminating with the event of the year. The network’s coverage begins on Monday, May 7th at 9p ET/PT with “The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan” wedding special, breaking down the future of the modern day Princess through the lives of three trailblazing women: Diana, Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle. Then on Saturday, May 19th starting at 5a ET/2a PT, reporting live, direct from Windsor Castle, “E! Live From The Royal Wedding” featuring pop culture expert Giuliana Rancic, celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski, royal expert E! News Chief Correspondent Melanie Bromley, and E! UK TV host Sarah-Jane Crawford provides viewers with unparalleled and unpredictable, five-hour, cross-platform coverage from multiple vantage points. Rounding out the night, the network will air “E! Royal Wedding Rundown,” an hour-long recap special of the historic event, at 7:00p ET/PT. The special and day of live coverage will be produced by Wilshire Studios.

“The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan” special features a roster of royal, pop culture, and style experts including Karamo Brown (Queer Eye), Michelle Lee (Editor-In-Chief, Allure Magazine), Melanie Bromley, Zanna Roberts Rassi (Senior Fashion Editor, Marie Claire Magazine), Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (The Fug Girls, “gofugyourself”), and more. The special will look at how these modern day royals are redefining what that means through their lifestyles, fashion, philanthropy, and socially. Viewers will also get a chance to look back at how Diana set the standard for future generations, how Kate has carried that torch, and how Meghan will further redefine what the world thinks of the British royal family. These royal insiders will revisit the lavish weddings of Diana and Kate, and make predictions of what’s to come for Meghan’s big day.

E! News will also have dedicated Royal Wedding coverage the entire week leading up to the ceremony as E!’s resident royal expert Melanie Bromley does comprehensive reporting live in London and Windsor, England with up-to-the-minute updates on Prince Harry and Meghan, along with final preparations for the high-profile nuptials, kicking off Monday, May 14th at 12p ET/PT on “Daily Pop” and 7p ET/PT on “E! News.” Plus, E! News’ coverage will dive deep into these refreshingly modern pop-cultural darlings and their captivating, storybook-like romance, and bring fans all of the details from the star-studded celebrations.

E! News’ fan-favorite Instagram Stories will also feature a special edition of Royal Wedding coverage on Saturday, May 19th, delivering E!’s fresh, comedic and fast-paced take on the biggest moments from the wedding festivities. Fans can follow every moment as the day unfolds and get exclusive behind-the-scenes content on E! News digital and @enews across social platforms (InstagramTwitter, and Facebook) as well as @e_news on Snapchat.

Complete Schedule:

Monday, May 7th at 9p ET/PT

E!’s royal wedding special “The Real Princess Diaries: From Diana to Meghan” will discuss the evolution of royal life and the future of the modern day Princess through the lives of three trailblazing women: Diana, Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle.

Monday, May 14th at 12p ET/PT & 7p ET/PT

Leading up to the ceremony, “Daily Pop” and “E! News” will deliver dedicated Royal Wedding coverage the entire week as E!’s resident royal expert Melanie Bromley does comprehensive reporting live in London and Windsor, England with up-to-the-minute updates on Prince Harry and Meghan, along with final preparations for the high-profile nuptials. Plus, E! News’ coverage will bring fans all of the details from the star-studded celebrations.

Saturday, May 19th at 5:00a ET/2:00a PT

“E! Live From the Royal Wedding” — the network’s unparalleled and unpredictable five-hour wedding coverage — hosted by pop culture expert Giuliana Rancic, celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski, royal expert E! News Chief Correspondent Melanie Bromley, and E! UK TV host Sarah-Jane Crawford.

Saturday, May 19th at 7:00p ET/PT

“E! Royal Wedding Rundown,” the hour-long recap special will air immediately following E!’s live coverage of the historic event.

Digital & Social

E! News’ fan-favorite Instagram Stories will feature a special edition of Royal Wedding coverage on Saturday, May 19th, delivering E!’s fresh, comedic and fast-paced take on the biggest moments from the wedding festivities. Fans can get exclusive behind-the-scenes content on E! News digital and @enews across social platforms (Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook) as well as @e_news on Snapchat.

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The following is a press release from Fox:

“MEGHAN MARKLE: AN AMERICAN PRINCESS” 

FRIDAY, MAY 11, ON FOX

Featuring Interviews with Markle’s Half-Sister, Samantha Markle; Broadcast Journalist Piers Morgan; Princess Diana’s Former Butler, Paul Burrell; and More

The following is a press release from Fox:

The all-new special MEGHAN MARKLE: AN AMERICAN PRINCESS will air Friday, May 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The two-hour event will focus on Markle’s life and potential legacy as the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937.

Airing just days before Markle’s marriage on May 19 to His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, also known as Prince Harry, MEGHAN MARKLE: AN AMERICAN PRINCESS will offer viewers an inside look into the lives of this global power couple straight from experts, socialites and friends intimately connected with the House of Windsor.

The special will examine Markle’s life before Harry, and how both her career as an actress and passion for activism couldhelp shape her role as a member of the royal family. Broadcast journalist Piers Morgan will provide exclusive commentary on the many ways this spirited young American will have to adapt to life in the traditional royal household. Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, will offer insight into her sibling’s upbringing and describe the racial prejudice their family often faced. Also featured in the special will be Royal Correspondent and Harry’s biographer, Katie Nicholl; and Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler, who will look back at Prince Harry’s childhood. Additionally, the special will feature conversations with other figures from Markle’s past, including schoolmates, co-stars and more.

“Since the early days of the British monarchy, right up to the present, the royal family has captivated the minds and imaginations of people across the globe,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. “With Meghan Markle on the cusp of becoming a real princess, joining the likes of Princess Kate and the late Princess Diana, this special will give viewers a unique look and insight into her journey, from her upbringing in Southern California to her wedding to Prince Harry in Windsor Castle.”

 “MEGHAN MARKLE: AN AMERICAN PRINCESS will provide viewers with the definitive inside story of the most talked-about wedding of the year, packed with exclusive insights into how Meghan and the world’s most famous family will change each other’s lives,” said Daniela Neumann, Managing Director of Spun Gold TV.

“The whole world is fascinated by the Meghan Markle fairytale of marrying into the British royal family,” said Natalka Znak, Founder and President of Znak & Co. “With the access and specialist knowledge of our British partners, Spun Gold, the special promises to reveal details of Meghan’s new royal life that will amaze American audiences.”

 MEGHAN MARKLE: AN AMERICAN PRINCESS is produced by Spun Gold TV and Znak & Co. Bridget Boseley, Eamon Hardy and Natalka Znak serve as executive producers. Follow the special on Twitter @FOXTV and join the discussion using #AmericanPrincess. Fox Networks Group Content Distribution holds exclusive international distribution rights.

Parisa Fitz-Henley as Meghan Markle and Murray Fraser as Prince Harry in “Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” (Photo courtesy of Lifetime)

The following is a press release from Lifetime:

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO A ROYAL WEDDING EVENT AS THE LIFETIME FEATURE  HARRY & MEGHAN: A ROYAL ROMANCE HEADS TO THE ALTAR ON MAY 13

Save the date for the Lifetime Feature, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance premiering Sunday, May 13 at 8pm ET/PT, leading into the real-life wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle later that week.

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance follows the fairytale romance of Prince Harry (Murray Fraser, The Loch) and Meghan Markle (Parisa Fitz-Henley, Midnight Texas) from the moment they met after being set up by friends, through their initial courtship when they were able to keep their romance under wraps, and ultimately the intense global media attention surrounding their relationship and Meghan’s life as a divorced American actress.

Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance also stars Steve Coulter as Prince Charles, Bonnie Soper as Diana, Burgess Abernethy as Prince William, Laura Mitchell as Kate Middleton, Maggie Sullivun as Queen Elizabeth II, Deborah Ramsay as Camilla Bowles, Preston Jakub Karwat as Prince George and Briella Wintraub as Princess Charlotte. Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance is produced by Crown Productions and Lighthouse Pictures for Lifetime with Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss executive producing. Menhaj Huda directs from a script written by Scarlett Lacey and Terrence Coli.

A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights to Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry (Photo by REX/Shutterstock)

The following is a press release from TLC:

TLC CELEBRATES THE ROYAL WEDDING OF MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY WITH TWO DAYS OF SPECIAL PROGRAMMING BEGINNING MAY 18

Royal Wedding Programming Includes Three, One-Hour Documentaries Covering

All Things Meghan and Harry, a Live Feed of the Ceremony, and a Spirited Panel Discussion Led by TLC Wedding and Style Experts

 TLC is giving fans a front row seat to the royal event everyone has been waiting for: the nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle! Beginning Friday, May 18, the day before the momentous occasion, the network will air back-to-back, must-see wedding programming, including three documentaries that delve into everything leading up to their big day – from each of their early lives to the wedding rules of royalty.

The celebration continues Saturday, May 19 at 5:00 a.m. EST/2:00 a.m. PST, with TLC’S ROYAL WEDDING LIVE, a live four-hour feed of the royal wedding, followed by the premiere of TLC’S ROYAL WEDDING REVEALED later that night at 10/9c. The one-hour special, hosted by Shaun Robinson, will feature TLC wedding and style experts Randy Fenoli, Lori Allen, Monte Durham, George Kotsiopoulos and Hayley Paige as they capture all the details surrounding the ceremony, from the guests to the wedding party, Meghan’s dress, the castle, and any last-minute bloopers. TLC’s wedding panelists will also discuss the life that Meghan is about to enter as she begins a new royal chapter with Prince Harry.

Twitter commentary from TLC wedding and style experts Randy Fenoli, Lori Allen, Monte Durham, George Kotsiopoulos and Hayley Paige will be shown on-air during the wedding’s live feed. Join the conversation using #TLCRoyalWedding.

Friday night’s three, one-hour documentaries are produced by the international division of British company ITN Productions.  See below for more information:

 PRINCE HARRY: WILD NO MORE 

On Friday, May 18th at 8/7c, it’s the news the world has been waiting for: Prince Harry is tying the knot and his chosen bride is no royal wallflower. She’s independent, outspoken…and American! This one-hour documentary will chart the royal highs, and some embarrassing lows

in the life of the mischievous little boy who grew up to become a very modern prince charming. How, with Meghan Markle by his side, is Harry set to change the face of the royal family?

 MEGHAN MARKLE: A ROYAL LOVE STORY (WT)

On Friday, May 18th at 9/8c, TLC will premiere an hour-long special dedicated exclusively to Meghan Markle, including interviews with her friends, stylists and royal experts about the British Monarchy’s newest member. The special delves into Meghan’s childhood, growing up the only daughter of a mixed-race couple in LA, and her career from trainee diplomat to briefcase girl on Deal or No Deal, to multimillionaire Hollywood actress. MEGHAN MARKLE: A ROYAL LOVE STORY (WT) will also explore the rigorous training she must undergo to transform from actress to princess, the sacrifices she will make to enter this life of duty, and the modern makeover she has single-handedly given to this most famous of royal families.

SECRETS OF THE ROYAL WEDDING

On Friday, May 18th, at 10/9c, TLC will take a look at the whirlwind royal romance that led up to the highly anticipated wedding. Meghan’s walk down the aisle inside a fairytale castle will attract the biggest TV audience of her life. But how will Meghan and Harry make sure their big day feels like their own? The special will go behind-the-scenes to uncover the secrets of the royal wedding and reveal how Meghan and Harry will combine pomp and pageantry with plenty of personal style–and even a little royal rebellion to celebrate their very modern love story.

The following is a press release from NBC:

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wedding Venue, Windsor Castle, Berkshire, U.K. (Photo by  REX/Shutterstock)

ALL FOUR HOURS OF NBC NEWS’ ‘TODAY’ HEAD TO WINDSOR FOR ROYAL WEDDING COVERAGE

Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Megyn Kelly and Kathie Lee Gifford will Anchor Their Respective Hours Live from Windsor on Friday, May 18

On Wedding Day: Guthrie and Kotb Co-Anchor ‘TODAY at the Royal Wedding,’  Joined by Kelly, Gifford, Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones Beginning at 4:30 AM ET

In Primetime Ahead of Wedding: Guthrie and Kotb Take Viewers Behind the Scenes in ‘Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan’ on Wednesday, May 16

All four hours of NBC News’ TODAY are heading to Windsor to bring the excitement of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to viewers back home. Ahead of the nuptials, Savannah GuthrieHoda KotbMegyn Kelly and Kathie Lee Gifford will broadcast their respective hours live from an exclusive location overlooking Windsor Castle on Friday, May 18 (7-11 a.m. ET). Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones will also join TODAY from the United Kingdom.

On Saturday, May 19 (4:30-11 a.m. ET), Guthrie and Kotb will co-anchor “TODAY at the Royal Wedding” from an exclusive vantage point overlooking Windsor Castle where Prince Harry and Markle will emerge as husband and wife. They will be joined by Kelly, Gifford, Roker and Jones from various prime locations. Additionally, there will be a team of NBC News correspondents, including Kelly Cobiella, Rehema EllisStephanie Gosk and Keir Simmons, capturing every facet of the royal wedding and its festivities in and around Windsor and London. The broadcast will also include insight and analysis from royal experts and contributors: Wilfred Frost, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell”; Zanna Roberts Rassi, British fashion expert and senior fashion editor of Marie Claire; Andrew Roberts, British historian; Camilla Tominey, royal editor of Sunday Express; and Ken Wharfe, Princess Diana’s former bodyguard.

NBC News’ Savannah Sellers, co-host of “Stay Tuned” on Snapchat, will cover the royal wedding and anchor the show from London. In addition, TODAY.com will feature original stories and video on the news, style and food aspects of the momentous celebration during the lead-up to the wedding day. NBC News will also cover the event on all digital platforms with original content, video and interactive graphics on a special content hub on NBCNews.com.

As a prelude to the most-talked about wedding of the year, Guthrie and Kotb will host an NBC primetime special, “Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan,” on Wednesday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET, giving viewers an exclusive and unprecedented glimpse into the fairy-tale romance that has captured the imagination and hearts of everyone around the world. The one-hour broadcast will feature interviews with close friends of the couple, along with prominent figures from the worlds of fashion, sports and show business. Kotb will also report live from Windsor, beginning Thursday, May 17, giving viewers an early peak of the final details and events in the run-up to the royal marriage.NBC will lift the curtain on the most talked-about nuptials of the year with “Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan,” set for Wednesday, May 16 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Close friends of the couple, who will be guests at the Windsor Castle ceremony and intimate reception, will tell the story of how Harry and Meghan fell in love, their unique courtship and the journey they’ve shared leading to the most modern royal wedding of all time. The special will also feature exclusive interviews with prominent figures from the worlds of fashion, sports and show business.

“Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan” will go behind the scenes to reveal the secrets of what it takes to stage an event on this scale with interviews from those involved in the May ceremony and previous weddings.

These experts will reveal what will happen in the biggest royal wedding since Kate Middleton and Prince William, and a ceremony rich in history and tradition, including rarely seen archival wedding footage. From Meghan’s wedding dress and closely guarded cake and flowers, to the spectacular secrets of the venue itself, St. George’s Chapel, the special will give unique insight into this hugely anticipated event, and what kind of a wedding, and marriage, this will be.

Filmed in Europe, Africa and the U.S., the special will also feature the people who have inspired the pair on their global charity-focused journey, from the motivational stories of Harry’s fellow soldiers injured overseas, to the role models and mentors who have influenced Meghan’s passions and interests.

“Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan” is produced by ITN Productions with Ian Rumsey serving as executive producer, Rachel Kinnock as producer, and Nathaniel Lippiett as producer and director.

The following is a press release from Fathom Events:

For the First Time Ever, the Royal Wedding Comes to U.S. Movie Theaters for a Commercial-Free Fan Experience on May 19 Only
Fathom Events, BritBox and ITV Bring ‘Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding’ – the Only Full, Uninterrupted Broadcast of the Ceremony – to Cinemas Nationwide

The biggest wedding of the year is about to get the big screen treatment, giving royal fans in the U.S. a front row seat to this monumental event. Fathom Events and BritBox, the subscription service from BBC Studios and ITV, bring moviegoers nationwide Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s highly-anticipated nuptials, captured live from Windsor Castle in England and presented commercial-free on May 19.

Tickets for Harry & Meghan: The Royal Weddingcan be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com or participating box offices.
Fathom Events and BritBox will present “Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding” in nearly 200 U.S. cinemas on Saturday, May 19 at 10 a.m. local time, through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of participating theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).“There’s something special about witnessing history unfold,” said Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt. “We’re thrilled to partner with BritBox to give moviegoers across the country an opportunity to watch one of the most exciting events of the year in a grand, cinematic setting.”

“We are honored to present ‘Harry & Meghan: The Royal Wedding’ to a U.S. audience in such a big way,” said BritBox President Soumya Sriraman. “A Royal wedding has never before been screened in movie theaters, but we believe that an event as monumental as this one is fit for the big screen.”