G4 (TV channel)
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|Launched||April 24, 2002|
|Owned by||G4 Media (NBCUniversal)|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Headquarters||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Sister channel(s)||Bravo, Chiller, Cloo, CNBC, Comcast SportsNet, E!, Golf Channel, MSNBC, mun2, NBC, NBC Sports Network, Oxygen, Style Network, Syfy, Telemundo, Universal HD, Universal Sports, USA Network, The Weather Channel, Weatherscan|
|Dish Network||191 (HD/SD)|
|Available on many cable systems||Check local listings for channel numbers|
|Verizon FiOS||191 (SD)|
|AT&T U-Verse||1149 (HD)
G4, also known as G4 TV, is an American television channel, originally geared primarily toward young male adult viewers and the world of video games. Launched on April 24, 2002, G4 is currently headquartered in Los Angeles and owned by G4 Media, which is owned by NBCUniversal/Comcast.
Under Charles Hirschhorn 
The launch shows consisted of:
- Arena: a multi-player game competition between two teams of four players.
- Filter: a top-ten countdown voted by viewers.
- Blister: focused on action/adventure game news.
- Cinematech: described as a showcase for the best high-end digital art.
- Game On: two hosts competed in video game action come to life with dire consequences for the loser.
- Sweat: focused on sports game news.
- Cheat!: tips and cheat codes on video games.
- Portal: focused on multiplayer online games.
- Pulse: news on the video-game industry.
- Judgment Day: currently known as Reviews on the Run, "two video-game gurus will opine on the latest entries."
- G4tv.com: an interactive talk show on video games.
G4 was created and originally led by Charles Hirschhorn, a former president of Walt Disney Television and Television Animation. He expected video game creators themselves to eventually produce programming for the channel. He envisioned that G4 could follow in the footsteps of MTV which in his opinion provided music video producers with a venue for non-traditional television programming. Hirschhorn intended G4 to become a vehicle for unconventional advertising. In 2002, G4 offered advertisers wide latitude to place their products on G4's programs, and even allowing their commercials to appear as if they're a part of the program. G4 also offered what was called a "2 minute unit" which was an advertising package played as if it were part of a G4 program that was long enough to run an entire movie trailer. G4 also offered to sell the right to have a game showcased on the show Pulse.
On March 25, 2004, Vulcan Inc. announced that G4 Media would acquire TechTV and merge it with G4. The combined channel was branded G4techTV. Days before the announced sale, Comcast made plans to close the original TechTV production facilities in San Francisco and offered new headquarters in Los Angeles with openings for 80–100 TechTV employees available if they were willing to relocate. Hirschhorn headed the combined entity.
On February 15, 2005, less than a year after the merger, "TechTV" was officially dropped from the channel's name in the U.S. and the channel became known again as G4. However, the channel's Canadian version retained the "G4techTV" name until mid-2009, when it was renamed G4 Canada.
Under Neal Tiles 
In September 2005, Neal Tiles replaced Hirschhorn as the channel's president. Tiles had previously been a senior marketing executive at DirecTV, Fox Sports and ESPN. He announced that G4 would be retooled as a male-oriented channel, stating that "guys like to play games, but not necessarily watch a bunch of shows with games on the screen".
Comcast, the parent company of both G4 and E! television channels, announced on October 12, 2006, that it would consolidate its west coast entertainment operations, including G4, E! and Style into a new group headed by Ted Harbert, who had formerly run the E! channel. It was announced that the upper management of the G4 channel would relocate to the E! channel's Los Angeles office. Harbert gave his opinion at the time that the focus of the channel on "gaming has been demonstrated as being too narrow." He also gave assurances that while G4 might change, it would not become extinct.
On March 4, 2007, it was announced that the G4 Studios in Santa Monica, California, would close on April 15. Production of G4 programs was relocated to the Comcast Entertainment Group facility, which housed E! and Style Network, in the Wilshire Courtyard complex in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles (G4's original facility remains in use as an E! studio and office facility and was utilized by Chelsea Lately and After Lately until their October 2012 move to Universal Studios Hollywood). As a consequence, many G4 employees involved in production were terminated. The sets of G4's original programs were also redesigned to fit within the new smaller spaces allocated to them.
In April 2007, G4, in association with Earth911, launched an electronic-waste-recycling campaign called Gcycle. As Comcast acquired NBCUniversal in 2011 (thus making G4 a part of NBCUniversal), Gcycle is one of NBC's Green is Universal's initiatives.
In June 2008, G4 launched G4 Rewind. This block showed older episodes of X-Play, Judgment Day, Cheat, G4tv.com, Arena, Portal, G4's Training Camp and GameMakers. G4 Rewind left the schedule when the summer was over and returned for Daytime reruns for older episodes of X-Play in June 2009 until January 2010.
On February 17, 2009, it was reported that G4 intended to cut back its original content programming. X-Play would be reduced to three nights a week while Attack of the Show! would be cut to four nights a week. Consequently, a number of the staff and production crew involved in the shows would be laid off. Layla Kayleigh also left G4 in April 2009 after Neal Tiles announced that her contract would not be renewed.
In May 2009, G4's website was completely redesigned with a more prominent role of gaming as the intended purpose. Since the redesign of the website, G4's blog, TheFeed, has been overhauled as well. On July 31 a new web video game discussion series, TheFeed: Nightcap debuted. On August 28, 2009 TheFeed Nightcap was renamed Feedback.
It was announced during Comic-Con 2010 that G4 would be the exclusive broadcaster of Marvel Anime which aried in 2011. During the week of July 26-August 1, 2010, G4 changed its logo to 4G as a promotion for Sprint Nextel's next generation wireless internet service.
DirecTV announced that it had removed G4 from its channel lineup on November 1, 2010. DirecTV cites low interest in their subscriber base and Nielsen ratings as the primary reason for dropping of the channel. DirecTV commented that it was "...unable to reach an agreement to continue carrying the G4 channel and it has been removed from the DirecTV channel lineup." On October 30, 2010, Attack of the Show! host Kevin Pereira echoed Comcast's sentiments about the decision, stating that "G4 has offered DirectTV the same basic deal they have had for the last three years, but DirecTV has rejected this claiming that they do not see the value in G4." It was reported that the Ultimate Fighting Championship and WWE were in separate talks to buy G4 in 2011. Talks with both companies apparently fell through, and UFC eventually partnered with Fox, while WWE is in the process of launching their own network.
Under Adam Stotsky 
On January 5, 2012, Neal Tiles stepped down as CEO. He was replaced by former NBC marketing chief Adam Stotsky. Long-time employees Adam Sessler and Kevin Pereira left the network during the first half of 2012. Sessler now works at Revision 3 Games. On May 20, 2012, G4 was given a new graphics package overhaul, still utilizing the current G4 logo, except the bug has moved to the bottom right corner instead of the top, and made transparent. The logo was also rendered in 3-D for their commercials. This overhaul also discontinued "The Feed" ticker, and the "G-Spot" shorts shown during commercial breaks. The network's syndication agreement for Cheaters ended in December 2012.
On October 26, 2012 it was announced that X-Play and Attack of the Show! would cease by the end of 2012. This would end all of G4's studio programming, leaving it only airing acquired and syndicated programming. Reports of G4 rebranding itself in 2013 into an upscale men's channel appeared previous to the recent programming changes. X-Play and Attack of the Show! aired their final original episodes (taped a month earlier) on January 23, 2013.
Esquire Network 
In December 2012, NBCUniversal inked a brand licensing deal with Hearst Corporation, the owner of Esquire magazine, to turn G4 into Esquire Network, which will air shows aimed at a metrosexual audience about travel, cooking, fashion and non-sports related male programming, including the addition of acquired and archive NBCU content such as Party Down, Parks and Recreation, and week-delayed episodes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The rebranding was scheduled to take place on April 22, 2013, but was moved to a date in summer not yet specified on April 15, 2013, as network GM Adam Stotsky stated the rebranding was moved up in order to have a broader original series slate to launch with than would have been available for the April launch. Stotsky has also confirmed that a new season of American Ninja Warrior will be on the network in the summer. All promotional advertising for G4, outside of spare "up next" promos for the network's daily schedule, was discontinued weeks before the aborted April launch.
G4 HD 
G4 HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of G4 that launched on December 8, 2008 with the entire suite of Comcast Entertainment Group networks at the time. It is carried nationally on Dish Network and regionally on AT&T U-verse, Cablevision, among other providers in select areas.
G4 Canada 
A Canadian channel called G4 Canada was launched in 2001 as TechTV Canada by Rogers Media (33.34%), Shaw Communications (33.33%) and TechTV US (33.33%). It uses the G4 trademark under license from NBCUniversal, and initially both channels shared a focus on technology and video game-related programming. However, both channels, since the renaming to G4, deviated considerably from their original roots, although there is still connection between the two channels since many of G4's current programs, including newer series such as That's Tough (although no longer airs since April 2012), Bomb Patrol Afghanistan, Web Soup, Campus PD, and Proving Ground, do air on G4 Canada. G4 Canada also airs older (and often, out-of-date) tech content such as The Lab with Leo Laporte to meet their remit for channel content under Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission guidelines in off-peak periods. Some of their programming blocks parallel each other, such as the Anime Unleashed block paralleling G4 Canada's Anime Current block, and the Midnight Spank block paralleling the ADd block.
With the American network rebranding soon, it is unknown if G4 Canada will retain its current ident or follow suit, though the network's CRTC remit requires it to maintain tech content, and the network has had to roll back some of its male-targeted programming in the past due to CRTC concerns.
- Matt Iseman, co-host of American Ninja Warrior
- Jonny Moseley, co-host of American Ninja Warrior
- Angela Sun, correspondent for American Ninja Warrior
Former hosts 
- Kristin Adams, correspondent for X-Play
- Alex Albrecht, correspondent for Attack of the Show!
- Candace Bailey, co-host of Attack of the Show!
- Blair Butler, comic book correspondent for "Fresh Ink" on Attack of the Show!
- Jessica Chobot, correspondent for X-Play and Attack of the Show!
- Chris Gore, movie correspondent for "DVDuesday" on Attack of the Show!'
- Laura Foy, co-host of g4tv.com
- Chris Hardwick, host of Web Soup
- Grace Helbig, correspondent for Attack of the Show!
- Blair Herter, co-host of X-Play and correspondent for Attack of the Show!
- Geoff Keighley co-host of Judgement Day and g4tv.com
- Sarah Lane, co-host Attack of the Show
- Michael Louden (1964-2004) co-host of Arena until 2003
- Victor Lucas, host of Judgement Day
- Chi-Lan Lieu, co-host The Screen Savers to 2005.
- Matt Mira, correspondent for "Gadget Pr0n" on Attack of the Show!
- Diane Mizota, host of Filter
- Brendan Moran, co-host Attack of the Show!/The Screen Savers
- Olivia Munn, co-host Attack of the Show
- Kevin Pereira, co-host The Screen Savers/Attack of the Show
- Kevin Rose, co-host Attack of the Show
- Lee Reherman, host of Arena
- Scott Rubin, co-host of g4tv.com
- Weston Scott, correspondent for Attack of the Show!
- Adam Sessler, co-host of X-Play 1998-2012 and regular appearances on Attack of the Show!
- Tommy Tallarico, co-host of Judgement Day
- Tiffany Smith, correspondent for X-Play and Attack of the Show!
- Sara Underwood, anchor of "The Feed" on Attack of the Show!
- Morgan Webb, co-host of X-Play
- Tina Wood, host of g4tv.com
- TV 4 Gamers (2002-2004)
- Stay Connected (2004-2005)
- Video Game TV (2005-2006)
- TV That's Plugged In (2007-2012)
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- Charles Hirschhorn, Forbes.com
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- Comcast buys TechTV, San Francisco Chronicle March 26, 2004.
- G4 Drops TechTV Handle, Broadcasting & Cable 1/10/2005.
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- Earth 911
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- G4's "Open Source", March 2, 2009
- G4's "X-Play", "Attack of the Show" Cut Back, Variety, February 17, 2009
- Open Source - May 2009
- Welcome To An All-New, All-Different Version Of G4tv.com's TheFeed! TheFeed Posted July 9, 2009 - By Raymond Padilla
- TheFeed Nightcap, July 31st -- The Pilot Episode! TheFeed Posted July 31, 2009 - By Andrew Pfister
- August 28, 2009 (2009-08-28). "G4 Video - ''G4tv.com's Feedback''". G4tv.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- Posted July 24, 2010 - By Mike D'Alonzo (2010-07-24). "Four Marvel Animated Series Coming To G4 In 2011". G4tv.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- G4 Channel to Become 4G in a Week of Sprint Promotion, The New York Times
- DirecTV Pulls G4 from Lineup - Move Comes After Failed Carriage Negotiations with Comcast, Variety, October 31, 2010
- DirecTV drops G4 Entertainment Weekly November 1, 2010
- DirecTV Drops Comcast's G4 The Hollywood Reporter November 1, 2010
- "DirecTV G4 statement". Support.directv.com. Retrieved 2013-05-16.
- "UFC Looking to Buy G4 Cable Channel, Spike Execs Prepare to Move On". MMA Fighting. June 8, 2011. "WWE: Is the G4 Channel the Answer to WWE's Proposed TV Network?". Bleacher Report. June 9, 2011.
- Andreeva, Nellie (January 5, 2012). "G4 President Neal Tiles Steps Down". Deadline. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- Andreeva, Nellie (January 5, 2012). "Former NBC Marketing Chief Adam Stotsky Named General Manager Of G4". Deadline. Retrieved January 6, 2012.
- MacKenzie, Carina (October 26, 2012). "'Attack Of the Show' and 'X-Play' canceled by G4". Zap2It. Retrieved October 26, 2012.
- Rose, Lacey (December 7, 2012). "NBCUniversal, Hearst Corp. Close Deal to Rebrand G4 as Esquire Channel". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- G4 Staff (February 11, 2013). "G4 To Be Rebranded As The Esquire Network On April 22nd". G4TV.com. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
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