Anthem Sports & Entertainment

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Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corporation
Private
Industry Mass media
Founded December 2010; 6 years ago (2010-12)
Founder Leonard Asper
Headquarters 171 East Liberty Street Ste. 230
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M6K 3P6
Key people
Products Broadcasting
Television Production
Digital media
Live event promotion
Owner Sygnus Corp. (72.95%)
Fight Holdings Inc. (25.62%)
Subsidiaries
Website Anthem Sports & Entertainment

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corporation is a broadcasting and production company based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, owned by Sygnus Corporation and Fight Holdings Inc. It is a global media platform that owns and operates niche specialty TV channels and related digital media assets that cater to a male demographic. All content is available on linear, digital and mobile platforms. Anthem also has offices and studios in New York City, Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Sygnus is completely owned by Leonard Asper, former President and CEO of Canwest, who serves as Anthem's president and CEO. Fight Holdings Inc. is controlled by Edwin Nordholm, who serves as Anthem's executive Vice President, and Loudon Owen.[1]

History[edit]

Anthem Media Group[edit]

Anthem Media Group Inc. was founded in December 2010 by Canadian broadcast stalwart Leonard Asper, through his acquisition of a majority stake in Fight Network.[2]

On January 10, 2013, Anthem purchased a significant equity stake in Pursuit Channel, the largest outdoor television network in the USA.[3]

In August 2013, the company acquired the American combat sports channel My Combat Channel.[4]

In August 2013, Anthem also announced the acquisition of RotoExperts and SportsGrid to bolster its online presence and provide content for the launch of FNTSY Sports Network.[5]

On March 1, 2014, Anthem launched FNTSY Sports Network, the first-ever television channel in the world devoted to the fantasy sports industry.[6]

In January 2015, Anthem announced the acquisition of LuDawgs.com and revamped the fantasy gaming website as DailyRoto.com.[7][8]

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp[edit]

Anthem Media Group Inc. was renamed to Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. in May 2015.[1]

In October 2016, Anthem invested in professional wrestling company Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Anthem was loaning TNA Wrestling money during 2016,[9] and was its Canadian media partner. On January 4, 2017, Anthem announced the acquisition of a majority interest in the wrestling company with former majority owner Dixie Carter become a minority owner. Anthem Sports set up a division, Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, to oversee TNA and Fight Network. Nordholm was appointed president of the division, while Carter was added to the Advisory Board of Fight Media.[10] In June 2017, Anthem purchased the Nashville-based Global Force Wrestling (GFW), which had been owned by TNA co-founder Jeff Jarrett, who had already rejoined the company as chief creative officer. The combined company kept the GFW name.[9]

Anthem has also partnered with an American-based global supplier of extreme and action sports content to launch Edge Sport in Canada and other territories.

Assets[edit]

Digital media[edit]

Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp. owns several digital media assets including:

  • RotoExperts: a leading provider of fantasy sports related content
  • SportsGrid: a U.S.-based general sports commentary website
  • DailyRoto; comprehensive daily fantasy sports website
  • Total Access Impact Wrestling: a subscription-based on-demand service featuring content from the GFW wrestling brand Impact
  • Global Wrestling Network (GWN): an upcoming subscription-based multi-platform professional wrestling video streaming service[12]

Defunct units[edit]

  • My Combat Channel, an online combat sports channel

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