New All-Black Female Driven Series ‘Finding Happy’ Highlights Bounce’s Upcoming Originals Slate

E.W. Scripps-owned Bounce, the broadcast and multi-platform entertainment network serving African Americans, unveiled its upcoming original programming schedule. The lineup features an all-new original series about Black women that is written, produced, directed by and starring Black women, Finding Happy. Overview: New original scripted series: Finding Happy (fall 2022) Returning series: Johnson (July 10) New original […]

Scripps National Spelling Bee To Host 234 Spellers At 2022 Bee Week

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will welcome 234 spellers to National Harbor, Md., from May 31 to June 2 for the national rounds of competition and the first fully in-person Bee since 2019. The competitors advanced through local and regional bees that took place through April. The preliminaries are May 31, the quarterfinals and semifinals […]

Bounce’s ‘Saints & Sinners’ To Wrap With Sixth And Final Season

Bounce Postpones Trumpet Awards Amid Growing COVID-19 Cases

LeVar Burton Joins Scripps National Spelling Bee As Host

LeVar Burton has been hired as host of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, giving the competition a celebrity headliner who’s also a longtime literacy advocate as Scripps takes over production of the bee telecast. Burton, who played Geordi La Forge on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and was the longtime host of the children’s educational […]

Scripps Networks Ups Cheryle Harrison To Head Bounce

She will now oversee the overall strategic vision for African American-focused diginet, including brand strategy, programing, marketing, social media, digital and community relations.

Scripps National Spelling Bee To Air Live On Ion & Bounce In 2022

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will air live on two U.S. broadcast television networks in 2022, making it accessible to the widest audience in its nearly 100-year history. The 2022 national competition on June 2 will mark a new chapter for the Bee as it makes its primetime debut on Ion and Bounce, available free […]

Scripps Seeks Ion Synergies With Diginet Moves

Scripps will continue to operate the Ion Television network on its 48 Ion stations’ primary channels but will cease operations of the Ion multicast networks Ion Plus, Qubo and Shop Ion, effective Feb. 28.

Bounce Trumpet Awards To Honor Campbell, Shahidi, Abrams, Smith

Bounce To Cover Service For Rep. John Lewis

Bounce Airing Star-Studded Black History Month Special

McDonald’s To Sponsor Bounce Trumpet Awards

McDonald’s USA will be the official sponsor of the 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, with the 2020 Census, Denny’s and Gold Series from Pantene also participating in the evening celebrating African-American achievements and contributions that will air exclusively on Bounce on Sun, Jan. 12, at 9 p.m. ET. McDonald’s sponsorship includes the Rising Star Award presented by McDonald’s, which recognizes a young person who is quickly establishing themselves by making […]

Wanda Sykes To Host 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards

Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress and writer Wanda Sykes will host the 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, a night of inspiration, history and performances celebrating African-American achievements and contributions. For the first time in its history, the Bounce Trumpet Awards will be held in Hollywood, taking place at the Dolby Theatre. It will tape Dec. 4 and will premiere nationwide on Bounce on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 9 p.m. ET […]

Kevin Hart’s ‘Laugh Out Loud’ Sets Bounce Premiere

Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud premieres on Bounce Monday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. ET with episodes every Monday night through the summer. Each episode of the program will feature a curated collection of the award-winning content from Hart’s popular and celebrated Laugh Out Loud digital service. The 10-episode season is executive produced by Hart and hosted by comedian Jasmin “Jazzy” Brown who will introduce […]

Bounce Adds ‘Moesha’ And ‘The Game’

The CBS Television Distribution shows will air weeknights back-to-back starting Mon. Feb. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Bounce Renews ‘Saints & Sinners’ For Fourth Season

Previous seasons of Saints & Sinners to stream on Hulu in Bounce’s first deal with the premium streaming service.

Bounce Slates Its First Original Movie

E.W. Scripps-owned Bounce, an African-American targeted network, will premiere its first Bounce Original Movie, A Stone Cold Christmas, on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 9 ET. Bounce also announced a new original series, Last Call, a half-hour situation comedy from Bobbcat Films and Roger Bobb, producer of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns and Mann & Wife. Last Call will premiere on Bounce on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. […]

Brown Sugar Launches on Xfinity X1

Brown Sugar, a subscription-video-on-demand service operated by Bounce and featuring  African-American movies, is now available over the Internet on Comcast’s Xfinity X1. Xfinity X1 customers can subscribe to and access Brown Sugar’s extensive library of iconic black movies by saying “Brown Sugar” into their X1 Voice Remote, or by finding it within Xfinity on Demand’s curated Black Film & TV destination […]

Bounce Lands Rights To ‘Scandal’

Olivia Pope is coming back to primetime. Scripps-owned diginet Bounce has licensed the broadcast television rights to all seven seasons and 125 episodes of the Peabody- and Emmy-winning series Scandal in a multi-year agreement with the Walt Disney Co. Bounce will air the popular series weeknights at 8 p.m. ET beginning Nov. 12. Scandal stars Kerry Washington as […]


‘Saints & Sinners’ Season Premiere Sets Record

The third season premiere of the Bounce multicast network’s original drama series Saints & Sinners on Sunday, April 8, at 9 p.m. ET averaged 681,000 total viewers, an increase of 20% over the show’s season two premiere, to set a record as the most-watched original in Bounce history. The season three premiere was also up 24% in household delivery (528,000, […]

Brown Sugar Rolls Out New Titles

Brown Sugar, the subscription video-on-demand service from Bounce featuring African-American movies, today announced new titles for April. New episodes from season three of the Bounce drama series Saints & Sinners will be available to watch the morning after each Sunday night premiere on Bounce, with seasons one and two available for binge-watching today. Saints & Sinners […]


Bounce Lands ‘Wendy Williams Show’

Starting March 5, the multicast network will air that day’s episode at 11 p.m. ET in the first repurposing deal by a multicast network.


‘Bounce Trumpet Awards’ Seen By 2.4M

The multicast network’s telecast last Sunday was the No. 1 show on cable in African-American homes.

Bounce Announces Trumpet Award Winners

The 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, which celebrate African-American achievements and contributions, will air exclusively on Bounce on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET. The honorees announced Wednesday are: Jermaine Dupri, Cameo, Richelieu Dennis, Tamika Mallory, Marley Dias, Dr. Lonnie Johnson and Rhyon Brown. Larenz Tate, Screen Actors Guild Award-winner and Power star, and Erica […]


Pam Grier Hosts Bounce’s ‘Leading Ladies Takeover’

Actress Pam Grier will host an evening of action-oriented, women-kicking-butt movies on Bounce Saturday, Jan. 6, in anticipation of the new motion picture Proud Mary, starring Taraji P. Henson, which opens in theaters on Jan. 12. Bounce’s Leading Ladies Takeover kicks off at 9 p.m. ET with Baby Boy, starring Henson in her big screen debut. Jennifer Lopez as a U.S. Marshall in Out of […]

Tate, Ash To Host Bounce Trumpet Awards

Larenz Tate and Erica Ash will host the 2018 Bounce Trumpet Awards, celebrating African-American achievements and contributions. The gala black-tie ceremony will be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Sat. Jan. 20, 2018, and will air on Bounce on Sun. Feb. 11, at 9 p.m. ET. Bounce, the Scripps-owned African-American multicast network on television, now exclusively […]


E.W. Scripps Closes $302M Katz Purchase

Since Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, its net purchase price is $292 million for the multicast networks Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff.

Bounce Unveils Oct. 2 Debut Primetime Lineup

Bounce announced its primetime lineup on Thursday. Mon. Oct. 2 will feature the world premiere of the new comedy series, “Grown Folks,” the fifth season premiere of the hit sitcom, “Family Time,” and an all-new installment of the network’s primetime newsmagazine show, “Ed Gordon.”  Bounce also announced today the addition of “Living Single.” Bounce will debut the series Mon. Oct. […]

Brown Sugar Available To Amazon Prime Members

Amazon today announced the launch of Brown Sugar — the new subscription-video-on-demand service featuring baddest African-American action movies — on Amazon Channels.  Amazon Prime members can now watch Brown Sugar’s library of iconic black movies, all un-edited and commercial-free as they were originally seen in theaters. Prime members can purchase a subscription directly, which will also enable them to access the service and on […]


Univision Renews Distribution Deal With Katz

The new agreement extends carriage of the Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff multicast networks through 2024. In addition, Univision will add Bounce in Washington on Sept. 30.

Brown Sugar Launches on Roku Devices

Brown Sugar, the new subscription-video-on-demand service from Bounce, is now available on the Roku platform. Roku customers can now watch Brown Sugar’s library of iconic black movies, all un-edited and commercial-free as they were originally seen in theaters. Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service at and on other Brown […]

Bounce Unveils New Show In Fall Lineup

The African American-targeted multicast network’s 2017-18 programming will feature the new Grown Folks in addition to the exclusive telecast of The Trumpet Awards 2018, quarterly Ed Gordon newsmagazine specials and a new season of Premiere Boxing Champions on Bounce.

Scripps Buys Katz Diginets For $302 Million

Scripps was already a 5% owner in a portion of the business, so its net purchase price is $292 million for Bounce, Grit, Escape and Laff. Founder Jonathan Katz will continue to lead the Katz networks business. The company, with about 130 employees, will remain based in the Atlanta area.

Brown Sugar Launches On Apple TV

Brown Sugar, the Bounce-owned subscription-video-on-demand service featuring African-American movies, is now available on Apple TV. Apple TV viewers can watch Brown Sugar’s library of iconic black movies, all un-edited and commercial-free as they were originally seen in theaters. Apple TV (fourth generation) customers who purchase a Brown Sugar subscription will receive a seven-day free trial and then pay $3.99 per month thereafter. […]


Optimistic Outlook On Multicast’s Prospects

While diginets still have some hurdles to face — such as rising program license fees — they have captured the attention of general-market advertisers and they are looking forward to the rollout of the upcoming ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard with its expanded capacity. What’s more, the multicast networks are relieved that the FCC’s incentive auction and ongoing repack of the TV band isn’t affecting their station carriage deals to any significant extent.

Susan Malfa To Head Sales At Katz Diginets

The veteran cable net sales executive will oversee sales at Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff.

Consortium Aims For Programmatic TV Buys

Interpublic’s Mediabrands unit has formed an alliance with more than 15 minor TV networks to develop and organize data and technology that would enable the agency and its clients to buy their advertising inventory programmatically. The initiative, which is being led by Mediabrands’ Magna Global unit, so far includes more than 15 networks, about half of which are not even measured by Nielsen.

VH1 Greenlights Scripted Series ‘Bounce’

VH1 Preps Hourlong Scripted Pilot ‘Bounce’