NBC ‘Contender’ Commits Suicide

NBC 'Contender' Commits SuicideA contestant in the upcoming NBC boxing reality series “The Contender” (search) committed suicide early Monday in West Philadelphia, according to a published report.
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The Contender To Debut Jan ‘05

“The Contender” Moves Launch Date To January 2005October 5, 2004 — NBC has announced that its much-anticipated “The Contender” — the new unscripted series about the search for the next boxing superstar from Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone, Mark Burnett (NBC's “The Apprentice,” “Survivor”) and Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks SKG - will premiere in January 2005.A […]

NBC RINGS THE BELL FOR NOVEMBER PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES ‘THE CONTENDER’

BURBANK, Calif. -– July 10, 2004 –- NBC’s “The Contender,” a new unscripted series that will launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar – and features a golden pedigree of executive producers such as Oscar nominee Sylvester Stallone (”Rocky”), Mark Burnett (NBC’s “The Apprentice,” “Survivor”) and Jeffrey Katzenberg (”Shrek 2″), Co-Principal, DreamWorks SKG […]

BOXING MANAGER JACKIE KALLEN JOINS NBC’S NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES ‘THE CONTENDER’

BURBANK, Calif. -– June 25, 2004 -– Renowned boxing manager, author and journalist Jackie Kallen has signed o­n to appear in “The Contender,” NBC's new unscripted series that will launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar. Kallen will serve as the “den mother” to the show's 16 boxers.
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The Contender: MARK BURNETT, SYLVESTER STALLONE, SUGAR RAY LEONARD WILL ATTEND LOS ANGELES CASTING CALL

CREATOR AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF ‘THE APPRENTICE’ MARK BURNETT ALONG WITH SYLVESTER STALLONE AND SIX-TIME WORLD CHAMPION BOXER SUGAR RAY LEONARD WILL ATTEND THE FIRST DAY OF THE LOS ANGELES CASTING CALL FOR THE UPCOMING NBC UNSCRIPTED DRAMA ‘THE CONTENDER’
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GEORGE FOREMAN WILL APPEAR IN NBC’S NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES ‘THE CONTENDER’

BURBANK, Calif. — March 19, 2004 — World Heavyweight Champion and Olympic gold medal winner George Foreman will appear on NBC’s new unscripted series “The Contender”, which is set to premiere in January 2005.
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SUGAR RAY LEONARD STEPS BACK INTO THE RING AS PART OF NBC’S NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES ‘THE CONTENDER’

BURBANK, Calif. –- March 13, 2004 -– Five-time world champion fighter Sugar Ray Leonard has signed on to star in “The Contender,” NBC’s new unscripted series that will launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar.
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Burnett’s Ad Model Changes TV

NBC’s deal last week for the “The Contender” could mark a major turning point in what networks are willing to sacrifice-like valuable advertising time and product placement revenue-to secure the most sought-after programs.
…in a unique deal that incorporates six 30-second commercial spots. TelevisionWeek has learned that, in contrast to other prime-time TV deals, the […]

It’s HERE! Apply to be a real life ROCKY! Casting for The Contender

NBC has joined with Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (”Rocky”), executive producer Mark Burnett (NBC’s “The Apprentice,” “Survivor”) and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Co-Principal, DreamWorks SKG for “The Contender,” a new unscripted series that will launch a competitive search for the next boxing superstar.

“Mama said knock you out!” The Contender, Real life Rocky coming soon to NBC

Calling all boxers! Reality TV boxing is coming soon to NBC from Sly Stallone and Mark Burnett called The Contender. Mark and Sly held a press conference yesterday at an L.A. boxing gym to discuss the show. FULL STORY
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