Boardroom Launches Advisory Arm
Boardroom co-founder Rich Kleiman and his team are leveraging their years of collective experience in the industry through a new Boardroom Advisory arm, which will work with athletes, executives, and brands to create opportunities through venture and private equity investing, sports ownership opportunities, business strategy, and content creation. “What our team has built with Boardroom speaks for itself, and it was born out of many of the relationships we have cultivated along the way,” Boardroom co-founder Kevin Durant said. “Boardroom Advisory is a natural extension of the brand and is a way for us to bring our resources to other athletes. It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.” Sports executive Lorenzo McCloud will be joining as Director, Talent Relations.
A’ja Wilson Announces Upcoming Book ‘Dear Black Girls’
Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson is a two-time league MVP, WNBA champion, and soon-to-be published author. On Monday, Wilson announced her forthcoming book, Dear Black Girls, available for pre-order and scheduled to launch on Feb. 6. Revealing the cover on Instagram, Wilson wrote: “It’s the expansion of an essay that I wrote about how even when life tries to hold you down, it can’t stop you. I am hoping a lot of women can relate to this message, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it.” Wilson set a playoff franchise record with 38 points as the Aces swept the Chicago Sky on Sunday to reach the WNBA semifinal round for the fifth season in a row.
Wasserman Expands with Brillstein Acquisition
Wasserman, the talent firm best known for its representation of athletes, has finalized a contract to acquire entertainment management and production company Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Wasserman Chairman & CEO Casey Wasserman and Brillstein Co-CEOs, Cynthia Pett and Jon Liebman, confirmed the news on Monday. The deal allows Wasserman to plunge deeper into Hollywood to better serve its clients as they pursue deals related to content creation. Brillstein’s impressive client roster includes dozens of A-list stars such as Brad Pitt, Jason Sudeikis, Adam Sandler, Catherine O’Hara, Elizabeth Olsen, and more. Wasserman did not reveal the financial details of the agreement.
ABC Adds 10 Monday Night Football Games to Lineup
Because of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes disrupting Hollywood and the return of fall programming, ABC announced Monday that it’s adding ten more NFL games to its schedule and broadcasting the entire fall season of Monday Night Football. Eight Monday Night Football games were already scheduled to air on ABC but the change increases the number to 18. For the 2023-24 NFL season, ABC will air 20 games, including a Saturday afternoon game on Jan. 6 and a playoff game over the weekend of Jan. 20.
HBO Cancels ‘Winning Time’ After Two Seasons
The HBO sports drama Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty has come to an end after two seasons. The series, which debuted in March 2022, chronicles the Los Angeles Lakers and their ascent to basketball supremacy in the early 1980s. Director Salli Richardson referenced the news with an Instagram post. “When you give it everything you’ve got, you can have no regrets,” she wrote in the caption. “I hope you enjoy the last episode of [Winning Time], I am sure I will do many more hours of TV and hopefully many features in my future, but I can say that at this moment in time, I am most proud of the work we did on this masterful show.” The cast of Winning Time included John C. Rielly, Quincy Isaiah, Jason Clarke, Adrien Brody, Gaby Hoffmann, Tracy Letts, Jason Segel, Julianne Nicholson, Sally Field, and more.
Alex Toussaint Partners With Puma to Release a Cycling Shoe
Puma has teamed up with Peloton instructor Alex Toussaint for a collaboration that includes the brand’s first-ever indoor cycling shoe. The silver and black silhouette features a carbon fiber PWRPLATE outsole that promises optimal structure throughout your ride, Lacelss Disc Fit System for comfort practicality, and a super-lightweight ULTRAWEAVE upper to reduce weight and friction. Toussaint’s signature branding completes the design. Toussaint, who already has an apparel collection with the German company, said in a statement that he and Puma “are truly doing something incredible and this is just the start.” The PWRSPIN x ALEX TOUSSAINT retails for $120 and is available exclusively on Puma’s mobile app on Friday and on puma.com Sept. 24. It hits the Puma NYC flagship store on Sept. 29.