Netflix Bets Big on Jerry Jones and the Cowboys Legacy for Next Major Docuseries
America’s Team is coming to America’s No. 1 streaming service. In the hunt for the next huge series success, Netflix tapped Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys to recreate the Last Dance effect. The Puck reports that the streaming giant paid close to $50 million for the storytelling rights surrounding the team’s iconic era led by Jimmy Johnson, Troy Aikman, and Emmitt Smith following a bidding war with ESPN and Apple TV+. The show will also mark the start of NFL Films’ relationship with Skydance Sports. The deal has yet to be confirmed at this time.
Joey Chestnut Continues His Reign, Secures 16th Title
What is the 4th of July without America’s greatest tradition, the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest? The rain couldn’t hold off this year’s event. Joey Chestnut took down an astounding 62 hot dogs in just 10 minutes. He out-ate his closest competition by 13 dogs, as Geoffrey Esper came in second with 49. Miki Sudo picked up the women’s title, packing in 39.5 hot dogs for her 9th belt.
MLP Eyes Continued Growth with New Executive Hires
The first season of Major League Pickleball is in the books. As the growing professional league looks to its draft next week, it announced that Julio DePietro and Bruce Popko will join the executive team as CEO and COO respectively. Popko is a seasoned marketing executive who most recently worked as the COO for the Buffalo Bills and Sabres as part of his role at Pegula Sports & Entertainment. DePietro started his career in finance, but after making partner, turned to independent film making. Together with Anne Worcester and founder Steve Kuhn, the MLP executive team will prioritize building sponsors and expanding media rights.
Beyoncé Celebrates North American Leg of Renaissance Tour with Merch Pop-up in Toronto
Queen Bey is heading back to North America. After kicking off her Renaissance Tour in Europe, Beyoncé will stage her first North American shows later this week. She will kick off the upcoming leg in Toronto with performances on July 8 and 9. As part of the festivities, Bey will also launch a pop-up merchandise experience at local retailer, Holt Renfrew. There, she’ll spotlight a 21-piece capsule collection inspired by the tour, with products ranging between $50 and $250.
‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny’ Falls Short of Expectations with $82M Opening
Rain and heat may have plagued huge swaths of the United States this holiday weekend, setting the stage for a box office bonanza. Unfortunately for Disney, things didn’t pan out quite that way. The studio’s $295 million blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny brought in a disappointing $82 million over its five-day holiday weekend run.
Meta Prepares to Launch Threads Amidst Most Recent Twitter Controversy
Elon Musk continued his erratic leadership practices heading into the holiday weekend. The tempestuous billionaire announced that the social media platform would limit the number of tweets that users could see each day. For many, this proved to be the final straw, leading them to look for alternatives. Meanwhile, Meta announced that it will launch its Twitter competitor app, Threads. Threads bills itself as a “text-based conversation app.” According to The Verge, Meta’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox said in a recent meeting, “We’ve been hearing from creators and public figures who are interested in having a platform that is sanely run.” Threads is set to launch on July 6.