AXS TV has come on board to provide TV production, as well as cable, satellite and telco distribution, for the WOW: Women of Wrestling series and events in the U.S.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss; Mark Burnett, the president of MGM Television and Digital Group; and David McLane, who is behind the 1980s hit TV series GLOW, tapped AXS TV to bring WOW to a wider U.S. television audience. AXS TV will start recording WOW events in Los Angeles later this year, with broadcast slated to begin in early 2019.
The WOW Superhero events are all-female pro-wrestling matches. AXS TV is a partnership between Mark Cuban, Anschutz Entertainment Group, TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, and talent firm Creative Artists Agency.
“I knew of Jeanie’s passion for elevating women’s wrestling for several years, so when Mark Burnett told me what MGM Studios has planned for WOW, I decided to get involved,” AXS TV Chairman and CEO Cuban said. “AXS TV’s long-term success inside the squared circle and broadcasting New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) makes airing WOW a natural fit.”
“Fortunately, I grew up knowing that the key to building a winner starts with teamwork,” WOW owner Buss remarked. “I’m so thankful that Mark Burnett and his MGM Studios, and now Mark Cuban’s AXS TV, are all part of our WOW team. AXS TV will provide a valuable platform to boost audience awareness of our WOW Superheroes, help grow our digital ecosystem and provide the best in women’s wrestling to the millions of fans who want to see powerful, confident women do battle in the ring.”