Tavis Smiley Announces New Slate of Deals
Less than one month after PBS indefinitely suspended the long-running nightly talk show, Tavis Smiley, The Smiley Group, Inc., has announced multiple new deals across an assortment of platforms aimed at reaching a broader, younger and more international audience.
“Every crisis presents us an opportunity,” said the award-winning talk show host. “I look forward to speaking with a louder, clearer voice to even more people. There is just too much going on that demands our immediate attention.”
The 53-year old broadcaster has signed on to host a new online series called “The Upside with Tavis Smiley,” to commence the second quarter 2018. The series— to “celebrate the spirit of resilience and the power to overcome that resides in each of us”— will be distributed over various devices and platforms including: Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Roku, Xbox, Chromecast, iOS, Android, desktop, notebook, etc., with a total universe of more than 500 million viewers.
Other broadcast specials are slated to air on The Word Network, which is available in over 200 countries—reaching nearly 93 million homes in the U.S. alone. “We are thrilled to have Tavis share his insightful programming with our audience, this is a coup for us,” said Kevin Adell, CEO and President of The Word Network.
Additionally, the company announced a partnership with Truli Media Group and Digital Content International (DCI) to broadcast the near 3,000 show catalog of “The Best of Tavis Smiley” episodes.
Finally, The Smiley Group announced that the veteran broadcaster will moderate a five-city town-hall tour, January 29 - February 2, called “The Conversation: Women, Men and the Workplace.” The events will feature a panel of experts in discussion with each other and the audience about how to create safe and healthy work environments. Free and open to the public, the Town-halls will be recorded live and posted on Facebook with tour stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
“The polling is all over the place regarding what women and men think about where the lines are, and what constitutes acceptable office protocol,” said Smiley, who also has a book in the works. “As I said weeks ago, we need to have a national dialogue about these issues so women and men know how to engage each other in the workplace. I am eager to join this essential conversation, starting with this tour.”
Adds Smiley, “Alongside our continuing weekly show on PodcastOne, these new deals will expose our work and witness to millions more viewers domestically and internationally, allow us to reach an even younger demographic, and continue our mission to enlighten, encourage and empower.”