Mag Bag: NBC To Air 'Sports Illustrated' Swimsuit Special

NBC To Air Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Special

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated’s beloved Swimsuit Issue, and Time Inc. and NBC will celebrate the milestone with a two-hour TV special set to air Feb. 3, at 9 PM ET/PT.
 
The show, titled “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful,” will be hosted by Heidi Klum -- a former SI swimsuit cover model -- and will also feature appearances by fellow swimsuit models Tyra Banks, Christie Brinkley, Kathy Ireland, Marissa Miller, and Kate Upton, among others.

The show will also include musical performances by Enrique Iglesias, Lady Antebellum, the Fray, John Legend, and Tim McGraw.
 
Along the way, viewers will take a historical trip tracing the development of the franchise, including behind-the-scenes footage, photography and stories from the cover shoots. The show will culminate with a countdown of the top 10 SI swimsuit covers of all time. The Swimsuit Issue itself is due to hit newsstands Feb. 11, 2014.
 
Time Inc. and NBC also recently struck a deal with Dick Clark Productions to produce the “People Magazine Awards,” which debuts this year.
 
Also this week, the Sports Illustrated Golf Group announced plans to launch an e-commerce platform in partnership with Golfsmith and Play18 Solutions, according to Folio:, which first reported the news.
 
ESPN The Magazine Boosts Rate Base
 
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Carroll To Associate Publisher, Travel + Leisure
 
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Lindgren To Acting Editor, Hollywood Reporter
 
Hugo Lindgren, a former editor in chief of The New York Times Magazine, has been named active editor of The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment trade publication. Before joining the NYT, Lindgren served as deputy editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and editorial director of New York. His appointment at The Hollywood Reporter is scheduled to last three months.
 
AIM Names Strunk Prez, Warren Miller Entertainment
 
Rory Strunk has been named president of Warren Miller Entertainment, as well as the associated AIM Studios Powered by Warren Miller, enthusiast publisher Active Interest Media has announced. Before joining AIM’s Warren Miller business, Strunk founded RSN (Resorts Sports Network), the World of Adventure Sports on NBC, and Global Content Partners, which created custom content for clients such as Jeep, Red Bull, VW and Cabela’s.
 
Feddersen To GM, Digital, The Week Inc.
 
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