LOS ANGELES – FUEL TV, FOX Sports Media Group’s dynamic network for young males, today announces a strategic evolution that aims to broaden its appeal and redefine it as a network. The re-definition is captured by the new tag line: “Risk is the only rule.”
Already loaded with shows and events designed to reach the male 12-24 demographic, the network is broadening its programming philosophy to now embrace a male 12-34 audience. The network plans to continue showcasing the most compelling events, people, places and stories from the world of action sports, but now also incorporates a new, wider range of sports and lifestyle programs sure to be appreciated by the broader young adult male audience.
FUEL TV’s fall schedule, its most aggressive series rollout to date, features new seasons of six existing shows, the launch of three new shows, a fresh take on news, and the re-design of its prime time flagship “The Daily Habit.” FUEL TV is set to unleash an unprecedented national marketing campaign, including national television, online and print advertising to support the philosophical evolution, fall premieres and new tagline.
“FUEL TV’s initial objectives focused on building a powerful and authentic network brand around action sports and the associated lifestyle,” says CJ Olivares, FUEL TV GM. “In our eighth year and in more than 30 million homes, we’ve achieved that goal with great awareness among action sports participants and fans. Now, in order to grow FUEL TV with the ultimate aim of becoming a rated network, we are evolving to widen our appeal to include more young men.”
At the core of FUEL TV’s repositioning is the new tag line: “Risk is the only rule.”
“The element of risk clearly sets the sports we cover apart from traditional ball and stick sports,” says Shon Tomlin, the network’s SVP of Programming and Marketing. “The price of failure in our world is injury or worse, so with ‘risk’ as our new lens, and with fresh and retooled programs, you’ll see this play out more than ever before.”
FUEL TV premieres numerous standout programs this fall, and it all kicks off with the return of the popular, fast-paced build-and-ride show “Built To Shred” presented by Skullcandy on September 26 (10:30pm ET/PT). Other returning series premiering before year’s end include new seasons of “The Adventures of Danny & The Dingo” and “The Standard Snowboard Show” on November 16; “Props” on November 20; “Thrillbillies” on December 1, and “Bubba’s World” presented by Geico on December 2. In addition, FUEL TV launches new series “SLAM!” on December 15. The series “Crusty’s Dirt Demons” makes its FUEL TV debut on October 7.
FUEL TV is also transforming its news and daily variety shows. “FUEL TV Download,” the daily network newsbreaks that report and comment on the biggest contests, events, and breaking sponsorship deals, premieres on October 4.
Additionally, on October 11, FUEL TV premieres “Cubed,” an original sketch comedy series, which debuted on FoxSports.com’s groundbreaking “Lunch with Benefits.” Corporate cube culture meets sports humor in this weekly, featuring sports-crazed coworkers as they creatively weave in pranks, sketches, and ridiculous scenarios that take the form of imagined music videos and mock TV talk shows – all encompassing the world of pro sports and entertainment.
The network’s signature prime time show “The Daily Habit” re-launches on October 18 featuring a dynamic opinion-driven, panel-talk format. Capitalizing on the frenetic pace of pop culture, the revamped show includes a mix of stars from the worlds of sports and entertainment who comment and discuss anything and everything, from the day’s craziest viral video to the latest celebrity train wreck. “The Daily Habit” continues to showcase contemporary musical performances that you can’t find anywhere else on TV.
FUEL TV is supporting these changes with its most aggressive commitment to national advertising ever, driven by targeted advertising buys across cable and satellite, print and online media.