MMA Film ‘Never Back Down: Revolt’ Heads to Digital, Disc on Nov. 16

Never Back Down: Revolt, the fourth and newest entry in Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s MMA franchise, will be released through digital retailers and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc Nov. 16.

The film revolves around an amateur fighter (Olivia Popica) who is recruited by a trafficking syndicate specializing in elite underground fighting, where her brutal captor (Michael Bisping) forces her to fight or face certain death.

The film was written by Audrey Arkins, directed by Kellie Madison and produced by Craig Baumgarten, David Zelon and Ben Jacques.

Aside from Popica, the cast includes former UFC champion Michael Bisping, Nitu Chandra Srivasttava, Brooke Johnston, Diana Hoyos and James Faulkner.

The original Never Back Down was released in 2008. The film was directed by Jeff Wadlow and stars Sean Faris, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, and Djimon Hounsou. The plot follows a conflicted teenager who arrives at a new high school to discover an underground fight club.

‘Invincible Dragon’ Due on Disc and Digital Oct. 6 From Well Go

The Chinese action-adventure Invincible Dragon will debut on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 6 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Featuring action superstar Max Zhang (Ip Man 3Master Z: Ip Man Legacy), the film is directed by Fruit Chan (The Midnight After) with a supporting cast that includes champion UFC fighter Anderson Silva (Never SurrenderTapped Out), Kevin Cheng (Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy) and Stephy Tang (The Empty Hands).

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In the film, when a brilliant but trigger-happy detective (Zhang) is outsmarted by a serial killer, he pays a high price for his momentary lapse in judgment. Robbed of both his fiancée and his job, he soon spirals out of control and goes back to what he knows best: fighting. Unbeknownst to him, a serendipitous reunion with an old rival (Silva) may be the key to unlocking the truth about his fiancée’s disappearance — and to apprehending the killer.

Jaime Pollack Named Chief Revenue Officer for Fight Media Group

Anthem Sports & Entertainment June 25 named longtime video game/pro wrestling executive Jaime Pollack as chief revenue officer for Fight Media Group. In this newly created position, Pollack will oversee all revenue generation for Fight Media, which includes Fight Network and IMPACT Wrestling promotion. Pollack will report directly to Ed Nordholm, president of Fight Media Group and chief corporate officer for Anthem. He joins Anthem on July 1 and will be based in Los Angeles.

“Jaime truly has a wide breadth of experience in all facets of the sports spectrum — from the cutting-edge realm of esports to the most popular mixed martial arts promotion in the world,” Nordholm said in a statement. “He brings an incredible pedigree to the table, having forged worldwide success with major brands such as the UFC and Activision Blizzard. This unique skill set could not be more relevant today and, as Fight Media Group continues to grow and expand, his unparalleled expertise and diverse network of connections in these arenas will accelerate our revenue growth.”

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Prior to joining Anthem, Pollack served as VP of media and business development at Activision Blizzard. He was directly responsible for esports media and distribution around the launches of the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, including negotiating the first major e-sports digital streaming deal on Amazon’s Twitch platform, securing esports linear television broadcast partnerships with ABC, Disney XD and ESPN, and creating new cross-Atlantic media distribution in key European and Asian markets.

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Jaime Pollack

Prior to Activision Blizzard, Pollack held several different high-level positions with the MMA powerhouse UFC for over a decade. As SVP, global content and GM of Latin America, Pollack helped take UFC from a domestic fight promoter to a mainstream multi-billion-dollar global sports property. He spearheaded the UFC’s landmark launch in Brazil and helped rapidly expand the organization across Latin America. Under his direction, UFC launched UFC Network, conducted major live worldwide-televised events, created platforms for blue-chip sponsors, and developed local fighter talent. Pollack also drove production of the first international seasons of the reality series “The Ultimate Fighter,” leading to successful ratings, brand awareness, business growth and mainstream embracing of MMA on television. Additionally, he served as president of Pride Fighting Championship in Japan after UFC’s takeover, and he has established dozens of other major media, marketing and brand partnerships globally. Prior to joining the UFC, Pollack was a media attorney at NBCUniversal Television Group.

UFC Hooks Up with ESPN Streaming Video Service

Walt Disney is getting into the octagon.

Mixed martial arts league UFC and The Walt Disney Co. May 8 announced a multi-year media rights agreement for exclusive live UFC content on ESPN+, as well as across a variety of ESPN’s television, social and digital platforms, in English and Spanish, taking effect next January.

The inaugural distribution agreement provides for 15 live UFC events to stream exclusively on ESPN+, the recently-launched $4.99 monthly direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service, in partnership with ESPN.  Each event will be branded “UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night” and will deliver a full card of 12 UFC bouts.

“One of our goals for ESPN+ is to bring sports fans of all genres content they love and are passionate about, and this agreement with UFC is illustrative of exactly that,” Kevin Mayer, chairman, direct to consumer and international, at Disney, said in a statement.

With more than 280 million fans around the world, UFC boasts the youngest fan base among major professional sports organizations in the U.S., with a median age of 40 and an audience comprising 40% millennials.

In addition to the live events and content included in the ESPN+ subscription, fight fans will be able to purchase and watch UFC Fight Pass (UFC’s OTT streaming offering) and UFC PPV events via ESPN+, for a separate cost.

“We will now have the ability to deliver fights to our young fan base wherever they are and whenever they want it,” said Dana White, president of the UFC.

ESPN will also showcase a variety of UFC content across ESPN’s linear and digital platforms, including 30-minute specials previewing upcoming bouts; hundreds of hours of UFC library programming; and re-airs of current UFC PPV events.

The ESPN App and ESPN+ are available on mobile and TV-connected devices and on ESPN.com. The new ESPN App with ESPN+ is available on devices and platforms including Amazon (Fire TV, Fire Stick, Fire Smart TVs, Fire tablets), Android (Android phones, Android TV), Apple (iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and supported in the Apple TV App), Chromecast and Roku.