PBR offers blueprint for WME-IMG on UFC promotion, content possibilities
Now that WME-IMG has the UFC, what will the Hollywood agency do with it?
To a large extent, WME-IMG says, the Professional Bull Riders represents a road map for the UFC in its promotion and content opportunities.
|Riding high: WME-IMG bought the PBR for $100 million in April 2015.
A look inside WME-IMG’s plans for the UFC show that it will employ many of the same tactics it used with the PBR — a focus on event promotion using WME talent, a new TV deal with CBS that doubled the rights fee, and a new PBR over-the-top channel.
The PBR in August will unveil a brand campaign that features the voice of Steven Tyler, a WME client, performing a new song specifically for the PBR. That campaign will hit TV, print, billboard, radio and in-venue locations next month.
WME also used its connections to place PBR champion J.B. Mauney on CBS’s “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, another client.
A six-episode PBR docu-series featuring Brazilian bull riders will premiere on Netflix next month, showing the capabilities of IMG’s content team led by Mark Shapiro.
The UFC also represents another property for WME-IMG’s global partnership group to sell. While the UFC has its own sales team, WME-IMG’s chief sales group, led by Greg D’Alba, president of global sales and marketing, will play a role.