Blackbelt TV to bow

Armed with 15,000 hours of two-fisted, two-footed programming from studios
including Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures, the producers of the Mortal
film franchise are looking to launch Blackbelt TV, a 24-hour martial-arts cable network.

The network will mix old and new films (Enter the Dragon, Double
) with TV series (King Fu, for one) and real-life fighting from
around the world, including kickboxing, karate, boxing and judo, as well as
self-defense instruction and health and fitness shows.

Just in case the fighting wasn't enough, the channel will be fronted by
"gorgeous female 'fight jocks' who will provide humorous, sexy and
no-holds-barred interstitial commentary."

Principal backers of the channel are The Threshold.TV Inc., Fusient Media
Ventures and Sirius Investment Corp.

Heading up Blackbelt TV as chairman will be Larry Kasanoff, who earned his
action chops with the Mortal Kombat franchise. In addition, he was cofounder
with James Cameron of Lightstorm Entertainment Inc., where he oversaw production of
Terminator II: Judgment Day.

There was no word on launch date or any sign-ups.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.