A TELEVISION EVENT 80 YEARS IN THE MAKING: ESQUIRE NETWORK DEBUTS SEPTEMBER 23 WITH ESQUIRE'S 80th -- Narrated by John Slattery, two-hour, star-studded special kicks off Esquire Network's first-ever night of primetime programming -- LOS ANGELES - September 16, 2013 - To understand where you're going, you have to know where you've been. Esquire Network ushers in a new era for an iconic brand with a television event 80 years in the making: ESQUIRE'S 80th. As the network's first original production, the two-hour special kicks off Esquire Network's first-ever night of primetime programming on Monday, September 23 from 9-11p e/p. ESQUIRE'S 80th is narrated by actor and director John Slattery (Mad Men). In ESQUIRE'S 80th, some of the magazine's most celebrated editors, writers and story subjects celebrate Esquire's 80th birthday with a revealing look at the people, politics and pop culture that shaped our lives over the last eight decades -- all told through the signature lens of cover stories, images and seminal articles from the archive of Esquire. "Esquire has set the standard for telling our most important stories with depth, intelligence and style, and this special will celebrate the debut of Esquire Network in much the same way," said Adam Stotsky, General Manager of Esquire Network. "It seems only fitting that the network begins its existence by celebrating the rich legacy of this truly iconic brand." "For eight decades, Esquire has offered perspective and illumination on the things that men care deeply about," said David Granger, editor in chief of Esquire. "Through the network -- beginning with this ambitious special -- we'll reach an ever-growing new audience as we begin our second 80 years." ESQUIRE'S 80th shines a spotlight on the seismic cultural shifts over the last eight decades and examines American popular culture through Esquire's coverage of politics, war, fame, women, sports, technology, sex and style. The special features commentary from a number of Esquire's key creators and subjects who reveal the untold stories behind some of the magazine's most talked-about covers, images and articles. They include Granger and celebrated Esquire editors and writers including Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, Scott Raab and Tom Junod, actor Mary-Louise Parker, designer and art director George Lois, directors Peter Bogdanovich and Robert Benton, football star Joe Namath and publisher Hugh Hefner, Sandra Bernhard, Willie Geist and Stacey Grenrock-Woods. ESQUIRE'S 80th features "The Life of Man," a photo essay from the landmark 80th anniversary issue of Esquire (October 2013), and includes on-camera observations from many of the essay's subjects. They include Kevin Bacon, Matthew Broderick, Bill Clinton, Steven Colbert, Sugar Ray Leonard, Bill Murray, Robert Redford, Mike Tyson, Dr. Dre, George Foreman, Angus T. Jones, Matt Lauer and Seth Meyers. -more- ESQUIRE'S 80th Press Release -- Page 2 ESQUIRE'S 80th is produced by World of Wonder for Esquire Network. The special is executive produced by Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Samuel J. Paul and Tom Campbell, and directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, award-winning directors/producers of such documentaries as In Vogue, The Editor's Eye (HBO), Becoming Chaz (OWN), and Inside Deep Throat (HBO/IMAGINE). Additional Information Web esquiretv.com facebook.com/EsquireNetwork @ESQTV Media Info nbcumv.com/mediavillage/networks/esquirenetwork/ Channel Finder esquiretv.com/channelfinder CONTACT: Katherine Nelson | 323-954-6170 | [email protected]
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