via press release:
Chuck Norris’ World Combat League to Air on AmericanLife TV Network(TM)
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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ — Chris Wyatt, President and CEO of AmericanLife TV Network (ALN), announced today that ALN has acquired exclusive domestic network rights to Chuck Norris’ World Combat League (WCL).
The World Combat League, which formerly aired on the Versus Network in the U.S. and currently airs in over 120 countries worldwide, was founded by action-film and television star Chuck Norris and features full contact, team-based competitions between world-class mixed martial arts athletes representing eight American cities, with an emphasis on technique and respect, rather than blood and violence. The WCL is the world’s first team combat martial arts league and presents unparalleled athleticism and excitement in a fun, family environment.
“The WCL provides viewers with exciting, non-stop team based competitive martial arts action that you can’t find anywhere else on television,” said WCL Founder Chuck Norris.
“ALN is a perfect fit for the World Combat League because Chuck Norris has always believed positive values and personal growth can be achieved through the teachings of martial arts,” said WCL President and CEO Damien Di Ciolli. “That’s why viewers may be surprised to learn the league is less about who can kick the highest and strike the hardest, and more about who possesses the greatest amount of determination and self-discipline.”
Under the agreement, ALN will have exclusive access to the first two seasons of the World Combat League, along with supplemental World Combat League programming including first run specials such as “Top 30 KO’s,” “Greatest Knock Out’s/Knock Downs,” and “Women of the WCL.” The program began airing on ALN in November on Saturdays at 10 PM ET.
“We’re pleased to be partnering with the WCL to bring Chuck Norris’ World Combat League to ALN,” said ALN President & CEO Chris Wyatt. “Chuck has inspired mixed martial arts enthusiasts and sports fans for decades, and the WCL’s emphasis on positive values and teamwork is closely aligned with ALN’s programming mission.”
Norris, an accomplished film and TV star and expert mixed martial artist, founded the WCL in 2005 with the vision of instilling martial arts discipline and values to at-risk youth.
Norris’ background and passion for martial arts grew out of personal experience. He joined the United States Air Force as an Air Policeman in 1958 and was sent to Osan Air Base, South Korea. It was there that Norris acquired the nickname Chuck and began his training in Tang Soo Do, an interest that led to black belts in that art, and the founding of the Chun Kuk Do (“Universal Way”) form.
After opening up a chain of karate schools, Norris made his acting debut in the 1969 Dean Martin film The Wrecking Crew. This led to a series of widely successful film and TV roles including CBS’s hit series “Walker Texas Ranger,” Delta Force I and II, and Sidekicks, among others.
About the World Combat League
The World Combat League is the brainchild of Martial Arts icon Chuck Norris. Like the NBA or NFL, the WCL is made up of professional martial arts teams representing eight American cities.
Each WCL team features six fighters — five men and one woman. Each fighter holds a spot in one of six predetermined weight classes so that any league team can compete against any other league team.
The WCL’s combat ring was designed without any ropes or screens in order to remove all visual obstructions for audience members.
The WCL is unique in that its contests emphasize stand up combat, the thrill of rooting for your favorite team and the intense action of short 3 minute bouts. The WCL’s rules penalizing passivity and its match design provide sports fans with an unprecedented level of “full throttle” martial arts fighting action. More information is available online at http://www.wcl.com.
About AmericanLife TV Network(TM)
AmericanLife Network is dedicated to delivering wholesome family-friendly entertainment, targeting the 78 million US baby boomers and their families. The network features memorable comedies, dramas, classic movies and original programming 24 hours a day.
The AmericanLife Network was acquired by ComStar Media Fund, LP in May 2009 and is building the premiere family-friendly network that will include television and Internet mediums. More information is available online at http://www.americanlifetv.com.