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• The has named Shenzhen, as the host city for 2019-2028, a deal that includes the building of a 12K-seat venue, and doubling the prize money to $14M for the Top 8 singles players and Top 8 doubles teams.

• Overwatch League said that its first week of competition drew more than 10 million viewers via Twitch, MLG, and Chinese streaming partners ZhanQi TV, NetEase CC and Panda TV. Opening day had an average audience per minute of 408,000.

• Coca-Cola, International Speedway Corp. and Nascar have signed an extension to their partnerships under which Coca-Cola, would "continue its deep-rooted history in the sport by engaging racing fans across Nascar’s three national series and 12 ISC-operated race tracks" and events including the Coca-Cola 600 and the Coca-Cola 400. Coca-Cola-sponsored drivers include Austin Dillon, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez and Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. Coca-Cola said it "has been involved with stock car racing for 50 years," and became an official partner with Nascar in 1998.

• NBC Olympics will debut Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota, a live, daily figure skating show airing nightly (7 PM ET) on NBCSN beginning Feb. 10 and continuing through Feb. 24. Live Olympic figure skating competition will follow the show in primetime. NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app will present a digital-exclusive version of Olympic Ice Presented by Toyota immediately following prime-time coverage beginning Feb. 8.

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8. Manu Ginobili (SAS) 231,460
9. Kawhi Leonard (SAS) 212,650
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Paramount, Hasbro Activate Hollywood Alliance To Produce More Movies, Properties

By Barry Janoff

December 15, 2015: Having already seen the rewards of their alliance with Transformers and G.I. Joe, Paramount Pictures and Hasbro unveiled what they called a "groundbreaking deal" to collaborate on feature films for more of Hasbro’s iconic properties.

Under terms of the expanding partnership, Paramount and Allspark Pictures, Hasbro’s film label, said they would "establish a cross-property interconnected onscreen universe, featuring the deep stories and great characters from Hasbro brands Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM, as well as G.I. Joe.

Financial terms were not released.

According to the two companies, the Transformers film franchise has earned $3.8 billion to-date and the G.I. Joe movies have earned more than $675 million worldwide.

"Paramount and Hasbro have had a longstanding relationship and we're proud of the success we've enjoyed on the Transformers and 'G.I. Joe franchises," Brad Grey, chairman and CEO for Paramount Pictures, said in a statement. "We're excited to grow our agreement and make even more movies based upon these popular and powerful Hasbro characters and their worlds."

According to Brian Goldner, chairman, president and CEO for Hasbro, "Extending our partnership with Paramount allows us to continue our long-term strategy and overall vision to build dynamic worlds for all of our brands, and we are thrilled to collaborate with them as we develop these properties."

The Paramount-Hasbro union has produced Transformers (2007), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) and Transformers: Age of Extinction. Transformers 5 is scheduled for 2017.

Transformers (2007) had a $70.5 million opening weekend.

“Hasbro and Allspark Pictures put storytelling at the center of everything that we do. These brands are filled with memorable stories and vivid characters."

Paramount-Hasbro also has created G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra (2009) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). G.I. Joe 3 is currently in production.

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) with Dwyane Johnson had a $40.5 million opening weekend in March 2013.

“Hasbro and Allspark Pictures put storytelling at the center of everything that we do. These brands are filled with memorable stories and vivid characters, and this Universe creates a framework for how they will become interconnected," said Goldner.

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