Entrepreneur and sports broadcast executive Charles Besser founded the Chicago-based company Intersport in the mid-1980s. Since that time, he has produced sports and entertainment programming that has aired on such major networks as Discovery, ESPN, and NBC. Charles Besser also formed the Digital Media Group, which in turn created CelebTV.com.
CelebTV.com is a popular entertainment platform on the web. The site previews videos and news stories in such genres as fitness, sports, gadgets, style, music, and home. News videos can be shared with friends on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, Tumblr, and Reddit.
One of the top stories covered in February 2014 was the death of Shirley Temple Black. The former child star, who passed away at the age of 85, began acting, singing, and dancing when she was only five. Listed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the world’s greatest stars, the singer and actress was popularly known for her rendition of the song “The Good Ship Lollipop” as well as a number of film roles. “Bright Eyes,” produced in 1934, and “Curly Top,” released in 1935, were two early movies that popularly featured the star. Temple was also considered briefly for the role of Dorothy in the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”
In 1985, Charles “Charlie” Besser founded the sports marketing and entertainment agency Intersport, Inc. In an expansion of the company’s media programming capabilities, Charles Besser oversaw the launch of CelebTV.com in 2007.
Intersport created CelebTV.com as a news, entertainment, and information resource that produces multiplatform programming. CelebTv is particularly known for reporting on the world of entertainment, covering everything from breaking celebrity news to red-carpet events. CelebTV.com currently produces 10 to 12 high-definition, original videos every day about movies and television, celebrities, fashion, health and diet, and entertainment news that can be viewed on digital devices across a variety of platforms. To date, CelebTV programming has collected more than 1.5 billion video views online.
In July 2013, CelebTV signed an agreement to provide content for a 30-minute show that will be carried through Net2TV’s Portico TV service. Net2TV curates short-form Internet content like that produced by CelebTV and updates it daily in a tradition television-show format. The general manager of CelebTV believes that the website’s content will be a perfect fit for Portico TV, which expects to be seen on 20 million screens by the end of the year.