Fox Sports: Daytona 500 2018

The Event

The Daytona 500 is one of the largest NASCAR races in the United States. It is a 500 mile long Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series motor race that takes place at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The winner of the race is presented with the Harley J. Earl trophy in Victory Lane. The winning car is displayed in race winning condition for one year at the Daytona 500 Experience, a museum that is adjacent to the speedway. This event attracts more than 20 million viewers per year and is sometimes called the Superbowl of Stock Car Racing or the Great American Race! The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. It is also the series' first race of the year. This is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start. This event takes place on the Sunday before the third Monday in February, also known as Presidents Day.

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The Winner

Austin Dillon is an American Professional Stock Car Racing Driver. He competes full time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 for Richard Childress Racing, and part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro for RCR. Dillion won Truck Series championship in 2011, and the Nationwide Series championship in 2013. But his biggest win of all was the Daytona 500 in February of 2018! This win qualifies him for the 2018 playoffs.

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Our Crew

For the past 13 years, an Assignment Desk crew has been lucky enough to film the event for Fox Sports. Beaute Speciale has done the hair and makeup for Daytona 500 for the past 13 years. We are so thankful that Fox Sports has trusted this amazingly talented team for the past 13 years. This year we were lucky enough to work with and do hair and makeup for Charlize Theron, Peyton Manning and Danica Patrick. According to our hair and makeup crew members, “It is always such a pleasure to work with them.”

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Sponsors

Major sponsors of the event include BMW, Toyota, Chevrolet, Coca Cola, Sunoco, Advance Auto Parts, Bud Light, Budweiser and Rolex.

Celebrities

Jordin Sparks, Guy Fieri, Laurie Hernandez, Keanu Reeves, Lady Antebellum, Owen Wilson, Waka Flocka Flame along with other celebrities were also in attendance.

A&E's Lifetime: Project Runway

What's in your closet?

Ever wonder what designers wear day to day? It's got to be fashionable, right? A&E took us inside the closet of Project Runway season 16 contestant, Deyonte Weather.

Perseverance Pays Off

Deyonte applied to be on Project Runway for the last six seasons, but only just made it. In the same year, his wife got pregnant! Currently, things are going really well for Deyonte and he's a happy guy to say the least.

The interview started with Deyonte, 36, showing off his closet - packed floor to ceiling with clothes, shoes, and more. Some staples in his closet include: a blazer with rolled up sleeves to class up any ensemble, a white button down for that classic, clean look, a rockin' leather jacket to add some edge to any outfit, and ripped jeans. One of the most expensive pieces in his closet is his Coogi sweater and hat set, which he regrets isn’t in style anymore. He hopes Coogi sweaters come back in soon though so he can sport his matching cream set.

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Every Outfit Needs Accessories

Deyonte has more shoes than seem possible to fit in that closet. Sneakers are a personal passion of his and the floor of his closet is layered with them. He happily showed us some of his favorites. Sitting on the dresser next to his closet are rings, watches, and rows of glasses. There are sunglasses and regular glasses in every color and shape neatly displayed for easy picking. Deyonte says he hopes he can have his own eyewear line one day, and we think he’d be great at it! Thanks for letting us poke around your closet Deyonte, and good luck this season!

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From soccer stars to behind the scenes with fashionistas, A&E’s Lifetime covers it all. Always happy to help them tell their stories.

Watch the full piece HERE!

 

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TSN: Parkland High School Hockey Heroes

"It's the best game we played all season" describes how tragedy turned into community as hockey players reflected on how the shooting at Parkland affected them. TSN called us up to Canada for a very special piece honoring the Parkland High School shooting victims through their honorable hockey team.

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17 Players Winning for 17 Victims

On February 14th, 2018, life for the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida changed forever. Parkland was nestled in the state’s safest city, but on that day, a former student opened fire on school grounds, killing 17 Parkland students in one of the deadliest mass shootings ever. MSD’s varsity hockey team, who were destined for the state championship, debated not even playing after the tragedy. The Monday after the incident, parents and children gathered to decide and in the end the athletes decided to carry on and play to honor the victims.

One of the players described it as “the best game we played all season”, and the finals proved to be the same. Marjory Stoneman Douglas walked out with the state championship title in an untouchable game. They felt the victims had watched over their game and knew there were 17 additional players on their team that day giving them the advantage.

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An Emotional Ending

As the team celebrated on the ice, one of the players noticed they had 17 students on their team. One for each victim of the shooting. As soon as they got home, each player placed their championship medals on a memorial of the 17 victims. It felt more than coincidental and the players knew it was the best thing they could offer. Head coach Eric Laforce said “I’m not usually an emotional person, but that was something to be had. [I’m] proud of them. Very proud.”

A student on the team said it best. “That tournament wasn’t for us. It was all for them. That’s what we had to play for. For our school, for our community, for the victims, for their families, for everyone.” In the face of tragedy, Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ hockey team honored their fallen students in the best way they knew how.

The Sports Network knows how to tell a story. And it’s so important to tell stories like this one. Thanks for including us and our crew.

Watch the full piece HERE.

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CMT: Dylan Scott Becomes an Astronaut for the Day

To celebrate landing on CMT’s “Hot 20 Countdown,” rising country music star Dylan Scott decided to follow in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps and “land on the moon.” Our video camera crew tagged along as Scott and CMT correspondent Katie Cook headed to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

CMT @ NASA

Scott’s sense of adventure led him, CMT and our video camera crew to NASA for the day. They are celebrating the 48th anniversary of Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. It made for an extra exciting atmosphere. Scott and Cook got a tour from Astronaut Shane Kimbrough who recently returned from the International Space Station. He showed them the mission control center and a replica of the International Space Station. Cook said, “life in space is anything but spacious.”

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Country/Space Exploration

Scott was put to the test by going through an astronaut oriented workout. They have to be in great shape to withstand the conditions they are in. Later they got to ride around in a space exploration vehicle. Scott said driving it was “like driving a really big tractor.” After “plowing the fields of Mars” they finished up their tour and hung up their cowboy hats of being an astronaut for the day.

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“Hooked” on Dylan Scott

Scott has always had a love of country music and country living in his heart. He considers himself an old soul with a young spirit. As soon as he was able to, he headed to Nashville to get his name and his voice out there and ended up getting signed by Curb Records. His self-titled debut album is a smash success with his #1 song being “My Girl” and his #2 song being “Hooked.” Safe to say we are hooked, too.

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Country Music Television

We always love getting a call from CMT, the first channel in history devoted to country music. It usually means heading south and sitting down with a cool country music star with a great accent and impeccable manners. And this time it took us to NASA with their hit show “Hot 20 Countdown!” Thanks CMT. Where will you take us next?

Become an astronaut for the day, too, by watching the full video HERE!

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CNBC: Cannabis Business Banking

We went behind the scenes of a segment of CNBC all about cannabis business banking.

Security for Cannabis Companies

Instead of marijuana companies having to bury their money in the backyard, Sapphire Risk Advisory Group provides an outlet that the banks aren’t willing to. Weed culture is changing. Banks aren’t keeping up, so ancillary security businesses are swooping to the rescue. Gallo’s company is currently working with more than 100 cannabis companies in 18 different states and even Canada.

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Cannabis Company Coverage on CNBC

Even though marijuana is legal for recreational or medical use in more than half of the United States, it is still illegal at the federal level. Therefore banks are still hesitant to do business with cannabis-based companies. This is good news for small security businesses who can help in the industry. CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” morning news show about business and politics, crewed one of our camera operators in Dallas, Texas to learn more.

Sapphire Risk Advisory Group

We sat down with the managing partner, Tony Gallo, of Sapphire Risk Advisory Group, based in Dallas, about how they are benefiting from the banks turning their backs on the cannabis industry. Gallo and his team are able to provide vaults, armored cars, and security consulting for these businesses who need the help, but don’t know where and how to find it.

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Storytelling for CNBC

What else have we covered for CNBC? We headed to Miami for David Beckham’s announcement of his MLS expansion team. We went to school at Indiana University with international students. We learned about business and the Bourbon Trail in Louisville. We sat down with Gene Simmons at a summit in Vancouver. We chatted with the CEO of Lululemon, Chip Wilson at the YPO Edge Convention. And we learned some investment tips from the Beardstown Ladies in Illinois.

We are happy to work with CNBC covering any story, especially ones covering an ever growing industry. No pun intended.

Watch the full piece HERE.

E! News: Kelly and Ryan in the Bahamas

Live with Kelly and Ryan headed to the Bahamas for a special beach week and our video camera crew got a behind the scenes look at their sun-filled episodes thanks to E! News.

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From NYC to the Bahamas with Kelly and Ryan

E! News tagged along as Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest took a “spring break” trip to Atlantis Paradise Resort Island in the Bahamas. They said they “wouldn’t do a remote show with E!” Ryan brought his girlfriend Shayna. Kelly did not bring her kids. She feels super guilty about it *wink wink.* They talked to us about how much fun “field trip” shows are. Especially when it’s freezing in New York City and you’re headed to the Caribbean. It’s a chance to renew and rejuvenate themselves and the show.

Pilates Paddle Boarding with Dolphins

On the first Bahamas episode, Kelly and Ryan talked about the importance of the sun (and the rum.) Actress Heather Graham made a guest appearance and talked about what she has been working on. The Bachelor’s Arie Luyendyk Jr. also made a guest appearance. (This was before he was engaged to Lauren Burnham.) Kelly took a paddle boarding lesson in the water with dolphins - and even did pilates on the board. They wrapped up the show with a musical performance by the band In Real Life.

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Swimming with Sharks and Stingrays

On the second Bahamas episode, Kelly and Ryan were joined by The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s NeNe Leakes and Friday Night LightsTaylor Kitsch. Ryan took a swim with sharks and stingrays. He said, “Kelly gets to swim with dolphins and I have to swim with sharks, I see how this works!” It was all in good fun though, because he had a great time.

Baha Men in the Bahamas

On the third Bahamas episode, Kelly and Ryan set up a “sink or sail” family challenge. The winners were treated to a two-night stay in a suite in the Atlantis resort. Comedian Whitney Cummings made a guest appearance and talked about her upcoming endeavors. Kelly took a group of friends on a sunset cruise on a catamaran where they headed to a tiny island to search for buried treasure. The episode ended with another musical performance by the Baha Men. (Yes they’re still making music.)

Conchs and Coconuts

On the fourth and final Bahamas episode, Kelly and Ryan reminisced on their trip. The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsLisa Rinna made a guest appearance, as did actress and comedian Rachael Harris. Ryan did a tour of some of Atlantis’ best food and drink spots. The Conch Shack pulls conchs fresh out of the water. Sun and Ice has the best ice cream in town. And Sip Sip serves their Sky Juice out of a coconut.

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Did you know we have video camera crews in the Bahamas? E! News sure does. Thank you for crewing us for such a fun and beautiful shoot!

Watch the E! News piece HERE.

Watch the full Live with Kelly and Ryan episodes HERE.

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