PaleyWKND: Paley Center for Media announces groundbreaking festival this fall

Thursday, August 11, 2022
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A New York City institution is bringing a groundbreaking entertainment festival to Midtown Manhattan this fall.

NEW YORK -- A New York City institution is bringing a groundbreaking entertainment festival to Midtown Manhattan this fall.

Mayor Eric Adams on Thursday announced PaleyWKND at the Paley Center for Media, a first-of-its-kind in-person event that will be an immersive celebration of media, sports, gaming, and entertainment.

It will include interactive exhibits with the Metaverse and professional sports, and for the first time ever, sports fans can check out championship trophies from the NFL, NHL, NBA, and Major League Baseball all in one place.

The Paley Center for Media promises it'll be a once-in-a-lifetime, New York-sized event.

It will be free and open to the public Friday, September 30, through Sunday, October 2.

Paley members are invited to an Exclusive Red Carpet Preview Cocktail Reception, which kicks off the event on Friday, September 30.

Guests can walk up to enter or reserve their tickets for timed entry at PaleyWKND.org.

Here is more about PaleyWKND from the organization, released after Thursday's news conference.

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PaleyWKND Initial Lineup

October 1-2, 2022

The Initial Lineup of Programs and Experiences Currently Includes:

Professional Sports League Championship Trophies - The Crown Jewels of Sports

For the first time ever as part of a public exhibit, all four major professional sports league championship trophies will be on display inside the Museum for special photo opportunities:

o National Hockey League: Stanley Cup

o Major League Baseball: Commissioner's Trophy

o National Basketball Association: Larry O'Brien Trophy

o National Football League: Vince Lombardi Trophy

National Football League (NFL)

Do you have what it takes to be a future NFL player? Find out at PaleyWKND as the NFL brings the NFL experience to 52nd Street! Join in skills and drills on a mini turfed field, take a photo of The Vince Lombardi Trophy and view the full collection of all 56 Super Bowl Rings up close!

National Hockey League (NHL)

The Stanley Cup to be Displayed at The Paley Center

The National Hockey League will display the prestigious Stanley Cup at the Spielberg Gallery as part of a special one-of-a-kind exhibition. Get your photos taken with your favorite trophy.

Meta

Preview the metaverse and take a trip to where the physical and virtual worlds collide at PaleyWKND! Meta Immersive Learning (MIL) will take you on an immersive journey featuring mind-blowing AR (Augmented Reality) & VR (Virtual Reality) experiences which take you from the streets of New York to the vast expanse of the universe!

Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon brings its signature Slime and beloved shows to an interactive fan experience for kids and families! From photo ops that take fans into Nickelodeon's beloved preschool series, including Blue's Clues & You!, and Santiago of the Seas, to one-of-a-kind experiences that immerse fans in the worlds of hit shows such as That Girl Lay Lay, Tyler Perry's Young Dylan, and NFL Slimetime, to bestowing Nickelodeon's greatest honor of getting Slimed...kids will have the Slime of their life at this truly interactive exhibit.

Fremantle - "The Price is Right"

Come on down! as Fremantle brings "The Price Is Right" to PaleyWKND! Fremantle celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the iconic "THE PRICE IS RIGHT" by bringing a celebration of television's longest running game show to PaleyWKND. Fans can play the games, spin the Big Wheel and more on the Come On Down Tour bus.

Major League Baseball (MLB)

MLB Creates "Dream Playing Field" for Fans and Kids at PaleyWKND

Put your MLB baseball athleticism to the test! Show off your swing and fielding skills! Kids and fans will get to PLAY BALL in special MLB batting and fielding cages. Along with giveaways, MLB guests and talent will be on hand for surprise appearances and meet-and-greets.

NINTENDO

Play it at PaleyWKND - fans get hands-on time with Nintendo Switch Sports and Splatoon 3! Nintendo will have a gaming tent where fans can enjoy some of its recent games and view game trailers.

Hasbro

Hasbro Brings Super-Sized Fun with Fan-Favorite Games & Nerf Blaster Zone

Kids can play with Hasbro's most popular games and toys including oversized versions of Operation and Connect 4 games, and a giant Nerf blaster zone where people of all ages can get active and unleash the play with NERF blasters.

National Basketball Association (NBA)

The NBA and WNBA Bring Basketball to 52nd Street

Get your hoop on courtesy of the NBA and WNBA at PaleyWKND! Two basketball courts right on 52nd street will immerse kids and families in the fun of honing their dribbling, passing and shooting skills alongside members of the NBA family during Jr. NBA Basketball Clinics!

Mattel & American Girl

Be among the very first audiences to experience episodes from the second half of Season1 of Mattel's Barbie: It Takes Two, on the Big Screen at PaleyWKND! Join Malibu & Brooklyn on fun-filled adventures that take them from the beach to the big city! And while you're here, enter the world of American Girl! Bring your favorite American Girl doll to the party and enjoy exclusive, character-themed D.I.Y. crafting experiences, American Girl prize giveaways, and more!

NASCAR/NBC Sports

NASCAR and NBC SPORTS bring high-speed thrills to PaleyWKND! Get an up close and personal look at NASCAR's latest mind-boggling innovation, the Next Gen car. See the Bill France Cup, the legendary trophy awarded to each year's NASCAR Cup Series champion, and if you're feeling like a race car driver yourself, you can get behind the wheel and take to the track in one of NASCAR's virtual iRacing simulators!

National Hockey League (NHL)

NHL Stanley Cup to be Displayed at The Paley Center

The National Hockey League will display the prestigious Stanley Cup at the Spielberg Gallery as part of a special one-of-a-kind exhibition. Get your photos taken with your favorite trophy.

FOX

The worldwide TV phenomenon The Masked Singer comes to PaleyWKND in all its sequined, spangled, razzle-dazzle glory! Join favorite characters from FOX's #1 series including "The Sun" in exploring the show's most iconic looks with fun photo-ops and more!

Hearst

Hearst Media Production Group presents "Innovation Nation," with Mo Rocca and Young Inventors on the PaleyWKND Main Stage, showcasing change-makers creating solutions for real needs in our communities.

Join Maile Carpenter, author of Food Network Magazine's bestselling "RECIPE-A-DAY" KIDS COOKBOOK, for demos, tastings and prizes. Learn easy techniques for young chefs creating fun food at home, including leaf cookies and a veggie plate that looks like a garden!

EA Sports

EA SPORTS brings Madden NFL 23 and other hot, new releases to The Paley Center.

ESPN

Celebrate the Power of Sports with ESPN! Fans can join in the fun with inclusive interactive sports activities and create fun social media images for immediate digital sharing with your friends.

XBOX

Xbox joins PaleyWKND for Saturday and Sunday with games and giveaways!

TelevisaUnivision

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with TelevisaUnivision and experience specially curated screenings and more.

New York Red Bulls

Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls freestylers bring their soccer skills to PaleyWKND, demonstrating tips and tricks on the Main Stage. Fans can also test their aim with an interactive "One Touch" soccer accuracy challenge.

Warner Bros. Discovery

Home to many of the most iconic brands, franchises and characters in the history of entertainment, Warner Bros. Discovery will be screening their latest and most anticipated titles at PaleyWKND.

Bloomberg

Watch Bloomberg TV & Radio in action at a custom pop-up news studio! Try your skills at anchoring your own newscast! Attendees can learn how to make a newscast and radio broadcast at Bloomberg's custom News & Radio desk.

Telemundo

For Hispanic Heritage Month, watch one of the brilliant Super Series that Telemundo has brought to screens around the world. Get an intimate look at some glamorous fashion from behind the scenes and celebrate shows that have captured the hearts and minds of millions of viewers.

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.

Level up with Take-Two Interactive's hottest titles! Join Take-Two Interactive at PaleyGX and experience cutting edge game play with NBA2K, WWE2K and more!

World Surf League

See how the World Surf League is progressing the sport of competitive surfing at PaleyWKND! Experience all the moments from the world's best surfers and the world's best waves as they blaze a new era of surfing.

AMC/AMC+

AMC/AMC+'s mold breaking, genre defying, and premier storytelling hits the big screen at PaleyWKND with preview screenings of some of their most popular series and anticipated shows!

Altice/Optimum a brand of Altice USA

Altice USA'S Optimum & Lightpath Powers Up 5G Fiber Internet at PaleyWKND!

Experience ultra-fast 100% fiber internet connectivity thanks to Paley's partnership with Lightpath Fiber and Optimum Fiber.

Events and participants subject to change.

About The Paley Center for Media

The Paley Center for Media is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has proudly made its home in NYC for over 45 years and operates the iconic Paley Museum. Through its respected programming, The Paley Center leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media, drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the media community. The general public can participate in Paley programs in both New York and Los Angeles that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the talent and the leaders who are shaping media. The public can also access the Paley Center's permanent media collection, The Paley Archive, often referred to as a national treasure, containing over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, The Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.

NEW YORK, August 11, 2022 - New York City Mayor Eric Adams and The Paley Center for Media President & CEO Maureen Reidy today announced the first-ever PaleyWKND, a live, immersive, once-in-a-lifetime, family-friendly, free and open to the public celebration in the heart of midtown Manhattan. The ultimate media, sports, gaming, and entertainment festival, PaleyWKND is expected to draw tens of thousands of New Yorkers and visitors to The Paley Museum from Saturday, October 1 through Sunday, October 2, 2022, kicking off with an opening night celebration on Friday, September 30.

PaleyWKND will feature exciting, entertaining, and educational attractions and experiences both inside and outside The Paley Museum as Paley takes over 52nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues for the weekend. Chairman of The Paley Center for Media and Executive Vice Chairman and former CEO of Hearst Frank A. Bennack, Jr. chairs the powerhouse PaleyWKND host committee of the media industry's and New York's most prominent business leaders, with Mayor Adams serving as Honorary Chair.

"I'm excited to stand with The Paley Center and announce PaleyWKND this fall," said New York City Mayor Eric Adams. "This will be an incredible event for all New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and only further solidifies New York as the greatest city in the world when it comes to culture and cultural opportunities. PaleyWKND will also help bolster our economic recovery after two years of a pandemic. New York City is back, and we can feel the energy!"

"We are thrilled to have Mayor Adams serve as the honorary chair for the PaleyWKND Host Committee, joining an amazing group of extraordinary leaders from New York and across the media industry," said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., Chairman of The Paley Center for Media and Executive Vice Chairman and former CEO of Hearst. "The Paley Center leads the global discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media and entertainment, and what members and fans will see and experience during PaleyWKND represents the marquee, quality content this renowned institution brings to the public every day within the walls of its distinguished museum."

"PaleyWKND is the ultimate media, sports, gaming, and entertainment festival offering once-in-a-lifetime, memorable experiences for little kids, big kids and kids at heart," said Maureen Reidy, President & CEO of The Paley Center for Media. "A tribute to New York and the first-of-its-kind celebration of all things media and entertainment, PaleyWKND is sure to take its place as a can't-miss, must-attend event this fall."

PaleyWKND is an exciting collaboration of The Paley Center, over two dozen world class companies and iconic media brands, and strongly supported by the City of New York. The event will bring an incredible array of interactive experiences and immersive attractions from the exciting worlds of media, sports, gaming, and entertainment, taking over The Paley Museum and its entire 52nd Street block between 5th and 6th Avenues from October 1-2. The festival is a tribute to New York City and celebrates the return to in-person programming, production, and events as the nation and the world emerge from this once-in-a-century pandemic. The event is free to the public; guests can walk up to enter or reserve their tickets for timed entry at www.PaleyWKND.org.

"NYC & Company applauds The Paley Center for Media on the creation of PaleyWKND, a once- in-a-lifetime opportunity for locals and visitors to immerse themselves in a thoughtfully curated celebration of media, entertainment and sports that could only happen in NYC," said Fred Dixon, President & CEO of NYC & Company. "This weekend event is sure to be a draw, attracting visitors, spending and further boosting our robust tourism recovery."

A signature experience at PaleyWKND will be the first-time-ever public opportunity to see the "Crown Jewels of Sports" together, when all four major sports championship trophies will be displayed inside the museum. Visitors will be able to take photos with the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup, Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Trophy, the National Basketball Association's Larry O'Brien Trophy, and the National Football League's Vince Lombardi Trophy. Football gridirons, basketball courts, batting cages, soccer fields and race cars will expand the sporting experience as professional leagues from the world's most popular sports provide fans with interactive and fun gameday experiences.

Photo ops with A-list celebrities, iconic athletes, renowned sportscasters, primetime newscasters, celebrity social media influencers, and the hottest gamers will take place throughout the weekend. The world of gaming will level up with the hottest new titles, video game lounges and e-sports tournaments from Nintendo, XBOX, EA Sports, and Take-Two Interactive. Young guests can be Slimed by Nickelodeon, unleash the play in the Nerf blaster zone with Hasbro, catch a sneak preview of the latest Barbie animated series with Mattel, craft with American Girl and meet beloved larger-than-life animated characters from favorite stories and series.

Fans can preview Meta's Metaverse, exploring New York City and the universe through augmented reality and virtual reality, and everyone can become a primetime news anchor or talk show host with pop-up studios presented by Bloomberg.

Throughout the weekend, Paley Center members will enjoy VIP access with exclusive members-only hours; fast-track priority lanes; exclusive celebrity, athlete, and character meet-and-greets; as well as an invitation to the Red Carpet Preview Cocktail Reception, which kicks off the event on Friday, September 30. The Paley Center invites all New Yorkers and visitors to officially join its special membership community and enjoy these and other benefits year-round.

The initial lineup of organizations and companies at PaleyWKND includes Altice Optimum, AMC/AMC+, Bloomberg, EA Sports, ESPN, FOX, Fremantle, Hasbro, Hearst, Mattel & American Girl, Meta, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, National Basketball Association, NBC Sports, New York Red Bulls, National Football League, National Hockey League, Nickelodeon, Nintendo, Take-Two Interactive Software, Telemundo, TelevisaUnivision, Warner Bros. Discovery, World Surf League, and XBOX.

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