AOL is continuing to add to its original content library, and it’s searching for a new host along the way. The web media corporation has announced #AOLSportsSearch, an open casting call that will decide the host of an upcoming sports-related web series.
Interested sports fans can join the competition by using the #AOLSportsSearch hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, or Vine. There will be a pair of live casting calls in New York and Los Angeles on November 17th, which is also the final day for submissions. The next day, AOL will invite eight finalists to New York, where they will undergo a series of challenges to determine the winner. The auditions will be streamed live on AOL’s sports hub, and a winner will be announced on November 19th.
So what is AOL looking for? A press release didn’t share any details about the show itself, though it did note that “prospective hosts should stand out from the pack and are encouraged to think outside the box – be knowledgeable and enthusiastic sports fans with experience and unique perspectives on current sporting events.”
“Great content starts with great talent. We want to start by sourcing the best new creators from emerging platforms and partner with one of them to develop a new, differentiated sports show,” said Dermot McCormack, President of Video at AOL. “The show marks an exciting new chapter in AOL’s evolution as a video and programming powerhouse.”
AOL has dabbled in sports content before. It released My Ink, a web series in which athletes discussed the stories behind their tattoos. More recently, it paired athletes with business execs in Win/Win, which debuted its first five episodes on November 7th. Those two series, as well as all of the other original programs AOL has distributed, can be viewed via the AOL On portal.