FilmOn TV Networks and Emmis Communications’ New York radio station Hot 97 (WQHT) have signed an exclusive multi-year agreement to live stream the hip-hop station’s annual Summer Jam. The deal was announced today by FilmOn TV Networks CEO Alki David, Emmis New York GM Charlie Morgan and Hot 97 air personality Ebro Darden.
In addition to the free Summer Jam live stream on FilmOn.com, the agreement encompasses Hot 97’s Who’s Next competition. Via FilmOn.com, fans will be able to vote for the emerging artist who will join the Summer Jam’s star lineup this June. Celebrating its 23rd anniversary this year, Summer Jam has presented such performers as Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, The Roots, A$AP Rocky and Snoop Dogg.
The Who’s Next winner will also receive a recording contract with FilmOn Music and its sister division, digital distributor MondoTunes. Submissions for the showcase competition will open in March (details to come via Hot97.com).
FilmOn’s live stream portfolio includes performances by Chris Brown, Akon, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Minaj. On Feb. 26, MondoTunes will release Chaka Khan’s anti-bullying single “I Love Myself.”