On Friday, Discovery+ announced that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne‘s kids, Jack and Kelly, would each have roles in the network’s 2021 Halloween programs. Discovery+ revealed its new Halloween schedule earlier today, which will include their first cross-brand, cross-platform programming. In fact, the network will air more than 50 hours of related shows across 14 television series and specials.
In an exclusive Deadline article, the network announced information about the upcoming October event that is titled Ghostober. Many of the holiday shows and specials will feature celebrities and supernatural experts. They include Eli Roth, Alyson Hannigan, Zak Bagans, Doris Bowman, and many more. As mentioned, Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s children Jack (35) and Kelly Osbourne (36) will be involved as well. Discovery, Inc. Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer Kathleen Finch commented on the special Halloween programming.
“We’re starting the holiday season off with Halloween programming that brings the best of our brands together,” Finch told Deadline.
“One of the benefits of having so many great networks in the Discovery portfolio is that we can bring a ton of firepower to big special events— just as we’ve done with Shark Week and the Olympics,” she added. “Ghost Adventures and Halloween Wars both drive huge audience engagement, so we brought them together to create the ultimate seasonal tent pole event. We have shows that are frightening, we have crazy food creations, we have jump scares while house hunting and we’ve put it all together into more than 50 hours of Halloween content airing across our networks and on discovery+.”
Sharon Osbourne Shares Touching Message Following the Death of a Family Friend
The Osbourne family had reason to celebrate following the news of Jack and Kelly’s new Ghostober gigs. However, a recent death of a family friend had both Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne feeling somber last week.
This past weekend, Ozzy and Sharon each posted condolences as they mourned the death of rock ‘n roll merchandising legend Dell Furano. The 69-year-old co-founded Winterland Productions and Epic Rights. Furano worked with countless legendary musicians and entertainers during his lengthy career. Some of his famous clients included John Lennon, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, Justin Timberlake, and Jay-Z.
Furano once spoke to Billboard about his merchandising career. In the interview, he explained how much merchandising has changed over the years. Decades ago, artists didn’t think selling merchandise was “cool.” Therefore they insisted that merchandisers stay out of the way at shows.
“In the ’70s, it was not cool selling merchandise, so we had to be careful,” Furano said. “Groups would say, ‘OK, you can sell, but don’t embarrass us. Stand in a corner.’”
Furano helped changed the perception surrounding merchandising over the course of his career. It is now a vital part of music and live entertainment, and is an integral part of artist’s income. His job put him in close contact with countless famous entertainers, and he befriended many of his clients, including Black Sabbath‘s lead singer and his wife.