August 27, 2014

WXYZ Tackles Adult Illiteracy

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 11, 2012 – What if you couldn’t read the names on street signs?  What if you couldn’t read the labels in the grocery store?  What would your world be like?  September is National Literacy Month and a good time to ask these questions.

As part of its ongoing partnership with Reading Works, WXYZ-TV is pleased to announce its latest effort to help solve the adult literacy crisis in metro Detroit. 

During the week of September 17th on 7 Action News, WXYZ will present a series of Detroit 2020 reports on the project.  Scheduled stories include: a look at the daily challenges facing those who are functionally illiterate; identifying help that is available to those who can’t read well; a look at what it takes to become a volunteer; and what community leaders are doing to address the problem.

Nearly half of all adults in the city of Detroit read below a fifth grade level.  In Wayne County, the figure is closer to 36%, and Macomb and Oakland are at about 13% and 15%, respectively.  Throughout the State of Michigan, one in three adults reads below a sixth grade level.  Consequently, Reading Works has joined forces with a network of literary agencies with proven track records to raise the level of adult literacy in metro Detroit.

WXYZ’s partnership with Reading Works is part of Detroit 2020, Channel 7′s decade-long, multi-platform, community service initiative designed to make Detroit a better place to live, work and raise families by the year 2020.

Detroit 2020 is committed to bringing positive changes to Detroit.  Since its launch in 2011, Detroit 2020 has presented more than 200 stories and special programs on topics including education, race and transportation.

WXYZ-TV is owned by E.W. Scripps.  Scripps is a leading media enterprise that embraces its rich history in delivering high-quality journalism through television stations, newspapers and the Scripps Howard News Service, while developing and expanding its digital strategies, including social gaming, for multiple platforms. The company provides community-changing breaking news, story-telling, investigations and interactive outreach at 19 television stations in major markets such as Denver, San Diego, Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Tampa, and 13 newspaper markets, including Memphis, Knoxville, Naples, Fla., and Corpus Christi, Texas. Since 1941, Scripps has operated the National Spelling Bee, one of America’s most-enduring celebrations of academic excellence.

 

 

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OceansTV Sails in for Cruise Shipping Asia

KNUTSFORD, England, September 11, 2012

Leading provider of in-cabin entertainment content looking forward to business development and networking opportunities at leading event for Asia-Pacific cruise industry.

OceansTV, a leading provider of TV entertainment content to cruise lines, will be at this month’s Cruise Shipping Asia event.

Running from 17th to 18th September at the Marine Bay Cruise Centre in Singapore, Cruise Shipping Asia is the major event focused on the emerging Asia-Pacific cruise industry.

The exhibition will feature exhibitors including national tourism organisations and companies from the entertainment, information and technology, ship equipment, safety, security, crew management and hotel operation sectors. On display will be new products, services and tourism destinations targeted to meet the needs of cruise industry buyers in the rapidly developing pan-Asian cruise tourism market. Meanwhile the conference will allow industry professionals to learn more about key issues such as the luxury cruise market, selling more onboard products, destination planning and development and marketing to the Asian sector.

At this year’s Cruise Shipping Asia, Oceans TV will have a team present to meet with cruise lines looking for great-value TV entertainment content. The company provides TV shows, live events, news channels and international movies, as well as original productions such as safety instruction, destination and onboard sales videos. The company also provides portable entertainment systems such as the iPad and Samsung Galaxy which can be loaded full of content to inform and entertain passengers.

“The Asian-Pacific cruise industry is seeing explosive growth and we are keen to develop and expand our presence in this key market,” said Andy McEwan, CEO of Oceans TV. “Cruise Shipping Asia is the premier event in the region and we look forward to meeting with industry professionals later this month looking for great value, innovative passenger entertainment solutions.”

For more information about Cruise Shipping Asia visit: http://www.cruiseshippingevents.com/asia

For more information about OceansTV visit: http://www.oceanstv.com

About OceansTV

OceansTV is the leading entertainment production company serving the in-cabin TV and interactive TV needs of the cruise industry globally.

Based in Miami, Florida in the US and Knutsford, Cheshire in the UK, OceansTV is the first company dedicated solely to providing full service turn-key content solutions for TV entertainment at sea in multiple languages. From original programming and custom-branded TV channels to licensing popular TV content and satellite channels, OceansTV is the single source serving all the needs of in-cabin cruise television at sea.

OceansTV is a privately owned company and part of the Travel Entertainment Group. Other companies within the group include in-flight entertainment provider, IFE Services Ltd.

Press contact

Adrian Lambert

Head of Marketing



OceansTV

Haig Road

Parkgate Industrial Estate

Knutsford

Cheshire

WA16 8DX

UK

Tel: +44(0)1565-752-793

Email: adrian.lambert@ifeservices.com

SOURCE OceansTV



Have Your Say in the Sky Poker Community

LONDON, September 11, 2012

Create your own profile and converse with fellow poker players by simply joining the Sky Poker online community

Welcome aboard! With so much going on, the Sky Poker community is a fantastic place to have your say, find out the current news, or simply brag about your latest big win. So before you jump into your next game of poker online, why not introduce yourself in the forums to catch-up with all the goings on in the world of Sky Poker!

Sky Poker offers a wealth of options for all of its community members. Simply start off by creating your own personal profile, and then you can instantly chat with fellow members and online poker enthusiasts.  

There are also loads of interesting posts for you to read in the community blogs area. With plenty of great debates, why not share your thoughts with the rest of the online community if you feel passionately about something.

Fans of Sky Poker can additionally check out the official blog, which is home to the fascinating thoughts of Tony “Tikay” Kendall, as wells as the latest news from the Sky Poker team.

Or do you fancy yourself as a bit of a comedian? Well you can prove it by entering the weekly Sky Poker caption competition. The funniest captions will win a free tournament entry! So what are you waiting for? Have a look at the latest picture and give us your best quips to earn a chance to play for free in one of Sky Poker’s amazing tournaments.    

Sky Poker is currently one of the UK’s leading online poker rooms. Play in pounds and get fantastic cash rewards when you join. Lucky players may even get their hands reviewed on Sky Poker TV! With no download required, poker fans can play instantly by simply opening a Sky Poker account.

To enjoy all of this and more, visit the Sky Poker website  and sign up to the Sky Poker community now.

About SkyPoker.com

Sky Poker is the British Sky Broadcasting’s online poker division, which allows users to play poker online on their website and screens selected hands from various tournaments and cash games on Sky Poker TV, allowing players on the site to become the stars of the TV channel.  Sky Poker focuses on UK poker players, with all play at the tables in pounds rather than dollars, as well as its own Sky Poker Tour around the country.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skypoker

Twitter: @sky_poker


SOURCE Sky Poker



"George Lopez: It’s Not Me, It’s You" CD Released On COMEDY CENTRAL Records® On September 25

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2012 – It’s who?  George Lopez, of course!  COMEDY CENTRAL Records releases “George Lopez: It’s Not Me, It’s You” CD on Tuesday, September 25.

George Lopez: It’s Not Me, It’s You” is an audio recording of Lopez’s third solo stand-up HBO special, which aired live in July from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, stand-up comedy and late-night television.  For two seasons, Lopez hosted “Lopez Tonight,” a late-night television talk show on TBS, which represented Lopez’s return to series television after co-creating, writing, producing and starring in Warner Bros. Television’s groundbreaking hit sitcom, “George Lopez,” which ran for six seasons on ABC.  “George Lopez” remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication.

Lopez’ prior CDs on COMEDY CENTRAL Records, “America’s Mexican” and “Tall, Dark and Chicano,” were both nominated for GRAMMY® Awards.  In the summer of 2012, Lopez hosted Fox’s new dating series “Take Me Out” and debuted his third solo stand-up special on HBO.  In September, Lopez will lend his voice to Disney’s “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3.”  Lopez recently voiced the character Rafael in the animated blockbuster “Rio” and Grouchy Smurf in “The Smurfs.”  His other most recent film credits include the box-office hit “Valentine’s Day,” “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” and “Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2,” “Swing Vote,” “Henry Poole Is Here” and “Balls of Fury.”

In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  In addition, Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities.  Lopez has made more than 200 television comedy, talk show and hosting appearances, including co-hosting the Emmy® Awards and twice hosting the Latin GRAMMYs.  In 2001, Lopez hosted a major morning radio show in Los Angeles, becoming the first Latino to headline the key morning slot on an English-language station in one of the nation’s top radio markets.

Lopez has received the Manny Mota Foundation Community Spirit Award and was named Honorary Mayor of Los Angeles for his extensive fundraising efforts benefiting earthquake victims in El Salvador and Guatemala.  Other honors include an Imagen Vision Award, the Latino Spirit Award and the National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Award.  The Lopez Foundation, founded by Lopez, was established to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children and adults confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease, organ donation, and the military.

Previously released recordings by COMEDY CENTRAL Records include: Lewis Black‘s “In God We Rust,” Jim Gaffigan‘s “Mr. Universe,” Doug Benson‘s “Smug Life,” Hannibal Buress’ “Animal Furnace,” Reggie Watts‘ “A Live At Central Park,” John Mulaney‘s “New in Town,” GRAMMY®-winning Louis C.K.’s “Hilarious,” Patton Oswalt‘s “Finest Hour,” Lewis Black‘s “The Prophet,” Bo Burnham‘s “WORDS, WORDS, WORDS,” Dane Cook‘s platinum-selling “Harmful If Swallowed” and double-platinum “Retaliation,” and the GRAMMY® Award-winning CD “Lewis Black: The Carnegie Hall Performance,” among others.

SOURCE COMEDY CENTRAL Corporate Communications



NASA Highlights 50th Anniversary Of Kennedy ‘Moon Speech’ And Looks Ahead

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2012 – NASA is offering a variety of special features to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s address at Rice University in Houston on Sept. 12, 1962. In that famous speech, Kennedy proclaimed, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade,” which set the United States on a course of space exploration that we continue to build on today.

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On Wednesday, NASA Television will air in its entirety a high-quality version of the address at 11:15 a.m. EDT, the same time President Kennedy gave the speech 50 years ago.

NASA’s website will have a special blog from NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and an online feature that highlights the speech and provides information about NASA’s current and future exploration programs.

NASA.gov and NASA TV will show a message about the speech from NASA astronaut Suni Williams on board the International Space Station. Williams will become commander of the orbiting laboratory this weekend.  

At 3 p.m., NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers will hold a Google+ Hangout to talk about NASA’s rich history of innovation and ingenuity, and discuss NASA’s future goals for scientific discovery and human spaceflight. To join the event, visit:

http://plus.google.com/+NASA

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For all the special features about the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s “moon speech” and a look ahead at NASA’s space exploration in the coming decades, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

SOURCE NASA



MTV Iggy Enlists Global Pop Stars to ‘Cover the World’ with Chevrolet

NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2012 — As it continues to bring global music and pop culture trends to the U.S., MTV Iggy today introduced “Cover the World,” a partnership with Chevrolet through which four global musical artists will each cover an iconic song chosen by fans online at www.covertheworld.com.  The “Cover the World” artists, which include South Korea‘s WonderGirls, Jamaica‘s Gyptian, Australia‘s Angus Stone, and America’s All Time Low, will each bring their own regional flavor to the recording to celebrate the arrival of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark in the United States and Canada.  MTV Iggy and Chevrolet will announce the song selected by fans on Monday, September 17th.

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“A great song cover allows audiences to experience a familiar and beloved tune in an entirely new and surprising way,” said Nusrat Durrani, General Manager and SVP of MTV World.  “‘Cover the World’ aims to reinvent the cover song as a cultural crossroads, and welcome the debut of the Chevy Spark in the States after it captured the hearts of drivers around the world.”

MTV Iggy selected the “Cover the World” artists for maximum sonic diversity.  Each artist is massive in its native country, and poised to breakout beyond borders as well.  Female pop quintet WonderGirls, widely known for being the first South Korean act to have a song the Billboard Hot 100 chart, will sing a pop rendition of the cover song. Jamaica‘s own Gyptian is breaking into the US music scene with his hit single and album “Hold Yuh” and he will bring his reggae roots to ‘Cover the World’.  Australian singer and songwriter Angus Stone will bring a rock twist to the selected song similar to the sound crafted on his new solo album “Broken Brights”. The U.S. based quartet All Time Low is one of the biggest pop-punk bands to emerge on the music scene and are releasing their new album “Don’t Panic” out October 9th, 2012 worldwide via Hopeless Records. They will create a pop punk version of the fan selected tune.

Fans will vote at www.covertheworld.com for the “Cover the World” artists to reimagine one of the following songs:

  • “Don’t Know Why” - Norah Jones
  • “True Colors” - Cyndi Lauper
  • “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” – Pat Benatar
  • “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” - Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  • “Son of a Preacher Man” – Dusty Springfield
  • “Take On Me” - A-Ha

Fans who vote will earn a chance to win a custom-wrapped Chevy Spark, as well as a VIP trip for two to see one of the featured acts perform live.  Fans can also create, upload and share their own cover version for a chance to win a Chevy Spark.

The Chevy Spark is reaching next – generation customers through online and offline experiences like Cover the World. The Spark, which went on sale in mid-July in the United States, is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch. It is designed for first-time buyers and city dwellers who like bold styling, affordability, the safety of 10 standard air bags, fuel efficiency and maneuverability. Follow the Chevy Spark and “Cover the World” at @ChevyLife, and #sparkworld.

To learn more about the artists, songs and how to upload user-generated videos, visit www.covertheworld.com.

About MTV World
MTV World connects globally minded millennials with music and pop culture trends and creates original programming for targeted audiences across multi-platform brands.  The division includes MTV Iggy, featuring emerging music from around the world, MTV K, devoted to global K-Pop, and MTV Desi, focused on South Asian music and pop culture. It also creates innovative content and programs for advertising partners. MTV World is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA; NASDAQ: VIAB)

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

SOURCE MTV Iggy



Audiovox First to Launch Rear-Seat DyleTM Mobile TV Experience For Automobiles in the US

LOS ANGELES, NEW YORK and HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Sept. 11, 2012 – Audiovox Electronics Corp., a global leader in the automotive entertainment industry and wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), announced plans to develop the first Dyle enabled rear seat car entertainment systems. The product will be sold and professionally installed through Audiovox’s channels of distribution, including 12-volt retail specialists, expeditors who service car dealers, electronic retailers, car dealers and the company’s OEM customers.

Dyle mobile TV is the consumer-facing brand launched by Mobile Content Venture (MCV) to enable live mobile television content from 18 major broadcast groups including Pearl LLC (Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media) as well as Fox, ION Television, Univision, Bahakel, LIN, Telemundo, NBC, ABC and CBS. Dyle is available from more than 90 stations in 35 markets, reaching approximately 55 percent of the U.S. population.

Audiovox has been a leader in mobile video and rear seat entertainment since the category’s introduction, providing consumers with a wide variety of systems and content options. The combined Audiovox Dyle systems will allow content-rich programming that includes live news, sports, and entertainment through Dyle mobile TV.

“With over 100 million cars on the road today, the automobile back seat represents a great new audience for live TV. We think this lays important groundwork for a new class of in-vehicle entertainment services,” said Salil Dalvi and Erik Moreno, co-General Managers of MCV. “We are thrilled to partner with Audiovox and deliver the Dyle mobile TV experience to consumers in their cars.”

“Together with Dyle mobile TV, we are leading the way in delivering live broadcast television to consumers when they want it the most: on-the-go and on-the-road,” said Tom Malone, President of Audiovox Electronics Corporation. “As a leader in automotive entertainment, Audiovox is committed to providing the latest integrated technology for today’s consumers who seek a seamless entertainment experience in their vehicles.”

For information on becoming an Audiovox Dealer in the US – email us at: newaccounts@audiovox.com

For more information on Audiovox’s Mobile Entertainment product lines please visit: www.audiovoxproducts.com.

About Dyle™ Mobile TV:
Dyle™ Mobile TV is offering consumers a new, easy way to experience and enjoy live broadcast television on their mobile devices at home or on-the-go. Available at no additional cost through 2012, the Dyle application enables live broadcast programming – such as local and national news, as well as sports and entertainment content, utilizing the ATSC mobile DTV standard, on mobile devices featuring Dyle. With compatible devices launching in 2012, Dyle will be available in 35 US markets, potentially reaching 55 percent of the population, and will add additional network programming and hardware in the future. Dyle is operated by the Mobile Content Venture (MCV), a joint-venture of 12 major broadcast groups including Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, E.W. Scripps Co., Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television Inc., Media General Inc., Meredith Corp., Post-Newsweek Stations Inc. and Raycom Media, all of which are part of the standalone entity known as Pearl, LLC, as well as Fox, ION Television and NBC.  For more information, visit www.dyle.tv.

About Audiovox Electronics Corporation (AEC):
Audiovox Electronics Corporation (AEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX), a leading, global supplier of mobile and consumer electronics products.  The Company holds number one market share in rear seat entertainment as well as remote start systems and is the exclusive provider of SiriusXM satellite radio products in the aftermarket.  AEC is also a recognized leader in the marketing of automotive entertainment, Location Based Services (LBS), rear observation, and vehicle security.  Its’ extensive distribution network includes power retailers and 12-volt specialists as well as nearly all of the major vehicle manufacturers (“OEMs”), both domestically and abroad.

Audiovox Electronics possesses a strong brand portfolio and its products rank among the top ten in almost every category in which they sell.  Primary brands include Audiovox®, Invision®, Jensen®, Omega®, Advent®, Code Alarm®, Prestige® and Excalibur®.

Headquartered in Hauppauge, NY, Audiovox Electronics has a manufacturing facility in the United States, and a robust international footprint with offices in Europe, Canada, Mexico and Venezuela.  For additional information, please visit our Web site at www.audiovoxproducts.com.

About VOXX International Corporation:
VOXX International Corporation (NASDAQ: VOXX).  The Company that began as Audiovox over 45 years ago has morphed into a worldwide leader in many automotive and consumer electronics and accessories categories, and now into premium high-end audio.  The Company’s brands hold leading market positions across a wide-spectrum of consumer and automotive segments.

Today, VOXX International is a global company….with an extensive distribution network that includes some of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and an international footprint in Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America, and a growing brand portfolio, which is now comprised of over 30 trusted brands including Audiovox®, Klipsch®, RCA®,Invision®, Jensen®, Acoustic Research®, Jamo®, Energy®, Mac Audio®, Magnat®, Heco®, Schwaiger®, Hirschmann® and Oehlbach®.  The Company continues to drive innovation throughout all of its subsidiaries, and maintains its commitment to exceeding the needs of the consumers it serves.  For additional information, please visit our Web site at www.voxxintl.com.

Safe Harbor Statement:
Except for historical information contained herein, statements made in this release that would constitute forward-looking statements may involve certain risks and uncertainties. All forward-looking statements made in this release are based on currently available information and the Company assumes no responsibility to update any such forward-looking statement. The following factors, among others, may cause actual results to differ materially from the results suggested in the forward-looking statements. The factors include, but are not limited to risks that may result from changes in the Company’s business operations; our ability to keep pace with technological advances; significant competition in the mobile and consumer electronics businesses as well as the accessories  business; our relationships with key suppliers and customers; quality and consumer acceptance of newly introduced products; market volatility; non-availability of product; excess inventory; price and product competition; new product
introductions; the possibility that the review of our prior filings by the SEC may result in changes to our financial statements; and the possibility that stockholders or regulatory authorities may initiate proceedings against VOXX International Corporation and/or our officers and directors as a result of any restatements. Risk factors associated with our business, including some of the facts set forth herein, are detailed in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended February 29, 2012.

Press inquiries:


For Mobile Content Venture: 

For Audiovox Electronics Corp:

Todd Cadley, 646-202-9787 

Jeremy Stoehr


631.436.671

Horn Group:

jstoehr@audiovox.com

Todd.cadley@horngroup.com 

Audiovox on Facebook

Follow MCV/Dyle on Twitter: @DyleMobileTV


SOURCE VOXX International Corporation



Cassie To Release New Single "Balcony," Featuring Young Jeezy, Today On Bad Boy/Interscope Records

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 11, 2012 – Bad Boy/Interscope Records artist Cassie returns with a brand-new single “Balcony,” featuring Young Jeezy released today, September 11th. The track — a sultry, electro-R&B jam that was produced by Rico Love (Usher, Nelly, Beyoncé), Earl Hood, and Eric Goudy II — is the latest single from the singer’s upcoming full-length second album. The first single, “King of Hearts,” was released in February. A video for “Balcony” is on the way, as is a mixtape, entitled Rock A Bye Baby — both due later this month. Producers on the mixtape include Rob Holladay, Malay, Rico Love, Internz, and Knotch, as well as songwriter Stacy Barthe.

Cassie catapulted onto the scene at age 19 with her debut smash single “Me & U,” which climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. She also scored with a string of hit collaborations including “Official Girl” featuring Lil’ Wayne, “Must Be Love,” featuring Sean “Diddy” Combs, and “Let’s Get Crazy” featuring Akon. In 2008, Cassie made her film debut in Step Up 2: The Streets and her song “Is It You” appeared on the film’s soundtrack.  

SOURCE Bad Boy/Interscope Records



VH1 Seeks Additional Relationship Counseling With A Second Season Of "VH1 Couples Therapy"

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11, 2012 – Relationships are hard enough, but imagine the pressure of having your hook ups, “bumps” on the relationship road and breakups as fodder for the tabloids.  More and more, it seems couples whose matters of the heart play out in the public eye are calling it quits and throwing in the towel on their relationships.  Why is it so tough for these couples to stay together?  Looking to shed light on the issue, VH1 will examine the complicated and often misunderstood world of high-profile relationships with “VH1 Couples Therapy.”  Alex McCord & Simon van Kempen, Shayne and Nik Lamas-Richie, Todd “Too Short” Shaw & Monica Payne, Joel “JoJo” & Tashaunda “Tiny” Hailey, and Doug Hutchison & Courtney Stodden will all take a seat on Dr. Jenn Berman‘s couch.  “VH1 Couples Therapy” is set to premiere on Wednesday, October 3 at 10pm* with 8, one-hour episodes on VH1.

From the producers of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” “VH1 Couples Therapy” is the first reality show to examine firsthand the real life experiences of a group of buzzed-about couples.  For some of these couples, living under constant scrutiny from the media and fans makes it increasingly hard for them to stay together and VH1 wants to see why they can’t seem to go the distance.  These five couples, at a crossroads in their relationships, will join together for 21 days as they undergo intensive relationship therapy.  Under the guidance of Dr. Jenn Berman, a nationally renowned relationship therapist, the couples will participate in group and individual therapy along with relationship exercises out in the “real world” to see if they can rekindle the love they used to have for one another — or if it’s simply time for them to move on.

Dr. Jenn Berman, a well-known marriage and family therapist, columnist, author, speaker, radio host will be the relationship therapist for the couples. Dr. Jenn is the host of the popular call-in advice program “The Love and Sex Show with Dr. Jenn” on Cosmo Radio which is heard on Sirius XM nightly. She is the author of three bestselling books; SuperBaby: 12 Ways to Give Your Child a Head Start in the First 3 Years, The A to Z Guide to Raising Happy Confident Kids  and Rockin’ Babies. People come to see her in her private practice for a variety of reasons, such as: relationship issues, parenting, eating disorders, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, and sexual abuse. She also works with performers and entertainment professionals dealing with creativity and performance issues and does consulting with a number of related organizations including The Actors Fund and A Minor Consideration.  Dr. Berman also recently created the “No More Diets” application, which is currently available on iPhone & iPad.

VH1 Couples Therapy” is produced by Irwin Entertainment.  Executive producing for Irwin Entertainment are John Irwin, Damian Sullivan, Sam Korkis and Rob BuchtaJill Holmes, Tom Huffman and Jeff Olde serve as Executive Producers for VH1.

VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com.  VH1 is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  For more information, go to www.vh1press.com.  

*All times ET/PT

Contact:

Scott Acord

Jason Shumaker


310-752-8075

212-846-7528


Scott.Acord@vh1.com

Jason.Shumaker@logo.com

SOURCE VH1



Larry King Joins Grandparents.com

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2012 – Grandparents.com, Inc. (OTCBB: GPCM), announced today that Larry King, America’s legendary television and radio host, will be the Spokesperson for the company and its new Grandparents.com website that was launched on Grandparents Day (9/9/2012) to serve America’s 70 million grandparents. Today, one in every four American adults is a grandparent, and this number will grow to one in three adults by 2020, when we will have 80 million grandparents, according to the MetLife 2011 Report on America’s Grandparents.

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“I am thrilled to be a part of Grandparents.com, The Trusted Resource for Grandparents™,” said Mr. King. “Our new website will provide superior content and a wide range of activities to help grandparents like me improve our daily lives. I am very focused on this space because the age 50+ demographic controls over 70% of the nation’s personal wealth and spends over $2 trillion a year. This is a huge growth opportunity given no one else markets to grandparents as an economic group. With our innovative programs and nonprofit initiatives, we hope to achieve over 20 million members within the next five years. And, I am pleased to join a team that, unlike other sites focused on Americans over 50, is interested in earning the trust of America’s grandparents and not in becoming an advocacy platform with a political agenda.”

“We are delighted to have Larry join the Grandparents.com team. He is ‘larger than life’ — an icon America loves and trusts,” said Steve Leber, Chairman & Co-Chief Executive Officer of Grandparents.com. “Our membership ranks have grown by over 300% in the past five months and we expect that, with Larry on our team, we will create a great deal of national awareness that will accelerate our membership growth and our valuation as a public company.”

“As a father, grandfather and a great-grandfather, Larry is a great fit for us! But you need not be a grandparent to become a member of Grandparents.com,” explained Joe Bernstein, Co-Chief Executive Officer of the company. “Our members join to foster better family relationships — first and foremost, and all of us are grandchildren from the day we are born and throughout our lives. As a community of young and old grandchildren, we all benefited and will continue to benefit from the wisdom and life lessons of our grandparents.”

ABOUT GRANDPARENTS.COM

At Grandparents.com, our goal is to connect, inform and inspire today’s families and be The Trusted Resource for Grandparents by earning their trust. Following our launch, we will continue to unveil new, enriching experiences for our users. Our stories and videos celebrate the role of grandparents, and encourage them to tell their own stories, passing on a meaningful legacy to their children and grandchildren. Our mission at Grandparents.com is to give our members the best information for all areas of their lives — from activities and crafts to make with their grandchildren, to health, travel and financial advice just for them. We are about serving our members with the best content, products and services, and tapping our country’s greatest resource — America’s grandparents, for the good of future generations of grandchildren.

Forward-Looking Statements

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SOURCE Grandparents.com, Inc.



The Jim Henson Company Partners With N-Fusion Interactive To Release App For iPhone, iPad And iPod touch, Based On Sprout®’s Popular Preschool Series "PAJANIMALS"

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 — The Jim Henson Company in conjunction with multi-platform video game developer N-Fusion Interactive Entertainment has just released an interactive app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, based on Henson’s preschool series, PAJANIMALS, currently airing in the U.S. on 24-hour preschool television channel Sprout® and on the new Saturday morning NBC Kids block.

The PAJANIMALS App, an interactive adaptation of the episode “Light in the Sky,” lets children join in the fun with their favorite PAJANIMALS characters. Filled with engaging activities that play off of the theme of the episode, as well as charming music and animation, the fully 3D app will extend the reach of the TV series onto iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.  

“PAJANIMALS has already developed a loyal and enthusiastic fan base among parents and their young children, and now those fans will be able to enjoy interacting with their favorite characters in a whole new way,” said Melissa Segal, SVP, Global Consumer Products, The Jim Henson Company. “Our creative relationship with N-Fusion enabled us to deliver an outstanding interactive experience that expands upon the TV show.”  

“Our goal was to introduce the first PAJANIMALS App in a way that captures the warmth and emotional honesty of the TV series by allowing children and parents to interact with the PAJANIMALS’ world in a more personal way,” stated Jeff Birns, CEO, N-Fusion Interactive Entertainment Corp. “Having this wonderful set of characters helped us to achieve that.”

The PAJANIMALS series follows the amazing adventures of four sweet and gentle characters: Sweetpea Sue the pony, the excitable duck Squacky, the creative cow CowBella and the optimistic puppy Apollo. Through their imaginary journeys, these cuddly musical puppets venture out on amazing adventures of discovery, modeling the skills preschoolers need to move through their days successfully.

Produced in Northern Ireland as a co-production between The Jim Henson Company, Sprout and Northern Ireland‘s Sixteen South Television, PAJANIMALS has obtained funding assistance from Northern Ireland Screen. The Jim Henson Company’s Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford serve as Executive Producers for the series, along with Alex Rockwell and Jeff Muncy. PAJANIMALS was created by Muncy and Rockwell.  Andrew Beecham is Executive Producer for Sprout and Sprout’s Lisa O’Brien serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Sixteen South’s Colin Williams is producer for the series, with Michael and Patty Silversher composing the music. The series airs in the U.S. on Sprout, the 24-hour digital cable channel dedicated to preschoolers. The Jim Henson Company is handling all ancillary use of the property including licensing, video and merchandising.

About The Jim Henson Company:
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 50 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include the Emmy®-nominated “Sid the Science Kid,” “Dinosaur Train,” “Wilson & Ditch: Digging America” and “Pajanimals.” Features include “The Dark Crystal,” “Labyrinth,” “MirrorMask,” and “Unstable Fables” and television productions include “Fraggle Rock” and the sci-fi cult series “Farscape.”

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. Independently owned and operated by the five adult children of founder Jim Henson, the Company is also home to Jim Henson‘s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character-building and visual effects group with international film, television and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of-the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand has recently launched the national tour of “Stuffed and Unstrung,” a live puppet improvisational show named one of the top 10 “Best Stage Shows of 2010″ by Entertainment Weekly. Visit henson.com, join us on facebook.com/hensoncompany, and follow us at twitter.com/hensonparents.

About N-Fusion Interactive Entertainment Corp.
Established in 1996, N-Fusion has created over 30 games on most every platform for children and families as well as core gamers. The Company’s most recent release, Air Mail, a mobile app was chosen as an Editors’ Choice by Apple in the App store. The company’s experienced team of producers, designers, programmers and artists have developed a variety of both licensed content and original IP. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at n-fusion.com.

About Sprout®
Available in over 50 million homes, Sprout is the first 24-hour preschool destination available on TV, on demand and online for children ages 2-5 and their parents and caregivers.  The 24-hour digital channel, which launched in September 2005 along with the website (SproutOnline.com), is the only channel that follows the day of a preschooler from breakfast to bedtime with its distinctive, interactive programming and original hosted blocks.  Sprout’s VOD offering is the #1 on demand service for younger children with over one billion views. 

Sprout is a partnership among NBCUniversal, HIT Entertainment, PBS and Sesame Workshop.  Its program lineup of gold-standard, curriculum-based preschool shows includes:  Sesame Street®, Bob the Builder™, Barney & Friends™, The Wiggles®, Thomas & Friends™,  Caillou®, The Berenstain Bears™, Roary the Racing Car™,  dirtgirlworld and more.

The PAJANIMALS App is available for $4.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore

SOURCE The Jim Henson Company



Yoplait® Kicks Off Its Fifth Annual Hispanic Lids For Life Tour With Actress And Breast Cancer Survivor Adamari Lopez

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Sept. 10, 2012 — The Yoplait Save Lids to Save Lives Tour with Adamari Lopez last week kicked off its 2012 breast-cancer awareness campaign in the Hispanic community. The tour will take the popular actress, television host and breast cancer survivor to eight U.S. cities with large Hispanic populations, where Ms. Lopez will continue to urge early breast cancer detection among Latinas and enlist their support for Yoplait’s Save Lids to Save Lives® initiative.

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Ms. Lopez’s tour kicked off Sept. 6 in Miami and ends Oct. 26 in Houston. She will also visit New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Phoenix, where she will take her message of hope to Latinas through media interviews and appearances at supermarkets. This is the fifth consecutive year that Yoplait and Ms. Lopez have teamed up on behalf of Save Lids to Save Lives®, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. For the past 14 years, Yoplait has been a passionate supporter of the fight against breast cancer, donating more than $34 million to the cause through all of its programs.

“I’m delighted once again to team up with Yoplait to help Latina women understand the importance of their breast health and inspire others to join the fight against the disease,” said Ms. Lopez, who emphasized that she was able to overcome her breast cancer diagnosis seven years ago thanks to early detection and “the tremendous support I received from my family.”

“My successful struggle with breast cancer is a testament to the fact that early detection can and does save lives, and that we are all in this together – mothers, daughters, wives, sisters, neighbors, best friends. These are the people who mean the most to us, and they are all at risk for breast cancer. To take care of the women in your life, you have to know more about breast health.”

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among Hispanic women. Compared to non-Hispanic White women, Latinas are less likely to have regular mammograms and follow-up for an abnormal mammogram* – a fact that may explain why they are more likely to be diagnosed at later stages of breast cancer, when the disease is more difficult to treat.**

Save Lids to Save Lives® helps combat these statistics by donating crucial research money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Yoplait is its longest running food partner, and Save Lids to Save Lives® is recognized as one of the most successful cause marketing programs in the industry. 

This year, for the first time, more General Mills’ brands have also joined the fight against breast cancer by carrying pink Save Lids to Save Lives lids.  Starting in September, more than 20 General Mills’ brands will carry pink lids. For each pink lid we receive by June 30, 2013, General Mills will donate 10 cents to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, up to $2,500,000. The company has already donated $500,000, and will donate up to an additional $2,000,000 based on lids submitted and other consumer actions. 

Additionally, Yoplait yogurt cups have a code on the lid that can be entered online at SaveLidsToSaveLives.com by June 30, 2013.  Check out SaveLidsToSaveLives.com for more details.

“My personal brush with breast cancer changed my life and showed me that our health is our greatest gift,” Ms. Lopez said. “Despite the many obstacles faced by our community – both cultural and financial – we as Latinas must put our breast health first, understand our bodies and utilize the resources the community has to help us overcome this terrible disease. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is a valuable organization, and that is why I believe so strongly in this cause.”

For more information on how to participate, please go online to www.SaveLidstoSaveLives.com  or www.komen.org/espanol.  ou can also find your local Komen Affiliate on komen.org/espanol. 

About Yoplait
To date, Yoplait and its parent company General Mills have contributed more than $50 million to support the breast cancer cause. In addition to the Save Lids to Save Lives campaign, Yoplait is a member of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®’s Million-Dollar Council and is a National Series Sponsor of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure®, the largest series of 5K run and fitness walks in the world. Visit SaveLidstoSaveLives.com to get involved in the Save Lids to Save Lives program.

About General Mills
One of the world’s leading food companies, General Mills operates in more than 100 countries and markets more than 100 consumer brands, including Cheerios, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Progresso, Yoplait, Cascadian Farm, Muir Glen, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, General Mills had fiscal 2012 global net sales of US$16 billion, including the company’s $1.2 billion proportionate share of joint venture net sales.

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, her promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world. For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

*Center for Disease Control and Prevention

**American Cancer Society, 2006

 

SOURCE Yoplait



Harley-Davidson Calls On Fans To Unleash Their Own Personal Freedom And Independence

MILWAUKEE, Sept. 10, 2012 – As the global leader in fueling personal freedom, self-expression and independence, Harley-Davidson (NYSE: HOG) today announces the launch of a second installment in its popular Dark Custom campaign called United By Independents.

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The campaign, featuring #StereotypicalHarley riders, was first developed on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook app “Fan Machine” by fan Harold Chase and was then cast on Twitter. The final 60-second spot, featuring 16 real Harley-Davidson riders and Twitter followers from around the world, makes its national advertising debut on the FX hit series Sons of Anarchy beginning with the Season Five premiere Sept. 11, 2012.

The campaign runs through November 2012 and will continue with a promotion through Harley and SOA that gives fans an opportunity to express their individuality and defy stereotypes by customizing a new Street Bob motorcycle online with H-D1 Bike Builder. This online tool now offers the most expressive paint sets, accessories and apparel than ever before with the all-new Hard Candy Custom. One lucky winner will win a personally customized Harley-Davidson Street Bob motorcycle and a trip to Los Angeles to visit the set of Sons of Anarchy and hang out with cast members. The partnership with FX and SOA also includes exclusive online promotional videos from the creator of SOA, Kurt Sutter, along with key cast members who share their stories about what it means to ride, featuring their own personal customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

United by Independents is as much a rally cry to discover your ultimate self-expression and personal freedom as it is a celebration of fans and riders that continue to defy stereotypes of what it means to be a Harley-Davidson enthusiast,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson Director of North American Marketing Operations. “The campaign is cast entirely through social media with real riders from across the globe and from all walks of life who are united by their shared passion for the brand and their love of riding.”

Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson asked its more than 4 million Facebook and Twitter fans to share how they defy stereotypes by posting their photos using the hashtag #StereotypicalHarley. From the thousands of responses received, Harley-Davidson created the first installment of the United by Independents campaign, which debuted in February 2012 as part of the launch the Sportster Seventy-Two. 

The second installment features the new H-D1 Street Bob and Hard Candy Custom that will launch Sept. 11 on SOA but will also appear in big partner properties like Marvel’s The Avengers DVD release and this fall’s FX premiere of The Ultimate Fighter along with other UFC properties. Both videos are available on Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom website at www.darkcustom.com.

Continuing its mission to defy stereotypes, Harley-Davidson remains the market share leader in heavyweight motorcycle sales among young adults ages 18-34 in the U.S. and has long been at the cutting edge of personalization and customization, as evidenced by Hard Candy Custom, the star of Harley’s 2013 model-year line-up. The new formula for old-school cool, Hard Candy Custom is a styling movement that spans generations, cultures and markets from Brooklyn to Yokohama. Rooted in themes first seen in the chopper era of the late 1960s, Hard Candy Custom embraces a trend that’s reemerged from garages around the globe: dazzling metal flake paint, brilliant chrome and styling details in accessories, gear and apparel that are both current and nostalgic.

Also announced was the addition of the Street Bob to Harley-Davidson’s H-D1 Factory Customization program, allowing customers to build the Street Bob of their dreams and have it delivered to their door right from the factory within a month. Hard Candy Custom and the new H-D1 Street Bob are featured in Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy. To learn more about the motorcycles, visit www.darkcustom.com.

To enter to win the Ultimate Sons of Anarchy Experience and access the exclusive video content, fans should visit www.h-d.com/SOA from Sept. 11 through Nov. 19, 2012, and tell Harley-Davidson which SOA actor they want to ride with, where they would go and what they would do. Then participants can use the H-D1 Bike Builder to design their dream Street Bob. One winner will receive a grand prize including their customized Street Bob and a trip with a friend to Los Angeles to visit the set of Sons of Anarchy. 

About Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s Web site at www.harley-davidson.com.

SOURCE Harley-Davidson Motor Company



The Pasadena Playhouse And Lythgoe Family Productions Announce Casting And Creative Team For Panto At The Playhouse’s A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 10, 2012 The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Charles Dillingham, Interim Executive Director) and Lythgoe Family Productions, announced today casting and the creative team for A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS, featuring Ariana Grande (Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”) as “Snow White,” an on-screen appearance by Neil Patrick Harris as “The Magic Mirror” and Charlene Tilton (“Dallas“) as “The Wicked Queen.”  This inaugural “Panto at The Playhouse” production of A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS will be directed by Bonnie Lythgoe (“So You Think You Can Dance”) with choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee “So You Think You Can Dance”) and musical direction by Michael Orland (“American Idol”). Performances will begin December 13 through December 23, with a gala press opening night on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Lythgoe Family Productions produces fun, musical theatre the whole family can enjoy. Known for their creativity and involvement in television hits “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” the Lythgoes are dedicated to bringing affordable theatre to families across America. Based on the Grimm fairytales, each story has been modernized with topical scripts for parents and well known pop songs for kids. The Lythgoes pride themselves on creating a memorable experience a family can share together.    

“It brings me great delight to welcome Lythgoe Family Productions and their wonderful Panto productions into our Playhouse family, said Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director of The Playhouse.  “Their family-friendly, interactive shows are a perfect fit to our season and our community.  We look forward to a very long partnership in bringing a new holiday tradition of live theatre to our patrons.”

“We are truly honored to be working with the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse in continuing the introduction of American Panto to families,” said writer/producer Kris Lythgoe.  ”It has always been a goal of the Lythgoe family to work with a theatre that shares in our ambition of encouraging young audiences to attend theatre and to bring families together at the holiday season. We believe The Playhouse is the perfect LA home for Panto and we look forward to “Panto at The Playhouse” for many seasons to come!”

An updated version of the classic tale, in the style of a traditional British family Panto, A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS features family-friendly magic, with a comedic twist, dancing (with “So You Think You Can Dance” alumni), a live miniature pony and contemporary music from Katy Perry‘s “Firework” to Huey Lewis and the News’ “Power of Love” to Michael Jackson‘s “Thriller” and more. A Panto is known for its interactive style and humor that appeals to everyone from ages 2 – 102!  Before every performance, guests and their families are invited to enjoy a “Winter Wonderland” event sponsored by Parenting Magazine in The Playhouse’s Engemann Family Courtyard, complete with holiday carolers, crafts, activities, games and photo opportunities.

The full cast for A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS features:

  • Ariana Grande as “Snow White” (Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”)
  • Neil Patrick Harris as “The Magic Mirror” (“How I Met Your Mother”)
  • Charlene Tilton as “The Wicked Queen” (“Dallas“)
  • Jonathan Scott Meza as “Muddles” ( “The Jumpitz”)
  • David Figoli as “Herman the Huntsman”
  • And “Snow White’s Prince” to be announced soon

The “Seven Dwarfs” will be cast from local children and auditions will be held on October 6 – 7, 2012, at a location to be announced.

In addition to director Bonnie Lythgoe, the creative team for A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS includes choreography by Spencer Liff (Emmy nominee for “So You Think You Can Dance”), musical direction by Michael Orland (“American Idol”), book by Kris Lythgoe, scenic and costume design by Lythgoe Family Productions creative department with additional costume design by designer Julia Clancy, Donna Maas and Kleev Guessford, additional scenic design by J.J. Wickham  (LFP producers include Kris Lythgoe, Bonnie Lythgoe, Becky Baeling and Jason Haigh-Ellery).

A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS will play from December 13 – 23, 2012 with a gala press opening on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.  The Pasadena Playhouse is located at 39 South El Molino Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101.  The performance schedule is Tuesday through Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Single show ticket prices for A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS range from $32.00 – $72.00, with Premium Seating available for $100.00.  Child single tickets are available for Rear Orchestra and Rear Mezzanine seating ranging from $22.00 – $47.00.  Golden Tickets are available for an additional $100.00 each and are limited to 10 Golden Tickets per performance.  A Golden Ticket allows the ticketholder (children only) a special on-stage experience during the production.  Service and theatre restoration fees apply to all purchases.  Tickets are available by calling The Pasadena Playhouse at 626-356-7529 or by visiting The Pasadena Playhouse Box Office, Tuesday – Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. during non-performance dates.  On performance dates the Box Office is open Tuesday – Saturday from 12:00 p.m.8:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m.7:00 p.m. on Sunday.  Tickets are available 24 hours online at www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.  Group Sales (8 or more) are available by calling 626-921-1161. For additional information visit www.PasadenaPlayhouse.org.

Full bios for the cast and creative team of A SNOW WHITE CHRISTMAS are available upon request.

 

CONTACT:

Joel Hile / 626-921-1158 or jhile@pasadenaplayhouse.org


Ken Werther / 323-845-9781 or kenwertherpr@gmail.com

SOURCE Lythgoe Family Productions



Scott Mills Named Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration of Viacom

NEW YORK, Sept. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced the promotion of Scott Mills to Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Administration.  Mr. Mills, age 44, was formerly President and Chief Operating Officer of Viacom’s BET Networks unit.  

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Based in New York, Mr. Mills will join Viacom’s senior management team and will report to Thomas E. Dooley, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom. Mr. Mills will be responsible for setting the company’s worldwide human resources strategies and practices and for leading Viacom’s administrative functions, including real estate and security.  Mr. Mills succeeds Denise White, who has decided to leave the company.

Philippe Dauman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom, said, “A talented, energetic, and committed workforce is our greatest asset and one of the most important drivers of our success.  Scott is not only an outstanding leader with a wealth of operational and financial management expertise, but he also brings an all-important business perspective to the human resources function.  This capacity, along with Scott’s knowledge of our company and his enthusiasm and commitment, will be of enormous benefit to Viacom’s increasingly global, immensely talented and creative employee base.

Denise White has made a major contribution to Viacom and helped us build a world-class human resources function.  Her hard work as a positive agent of change has enhanced our culture and helped us maintain and expand our reputation as a great place to work.  We will miss her but understand her decision to leave us and focus fully on her entrepreneurial interests, particularly the non-profit foundations that she founded and continues to manage.  We thank her and wish her all the best.”

Mr. Dooley said, “I have had the pleasure to work directly with Scott in his time as COO of BET and was continuously impressed with his intellect, his commitment and his skillful leadership in a variety of roles and situations. Scott has successfully managed nearly every important area of BET, including its digital, sales and business operations, which gives him unique and valuable insights in his new role at Viacom.  I am confident he will help us further energize our vibrant workforce and enhance our culture of innovation and excellence.”

Mr. Mills said, “I have been extremely fortunate to be part of BET and the Viacom family for 15 years and to participate in our growth and expansion in so many ways. I could not be more excited to take on this new role and to build on that legacy in this time of unprecedented change in our industry.  I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues at BET and now throughout Viacom to expand on the great accomplishments of Denise and her team and to help build an organization that not only attracts the very best employees, but also gives them the resources and encouragement they need to achieve at the highest possible level.”

As President and COO of BET Networks, Mr. Mills led its business functions, including sales, finance, legal and business affairs, human resources, digital, research, strategic planning, business development, and administration, reporting to BET Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Debra Lee.  While in this role, he led the launch of BET’s Centric Channel and initiated the upcoming BET Experience festival.  Prior to that, Mr. Mills was Chief Financial Officer and President of Digital Media.  As CFO, Mr. Mills was responsible for the company’s finance functions, including accounting, reporting, financial planning, tax, treasury and controls, as well as corporate research, strategic planning and business development.  As President of Digital Media, Mr. Mills launched BET Mobile and BET’s digital video distribution operations.  Before becoming CFO, Mr. Mills was Executive Vice President and COO of BET Interactive, where he oversaw the start-up of BET.com and led the property to become a leading online destination for African Americans.

Prior to joining BET as Senior Vice President of Business Development in 1997, Mr. Mills was a Vice President specializing in infrastructure financing with an investment bank. Mr. Mills also served as Deputy Treasurer of the City of Philadelphia. A native of New York, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Mills is a member of the Executive Leadership Council.

About Viacom 
Viacom is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories. With media networks reaching approximately 700 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, SPIKE, Tr3s, Paramount Channel and VIVA. Paramount Pictures, celebrating its 100th year in 2012 and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming.

For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at http://www.twitter.com/Viacom.

About BET Networks
BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc., is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.   

SOURCE Viacom Inc.



MASTERPIECE on PBS and ITV Studios Announce Mr. Selfridge Starring Jeremy Piven

BOSTON, July 25, 2012 – MASTERPIECE/WGBH and ITV Studios have announced a coproduction deal that includes Mr. Selfridge (w.t.), a highly anticipated new drama series starring Jeremy Piven (Entourage) in the title role.

Created by Emmy® Award-winning writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) and executive produced by Kate Lewis for ITV Studios, Mr. Selfridge recounts the real life story of the flamboyant and visionary American founder of Selfridge’s, London‘s lavish department store.

“Adding Jeremy Piven to our legendary list of MASTERPIECE actors is a real treat,” says MASTERPIECE executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “Mr. Selfridge has all the qualities viewers expect from our programs—a riveting story, fabulous production values, a first-rate cast, and now…shopping!”

Other titles in the coproduction package include new episodes of some of MASTERPIECE’s most popular mystery series: the Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour and Agatha Christie‘s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple, and Inspector Lewis.

Set in 1909 London, when women were reveling in a new sense of freedom and modernity, Mr. Selfridge follows Harry Gordon Selfridge (“Mile a Minute Harry”), a man with a mission to make shopping as thrilling as sex. Pioneering and reckless, with an almost manic energy, Harry created a theater of retail where any topic or trend that was new, exciting, entertaining —or just eccentric—was showcased.

Mr. Selfridge will air on MASTERPIECE in 2013.

MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is executive producer. Funding for the series is provided by Viking River Cruises and public television viewers, with additional support from contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust, created to help ensure the series’ future.

Mr. Selfridge is an ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE coproduction. Endeavour is a coproduction of Mammoth Screen and MASTERPIECE. Inspector Lewis is a coproduction of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE. Agatha Christie‘s Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are coproductions of ITV Studios and MASTERPIECE.

Press Contacts
Ellen Dockser, ellen_dockser@wgbh.org, 617-300-5338
Olivia Wong, olivia_wong@wgbh.org, 617-300-5349

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WXYZ’S Legendary Anchor Diana Lewis Retires

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 25, 2012 – After a career that has spanned more than four decades in broadcasting, Diana Lewis announced today that she will retire from WXYZ-TV, Channel 7.  Lewis, one of the most recognized and respected faces on Detroit television, has been an anchor on 7 Action News for more than 35 years. 

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“The impact Diana Lewis has had upon television and Detroit is immeasurable,” said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager.  “We have been incredibly fortunate to work with such a great journalist and Detroit has been fortunate to have such a strong, dedicated voice serving our community.  Diana is the consummate professional and an iconic figure in the industry.”

Diana has been a pioneer in the business since 1968 when she first signed on the air at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia.  Her first television show, called “Black Book,” focused on issues affecting the African- American community.  She went on to become a news anchor and consumer reporter at the station before joining KABC in Los Angeles as the weekend anchor and consumer reporter. 

While in Los Angeles, Lewis also made a name for herself as an actress with performances opposite  Sylvester Stallone in the box office favorites, “Rocky” and “Rocky 5.”  She also appeared on TV shows including “The Twilight Zone,” “Hunter,” “The Gary Shandling Show,” “Murder She Wrote,” “The Million Dollar Caper,” and “All My Children.”

In 1977, Diana Lewis joined WXYZ-TV and was paired with legendary newsman Bill Bonds on 7 Action News.  They quickly became an iconic pair and Detroit‘s number one news team. 

“It was the warmth I felt for people that really helped connect me to the viewers,” said Lewis.  “It was part of my mission, to make a difference in the lives of everyone I met.”

Diana has been honored with numerous awards, including the Silver Circle Award from the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.  The organization also recognized her outstanding work with two Emmy Awards and the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2008, she was inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  She is one of only seven women and two African-Americans to receive the honor. In 2012, Diana was also inducted into the Michigan State Journalism Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Maya Angelou and Alice Walker.

In 2002, Diana was named by CORP magazine as one of Michigan‘s 95 Most Powerful Women. The Detroit City Council recognized Diana Lewis for her service to the community with an official proclamation in 2006.  In 2007, the Detroit News named her Best Local TV Anchor and in 2011, The Michigan Chronicle recognized her as one of their Women in Excellence. Also in 2011, Diana was awarded the “Heart of HAVEN Award”. Earlier this year, she was inducted into the Variety: Children’s Charity Hall of Fame.

Lewis has worked passionately for the advancement of women and to improve her community.  Her work includes the Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Education Program.  She was invited to speak before the Michigan Senate on the issue of organ donation laws and remains the only newscaster to have been invited to the Senate floor.

During her career, she has also supported the American Heart Association, the City of Hope, and Focus HOPE. 

Throughout her career, Diana says she always tried to make a difference in people’s lives.  “The most important thing you can do is to make someone feel that their life is truly worthwhile,” said Lewis.

Diana and her husband Glenn have two daughters; Donna, who works at Henry Ford Hospital, and Glenda, a reporter and anchor at WXYZ.  Diana and Glenda made journalism history as the first mother/daughter television news team when they co-anchored the 11 p.m. news on the eve of Mother’s Day in 2004.

“I’ve had the most amazing career,” said Lewis.  “The people I’ve met, the lives I’ve touched, and every life I’ve touched has touched me as well.  The passion I felt the day I drove through the gates at Channel 7 is the same passion I still feel today.  I will always be involved in the community, I will always be part of the Channel 7 family…I’m just excited to start this new chapter in my life.”

WXYZ will celebrate Diana Lewis‘s legendary career and her contributions to Detroit broadcasting through special events and programming throughout August and September.  Lewis’s last day on the air will be Wednesday, October 3rd.  

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T.J. Martell Foundation Seeks Ad Space Donations For PSA Campaign

NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 — The T.J. Martell Foundation needs your help. In January of 2013, we will be launching a brand new public service campaign entitled Music’s Promise for a Cure to bring awareness to the Foundation’s mission of funding leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. We are asking for the media’s support to contribute print ad space, internet banner ad space, radio and TV ad time to spread the word.

What would you do if your child were sick? Music industry executive Tony Martell promised his son, who was dying of leukemia, that he would raise $1 million to fight the disease. In the past 37 years, the T.J. Martell Foundation has provided over $250 million to support innovative leukemia, cancer and AIDS research in loving memory of T.J., who succumbed to the disease in 1974; these funds have been successfully leveraged into billions of dollars in additional funding from larger sources like the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute

Says CEO Laura Heatherly, “Music’s Promise for a Cure is a unique campaign devoted to helping those in need. Our respected scientists depend on our support to continue their life-saving research, and your donation will help us help them.”

The TV and radio spots will be thirty seconds; the print and online ads can be sized to your specifications.

In return for your contribution, the Foundation will list your company name on the Foundation’s website in January.

For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, please visit www.tjmartellfoundation.org. Join us on www.Facebook.com, www.twitter.com, and www.pinterest.com. To donate, please contact Kate Fitzpatrick at 917.301.2572 or kfitzpatrick@tjmartellfoundation.org

ABOUT THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION
Founded in 1975 by music industry executive, Tony Martell, the T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer & AIDS; it has provided over $250 million over the past thirty-seven years. The Foundation funds early-stage research projects at eleven excellent institutions across the nation. This research is aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded.

PRESS CONTACT:
Kate Fitzpatrick
Communications Manager
T: 917.301.2572
E: kfitzpatrick@tjmartellfoundation.org

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America TeVe se une a la Honorable alcalde de la ciudad de Hialeah Gardens, Yioset de la Cruz, con motivo de la instalación del primer monitor de la red nacional del Missing Children Global Network

MIAMI, 25 de julio de 2012 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — America TeVe anuncia que este jueves, 26 de Julio, comenzando a las 10:00 AM, formara parte de la conferencia de prensa con motivo de la instalación del primer monitor de la red nacional del Missing Children Global Network, Inc. Desde su base informativa esta red nacional de monitores transmitirá constantemente las fotografías y la información de los niños desaparecidos en los Estados Unidos. La red nacional de monitores informativos de MCGN, Inc., comienza en la ciudad de Hialeah Gardens y continuara en todo el país en miles de lugares públicos para ayudar a identificar a los niños que desaparecen llegando mensajes de prevención y educación para ayudar a reducir los hechos.

Exhortamos a la comunidad del sur de la Florida a participar en esta causa para el bienestar de nuestros niños.

La ciudad de Hialeah Gardens aprovechara el evento para entregarle a America TeVe y en particular a Pedro Sevcec y a Diana Montaño un merecido reconocimiento por su participación y apoyo a esta causa.

PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN VISITE LA PÁGINA OFICIAL DE AMÉRICA TEVÉ
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America TeVe Joins The Honorable Yoset De La Cruz, Mayor Of The City Of Hialeah Gardens In The Press Conference In Honor Of The Installation Of The First Nationwide Television Monitor For The Missing Children Global Network

MIAMI, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — America TeVe announced that this Thursday, July 26th, starting at 10:00 AM will form part of the press conference in honor of the installation of the first nationwide television monitor for the Missing Children Global Network, Inc. This monitor will continually transmit, through their informative database, photographs and information of missing children throughout the United States. This national network of informative TV monitors will start in the city of Hialeah Gardens City Hall and will continue throughout the country in hundred of public buildings to better help identify missing children as well as taking the message of prevention and education to reduce the number of cases nationwide.

We exhort the community to take part in this cause by supporting its efforts.

The city of Hialeah Gardens will take this opportunity to present America TeVe, in particular Pedro Sevcec and Diana Montano with a special plaque for their support of this cause.

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Winning Team Announced in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road® Rally

SKOKIE, Ill., July 25, 2012 — Tune in tonight to Travel Channel at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, for a one-hour television special featuring the “Best of the Road.” In closing the second annual Best of the Road® Rally, Rand McNally and USA TODAY announced Two for the Road the winning team in Seattle. At the big reveal, the duo was awarded the title along with a $10,000 check from Rand McNally.

Team Two for the Road, Dusty and Nikki Green from Spicewood, TX, set out to find the Most Beautiful town, trekking an impressive 5,000 miles, to visit six finalist towns between Washington, D.C. and Seattle: Jim Thorpe, PA; Danville, KY; Bardstown, KY; Tybee Island, GA; Sedona, AZ and Baker City, OR. In each location, they captured beauty in all shapes, sizes, landscapes and sunsets. The winning couple was judged by their town reviews, photos and compelling videos posted during their travels and shared on ontheroad.bestoftheroad.com, Facebook and Twitter.

“We wanted to do a good service to all of the towns involved because we are small town kids and we know the value of this national exposure. We wanted each town to get a fair shake and have the material to promote themselves long after the program was over,” shared Dusty and Nikki. All of their video and photography is available on the Best of the Road blog.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the work each of the teams put forth during their cross-country journeys, going above and beyond to share the heart of America through these small town visits,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally. “The second annual Best of the Road search has been a tremendous success thanks to the enthusiasm and support of these teams and the towns they visited.”

THE BEST OF THE ROAD TOWNS
The winning towns will be highlighted on www.bestoftheroad.com and in the 2014 Rand McNally Road Atlas, as well as on USA TODAY’s Travel site.

The Best of the Road Rally promotional sponsors include Honda, Choice Hotels and Fleetwood RV.

For more information on Best of the Road contest, visit www.bestoftheroad.com and http://travel.usatoday.com.

About the Best of the Road®Rand McNally has earned the reputation as a trusted source in maps, directions and travel content with its best-selling Road Atlas and annual Best of the Road online guide.  Its celebration of the Great American Road Trip has given way to an online guide of the Best of the Road and features top attractions in more than 20 categories — from the Best Beach to the Best BBQ.   This year, Rand McNally is revving up, in collaboration with USA TODAY, for an all-new the Best of the Road search with content created by travelers online and published in the 2013 Rand McNally Road Atlas. For more information about the Best of the Road, visit www.bestoftheroad.com

About Rand McNallyRand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.  Rand McNally‘s products and services include online travel community bestoftheroad.com and RVer microsite bestoftheroad.com/RV; interactive travel referral service, Tripology; America’s #1 Road Atlas; and TripMaker® RVND™ GPS for RVers; IntelliRoute® truck routing software and navigation devices; TruckPC and the TND™ 760 Fleet Edition mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry; and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom. Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world. www.randmcnally.com

About USA TODAY – USA TODAY is a multi-platform news and information media company. Founded in 1982, USA TODAY’s mission is to serve as a forum for better understanding and unity to help make the USA truly one nation. Today, through its newspaper, website and mobile platforms, USA TODAY connects readers and engages the national conversation. USA TODAY, the nation’s number one newspaper in print circulation with an average of more than 1.8 million daily, and USATODAY.com, an award-winning newspaper website  launched in 1995, reach a combined 6.6 million readers daily. USA TODAY is a leader in mobile applications with more than fourteen million downloads on mobile devices.  The USA TODAY brand also includes USA TODAY Education and USA TODAY Sports Weekly. USA TODAY is owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI).

About Travel Channel – TRAVEL CHANNEL (http://www.travelchannel.com) is a multiplatform travel lifestyle brand with the core mission of providing inspiring and compelling programming that takes viewers beyond their everyday destinations, making the unfamiliar familiar, whether it’s around the world or around the block.  A dual feed network that is also available in HD, Travel Channel is the world’s leading travel media brand, and is available in over 94 million U.S. cable homes.  Owned and operated by Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), Travel Channel has offices in Chevy Chase, MD, and New York, NY.  Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI) also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country.

Press Contacts:
Weber Shandwick for Rand McNally
Jessica Parker, jparker@webershandwick.com, 212-445-8263                 
Sadie Ellison, sellison@webershandwick.com, 212-445-8153  212-445-8303

USA TODAY
Heidi Zimmerman, hzimmerman@usatoday.com, 703-854-5304

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Intel, MTV Iggy Unite To Unveil ‘The Music Experiment’

NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ – Intel Corporation and MTV Iggy, MTV’s global music brand, today unveiled “The Music Experiment,” an all-new series of free live shows held at secret locations in select cities nationwide and powered by fan activity on social media. Through “The Music Experiment,” each fan tweet using #musicexperiment will incrementally zoom a satellite map and reveal locations where fans can obtain ticket, venue and theme information for the live shows. The experience begins at musicexperiment.com, where fans can access the map and interact with exclusive artist content. Engagement continues as fans attend the shows and participate in videos which are featured on MTV’s on-air, online and social media platforms.

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The first “Music Experiment” show features Icelandic artists Of Monsters and Men and will be held at a yet-disclosed, offbeat venue in New York City on Thursday, July 26.  Additional shows will be held through November, and include performances by Santigold in Chapel Hill, N.C.; and The Jezabels in Portland, Ore.

“As a result of our relationship with MTV and our joint effort on The Music Experiment, we are able to pair two iconic brands to provide an unforgettable technology and music experience,” said David Veneski, Intel’s U.S. media director. “As we build out the Ultrabook™category, we’re acutely focused on an audience younger than we’ve ever targeted before. Entertainment, with music at the forefront, is the foundation of our advertising focus in 2012 and is a medium that resonates well with this audience.”

“‘How can we make the connection that fans and artists have built through social media, turn it into a full-on creative collaboration, and reinvent the concert experience?’ That’s the question driving ‘The Music Experiment,’” said Nusrat Durrani, general manager of MTV Iggy, a multi-platform global music brand connecting America with music and pop culture trending around the world. “Intel is at the intersection of creativity and technology where today’s music thrives, and we’re excited to work with them to create a next-level concert experience for the globally minded, socially savvy music fan.”

Custom commercial spots on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.com, MTV2.com, mtvU.com and MTVIggy.com will tease the secret shows and drive fans to musicexperiment.com. Fans can also access the “Music Experiment” Facebook app, which rewards the most engaged fans with VIP passes to the shows, a special post-show screening and a chance to win Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ devices.

Each show will feature uniquely themed musical performances in unusual, visually stunning venues where audiences become creative collaborators through live Instagram, Facebook and Twitter integrations. On-site imagery and art installations add to the transformative experience. Fans attending “Music Experiment” shows are instructed to dress theme-appropriately, as they will be showcased in music videos, social media and additional content generated from the shows. The video content generated from each show will include performance highlights and audience participation. All exclusive elements from the show will be produced and featured at musicexperiment.com.

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

Intel is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries.

About MTV World
MTV World connects globally minded millennials with music and pop culture trends and creates original programming for targeted audiences across multi-platform brands.  The division includes MTV Iggy, featuring emerging music from around the world, MTV K, devoted to global K-Pop, and MTV Desi, focused on South Asian music and pop culture. It also creates innovative content and programs for advertising partners. MTV World is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA).

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Put on Your Sunscreen and Prepare to Get Burned! The Roastmaster General Returns to COMEDY CENTRAL® in August With the New Series "The Burn with Jeff Ross" and One-Hour Stand-up Special "Jeff Ross Roasts America"

NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 — The Infamous “Roastmaster General,” Jeff Ross, is armed and ready to take aim at the week’s hottest topics in the new COMEDY CENTRAL weekly half-hour series, “The Burn with Jeff Ross,” premiering on Tuesday, August 14 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.  To get warmed up for “The Burn,” Jeff Ross took his roast on the road to film the one-hour stand-up special “Jeff Ross Roasts America,” premiering on COMEDY CENTRAL on Saturday, August 11 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

“The Burn with Jeff Ross” picks up where the Roasts leave off: Ross and a panel of guest comedians will skewer the week’s pop culture topics in-studio, and hit the streets on the “Roaster Coaster” to take aim at “Public Enemies” such as meter maids, the paparazzi, and those things in life that just need to be taken down a notch.  With other segments including “Roasting the Week,” a no-holds-barred look at the week’s hot topics; “Friendly Fire,” in which Ross knocks on celebrity front doors, camera in tow; and “Too Soon,” featuring commentary on the (extremely) recently departed, Ross continues to earn the title of “Meanest Man in Comedy,” bestowed on him by New York Magazine

“The Burn with Jeff Ross” is executive produced by Ross, Mike Gibbons, Chris McGuire and Tagline Television’s Willie Mercer and Amy Zvi; and directed by Jay KarasJim Sharp and Gary Mann are the Executives in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

In the one-hour stand-up special, “Jeff Ross Roasts America,” Ross visits several cities across the country, roasting the towns and the residents in volunteer-only speed roasts.  Roasting his way through cities including Seattle, Toronto, Las Vegas, Miami and Madison, Ross roasts a statue of Abe Lincoln in Washington D.C., gets roasted by John Rich in Nashville, and in Minneapolis, brings an old friend onstage to tell a very intimate story the way only Jeff Ross can.

“Jeff Ross Roasts America” is executive produced by Ross, Amy Zvi, and Jay Karas; and directed by Karas.  Jonas Larsen and Toni Magon are the Executives in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

Leading up to the on-air premiere, “The Burn with Jeff Ross” Web site will feature preview clips, episode highlights and digital exclusives, as well as a daily blog.  Fans of the show will also be able to interact with Ross via COMEDY CENTRAL social media accounts and an on-site Twitter module.  Fans also can follow Ross on Twitter @realjeffreyross.  Each episode of “The Burn with Jeff Ross” will be available the day after air in HD on iTunes, Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Amazon and Vudu and in SD on Samsung.

COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment’s “Jeff Roast Roasts America” DVD will be released exclusively through Amazon on Tuesday, August 14.  The uncensored DVD will also include bonus material of the complete uncut audience speed roasts from the Minneapolis, Seattle, and Nashville shows.  Leading up to the on-air premiere of “Jeff Roast Roasts America,” the COMEDY CENTRAL Stand-Up Web site will feature preview clips from the special as well as exclusive content from the DVD.

Having headlined the last nine COMEDY CENTRAL Roasts, Ross has roasted the likes of Charlie Sheen, Joan Rivers, Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, and Donald Trump.  As a stand-up comic, Ross has appeared on dozens of TV shows including “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Conan,” “Last Call with Carson Daly,” “The View,” and “Real Time with Bill Maher.”  He also continues to perform regularly for American men and women in uniform stationed all over the world.

In film, Ross has appeared in the Farrelly Brothers’ “Stuck on You,” Paul Weitz‘s “American Dreamz,” and the critically acclaimed comedy “The Aristocrats.”  Ross has co-written a film with producer Art Linson, “The Comedian,” which will go into production this year, starring Robert De Niro and Kristen Wiig, and directed by Sean Penn.  Ross’ directorial debut, “Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie,” nabbed the best feature film award at the Montreal Comedy Festival.  Ross’ first book, “I Only Roast the Ones I Love: Busting Balls without Burning Bridges,” is now available in paperback from Simon Spotlight Entertainment, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Available on-air, online and on-the-go, COMEDY CENTRAL (www.cc.com) is the #1 brand in comedy and is owned by, and is a registered trademark of, Comedy Partners, a wholly-owned unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIAB).  For up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs visit COMEDY CENTRAL’s press Web site at www.cc.com/press and follow us on Twitter @ComedyCentralPR for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB) is home to the world’s premier entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in more than 160 countries and territories.  With approximately 170 media networks reaching more than 600 million global subscribers, Viacom’s leading brands include MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, BET, CENTRIC, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, Nick at Nite, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike TV and Tr3s.  Paramount Pictures, America’s oldest film studio and creator of many of the most beloved motion pictures, continues today as a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. Viacom operates a large portfolio of branded digital media experiences, including many of the world’s most popular properties for entertainment, community and casual online gaming. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.

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CBS Outdoor’s Outernet and GameStop TV Partner with Arbitron for Monthly Audience Measurement

NEW YORK, July 25, 2012 – CBS Outernet, a division of CBS Outdoor, announced today that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) to deliver audience estimates for its GameStop TV network. This new service will provide CBS Outernet with monthly audience estimates for the GameStop TV network among viewers aged six and older, and demonstrate the reach and frequency of its network to advertisers. The GameStop TV network is nationally deployed in over 4,300 GameStop locations in the U.S.

“GameStop TV delivers a huge male 12-34 demographic by targeting a real point of passion,” said Jesse London, Vice President, CBS Outernet. ”This new Arbitron agreement will provide our advertisers with monthly audience data in real time and make our audience metrics more timely and accurate.”  

Starting with July, Arbitron will release monthly audience estimates for the GameStop TV network at the conclusion of each month. The methodology used to produce this service will include on-site customer surveys and behavioral observations modeled with up-to-date transaction data provided by GameStop. The estimates will be reported by standard broadcast gender and age demographic groups, and will be Digital Place-Based Advertising Association (DPAA) compliant. The integration of custom surveys with chain wide transaction data provides GameStop with some of the most reliable audience metrics in the digital media marketplace.  

“With a number of digital out-of-home research projects planned in 2012, Arbitron is committed to providing ongoing, standardized metrics to support the growth of the place-based media industry,” said Neal Bonner, Director New Service Development, Arbitron Inc. “Advertisers expect quantifiable estimates to have confidence in placing their media buys. With the plethora of media options and platforms to consume this content, it has been increasingly more challenging to reach the American consumer. Capturing exposure to advertising in retail environments with demographically targeted audiences can provide advertisers and media buyers a more direct way of reaching these consumers.”

About CBS Outdoor

CBS Outdoor is one of the largest out-of-home media companies in the Americas (United States, Canada, Mexico and South America), and has a major presence across Europe in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. With both traditional outdoor and transit advertising properties, this division gives advertisers both breadth of coverage across vast geographies and depth of coverage, providing multiple media opportunities in key markets. For more information about this outdoor advertising company, visit www.cbsoutdoor.com.

About Arbitron

Arbitron Inc. (NYSE: ARB) is an international media and marketing research firm serving the media – radio, television, cable, and out-of-home; the mobile industry; as well as advertising agencies and advertisers around the world. Arbitron businesses include: measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media, and product patterns of U.S. consumers; providing mobile audience measurement and analytics in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia; and developing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data. The Company has developed the Portable People Meter ™ (PPM®) and the PPM 360™, new technologies for media and marketing research.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Murphy
212-975-4577
jeremy.murphy@cbs.com

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The 2012 MISS TEEN USA® Competition Celebrates Its 30Th Anniversary This Saturday At Atlantis, Paradise Island In The Bahamas

Bahamas, July 25, 2012 – The 2012 MISS TEEN USA® Competition will be streamed LIVE this Saturday, July 28 from the beautiful Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas at 8 PM ET on www.missteenusa.com and www.seventeen.com.  Danielle Doty, Miss Teen USA 2011, will crown her successor at the conclusion of the two-hour live event.

Hosting this year’s pageant will be Miss Teen USA 2005 and sports reporter for “Fox8 News,” Allie LaForce and executive producer of iPowow, Colin Hornett. The presentation show, scheduled for Friday, July 27, will be hosted by Miss Teen USA 2011, Danielle Doty and Los Angeles-based author, and comedian, Nick Teplitz.

This year’s distinguished panel of judges included: Maruchi Santana, Chief Client Officer at Parham Santana: The Brand Extension Agency; David Knapp, Account Director at Parham Santana: The Brand Extension Agency; Tami Farrell, television personality, pageant veteran and first Youth Spokesperson for the American Heart Association; Dara Busch, Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Rubenstein Public Relations; Stefan Campbell, Producer and Creative Director at OBO, a luxury production company specializing in high-end events and fashion presentations; and Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD, Creator of the popular F-Factor Diet and Registered Dietician as well as best-selling author, brand spokesperson and TV personality.

For the first time ever, the Donald Trump-owned Miss Universe Organization kicked off a fan vote for the MISS TEEN USA® competition. Fans can vote online for their favorite Miss Teen USA contestant, earning one lucky girl a spot in the semifinals. Voting takes place until Friday, July 27 at 12 PM ET online at either www.missteenusa.com, or at www.facebook.com/officialmissteenusa.

Throughout the event, the 51 contestants will compete in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Doty, who will pass on the crown to the new winner, will return to Texas to begin her freshman year at Texas Christian University to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism.    

About MISS TEEN USA
The Miss Universe Organization, a Donald J. Trump and NBCUniversal joint venture, is a global community empowering role models of beauty, health and leadership for young women of today. As part of the Miss Universe Organization, Miss Teen USA is dedicated to partnering with charities around the world, and to increasing awareness of teen issues. For more information, visit: www.missteenusa.com.

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