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Tuesday, March 13, 2007



Consumers to Receive Up to $15 Million in Free Tickets for Film's Opening Weekend, March 30 - April 1, 2007

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. and MINNEAPOLIS, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Best Buy and Universal Pictures will give away up to $15 million in tickets to the March 30 weekend's nationwide theatrical release of Sobini Films' "Peaceful Warrior." The innovative offer was announced today by Adam Fogelson, president of marketing, Universal Pictures, and Jill Hamburger, vice president of entertainment, Best Buy.

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Tickets for the first weekend's showings of the inspirational film adaptation of Dan Millman's perennial best-selling novel, Way of the Peaceful Warrior, will be given away through a dedicated web portal, From March 18 through April 1, customers who visit Best Buy locations across the United States will receive information on the giveaway, and visitors to will be directed to, where they will be able to obtain up to 10 free tickets. Information for the ticket giveaway will also be available in Best Buy stores and through Best Buy's Reward Zone program.

"We wanted to find a way to give this film -- and films like it -- a real chance to compete in this marketplace," stated Fogelson. "This movie's inspiring and positive message connects powerfully with people, but it simply isn't possible to reduce or market it efficiently or economically in the customary ways. We wanted to allow consumers a chance to sample the film and opted to redirect money from a traditional marketing campaign and instead purchase and provide tickets to moviegoers directly. We marshaled the various disciplines at Universal Pictures, found an enthusiastic partner in Best Buy and secured support from exhibition chains willing to experiment with us."

"We are excited to take part in this innovative effort," said Hamburger. "At Best Buy, we understand the passion our customers have for movies, and we are also strong supporters of the artists and the creative spirit behind the motion picture industry. By providing free tickets to "Peaceful Warrior," we are serving both of these goals and helping expose our customers to a movie that may otherwise not get the attention it deserves."

"We are beyond thrilled that audiences will be given a chance to experience a film that remains a passion project for everyone involved," said Sobini Films' Mark Amin and Cami Winikoff, producers of "Peaceful Warrior." "Universal and Best Buy are trying something completely innovative, and we are so grateful for their dedication to give our film the chance to reach an audience that was otherwise not possible."

Sobini Films' "Peaceful Warrior" will have a wide national release on March 30, 2007, in association with Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. The film is based on the inspirational best-seller Way of the "Peaceful Warrior." The novel and the film chronicle the semi-autobiographical story of author Dan Millman's life-altering relationship with an unlikely mentor whose teachings about spirit over strength profoundly affected not only Millman but also untold readers in the two and a half decades since the book was first published.

The film had a limited release in 2006 through Lionsgate, after which producers Mark Amin and Cami Winikoff brokered a deal between Universal and Lionsgate for this unique second-chance opportunity with Universal's Adam Fogelson, with whom they share a longstanding professional relationship.


Those interested in the giveaway can visit Best Buy locations starting March 18 for information on how to obtain up to 10 free movie theater tickets to the first weekend of "Peaceful Warrior's" wide release on March 30 - April 1. Members of Best Buy's Reward Zone program will get early access to the tickets from March 15 through March 17.

While visiting, customers will be directed to an online ticket request site, where they will be asked to enter their zip code. From there, customers will select a participating theater in their area. After selecting the theater, one or more passes will be generated that will allow up to 10 people to be admitted into that theater.

"This truly is an example of an offer with no strings attached," explained Fogelson. "We simply wanted to provide the opportunity for as many people as possible to see the film for free on its first weekend, with the hope that their word of mouth and enthusiasm might sustain interest for "Peaceful Warrior." We are grateful that Best Buy joined with us in this experiment, and that theater owners also were willing to give this idea a chance to succeed."


A moving tale about the power of the human spirit, "Peaceful Warrior" is based on Dan Millman's perennially best-selling autobiographical novel, Way of the Peaceful Warrior. In the film, Scott Mechlowicz plays Dan, a talented-yet-arrogant college gymnast with Olympic dreams and a golden future. The athlete thinks he has it all: bookcases of trophies, endless friends, fast rides and disposable relationships. But all that is about to change.

One day, Dan's world is turned upside down after a chance meeting with a mysterious stranger he comes to know as Socrates (Nick Nolte) -- a man who holds the power to tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. After he suffers a debilitating injury, with the mystical help of Socrates and an elusive young woman named Joy (Amy Smart), Dan will grow to realize that strength of spirit is what leads a man to his true greatness.

From a screenplay by Kevin Bernhardt, "Peaceful Warrior" is directed by Victor Salva and produced by Mark Amin, Cami Winikoff, Robin Schorr and David Welch.


Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE:BBY) operates a global portfolio of brands with a commitment to growth and innovation. Our employees strive to provide customers around the world with superior experiences by responding to their unique needs and aspirations. We sell consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services through more than 1,150 retail stores across the United States, throughout Canada and in China. Our multi-channel operations include: Best Buy (, and, Future Shop (, Geek Squad ( and, Pacific Sales Kitchen and Bath Centers (, Magnolia Audio Video ( and Jiangsu Five Star Appliance Co. ( Best Buy supports the communities in which its employees work and live through volunteerism and grants that benefit children and education.


Sobini Films was formed in early 2001 to independently finance and produce specialized and mainstream theatrical motion pictures. Spearheading the company with Mark Amin is Cami Winikoff, who serves as the company's president. Sobini has the opportunity to finance its own development and packaging of motion pictures. The company maintains a first-look deal with Lionsgate Entertainment, where Amin is vice chairman of the board.


Universal Pictures is a division of Universal Studios ( Universal Studios is part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.

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National Datacast Provides Wireless Distribution for Movie Gallery's MovieBeam Service

National Datacast Provides Wireless Distribution for Movie Gallery's MovieBeam Service

ARLINGTON, Va., March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Datacast, Inc. a commercial subsidiary of PBS, today announced that it will continue as the exclusive over-the-air data broadcasting distributor of the MovieBeam on- demand movie service, which was acquired by Movie Gallery, Inc. (NASDAQ:MOVI) on March 7, 2007. National Datacast has been distributing the MovieBeam service since the service's inception in 2003.

National Datacast's innovative data broadcasting network provides MovieBeam customers with instant access to standard definition and high definition movies without leaving home. National Datacast's data delivery network will support Movie Gallery's expansion of the MovieBeam movie rental service with a digital content delivery option for MovieBeam customers.

"We are confident that our acquisition of MovieBeam and our decision to continue using National Datacast's network to deliver on-demand movies will give us a unique advantage in how we serve our customers," said Joe Malugen, Chairman and CEO of Movie Gallery, Inc.

"We believe that Movie Gallery's strategic decision to use data broadcast delivery to diversify its movie rental service will be a great complement to its retail video store business," said Jacqueline Weiss, CEO of National Datacast, Inc.

National Datacast offers companies like Movie Gallery a cost-effective point-to-multipoint distribution solution -- instantaneously and wirelessly transmitting media content and other digital information directly to consumers, government, business and educational locations without having to rely on internet, cable, or satellite.

About National Datacast

National Datacast offers real-time data broadcasting services through a nationwide network of PBS member stations. Recognized as an industry leader, National Datacast has 20 years of experience in providing one-stop, cost- effective solutions for the distribution of digital information and multimedia content for business to consumer and business to business applications. Utilizing over-the-air broadcast television signals, National Datacast provides its customers a safe, reliable and customizable network that reaches virtually every US household and business. National Datacast designs, implements and manages the content distribution solution, saving our customers time, expense and resources -- enabling them to compete more effectively. National Datacast is a private company and commercial subsidiary of the Public Broadcasting Service. For more information, visit

About Movie Gallery

Movie Gallery is the second largest North American video rental company with over 4,600 stores located in all 50 U.S. states and Canada operating under the brands Movie Gallery, Hollywood Video and Game Crazy. The Game Crazy brand represents 633 in-store departments and 17 free-standing stores serving the game market in urban locations across the United States. Since Movie Gallery's initial public offering in August 1994, the Company has grown from 97 stores to its present size through acquisitions and new store openings. For more information about the Company, visit

About MovieBeam

MovieBeam is a leader in delivering digital entertainment, providing customers a convenient way to rent movies from home. The MovieBeam movies-on- demand service provides instant access to an ever-changing lineup of new releases and popular favorites from virtually every major Hollywood studio, including select movies in HD -- always 100 to choose from, with up to 10 new movies automatically delivered digitally each week using over-the-air datacasting technology. The MovieBeam service is available in 31 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., with availability in nearly half of U.S. households. More information is available at

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Source: PBS

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ValueVision Media, Inc. Fourth Quarter and Year End 2006 Earnings Release and Conference Call Notice

ValueVision Media, Inc. Fourth Quarter and Year End 2006 Earnings Release and Conference Call Notice

MINNEAPOLIS, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ValueVision Media, Inc. (NASDAQ:VVTV) announced today that it will discuss fourth quarter and full year 2006 results in a conference call on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

ValueVision Media, Inc. will release its fiscal 2006 fourth quarter and full year financial results after the market closes on Tuesday, March 20, 2007.

Hosting the call will be William J. Lansing, President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Lansing will be joined by Frank Elsenbast, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Conference Call/Audio Streaming Information

To participate in the conference call, please dial 1-888-469-0883 (pass code: VALUEVISION) five to ten minutes prior to the call time. If you are unable to participate live, a replay will be available for 30 days after the conference call. To access the replay, please dial 1-800-964-0911.

You may also participate via live audio stream by logging on to . To access the audio stream, please use conference number 6207534 with pass code 'VALUE VISION'. A rebroadcast of the audio stream will be available using the same access information for 30 days after the initial broadcast.

About ValueVision Media, Inc.

Founded in 1990, ValueVision Media is an integrated direct marketing company that sells general merchandise directly to consumers through television, the Internet, and direct mail. It operates ShopNBC, one of the top three television shopping networks in the United States. For more information, please visit or .

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Russian River Festivals to Change Ownership and Remain in Guerneville

Russian River Festivals to Change Ownership and Remain in Guerneville

Blues Legend Buddy Guy to Headline the 2007 Russian River Blues Festival

GUERNEVILLE, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Lupe De Leon, veteran music promoter and talent agent, today announced the sale of his two Sonoma County music festivals to Omega Events, a prominent West Coast music festival promoter. The move ensures that the popular summer festivals will remain in Guerneville for years to come.

Omega, which produces the popular Summer Concert Series at nearby Rodney Strong Vineyards, quickly announced the dates for the 2007 festivals:

Russian River Blues Festival June 16 & 17, 2007
Russian River Jazz Festival September 9 & 10, 2007

Both events are held annually at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville, a popular resort town nestled in the scenic Russian River Valley. Guerneville is fast becoming a nationally known destination for wine enthusiasts looking to visit the dozens of world-class wineries in Sonoma County.

"Lupe De Leon has been a tremendous supporter of our venue and we will be forever thankful that he breathed new life into the events," said Clare Harris, proprietor of Johnson's Beach Resort since 1967. "These festivals are nationally-recognized, and loved by the local community, and we have Lupe to thank."

"The Russian River Festivals have been a labor of love, and I am proud of the history of the events," De Leon said. "After so many great years, I felt now was right time to pass the reigns onto a new promoter. Omega Events is the perfect choice. It has a proven track record for producing highly successful and entertaining jazz and blues festivals. It focuses on what's important: quality music and the best customer experience possible."

Omega Events has been producing music festivals and concerts throughout the West Coast for the last 13 years, including the long-running Doheny Blues Festival (Dana Point), the Rodney Strong Vineyards Series (Healdsburg) and Old Pasadena JazzFest. As part of today's announcement, Rich Sherman, President of Omega Events, announced that Grammy-Award Winner BUDDY GUY will headline the 2007 Russian River Blues Festival on June 17. In addition, saxophonist BONEY JAMES, a multiple Grammy-Award nominee, will appear at the Russian River Jazz Festival in September.

"We look forward to continuing the tradition of the Russian River Festivals, and we are honored that Buddy Guy will kick off our first event at Johnson's Beach," Sherman said.

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Global Champions Tour 2007 Starts off in Wellington, Florida

Global Champions Tour 2007 Starts off in Wellington, Florida

VALKENSWAARD, The Netherlands, March 13/PRNewswire/ -- The Global Champions Tour, presented by CN WorldWide and CN, will travel
the world for the second time this year and starts off on the East Coast of
the United States of America.

CSI Wellington, which will take place March 14th - 17th, will be the
start of 3,500,000 euros Global Champions Tour (GCT). During the CN WorldWide
Florida Open on Saturday afternoon March 17th, the world's best riders and
horses will compete, in a minimum of two rounds, for 300,000 euros in prize
money. Eurosport is the new media partner of the GCT and will broadcast this
first Grand Prix on March 17th at 20.30 hours CET

The Global Champions Tour covers three continents and involves eight of
the world's most prestigious independent outdoor show jumping events: Palm
Beach, Cannes, Monte-Carlo, Estoril, Sao Paulo, Valkenswaard, Arezzo and
Athens. Every independent event carries minimum prize money of 400,000 euros
including a 300,000 euros Grand Prix ridden in two rounds. The riders with a
double clear after two rounds will ride a jump-off. Eurosport will broadcast
every Grand Prix on the Saturday evening of the event.

The exact dates of the events are: Eurosport broadcast

Palm Beach 14 - 18 March USA March 17th 20.30 hours CET
Cannes 14 - 16 June FRA June 16th 20.30 hours CET
Monte Carlo 28 - 30 June MON June 30th 20.30 hours CET
Estoril 19 - 21 July POR July 22nd 20.30 hours CET
Sao Paulo 2 - 5 August BRA August 4th 20.30 hours CET
Valkenswaard 23 - 26 August NED August 25th 20.30 hours CET
Arezzo 20 - 23 September ITA September 22nd 20.30 hours CET
Athens 3 - 6 October GRE October 6th 20.30 hours CET

GCT president and initiator Jan Tops: " With the introduction of the
Global Champions Tour last year it was our goal to bring the sport of show
jumping to a higher level. The first year has showed us that we were on the
right track! The new media partnership with Eurosport is a fantastic
opportunity; not only for the sport of show jumping, but also for the
sponsors of the Global Champions Tour and the individual events".

Presenting sponsor of the Global Champions Tour is the Canadian Railway
company CN and CN WorldWide, headquarted in Rotterdam, which focuses on
door-to-door international freight forwarding services on the transatlantic
and trans-pacific trade lanes.

Anita Ernesaks, Global Managing Director of CN WorldWide: "Being title
sponsor of the Global Champions Tour is a good fit in terms of the
similarities between show jumping and freight transportation. Both require
that you have a plan and that you are able to execute it consistently. CN and
CN WorldWide pride themselves on service and reliability. Both the
transportation business and show jumping rely on teamwork and precise
execution to be successful".

For more information about the Global Champions Tour please visit

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28th Annual Project Healthy Living Runs March 14 to May 12

28th Annual Project Healthy Living Runs March 14 to May 12

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The 28th annual PROJECT HEALTHY LIVING, sponsored by WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 and the United Health Organization, will be held Wednesday, March 14th through Saturday, May 12th. Project Healthy Living features more than 50 sites in the City of Detroit and the counties of Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. Project Healthy Living provides free or low-cost health screening tests to individuals 18 and older. Free tests at all sites include blood pressure, height and weight, vision, glaucoma, health hazard appraisal, and counseling and referral.

Tests offered at all sites for a minimal handling fee include blood panel -- 25 tests for diabetes, thyroid, liver, HDL, and bone and kidney disease, among others -- as well as prostate, colorectal and ovarian cancer, and HIV. Special tests offered at selected sites include oral/dental screening, skin cancer, and breast exams. Also, hs-CRP, a blood test, has returned this year. CRP is a C-reactive protein blood test that can be used to determine the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack or stroke.

Project Healthy Living believes that access to good health is a right and not a privilege. This year the campaign will offer additional help for those who need health insurance, pharmaceutical assistance, mental / emotional health, primary health care and much more. In addition, many sites will offer a variety of tests that focus on a younger audience between the ages of 18 to 40 years old. These tests will include bone density test, body composition, and cardiovascular screening.

Information on specific sites and tests is available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, through the Project Healthy Living Hotline, (313) 531-9108, or online at

More than 5,000 volunteers and 500 agencies will assist in the delivery of Project Healthy Living services. Each year over 600,000 screening and counseling services, valued at over $7 million, are administered through the project.

The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP) is a diverse and growing media enterprise with interests in national cable networks, newspaper publishing, broadcast television stations, electronic commerce, interactive media, and licensing and syndication.

The company's portfolio of media properties includes: Scripps Networks, with such brands as HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, Fine Living, Great American Country and HGTVPro; daily and community newspapers in 18 markets and the Washington-based Scripps Media Center, home to the Scripps Howard News Service; 10 broadcast TV stations, including six ABC-affiliated stations, three NBC affiliates and one independent; United Media, a leading worldwide licensing and syndication company that is the home of PEANUTS, DILBERT and approximately 150 other features and comics; Shopzilla and uSwitch, the online comparison shopping services that carries an index of more than 30 million products from approximately 65,000 merchants.

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Source: WXYZ-TV/Channel 7

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An Offer to 'Choose Your Adventure' and an Online Interactive Film Drive the Marketing Campaign for the All-New 2007 Jeep(R) Patriot

An Offer to 'Choose Your Adventure' and an Online Interactive Film Drive the Marketing Campaign for the All-New 2007 Jeep(R) Patriot

* Unique film helps viewers experience the features and capabilities of the Jeep Patriot * TV spots, print ads and online ads are among other elements launching March 15 * 'March Madness' media will play a big role in the campaign

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- For the second time in as many months, the Jeep(R) brand has created a cutting-edge Internet experience designed to provide consumers an online immersion into the features and capabilities of the all-new 2007 Jeep Patriot compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV).

"Wolf" TV Spot (May have to copy and paste web address into your browser):

In February the Jeep brand and Marvel Comics unveiled "The Patriot Factor," an online adventure comic book whose story line is being provided by consumers at

Today, as part of the nationwide marketing launch for the Jeep Patriot, the brand introduced "The Way Beyond Trail," an online interactive film. Consumers can join three characters who drive a Jeep Patriot while searching for a buried treasure. Consumers directly impact the evolution of the plot through their viewing choices, making "The Way Beyond Trail" a unique and truly interactive experience.

Product features of the Jeep Patriot are integral to the story line. In one scene, for example, the lead female character invites a group of people to a tailgate party by cranking up the music on the Patriot's two articulating speakers packaged in the liftgate.

"'The Way Beyond Trail' and 'The Patriot Factor' combine the timeless magic of story-telling with the power and reach of the Internet," Jay Kuhnie, Director - Jeep Communications, said. "Both applications allow us to engage prospective customers of the Jeep Patriot in an environment that is interactive and entertaining, which resonates well with them."

"The Way Beyond Trail," which goes live on March 15 at, is a unique element of the marketing campaign for the 2007 Jeep Patriot. The campaign also includes two new 30-second TV spots, print ads, online advertising, a Hispanic campaign, product integration, events, direct mail, billboards and other out-of-home elements.

Overall, the theme of the Jeep Patriot marketing campaign, "choose your adventure," is reinforced within the major elements of the campaign. For example, "The Way Beyond Trail" has 44 scenes (ranging from 15-30 seconds in length) and participants choose their path through the adventure.

Even the print ads allow readers to choose how they will interact with them.

Ultimately, the campaign theme takes its cue from the 2007 Jeep Patriot. That's because the all-new vehicle delivers the fun, freedom, utility and best-in-class Jeep 4x4 capability that allows anyone to "choose your adventure."

"The Jeep Patriot is targeted at young, active men and women who always wanted a Jeep but couldn't afford one," John Plecha, Director - Jeep Marketing and Global Communications, said. "Now, these consumers can choose their adventure in a Jeep Patriot because it delivers the Jeep experience at an affordable starting price - $14,985."

Among the key elements of the campaign are:


From now until April 1, Jeep Patriot advertising will be prominent wherever there's news about March Madness, the NCAA Men's College Basketball Championship. For example, sports-themed banners about the Jeep Patriot will appear on virtually every Web site devoted to sports, including,,, as well as the home pages of AOL and Yahoo!, among others. The two TV spots will get frequent airing on TV sports programming such as CBS Sports, College Sports TV, Fox Sports and College Hoops Network. Print ads already have appeared in USA Today and will continue during March Madness.

The Way Beyond Trail

The main characters are Gary, Srini and Jodi. (The same trio appears in the TV commercials for the 2007 Jeep Patriot.) Each online participant becomes the fourth member of the group of friends on a backwoods camping trip. The story starts around a campfire when Gary reveals an old family treasure map handed down from his uncle. The three friends, plus the viewer, decide they'll be the ones to find it.

It is possible to complete the adventure without viewing all 44 scenes. Part of the challenge and fun is that some scenes are dead ends. However, players can simply go back and make a different choice to keep the story going. There is only one correct path that leads participants to the ending scene of the interactive film.

Participants can customize their experience by uploading photos and personal information that will reappear as embedded content within the film.

There is also a viral component. Participants have the option to provide an Emergency Contact person (name and e-mail address) in the event they get "lost." On the first instance of encountering a dead end, an e-mail is automatically sent to their Emergency Contact, inviting them to try their own luck on "The Way Beyond Trail."

TV Spot Descriptions

"Wolf" -- At a riverside campsite, Gary and Srini pull a prank on Jodi by taking her canoe from the roof of her 2007 Jeep Patriot. As they head to the river to make their escape, Jodi can't awaken her male partner. So she fires up the Jeep Patriot and pursues the pranksters on a path that goes parallel to the river. After driving through rugged terrain which the Jeep Patriot handles effortlessly, Jodi stops ahead of the fleeing canoe. On the opposite bank of the river she spots a wolf on a rock. She takes her forefinger and thumb and puts them in front of her face. She picks up the wolf with her fingers and drops it into the canoe. Terrified, Gary and Srini jump into the river and escape.

"Wake Up" -- The interior features of the Jeep Patriot are highlighted as two campers load their gear into the rear of the vehicle. A third camper, however, is asleep in his tent. Nothing rouses him: not his friends raising the volume of the Patriot's MP3 player, or pointing the flip-down speakers directly at the tent and blasting music. Finally, one of the campers takes his forefinger and thumb and puts them in front of his eye and picks up the guy's tent. He lifts it over the water and dumps his friend into the lake.

"Wolf" will first air on March 15 during the NCAA Men's College Basketball Tournament. "Wake Up" debuts March 20. Both will run on sports, music, entertainment and news programming, on late-night shows, and on networks such as Fox, ABC, NBC, E!, MTV and FX.

"Animales" is the title of the TV campaign targeted at Hispanics. There are two Spanish-language 30-second TV spots scheduled to start airing in April on Univision, Telefutura, Galavision, ESPN Deportes, GolTV, LatiNation and Mun2.

"Mosquito" -- A chameleon is interrupted by his friend the mosquito moments before he prepares for lunch. The mosquito explains how he noticed a new animal -- the Jeep Patriot -- in the forest. Intrigued, the chameleon follows and tries to make it his next meal. As the Jeep Patriot drives through the forest, showcasing the capability of its Freedom Drive II(TM) Off-road Package, the mosquito follows its every move. Just as mosquito begins his final approach the Patriot kicks up mud in his face and the mosquito flies blindly into a tree head first.

"Weasel" -- An amorous weasel wanders through the forest and stumbles upon a new animal -- the Jeep Patriot -- which seems to be singing a beautiful song. The Weasel eagerly approaches the Patriot, admiring its classic angles and modern features, such as the rear-liftgate speakers which projects the beautiful song throughout the forest. The Weasel is overcome with emotion and falls in love with the Jeep Patriot.

"Family Tree" is a print ad in English and Spanish that will appear in such Hispanic publications as Billboard Latino, Futbol Mundial, Latino U, Urban Latino, Fox Sports en Espanol, ESPN Deportes, among others.

Print Ads

There are two versions of an ad called "Connect the Dots." Each has a photo of the Jeep Patriot in a field of dots that are assigned to numbers. One set of numbers and dots is red, the other is blue. Readers can choose to connect the red or blue dots. Each yields a different image.

The other print execution is a full-page spread with a sticker insert. There are two versions of this ad. One spread shows a forest scene. It is divided by an insert that has stickers on both sides. The stickers are removable pictures of the Jeep Patriot, plus people, clothing and gear that would be found in a forest. Readers can remove the stickers and arrange them any way they want on the forest page. The possibilities for this version of "choose your adventure" are limitless. The second version of this ad uses a beach scene, with related stickers that also can be placed wherever the reader likes.

A sampling of the print placements includes sports publications (Sports Illustrated; ESPN, the annual March Madness Preview Section of USA Today), music (Rolling Stone, and Spin,), men's lifestyle (Maxim, Details, GQ, Men's Health,) outdoor/adventure (Surfer, Four Wheeler, Runner's World) and women's lifestyle (Jane, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan).

Jeep Brand

With the introduction of the Jeep Patriot, the Jeep brand has expanded to seven models in the 2007 model year, the most available to retail consumers at one time in the brand's 66-year history.

At the start of 2004, the brand's trio of tough, capable, rugged SUVs included the venerable Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Liberty (Cherokee outside North America) and the icon of the brand, the Jeep Wrangler. In 2005, the Jeep Commander was introduced. In 2006, the redesigned Jeep Wrangler was unveiled. Also debuting in calendar year 2006 were three more all-new Jeep vehicles: Jeep Patriot, Jeep Compass and the four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited.

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USC Annenberg School Announces 2007 Cronkite Award Winners

USC Annenberg School Announces 2007 Cronkite Award Winners

Television Journalists Honored for Coverage of the 2006 Campaigns

LOS ANGELES, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Proving that good political coverage can make great television, the USC Annenberg School for Communication today announced the 2007 winners of the USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism:

Local Broadcast Station:
* KING, Seattle
* WBAL, Baltimore

Individual Achievement at a Local Station
* Greg Fox, WESH, Winter Park, Fla.
* Bill Hormann, WTVG, Toledo, Ohio
* Robert Mak (reporter) and Mike Cate (producer), KING, Seattle
* Ben Simmoneau (reporter) and Dan Maddox (photographer/editor), WGAL,
Lancaster, Pa.

Local Cable Station, Large Market
* NECN, New England Cable News

Local Cable Station, Small Market
* News 8 Austin

Local Public Station, Large Market
* WGBH, Boston

Local Public Station, Small Market
* Wisconsin Public Television

Large Station Group
* NBC Television Stations Division

Small Station Group
* Hearst-Argyle Television

National Network Program
* ABC News This Week with George Stephanopoulos

Special Achievement
* ABC News' Brian Ross and the ABC News Investigative Unit

"These Cronkite Award winners demonstrate that television can use its unparalleled storytelling skills to cover politics and campaigns in ways that respect its audience and inform our citizens," said Martin Kaplan, USC Annenberg associate dean and director of the School's Norman Lear Center.

The biennial awards have been administered since 2000 by the Norman Lear Center and honor the distinguished broadcast journalist and longtime CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite.

"At a time when economic pressures threaten quality and reward sensationalism, it is heartening to me that there are broadcasters around the country who remain committed to getting it right, making it compelling and serving the public interest," Cronkite said. "There is no better way to strengthen American democracy than to help citizens understand what is at stake in political campaigns."

Judges evaluated entries for work covering the 2006 elections. They gave special consideration to in-depth, issue-focused reporting that informed viewers about their electoral choices, and that helped them understand ballot issues, the candidates involved, and how electoral choices will affect their lives.

For more information about each individual winner, visit

The awards will be presented on the USC campus in Los Angeles on April 19, at an event featuring a keynote speech by FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps.

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OpenTV Fourth Quarter 2006 Financial Results Conference Call Details

OpenTV Fourth Quarter 2006 Financial Results Conference Call Details

SAN FRANCISCO, March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OpenTV Corp. (NASDAQ:OPTV), one of the world's leading providers of solutions for the delivery of advanced television and cross platform interactive services, today announced that it will release its fourth quarter 2006 financial results after the market closes on Thursday, March 15, 2007. The details of the conference call to discuss the fourth quarter financial results are as follows:

Date and Time: Thursday, March 15, 2007 at
5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT

Dial-in Number US: 866-578-5771

Dial-in Number International: 617-213-8055

Pass Code: 26094275

Replay Number US: 888-286-8010

Replay Number International: 617-801-6888

Pass Code: 35292131

Participants: Alan Guggenheim, Chief Executive Officer
Shum Mukherjee, Chief Financial Officer
Mark Beariault, General Counsel

The conference call replay will be available from Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT through Thursday, March 22 until 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. To access a live webcast of the conference call, please go to the Investor Relations section of the OpenTV Web site at

About OpenTV

OpenTV is one of the world's leading providers of solutions for the delivery of digital and interactive television. The company's software has been integrated in over 81 million digital set-top boxes and digital televisions around the world. The software enables enhanced program guides, video-on-demand, personal video recording, enhanced television, interactive shopping, interactive and addressable advertising, games and gaming and a variety of consumer care and communication applications. For more information, please visit

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Verizon's FiOS TV Approved in Orangetown, N.Y.

Verizon's FiOS TV Approved in Orangetown, N.Y.

FiOS TV Will Transform the Market for Cable Competition, Choice and Value

ORANGETOWN, N.Y., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of this Rockland County community are a major step closer to having a real choice for their cable television services, thanks to a vote Monday night (March 12) by the Orangetown Board of Trustees to approve a video franchise for Verizon. The board's vote brings to 29 the total number of New York communities that have approved agreements authorizing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service.

"This is great news for residents of Orangetown, who now have a new choice for their video entertainment," said Monica Azare, Verizon senior vice president for New York and Connecticut. "Verizon's FiOS TV offers consumers something they've never had before, with incredible pictures and sound clarity and innovative new services -- all from a brand they know and trust."

Orangetown joins a growing list of New York communities that are paving the way for competition and choice in the television market. In addition to Orangetown, Verizon has been granted video franchises in Rockland County by the communities of Clarkstown, Nyack, South Nyack, Upper Nyack and Grandview-on-Hudson. Verizon also has video franchises in the Westchester County communities of Irvington, Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Eastchester, Mount Kisco, Elmsford, Port Chester, Tuckahoe and the Town of Greenburgh, and on Long Island in the villages of Massapequa Park, Cedarhurst, Laurel Hollow, Lynbrook, Mineola, East Rockaway, Farmingdale, Valley Stream and Freeport, and the towns of Huntington, Smithtown, Hempstead and Oyster Bay.

As with all local franchise approvals in New York, the agreement between Verizon and Orangetown is subject to review by the New York State Public Service Commission.

Verizon's FiOS TV is a formidable competitor to cable and satellite, offering a broad collection of all-digital programming, more than 20 high-definition (HD) channels in the New York market, and access to more than 8,500 on-demand titles, 60 percent of which are free. Verizon is providing FiOS services on the nation's most advanced digital all-fiber-optic network. Only Verizon's fiber network has earned the certification of the independent Fiber to the Home Council for providing fiber all the way to customers' homes and businesses.

Verizon's fiber network delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen. In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon's fiber network also delivers Internet download speeds of up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of up to 5 Mbps, as well as high-quality voice service.*

*NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 59 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more information, visit

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Hilary Duff's Single 'With Love' Available Today; Single Soars Onto Top 40 Chart

Hilary Duff's Single 'With Love' Available Today; Single Soars Onto Top 40 Chart

BURBANK, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Starting today, the digital single of Hilary Duff's smash single "With Love" will be available for sale. In addition, fans will be able to pre-order Hilary's new album, Dignity, set to be released April 3. In an exclusive offer, those pre-ordering the album on iTunes will receive a free "With Love" music video.

The song "With Love" is Hilary's fastest breaking single to date on the radio and on MTV. "With Love" is already #34 on the Top 40 Mainstream radio chart after a mere two weeks of being #1 most added at the format. The video has also been #1 on TRL several times since its debut in early February. Hilary will be a guest co-host of MTV's TRL the week of March 26, and will be featured on MTV's "The Leak" beginning March 27 and running through April 3.

Dignity marks a new direction if Hilary Duff's musical career. The album boasts a distinct and edgy dance feel, and "With Love" is the #1 breakout song on Billboard's Hot Dance play chart this week. Hilary co-wrote each song, and the lyrics showcase her growth as a young woman, revealing both her confidence and vulnerability with depth and urgency.

Hilary teamed with Grammy-Award winning Kara DioGuardi (Gwen Stefani, Pussy Cat Dolls, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson), as well as top producers/songwriters like Chico Bennett & Richard Vission (Madonna, Usher, The Killers), Tim & Bob (Nas, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez), Vada Nobles (Rhianna, Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans, Natasha Bedingfield, Warren G), Fred Wreck (Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Fergie), Will.I.Am, Rhett Lawrence, and her sister Haylie Duff.

A deluxe edition of Dignity will be released April 3 as well, and will contain exclusive artwork, and a DVD retrospective hosted by Hilary Duff from the living room in her own home. This spring, Hilary will also announce her tour plans for the summer for the United States, Canada and Europe.

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San Francisco Invades Austin with Biggest Party at SXSW: Talking House and The City of San Francisco Present SF x SXSW

San Francisco Invades Austin with Biggest Party at SXSW: Talking House and The City of San Francisco Present SF x SXSW

21 SF Buzz-Bands on 3 Stages, Sponsored by Seagate and INgrooves

SAN FRANCISCO and AUSTIN, March 13 -- Talking House Records and The City of San Francisco present "SF x SXSW, San Francisco Comes to Austin": The biggest SXSW buzz party of 2007. The most amazing collection of San Francisco buzz bands ever under one roof, SF x SXSW offers a front-row seat to hear San Francisco's next breakthrough artists, today. The party puts an incredible 21 bands on 3 stages across six hours from 12:00 Noon to 6:00 pm, this Friday, March 16, at Spiro's (611 Red River @ 6th, Austin TX). Seagate, INgrooves and GoodStorm are sponsoring this amazing showcase at this year's SXSW festival.

SF x SXSW, the official SXSW party of the City of San Francisco, offers badge-holders and invited guests an open bar with SF's own Anchor Steam beer, SF specialty pizza, SF's Peet's coffee, and 21 Bay Area artists: Street to Nowhere, The Lovemakers, Audrye Sessions, Mud, Push To Talk, Jason DEBO, Scissors For Lefty, Panda, Built For The Sea, Bray, Minipop, A Band Called Pain, TS Leach, Poor Bailey, Kerry Gulbranson, Austin Willacy, Kid Beyond, The Trophy Fire, Honeycut, The Actual, and Maldroid.

Seagate will provide party guests a chance to win exciting consumer storage prizes, and INgrooves is offering free Bluetooth downloads of ringtones and phone wallpapers featuring SF x SXSW artists.

Talking House Records and INgrooves also announce the release of a huge music compilation featuring the hottest tracks from SF x SXSW performers. The album, titled "SF x SXSW San Francisco Comes To Austin 2007" will be available on iTunes this week. Sample CDs are available to press on request.

"Talking House and The City of SF are bringing San Francisco's amazing music scene, songwriters, and bands straight to the Austin crowd and indie music fans worldwide," said John Paulsen, president, Talking House. "People who haven't heard the new sound of SF will be awestruck at the power of the young artists coming up now. And people who are already in the know won't want to miss the biggest set of SF bands and the biggest party at SXSW."

"The City of San Francisco is happy to co-host our local artists with Talking House and showcase them to SXSW fans," said Jocelyn Kane, Deputy Director, San Francisco Entertainment Commission. "The contributions of local musicians are so important to the cultural diversity and economic vitality of the City -- we're proud to join Talking House in recognizing Bay Area artists and we have proclaimed this Friday, March 16, 2007 as 'SF x SXSW Day' in San Francisco!"

Entry to SF x SXSW requires a SXSW Badge, or non-badge-holders may RSVP to:

Talking House is a music production company and record label that provides artist development and produces original content. In-house producers and a world-class recording campus give Talking House artists room to breathe and time to cultivate their vision, develop their work and bring out their best recorded performances. The Talking House team has provided production for best-selling GRAMMY(C)-winning recording artists and for talented San Francisco-based independent artists; original scores for television and independent films; and commercial music for global companies, startups and non-profits.

John Paulsen

PRNewswire -- March 13

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Bloomberg TV Examines 'Phantom Shares' in Special Report Tonight

Bloomberg TV Examines 'Phantom Shares' in Special Report Tonight

Trading Tactic Can Reduce Value for Investors and Companies, Bloomberg Reports

'20,800% of our company traded in a single month. The shares weren't available. They ... weren't there. There's no way they could've been trading.' - Frank Dobrucki, CEO, Global Links Corp.

'I see no reason why sellers should be able to fail to deliver shares for years in brand name companies. It just doesn't make sense. It raises the question, "What is going on here?' - James Angel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University

'Abusive naked short sales ... can be used as a tool to drive down a company's stock price to the detriment of all its investors.' - Christopher Cox, Chairman, Securities and Exchange Commission

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight BLOOMBERG TELEVISION(R) examines a little-known stock trading practice that can be affecting your portfolio and your company. The special report, titled "Phantom Shares," explores the problem of "naked shorting" in the stock market. The half-hour BLOOMBERG TELEVISION program is scheduled to air on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 at 7:00, 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. ET.

Every day, millions of shares of stock are sold but can't be delivered because of an obscure trading practice called "naked short selling." In a normal short sale, an investor borrows shares and sells them, making a profit if the price falls by replacing the borrowed shares with cheaper ones. In a naked short sale, an investor doesn't borrow the shares, but sells them anyway. In extreme cases, the investor sells "Phantom Shares," shares that don't exist. The BLOOMBERG TELEVISION report, anchored by Mike Schneider, explains this practice, how it's executed and what the Securities and Exchange Commission is doing in an effort to control it.

According to the BLOOMBERG TELEVISION report, thousands of publicly-traded companies, including high profile brands such as, Delta Airlines, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts and Taser International, have been affected by naked short selling.

Tonight's program features interviews with naked short selling's highest- profile critic, CEO Patrick Byrne; James Chanos, President of Kynikos Associates who is nicknamed 'The Dean' of short sellers; and Peter Chepucavage, a former SEC attorney who helped write the regulations that were meant to battle abusive short selling.

Bloomberg's exclusive news and follow up reports are available to the public on BLOOMBERG TELEVISION and BLOOMBERG RADIO(R) services worldwide, as well as to Bloomberg subscribers via the BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL(R) service.

About Bloomberg

Bloomberg is the leading global provider of data, news and analytics. The BLOOMBERG PROFESSIONAL(R) service and Bloomberg's media services provide real- time and archived financial and market data, pricing, trading, news and communications tools in a single, integrated package to corporations, news organizations, financial and legal professionals and individuals around the world. Bloomberg's media services include the global BLOOMBERG NEWS(R) service with more than 2,000 professionals in 130 bureaus worldwide; the BLOOMBERG TELEVISION(R) 24-hour business and financial network produced and distributed worldwide on eleven separate channels in seven languages; and BLOOMBERG RADIO(SM) services, which provide up-to-the-minute news on XM, Sirius and WorldSpace satellite radio around the world and on WBBR 1130AM in New York. In addition, Bloomberg publishes BLOOMBERG MARKETS(R) magazine and BLOOMBERG PRESS(R) books for investment professionals. For more information please visit

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Fashion and Music Have Never Looked Better With the Return of BET's RIP THE RUNWAY, Hosted by Chris Brown and Ciara

Fashion and Music Have Never Looked Better With the Return of BET's RIP THE RUNWAY, Hosted by Chris Brown and Ciara

Nelly, 50 Cent, Jermaine Dupri, Chris Robinson, Russell Simmons, June Ambrose, Rich Boy, Mims, Musiq Soulchild, Paul Wall, Rakim, Deelishis, Brooke Hogan, Lloyd, Steve Harvey and More Amongst the Names of Designers, Performers, Celebrity Models and Special Guests


NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Last Tuesday fashion and music hooked up in NYC for its annual bang, RIP THE RUNWAY, and the chemistry was explosive! Hosted by R&B sensations Chris Brown and Ciara, today's hottest designers met up with hip hop and R&B's finest at the renowned Hammerstein Ballroom, bringing the celebrities out in numbers. Fashion Lines by MYCHAEL KNIGHT, JORDAN BRAND, APPLE BOTTOM, AMAYA SWIMWEAR, THE STEVE HARVEY COLLECTION, MONIF C. and LRG, donned over 200 models on the high tech catwalk. Scoring this year's special-Rich Boy, Mims, Paul Wall, Musiq Soulchild, Lloyd and surprise guests Jermaine Dupri, Big Gip, Ali and the legendary Rakim all performed hits. Premiering on Wednesday, March 14th @ 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, tune into television's best dressed hour-only on BET.


Fresh off the heels of fashion week, RIP THE RUNWAY returns for its third year with enormous gust. Directed by legendary hip-hop and R&B video producer Chris Robinson, BET spared no creativity in giving viewers a dynamic new look at fashion. One of the most sought after music video directors in the industry, Robinson recently made his feature film directorial debut with the critically acclaimed motion picture, ATL. In addition to the look BET tapped celebrity stylist June Ambrose to deliver the style. Ambrose served as backstage fashion correspondent giving the latest tips of the season.

Celebrity designers Nelly (Apple Bottom), 50 Cent (G-Unit Clothing) and Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Collection) all made special appearances during their segments sending the audience into a frenzy. Adding to the hysteria, 106 & PARK's Rocsi and Terrence; THE BLACK CARPET's, Toccara; Flavor of Love's, Deelishis, Hogan Knows Best, Brooke Hogan; R&B Singer and actor, Tyrese; and hip-hop mogul, Russell Simmons led the list of celebrity models and appearances.

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:and)(NYSE:VIA.B), is the leading provider of media and entertainment for African Americans and consumers of Black culture on a global basis. The primary BET cable network reaches more than 84 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel, and BET Hip-Hop -- are brands that combine to serve a broader and more diverse audience than the core network. is the number one internet destination for the target audiences. BET Mobile delivers music, gaming, and video content to the target audiences on wireless devices across virtually all service providers. BET Event Productions is a full-scale event management and production company with festivals and live events spanning the globe. BET International delivers BET content to the consumers of Black culture around the world. BET Networks inspires its audiences to make a difference in their lives and communities with a series of impactful pro-social initiatives under the Touch BET umbrella.

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HUEY Tops the Music Choice Video on Demand Chart With His Hit 'Pop, Lock & Drop It' Claiming the #1 Spot Three Weeks In a Row!!!

HUEY Tops the Music Choice Video on Demand Chart With His Hit 'Pop, Lock & Drop It' Claiming the #1 Spot Three Weeks In a Row!!!

Video Also Added to MTV2, MTV Jams as Well as BET!!!

Currently the Single Is #16 on Rap Chart, #25 on Urban Mainstream Chart & Debuts @ #39 on the Billboard Rhythm Chart!!! The Single Continues to Climb Weekly

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- HiTz Committee/Jive Records recording artist HUEY makes his presence known as he climbs to the #1 spot on the Music Choice Video on Demand Chart with his blazing single "Pop, Lock & Drop It." He has held the position for the past three weeks and the video has been the most ordered by consumers. The Lenny Bass-directed clip has just been added to MTV2 and in medium rotation at both MTV Jams and BET.

The club banger (recently featured in the blockbuster film "Stomp The Yard") is produced by Tha Bakery for HiTz Committee Productions. "I started with that one in the clubs," he says of the single. "From Rio to Spotlight, Plush to Toxic, it got to every club and [the deejay's] really didn't have a choice but to play it. Before we knew it, it went to number one on spins." "Pop, Lock & Drop It" is the first single from his anticipated album Notebook Paper due in stores June 5.

At radio, the single makes great strides as well. With the single currently at #16 on the rap charts and #25 on the urban mainstream charts, it continues to climb weekly. The single also impacted on Billboard's Rhythm Monitor Chart today @ #39. With his success on the video channels and at radio, he has sold over 200k ringtones!!

HUEY is well on his way to becoming the next rapper from St. Louis. Look out for his debut album Notebook Paper due in stores June 5.

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Verizon Wireless to Sponsor Hispanic Events at the Aragon Ballroom

Verizon Wireless to Sponsor Hispanic Events at the Aragon Ballroom

Company Seeks to Increase its Presence in Hispanic Community and Awareness of its Hispanic-Focused Products and Services

CHICAGO, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless today announced an agreement with Viva Entertainment Group to become the exclusive wireless sponsor of the popular Hispanic events produced by the Aragon Ballroom, including concerts, dances, boxing matches and more. Through this sponsorship, Verizon Wireless seeks to increase its presence in Chicago's Hispanic community and to raise awareness of its Hispanic-focused products and services.

"We are delighted to be affiliated with this historic venue and to further demonstrate our commitment to Chicago's Hispanic community," said Miguel Bassail, Verizon Wireless' manager of multicultural marketing in the Midwest Area. "Our company is dedicated to serving the interests of our Hispanic customers, and many of the Hispanic artists performing at the Aragon are featured in our V CAST Music service, so this partnership is very synergistic."

The sponsorship extends over a one-year period, from March 2007 through February 2008. Financial provisions of the sponsorship were not disclosed. Under the agreement, Verizon Wireless will have a wealth of brand integration elements, inclusion in the media promotions of all applicable events, a 10x10 demonstration booth at each Hispanic event, general admission and VIP tickets, celebrity meet-and-greets and unique opportunities such as text-to-screen that will allow wireless phone users to send text messages to be displayed on video screens in the venue. Verizon Wireless also will have high-profile signage throughout the Aragon Ballroom as well as a host of other promotional and hospitality opportunities.

As part of the sponsorship, Verizon Wireless has reserved the venue to host the company's second annual Mother's Day Concert, which will bring popular Hispanic talent to the community for an event benefiting Chicago's Casa Central domestic violence program. This year's Mother's Day Concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 12.

"Verizon Wireless has been an enormous contributor to the Hispanic community in Chicago," said Luis Rossi, an owner of the Aragon Ballroom and CEO of the Viva Marketing Group, the marketing branch of the Viva Entertainment Group. "The Aragon Ballroom is honored to partner with such an outstanding sponsor, a corporation that regularly gives back to the Hispanic community through charitable contributions; the hiring of diverse, bilingual staff to support the Hispanic consumer; and the production of events such as the Mother's Day Concert."

The Aragon Ballroom sponsorship is just one of numerous efforts that Verizon Wireless has made in the past several years to expand its products and services targeted at Hispanic consumers in Chicago and nationwide.

In 2006, the company launched its V CAST Music service, which includes a Latino genre featuring nearly 70,000 songs from popular Latino artists. Also last year, the company upgraded its V CAST Video service, which now features a Latino category, offering on-demand video clips including unique Spanish- language content from providers such as Plaza Sesamo, Si TV, Sorpresa and Viva Vision. Verizon Wireless' popular Ringtones and Ringback Tones also include Latin and Reggaeton categories.

In 2005, Verizon Wireless opened its first bilingual Telesales Center serving customers in the company's Midwest Area, bringing new jobs to the Little Village community and providing Hispanics with increased convenience and accessibility to the company's products and services. In 2007, the company continues its aggressive hiring of bilingual employees to fill positions at more than 32 retail locations that serve predominantly Hispanic communities in Chicagoland, as well as at the company's Customer Service Center in Elgin, which offers Spanish-language customer support.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at . To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at .

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ExerciseTV and Jake Steinfeld Introduce the Nation to 'America's Next Fitness Star:' Brandy K. Cruthird

ExerciseTV and Jake Steinfeld Introduce the Nation to 'America's Next Fitness Star:' Brandy K. Cruthird

Cruthird, a Physical Education Teacher and Fitness Entrepreneur From Boston to Star in Her Own ExerciseTV Programming

LOS ANGELES and BOSTON, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Fitness icon Jake Steinfeld, founder of ExerciseTV, the first comprehensive on-demand network dedicated to fitness, sports training and motivational programming, announced today that the winner of the network's inaugural nationwide contest for "America's Next Fitness Star" is Boston-based physical education teacher and fitness entrepreneur Brandy K. Cruthird. As the contest winner, Cruthird will receive a one-year paid contract with ExerciseTV that includes appearing in an original fitness series on the network and hosting a monthly blog on, as well as a year's worth of New Balance footwear and apparel. Cruthird's programming will premiere on ExerciseTV this summer.

Cruthird, who was up against nearly a thousand other contestants in the ANFS contest, runs her own fitness centers for adults and children in Roxbury, Massachusetts, an inner city neighborhood of Boston, and teaches physical education to grades 6-12 in the Boston public school system. Cruthird has also recently launched a number of groundbreaking programs to combat childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes, as well as improve fitness among children and families. Her "Fit Kidz" program accepts prescriptions from participating health care providers in the Boston area, enabling overweight kids to work out at her centers at no charge.

ExerciseTV launched the America's Next Fitness Star contest in October 2006. The contest, a nationwide search for the country's next fitness celebrity, was open to all fitness instructors, trainers and coaches who believed they had the energy and personality to inspire millions of viewers to get in shape. Enthusiastic applicants from across the country entered the contest between mid-October and the contest deadline on November 30, 2006.

"When we launched the search for America's Next Fitness Star, we wanted to find an individual who would motivate people to be their best -- someone who demonstrates and believes, as I do, that fitness can be fun," says Jake. "Brandy is a fantastic health and fitness advocate who embodies that dynamic spirit, energy and commitment. She's already a local hero in Boston, and we are proud to help bring her the national recognition she deserves."

"I am truly humbled to be selected as America's Next Fitness Star," says Cruthird. "It is inspiring to be a part of a team lead by a fitness revolutionary like Jake, whose determination, tenacity and integrity continue to empower and motivate the masses. I am excited to have the opportunity to bring my love of fitness to a broader audience in the hopes of changing lives one workout at a time!"

Born and raised in Roxbury and currently residing in Dorchester, Mass., Cruthird's interest in physical fitness was sparked in the ninth grade, when she began playing basketball in a local community center. A Division I player, Cruthird played throughout college at James Madison University in Virginia, and now says, "Physical fitness changed my life." In 1996 she opened her own fitness center in Roxbury, a largely African-American community where no such center had existed before. Currently, her fitness center is the only one of its kind for children in Boston. She later became a physical education instructor at Josiah Quincy Upper School in Boston, and noticed many of her students were overweight and suffering from a variety of ailments stemming from poor diet and insufficient exercise. She has launched an array of programs to combat childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes, including the annual "Every Body Walk Your Body" Fitness Walk and Health Fair in Boston; the nationwide "Get Active" campaign in partnership with United Way, a series of family fitness videos entitled "The House Is Getting Fit(R)."

Cruthird has also been featured on NBC Nightly News' "Making a Difference," in Essence magazine and The Boston Globe, and has received numerous awards, including Ford Motors' 2006 Fusion "Live In Drive Award" and the 2006 Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare "Innovator Award."

Placing second and third, respectively, in the "America's Next Fitness Star" contest were Nicole Rollolazo, a professional fitness competitor and personal trainer from Los Angeles, California; and Jules Benson, a personal trainer from Belton, Texas.

ExerciseTV offers consumers unprecedented access to the world's leading fitness video/DVD producers 24 hours a day, seven days a week on video on-demand. ExerciseTV viewers can use the service's DVD-like functionality to work out at their own pace in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. ExerciseTV currently offers more than 150 on-demand workouts, in categories including pilates, yoga, cardio, abs, Tai Chi, sculpting & toning, dancing, walking and pre- and post-natal fitness. New Balance is the exclusive performance footwear and apparel sponsor of ExerciseTV.

About Jake Steinfeld

Jake is the innovator and entrepreneur responsible for creating the personal fitness training industry. As Chairman of the Board of Body by Jake Global LLC, a multifaceted business and entertainment conglomerate, Jake has been instrumental in the development of some of the most successful fitness products ever sold. An entrepreneur, bestselling author and philanthropist, Jake is the founder of Major League Lacrosse and of the DON'T QUIT! Foundation, which supports and educates adolescents about the value of physical fitness. Most recently, Jake was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve as Chairman of the California Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, with the mission of establishing California as the nation's first "Fitness State" and encouraging all Californians to set -- and commit to achieve -- their personal exercise and fitness goals.

About ExerciseTV

ExerciseTV is a multi-platform television network dedicated to fitness, motivation and sports training, designed exclusively for video-on-demand (VOD) and emerging media platforms. ExerciseTV is the first VOD network to offer advertisers the opportunity to seamlessly integrate their messages into the network's programming. The network, which launched in January 2006, is currently available in more than 20 million homes in the United States via Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. ExerciseTV was founded by Jake Steinfeld of "Body by Jake," and developed by Comcast Corporation, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. ExerciseTV is managed by Comcast, with New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., and Time Warner Cable acting as additional equity partners. For more information, please visit .

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CBS SportsLine Extends VIP Registration Deadline for NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand

CBS SportsLine Extends VIP Registration Deadline for NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand

Initial allotment of 400,000 VIP Passes 'Sells Out;' Deadline extended to Wed., 3/14 at 3:00 PM ET

Live game video of the 2007 NCAA(R) Division I Men's Basketball Championship at no charge

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS SportsLine, a leading Internet sports media organization and part of CBS Interactive, announced this morning that after having taken 400,000 registrations they have extended the deadline to obtain a VIP pass for their NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand (MMOD) service until Wednesday, March 14 at 3:00 PM ET. Produced in partnership with CBS Sports, CSTV and the NCAA(R), MMOD is the online player that provides live streaming video from 56 games* beginning with the first round of the NCAA(R) Division I Men's Basketball Championship as they are broadcast by CBS Sports (game action only) and is offered completely free of charge.

To have the best opportunity to view live streaming video from the NCAA(R) Division I Men's Basketball Championship, fans are urged to pre-register for MMOD to obtain VIP status. Fans that don't have VIP status will be placed in the General Admission area where they will experience longer wait times to get into the MMOD player if it is full on game day(s).

In 2006, the first year MMOD was offered free of charge, CBS SportsLine issued 265,000 VIP passes, accepting VIP registration up until Wednesday, March 15. In 2007, CBS SportsLine increased capacity and planned to issue 400,000 VIP passes, however, when registration reached that number on March 12th, the Company decided to extend the opportunity to gain VIP status until 3:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 14.

While supplies last, fans can obtain VIP access to MMOD at CBS ( as well as (

"As the current registration numbers would indicate, our users are definitely starting to recognize the significance of obtaining VIP status for MMOD," said Steve Snyder, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive. "The year- over-year pre-registration growth we are seeing with MMOD is a great indication that this service is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated live events on the Internet."

NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand is available at ( as well as via MMOD links on CBS and In 2006, MMOD was presented free of charge for the first time since its debut in 2003, producing tremendous traffic results with over 19 million video streams and five million visits, resulting in one of the largest live Internet events ever and one many industry experts called a watershed moment in media history.

Free access to NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand is made possible by presenting sponsors Courtyard by Marriott(R) and Dell as well as a host of other sponsors, including AT&T, State Farm and Kraft.

CBS SportsLine has partnered with Akamai Technologies, Inc., the leading global service provider for accelerating content and business processes online, to provide video bandwidth support for NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand.

Final 2006 NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand (MMOD) Traffic Numbers:

-- MMOD served over 19 million streams of live and archived game action
-- MMOD recorded over five million visits during the tournament
-- A total of 1.3 million users registered for MMOD

To review the minimum system requirements for computers running the MMOD product, please visit the following page:

* NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand will offer live and on demand streaming video of 56 games of NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship on an out-of-market basis, beginning with the first round through the regional semifinals. Webcasts of games broadcast by CBS Sports in fans' local markets will be subject to blackouts. Local blackout rules will limit availability to 37 games for most people. MMOD will not show the Opening Round Game on March 13th.

NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand is only available to registered users of a CBS Interactive network Web site thirteen (13) years of age or older. There is no cost to register for any of the CBS Interactive network sites. Availability of NCAA(R) March Madness(R) on Demand is subject to capacity restrictions. Certain terms and restrictions apply.

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Dressed for Success: Makeup Maven Bobbi Brown has Successful QVC(R) Debut

Dressed for Success: Makeup Maven Bobbi Brown has Successful QVC(R) Debut

Brown Breaks Record for the Largest Single-Hour Cosmetic Launch in QVC's Twenty-Year History

WEST CHESTER, Pa., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned makeup artist, author and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown was certainly "Dressed for Success" on Saturday, March 10 for her QVC debut. Within 45 minutes of the one-hour broadcast, the line completely sold out, marking the largest single-hour cosmetic launch in QVC's twenty-year history.

During the QVC broadcast, Brown demonstrated her trademark beauty tips to help women accentuate their own unique features. The presentation offered shoppers a specially selected mix of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, including Hydrating Eye Cream, Bronze Shimmer Brick with Face Blender Brush, Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner with Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush, Face Touch-Up Palette with Concealer/Blender Brush and Living Beauty Palette.

In honor of the premiere, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and QVC together are donating $25,000 to Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic independence for disadvantaged women. Brown is a member of the Dress for Success Worldwide Board of Directors and is the chairperson of this year's 10th Anniversary Dress for Success Gala.

"We knew our customers would love to see and hear Bobbi personally share her philosophy and application techniques," said Allen Burke, QVC's director of beauty merchandising. "This show was certainly a huge success by all accounts."

Says Brown, "It was such an exhilarating experience to be on QVC speaking to so many women about my philosophy - and hearing them calling in with their concerns and thoughts on makeup. It's always been my philosophy to educate and empower women with the knowledge they need to look and feel their best, and this was an amazing opportunity to do just that."

The Bobbi Brown line is available through QVC at 800.345.1515 or .

About QVC

QVC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Interactive Group (NASDAQ:LINTA), is one of the largest multimedia retailers in the world, with annual revenue of more than $7 billion. QVC is committed to providing customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to more than 160 million homes worldwide. The company's website,, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. With subsidiaries in the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan, West Chester, PA-based QVC has shipped close to a billion packages in its 20-year history.

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Star-Studded Card Features Heavyweight Contenders Mirko Cro Cop and Andrei Arlovski and Light Heavyweights Forrest Griffin and Michael Bisping

Fights to Air on Spike TV Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 PM from Manchester, England

NEW YORK, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Mirko Cro Cop (22-4-2) came to the UFC with heavyweight title ambitions, and the Croatian native will try and continue his ascension to the top of the division as he squares off against Gabriel Gonzaga (7-1-0) at UFC 70: NATIONS COLLIDE. This star-studded, pay- per-view-quality fight card will telecast on Spike TV on Saturday, April 21 at 9:00 PM, ET/PT from the MEN Arena in Manchester, England.

Former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, The Ultimate Fighter(R) 1 light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin, and The Ultimate Fighter 3 light heavyweight champion and British native Michael Bisping will also appear on the fight card.

"Manchester is the home of sporting legends, so what better place to launch the UFC in the UK," said Dana White, UFC President. "The city always appreciates a great sporting event and we know that is exactly what UFC 70 will give them."

"We're excited to be able to bring the UFC's first foray into Europe to our viewers in the United States in this extraordinary event," said Spike TV General Manager Kevin Kay.

Fresh off his dominant win against Eddie Sanchez in his UFC debut on February 3 at UFC 66, Cro Cop will try and utilize his heralded striking ability to neutralize the jiu-jitsu advances of his opponent, rising heavyweight Gonzaga. A black belt under Wander Braga, Gonzaga has won his first three UFC fights in convincing fashion. The fight will determine number one title contender status in the UFC heavyweight division, with the winner receiving a shot at the title against newly crowned heavyweight champion Randy "The Natural" Couture.

Also on the card, is former heavyweight champion "The Pit Bull" Arlovski (12-5-0) as he looks to pick up his second consecutive victory and get back into the heavyweight title picture against Fabricio Werdum (9-2-1). A jiu jitsu expert training out of Brazil, Werdum is making his UFC debut.

The card will also feature light heavyweight Griffin (13-4-0) as he attempts to bounce back from his defeat at the hands of Keith Jardine at UFC 66, by going head-to-head with undefeated Ryoto "Lyoto" Machida (9-0-0). Machida is coming off a victory against Sam Hoger at UFC 67 and his matchup with Griffin is a meeting of strikers that will certainly lead to fireworks inside the Octagon(TM).

The event will also mark the homecoming for Britain's own "The Count" Bisping (12-0-0). A Liverpool native, Bisping, fresh off an impressive victory against Eric Schaefer at UFC 66, puts his undefeated record on the line against the Australian born Elvis "The King of Rock n Rumble" Sinosic (8- 9-2).

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SubmarineChannel Presents the First Documentary, Entirely Shot Online Within Second Life: My Second Life

SubmarineChannel Presents the First Documentary, Entirely Shot Online Within Second Life: My Second Life

AMSTERDAM, March 13/PRNewswire/ -- Several documentaries have been made about Second Life, but now there's a
film that actually takes place inside this popular virtual world. In the film
'My Second Life' the main character sets out on a journey and the viewer tags

My Second Life

In January 2007, a man named Molotov Alva disappeared from his California
home. Recently, a series of seven video dispatches by a Traveller of the same
name have appeared within a popular online world called Second Life.

In these dispatches Molotov Alva encounters everything from Furries to
Cyberpunks to Neo-Luddites to Sex Slaves to the King of the Hobos, Orhalla
Zander, who becomes Molotov's guide as he searches for the creator of their
brave new world.

Filmmaker Douglas Gayeton came across these video dispatches and
assembled a documentary in seven episodes, with a total length of 35 minutes.

SubmarineChannel will release these episodes on several distribution
channels. The first episode is now online at: . My second
life is part of the Minimovies series of SubmarineChannel.


My Second Life is the first Minimovie in a sequence of eight different
documentaries, specially produced for online video channels (You Tube, Google
Video, etc.), iPod and mobile phone. Each documentary will be released in
series of episodes. All documentaries will be shown on a special Minimovies
website, which will be launched April 2nd.

Douglas Gayeton wrote and directed, together with William Gibson, 'Johnny
Mnemonic', the first interactive cd-rom based movie, for Sony Imagesoft. His
digital animated series 'Delta State', was named best animated TV series of
the year at the 2004 Annecy Film Festival. Gayeton has also created or
designed online social networks for such clients as AOL, MSN, Vivendi and

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focusing on the boundaries between popular culture and media, art and digital
culture. From digital magazines to broadcasting and even festival programming
- it showcases the most engaging productions to date. is part of the Amsterdam production company
Submarine, established by Bruno Felix and Femke Wolting.

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Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour Adds New Level of Cool to the Hit Musical Phenomenon

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour Adds New Level of Cool to the Hit Musical Phenomenon

Unprecedented 100-City Global Tours Launch This September

Tickets Go on Sale April 2 for U.S. Tour

VIENNA, Va., March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The cultural sensation "High School Musical" reaches a whole new level of "cool" with Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour. This ice spectacular is premiering September 29th, it was announced today by Thomas Schumacher, president of Disney Theatrical Productions, and Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment.

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Tickets for the U.S. tour will go on sale at on Monday, April 2, while the European, Canadian and Mexican dates will be released later this spring.

The ice tour will feature a live fusion of songs, dance and team-spirited fun to celebrate the music of the original Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel movie, and its sequel "High School Musical 2," which is set to debut on the Channel this summer. Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour is being produced by Feld Entertainment and Kenny Ortega and mounted in cooperation with Schumacher and his team at Disney Theatrical Productions.

Commenting on the announcement, Schumacher said, "'High School Musical' has been a smash hit in virtually every area of the entertainment spectrum from television and home entertainment to soundtracks, and live concert tours. The ice tour celebrates the fun and music in a whole new and exciting way. Feld Entertainment is the undisputed expert in its field, and we're working closely with them and the movie's original creators to make this a fantastic experience for audiences of all ages."

Kenneth Feld, a Tony(R) Award-winning producer, said, "We brought together a creative dream team who will deliver a top-notch production that celebrates moments from the movies in an ice spectacular that will fill arenas with lights, music, dancing, and spirit. Kenny Ortega has pumped incredible genius into this production and we're thrilled to be collaborating with him."

The global tour, comprised of three companies, is expected to play more than 100 cities in its first year alone, including the worldwide premiere at Madison Square Garden (on September 29th and 30th) and the Staples Center in Los Angeles (on October 5th) in addition to cities in Europe, Canada and Mexico.

Feld Entertainment's award-winning creative team includes some of key talent associated with the original "High School Musical" films and concert tour:

-- Kenny Ortega (Producer) Emmy(R) Award-winning director and
choreographer, Disney's High School Musical, High School Musical 2,
2002 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Dirty Dancing, Ferris
Bueller's Day Off
-- Jeff Calhoun (Director) Tony(R) Award-nominated director, Brooklyn the
Musical, Grease, Annie Get Your Gun and the Deaf West production of
Big River as well as Theatre of the Stars's production of "High School
Musical" in Atlanta
-- Peter Barsocchini (Writer) Disney's High School Musical, Disney's High
School Musical 2, Drop Zone, The Merv Griffin Show
-- Jeremy Railton (Production Designer) Emmy(R) Award-winning designer,
2002 Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Billboard Music
Award, Miss Universe / Miss USA Beauty Pageant
-- Patrick Woodroffe (Lighting Designer) the Rolling Stones, Elton John,
Genesis, Bob Dylan and High School Musical: The Concert
-- Erin "Topaz" Lareau (Costume Designer) Emmy(R) Award-winning designer,
Disney's High School Musical: The Concert, Benise: Nights of Fire,
Gwyneth Paltrow, John Mayer, Brad Pitt
-- Charles Klapow (Choreographer) Emmy(R) Award-winning choreographer,
Disney's High School Musical, Disney's High School Musical 2, Cheetah
Girls 2
-- Cindy Stuart (Skating Choreographer) Disney On Ice, Olympic Gold
Medalists Jamie Sale and Davie Pelletier, Six-time Canadian National
Champion Jennifer Robinson, Stars On Ice with Olympic Gold Medalist
Christopher Dean, Co-Choreographer with Olympic Gold Medalist Robin

"We'll be recruiting some of the world's most talented skaters to play East High School's own Troy, Gabriella, Ryan, Sharpay, Chad and Taylor," said Nicole Feld. "They'll be heating up the ice performing chart-topping tunes and signature choreography, and with the ice as the dance floor, this event will be an unprecedented twist on a fan favorite."

Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour will feature music from the popular "High School Musical" soundtrack, including "We're All in This Together," "Get'cha Head in the Game," "Start of Something New," "Stick to the Status Quo," along with new music from "High School Musical 2."

Rich Ross, president, Disney Channel Worldwide, said, "We are so proud to have introduced 'High School Musical' to the world and to see its popularity continue to grow in so many ways. The ice tour is a fantastic way to build upon the experience for its millions of fans worldwide while introducing the music and dancing to a new audience."

"High School Musical," an Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Original Movie, premiered in January 2006 in the U.S. and through the year, on 25 Disney Channels and free-to-air broadcasters, reaching over 100 countries and over 100 million unique viewers worldwide. In the U.S., its soundtrack was the #1 album of the year in 2006 (certified quadruple Platinum by the RIAA), and broke records on the Billboard charts with an unprecedented nine original songs making the "Hot 100." It was the #1 TV movie on DVD for the year and sold 7.2 million units have been sold around the world. In fall 2006, Disney Theatrical adapted the teleplay for local school productions, and it is anticipated that 2000 schools will produce stage versions in the first year alone.

Schumacher added, "The first of our regional professional theatre licensed productions was a huge success earlier this year during its five-week run in Atlanta's Theatre of the Stars, and we're currently in discussions on how to tour that production starting later this year. Additionally, by June of this year, more than 1,000 schools will have licensed and staged the show, representing an unprecedented 5,000 performances."

Internationally, "High School Musical" has aired on Disney Channels (26 worldwide) and free-to-air broadcasters, reaching over 100 countries. For the September 2006 premiere in India, the music was re-recorded in Hindi with Indian instrumentation and more rhythmic beats to achieve a "Bollywood" sound.

Adding to its success, "High School Musical" has spawned a #1 New York Times bestseller -- "High School Musical -- The Novel," which has sold over 1.2 million copies. "High School Musical" was also the first TV movie to be offered on the iTunes Music Store. "High School Musical" themed shows have also proven to be popular at the Disney Theme Parks and Resorts, including Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and an upcoming production at Disneyland Paris.

About Feld Entertainment

Feld Entertainment, Inc., is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live family entertainment that lifts the human spirit and creates indelible memories, with 25 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in 50 countries and on six continents to date and include Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey(R) and Doodlebops Live!

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Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour
Schedule is subject to change

City State Start End Venue
Date Date
Lakeland FL 08/31/07 09/01/07 The Lakeland Center

Orlando FL 09/07/07 09/09/07 Amway Arena

Tampa FL 09/07/07 09/09/07 St. Pete Times Forum

Fort Myers FL 09/14/07 09/16/07 Germain Arena

Nashville TN 09/14/07 09/16/07 Gaylord Entertainment Center

City State Start End Venue
Date Date
Sunrise FL 09/19/07 09/19/07 BankAtlantic Center

Knoxville TN 09/21/07 09/23/07 Knoxville Civic Coliseum

Miami FL 09/22/07 09/23/07 AmericanAirlines Arena

Hampton VA 09/28/07 09/30/07 Hampton Coliseum

New York NY 09/29/07 09/30/07 Madison Square Garden
Roanoke VA 10/03/07 10/03/07 Roanoke Civic Center

Los Angeles CA 10/05/07 10/05/07 STAPLES Center

Richmond VA 10/05/07 10/07/07 Richmond Coliseum

Long Beach CA 10/06/07 10/07/07 Long Beach Arena

Los Angeles CA 10/09/07 10/09/07 Los Angeles Sports Arena

Charlotte NC 10/12/07 10/14/07 Charlotte Bobcats Arena

San Diego CA 10/12/07 10/14/07 ipayOne Center at the Sports
Fairfax VA 10/19/07 10/21/07 Patriot Center

Oakland CA 10/19/07 10/21/07 ORACLE Arena

Atlanta GA 10/27/07 10/28/07 Philips Arena

San Jose CA 10/26/07 10/28/07 HP Pavilion at San Jose

Stockton CA 10/30/07 10/30/07 Stockton Arena

Baltimore MD 11/02/07 11/04/07 1st Mariner Arena

Sacramento CA 11/02/07 11/04/07 ARCO Arena

Trenton NJ 11/07/07 11/07/07 Sovereign Bank Arena

Fresno CA 11/07/07 11/07/07 Selland Arena at Fresno
Convention and Entertainment
Bakersfield CA 11/10/07 11/11/07 Rabobank Arena

Hershey PA 11/09/07 11/11/07 Giant Center

Salt Lake UT 11/15/07 11/18/07 EnergySolutions Arena
Uniondale NY 11/16/07 11/18/07 Nassau Veterans Memorial
East NJ 11/23/07 11/24/07 Continental Airlines Arena
Des Moines IA 11/22/07 11/25/07 Wells Fargo Arena

Kearney NE 11/28/07 11/28/07 FirsTier Event Center

Indianapolis IN 11/30/07 12/02/07 Conseco Fieldhouse

Kansas City MO 11/30/07 12/02/07 Sprint Center

St. Paul MN 12/14/07 12/16/07 Xcel Energy Center

Philadelphia PA 12/28/07 01/01/08 Wachovia Center

Bridgeport CT 01/04/08 01/06/08 Arena at Harbor Yard

Hartford CT 01/11/08 01/13/08 Hartford Civic Center

Cleveland OH 01/12/08 01/13/08 Quicken Loans Arena

Cleveland OH 01/18/08 01/21/08 Quicken Loans Arena

Albany NY 01/16/08 01/16/08 Times Union Center

Rochester NY 01/18/08 01/20/08 Blue Cross Arena

Providence RI 01/23/08 01/23/08 Dunkin Donuts Center
Rosemont IL 01/25/08 01/27/08 Allstate Arena

Syracuse NY 01/25/08 01/27/08 War Memorial at OnCenter

Rockford IL 01/30/08 01/30/08 MetroCentre

Buffalo NY 02/01/08 02/03/08 HSBC Arena

Chicago IL 02/01/08 02/02/08 United Center

Chicago IL 02/08/08 02/10/08 United Center

Milwaukee WI 02/08/08 02/10/08 U.S. Cellular Arena

Green Bay WI 02/15/08 02/16/08 The Resch Center

City State Start End Venue
Date Date
Boston MA 02/15/08 02/18/08 TD Banknorth Garden

Grand Forks ND 02/20/08 02/20/08 Ralph Engelstad Arena

Auburn MI 02/29/08 03/02/08 The Palace of Auburn Hills
Wheeling WV 03/05/08 03/05/08 WesBanco Arena

Pittsburgh PA 03/07/08 03/09/08 Mellon Arena

St. Louis MO 03/14/08 03/16/08 Scottrade Center

Saginaw MI 03/19/08 03/19/08 The Dow Event Center

San Antonio TX 03/21/08 03/23/08 Alamodome

Grand MI 03/21/08 03/23/08 Van Andel Arena
Peoria IL 03/28/08 03/30/08 Peoria Civic Center

Dallas TX 03/28/08 03/30/08 American Airlines Center

Wichita TX 04/02/08 04/02/08 Kay Yeager Coliseum
Fort Wayne IN 04/04/08 04/06/08 Allen County War Memorial
Fort Worth TX 04/04/08 04/06/08 Ft. Worth Convention Center

Houston TX 04/11/08 04/13/08 Reliant Stadium

Bossier LA 04/16/08 04/16/08 CenturyTel Center
Little Rock AR 04/18/08 04/20/08 ALLTEL Arena

Birmingham AL 04/22/08 04/22/08 BJCC Arena

Mobile AL 04/26/08 04/27/08 Mobile Civic Center

Pensacola FL 04/30/08 04/30/08 Pensacola Civic Center

Baton Rouge LA 05/09/08 05/11/08 Riverside Centroplex

Hidalgo TX 05/16/08 05/18/08 Dodge Arena

Corpus TX 05/21/08 05/21/08 AmericanBank Center
Laredo TX 05/23/08 05/25/08 Laredo Entertainment Center

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