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Thursday, September 30, 2010

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boca Raton Delivers High Definition Hindi TV Channels to Better Serve Guests

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boca Raton Delivers High Definition Hindi TV Channels to Better Serve Guests

BOCA RATON, Fla., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the top hotels in Boca Raton, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boca Raton, has recently introduced five high-definition Hindi TV channels into their hotel's television channel line-up. This new line up of Hindi channels are Star One; Star Plus; Star News; NDTV 24/7 and MTV India. This new feature comes as a gesture of customer service excellence in an effort to better accommodate a few of their top accounts that have guests traveling from India and the Middle East.

Among some of this Boca Raton hotel's top accounts that have Hindi travelers are companies such as, Campus Management, a software provider for higher education institutions; and Office Depot, the office supply and furniture giant.

This sign of hospitality by the SpringHill Suites Boca Raton has not gone unnoticed, "we are truly pleased that the SpringHill Suites Boca Raton has taken this step to provide our Campus Management employees with a lineup of Hindi channels at the hotel," says Teodora Stanic, Immigration and HR Administrator at Campus Management. Stanic adds, "This addition displays the hotel's commitment to ensuring our travelers feel comfortable and welcomed as they are away from home for an extended period of time. It certainly speaks to the high level of guest service that the hotel provides."

Boca Raton hotels are known for their beautiful views and pristine resorts, so this level of service is a refreshing addition to make their guests enjoy their stay.

The SpringHill Suites Boca Raton hotel is a highly rated business class hotel in heart of Boca Raton, immediately off of I-95 at the Yamato Road exit. The all-suite property features 146 guest rooms, 1,500 square feet of Boca Raton meeting space, free breakfast, complimentary internet, and a beautiful and intimate tropical style outdoor pool.

About South Florida Marriott Hotels

Based in Boca Raton, FL, South Florida Marriott Hotels is a FL destination and tourism resource site for the Washington, DC based B. F. Saul Company Hotel Division, a subset of a larger, private real estate firm, B. F. Saul Company. South Florida Marriott Hotels is a collection of three select service Marriott hotels throughout south Florida, including a SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites in Boca Raton, as well as a second TownePlace Suites hotel in Fort Lauderdale. The SpringHill Suites is an all-suite Boca Raton hotel perfect for business travelers and families, alike. The TownePlace Suites extended-stay hotels in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale are ideal for long-term stays, including snowbirds in south Florida for the winter months, as well as for business travelers needing Fort Lauderdale corporate housing and project work accommodations.

The B. F. Saul Company Hotel Division the company represents a collection of full service, select service, and extended stay hotels located in MD, VA, MI and FL. WashDChotels.com serves both business and leisure guests seeking first class DC hotel accommodations, Washington, D.C. area meeting facilities, and banquet venues. The company also operates two IACC Certified Northern Virginia Executive Conference & Training Centers. To learn more about the B. F. Saul Company Hotel Division go to www.bfsaulhotels.com.

SOURCE SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boca Raton

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Boca Raton

CONTACT: Alicia McCrae, South Florida Marriott Hotels, +1-561-869-8562

Web Site: http://www.springhillsuitesbocaraton.com


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Steve Phillips Joins SIRIUS XM's All-Sports Mad Dog Radio Channel

Steve Phillips Joins SIRIUS XM's All-Sports Mad Dog Radio Channel

Will co-host "Gary and Phillips in the Morning" with Gary Williams every weekday, exclusively on SIRIUS XM

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ --SIRIUS XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) announced today that former New York Mets general manager Steve Phillips has joined the cast of Mad Dog Radio, SIRIUS XM's national all-sports talk channel headlined by Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo, as co-host of a new morning show.

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Starting Monday, October 4, Phillips will join Gary Williams to co-host Gary and Phillips in the Morning every weekday (6:00 - 10:00 am ET) exclusively on Mad Dog Radio, SIRIUS channel 123 and XM channel 144. Phillips and Williams will start the daily sports conversation, discussing the biggest stories of the day with listeners around the country, covering the spectrum of sports from college to the pros, and interviewing newsmakers and personalities from the sports world and beyond.

Phillips will also continue to host the SIRIUS XM Fantasy Baseball show on SIRIUS XM Fantasy Sports Radio, the 24/7 fantasy sports channel that launched on SIRIUS XM in July.

"Having served as a player, director of player personnel, scout and general manager I have a unique perspective on all issues in sports," said Phillips. "To have the chance to do a national daily radio show, in drive time, on a top notch channel like Mad Dog Radio, is one of the more thrilling opportunities of my career. For the past several months I've seen first-hand the broadcasting quality and freedom that SIRIUS XM offers and I'm excited about taking on a more expanded role."

"I've known Steve a long time and I'm thrilled to have him join our team at Mad Dog Radio on SIRIUS XM," said Russo. "I covered him when he was with the Mets and I've had him on my show many times. He's an outstanding broadcaster, his sports knowledge is superb and he's eager to share his opinion. He and Gary will deliver a first rate show for our listeners each and every day."

Phillips worked in the New York Mets front office from 1990 to 2003. He was named the club's general manager in 1997 and assembled the Mets team that won the National League pennant in 2000. A talented athlete, he was offered a football scholarship to Northwestern University after high school but signed a contract to play professional baseball after being drafted by the Mets.

Gary Williams has hosted the Mad Dog Radio morning show since the channel launched in 2009. He can also be heard hosting SIRIUS XM's golf tournament coverage on the PGA TOUR Network channel.

Mad Dog Radio features hard-hitting live sports talk seven days a week, 365 days a year. Chris Russo hosts the channel's anchor program, Mad Dog Unleashed, weekday afternoons (2:00 - 7:00 pm ET), offering listeners his take on the biggest sports stories from around the country, plus listener calls and interviews. For more information visit www.sirius.com/maddogradio.

About SIRIUS XM Radio

SIRIUS XM is America's satellite radio company, broadcasting more than 130 channels of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data services to more than 19.5 million subscribers in cars, trucks, boats and aircraft, and through a wide range of mobile devices.

SIRIUS XM offers an array of content from some of the biggest names in entertainment, including professional sports leagues, major colleges, and national news and talk providers. SIRIUS XM programming is also available at sirius.com and xmradio.com, and on Apple iPhone and iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android-powered mobile devices using the SIRIUS XM Premium Online App.

SIRIUS XM has arrangements with every major automaker and its radio products are available at retail locations nationwide, as well as shop.sirius.com and shop.xmradio.com.

This communication contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, the combined company's plans, objectives, expectations and intentions with respect to future operations, products and services; and other statements identified by words such as "will likely result," "are expected to," "will continue," "is anticipated," "estimated," "intend," "plan," "projection," "outlook" or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of SIRIUS XM's management and are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of SIRIUS and XM. Actual results may differ materially from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements.

The following factors, among others, could cause actual results to differ materially from the anticipated results or other expectations expressed in the forward-looking statement: our dependence upon automakers and other third parties, the substantial indebtedness of SIRIUS and XM; the useful life of our satellites; and our competitive position versus other forms of audio and video entertainment. Additional factors that could cause SIRIUS' and XM's results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements can be found in SIRIUS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2010 and XM's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ending June 30, 2010, which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site (http://www.sec.gov). The information set forth herein speaks only as of the date hereof, and SIRIUS and XM disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this communication.

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Media Contact:
Andrew FitzPatrick
SIRIUS XM Radio
212-901-6693
andrew.fitzpatrick@siriusxm.com

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'The Flintstones' Turn 50! Time to Get that PSA Test, Fred

'The Flintstones' Turn 50! Time to Get that PSA Test, Fred

ZERO Encourages America's Favorite Stone Age Dad to Stand Up to Prostate Cancer as He Celebrates This Milestone

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- He may eat dinosaur steaks and mammoth ribs that shun the USDA's serving size recommendations, but Fred Flintstone knows a thing or two about a healthy lifestyle. For example, the Flintstones have their own line of vitamins, which are enjoyed by people of all ages, and he's getting his daily exercise (and cutting down on pollution) by powering his car with his bare feet. But as Fred and the rest of the Bedrock crew celebrate their 50th anniversary today, ZERO -- The Project to End Prostate Cancer wants to remind Fred about the importance of early detection of prostate cancer.

"Getting your prostate checked is nothing to yell 'Yabba Dabba Doo' about, but it can save your life," ZERO CEO Skip Lockwood said. "One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Fred owes it to Wilma and Pebbles to do the right thing so he can have a long healthy life."

However, men with a family history of prostate cancer should begin annual prostate cancer testing at the age of 40 - as well as African American men whose chances of getting the disease are 60% higher than Caucasian men.

"Fortunately, men don't need to go see Dr. Stoneyfingers to get an exam like Fred has to in Bedrock. Prostate cancer testing is quick and easy and when prostate cancer is caught early, it has a 99 percent survival rate," said Lockwood.

About ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer (www.zerocancer.org)

At ZERO, we commit ourselves not only to reduce prostate cancer or alleviate the pain from the disease, but to end it. We see a future where all men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer will be cured or manage their illness with good quality of life, with the support they need to minimize physical and emotional suffering, and to cope effectively throughout their cancer journey. To accomplish our goal, we provide comprehensive treatment information to patients, education to those at risk and conduct free prostate cancer testing throughout the country. We increase research funds from the federal government to find new treatments and we fund local grants to end the disease.

SOURCE ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer

ZERO - The Project to End Prostate Cancer

CONTACT: Ashley Nagaoka, ZERO, ashley@zerocancer.org

Web Site: http://www.zerocancer.org


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The International Equestrian Festival and Horze Present Walt Disney Pictures' 'Secretariat' Screening Celebration

The International Equestrian Festival and Horze Present Walt Disney Pictures' 'Secretariat' Screening Celebration

Festivities open to the general public include chance to win tickets to Lexington, Kentucky special screening and reception

LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ --In partnership with Horze, Europe's fastest growing outfitter for equestrian sports merchandise, the Pre-Vent Feeders International Equestrian Festival will host a series of events and activities to celebrate and promote Walt Disney Pictures' "Secretariat." The film, which opens in theaters nationwide Oct. 8, chronicles the legendary racehorse's 1973 journey to win the U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing; there is a special advance screening in Lexington, Kentucky, on Sunday, October 3, 2010. Attendees of the International Equestrian Festival have the opportunity to win tickets to the screening, see the film's stars, meet the Meadow Stable Secretariat team, and learn more about the horse many consider to be the greatest racehorse of all time.

Horze's exhibit at the International Equestrian Festival will be the central point for the Secretariat Celebration, featuring Secretariat merchandise and memorabilia, and celebrity jockey appearances. Held at the Lexington Convention Center, the Pre-Vent Feeders International Equestrian Festival runs from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily now through October 10.

The "Secretariat" Celebration activities at the Festival planned include:


-- October 2 - Walt Disney Pictures' "Secretariat" Day - includes movie
poster giveaways and the chance to see one of the horses that portrayed
Secretariat in the film. People who attend the Secretariat Festival in
Paris, Kentucky (held on the same day), can turn in their ticket stub
for free admission to the Festival and a chance to win passes to the
movie premiere on Sunday. People can also sign up for a chance to win
two tickets to the October 3 special advance screening and exclusive
reception with the film's team and Kentucky dignitaries.
-- October 3 -
-- Triple Crown winning Jockeys at 1:30 p.m. - Legendary jockeys Ron
Turcotte, Jean Cruguet and Steve Cauthen will share with Festival
goers reflections on their celebrated careers, and will be available
until 4:30 p.m. for autographs and photo opportunities.
-- 2:00 p.m. - the winners of the "Secretariat" screening and reception
tickets will be announced. Two winners will receive two tickets
each.
-- Pre-Red Carpet Walk of Fame - The public has the opportunity to star
gaze as "Secretariat" film stars, including Diane Lane, stroll the
red carpet of the 1/4 mile glass-enclosed corridor at the Lexington
Convention Center prior to attending the film's premiere.
-- "Secretariat" Celebration Party beginning at 6 p.m.. - While tickets
to the Lexington special advance screening are limited, the general
public can enjoy footage of Secretariat's legendary races, as well
as clips from the Disney film, and win "Secretariat" merchandise.
Following the screening the stars of "Secretariat" will again make
an appearance at the Festival to address the fans.
-- October 4 - Meadow Stable Day - meet the real-life Secretariat team
including jockey Ron Turcotte, exercise rider Charlie Davis and Kate
Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat.


In addition to the "Secretariat" Celebration activities, additional special events and jockey appearances include: "Secretariat's Meadow" book signing by Kate Tweedy on October 5, and autograph sessions with legendary jockeys Jean Cruguet and Pat Day on October 6, and Calvin Borel on October 7. The Festival offers visitors an international shopping extravaganza, horse demonstrations, equestrian celebrities, educational seminars and a wide variety of entertainment options. Tickets to the Festival are $5 for a one-day pass, or $8 for a multi-day pass and can be purchased at the door. For a complete event schedule, visit www.internationalequestrianfestival.com.

For more information about Horze, visit www.horze.com.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Based on the remarkable true story, "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery (Diane Lane) agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia-based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing knowledge. Against all odds, Chenery - with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin (John Malkovich) - manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time. Directed by Randall Wallace from a screenplay written by Mike Rich. For more information check out Disney.com/Secretariat, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Secretariat, and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/SecretariatFilm.

The 2010 Pre-Vent Feeders International Equestrian Festival presented by HRTV (September 25 - October 10, 2010), is a Horse Capital Productions event sponsored by Pre-Vent Feeders, HRTV, ABC-36 television, The UPS Store, Nutrena, Hollywood Casino, Bayer Animal Health, Martin Collins International, Spoga Horse, Kraft Brothers Inc., Segway of Paducah and Julie Goodnight. Horse Capital Productions, LLC and the International Equestrian Festival are not sponsors or affiliates of the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games.

SOURCE International Equestrian Festival

International Equestrian Festival

CONTACT: Kimberly Brown, +1-859-223-2010, info@horsecapitalproductions.com

Web Site: http://www.internationalequestrianfestival.com


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The Force of DROID(TM) is Strong For Star Wars(TM) Fans as DROID(TM) R2-D2(TM) Smartphone Launches Across Nation

The Force of DROID(TM) is Strong For Star Wars(TM) Fans as DROID(TM) R2-D2(TM) Smartphone Launches Across Nation

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ --

Followers of Star Wars(TM) films and DROID(TM)
smartphones arrived at Verizon Wireless
Communications Stores across the United States
WHO: to experience the new DROID(TM) R2-D2(TM) by Motorola.

The limited edition smartphone is now available
online at www.verizonwireless.com and in select
Verizon Wireless Communications Stores.

Photos of customers at Verizon Wireless
Communications Stores purchasing the new,
WHAT: limited edition DROID R2-D2 by Motorola.

In Verizon Wireless' Multimedia Library at
WHERE: www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

WHEN: Available now.

With a graphic design to look like the iconic
Astromech Droid from the Star Wars Saga, the
DROID R2-D2 by Motorola is packaged in a custom
box resembling carbonite and comes with a Star
Wars media dock and wired stereo headset.
Exclusive content comes pre-loaded on the
special edition smartphone. For more information
on DROID(TM) R2-D2(TM) by Motorola, visit
BACKGROUND: www.droiddoes.com/r2d2.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. 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 www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

STAR WARS(TM), DROID(TM) and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under license. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

Android, Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc.

SOURCE Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Brenda Boyd Raney, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7518, Brenda.Raney@verizonwireless.com

Web Site: http://www.verizonwireless.com


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7th Annual Omni Awards to Honor Actors Gossett Jr. and Plana and Opera Baritone Davies, and Recognize and Showcase the Talents of Youth Singers and Actors

7th Annual Omni Awards to Honor Actors Gossett Jr. and Plana and Opera Baritone Davies, and Recognize and Showcase the Talents of Youth Singers and Actors

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ --

The Omni Youth Music and Actor Awards recognizes the
talents of professional and amateur youth actors and
singers from California, and features songs and skits by
award nominees in a lively black tie gala. The 7-year-
old annual awards show also honors adult actors and
singers for their contributions to youth in the
performing arts. This year, Omni will recognize Academy
Award winning actor Lou Gossett Jr.; Acclaimed Hispanic
Actor Tony Plana, recently known for "Ugly Betty"; and
WHAT: Leading Australian Opera Singer John Davies.

Past Omni Award Alumni have gone on to professional success in
the entertainment industry including winning a Tony Award
(Kiril Kulish in 2009), starring in daytime soap roles (Eric
Martsolf in Day of Our Lives; Aaron Refvem in General
Hospital), and many others who currently work in film and
television series including iCarly, Hanna Montana, House M.D.,
Entourage, I can Do Bad All by Myself.

The "Beyond the Bell" branch of the Los Angeles Unified School
District is the 2010 Omni Awards sponsor. The Omni Awards was
founded by Marlene Dove, the daughter of the late Opera singer
Bertha Savage.

Lou Gossett Jr., Academy Award winner; receiving the Omni
WHO: Legend Alumni Award
Tony Plana, Television, Theatre, Film Actor; receiving
the Career Achievement Award
John Davies, Internationally Acclaimed and Award Winning
Australian Opera Baritone; receiving the Bertha Savage
Classical Music Award
Marlene Dove, Founder of the Omni Awards
Ted Johnson, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD),
"Beyond the Bell branch
Hollywood Show Choir, the legendary choir will be
performing
Numerous Professional Child Actors and Singers: Aaron
Refvem (General Hospital), Myasia Fox (Debbie Allen
Dance), Andy Scott Harris (House, M.D.), Kayley
Stallings (The Grinch), Brandon Tyler Russell (Smitty);
Jon Kent Ethridge (Lie to Me; iCarly);

WHEN: Sunday, October 3rd
2:30PM: Red Carpet Arrivals of Performers and Pre-Show
Concert
3:15PM: Red Carpet Arrivals of Presenters and Book
Signing by Lou Gossett Jr.
3:45PM: Red Carpet Arrivals of VIP Honorees (Gossett,
Plana and Davies)
4:30PM: Omni Awards Show begins (seating begins at
4:15PM)

WHERE: The Colburn School, Zipper Hall
200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

SOURCE The Omni Awards

The Omni Awards

CONTACT: Maria Fernanda, +1-310-696-9585, for The Omni Awards


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Premio Estrella Music Award - Casting Call

Premio Estrella Music Award - Casting Call

MIAMI, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Premio Estrella Music Award is pleased to announce the official casting call to all those who dream in becoming a singing star. This is your opportunity to participate in the musical Olympics of Premio Estrella Music Award. To participate please visit our web page: www.premioestrellamusicaward.com, and subscribe to be in the casting to be held this October 6 at the Solare Garden located at 3635 N.W. 78 Ave. Doral, FL 33166.

The winner of this casting will have the opportunity to fly to the Canary Islands in Spain where a 3 day singing festival to be held at the Lora Park will lead us to WINNER that will move on to the Grand Finale and will receive the golden star of Premio Estrella Music Award. The Grand Finale will be televised in various countries of Europe, Central and South America as well as USA. Premio Estrella Music Award is proud to present its judging panel composed of the well known actress Geraldine Bazan, Mexican actor Hector Soberon, multifaceted actress and singer Liliana Rodriguez, producer and owner of chain of radio stations ICONS Inc. Eric Stephen Cohen, composer of the Regueton genre Loony and Jeanpierre Thompson known as the Realtor of the Stars.

50% of all donations at the door will be donated to the medical treatment of the well known actor Roberto Levermann

We count with your presence

SOURCE Premio Estrella Music Award

Premio Estrella Music Award

CONTACT: Abraham Malcuni, +1-305-763-6555, abraham@premioestrellamusicaward.com

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Southern Poverty Law Center Targets Anti-Gay Bullying

Southern Poverty Law Center Targets Anti-Gay Bullying

Teaching Tolerance Film, Bullied, Offers Lessons for Students, Educators

MONTGOMERY, Ala., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project is targeting anti-gay bullying in a new documentary film - Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History - that will premiere in Washington, D.C., next Tuesday, Oct. 5. The film, which offers lessons for students and educators on the devastating effects of bullying, is available along with a teaching kit - free of charge - to every school in the country.

"As we've seen very recently in the news, the effects of anti-gay bullying are devastating," said Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance. "Unfortunately, thousands of incidents like those that led to the recent spate of heartbreaking suicides are happening in schools across the country every day. We hope this film will help students gain a better understanding of these effects and, along with their teachers, realize the necessity to act."

Bullied chronicles the powerful story of a student who stood up to his anti-gay tormentors and filed a federal lawsuit against his school district. The suit led to a landmark federal court decision holding that school officials could be held accountable for not stopping the harassment and abuse of gay students.

Despite that ruling, anti-gay bullying continues to be a severe, nationwide problem. In Massachusetts, for example, 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover hanged himself with an extension cord in 2009 after being bullied by classmates who perceived him as gay. In Indiana, another student hanged himself earlier this month after being subjected to anti-gay bullying. In the Anoka-Hennepin school district in Minnesota, at least four gay students have committed suicide in the past year alone.

Nearly nine out of 10 LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students experienced harassment in the past year - a rate three times higher than students in general, according to a 2009 GLSEN survey. Lesbian, gay or bisexual adolescents also are twice as likely to be depressed and think about or attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers, according to research cited by the government.

But anti-gay bullying is not confined to students who are actually gay. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Mental Health Association, anti-gay bullying is frequently directed at straight students who are perceived as gay.

Bullied tells the story of Jamie Nabozny, who suffered relentless verbal and physical abuse at the hands of his classmates in Ashland, Wis. School officials failed to stop the attacks, despite pleas from Nabozny and his parents.

"Students should never be afraid for their safety at school," said Nabozny, now 34. "This film offers hope to students who are being harassed and should inspire educators to live up to their responsibility to stop the bullying that is shattering lives."

The SPLC urges school districts to adopt policies that specifically address bullying based on sexual orientation or gender expression.

Bullied is the seventh film produced by the SPLC's Teaching Tolerance program. Four of the program's past documentaries have been nominated for Academy Awards®, and two films - "A Time for Justice" and "Mighty Times: The Children's March"- have won the Oscar® in the short documentary category.

As one of the nation's leading providers of anti-bias education resources, Teaching Tolerance reaches hundreds of thousands of educators and millions of students annually through our award-winning Teaching Tolerance magazine, multimedia teaching kits, online curricula, professional development resources like the Teaching Diverse Students Initiative and special projects like Mix It Up at Lunch Day. These materials are provided to educators at no cost.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization, based in Montgomery, Ala., that combats bigotry and discrimination through litigation, advocacy and education. For more information, see www.splcenter.org.

SOURCE Southern Poverty Law Center

Southern Poverty Law Center

CONTACT: Marion Steinfels of SPLC, +1-334-956-8417

Web Site: http://www.splcenter.org


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Will Ferrell and DreamWorks Animation to Suit up and Take on World Record for Largest Gathering of Superheroes on Saturday, Oct. 2nd

Will Ferrell and DreamWorks Animation to Suit up and Take on World Record for Largest Gathering of Superheroes on Saturday, Oct. 2nd

Over 1,500 Costumed Superheroes Expected to Gather for Guinness World Records® Attempt in Celebration of MEGAMIND Release

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ --

Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE
777 Chick Hearn Ct. Los Angeles, CA 90015
Saturday, October 2, 2010
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Arrivals / Mega-Breakfast
** GREAT PHOTO, BROADCAST AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY **
Will Ferrell (aka Megamind), DreamWorks Animation and
WHO: Guinness World Records
Join Will Ferrell and 1,500 of his closest costumed
superhero friends as they attempt to make heroic
history and claim the Guinness World Records title
for the Largest Gathering of Superheroes. The Mega-
event hosted by DreamWorks Animation is open to all
WHAT: caped crusaders wishing to join the fun.
To qualify for the record attempt, all interested
participants must arrive dressed as an easily
recognizable superhero that has appeared in a
published book, comic, television program or film, as
stipulated by the record guidelines. The feat will be
judged by official Guinness World Records Adjudicator
and Spokesperson, Stuart Claxton and will require a
minimum of 1,501 superheroes to break the current
world record.
The world record attempt will mark the kickoff of
MegaMonth, an official month dedicated to Mega-
events across the country in celebration of the
release of MEGAMIND on November 5th.
WHEN: Saturday, October 2
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Arrivals / Mega-Breakfast
10:00 -10:30 a.m. -Record attempt, Certificate
Presentation
WHERE: Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE
777 Chick Hearn Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention all Superheroes, if you like to participate in
breaking the Guinness World Record please rsvp to
MEGAMIND@alliedim.com

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About "MEGAMONTH"

Events scheduled across the country, which include Mega regional contests, Mega marathon weekend races and Mega food festivals. MegaMonth is Dreamworks Animation's month of Mega events. These events are Mega-big, Mega-bold and Mega-fun!

About "MEGAMIND"

MEGAMIND (Will Ferrell) is the most brilliant super-villain the world has ever known...and the least successful. Over the years, he has tried to conquer Metro City in every imaginable way - Each attempt, a colossal failure thanks to the caped superhero known as "Metro Man," (Brad Pitt) until the day Megamind actually defeats him in the throes of one of his botched evil plans. Suddenly, the fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant, leaving everyone to wonder: Can the world's biggest "mind" actually be the one to save the day?

RELEASE:On November 5th, in 3D - the superhero movie will never be the same! This film has not yet been rated

For more information on the event, please visit the website below:

http://www.d13network.com/megamind/newspaper/clipping3.html

**ALL PRESS MUST BE ACCREDITED TO COVER THE EVENT**

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Television Company Belo Corp. (BLC) to Present at Deutsche Bank Conference

Television Company Belo Corp. (BLC) to Present at Deutsche Bank Conference

DALLAS, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly traded television companies, will present at the Deutsche Bank 18th Annual Leveraged Finance Conference on Thursday, October 7, at 9:55 a.m. MST (11:55 a.m. CDT). The presentation will be simultaneously Webcast on the Company's Web site at www.belo.com. Following the presentation, a replay of the Webcast will be posted on Belo's Web site along with the related slides and text.

About Belo Corp.

Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Treasury Operations, at 214-977-6835.

SOURCE Belo Corp.

Belo Corp.

CONTACT: Paul Fry, vice president/Investor Relations & Treasury Operations of Belo Corp., +1-214-977-6835

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Digital Music Forum Elevates Music to the Cloud

Digital Music Forum Elevates Music to the Cloud

Annual Music Leaders' Conference, Oct. 6-7 at Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Media Wire today announced its finalized speaker list, keynotes and agenda for the 6th Annual Digital Music Forum West (www.digitalmusicforum.com/west), to be held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on October 6-7, 2010.

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"The music industry finally finds itself in a forward-moving fashion embracing technology to increase digital sales as CD sales continue their decade long decline," said Ned Sherman, publisher and CEO of Digital Media Wire. "To help make sense of this shifting landscape, Digital Music Forum West features top thought leaders and pioneers from the digital music revolution to address the latest trends of how to monetize music in the cloud, which mobile apps make a difference and real world DIY for artists."

Ever mindful of the fact that this conference was built on people's passion for music, for the first time, it is offering sponsored registration to working artists on a case-by-case basis. Working artists may apply for free registration by sending us their details at music@digitalmediawire.com.

The two-day event is the industry's only comprehensive digital music conference focused on the evolution and future of digital music. The conference agenda, which includes senior participants from major labels, leading indie labels, social networks, online music retailers, mobile companies, artists and association heads, includes top keynotes, discussions and panels on topics including mobile apps, the state of the digital union, the future of Internet radio, online video, digital innovation, investments, the digital copyright debates, rights management, social networking and touring.

Attendees are over 300 senior decision-makers from record labels, music publishers, producers and distributors, technology companies, wireless companies, rights organizations, industry bodies, radio, advertising, attorneys, artists, investors and venture capitalists.

Confirmed speakers include:

Rick Alden, Founder & CEO, SkullCandy

Tom Silverman, Founder & Chairperson, Tommy Boy Records

Chris Tsakalakis, General Manager, StubHub/eBay Tickets

Eric Garland, CEO, BigChampagne

Russ Crupnick, VP & Sr. Entertainment Industry Analyst, The NPD Group

Michael Papish, Product Development Director, Rovi Corporation

Ty Roberts, CTO, Gracenote

Jeff Price, CEO, Tunecore

Brad Navin, CEO, The Orchard

David Del Beccaro, CEO/Founder, Music Choice

Ted Mico, EVP, Interscope Geffen A&M (Universal Music Group)

Ted Cohen, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic

Albhy Galuten, VP, Media Technology Strategy, Sony Network Entertainment

Michael Robertson, CEO, MP3Tunes

David Hyman, CEO & Founder, MOG

Chris Phenner, EVP of Business Development, Thumbplay

Aydin Caginalp, Partner, Ent & Media, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP

Mitch Rotter, SVP, Marketing & Product Dev., Universal Music Group

Jim Rondinelli, SVP, Strategic Development, Slacker

Jason Gates, Director, Business Development, Pandora

Arvind Venkateswaran, SVP, WW Bus Dev / GM - Americas & Asia, Geodesic

Brock Batten, Creative Director, Mobile Roadie

Steve Bradbury, Vice President, GoTV Networks

Adam Satariano, Reporter, Bloomberg News

Kurt Hanson, Publisher, RAIN / CEO, AccuRadio

Johnie Floater, GM of Media, Live365

David Porter, CEO & founder, 8tracks

Colin Rushing, Senior Counsel, SoundExchange

Larry Kenswil, Of Counsel, Loeb & Loeb LLP

Fred Goodman, Author, Fortune's Fool: Edgar Bronfman, Jr., Warner Music, and an Industry in Crisis

Cecily Mak, VP & General Counsel, Rhapsody International Inc.

Patrick Sullivan, CEO, RightsFlow

Pierce Stacy, Director of Business & Legal Affairs, IODA

Les Watkins, SVP, Bus. Affairs & Bus. Development, Music Reports

Fred Beteille, Senior Director of Strategic Technology, The Harry Fox Agency

David Oxenford, Partner, Davis, Wright, Tremaine

John Rudolph, CEO, Bug Music

Samantha Murphy, Singer/Songwriter and Founder, The Highway Girl

Michael Petricone, SVP, Gov't Affairs, Consumer Electronics Association

Jon Potter, Consultant / Former Exec. Dir., Digital Media Association

Mike Spinella, Director, Label Relations AOL Music Network

Tom Gates, Artist Manager, Bill Silva Entertainment

Jack Isquith, SVP, Digital Music, Warner Bros. Records

Jeff Pollack, CEO of Global Media & Entertainment, Pollack Media Group

Luke Kallis, VP of West Coast Sales, VEVO

Celia Hirschman, Host, KCRW's On the Beat

Abe Burns, Digital / Online Marketing, Career Artist Management (Frontline)

Jan D'Alessandro, VP, Bus. Dev. & General Counsel, Topspin Media

John Boyle, President, Hello Music

Jennifer Elias, Director, Bus. Development, Bandcamp

John Davi, Director, Engineering, Cisco

Asya Shein, CEO, Fusicology

Claes Loberg, CEO, Guvera

Adam Wolf, Senior Creative Director, pigFACTORY Music, USA

Jeff Bronikowski, Head of Music, Yahoo!

Tim Scanlin, CEO & Founder, Brandracket & BrandsForBands

Vickie Nauman, VP, North America, 7digital

Syd Schwartz, Founder & CEO, Linchpin Digital

Nic Adler, Owner, The Roxy

Shannon Connolly, VP, Digital Music Strategy, MTV Networks Music Group

David Marcus, SVP, Strategic Initiatives, Warner Bros. Records

Jordan Glazier, CEO, Eventful

Aaron Grosky, President, Control Room

Kelli Richards, CEO, The All Access Group

Event sponsors and media partners include Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP, Loeb & Loeb LLP, RightsFlow, Rovi, Cisco, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP, NVPR, A2IM, Mashable, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Aquarium Drunkard, New Music Tipsheet, EMF, KCRW.com, Music Connection, Fusicology, Mary-Margaret Network, AFTRA, Filter Magazine, Billboard and PR Newswire

For complete agenda, registration and event details please visit: http://www.digitalmusicforum.com/west.

Other prominent Digital Media Wire events include the LA Games Conference; NY Games Conference; Future of Television East; Future of Film Summit; Digital Music Forum East; Digital Media Conference East and West; and Digital Media Insider @ CES. Digital Media Wire is also a programming partner for the annual

Canadian Music Week.

About Digital Media Wire, Inc.:

Digital Media Wire is an events, news, and publishing company serving the digital entertainment & media industry since May 2000. Digital Media Wire produces executive forums featuring the leading executives in digital media and entertainment. Digital Media Wire also publishes an authoritative daily email newsletter and industry directory. For more information, please visit www.dmwmedia.com.

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CONTACT: Tinzar Sherman of Digital Media Wire, +1-310-855-0033, tinzar (at) digitalmediawire.com; or Hal Bringman of NVPR, +1-323-851-6877, or Mobile, +1-310-210-8011, hal (at) nvpr.com, Skype: halbringman, Twitter: @halbringman, for Digital Media Wire

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7-ElevenĀ® Announces Winner in 'SlurpeeĀ® Battle of the Bands'

7-Eleven® Announces Winner in 'Slurpee® Battle of the Bands'

The HOLLABACKS Band Wins

Three-Month Competition Attracted 900 Musical Groups

DALLAS, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, 7-Eleven, Inc. announced The HOLLABACKS as the winner of its Second Annual 7-Eleven® and "Slurpee® Battle of the Bands" competition. Home-grown rock and popular bands battled in this multi-tiered competition, but only one from the 906 entries emerged the winner.

"We want to thank the Slurpee brand, our friends, family and fans who helped us get this far," said members of The HOLLABACKS. "We won't let you down. Without you, we could never be as fabulous as we dream of becoming, and we promise to rock your world."

The HOLLABACKS were a strong contestant among the 12 selected contenders from across the U.S., starting with their crowd-pleasing performance at the New York City Battle of the Bands regional concert Aug. 16. The band later recorded a music video in Dallas of "It's Over," a song that captures the band's retro take on modern pop/rock melodies.

The final competition came Sept. 27 with the group playing in Los Angeles in a hometown concert that pitted them against the other finalist, Levi Ware, who performed in his backyard of Seattle. Fans voted through midnight Wednesday when The HOLLABACKS collected the most votes and became 7-Eleven's "Slurpee Battle of the Bands" 2010 winner.

Voting throughout the competition among the 12 finalist bands took place online at the Slurpee.com where performances by each of the 12 bands and the four finalist bands' music videos can be viewed through mid-November.

The HOLLABACKS willreceive the $10,000 grand prize and the opportunity to make an in-studio recording to be featured on popular rock memorabilia and archiving website -- Wolfgangsvault.com.

Rita Bargerhuff, 7-Eleven vice president and chief marketing officer, said, "Through the 'Battle of the Bands' program, we are able to capture the natural connection between the Slurpee drink and music," Bargerhuff said. "We hope the exposure they received will give them the support they need to go on to even greater success."

She added, "All 12 of the bands in the final stages of this year's competition were phenomenal. Each group added their own style and sound, and that's what is fun and exciting about this program. We know that each has a bright future ahead, and we look forward to seeing what they accomplish."

About 7-Eleven, Inc.

7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses more than 8,200 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses close to 38,800 stores in 16 countries. During 2009, 7-Eleven stores worldwide generated total sales of more than $58.9 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 list for 2009, #3 in Forbes magazine's Top 20 Franchises to Start, #3 among Top 100 Global Franchises by Franchise Direct, #3 in Store Growth by Convenience Store News, #2 in Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies and #29 among Top 100 Chains in Food Service. In addition, Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven in its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven recently was selected by three diversity publications as a company offering the best career and franchisee opportunities. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S., and is expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. In addition, the company received the 2009 Shopper-Centric Marketing Innovation from Symphony IRI and the 2010 Retailer of the Year award from PL Buyer because of the company's private-label brand program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

SOURCE 7-Eleven, Inc.

7-Eleven, Inc.

CONTACT: Stephanie Shaw of FreshWorks/Ketchum PR, +1-214-259-3440, stephanie.shaw@ketchum.com, for 7-Eleven, Inc.; or Margaret Chabris of 7-Eleven, Inc., +1-972-828-7285, Margaret.chabris@7-11.com

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60th Annual Cable Show to be Co-Chaired by Discovery's David Zaslav and Suddenlink's Jerry Kent

60th Annual Cable Show to be Co-Chaired by Discovery's David Zaslav and Suddenlink's Jerry Kent

Chicago to Host Annual Convention in June

WASHINGTON,Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) announced today that The Cable Show 2011 will be held June 14-16, 2011, as part of "Cable Connection - Spring" in Chicago. The 60th annual convention and international exposition, the cable industry's premiere U.S. event, will be held at McCormick Place.

The Cable Show 2011 will be co-chaired by David Zaslav, President and Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Communications, and Jerry Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Suddenlink Communications. The co-chair pairing continues with NCTA's tradition of matching a cable programming leader with a broadband service provider to help shape the convention's content and theme, and to help highlight the broad array of programming and technologies brought to American consumers by the cable broadband industry.

The NCTA convention returns to Chicago for the first time since 2003. A popular host city for The Cable Show in the past, Chicago offers easy access, state-of-the-art facilities, and great attractions. The 60th anniversary of The Cable Show will also offer delegates and exhibitors the opportunity to celebrate six decades serving American consumers with video programming and broadband services, while looking forward to the opportunities and technologies that lie ahead.

Prime exhibition space and sponsorship opportunities are now available. Visit www.thecableshow.com for further information, or contact NCTA Convention Headquarters at (202) 463-7905 or exhibitinfo@ncta.com. Online registration will open this December.

NCTA is the principal trade association for the US cable industry, representing cable operators serving more than 90 percent of the nation's cable television households and more than 200 cable program networks. The cable industry is the nation's largest broadband provider of high-speed Internet access, serving more than 40 million customers, after investing more than $160 billion to build a two-way interactive network with fiber optic technology. Cable companies also provide state-of-the-art digital telephone service to more than 22 million American consumers.

SOURCE The Cable Show 2011

The Cable Show 2011

CONTACT: Joy Sims, +1-202-222-2350; or Eric Thomas, Fratelli Group, +1-202-822-9491

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'WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN'' Moviegoers and DonorsChoose.org Give Back to More Than 30,000 Students

'WAITING FOR 'SUPERMAN'' Moviegoers and DonorsChoose.org Give Back to More Than 30,000 Students

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- DonorsChoose.org has partnered with Paramount Pictures, Participant Media and Walden Media to offer a $15 DonorsChoose.org gift card to each moviegoer who purchases a ticket for WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN." The $15 gift code can be used on the DonorsChoose.org site, where moviegoers can give back to a classroom project of their choice. Since the film's limited release on September 24th, more than 30,000 students across the country have benefited from this program.

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Available at the box office, as well as to those who purchase advanced tickets online at Fandango.com and Movietickets.com, the gift cards can be used to fulfill requests made by public school teachers from every corner of America who post classroom project needs on DonorsChoose.org. The mission of DonorsChoose.org is to improve public education by empowering every teacher to be a change-maker and enabling any citizen to be a philanthropist.

"We are grateful to our funders that provided the backing to distribute DonorsChoose.org gift cards to everyone that is moved by the film," said DonorsChoose.org Founder and CEO, Charles Best. "We hope that moviegoers will take the opportunity to connect with a classroom project that most inspires them on our site and that this connection will inspire them to do even more to help improve public education."

The online offers on Movietickets.com and Fandango.com are valid through October 10, 2010 or while supplies last. To purchase tickets online, please visit:

Movietickets - http://www.movietickets.com/movie_detail.asp?movie_id=86668

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Theater chains began distributing the gift cards with the film's limited release on September 24th. Gift cards are available at the box office while supplies last. The offer is only valid in the United States.

DonorsChoose.org first teamed with WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN" by donating $5 gift cards to every person who pledged to see the film by September 15th.

WAITING FOR "SUPERMAN" directed by Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth") is released under the Paramount Vantage banner and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories. Designed to start a national conversation, the movie and corresponding "Take the Pledge" campaign aim to inspire everyone to create innovative and long-term solutions to help change the course of our kids' lives for the better.

The film is produced by Lesley Chilcott, with Participant Media's Jeff Skoll and Diane Weyermann serving as executive producers. It is written by Davis Guggenheim & Billy Kimball.

The film opened in New York and Los Angeles on September 24th. It opens in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Toronto and Washington D.C. on October 1st and will continue to expand to cities across the U.S and Canada throughout October.

To learn more about DonorsChoose, visit http://www.donorschoose.org

For more information about the movie go to http://www.WaitingForSuperman.com

To join the conversation visit us on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/WaitingForSuperman

What does your school need? Tell us by Tweeting #MySchoolNeeds at http://www.Twitter.com/WaitingSuperman

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

About Participant Media

Participant Media is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company that focuses on socially relevant, commercially viable feature films, documentaries and television, as well as publishing and digital media. Participant Media is headed by CEO Jim Berk and was founded in 2004 by philanthropist Jeff Skoll, who serves as Chairman. Ricky Strauss is President.

Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that bring to the forefront real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates extensive social action and advocacy programs, which provide ideas and tools to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant's films include The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson's War, Darfur Now, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, Standard Operating Procedure, The Visitor, The Soloist, Food, Inc., The Informant!, The Cove, The Crazies, Oceans, Furry Vengeance, CASINO JACK and the United States of Money, Countdown to Zero and Waiting for "Superman."

About Walden Media

Walden Media specializes in entertainment for the whole family. Past award-winning films include: "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, "Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Nim's Island" and "Charlotte's Web." Upcoming films include the third installment in the Narnia series "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."

About DonorsChoose.org

DonorsChoose.org is an online nonprofit that enables anyone to connect to a public school classroom in a personal and direct way. Launched out of a Bronx high school in 2000, DonorsChoose.org has been profiled as "the future of philanthropy" by The New York Times and as "a revolutionary charity" by Oprah Winfrey. On DonorsChoose.org, public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on DonorsChoose.org. Requests range from pencils for a poetry writing unit, to violins for a school recital, to microscope slides for a biology class. In the past ten years of operation, residents of 50 states and 10 countries have funded 88,926 student projects, channeling more than $54.3 million in resources to 3,323,384 students.

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CONTACT: Katie Martin Kelley, EVP, Publicity of Paramount Pictures, +1-323-956-2821, KMK@Paramount.com; or Jeff Sakson, SVP, Publicity of Participant Media, +1-310-550-5109, Jeff.Sakson@ParticipantMedia.com; or Susie Hayasaka, VP, Strategic Marketing of Walden Media, +1-424-202-6623, shayasaka@walden.com

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OPERATION WILD Returns to Planet Green for a Second Season of Gators, Guns and Git-Er-Done Lawmen

OPERATION WILD Returns to Planet Green for a Second Season of Gators, Guns and Git-Er-Done Lawmen

- The Action-Packed Second Season of OPERATION WILD Premieres Friday, November 5, at 9 PM (ET/PT) on Planet Green -

SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- From wild crocodile captures, to run-ins with drunken sailors, to life-or-death swamp rescues, there is no such thing as a boring day at the office for the men and women of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Planet Green's original docu-series, OPERATION WILD, follows these real law enforcement officers with personalities as big as the Everglades while they protect Florida's delicate and diverse natural ecosystems. The heart-pounding action returns to Planet Green when the world-premiere second season kicks off Friday, November 5, at 9 PM (ET/PT).

OPERATION WILD takes viewers on an all-access ride-along as this elite collection of mavericks tackles environmental crimes and emergencies. Fully armed and supported by their arsenal of air boats, swamp buggies, helicopters and four-wheel drives, the FWC team patrols Florida's land, air and water. Favorite characters from season one return, including 22-year FWC veteran Erik "The Magnet" Steinmentz and the FWC's resident cowboy/ladies' man, Clinton Bean. Season two also introduces new members to the team, including no-nonsense working mother Dana "Copper Mom" Klein and FWC rookie Tommy Van Trees.

The new season of OPERATION WILD also provides a firsthand glimpse of the effect of this year's gulf oil spill. As the oil spreads east across the Gulf of Mexico to Florida waters, the FWC team is called upon to protect the coastal environment and indigenous plants and animals threatened by the man-made disaster.

"Planet Green is thrilled to bring back OPERATION WILD for a second season that's full of nonstop action and unforgettable characters," said Laura Michalchyshyn, president and general manager of Planet Green. "OPERATION WILD gives viewers an all-access look inside the hazardous and unpredictable world of the FWC - and the result is television that is incredibly entertaining and absolutely addictive."

OPERATION WILD is a 10-episode series produced for Planet Green by Boutique TV Inc. Leslie Greif, Adam Reed, Adam Freeman and Kevin Leadingham are executive producers for Boutique TV Inc. Executive producers for Planet Green are Rachel Smith and Jeff Hasler.

About Planet Green:

Planet Green is the multiplatform media destination for people looking for something new. Launched on June 4, 2008, Planet Green is following the evolving conversation about sustainability and is the entertainment brand that champions the visionaries who move our world forward in small and large ways. Planet Green and its two robust Web sites, planetgreen.com and TreeHugger.com, offer unique, insightful and inspiring content related to how we can evolve to live a better, brighter future. Planet Green's original programming, digital tools and content will entertain, educate and activate.

SOURCE Planet Green

Planet Green

CONTACT: Erin Calhoun, +1-212-548-5183, Erin_Calhoun@discovery.com, or Chris Finnegan, +1-240-662-7589, Chris_Finnegan@discovery.com

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Hot Bird(TM) TV Awards Nominated Channels Announced for 2010

Hot Bird(TM) TV Awards Nominated Channels Announced for 2010

Record 150 Thematic TV Channels Take Part in This Year's Event Voting Opens for Popular People's Choice Award!

PARIS, September 30, 2010/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The nominations were announced today for this year's HOT
BIRD(TM) TV Awards, the unique international broadcasting event celebrating
the achievements of thematic satellite TV channels.

The nominated channels, selected by a jury of media experts,
reflect the highest standards of programming quality, creativity and
innovation from 14 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The jury
was tasked with selecting from a total of 150 channels from 21 countries
split into 11 thematic categories. In addition to the established categories,
prizes will be awarded for the first time to 'Best Programme' in recognition
of the individual achievement of an outstanding production, and to the 'Best
New Channel' for standing out in today's competitive multi-channel
environment.

"The 2010 participants in this year's HOT BIRD(TM) TV Awards
showcase the excellence of programming broadcast by satellite and we
congratulate them all for their exceptional achievements," said Duilio
Giammaria, Chairman of the jury.

The winners of this year's event will be announced and
honoured on Friday November 19 at a gala ceremony to be held in the Scuola
Grande of San Giovanni Evangelista in Venice.


The nominations for 2010 are:

THEME CHANNEL COUNTRY

HDTV HD-Life Russia
Mezzo Live HD France
Sundance Channel Poland
Children's Baraem Qatar
Rai Gulp Italy
your family Germany
Cinema Kino Polska Poland
Kinowelt TV Germany
STAR Gold UK
Culture/Education Nostalgia Russia
Rai NETTUNO SAT Italy
TVP Kultura Poland
Documentaries 365 Days TV Russia
Discovery Animal Planet Italy
Russian Travel Guide Russia
Fiction/General LEI Italy
Entertainment
MCE Ma Chaine Etudiante France
Sky Uno Italy
VUZU South Africa
Lifestyle Dove TV Italy
Gambero Rosso Channel Italy
Information TV UK
Music BALKANIKA Music Television Bulgaria
iConcerts HD Switzerland
LIVE! Italy
volksmusik.tv Germany
News BBC World News UK
Current Italy
TVN Warszawa Poland
Sport Footschool TV Luxembourg
Sky Olimpia/World Cup Channels Italy
Supersport International South Africa
National Window CCTV News China
Channel One Russia Russia
TVE Internacional Spain
Best Programme Cinema on the ring (Sky Cinema 1 Italy
HD)
Russia
Metro, a film by Elisaveta
Listova (RTR Planeta) France
The Battle for Afghanya Valley Turkey
(FRANCE 24)
The Dance of the Black Sea Lads
(TRT Tourism and Documentary Italy
Channel)
WWII La guerra degli italiani
(The History Channel)


Votes open for People's Choice Award!

This year's event again includes the People's Choice Award,
which will be won by the channel with the largest number of votes from
viewers. All participating channels are eligible to take part in the People's
Choice, with viewers invited to vote through each channel's website and key
industry sites including hotbirdtvawards.com, broadbandtvnews.com,
wotsat.techradar.com, , eutelsat.com, eurovisioni.it, satexpo.com and
lyngsat.com.

The HOT BIRD(TM) TV AWARDS Jury

Jerzy Barski, TV-Sat Magazine (Poland), Jacques Braun,
Eurodata TV (France), Paolo Dalla Chiara, Pentastudio (Italy), Giovanna
Maggioni, Upa (Italy), Asu Maro, Milliyet Sanat and Milliyet Daily (Turkey),
Giacomo Mazzone, Eurovisioni (Europe), Mimi Turner, Hollywood Reporter (USA),
Michel Gregoire, EGTA (Europe), Jury chairman: Duilio Giammaria, Rai (Italy);
technical expert Mauro Roffi, Mille Canali (Italy).

The HOT BIRD(TM) TV AWARDS is an event promoted by Eutelsat,
Europe's leading satellite operator, in collaboration with Eurovisioni, a
European festival dedicated to cinema and television and SAT Expo, the
international exhibition of advanced digital and satellite
telecommunications.

Eutelsat Communications

With capacity commercialised on 26 satellites providing
coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India and significant parts of
Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's leading satellite
operators. At 30 June 2010, Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting almost
3,600 television channels and 1,100 radio stations. More than 1,100 channels
broadcast via its HOT BIRD (TM) video neighbourhood at 13 degrees East, with
other neighbourhoods serving broadcasting markets in central and eastern
Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa,. The Group also provides TV
contribution services, data services and broadband solutions on ground, at
sea and in flight.

http://www.eutelsat.com

SAT Expo

SAT Expo Europe is the international event dedicated to the
aerospace industry, its services and applications and integrated
telecommunications. Held annually in Rome, it houses an exhibition area,
which comprises representatives of the industries, applications and services
of the four aerospace macro areas (Earth observation, navigation, exploration
and space transportation, integrated telecommunications) and three days of
conferences (Mediterranean Space Conference), dedicated to the aerospace
market and its internationalisation. SAT Expo Europe enjoys the patronage of
the Presidency of the Italian Republic and the scientific collaboration of
ESA and ASI.

http://www.satexpo.it

Eurovisioni

Eurovisioni, the International Festival of Cinema and
Television, was created in 1987 and is now in its 24th edition. Eurovisioni
2010 (from 19 to 22 of September) received the patronage of the Italian
President, Giorgio Napolitano, UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Presidency
of Italy's Council of Ministers, the Italian Senate and the Chamber of
Deputies, and others. The initiative includes support from Eutelsat, RAI, the
Lazio Region, the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities,
SACEM, Sky Italia, Canal +, ARD, BBC, France Televisions, RTVE, TVP, ZDF.

http://www.eurovisioni.it

Source: Eutelsat Communications

Press Contacts HOT BIRDTM TV Awards: Eutelsat: Vanessa O'Connor, Tel: +33-1-5398-3888, voconnor@eutelsat.fr; Promospace: Giorgio Bonomi, Tel: +39-0444-543-133, gbonomi@pentastudio.it; HOT BIRDTM TV Awards team: Promospace, Tel: +39-0444-543-133, e-mail: hba@satexpo.it


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Vimeo and Honda Announce Public Projection Mapping Performance by Interactive Arts and Technology Collective seeper

Vimeo and Honda Announce Public Projection Mapping Performance by Interactive Arts and Technology Collective seeper

Projection on Frank Gehry Designed IAC HQ to Culminate Vimeo's Festival and Awards

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Online video sharing site Vimeo®, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) together with Honda as part of the all-new CR-Z sport-hybrid coupe campaign, today announced British arts and technology collective seeper.com, is to make its US debut by radically transforming the iconic Frank Gehry-designed IAC HQ on the West Side of Manhattan.

One of the largest architectural projection mapping performances to take place in the US, seeper's open-air display allows for real-time 3D content to be projected and aligned to real world objects--in this case, the IAC building at 555 W 18th Street, IAC HQ and home to Vimeo.

Architectural projection mapping is an emerging medium that pushes the boundaries of art and technology. It is fitting that this performance has been chosen as the culmination to the inaugural Vimeo Festival + Awards since the artists were discovered and commissioned for this event through their profile on the Vimeo website.

"This performance is way beyond the act of simply showing a film outdoors, it is an optical artistic transformation of an existing architectural artwork," said Dae Mellencamp, Vimeo's General Manager. "Taking inspiration from the Vimeo Festival itself, the structure of the iconic building, and the groundbreaking technology and sleek design of the Honda CR-Z, the projection mapping will bend reality with light. On October 9, our primitive sense of perception will be expanded as light plays wonderful tricks on our eyes."

"Our aim is to recreate a Victorian sense of magician-ship," said Evan Grant, founder of seeper.com. He continued, "I love the IAC building, its stunning lines and immediate reference to water. It looks as if it's about to set sail on the Hudson. The opportunity to make this structure take on a new 'seeper' form is an honor and a challenge."

"Honda is proud to sponsor this not-to-be-missed event as part of the CR-Z marketing campaign," said Tom Peyton, senior manager, national advertising, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. "Celebrating the Festival's themes of innovation and inspiration, the all-new CR-Z sport hybrid coupe reveals how opposites in harmony--like sport and hybrid--can come together to create something compelling and powerful. This spirit echoes the Vimeo community's creators who continue to push the boundaries of creativity in radical and unexpected directions."

seeper's projection mapping performance is free and open to the public. It will begin at 10pm on Saturday, October 9, 2010, and run for approximately 10 minutes. For optimal viewing, guests are invited to gather in the Edison parking lot immediately opposite the main entrance of the IAC building. Entrance to the parking lot is located at 18th Street and 10th Avenue.

The two-day Vimeo Festival features an amazing schedule of events including screenings, workshops, seminars, and panel discussions from some of the most successful and respected members of the film and video community. Tickets are still available at Vimeoawards.com.

About seeper.com

Founded in 1998, seeper is an arts and technology collective specializing in real world interactive installations and performances. Leading with innovation, seeper create ground breaking, immersive, multi-sensory experiences and memories. seeper have worked with the likes of TED.com, Nokia, Volkswagen, Chanel, Unilever, Vice, Intel, Ford, Nike, Reebok, Hewlett Packard, Toyota, Sony PlayStation, Sony Music, BFI Southbank, Glastonbury Festival, Punch Drunk Theatricals, Aldeburgh Music and many more innovative brands and arts-based organizations.

About Vimeo, LLC

Leading video sharing site Vimeo® provides the easiest way for people to host and share their videos in high quality. The site provides great privacy features and inspiring videos from a vibrant, respectful community of creative users who care about how and where they show their work. Launched in 2004 and headquartered in New York, NY, Vimeo offers users a video sharing experience that is both entertaining and easy to use. Vimeo is a 2010 & 2009 Time Magazine Top 50 Website. Vimeo, LLC is a subsidiary of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).

SOURCE Vimeo

Vimeo

CONTACT: Vimeo Media: Deborah Szajngarten, +1-212-524-8776, press@vimeo.com, or seeper Media: Robin Dhara, +447880807752, robin@red-robin.co.uk

Web Site: http://www.seeper.com


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She's Got the Look! Marilin Archie of Los Angeles, Named Winner of TV Land's 'She Got The Look'

She's Got the Look! Marilin Archie of Los Angeles, Named Winner of TV Land's 'She Got The Look'

38-Year Old Bus Mechanic And Mother Of Two To Receive A Contract With Wilhelmina Models, Inc., And A Photo Spread In SELF Magazine

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Marilin Archie was named the winner of season three of TV Land's 35 and older modeling competition "She's Got the Look." Host Brooke Burke announced Marilin as the winner of the competition after she impressed the judges with her stand-out performance in the final runway challenge where she faced off against fellow finalists Julie Love-Templeton of Tuscaloosa, AL and Rachelle Love of Memphis, TN.

In last night's season finale, the three finalists strutted their stuff on the catwalk at a fashion show in an airport hanger complete with a jetliner and moving runway. Never having walked a runway and feeling timid, Julie failed to shine in front of the judges. Runner-up Rachelle never seemed to have gained confidence on the rotating platform and although her photos were remarkable throughout the competition, they weren't enough to impress the judges over Marilin who, despite her non-traditional model body-type walked the runway with poise, confidence and star power. Ultimately, the judges went with the overall package and voted Marilin the winner of "She's Got The Look," which includes a modeling contract with Wilhelmina Models and a photo spread in SELF Magazine.

Born and raised in south central Los Angeles, Marilin Archie is a 38-year old married mother of two and is employed as a certified bus mechanic for the Los Angeles Metro.

"She's Got The Look" is a collaboration with Wilhelmina Models, Inc. and sets out to discover a beautiful, sophisticated and confident woman over the age of 35 who has the potential to transform herself into a model, representing some of the most high-profile brands and highly-coveted campaigns in the fashion and beauty industries. Brooke Burke ("Dancing with the Stars, "Wild On") joined the third season as host along with new judge, supermodel Roshumba Williams and returning judges, celebrity stylist Robert Verdi and Wilhelmina president Sean Patterson. Emmy® Award-Winner Allison Grodner ("Big Brother," "Blowout") returns as executive producer and has joined forces with executive producer Rich Meehan ("Big Brother") under their new banner, Fly On The Wall Entertainment. Rachel Tung is also executive producer.

"She's Got The Look" is now playing in over 70 countries, with the first three seasons sold around the world. It can be seen in France, Italy, Israel, Australia, Israel, Thailand, Korea, Holland and South Africa. "She's Got The Look" is distributed worldwide by Fremantle Media.

Please log ontowww.tvlandpress.comfor up-to-the-minute information, press releases and photos.

TV Land and all related logos and titles are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

About TV Land PRIME and TV Land

TV Land PRIME is TV Land's programming destination designed for people in their forties and the exclusive home to the premieres of the network's original programming, contemporary television series acquisitions and movies. TV Land PRIME is part of TV Land, a network dedicated to presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for Adults 25-54. Consisting of original programming, acquired shows, hit movies and full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 98 million U.S. homes.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

About Wilhelmina

Wilhelmina International, Inc. is one of the most prominent modeling agencies in the fashion and beauty industry worldwide. Wilhelmina was founded by supermodel Wilhelmina Cooper in 1967 and has since launched the careers of many superstars including Angelica Huston, Whitney Houston, Lauren Hutton, Mark Vanderloo, Gabriel Aubry, Alexandra Richards, Theodora Richards and more. Wilhelmina has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami as well as affiliate offices nationwide and Panama. www.wilhelmina.com

About SELF

With a unique spirit of positivity, SELF Magazine reaches 6.7 million readers and provides a blueprint for the woman who wants to stay informed, get inspired, grow and achieve her personal goals. As the premier women's magazine of total well-being, SELF incorporates health and beauty, fitness and nutrition, happiness and personal style all in one package. SELF is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications, which operates in 24 countries and is the world leader in exceptional content creation. For more information, visit www.Self.com.

SOURCE TV Land

TV Land

CONTACT: Wendy Coto, +1-310-752-8798 , Wendy.coto@mtvstaff.com, or Mitchell Squires, +1-212-846-7356, Mitchell.squires@tvland.com, both of TV Land

Web Site: http://www.tvland.com


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Justin Bieber Dolls and Toys Coming to Retailers This Fall

Justin Bieber Dolls and Toys Coming to Retailers This Fall

Bravado Partners with The Bridge Direct to Launch Exclusive New Line of Collectible Figures, Toys and Plush based on the Chart-Topping Recording Artist and Songwriter Justin Bieber

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bravado, the world's leading global music merchandising company, and The Bridge Direct, Inc., a global children's consumer products sourcing and supply chain management company led by toy industry veteran Jay Foreman, announced today that they have entered into a partnership to launch an exclusive line of collectible dolls, singing dolls, toys and plush based on the music, concerts and personal style of the critically-acclaimed, chart-topping recording artist, songwriter and teenage superstar, Justin Bieber. The announcement was made by Tom Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Bravado, and Jay Foreman, President and CEO of The Bridge Direct.

The new Justin Bieber toy line will debut holiday 2010 with the JB Style Collection Figures (SRP $17.99), Justin Bieber Music Video Collection Singing Figures (SRP $27.99) that each "sing" a portion of one of Justin's most popular hit songs and come with fun accessories, In Concert Microphones (SRP $14.99) that play two of Justin's hit songs with cool sound effects, and the cuddly and collectible Signature Plush (SRP $7.99).

"We are delighted to be working with Jay and his team at The Bridge Direct," stated Tom Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of Bravado.

"We're thrilled to be working with Bravado to create authentic products that Justin's millions of fans will surely love," said Jay Foreman, President and CEO of The Bridge. "My experience with celebrity-themed toys based on hugely popular musical artists like the Spice Girls, Britney Spears and Disney's Hannah Montana has given me the ability to bring these must-have products to market for fans just in time for the holiday gift giving season."

Members of the media will be given a first look at the Justin Bieber toys today at the annual Time to Play Holiday Showcase in New York City. The products are expected to be available in major mass retailers on or before December 4, 2010 and will begin to be available for pre-sale orders online starting this week, so fans can reserve their dolls early. For more information on the Justin Bieber toy line, please visit www.justinbiebertoys.com.

About Bravado

Bravado, the only global, 360 degrees full service merchandise company, develops and markets high-quality licensed merchandise to a world-wide audience. The company works closely with new & established entertainment clients, creating innovative products carefully tailored to each artist or brand. Product is sold on live tours, via selected retail outlets and through web-based stores. Bravado also licenses rights to an extensive network of third party licensees around the world. The company maintains offices in London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney. Now under the Universal Music Group umbrella, Bravado is able to leverage a global sales and distribution network from the world's largest record company, as well as the group's significant marketing strength. In addition to Justin Bieber, Bravado artists include The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Beyonce, No Doubt, Nickelback, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Elton John, Guns 'N Roses, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Green Day and The Killers, among many others.

About The Bridge

The Bridge Direct, Inc. is a global children's consumer products sourcing and supply chain management company that provides strategic support and resources to licensors, manufacturers, retailers and distributors. The Bridge's services include product development, manufacturing, line planning and management, branding, sourcing, quality control and supply chain management, as well as financial, administrative and sales support. Upcoming product lines from The Bridge include: Zhu Zhu Pets(TM) plush, figures and playsets, Bobby Jack toys and novelties, Busytown vehicles and playsets, and the Justin Bieber toys. To find out more about The Bridge, please visit www.thebridgedirect.com.

SOURCE Bravado

Bravado

CONTACT: Peter LoFrumento, or Maria Ho-Burge, maria.ho-burge@umusic.com, both of Universal Music Group, +1-212-331-2569

Web Site: http://www.thebridgedirect.com


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VH1 Save the Music Foundation to Honor Julie Andrews at the 2010 Gala Presented by LG Mobile Phones

VH1 Save the Music Foundation to Honor Julie Andrews at the 2010 Gala Presented by LG Mobile Phones

EVENING TO FEATURE A TRIBUTE TO THE 45TH ANNIVERSARY OF RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN'S THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND AN ONLINE AUCTION

Gala To Be Held at Cipriani Wall Street Honoring John Legend, John Mayer and The ASCAP Foundation and Featuring A Special Performance By Natasha Bedingfield

NEW YORK, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, November 8th, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will honor, a living legend, Julie Andrews along with previously announced Grammy® Award Winners John Legend, John Mayer and The ASCAP Foundation. Paul Williams, the legendary songwriter, and now president of ASCAP, will accept on behalf of the Foundation. Natasha Bedingfield, a member of the VH1 Save the Music Alumni Ambassador Group is scheduled to perform. The program for the evening will celebrate music as universal language that shapes our life stories and include a special tribute to the 45th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

"The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is delighted to honor Julie Andrews at our 2010 Gala," said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "To have the opportunity to celebrate such an incredible talent and individual is a privilege and we are thrilled to have her take part in what will be an unforgettable evening. She joins fellow honorees John Mayer, John Legend and The ASCAP Foundation who have all generously given their time, talent and money to advance the Foundation's mission of ensuring that no child be denied the opportunity to receive a complete music education."

No one captures the joy of teaching music to children more perfectly than Julie Andrews in her unforgettable role as Maria von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Ms. Andrews has served as a passionate advocate of arts and literacy throughout her career. A 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree, Ms. Andrews has dedicated herself to positively affecting the lives of children everywhere through her work on stage, screen, television, and through her "voice" as a successful author and publisher of 30 children's books through her Julie Andrews Collection. Broadway royalty since her debut in 1953, Ms. Andrews is the recipient of multiple awards including an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and an Emmy. Best known for her memorable roles in The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady and Camelot, Ms. Andrews has achieved multi-generational appeal with the releases of The Princess Diaries, Shrek 2, 3 and 4, The Tooth Fairy and this summer's mega-hit, Despicable Me.

In response to receiving the honour from the VH1 Save The Music Foundation, Ms. Andrews said, "My passion for music, the arts and literacy has been a life-long endeavor.... and the ability to play in those sand boxes professionally has given me such joy. With the state of the economy as it is and the cutbacks impacting the arts, it is now more important than ever that we aggressively preserve the ability for our youth to benefit from all that music, the arts and literacy has to afford. I am truly honored."

To mark the 45th Anniversary of the most popular movie musical of all time, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company - will present an exclusive online auction to benefit VH1 Save The Music, entitled "My Favorite Things" inspired by one of The Sound of Music's signature tunes. The auction will be held in conjunction with VH1 Save The Music's 2010 Gala and feature fantastic experiential packages, including meet & greets with new and alumni Ambassadors and artists who support the Foundation's mission, an exclusive Cirque du Soleil ticket package to Wintuk and Viva Elvis and a Broadway show package with tickets to Memphis and Jersey Boys along with a cast meet & greet. The online auction will kick off at: charitybuzz.com/myfavoritethings on November 3rd, continuing through November 23rd. Guests at the Gala will also be able to bid electronically during the cocktail reception. VH1 Save The Music's Ambassadors include: Beyonce, Natasha Bedingfield, Ne-Yo, Nick Lachey, Mandy Moore, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, Fall Out Boy, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, Chrisette Michele, Chris Webber, Venus Williams, The Fray, Jamie Foxx, 3 Doors Down, Gavin DeGraw, Tamia and John Rzeznik.

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation's 2010 Gala Honorees join an esteemed group of past honorees that include Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Grammy award- winning superstar, Mariah Carey, NAMM, the International Music Products Association, and Founder and Vice Chairman of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation John Sykes. The night will celebrate the Foundation's ongoing commitment to ensuring that a greater number of students receive a comprehensive music education and is sponsored by LG Mobile Phones, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Anheuser-Busch, GREY GOOSE® Vodka, HP, JetBlue Airways, and is supported by The James New York Hotel, DJ Vice, Skam Artist Entertainment, Mr. Boddington's Studio and Yak Pak.

For opportunities on how to participate in the VH1 Save The Music Foundation's 2010 Gala or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.vh1savethemusic.com/gala2010 or call 212.846.7416.

About The VH1 Save the Music Foundation:

The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $45 million in new musical instruments to 1,700 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.4 million children. With the support of people across the country and the 2010-2011 Ambassador Class including: OneRepublic, Chrisette Michele, Nick Lachey, Mandy Moore, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Mraz, Fall Out Boy, Colbie Caillat, it is The Foundation's renewed commitment to donate one hundred million dollars worth of new musical instruments to ensure that even a greater number of students receive a comprehensive music education in the coming decade. Get involved and learn more at www.vh1savethemusic.com.

About Julie Andrews:

Julie Andrews has been a beloved and much-honored star of stage, screen and television for more than half a century. She was already a Broadway legend when she made her feature film debut in 1964's "Mary Poppins." Andrews' iconic performance in the title role of the magical nanny brought her an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award. The following year she received another Academy Award nomination for her role as Maria von Trapp in THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Today's young film audiences may be more familiar with Andrews as a queen trying to train her teenaged granddaughter to be a princess in the hit films, "The Princess Diaries," and its sequel, "The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement." Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits "Shrek 2," and "Shrek the Third." In addition to her stage and screen work, Julie has dedicated her life to her family and to serving important causes, including Operation USA, an international relief organization and served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Ms. Andrews received her honors as a Dame of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve 1999. She was also a 2001 Kennedy Center Honoree. For more about Ms. Andrews and her collection, please go to www.julieandrewscollection.com.

About The Sound of Music:

Considered by many to be the most successful movie musical in history, "The Sound of Music" took home five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, in 1965. Its first release lasted over 4 1/2 years. It is shown annually on network television; has been released for home entertainment on VHS, Laser Disc, DVD and has recently been digitally remastered and restored for its high definition Blu-ray Disc debut November 2; unites new fans and old through the amazing SINGALONG SOUND OF MUSIC events nationwide; and the soundtrack CD (also getting a special 45th Anniversary edition release from Sony/Legacy on November 2) is one of the best selling soundtracks of all time, having gone Platinum more than 12 times. Its landmark score includes some of the most beloved songs in the American songbook including "My Favorite Things," "Edelweiss," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Do Re Mi," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," and the title song.

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC:

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

About Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company:

Founded by the legendary team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and headquartered in New York City, Rodgers & Hammerstein: An Imagem Company owns the rights to the world's most popular stage and film musicals, including OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, THE KING AND I and THE SOUND OF MUSIC. As an agency, R&H encompasses a music publishing company; a concert rental library; and a theatrical licensing branch that collectively represent more than 12,000 songs, 900 concert pieces, 200 writers, and 100 musicals, including works by Irving Berlin, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Guettel, Rodgers & Hart, Kern & Hammerstein, and many more. For more: www.rnh.com.

SOURCE VH1 Save the Music Foundation

VH1 Save the Music Foundation

CONTACT: Nick Carcaterra, Susan Blond, Inc., +1-212-333-7728, ext. 126, nickc@susanblondinc.com

Web Site: http://www.vh1savethemusic.com


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