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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Deadly Dog Puts the Phat Back Into Home Entertainment

Deadly Dog Puts the Phat Back Into Home Entertainment

NEWPORT, England, February 1/PRNewswire/ --

- Parent Company Deadly Dog Today Announced The Recent Launch of its New
Online Community, Digital Lard, Tagged as the "Highest Calorie Website on the

Digital Lard is not about food. It's a well-stocked larder of the best
news and reviews on current digital movie releases, music downloads, and

Born out of its DVD based predecessor,, the new website was
launched at the beginning of the year by its founder Stephen Kinsey and core
team members Steve Peto and Kirk Siddals. Their vision is to provide an
all-encompassing digital entertainment resource for those with a love of
movies, games or music.

Digital Lard's weighty news and review menu includes movie formats such
as DVD, UMD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray as well as cinema release news. The Games
section covers console and PC games and the Music section is replete with
information on the tastiest online downloads as well as currently released
CDs. Features of Digital Lard brought forward from the previous site include
a forum, which is best described as a virtual Internet café where members can
plug in and discuss the latest offerings in the home entertainment industry.

However, from its beginnings, Digital Lard was designed for easy
expansion. Kirk Siddals, the news editor and moderator of Digital Lard,
describes himself as "a keen Internet bargain hunter." An innovative feature
of the new website is Digital Lard's price watch facility, which not only
helps registered members find the best online digital media prices but also
allows them to specify how much they want to pay and notifies them when the
price falls within their budget.

"I guess the idea came from the fact that some of my longest visiting
members were avid bargain hunters, but they did have to research other sites
to find the best prices," Kinsey explained. "It seemed like a logical step to
try and provide those services for our members."

A dedicated shopping section completes the Digital Lard community. A
weekly newsletter and xml/rss feeds keep the Digital Lard community up to

Details on all features of Digital Lard can be found on site at

About Deadly Dog: Deadly Dog is the parent company of Digital Lard and
the originator of several other sites that focus on digital media including
Blogger's Haven and Digital

About Digital Lard: Digital Lard is an online entertainment resource from Our aim is to provide a complete information and review site
for all types of Digital Entertainment.


For Press Only: Contact: Deadly Dog - 7 Cemaes Road, Croespenmaen, Newport, Gwent, UK, NP11 3GQ. Tel: +44-07930-601089, Email: or

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ULDAGE Releases Patent Pool License for Japanese Digital Broadcasting Standards (ARIB Standards)

ULDAGE Releases Patent Pool License for Japanese Digital Broadcasting Standards (ARIB Standards)

TOKYO, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- ULDAGE Inc. announced today that the Patent Pool License for ARIB Standards (ARIB Essential Patent License) is now available. The License includes essential patents owned by France Telecom, Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, and Victor Company of Japan, Limited.

The above companies have finally agreed on the following terms of license for launching the license program: manufacturers or distributors of digital broadcasting devices shall pay, for instance, JPY 200 per unit for television set receiving digital BS, CS and terrestrial broadcasting; JPY 100 per unit for television set receiving digital terrestrial broadcasting only; JPY 50 per unit for mobile terminal receiving digital terrestrial broadcasting called One Seg only.

Technology transition from analog to digital has made the patent issues more complicated. The ARIB Essential Patent License will simplify it by licensing as a package multiple essential patents held by multiple patent holders under fair and reasonable conditions. ULDAGE Inc. believes that the establishment of this license scheme will help manufacturers and distributors ensure stable supply of digital broadcasting devices.

ULDAGE Inc. welcomes having additional holders of essential patents and hopes that this patent license program will expand further.

About ULDAGE Inc.

ULDAGE Inc., registered in Imperial Tower, 1-1-1 Uchisaiwai-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, is a joint venture company established by Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Sharp Corporation, Sony Corporation and Victor Company of Japan, Limited, for the purpose of promoting and administering joint license programs. ULDAGE Inc. will provide royalty operation service, license administration service and market research service necessary for administration of joint license programs.

Yoshihide Nakamura (President and CEO)
Phone: +81-3-3500-1572
Fax: +81-3-3500-1573

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The Mtn. Debuts New Lineup

The Mtn. Debuts New Lineup

News & Analysis, Olympic Sports and Stats Programs

Football Recruiting, Basketball, Swimming and Track Features

DENVER, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mtn., the television home for Mountain West Conference (MWC) athletics, is debuting several new shows, Kim Carver, Vice President and General Manager, announced today.

The new series are: "Around the Mountain," a news and analysis roundtable; "Mountain Peak Performances," highlighting Olympic sports; and "It's a Numbers Game," focusing on statistics. In addition, special features will focus on football recruiting, basketball, swimming and track.

"With the start of a new semester, The Mtn. is bringing fans deeper, more innovative coverage," said Carver. The lineup includes:

* Around the Mountain -- Hosted by Tim Neverett with a rotating panel of
sports journalists and radio personalities from across the MWC, this
weekly program features analysis, and debate. Tuesdays at
6:30 p.m. MT, with re-airings thereafter.

* Mountain Peak Performances -- Every Wednesday host Anne Marie Anderson
puts the spotlight on the athletes and coaches for Olympic sports like
softball, track, golf, and swimming. Premieres February 14 at
6:15 p.m. MT.

* It's a Numbers Game -- Scott Sarra takes viewers beyond the box scores
and record books to quantify the plays and momentum of conference
action every Wednesday at 6 p.m. MT, live event schedule permitting,
with re-airings thereafter.

* Football Recruiting -- Hosts James Bates and Tim Neverett preview the
2007 football season and review the incoming players who have signed
with MWC schools. Premiering February 8 at 9 p.m. MT.

* 2007 Basketball Awards -- Coverage of the MWC 2007 basketball awards,
with highlights from regular season play, awards coverage, and
tournament analysis by experts. Premiering March 5 at 7 p.m. MT.

* Championship Specials -- The Mtn. spotlights swimming, diving and
indoor track and field championships with previews and recaps.
Previews premiere on February 16 at 8 p.m. MT for swimming and
8:30 p.m. MT for track, and review shows on March 2 at 8 and
8:30 p.m. MT respectively.

The Mtn. launched on September 1, 2006, bringing coverage of the entire MWC with more than 200 sporting events. The MWC is comprised of nine NCAA Division I institutions: Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, San Diego State University, TCU, UNLV, University of New Mexico, University of Utah and University of Wyoming.

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CONTACT: Tim Fitzpatrick, +1-215-952-7086,, for The Mtn.

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BET Networks Helps Viewers Find Greatness Through Inspiration

BET Networks Helps Viewers Find Greatness Through Inspiration

Black History Month Vignettes Feature an All-Star Lineup of Entertainers Paying Tribute To Legends Who Paved The Way And Inspired Us All

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- BET Networks, the leading provider of media and entertainment for African Americans and consumers of Black culture on a global basis, pays tribute to historical figures in Black history with the single theme, "Be Inspired," resonating through BET, BET J and and extending from on-air vignettes into print and online campaigns.

Each on-air vignette has a contemporary all-black setting that draws the viewer in and focuses on celebrities who tell how historical legends in Black history inspired and paved the way for others. Shot in Los Angeles at the Miahaus Studios, the sleek, simple concept features an all-star lineup of contemporary entertainers paying tribute to legends in music, entertainment, human rights, and art. BET Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing, Kelli Lawson, created the concept and her Creative Services team executed the production under the Direction of Creative Director and Executive Producer Ava Hall-Mattison, and Director, Bernard Dixon.

"At BET, where we celebrate Black culture and achievements every day, we felt that the 'Be Inspired' theme connects viewers and motivates them to create their own history to inspire others," said Kelli Lawson, Executive Vice President of Corporate Marketing.

Featured in these vignettes are R&B singer Omarion; actor and star of THE WIRE, Wood Harris; gospel singers Erica Campbell and Tonex; R&B singer Mario, American Idol winner Fantasia; R&B singer and actor Chris Brown; and Academy Award winning actor, Cuba Gooding Jr. who each pay tribute to a host of Black legends including the Nicholas Brothers, Coretta Scott King, James Brown, and James Van Der Zee among others.

Coinciding with the "Be Inspired" theme of Black History Month is a lineup of BET and BET J programming and online content on this February that connects with the Black experience on a number of levels from powerful gospel to human inspiration and triumph to unapologetic examinations into the people, music and events currently shaping popular culture.

The following is a look at more special programming for February's Black History Month schedule on BET Networks:


CELEBRATION OF GOSPEL -- This year's event features stirring performances and moving renditions by some of today's hottest and most talented artists from the worlds of gospel and R&B. Hosted by Steve Harvey. Special tribute honoree: Tyler Perry. Also featuring: Kirk Franklin, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Fantasia, Coko (SWV), Lil Mo, Dr. Bobby Jones, Yolanda Adams, Smokie Norful, Fred Hammond, Blair Underwood, Louis Gossett Jr., Kelly Price, and Tonex. Saturday, February 3 at 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday, February 7 at 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 18 at 10:00 a.m. ET/PT.

THE TOP 25 EVENTS THAT (MIS)SHAPED BLACK AMERICA -- BET is at it again with another sure-to-cause-conflict, Top 25 special not to be missed. Join the "King of Controversy" Paul Mooney as he profiles the TOP 25 EVENTS THAT (MIS) SHAPED BLACK AMERICA. Brace yourselves -- BET is about to publicly air out dirty laundry with topics and issues people are afraid to discuss. BET's TOP 25 EVENTS THAT (MIS) SHAPED BLACK AMERICA features comical insight from pop culture critics Margeaux Watson, Toure, Emil Wilbekin, and Lola Oguinnaike; actresses Megan Goode and Debbie Allen; entertainment lawyer Londell McMillian; celebrity publicist Marvet Britto; New York radio personality Miss Info; R&B crooner Mario, and many others. Tuesday, February 20 at 10:00 p.m.; Thursday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, February 25 at 12:00 p.m.; Tuesday, February 27 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

ONE NIGHT ONLY MARATHON -- Catch up on all 5 episodes leading up to the suspense-filled series finale in this inspiring reality docu-soap. Follow six high school kids and their drama teacher in New Orleans' McDonogh 35 High School as they race to mount the "Dreamgirls" play in the aftermath and the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. This series features guest appearances from recent Golden Globe Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated star of the hit movie, Jennifer Hudson, actor Blair Underwood, celebrity couple Dwayne Martin and Tisha Campbell Martin, American Idol finalist Paris Bennett, Tony Award- winning choreographer George Faison and TLC host and celebrity makeup artist Damone Roberts. Saturday, February 24 from 7:30 p.m. - 11: 00 p.m. ET/PT.

ONE NIGHT ONLY (SERIES FINALE) -- In the series finale, there are only a few hours left until curtain call. Everyone is arriving at the auditorium: the Mayor, the Governor, Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Jennifer Hudson, David Geffen, Bill Condon, BET executives and DreamWorks and Momentum Entertainment executives. Can the cast pull it off? Fame Comes and Goes, Stars Rise, but Dreams Live Forever! Tuesday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.

HIP-HOP HISTORY WEEKEND: For more than two decades, BET has been the voice of hip-hop lifestyle and culture, which has become the dominant music and aesthetic of young America; driving almost every aspect of the world's popular culture. This February, BET explores the rap art form and hip-hop lifestyle with a series of documentary films. Tupac Shakur: Thug Angel. Friday, February 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT; The MC: This is Why We Do It. Saturday, February 24 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT; Black & Blue: Legends of the Hip-Hop Cop. Sunday, February 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET/PT; The Art of 16 Bars. Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET/PT.


MILES ELECTRIC: A DIFFERENT KIND OF BLUE -- This music special examines the dynamic life and sounds of legendary musician, Miles Davis. Directed by award-winning producer Murray Lerner, he sits down with several performers who have worked and played with the late artist, including Carlos Santana and Joni Mitchell, who describe the impact Miles Davis had on today's music. Sunday, February 4 at 2:00 p.m. ET/PT.

BLACK STORIES -- Don't miss the riveting and thought-provoking short film showcase spotlighting up-and-coming filmmakers and embracing the Black experience. Unflinching short stories and shocking tales will undoubtedly entertain viewers while evoking an array of emotions with this edgy short film series. Monday, February 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

MASTERS OF AMERICAN MUSIC SERIES -- Through historical footage highlighting performances and intimate accounts from their fellow musicians and family, this BET J favorite gives viewers an appreciation of these musical icons' contributions to Black music! Featured artist: Billy Holiday. Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m.; Featured artist: Louis Armstrong. Sunday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.; Featured Artist: John Coltrane. Sunday, February 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET/PT.

BET J HISTORY MAKERS -- Each half-hour program explores the dynamic lives of prominent individuals like Susan L. Taylor, Nikki Giovani, Angela Davis and Reverend Al Sharpton, who often overcame challenges to achieve their success. Viewers learn and appreciate the untold stories of our unsung Black American history makers who have persevered through success, faith and courage. A profile on various "history makers" SUCCESS: Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m.; A profile on various "history makers" FAITH: Tuesday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m.; A profile on various "history makers" COURAGE: Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT.


During the entire month of February, will feature results from a recent study on the best cities for Black Americans and profiles on cities critical to the Civil Rights Movement including Memphis, Birmingham and Atlanta. Visitors to the site can also test their knowledge of Black history with interactive quizzes and trivia games and view a calendar of Black History events around the county.

For complete details and programming listings for Black History Month, please visit


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 according to Nielsen media research, and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop -- combine to serve a broader and more diverse audience than the core network. is a leading 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. Finally, BET International delivers BET content to the consumers of Black culture around the world.

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WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio to Present First 'Worldspace Honours' Live From Abbey Road Studios

WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio to Present First 'Worldspace Honours' Live From Abbey Road Studios

Inaugural Satellite Radio Awards, Live BRIT Awards Coverage and 'UPop@Abbey Road Sessions' Make Subscribers Fall in Love with WORLDSPACE in February

SILVER SPRING, Md., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Inaugural "WORLDSPACE Honours," "UPop@Abbey Road Sessions," live coverage of the 2007 BRIT Awards, exclusive artist interviews and performances, and on-air features on WORLDSPACE(R) Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:WRSP), one of the world leaders in satellite-based digital radio services, provide subscribers with a unique, personalized listening experience throughout the month of February.

WORLDSPACE will kick off "Honours Week" with its own inaugural satellite radio awards show, WORLDSPACE Honours, on Feb. 12 live from Studio 2 at Abbey Road, the legendary recording studio of The Beatles. WORLDSPACE Honours will be the first satellite radio award show to recognize music and artistic contribution by artists from more than 20 musical genres represented on WORLDSPACE channels ranging from Up Country to Jhankaar and The System to Shruti. The honorees will be chosen by WORLDSPACE's executive selection committee made up of programming staff from each of the 20 channels represented.

"WORLDSPACE Honours presents a completely new format for satellite music awards and was created to reflect the diversity of our music programming, the expertise of our staff, and the broad range of preferences of our subscribers," said William Sabatini, vice president of global programming, WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio. "We are also thrilled to be announcing our choices for the WORLDSPACE Honours, live from the prestigious Abbey Road Studios."

WORLDSPACE's Ted Kelly, vice president of content marketing and Velu Shankar, director of network programming for WORLDSPACE India, will host the awards show and will announce this year's 23 honourees. Specialty programming is being created by the Company to showcase each artist and will include interviews, career highlights, background information and their music. Subscribers can listen throughout the day for all honourees and can tune in to their favorite WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio channel from Feb. 16-19, when each honouree's works will be showcased throughout the weekend.

Subscribers can get and can get more information about the WORLDSPACE Honours and their favorite honourees beginning Feb. 12 at

"Honours Week" will also feature the second annual "UPop @ Abbey Road Sessions" which will officially kick off with the Honours Award Show on Feb. 12 and run through Feb. 15. The sessions will feature four days of exclusive performances and recording sessions from some of yesterday's and today's hottest stars, live from Abbey Road Studio 2. Additionally, WORLDSPACE will again host the global broadcast of Europe's biggest music event -- the BRIT Awards -- on Feb. 14. The live broadcast will feature exclusive backstage and red carpet interviews, celebrity appearances and performances by more than a dozen superstars.

With more than 40 channels of music, news, sports and information, WORLDSPACE Satellite Radio offers something for everyone, in every community, in every country in its coverage area.

New shows and content for February include:

Date Channel Program Time

Feb 12 UPop WORLDSPACE "Honours" Award Check local
Show featuring nominees and listings
categories from more than 20
musical genres. Acceptance
speeches and live

Feb 14 UPop "From Abbey Road with Love" - Check local
A Valentine's Day celebration listings
of The Beatles 'LOVE' CD. Lead
up to the BRIT Awards.

Feb 14 UPop The BRIT Awards 2007 - live Check local
broadcast of the awards listings
including backstage interviews,
pre-show interviews from the
red carpet and live performances.

Feb 12 - 15 UPop UPop Sessions @ Abbey Road - Check local
four days of exclusive listings
performances and live
recording sessions by some
of the hottest stars from the
legendary recording studio of
The Beatles

Feb 16-19 All Special programming featuring Check local
Participating the first ever WORLDSPACE listings
Channels Honours

About WORLDSPACE(R) Satellite Radio

Based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Worldspace, Inc. (NASDAQ:WRSP) is the world's only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WORLDSPACE delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner.

WORLDSPACE subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WORLDSPACE content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio UK, NDTV and RFI. The WORLDSPACE satellites cover two-thirds of the earth's population with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WORLDSPACE Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere in its coverage areas. WORLDSPACE is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, visit

Forward-looking Statements

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations or beliefs about future events and financial, political and social trends and assumptions it has made based on information currently available to it. The Company cannot assure that any expectations, forecasts or assumptions made by management in preparing these forward-looking statements will prove accurate, or that any projections will be realized. Such forward-looking statements may be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks or uncertainties. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein. Forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

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CONTACT: Judith Pryor of WORLDSPACE, +1-301-960-1242, or Dan Martin of Brodeur, +1-617-585-2780,

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Starz InBlack Recognizes Black History Month With Month-Long Celebration Featuring Films From a Different Decade Every Night in February

Starz InBlack Recognizes Black History Month With Month-Long Celebration Featuring Films From a Different Decade Every Night in February

Commemorates 10th Anniversary This February With the Starz Original 'Conversations'

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz InBlack, the first and only premium movie channel dedicated to meet the entertainment choices of African Americans, will celebrate Black History Month with a diverse array of films from the decades of the '70s, '80s, '90s up to the present each week, beginning on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. A movie from the decade of the week will air every night at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

"Our objective was to feature a diverse array of entertaining and enlightening programming that focuses on Black cinema from the last four decades," said Stephan Shelanski, senior vice president of programming for Starz Entertainment. "With our vast library of films we created a month-long presentation of some of the best films from the 70's, 80's, 90's and today."

In addition to celebrating Black History Month, Starz InBlack will celebrate its 10th anniversary with the premiere of "Conversations," a revealing original show featuring intimate conversations with African American celebrities and the people who influenced them, on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:45 p.m. (ET/PT). In "Conversations" the informal interviews between the stars discuss events in the African American community during the past 10 years and what issues will be important in the next decade. The stars share their inspirations, challenges and triumphs. They discuss issues including diversity in the industry, stereotypes and provide insight about some of the issues that will be important in the years to come.

The movies featured throughout the month begin every night 8 p.m. (ET/PT) beginning Monday, Feb. 5. The line-up features:

Decade of Movies from the '70s - Week of Feb. 5
* The Landlord 2/5 - (Beau Bridges, Pearl Bailey, Diana Sands)
* A.K.A. Cassius Clay 2/6 - (Muhammad Ali, Richard Kiley, Malcolm X)
* Cotton Comes to Harlem 2/7 - (Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques,
Calvin Lockhart)
* Black Mama, White Mama 2/8 - (Pam Grier, Margaret Markov, Sid Haig)
* Black Caesar 2/9 - (Fred Williamson, Art Lund, Gloria Hendry)
* Scream Blacula Scream 2/10 - (William Marshall, Pam Grier, Don
* They Call Me Mister Tibbs! 2/11 - (Sidney Poitier, Martin Landau,
Barbara McNair)

Decade of Movies from the '80s - Week of Feb. 12:
* Bustin' Loose 2/12 - (Richard Pryor, Cicely Tyson, Robert Christian)
* School Daze 2/13 - (Laurence Fishburne, Giancarlo Esposito, Tisha
* Hollywood Shuffle 2/14 - (Robert Townsend, Anne-Marie Johnson,
Starletta Dupois)
* The Brother from Another Planet 2/15 - (Joe Morton, Darryl Edwards,
Steve James)
* Brewster's Millions 2/16 - (Richard Pryor, John Candy, Lonette McKee)
* Driving Miss Daisy 2/17 - (Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy, Dan Aykroyd)
* Tap 2/18 - (Gregory Hines, Sammy Davis Jr., Suzzane Douglas)

Decade of Movies from the '90s - Week of Feb. 19
* The Five Heartbeats 2/19 - (Robert Townsend, Michael Wright, Leon)
* Beloved 2/20 - (Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton)
* Fresh 2/21 - (Sean Nelson, Giancarlo Esposito, Samuel L. Jackson)
* Crooklyn 2/22 - (Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly)
* The Crying Game 2/23 - (Stephen Rea, Miranda Richardson, Forest
* Enemy of the State 2/24 - (Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight)
* Eddie 2/25 - (Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Langella, Dennis Farina)

Decade of Movies from 2000 and beyond - Week of Feb. 26
* Hitch 2/26 - (Will Smith, Kevin James, Eva Mendes)
* Freedomland 2/27 - (Samuel L. Jackson, Julianne Moore, Edie Falco)
* Are We There Yet? 2/28 - (Ice Cube, Nia Long, Philip Bolden)
* Mindhunters 3/1 - (Val Kilmer, LL Cool J, Christian Slater)
* Annapolis 3/2 - (James Franco, Tyrese Gibson)
* Blade: Trinity 3/3 - (Wesley Snipes, Jessica Biel)
* The Gospel 3/4 - (Yolanda Adams, Boris Kodjoe)

Starz InBlack is culturally connected. The source for the biggest, coolest movies and urban entertainment.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) brands with approximately 14.9 million and 26.6 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Starz On Demand and Vongo(SM). Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation that is attributed to Liberty Capital Group.

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Starz Entertainment Starz Entertainment
720.852.5838 720.852.6269

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Sinclair Responds to Senators' Letter to FCC Regarding Mediacom Negotiation

Sinclair Responds to Senators' Letter to FCC Regarding Mediacom Negotiation

BALTIMORE, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SBGI) today sent the attached letter to U.S. Senators, Daniel Inouye and Ted Stevens, Chairmen of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in response to a letter the Senators sent yesterday to Kevin Martin, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission regarding the negotiations between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Mediacom Communications Corp. (NASDAQ:MCCC) over carriage of Sinclair's television stations.

The impacted stations are:

Des Moines/Ames (KDSM-FOX), Cedar Rapids (KGAN-CBS), Mobile-Pensacola (WEAR-ABC/WFGX-MNT), Peoria/Bloomington (WYZZ-FOX), Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville (WLOS-ABC/WMYA-MNT), Lexington (WDKY-FOX), Madison (WMSN-FOX), Nashville (WZTV-FOX/WUXP-MNT/WNAB-CW), Minneapolis (WUCW- CW), Paducah/Cape Girardeau (KBSI-FOX/WDKA-MNT), Springfield/Champaign/Decatur (WICS-ABC/WICD-ABC), St. Louis (KDNL-ABC), Tallahassee (WTWC-NBC), Birmingham (WTTO-CW/WABM-MNT), Norfolk (WTVZ-MNT) and Milwaukee (WCGV-MNT/WVTV-CW).

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies, currently owns and operates, programs or provides sales services to 58 television stations in 36 markets. Sinclair's television group reaches approximately 22% of U.S. television households and is affiliated with all the major networks.

The following is Sinclair's letter to the Chairmen of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation in response to a letter the Senators sent yesterday to Kevin Martin, Chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission regarding the negotiations between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Mediacom Communications Corp. over carriage of Sinclair's television stations.

January 31, 2007

The Honorable Daniel K. Inouye, Chairman
The Honorable Ted Stevens, Vice Chairman
The United States Senate
Committee on Commerce, Science and
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senators Inouye and Stevens:

I have received a copy of the letter, dated yesterday, that you both sent to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin regarding the negotiations between Sinclair Broadcast Group and Mediacom. While I share your frustration that these negotiations have not resulted in an agreement, I do ask that you keep the following points in mind in your consideration of this issue:

1. 47 USC Section 325(b)(i), the most applicable Federal law on this subject provides that "[n]o cable system or other multichannel programming distributor shall retransmit the signal of a broadcasting station, or any part thereof, except with the express authority of the originating station."

2. Allowing Mediacom the right to retransmit the signals of Sinclair's stations without Sinclair's consent, whether through binding arbitration or otherwise, would be tantamount to removing the need for Mediacom to obtain Sinclair's consent, in direct contravention of the statute cited above governing retransmission consent.

3. The only ruling that has been made by the FCC to date on this matter is one in which the FCC concluded, after a thorough review of the record, that Sinclair has acted in a completely lawful manner during negotiations with Mediacom.

4. Virtually all residents in the markets where Mediacom historically retransmitted the signals of Sinclair stations have alternative means for watching these stations, whether through free over-the-air delivery or from one of Mediacom's direct competitors, such as DirecTV, the Dish Network or McLeod USA (a cable overbuilder which serves many of the same residents of Cedar Rapids, Iowa as does Mediacom), all of which were able to negotiate for the right to carry the Sinclair stations without any need for government intervention.

5. A primary intent of Congress in enacting the retransmission consent laws contained in the 1992 Cable Act was to allow broadcasters to be paid by cable operators consistent with the manner in which owners of cable-only channels were compensated. Fifteen years later this intent is only now starting to be realized and only as a result of broadcasters being willing to take the position that their signal cannot be retransmitted in the absence of adequate compensation.

While I can appreciate your desire to make sure that the public is not inconvenienced by this situation, I hope you can understand the danger of suggesting the government should order private parties to enter into an agreement when they are not able to reach agreement on their own. Although the laws surrounding retransmission consent imposes on the parties an obligation to negotiate in good faith (something Sinclair has been found to have done), the laws clearly do not require an agreement to be reached. Moreover, the laws also expressly contemplate that consistent with all private negotiations (whether personal or business), the government cannot order the parties to reach agreement. Requiring Sinclair to submit to binding arbitration and to accept a result therefrom with which Sinclair does not agree would not only be contrary to the intent of the 1992 Cable Act but, would be the equivalent of allowing Mediacom to retransmit the signals of Sinclair's stations without Sinclair's consent. The law does not permit such a result.

Finally, I would like to make you aware that I believe that any suggestion, such as the one contained in your letter, that government intervention will be forthcoming has had a chilling effect on the ability of the parties to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on their own. Unfortunately it appears that Mediacom's interest in reaching agreement has been tempered by a belief that it need not complete a deal because the government will step in to remedy such a failure. Accordingly, I respectfully suggest that the best way to increase the likelihood that the free market for negotiations will yield a successful result would be for Mediacom to understand that, consistent with the clear intent of 47 USC Section 325(b)(i), it will only be permitted to retransmit the signals of Sinclair's television stations if it (and not the government) obtains Sinclair's express authority to do so.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this issue with me in greater detail, please let me know.

Sincerely yours,

Barry M. Faber
Vice President/General Counsel

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CIDI Launches 'PSAid: Public Service Announcements for International Disasters,' 2nd Annual Film Contest

CIDI Launches 'PSAid: Public Service Announcements for International Disasters,' 2nd Annual Film Contest

U.S.-Based College and University Students Have Chance to Win More Than $20,000 Cash

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) is announcing its call for entries for its second annual public service announcement (PSA) contest, PSAid: Public Service Announcements for International Disasters. This national competition challenges U.S.-based students to create an educational 30-second television PSA that will raise awareness and rally support for correct response to international disaster relief efforts.

"We're thrilled to announce the launch of PSAid and I encourage all students to enter and take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase their creative abilities," said Suzanne Brooks, director of CIDI, who with more than 20 years experience in disaster assistance founded the organization in 1988. "It is our hope that this year's contest will produce a compelling PSA that tells our story in a fresh and imaginative way, and that will effectively help us educate Americans about why cash is the best form of international disaster relief."

PSAid asks students enrolled in a US-based college or university, including international students studying at US-based programs, to create a 30 second broadcast television PSA about CIDI to inspire and motivate the general public to support U.S. organized international disaster relief campaigns and encourage them to respond properly by giving cash donations to international disaster relief efforts.

The first-place winner will receive $12,000 cash, have his or her PSA nationally distributed to major television networks and cable channels, and otherwise earn national attention through contest promotions. The second- and third-place winners will receive $5,000 and $3,000 in cash, respectively.

Students are asked to submit their entries digitally at This interactive website not only provides students with helpful production tools such as logos, stock images, common myths and FAQs, but will also allow them to participate in the selection process by blogging about entries, posting submissions to their social network pages such as MySpace and Facebook, and ultimately voting on their top choices.

All entries will first be judged by a panel of professionals who will select five finalists. The five final entries will then be available in mid- April for viewing, voting and downloading on CIDI's web site at The general public will have one week to vote (counting 20 percent towards toward the entries total points). General public votes will be combined with the panel of professionals (80 percent of the total points) and a winner will be announced nationally on or around April 23, 2007.

This year's panel of judges includes:

* Suzanne Brooks, Founder and Director of CIDI
* Tony Stitt, USAID
* Nazik M. Salih, USAID
* Joseph A. Fredericks, USAID
* Ben Mankiewicz, Host of Turner Classic Movies
* Professor Chris Palmer, Emmy-award winning film producer
* Evan McNary, 2006 Contest Winner

Each year, thousands of people across the globe are affected by international disasters. In the past two years alone, the world has witnessed the great tsunami in Asia, earthquakes in Pakistan and Indonesia, mudslides in the Philippines, toxic dumping in Cote D'Ivoire, increased violence in the Middle East, and devastating hurricanes throughout the Caribbean, all claiming thousands of lives and forcing millions to flee their homes.

"As we face more impending disasters, what better way to help those around the world and educate the public about how best to help than enlisting our nation's youth?" asked Brooks.

For a complete set of contest rules and regulations, as well as other contest information or to submit a PSA, please visit

CIDI is based in Arlington, VA, and was created in 1988. CIDI provides individuals, groups, embassies and corporations with information and guidance in support of appropriate international disaster relief efforts. The organization works with a variety of partners to channel the public's energy and desire to help to achieve maximum impact. By reaching out to the American public and the private sector, CIDI helps to promote activities and donations that will do the most good for disaster victims around the world.

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Leonard Goldberg Named to Board of Directors of CBS Corporation

Leonard Goldberg Named to Board of Directors of CBS Corporation

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS; CBS.A) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Leonard Goldberg, one of television and film's most accomplished producers and executives, to serve on the Company's Board.

Goldberg has served as President of a major Hollywood studio, 20th Century Fox, Head of Programming at the ABC Television Network and as Head of Production for a television studio, Screen Gems (now Columbia Pictures Television). As President of 20th Century Fox in the late 80s, his studio produced the critically acclaimed, hit movies "Big," "Die Hard," "Wall Street," "Broadcast News" and "Working Girl." He also produced the hugely successful motion pictures "WarGames," "Sleeping with the Enemy," "Double Jeopardy" and "Charlie's Angels" under his own banner. While Head of Programming for the ABC Television Network, Goldberg was responsible for developing and introducing an entirely new format, the Made-For-Television Movie. He later partnered with Aaron Spelling to produce several classic series, including "Charlie's Angels," "Hart to Hart," "Starsky and Hutch" and "Fantasy Island." At Screen Gems, Goldberg set into motion production of the landmark television film "Brian's Song."

A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, Goldberg began his career at ABC in its research department before rising to become Vice President of Daytime Programming where he introduced such prototypical, highly successful shows as "The Dating Game," "The Newlywed Game" and "Dark Shadows."

CBS Corporation (NYSE:CBS.A)(NYSE:and)(NYSE:CBS) is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The Company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW -- a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime and CSTV Networks), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products) and video/ DVD (CBS Home Entertainment). For more information, log on to

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Dave Cokin Named Nevada Sportscaster of the Year

Dave Cokin Named Nevada Sportscaster of the Year

National Sports Services Sports Analyst Honored

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Dave Cokin, afternoon host at ESPN 920 in Las Vegas, has been named Nevada Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. It is the second time in three years that Cokin has taken home this prestigious award.

In addition to hosting his afternoon radio show in Las Vegas for the last 20 years, Cokin is also a professional sports analyst for National Sports Services (IGC), Inc. ( in Las Vegas. Known amongst his fans as "Smokin Dave", Cokin has been a Radio and TV fixture in Las Vegas as well as nationally since 1983.

"Dave is a tremendous sports personality in Las Vegas and I am pleased to see him get the recognition of such an award," said Jim Feist, President of National Sports Services (IGC), Inc. ( .

Dave Cokin commented, "I am naturally thrilled to have been voted the Nevada Sportscaster of the Year for a second time. To be in such company with Las Vegas Review-Journal Sports Editor and columnist Joe Hawk, who was named Nevada Sportswriter of the Year, is about as good as it gets."

Dave Cokin is now available to talk about his career in sports radio and more importantly his selection for Super Bowl XLI. To schedule an interview, please contact:

About Dave Cokin

Dave Cokin continues to make history as one of the nation's top sports gaming analysts. He is the only sports handicapper in the world who can lay claim to both major Las Vegas sports handicapping titles-the prestigious Stardust Football Challenge and the Championship at Sunset Station. Dave has been a radio/TV fixture in Las Vegas, as well as nationally, since 1983 and is currently the afternoon host on ESPN 920 in Las Vegas.

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Islamic Court Frees Iranian Teen From Death Sentence Following International Campaign Waged by Former Miss Canada

Islamic Court Frees Iranian Teen From Death Sentence Following International Campaign Waged by Former Miss Canada

TEHRAN, Iran, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- After two grueling years in prison, Iranian teen Nazanin Fatehi was released today and spared from her original death sentence following an international campaign spearheaded by former Miss World Canada Nazanin Afshin-Jam.

Emotions ran high at the entrance gate of Evin prison, where 19-year-old Nazanin Fatehi was greeted by supporters and reunited with her family. Nazanin had a very emotional reunion with her family members. She could not believe that this day had arrived. She cried in her mother's arms and embraced her siblings and father.

After she finished greeting her family, Nazanin's lawyer, Mr. Mostafaei, said that she told him that she now wants to go to school and study hard to get her life back. Soon after, Mr. Mostafaei got a phone call from some of the inmates who Nazanin met and they told him they missed her already. Her freedom was granted a few days after the required 400 million rials (approximately $43,000 USD) bail money was handed over to the court.

Most of the bail payment was raised by, a web site created by pop singer and human rights activist Nazanin Afshin-Jam. Some donations were collected in Iran, as well as a generous donation from Canadian Member of Parliament Belinda Stronach.

Fatehi was initially sentenced to death for murder by a court in Iran after she stabbed, in self-defense, one of three men who attempted to rape her and her 15-year-old niece in a park in Karaj, a suburb of Tehran, in March 2005. She was 17 at the time.

On June 1, 2006, following extensive international pressure and media coverage, Iranian Head of Judiciary Ayatollah Shahroudi announced a stay of execution and a new trial. During the new trial on January 10, 2007, the five judges presiding over the case found inconsistencies with the testimonies of the male witnesses and unanimously overturned the charge of premeditated murder.

Although the court recognized that Fatehi acted in self defense, it ruled that excessive force was used. Therefore, the court asked Fatehi to pay "diyeh" (blood money) to compensate the family of the deceased -- a judgment that her lawyers, Shadi Sadr and Mr. Mostafaei, vehemently oppose and will appeal.

Bodog Music recording artist Nazanin Afshin-Jam's relentless year-long campaign to save the life of her namesake included a petition signed by 345,000 people, numerous speeches and rallies worldwide and months on the media circuit. With the help of Mina Ahadi, head of the International Committee Against Execution, Afshin-Jam engaged and received support from Amnesty International, Canadian Members of Parliament, the European Union and the United Nations. Afshin-Jam also hosted "The Tale of Two Nazanins," a documentary funded and produced by the Calvin Ayre Foundation.

"I spoke with Nazanin Fatehi this morning. She's in good spirits and wanted me to pass on the message of how thankful she is for everyone's support," Nazanin Afshin-Jam said. "We're thrilled that she is free and reunited with her family. We must not forget the 23 other juveniles currently on death row in Iran. Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and also the Charter of the Rights of the Child, which forbid the execution of persons under the age of 18, although Iran continues to do so. We must get to the root of the problem and put pressure on the Iranian officials to change the laws once and for all."

To find out more about the case of Nazanin Mahabad Fatehi, see

For an interview with Nazanin Afshin-Jam about the case, please call media relations at 1-866-591-0217 or email at:

About Bodog Music is a division of the international digital entertainment giant With six offices worldwide, the label features a diverse and growing roster of talented musicians. Bodog Music is searching for the top unsigned band in America with "Bodog Battle of the Bands," which is taking place in 17 major markets and features more than 300 live shows. Bodog Music Founder Calvin Ayre, who is recognized as a world authority on branding in the digital entertainment industry, was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine's best-selling "Billionaires" issue in March 2006. Entertainment also includes a television production unit, an online magazine, Bodog Nation, and further properties coming soon. For more information, contact BODOG is a registered trademark of Entertainment Group.

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Ford Edge Brings the Latest Music to Fans Via Innovative Video Podcast

Ford Edge Brings the Latest Music to Fans Via Innovative Video Podcast

* Building on an unprecedented digital launch, Ford Edge is partnering with Rock River Music to launch a series of downloadable, full-length, major label music video podcasts.

* Music has been incorporated into the Edge launch and will continue with artists such as Cat Power, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolfmother and Gomez.

DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Edge launches the industry's first free music video podcasts from Cat Power, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Wolfmother and Gomez. Music fans can download this first-of-its-kind series each month at Beginning Jan. 31, customers will be able to go to the Ford Edge Web site, iTunes and other music sites to receive a series of free music videos from Ford.

"It's the first time consumers will be able to download videos for free. A television ad is only 30 seconds, but the video will be 15 minutes," says Dave Sanabria, SUV marketing communications manager for Ford. "It's more time to engage our audience and show them the all-new Edge."

Once somebody clicks on the series it will be delivered through RSS (real simple service) feed. Each month they will receive an automatic update of the series. All monthly episodes will be available for the full year.

"We are using the music to attract the demographic and bring them to the brand," says Jon Melrod, vice president of Rock River Music who is collaborating with Ford on the program. "There will be imagery that evokes what the Edge is about and links so the subscriber can view the product."

In the next couple of years, video podcasts will explode just the way audio podcasts did, says Sanabria and Ford wants to be at the forefront of the industry.

"We expect more customers to look at the Edge, but what we are really trying to do is create a community of users that is interested in the Edge and the music," says Sanabria.

About the Edge Vodcast Artists and Songs

Wolfmother - "Woman"

With their aggressive, melodic songwriting and vintage classic rock sound, Australian band Wolfmother has drawn comparisons to legendary groups like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple. The Grammy-nominated, top 10 single "Woman" comes from Wolfmother's self-titled debut album in stores now.

Cat Power - "Lived In Bars"

Indie rock chanteuse Chan Marshall, who records under the name Cat Power, delivered one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2006. Recorded in Memphis, The Greatest features an all-star cast of Southern soul musicians. The latest single, "Lived In Bars," is a prime example of Marshall's unique songwriting gift and her hauntingly beautiful vocals.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Gold Lion"

The lead single off of this year's Grammy-nominated record Show Your Bones ("Best Alternative Album") is a more polished version of the garage/art rock sound that first ignited the attention of fans and critics upon the group's debut in 2003. "Gold Lion" still packs a powerful punch, but the sinuous melody remains long after the crunch of guitars fades.

Gomez - "How We Operate"

Mercury Prize-winning UK band Gomez is quietly building a reputation as one of the finest songwriting groups in rock. The band features a stunning triple threat: three of the group's five members trade lead vocal duties depending on the song. The title track to the album How We Operate is an ageless slice of Britpop that rewards repeated spins.

About the Edge

Bold American design distinguishes the 2007 Ford Edge in the red-hot crossover utility vehicle market -- along with a dynamic driving character and innovative features. Equipped with an all-new 265-horsepower V-6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, Edge will deliver performance, quietness and fuel efficiency. Ford Edge has impressive fuel economy of 25 mpg on the highway.

About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures and distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 300,000 employees and more than 100 plants worldwide, the company's core and affiliated automotive brands include Aston Martin, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercury and Volvo. Its automotive- related services include Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford's products, please visit

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The '2007 Miss America Pageant' on CMT Soars With Younger Audience

The '2007 Miss America Pageant' on CMT Soars With Younger Audience

Miss America Pageant Reaches 7.2 Million Viewers* in Premiere and Encore Telecast

"Pageant School" Special was Sampled by Over 16 Million Viewers** Across Ten Plays on CMT, VH1 and MTV

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT, which premiered live on CMT Monday, January 29 from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT, drew a significantly younger audience, increasing its P18-24 audience by 257 percent. During that time period, CMT placed second in all of basic cable in the P18-24 demo. The median age for the 8 p.m. telecast was 43 years old, down 8 years from the 2006 Pageant.

The 8 p.m. premiere of the Pageant averaged 2.4 million viewers, making it CMT's most-watched telecast since last year's airing. Cumulatively, the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT reached 7.2 million total viewers in its two airings on Monday night.

The two-hour contestant special, PAGEANT SCHOOL: BECOMING MISS AMERICA, was seen by over 16 million viewers across ten total plays on CMT, VH1 and MTV. The special was part of an original programming blitz consisting of over nine hours of pageant-related programming designed to drive overall viewership and awareness of the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT.

In a joint statement, Sarah Brock, CMT executive producer and vice president, production, music and events; and Art McMaster, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization, said: "Introducing the Pageant to a younger audience was one of our primary goals, and we're thrilled to have delivered such a significantly younger audience in the span of just one year. The strategic play of supportive programming across CMT, MTV and VH1, combined with an updated pageant format, stellar marketing effort and the appeal of a host like Mario Lopez, all played roles in appealing to a younger demo. Total viewership will continue to climb as CMT encores the Pageant several times over the next week."

This year's Pageant included viewer voting for Miss Congeniality and Fan Favorites after the Swimsuit, Evening Wear and Talent Competitions. The judges also played a more interactive role than in years past, contributing feedback both before and after each category. In addition, segments from the never-before-seen judges interviews were also shown, offering insight into the judging process and contestant's personalities.

Judges for the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT included: Debbie Allen (actress, director, producer, choreographer, singer, dancer and multiple Emmy Award- winner), Nigel Barker ("America's Next Top Model"), Michael Feinstein (singer, composer, producer), Chris Matthews (MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" and "The Chris Matthews Show") and Susan Powell (Miss America 1981, Discovery Channel's "Home Matters").

The 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT on CMT will encore on Thursday, February 1 at 10:00 p.m.; Friday, February 2 at 4:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 3 at 2:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Mario Lopez, the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT was produced by Don Mischer Productions and held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Lauren Nelson, of Oklahoma, won the title of Miss America, marking the second consecutive win for the state of Oklahoma. Miss America 2006 was Jennifer Berry. features photos, videos and bios of the 2007 Miss America contestants, as well as exclusive footage from the preliminary talent competitions on the site's broadband channel, CMT Loaded.

CMT, America's No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 83 million households in the United States. Go to country music's biggest web site at

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance. For more information, go to

Visit CMT's press-only web site for more information and downloadable photos on all of CMT's programming.

*Nielsen Media Research (cume P 2+ / 1 minute qualifier)
**Nielsen Media Research (cume P 2+ / 1 minute qualifier); includes 10
airings across CMT, VH1 and MTV.

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MTV Partners With Fall Out Boy on a Comprehensive Launch Plan for the Band's New Album 'Infinity On High'

MTV Partners With Fall Out Boy on a Comprehensive Launch Plan for the Band's New Album 'Infinity On High'

Whirlwind Day-Long 'Infinity Flight 206 With Fall Out Boy' Multi-City Tour Will Celebrate Album Release

Fall Out Boy Also Kicks Off 'Spankin' New Music Week' on TRL

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Harnessing the full promotional power of MTV and all its multiple platforms, MTV and Fall Out Boy have partnered to celebrate the release of the band's newest CD, Infinity On High across MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and Urge.

In order to help kick off Fall Out Boy's highly-anticipated CD, MTV's "Infinity Flight 206 With Fall Out Boy" tour takes the band to three cities in less than 24 hours on Tuesday, February 6th, treating fans to a whirlwind set of exclusive performances in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. First stop of the tour begins in New York City where Fall Out Boy will visit the MTV Times Square studios kicking off "Spankin' New Music Week: A-List Playlists" with a "TRL" take-over. The band will host the hour-long program, provide their top 10-video countdown and perform two live songs exclusively for an audience filled with their biggest fans. The band will then say goodbye to the "city that never sleeps," hop on the "Infinity Flight 206" jet and make their way to Chicago, where they will treat their hometown fans to a late-afternoon homecoming performance at the House of Blues. The day long non-stop extravaganza ends in Los Angeles with a show-stopping performance from the rooftop of a building in downtown LA. Fans that can't make the events in person will be treated to three on-air "check-ins" from the tour throughout the day.

"We are so excited that MTV is partnering with us for this amazing event, which allows us to reach so many fans on release day for free," said band member, Pete Wentz. "I hope all our fans come out to be part of this."

Tickets to see Fall Out Boy will be available to win through and the following radio stations: New York: Z-100 (100.3FM), Chicago: Q-101 (101.1FM) and KISS (103.5 FM) and Los Angeles: KIIS FM (102.7), KROQ (106.7) and KHTS (Channel 933).

Also, MTV News will travel to all three destinations with the band and will have an all-access pass to capture the excitement of each location as well as behind-the-scenes moments on the jet while the band is in route to each city. In addition, there will be updated news reports and photos throughout the day on Viewers can also tune-in to a MTV News produced wrap up story on the tour during "TRL's" Wednesday, February 7 show airing at 3:30pm.

Fall Out Boy will also be featured in the premiere episode of "MTV Live" which will highlight live artist performances from some of the biggest names in music. The monthly series will be recorded in front of a live audience at the Hard Rock Cafe NY in Times Square and will be presented as a multi-platform program across MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Tr3s, and on MTV Mobile on V CAST. "MTV Live" will be powered by Verizon Wireless. Fans can catch "MTV Live" featuring Fall Out Boy on MTV on February 6 at 11:30pm ET with a commercial free performance. will launch which will feature the exclusive performance from TRL. Fans will also have access to all of their music videos as part of the "Fall Out Boy Video Frenzy" show. Additionally, a lucky Fall Out Boy fan will win the opportunity of a lifetime, a chance to spend the entire day with their favorite band. The winner and a guest will fly on the private MTV jet with the band to all three cities. Info for "MTV's Infinity Flight 206 With Fall Out Boy" contest can be found at

Segments from MTV's "Infinity Flight 206 Tour With Fall Out Boy" will air on MTV2 during MTV2 Rock Saturday on February 10 and Fall Out Boy's TRL performance will be featured on MTV Tr3s within "Mi TRL."

Beginning Monday, February 5, and lasting all week, catch Fall Out Boy on as "House Band," where fans will have access to behind-the-scenes interviews, exclusive live performances and music videos. On February 6, Fall Out Boy gets a "Backstage Pass," sitting down to answer burning questions submitted by college students via In addition, they will host "Dean's List," counting down their top ten favorite videos.

MTV has been a major supporter of Fall Out Boy since the release of their 2003 album, Take This To Your Grave. In 2004, the college crowd honored the band with an mtvU Streaming Woodie award, given to the band with the most downloads or streams on In 2005, Fall Out Boy were voted one of MTV's "Bands To Watch" and followed that accolade with performances on MTV's Spring Break, the VMA Pre-Show (where album sales of their album From Under The Cork Tree jumped 9%), TRL and MTV's annual New Year's Eve show. The band has also found success on MTV2 winning the 2005 MTV2 Video Music Award, MTV2 also sponsored the bands the band's "Spring 2006 Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour." In addition, their video "Dance, Dance" garnered the band two "2006 Video Music Awards" Moonmen for "Best Group Video" and " Viewer's Choice Award" respectively.

"MTV Live" is sponsored by Verizon Wireless.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services. The network also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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Time Warner Cable and KCAL 9 Present Lakers Basketball and Dodgers Baseball in Spectacular High Definition

Time Warner Cable and KCAL 9 Present Lakers Basketball and Dodgers Baseball in Spectacular High Definition

- KCAL 9 HD Debuts Friday, February 2 on Time Warner Cable Channel 409 -

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Warner Cable, a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX), and CBS Corporation's (NYSE:CBS.A)(NYSE:CBS) KCAL 9 today announced the launch of KCAL 9 HD, a new high-definition channel for customers of Time Warner Cable southern California.

Available as part of Time Warner Cable's basic HD service, KCAL 9 HD will be located on Time Warner Cable Channel 409 and will officially debut on Friday, February 2 at 5:30 p.m. with the Los Angeles Lakers' game at Indiana.

All 18 of KCAL's remaining 2006-07 regular season Lakers games, plus Lakers playoff games on KCAL, will be produced in high definition. The announcement coincides with the 30th anniversary of Lakers basketball on KCAL, the team's flagship station.

In addition, KCAL 9 HD plans to deliver all of its 2007 Los Angeles Dodgers game broadcasts in high definition beginning on Friday, March 30 with the Dodgers' Freeway Series game against the Angels.

KCAL 9 HD and sister station CBS 2 HD will also begin producing 11 hours of live, local newscasts in high definition each weekday beginning this spring, when the stations move into their new state-of-the art HD broadcast facility in Studio City, California.

KCAL 9 HD is available at no extra cost to all Time Warner Cable digital customers who have an HD receiver, and joins sister station KCBS (Channel 402), plus KNBC (404), KABC (407), KTTV (411) and KCET (412) on its local HD lineup.

Don Corsini, President & General Manager, KCAL 9 and CBS 2 stated: "The Lakers and Dodgers are two of the most prestigious sports franchises in the world and we are thrilled to be able to partner with Time Warner Cable to deliver pristine, high-definition broadcasts that will significantly add to the fans' viewing experience. It's the dawn of an exciting new era in local sports broadcasting."

"With this launch, Time Warner Cable proudly offers our customers the most complete local HD lineup on the market," said Jeffrey Hirsch, division president, Time Warner Cable. "Time Warner Cable is the first and currently the only cable/satellite service to distribute KCAL in high definition. It's another way Time Warner Cable strives to bring the very best content in the best possible quality to the communities we serve."

On August 1, 2006, Time Warner Cable completed its transaction with Comcast to assume operations for Comcast and Adelphia properties in southern California, making Time Warner Cable the largest cable provider in the Los Angeles market. Since the acquisition, Time Warner Cable has added many new services in southern California including, Dodgers on Demand and access to twenty channels of high-definition programming. For more information on Time Warner Cable, please visit our web site at

About KCAL 9

The winner of more local Emmy awards than any other station in the region over the past seven years, KCAL 9 is the leading broadcaster of local news and sports programming in Southern California. KCAL 9 produces six-and-a-half hours of live local newscasts each weekday and is the home of the nation's first three-hour, primetime local news broadcast. In addition, the station serves the community with newscasts at Noon, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. each weekday. In addition to its extensive Lakers and Dodgers coverage, KCAL 9 also airs the John R. Wooden Classic and, along with CBS 2, serves as the broadcast home of Special Olympics Southern California. In all, KCAL provides coverage of more than 100 major sporting events each year. Collectively, KCAL 9 and CBS 2 serve the Southland by broadcasting nearly 70 hours of live local news and sports news programming per week.

About Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable owns and manages cable systems serving 13.5 million subscribers in 33 states. Passing approximately 26 million homes, Time Warner Cable includes some of the most technologically advanced and best-clustered cable systems in the country, with nearly 85 percent of the Company's customers located in five geographic regions: New York, Texas, Ohio, the Carolinas and southern California. Leveraging its leadership in innovation and quality customer care, Time Warner Cable delivers advanced products and services such as video on demand, high definition television, digital video recorders, high-speed data and Digital Phone. Time Warner Cable is a subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX).

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Miramax Gets 'SMART PEOPLE'

Miramax Gets 'SMART PEOPLE'

Film Stars Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church in Debut Sale for Groundswell

Miramax Films Has Acquired the North American Rights to Groundswell Productions' SMART PEOPLE, it was announced on January 30th by Miramax President Daniel Battsek

NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SMART PEOPLE is the darkly comic story of Lawrence Wetherhold, a widowed and unhappy English professor played by Dennis Quaid, who has alienated his son and turned his daughter into an overachieving, friendless teen. He falls for Janet (Sarah Jessica Parker), one of his former students, while at the same time his ne'er-do-well brother (Academy Award-nominee Thomas Haden Church) shows up at his door unexpectedly, triggering a series of comic crises and eventually growth in the family as they learn to reconnect

Currently in post-production, the film marks the directorial debut of Noam Murro and also stars Ellen Page ("Hard Candy") and Ashton Holmes ("History Of Violence"). It is produced by Bridget Johnson and Michael Costigan along with Michael London and Bruna Papandrea from Groundswell. Novelist Mark Poirier wrote the screenplay.

The project was brought to Miramax by Keri Putnam, president of production and Kristin Jones, svp, production, international development & acquisitions. The Miramax sale is the first for London's indie financing company Groundswell. Production president Bruna Papandrea brought the project to the company.

"We are thrilled to join forces with such a wonderful group of filmmakers on 'SMART PEOPLE,'" said Putnam. "Mark Poirier's script, in the hands of director Noam Murro and this fantastic cast, offers characters in a story that surprises with an exciting and unusual combination of humanity and sharp wit."

"Miramax is the perfect home for "SMART PEOPLE" and I'm thrilled that they saw the potential of the film at such an early stage," remarked Groundswell CEO, Michael London. "It's a great boost for Groundswell to have the Miramax team on board for what could be our first release."

Groundswell was founded in February 2006 by London, whose credits include "Sideways," "The Illusionist," "Family Stone," and "thirteen." The company is in post production on two other films: The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh, starring Sienna Miller, Peter Saarsgard, Nick Nolte, Jon Foster and Mena Suvari and Tom McCarthy's The Visitor starring Richard Jenkins which it co-financed with Participant Productions.

The deal was negotiated with Groundswell Productions by Michael Luisi, evp, business affairs & operations and Peter McPartlin, vp, business & legal affairs on behalf of Miramax Films.

Groundswell has retained all international rights which are being sold through QED International.

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Maryland Public Television Names FableVision as Development Partner for Gaming-Meets-Classroom Endeavor

Maryland Public Television Names FableVision as Development Partner for Gaming-Meets-Classroom Endeavor

OWINGS MILLS, Md., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Maryland Public Television (MPT) has selected FableVision, Inc., an internationally acclaimed educational media producer and publisher, as the new development team for a groundbreaking online math and literacy game, focusing at the pre-algebra level. FableVision is collaborating with MPT and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to produce the software game, which will initially be available online at The curriculum-focused game will serve students in upper elementary and middle school grades and support state and national standards.

"We are thrilled to work with such an outstanding group whose mission in creating innovative educational media aligns so closely to ours," said Gail Porter Long, Senior Vice President, Chief Education Officer, MPT.

The game is part of MPT's Learning Games To Go initiative, the centerpiece of a $15 million grant awarded from the U.S. Department of Education Star Schools program. Tasked with using games as a gateway to improving math and literacy skills, MPT and FableVision are joined in this project by game designers and theorists from MIT's renowned Education Arcade.

"Together we will bring the power of gaming to the classroom and move the performance meter," shares Paul Reynolds, FableVision's President.

MPT's dynamic K-12 educational supersite will serve as the online entry point to the game, which will invite students on an interactive quest. Students will embark on an interactive journey through a challenging maze full of mythical creatures, adventures and puzzles. Leveraging the best in game theory research, the online software is being designed to engage today's digital-native youth with rich graphics, storytelling, and compelling interactivity. Plans also include a portion of the game to be accessible on mobile technology devices.

A primary goal of the project is to see if the inherent allure of gaming can map onto learning in the classroom. Teachers from several Maryland school districts and a distinguished advisory board of education experts will provide active participation throughout the production and testing process. A rigorous longitudinal research study is also being conducted by independent research group ORC Macro International to measure the efficacy of this gaming- meets-classroom approach.

Additional projects under MPT's Learning Games To Go initiative will be developed with partners at Johns Hopkins University Center for Technology in Education and the Applied Physics Lab.

Follow the progress of the Learning Games To Go initiative at the project website Got Game?

Catch podcasts with creators from MIT and FableVision at

Maryland Public Television is a not-for-profit, state-licensed public television station, which serves the citizens and communities of Maryland, and beyond through a variety of broadcast and non-broadcast activities to fulfill MPT's mission to educate, enlighten and entertain.

FableVision ( is a on a 200-year mission to bring the world to a better place through media, storytelling and technology. With offices in Boston, Portland, Oregon and London, the FableVision team enjoys an international reputation for its unique brand of innovative, technology-delivered storytelling and learning, which include K-12 software product offerings distributed around the globe.

MPT and its partners will support this project by providing research, training, technical facilities and expert consultation, the delivery of digital resources on and broadcast of reading and math programs totaling $9,073,353 thereby contributing 38% to the total project cost with the U.S. Department of Education contributing 62% to the total project cost.

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Media General Board Increases Dividend

Media General Board Increases Dividend

RICHMOND, Va., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Board of Directors of Media General (NYSE:MEG) today increased the company's quarterly dividend by 5 percent from 22 cents per common share to 23 cents per common share. The dividend is payable on March 15, 2007, to Class A and Class B shareholders of record on February 28, 2007.

"Today's dividend increase reflects Media General's strong cash flow and financial position and reinforces its commitment to building shareholder value," said Marshall N. Morton, president and chief executive officer.

About Media General

Media General is a multimedia company operating leading newspapers, television stations and online enterprises primarily in the Southeastern United States. The company's publishing assets include three metropolitan newspapers, The Tampa Tribune, Richmond Times-Dispatch, and Winston-Salem Journal; 22 daily community newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and South Carolina; and more than 150 weekly newspapers and other publications. The company's broadcasting assets include 23 network-affiliated television stations that reach more than 32 percent of the television households in the Southeast and nearly 9.5 percent of those in the United States. The company's interactive media assets include more than 75 online enterprises that are associated with its newspapers and television stations. Media General also owns a 33 percent interest in SP Newsprint Company, a manufacturer of recycled newsprint.

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Starwin Presenting Dai Yuqiang Concert

Starwin Presenting Dai Yuqiang Concert

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Starwin Media Holdings Inc. today announced that the Company has signed an agreement with A&A Art Center to co-organize Dai Yuqiang Concert on March 17, 2007 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

Mr. Dai Yuqiang is a prestigious and famous tenor in China who is a disciple of the world renowned Luciano Pavarotti. He has performed in major roles in the London's Covent Garden and Royal Opera House, in Milan's famed La Scala Opera House, and at the American Pacific Opera House. At the concert, he will sing solo, and also be performing beloved arias from Great Operas and his favorite, delightful Chinese art songs.

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MOBILEVIDIA(tm) Joins Screenmancer(tm) Y2K7 Party, IFFF at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood

MOBILEVIDIA(tm) Joins Screenmancer(tm) Y2K7 Party, IFFF at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- will host MOBILEVIDIA(tm), the next generation in content delivery for mobile wireless, at its 10th Anniversary Y2K7 Party during the closing ceremonies of the International Family Film Festival (IFFF), on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007, 9 PM to Midnight PST, at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, CA.

MOBILEVIDIA(tm) is a Los Angeles-based venture that provides MMI environments for web wireless. A spokesperson for the company said "we chose Screenmancer's Y2K7 event because it will rock, and, to be honest, that is what we are shooting for in debuting our corporate ID -- think Batman meets Van Halen meets IBM."

Chris Shoemaker, IFFF Executive Director and President of Roads End Entertainment, said "Screenmancer(tm) holds a place in Hollywood history as the entertainment industry's first social networking site (SNS) designed for entertainment pros, non-pros, even film fans worldwide, who seek like minds."

Screenmancer Co-Founder and ScreenTalk creator Robinson Rea is cited in the FAQ of the official website of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS(R)), home of the Academy Awards(R) (the interview with Greg Beal is available on the Screenmancer site).

Screenmancer CEO Quendrith Johnson, a screenwriter and original co-founder, said "Screenmancer is delighted to have MOBILEVIDIA on board. Raleigh Studios is the oldest continuously running production facility in Hollywood, past home to Famous Players, Mary Pickford productions, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, even Bette Davis, whose film "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" was filmed here."

"Together, Screenmancer and MOBILEVIDIA are honoring and extending the Hollywood mythos into the digital world, which is rapidly becoming the world of record since game revenues have officially outpaced actual box office totals."

IFFF's Shoemaker noted that "since we've entered a bold new era in filmed entertainment, it is exciting to watch the innovations unfold in an industry that started with mere light and shadows. Screenmancer retains its unique place in Hollywood history simply because it presaged many of these innovations, especially social networking sites, as well as taking an early stand against spam and for privacy."

Established by two UCLA students in 1997, Screenmancer is the first virtual movie studio for industry insiders ("pros") and "non-pros," meaning unsigned or student writers, actors, directors, and filmmakers seeking access to Hollywood by having a personalized SNS space on Screenmancer Pictures Lot to promote their work, network or collaborate, even "package" their projects with talent.

Participants from any location in the Continental US and Canada, who download the site on Feb. 3 during the celebration on mobile handsets/wireless web-enabled cellphones only, will receive a space on Screenmancer Picture's new lot. MOBILEVIDIA will provide additional details online. (Terms & conditions apply.)

The catered event will be held from 9 pm to midnight, including a no-host bar, live music and merchandise. Raleigh Studios is located across from Paramount Studios at 5300 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood.

Contact: Screenmancer RSVP Line, 310-430-8381; or Dr. Suzanne Shoemaker, IFFF, 818-332-7951, ext. 703.; (MOBILEVIDIA.CO.UK)

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Meth Coffee Releases Druggy How-To Comedy Coffee Commercial

Meth Coffee Releases Druggy How-To Comedy Coffee Commercial

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Meth Coffee, a rebel coffee company in San Francisco, today announced the release of its comedy Internet commercial featuring reckless acts of coffee ingestion.

Aimed at mature audiences, the comedy commercial shows fantasy acts of unusual coffee consumption techniques and is dedicated to coffee addicts and workaholics, as well as lovers of edgy cultural phenomena. It plumbs the depths of obsession, paranoia and personality transformation as a basis for humor about consuming too much of a good thing. The hard-hitting scenes show a composed, tie-wearing professional who's changed by Meth Coffee into a hyperactive caffeine monster.

Meth Coffee's video is featured on the popular video publishing web site YouTube and can be seen at .

Why 'Meth'?

Meth Coffee's brand exposes the truth about the edgy, addictive and necessary habit-forming nature of coffee.

"Like reading a crime novel or seeing a film about drug use and other societal dysfunction, the commercial allows people to experience behavior that's cathartic because it's extreme. Extreme acts and cravings really do describe the way some people experience coffee," says Meth Coffee's spokesman, who goes by the codename The Drinker.

"Meth Coffee's for people like me who say, 'Coffee gives me a rush so I can start the day high, and stay high -- sometimes I wish I could just inject it. Who needs a cure?'"

And Meth's not just a name. The coffee delivers on its promise, with super-caffeinated arabica coffee beans that are laced with powerful yerba mate for an added boost.

Meth Coffee's Origin

Meth Coffee was the brainchild of a self-styled anarchist, caffeine addict and conspiracy theorist known only as The Roaster.

Where to Buy Meth Coffee

Meth Coffee is available immediately on the Internet at $12 per 10-ounce bag in ground or whole beans at

About Meth Coffee

Founded in San Francisco, Calif. in 2006, Meth Coffee comprises paranoid conspiracy theorists, headbangers, goths and other caffeine freaks dedicated to detonating the typical gourmet coffee scene. A hand-crafted blend of organic, fair trade super-caffeinated coffee beans and yerba mate, a powerful natural stimulant and antioxidant kept secret by Amazonian shamans for centuries, Meth's intense formula is guaranteed to enhance energy and concentration for coffee addicts, spazzes and workaholics. Meth Coffee is fresh-roasted within 48 hours of shipment and can be purchased online at Affiliate and dealer programs available. For more information, visit

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