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Video: CRISS ANGEL Believe

Video: CRISS ANGEL Believe

By Cirque du Soleil at Luxor, Las Vegas Directed by Serge Denoncourt Written by Criss Angel and Serge Denoncourt

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Cirque du Soleil and Luxor celebrate the gala premiere of CRISS ANGEL Believe(TM) Halloween, October 31, 2008.

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Halloween is particularly significant for CRISS ANGEL Believe as it marks the anniversary of the passing of legendary magician and escape artist, Harry Houdini. In an attempt to pay homage to the late/great Harry Houdini, Criss chose "Believe" as the title for this unprecedented live experience.

Every Halloween for 10 years following Harry Houdini's death, his wife held a vigil to test the legitimacy of people who claimed to be able to communicate with Houdini. To claim success they needed to say the code word - BELIEVE.

CRISS ANGEL Believe, by Cirque du Soleil is a haunting exploration deep inside the inventive mind of mystifier Criss Angel as he hovers between the land of the living and a surreal world uniquely woven together by the distinctive imaginations of Criss Angel and Cirque du Soleil.

Unlike traditional magic-themed shows, CRISS ANGEL Believe transcends any preconceived notion of what it means to be emotionally engaged by the arts of mysticism and illusion. The show is a fantasy, an allegory, a highly theatrical tableau of mood, reverie and emotion set against a backdrop of dreamlike darkness and light.

Criss Angel stars as a surreal, enigmatic Victorian Noble. Along a path of imaginative exploration, he encounters Kayala and Crimson, two women who represent different aspects of femininity. Along his path he discovers four comical Ushers who introduce the audience to the baroque theater of Criss' mind. The production features an intense troupe of characters and dancers who mix a multitude of styles into a high-energy visual feast, punctuated by moments of grace and sensuality.

The stunning illusions in CRISS ANGEL Believe are not presented as standalone elements, but as interdependent components using heightened imagery, fantastical creatures and impossible feats of legerdemain, all of which are integrated into the dazzling, colorful fabric of the story.

CRISS ANGEL Believe is presented in a custom-built theater at Luxor Las Vegas.

The Creative Team:

Guide Guy Laliberte

Guide Gilles Ste-Croix

Original Idea, Co-Writer, Illusions
Designer and Star Criss Angel

Director and Co-Writer Serge Denoncourt

Director of Creation Pierre Phaneuf

Associate Director of Creation Christiane Barette

Set Designer Ray Winkler

Costume Designer Meredith Caron

Composer, Musical Director and Arranger Eric Serra

Choreographer Wade Robson

Lighting Designer Jeanette Farmer

Images and Projections Designer Francis Laporte

Sound Designer Jonathan Deans

Acrobatic Equipment and Rigging Designer Jaque Paquin

Acrobatic Performance Designer Andre Simard

Props and Puppets Designer Michael Curry

Make-up Designer Nathalie Gagne

Illusions Department
Director of Illusions John Farrell

-- CRISS ANGEL Believe performs Friday through Tuesday at 7:00 pm and
10:00 pm.
-- There are no performances on Wednesdays or Thursdays.
-- Call 866-606-7111
-- Go to or
-- Visit the CRISS ANGEL Believe ticket office at Luxor or any of the MGM
MIRAGE box offices.
-- $59, $79, $99, $125 and $150 plus tax and service fees.

For group reservations of 15 or more, contact

The trademarks Criss Angel and Believe are owned by Criss Angel and used under license.

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Barack Obama's Senior Legal Advisor to Appear on Jeffery Leving's Legal Talk Show On Soul 106.3FM

Barack Obama's Senior Legal Advisor to Appear on Jeffery Leving's Legal Talk Show On Soul 106.3FM

CHICAGO, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago Attorney Jeffery Leving will be interviewing ERIC H. HOLDER, JR. senior legal advisor to BARACK OBAMA. Along with Caroline Kennedy, he served on Obama's Vice Presidential Selection Committee. Mr. Holder was the former Deputy Attorney General of the United States. He served under President Bush as Acting Attorney General pending the confirmation of Attorney General John Ashcroft. Holder also served as the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. He was nominated by President Clinton.

Leving will interview Mr. Holder concerning the important selection of Joe Biden as the vice presidential nominee. Mr. Holder will be joining Attorney Leving to promote the importance of voting in this important election which will shape the future of this nation.

The show will be live this Sunday November 2, 2008 on Soul 106.3FM radio from 2:00PM - 2:30PM (CST) in the Chicagoland area. You can also listen on

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Source: Law Offices of Jeffery Leving

CONTACT: Jennifer Whiteside, media director of Law Offices of Jeffery
Leving, +1-312-296-3666, +1-312-807-3990, ext. 236

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Mary Mary Tops Billboard Charts With The Sound

Mary Mary Tops Billboard Charts With The Sound

"Praiseworthy" New Album From Grammy Award-Winning R&B/Gospel Duo Hits #1 on Billboard's Christian & Gospel Album Charts, #2 On The Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, & #7 On The Billboard Top 200

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The platinum-selling Grammy Award-winning R&B/gospel duo Mary Mary is riding high on the Billboard charts this week with the pair's critically acclaimed new album The Sound, heralded as "Praiseworthy" by People magazine.

Released on October 21, 2008, The Sound is currently the nation's #1 Gospel album as it makes its "Hot Shot" debut on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart and the Top Christian & Gospel charts at #1 while becoming this week's "Greatest Gainer" rocketing from #22 to #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart.

A bona fide crossover success, The Sound has entered the Billboard Top 200 at #7, giving Mary Mary their highest charting -- and second Top 10 -- album on that chart (2005's Mary Mary peaked at #8 on the Top 200). Mary Mary and The Sound have achieved the highest chart debut on the Top 200 of any gospel album in 2008.

In addition, The Sound has made a "Hot Shot" debut on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #2.

"Get Up," the lead single from The Sound, is currently garnering crossover radio play on Urban, Urban Adult Contemporary, Rhythmic, Gospel and Dance radio formats while charting in a number of formats including #5 Hot Gospel Songs, #12 Hot Adult R&B Airplay, #32 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #4 Hot Dance Club Play, and #6 Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles. "That song embodies what the whole album is about," says Mary Mary's Erica Campbell. "It asks people, 'Why are you waiting? Why do you care what other people think?' It reminds us that your beginning can be whenever you want it to be."

Beyond the music, Mary Mary's current projects an ongoing association with the Paint A Smile foundation as well as the launch, through participating Walmart stores, of BE U, a bath, body and candle line designed to inspire young women to celebrate their natural beauty and inner uniqueness through four basic principles : be honest, be beautiful, be intentional, be you.

"In an era when everybody gets nipped and tucked to look like somebody else, we're just telling people, 'Be you... Be intentional, honest and the unique person God made you to be,'" says Tina. "And with Paint A Smile, it's all about giving back, making kids happy and making them feel special because we want them to know how cool they are to us and that they're worth so much."

The Sound is Mary Mary's first new album since the release of A Mary Mary Christmas in October 2006 and is the duo's first new full-length non-seasonal album since release of the RIAA gold-certified Top 10 collection Mary Mary in July 2005.

The Sound premieres 11 new Mary Mary performances including the R&B-flavored title track "The Sound," "Superfriend," "God In Me," "Boom," "I'm Running," "Forgiven Me," "Dirt," "Seattle," "I Worship You," and "It Will All Be Worth It."

With able assistance from longtime producer and collaborator Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, the real life sisters a/k/a Mary Mary, weave their love of truth-grounded gospel music into a tuneful blend of R&B, pop, soul, jazz, electronic music, and more. (Erica's husband, Warryn Campbell has produced all of Mary Mary's albums including the RIAA platinum-certified Thankful as well as the RIAA gold-certified Incredible and RIAA gold-certified Mary Mary.)

As Mary Mary, Erica and Tina Campbell bring a revolutionary combination of R&B, urban, hip-hop and electronica to the world of contemporary gospel music.

Growing up in Inglewood, California, Erica and Tina first sang publicly in the local church choir and received their first break in 1998 with a song on the "Prince of Egypt" soundtrack.

In 2000, Mary Mary's platinum debut album, Thankful--featuring the hit "Shackles (Praise You)"--earned numerous awards including a Grammy for Best Contemporary Gospel Album and three Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, a Lady of Soul Award, a Soul Train Award. Incredible, their second album, became the nation's #1 Top Christian Album in 2002 and featured the Dove Award-winning hits "In The Morning" and "Thank You," featuring Kirk Franklin.

While Erica and Tina took a break after recording their second album to start--and spend time with--their respective families, the platinum-selling duo found the time to bring their exuberant gospel soul sounds down new avenues, including an appearance in the 2003 musical comedy, "The Fighting Temptations," and concert performances around the world.

In November 2005, Mary Mary took home the coveted American Music Awards trophy in the Contemporary Inspirational Music category, adding to a growing collection of critical and popular kudos that includes a Grammy and numerous other awards.

The Grammy-winning R&B/gospel duo Mary Mary crossed over into Top 10 pop territory when the group's self-titled new album, released in July 2005, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling album chart, the highest Top 200 chart position in the group's career. (Mary Mary's previous albums--2000's Thankful and 2002's Incredible--peaked at #59 and #20, respectively.)

When Mary Mary subsequently debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel album sales chart, it became the best-selling Gospel debut of 2005.

"Heaven," the first single from Mary Mary, made chart history during its unprecedented 9 week run as the #1 record on Billboard's Gospel Radio chart. "Heaven" was also a #1 R&R Gospel Radio Single which hit the #3 slot on the Billboard Bubbling Under - Hot R&B Singles chart."

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Fall Out Boy Does 72 Radio Interviews Today and Sets a Guinness World Record(R)

Fall Out Boy Does 72 Radio Interviews Today and Sets a Guinness World Record(R)

Fall Out Boy's FOLIE A DEUX out December 16, featuring the single 'I Don't Care'

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Multi-platinum Island Records band Fall Out Boy announced today that they believe they set the Guinness World Record for the Most Interviews On Radio In a 24 Hour Period By A Pair of Two (final certification to come from Guinness World Records after receiving documentation) with 72 radio interviews. Pete Wentz and Patrick Vaughn Stump took over the radio airwaves today, starting at 3:00am, at Premiere Studios in Los Angeles to set the new record. The previous Guinness World Record for the Most Interviews On Radio In a 24 Hour Period By A Pair of Two was 57 radio stations in 24 hours (completed in May 2008).

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Fall Out Boy will release their third Island album, FOLIE A DEUX on December 16th. The first single is "I Don't Care" which is gearing up to be a hit at Modern Rock and Pop radio. The video debuted on iTunes on September 25 and has been accepted across all music video channels including MTV and Fuse. In addition, Fall Out Boy are MTV's 52/52 Choose or Lose Artist The Week through November 4, giving them the equivalent of over 11 hrs of on-air promotion this week on the channel. Fall Out Boy currently has seven songs, including "I Don't Care" on iTunes Top 100 Alternative Chart.

Fall Out Boy have built up a loyal following through relentless touring; they have performed over 1200 shows since their inception in 2000. The band's 2007 release Infinity On High debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and was the follow-up to From Under The Cork Tree, their Island debut of May 2005, which spent 72 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Hailing from Chicago, Fall Out Boy - Patrick Vaughn Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums) - have appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Spin, Blender, and Alternative Press and have performed on NBC's Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman, ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live, and more. They have won three MTV Video Music Awards and have received a Grammy nomination as well.

About Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records is the universally recognized authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is one of the highest-selling books under copyright of all time with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy. Guinness World Records also annually publishes the Gamer's Edition; a records book devoted solely to the world of computer gaming and high score record achievements. The Guinness World Records website ( ) receives more than 11 million visitors a year. Guinness World Records is part of the Jim Pattison Group, one of Canada's largest privately owned companies which is a conglomerate of interests, including advertising, broadcasting, grocery stores and automotive retailing.

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DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 'Moves It, Moves It' to Russia and Ukraine

DreamWorks Animation's Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa 'Moves It, Moves It' to Russia and Ukraine

Biggest Opening Day Ever for an American Film in Russia; Biggest Opening Day of All Time in the Ukraine

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (NYSE:DWA) today announced that its highly anticipated sequel, "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" made box office history yesterday in both Russia and the Ukraine. The continuing saga of the Central Park Zoosters bowed in Russia to the biggest opening day ever for an American film and set the record for the biggest opening day of all time in the Ukraine. Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:and)(NYSE:VIA.B), is distributing the feature worldwide.

In Russia, the film opened on 841 screens, grossing $2.81 million. This record establishes "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" as the second biggest opening of all time in the country, besting all previous animated feature releases. In the Ukraine, the film opened on 92 screens to a gross of $396,000.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Executive Officer of DreamWorks Animation, said, "These numbers are confirmation of the worldwide popularity of the characters from the original film and the strength of the storytelling in the sequel. We are looking forward with enthusiasm to its worldwide release and domestic opening on November 7th."

In the highly anticipated sequel to "Madagascar," Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria, King Julien, Maurice and the penguins and the chimps find themselves marooned on the distant shores of Madagascar. In the face of this obstacle, the New Yorkers have hatched a plan so crazy it just might work. With military precision, the penguins have repaired an old crashed plane -- sort of. Once aloft, this unlikely crew stays airborne just long enough to make it to the wildest place of all -- the vast plains of Africa, where the members of our zoo-raised crew encounter species of their own kind for the very first time. Africa seems like a great place ... but is it better than their Central Park home?

About DreamWorks Animation SKG

DreamWorks Animation is principally devoted to developing and producing computer generated, or CG, animated feature films. With world-class creative talent, a strong and experienced management team and advanced CG filmmaking technology and techniques, DreamWorks Animation makes high quality CG animated films meant for a broad movie-going audience. The Company anticipates releasing its feature films into both conventional and IMAX(R) theatres worldwide. The Company has theatrically released a total of sixteen animated feature films, including Shrek, Shrek 2, Shark Tale, Madagascar, Over the Hedge, Shrek the Third, Bee Movie and Kung Fu Panda. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa opens in theaters on November 7, 2008 and Monsters vs. Aliens on March 27, 2009. Beginning in 2009, all of the Company's feature films will be produced in stereoscopic 3D technology.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE: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.

Contact: Peter Peterson
Vice President International Publicity
Paramount Pictures International
Tel. 323-956-7067

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'No Te Espantes Ve y Vota' Voter Turnout Rally Hosted by Latino Issues Forum and Fundacion Azteca America Encourages Community to Get Out and Vote

'No Te Espantes Ve y Vota' Voter Turnout Rally Hosted by Latino Issues Forum and Fundacion Azteca America Encourages Community to Get Out and Vote

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Latino community organizations, elected officials and voters met today for a rally on the steps of the LA City Hall to ignite registered voters to get out and vote.

The event, with the theme "No Te Espantes Ve y Vota," or "Don't Be Afraid; Go Out and Vote," aimed to dispel any misconceptions, fears or doubts that first-time voters may have leading up to the November 4 elections.

Participants included: Luis J. Echarte, Chairman of Fundacion Azteca America and Azteca America Network; Nora Vargas, Executive Director Latino Issues Forum; Eric Garcetti, President of the Los Angeles City Council; Gilbert Cedillo, California State Senator; Rocky Delgadillo, Los Angeles City Attorney; John Trasvina, President and General Counsel of MALDEF; and Los Angeles City Council members Richard Alarcon, Jose Huizar, Janice Hahn, Jan Perry and Tom LaBonge.

Also attending were Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director HOPE; Josh Norek, Deputy Director, Vote Latino, and representatives from Green Dot and SALEF.

The MC for the rally was Nancy Agosto, from Noticero Azteca America, Los Angeles.

Highlights from the event include the following messages from participants:

"It is very important that our community plays an important role in the selection of our future leaders so that we can keep elected officials accountable and ensure that they address our needs," said Luis J. Echarte, Chairman of Fundacion Azteca America and Azteca America Network.

"As Executive Director of the Latino Issues Forum, I know that it is vital that Latinos vote this coming Tuesday, November 4, 2008," said Nora Vargas, Executive Director of the Latino Issues Forum. "The Latino vote will be the deciding factor in determining the outcome of major initiatives and who will lead our country. The direction of the country and the state is in our hands."

"Su voto es su voz. Your vote is your voice, and the Latino community can play an important role in the 2008 election, but only if we exercise our right to vote," said Council President Garcetti, whose father's family came to the U.S. from Mexico. "We owe it to ourselves, our families and our community to go to the polls on Tuesday to support the candidates and the issues that are important to our everyday lives."

"During this historic presidential election, the voices of the over 1.6 million California Latina registered voters need to be heard. The fiscal crisis threatens funding for public education, healthcare and public safety throughout the state," said Helen Iris Torres, Executive Director of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE). "Latinas need to exercise their right to vote to safeguard their communities and their futures."

"We're going to flex our electoral muscles like never before," said LA City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo. "If you want to make a difference, if you want to build a better life for yourselves and your families, then you must speak up with your voices and your votes."

"On Election Day, Latinos have the opportunity to not only influence, but change the direction of our nation on the economy, healthcare, and immigration reform and to influence the outcome of our local and statewide elections," said John Trasvina, President and General Counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "MALDEF is working hard to ensure that all Latino voters are able to exercise their right to vote on Election Day. It is up to the voters to exercise that right and vote on November 4."

"Green Dot is committed to preparing students for college, leadership and life. We organize parents, communities and schools to transform education," said Green Dot CEO Marco Petruzzi. "Voting allows our voices to be heard and urges education leaders and public officials to improve our schools."

"The Latino community is part of our economy, part of the changes in the United States, and part of the future," said California Senator Gil Cedillo. "We need to ensure that this importance is reflected in the political process by exercising our right and duty to vote."


Belinda Barragan
Regional Director
Latino Issues Forum
213 435 7940

Source: Grupo Salinas, Latino Issues Forum, Azteca America, Fundacion Azteca America

Source: Grupo Salinas; Latino Issues; Azteca America; Fundacion Azteca America

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LL Cool J, Pat Benatar, and Marvin Hamlisch Among Those Inducted Into L.I. Music Hall of Fame

LL Cool J, Pat Benatar, and Marvin Hamlisch Among Those Inducted Into L.I. Music Hall of Fame

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- An eclectic assortment of artists from Long Island were inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame at a star-studded Gala at the Garden City Hotel Thursday night. The diverse group included LL Cool J, Marvin Hamlisch, Blue Öyster Cult, Jean Ritchie, Public Enemy, The Tokens, and The Ramones.

Recalling his Long Island roots, LL Cool J said, "When I was a little kid in North Babylon, on Lakeway Drive, just dreaming of being a part of hip hop - I never dreamed that I would be in a position to actually be looking at a wonderful room full of people who are actually honoring and celebrating the art that I created."

The inductees discussed how Long Island influenced their lives and music. Chuck D pointed out that L.I. united musicians of all types. "That this music can sit side-by-side with other great offerings of music is a true pleasure," he said, later adding "Music is a universal language, and Long Island you are No. 1."

Doo-wop pioneer, inductee Kenny Vance said, "There's nothing like being recognized in your hometown. History is so important."

In a video acceptance, composer Marvin Hamlisch said, "I love Long Island. I love the people, I love the community." He said even though he no longer lives there, "when my dog died, we had her buried on Long Island."

In her acceptance letter, four-time Grammy Award winner Pat Benatar noted that "My upbringing, and the values and ideals I learned back in my hometown kept me grounded. I never forget that a small town girl from Lindenhurst LI actually got the chance to live her dreams." She added, "Long Island girls ROCK!"

The evening was highlighted by a rare acoustic version of "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma from Blue Öyster Cult, a joint hip-hop set by Chuck D and DMC, and performances by inductees The Tokens, Jean Ritchie, Kenny Vance and The Good Rats.

Those in attendance included Peter Yarrow, Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge), Grandmaster Flash, Felix Cavalieri, The Ramones, Gary U.S. Bonds, Cousin Brucie, Monkee Peter Tork, Foghat's Roger Earl, DMC, Jimmy Webb, and Talking Heads/Tom Tom Club's Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz.

A complete list of inductees can be found at

Source: The Long Island Music Hall of Fame

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FRC Action PAC Launches New TV Ad Exposing Obama Record on Partial-Birth Abortion

FRC Action PAC Launches New TV Ad Exposing Obama Record on Partial-Birth Abortion

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, FRC Action PAC announced a last-minute TV buy on Virginia broadcast stations that targets Senator Barack Obama's effort to overturn bans on partial-birth abortion. The ad can be viewed at

FRC Action PAC Ad has this to say:

"Democratic Senator, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, drew a line against partial-birth abortion calling it, 'too close to infanticide.' But Barack Obama crossed that line, voting against a measure that would have banned partial-birth abortion in Illinois.

"Barack Obama aggressively supports a bill that would overturn all state and federal partial-birth abortion bans. The culture of death has a good friend in Barack Obama. It's time to draw the line."

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MTV's Choose or Lose Campaign to Air Youth Targeted Political Coverage Across Platforms

MTV's Choose or Lose Campaign to Air Youth Targeted Political Coverage Across Platforms

Obama Answers Young American's Questions on 30-Minute MTV "Ask Obama" Special Debuting on Monday, November 3rd at 9am ET

Voices Converge on Real-Time, Interactive "Youth Voice Map" and MTV News and Street Team Reporters Cover Youth Vote Across the Country

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- With more than 25 million young voters expected to cast their ballots leading up to and on Election Day, MTV's Choose or Lose campaign continues to bring youth-targeted political coverage to viewers. MTV today announced that pre-Election Day it will conduct an exclusive interview and air a thirty-minute special with Senator Barack Obama, asking him questions submitted by viewers. This interview opportunity was also extended to Senator McCain, who declined to participate. On Election Day and the day after, MTV will harness multiple platforms to bring Choose or Lose to viewers online, on-air and on mobile, with program elements including an interactive, real-time Choose or Lose "Youth Voice Map" online; news hits airing on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, and MTV Tr3s from New York, Chicago and Phoenix; and Street Team '08 news from each state, with live mobile-to-web reports from 15 battleground states.

"We're about to enter a new era for America, and young people have already demonstrated that they are poised to be at the forefront of this movement. More than 82% of youth view this election as the single most important in recent history," said Ian Rowe, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. "Record youth turnout in the 2004 Presidential Election, the 2006 Congressional Midterm Elections, the 2008 Presidential Primaries, and even in early voting states all indicate that young people are on the verge of a massive turnout that could be the deciding factor in this election. MTV is going all out to capture this historic moment."

MTV's Choose or Lose political coverage will include the following:

-- "Ask Obama" -- MTV will broadcast a thirty-minute special with Senator
Barack Obama answering questions from America's youth. MTV is taking
questions from young people via video or written submissions at The special will premiere on Monday,
November 3rd on MTV at 9:00 am ET and will subsequently air on MTV at
7:00 pm ET, MTV Tr3s at 11:00 am ET and 6:30 pm ET, and on mtvU, MTV's
24-hour college network, and MTV2.
-- Interactive Choose or Lose "Youth Voice Map" -- Youth voices from
across the country will converge on November 4th and 5th on, and with a real-time
TwitterVision map of the United States. The map will feature a
running display of election-related content including Twitter messages
from young people, SMS messages from viewers, messages from the 51
Choose or Lose Street Team citizen journalists, video Blog posts from
Street Team members and MTV News correspondents, and MTV News stories.
-- MTV News -- On November 4 and 5, MTV News will have teams on the
ground in New York, Chicago, and Phoenix reporting on Election Day.
These teams will be following the campaigns, talking with young
people, and highlighting issues as they occur. MTV News
Correspondents Sway will be in Chicago, Kim Stolz will be in Phoenix,
and John Norris will be at the CNN GRILL in New York.
-- Choose or Lose Street Team 08 -- Throughout the day, MTV/Knight Street
Team 08 reporters for 15 battleground states will broadcast live
mobile-to-web coverage of the day. People can head to to get updates on what's going on in those key
states as well as get live reports should any issues arise during the
day. All Street Team 08 reporters will post in-depth videos, blogs,
and Twitter updates to keep our audience updated on what young people
are doing on Election Day across the country. When the election is
called, the Street Team will be on the ground sharing reactions as
they come in from youth viewing parties in every state.
-- Street Teamers on AP's "Big Issue: Election Results" -- Two MTV Choose
or Lose citizen journalists will take part in the first-ever
Associated Press live streaming online continuous video stream, "Big
Issue: Election Results." Both will report their experiences from
being on the ground, covering the youth vote throughout the year. The
webcast will be available to some 2,000 Web sites of newspapers,
broadcasters and other AP customers throughout the U.S. beginning at 7
pm ET on AP's Online Video Network at
-- Total Request Live (TRL) -- MTV News will be featured in 4 segments
during the show including live reports from Chicago and Phoenix to
update MTV viewers on what's going on at campaign headquarters that
-- MTV Virtual World Pre-Election Buzz Party -- On Monday, November 3rd,
fans in the MTV Virtual World can log on and chat with leading musical
artists and MTV celebrities about the 2008 Presidential Election.

Over the course of the campaign, other elements of "Choose or Lose '08" have included the pioneering MTV / MySpace Presidential Dialogue Series, which featured Senators McCain, Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Governor Huckabee and Representative Paul taking unfiltered questions -- in person and online, in real time - from youth nationwide; "Choose or Lose Presents Clinton & Obama Answer Young Veterans"; and MTV/Knight "Street Team '08," 51 specially-recruited citizen journalists, one in each state and Washington, D.C., covering the 2008 elections from a youth perspective.

On July 4th Choose or Lose presented exclusive 60-second video messages on MTV2 from presumptive Presidential candidates, republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Senator Barack Obama. These messages paid tribute to the young men and women who have served in the nation's armed forces. On July 28th, MTV News and Kanye West teamed up to tell the stories of returning veterans in the powerful documentary "Choose or Lose & Kanye West Present: Homecoming ( In this one hour special, Kanye West, along with MTV's Sway Calloway, gave recently returned Iraq war veterans the surprise of their lives by unexpectedly visiting their homes. And, on October 24th, MTV and CNN teamed up to host a cross-network television event that included a concert, "A Night for Vets: MTV Honors the BRAVE" to mobilize support for our country's newest generation of young veterans and news programming on both channels highlighting young veterans' stories of triumph, as well as issues facing veterans as they return from battle. MTV also announced the Bill of Rights for American Veterans (BRAVE), a petition created in partnership with a group of top non-partisan veterans' organizations calling on elected officials to support veterans' issues and swiftly enact positive legislative changes. American's can sign the petition by texting BRAVE to 66333 or by logging on to

"Choose or Lose '08" ( is MTV's Emmy Award-winning campaign to engage, inform and empower young voters on the political issues that matter to them most. First launched in 1992, the campaign has helped fuel several of the largest youth voter turnouts in US history, including in 2004, when it helped inspire nearly 22 million 18-30 year olds to register and vote. All "Choose or Lose" content - plus more information on the candidates, issues, registering to vote and a spirited debate - can be found on

About MTV

MTV is the dynamic, vibrant experiment at the intersection of music, creativity and youth culture. For over 26 years, MTV has evolved, challenged the norm, and detonated boundaries -- giving each new generation a creative outlet and voice that entertains, informs and unites on every platform and screen. On-air, MTV has been the number one rated 24 hour ad-supported cable network P12-24 for 16 straight years. Online, scored double-digit growth in 2007 and MTV launched 15 dynamic online communities and eight new virtual worlds. On the go, MTV Mobile is the #1 music brand in the wireless space - delivering 90% more streams than in 2006. And MTV's successful sibling networks MTV2, mtvU and MTV Tr3s each deliver unprecedented customized content, super-serving music fans, college students and young American Latinos like no one else. MTV is part of MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE: VIA.B), one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Wanna know more? Come on in...

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Britney Spears' 'Circus' in Stores December 2nd

Britney Spears' 'Circus' in Stores December 2nd

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- On the heels of the popularity of her No.1 hit single, "Womanizer," Britney Spears is confirmed to release her sixth studio album Circus (Jive Records) on her birthday, December 2nd.

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The worldwide superstar recently made news when she broke the record for making the biggest leap to No.1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart when "Womanizer" shot from No. 96 to No.1. Selling 286,000 downloads in its first week, "Womanizer" also set a new record for the biggest opening week by a female artist since Nielsen Soundscan started tracking digital sales in 2003. Outside of the U.S. the single and the video are bona-fide Top 5 hits in Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Germany, Spain, U.K., Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

Circus reunites Spears with previous collaborators such as Max Martin, Danja and Bloodshy & Avant. The next single is the up-tempo title track, "Circus," is produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco.

Britney Spears is one of the top-selling artists of the last decade, and to date she has sold in excess of 62 million albums worldwide: ...Baby One More Time (1999); Oops!... I Did It Again (2000); Britney (2001); In The Zone (2003) and Blackout (2007). "Womanizer" is her ninth No.1 single.


1. Womanizer
2. Circus
3. Out From Under
4. Kill The Lights
5. Shattered Glass
6. If U Seek Amy
7. Unusual You
8. Blur
9. Mmm Papi
10. Mannequin
11. Lace and Leather
12. My Baby

Bonus Track:
13. Radar

Album cover photo credit: Kate Turning

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Raul De Molina Takes Over!

Raul De Molina Takes Over!

His anniversary show received the highest ratings, placing itself at the top of the networks and his most recent book 'La Dieta del Gordo' has reached the top selling list.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Raul De Molina, co-host next to Lili Estefan of "El Gordo y la Flaca," made it to the top charts last Thursday, October 23rd with "Una Noche de 10," a special TV show dedicated to the celebration of their 10th anniversary. This became Univision's highest rated show in the last few months, with some 3.9 million viewers and special guest appearances such as Sofia Vergara, Vida Guerra and Angelica Vale among others.


De Molina, better known as "El Gordo", was selected as one of the 15 most influential Latinos by People en Espanol, and recently launched his second book, "La Dieta del Gordo", which has reached first place, being one of the top selling Hispanic books during the past few weeks.

For over twenty years, Raul has informed about the life of the most important Latin celebrities; his popularity, charisma, and his charm capturing the audience, are reflected through his show's high ratings, and nowadays he is without a doubt one of the best known people in the Latin world, leaving smiles in the faces of his millions of fans around the world.

CONTACT INFO: Jack Ketsoyan 213-422-8835

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'Twilight' Tickets Selling Fast on, Representing 51% of Sales

'Twilight' Tickets Selling Fast on, Representing 51% of Sales

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- "Twilight" doesn't open for another three weeks (on November 21), but fans are already scooping up advance tickets for the film at


In a recent survey, "Twilight" was voted by Fandango moviegoers as the most anticipated film of the season.* As of 12:00 noon PT today, the film accounted for 51% of all daily ticket sales on Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination.

As a bonus available to every "Twilight" ticket buyer, Fandango users will receive a free music download of the exclusive track, "Bella's Lullaby (Remix)." Details of the promotion are available at

"Twilight" showtimes are expected to sell out quickly. According to a current Fandango survey of more than 5,000 moviegoers, excitement is running high:

-- 92% of respondents say they'll see "Twilight" on opening weekend;
-- 85% say they plan to see the film more than once;
-- 56% are planning to see the movie with a group of friends;
-- 97% have read the novel by Stephenie Meyer;
-- 86% would be interested in visiting the locations where the movie was
-- 95% of the respondents to the survey are female;
-- 42% of respondents are 25 or older; 58% are younger than 25.

Fandango is giving "Twilight" fans a chance to see the sites and sounds of the film first-hand, with a sweepstakes that takes the winner and one lucky guest on an adventure in the Pacific Northwest, the film's scenic backdrop. For sweepstakes details, visit will continue to feature exclusive "Twilight" content including new trailers and clips, photo galleries, interviews, polls and more.

"'Twilight' has the potential to be a box office phenomenon and there's no denying the power of its core audience," says Ted Hong, VP Marketing for Fandango. "Several movies this year are striking a chord with female moviegoers, from 'Sex and the City' to 'Mamma Mia' to 'High School Musical 3'. 'Twilight' has a built-in fan base that is clearly passionate about the novel and can't wait to see it translated to the big screen."

About Fandango

One of the Web's top movie and entertainment destinations, Fandango sells tickets to more than 15,000 screens. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. Fandango is available at, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at Fandango is a unit of Comcast Interactive Media.

* From August 15 -- 26, 2008, nearly 3,500 Fandango moviegoers were surveyed regarding their interest in upcoming movies. Garnering the majority of the votes, "Twilight" was selected by 34 percent of respondents as the one film they're most looking forward to seeing during the final four months of 2008.

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The FX Election Special: Vote for Your U.S President of Animation!

The FX Election Special: Vote for Your U.S President of Animation!

LONDON, October 31/PRNewswire/ --

- With Photo

In the lead up to the 2008 US presidential elections, FX will air
back-to-back episodes of Family Guy and American Dad to commemorate the
occasion, kick-starting this week, every night at 9pm. The event will close
with a special edition of the Colbert Report, Wednesday, November 5th at
10pm, bringing you all the highlights surrounding the Presidential Election.

As part of the comedy block, Thursday nights from 9pm, FX presents a
double of Family Guy and American Dad that are linked by an electoral 'issue'
- the same issues that American voters will be weighing up before they go to
the polls on November 4th. Issues include family values, terrorism and the
war on drugs. Viewers will get the chance to pick from:

Whilst FX viewers can't vote Obama or McCain, they can elect
their own cartoon president by visiting
and vote for their favourite episode of American Dad or Family Guy online in
a bid to crown Stan Smith or Peter Griffin President of Animation. Viewers
are also in with the chance to win a limited edition goody bag filled with
prizes such as Family Guy/American Dad DVDs, t-shirts and a Family Guy
Freakin Sweet Pack.

Note to Editors:

A picture accompanying this release is available through the PA
Photowire. It can be downloaded from or
viewed at or

For more information contact: Chrystal Siersma
PR Manager

Source: FX Channel

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BET News Provides Extensive, Up-to-the-Minute Election Coverage to Reflect this Unprecedented Moment in U.S. History on Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5

BET News Provides Extensive, Up-to-the-Minute Election Coverage to Reflect this Unprecedented Moment in U.S. History on Tuesday, November 4 and Wednesday, November 5

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- As the nation's most historic presidential election draws to an end, BET News announced it will be providing in-depth on-air and online coverage throughout Election Day on Tuesday, November 4. Through live coverage, news specials and up-to-the-minute news briefs, as well as on-air crawls throughout the day with result updates, BET News will engage and inform its audience with vital news, analysis and community response during the final day of Senator Barack Obama's historic run as the country's first African-American candidate for the presidency.

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On Wednesday, November 5, BET News will continue its celebration of Obama's historic race for the White House -- no matter what the outcome. In an unprecedented move, BET will suspend all regular programming and fill its schedule with inspirational Obama speeches, live news coverage, viewer call-ins, celebrity drop-ins, and more.

The following outlines BET's schedule of programming for the final days of the 2008 presidential election:

6:00-7:30 PM*
106 & PARK

Kirk Clay, Director of National Civic Engagement for the NAACP, will visit the show and advise viewers on voter rules and what to do if they have a problem at the polls.

10:00-11:00 PM*

As Senator Barack Obama stands poised to become the first Black man in the White House, BET News will premiere this powerful special that asks the question on the minds of many viewers: What will an Obama victory mean for us? Gathering a wide range of voices -- from entertainers to political players -- this one-hour special explores African-American expectations of an Obama presidency, his race and the forces that have brought him to history's door.

-- Encore presentations: 11:00 a.m.*, 8:00 p.m.* and 11:00 p.m.* on Wednesday, November 5; 10:00 p.m.* on Sunday, November 9.

11:00 PM-12:00 AM*

WHAT'S AT STAKE: THE TOP 10 ISSUES FACING BLACK AMERICA BET News will also offer an encore presentation of this special, which delves into how the policies supported by both presidential candidates can, for better or worse, affect the lives of Black Americans.

106 & PARK

BET News correspondents Sharon Carpenter, Andre Showell and Jina Johnson will provide updates from their respective locations (Sharon Carpenter from Senator John McCain's headquarters in Phoenix; Andre Showell from Obama's headquarters in Chicago; and Jina Johnson in Atlanta at an election event). The show will also continue to encourage people to the polls and will let them know it's not too late to vote, since most polls will still be open when the show begins.

BET host Alesha Renee and comedian Drew Fraiser will also hit the streets of New York City giving viewers five reasons (both serious and comedic) about why they must vote. The show will also encourage people to go to the polls.

8:00-11:00 PM*

BET News will provide LIVE updates and analysis of the day's events and activities. Jeff Johnson and a team of political strategists, special guests and BET News correspondents will provide context and analysis of both candidates' runs, as well as the latest developments on Election Day. The network will take LIVE reports from Jeff Johnson in the New York City studio; Jina Johnson in Atlanta at an election event; Pamela Gentry from the battleground state of Ohio; Andre Showell from Obama's headquarters in Chicago; and Sharon Carpenter from Senator John McCain's headquarters in Phoenix. BET News special contributors that evening will include: BET political analyst Keith Boykin; political pundits Jamal Simmons, Keli Goff and Angela McGlowan, and The New York Times editor Marcus Mabrey.

Also on Tuesday, November 4, BET News will feature:

-- Extended News Briefs: BET News correspondents will file reports on the latest voting information, while citing issues that will drive our community to the polls. They will also report on problems arising at polling booths and the recourse that can be taken. These 1:30 reports will put the historic nature of this election in context, while stressing the importance of our community's participation.

-- Election Day Promos: These promos will feature reactions from voters leaving the polls.

-- News Interrupts/Updates: Beginning at 9:00 a.m.*, BET News will have one-minute updates every hour. Starting at 8:00 p.m.*, we will begin updates at each segment break on the race, along with state-by-state poll projections

-- You(th) Vote! : From 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.*, BET News will air interstitials from Speak Out, a recent spoken word event hosted by BET News that focused on issues affecting young people.

-- Crawls and On-Air Messaging: Throughout the day, crawls will be provided with up-to-date information on voting. Messaging will provide up-to-the minute results.


-- will begin broadcasting BE HEARD: ELECTION 2008 on BET on Blast from 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.*, promoting this early exclusive online segment via crawls throughout the day on-air. BE HEARD: Election 2008 online will throw to the on-air edition.

-- Blogs - Pamela on Politics, You(th) Vote, celebrity blogger actress Jurnee Smollett, and a hip-hop artist (TBD) on our Hip Hop vs. America blog.

-- BE HEARD Upload - visitors will be able to upload videos showing their voting experience, problems, etc. at their voting locations. BET News will also run these uploaded videos as part of its hourly updates.

-- will also feature an area were voters can report voting problems, submit video and send in messages about their experiences. In addition, the site will offer celebrity interviews and reactions to the election results.


Speeches and Specials: BET News will also show encore presentations of its election specials and the noteworthy campaign speeches that were previously aired earlier in the election cycle. The following is the schedule of the specials and speeches:


-- 11:00-11:30 PM*: RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT (Obama's June 2008 speech when he became the presumptive Democratic nominee)

-- 11:30 PM-12:00 AM*: YES WE CAN (Obama's speech after the New Hampshire primary)

-- 12:00-1:00 AM*: A MORE PERFECT UNION (Obama's speech on race)

-- 1:00-2:00 AM*: I ACCEPT (Obama's DNC 2008 speech)

-- 2:00-2:30 AM*: JOURNEY TO THE WHITE HOUSE (BET News special)

-- 2:30-3:00 AM*: DREAM: 45 YEARS LATER (BET News special)

-- 3:00-3:30 AM*: OBAMA AND THE BLACK VOTE (BET News special)


-- 9:00-11:00 AM*: BET NEWS: SALUTE TO OBAMA will feature a live panel discussion with celebrity call-ins/satellite reactions. Jeff Johnson and a team of political strategists, special guests and BET News correspondents will provide context and analysis of what Obama's run for the White House means -- regardless of the outcome.

-- BET will re-air its news specials and Obama's speeches throughout the day on Wednesday, November 5:

-- 12:30-1:00 PM*: DREAMS: 45 YEARS LATER
-- 1:30-2:00 PM*: YES WE CAN
-- 3:00-3:30 PM*: FIRST LADY SPEECH (Michelle Obama's DNC 2008 speech)
-- 3:30-4:00 PM*: DNC 2004 SPEECH
-- 4:00-5:00 PM*: I ACCEPT
-- 6:00-8:00 PM*: 106 & PARK ELECTION COVERAGE
-- 10:00-11:00 PM*: A MORE PERFECT UNION
-- 3:00-3:30 AM*: FIRST LADY SPEECH
-- 3:30-4:00 AM*: DNC 2004 SPEECH

*All times ET/PT

For more on BET Networks' 2008 presidential election coverage, please visit

About BET Networks

BET Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), is the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 87 million households according to Nielsen Media Research, and can be seen in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions:, a leading internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET Digital Networks -- BET J, BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and production company; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, an extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

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Paderewski Festival Returns to Paso This Fall

Paderewski Festival Returns to Paso This Fall

PASO ROBLES, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third year in a row, Paderewski's music will resonate throughout the charming Central Coast town of Paso Robles, a community this great Polish musician and statesman called his home in America. A series of events planned for November 13-16, 2008, includes concerts, memorabilia exhibits, film screening, Polish Mass and breakfast, as well as lecture on Paderewski, among other attractions.

The most important event, the Festival Gala Concert given by the Russian-born pianist, Nikita Mndoyants, will take place at the Ballroom of the Paso Robles in on Saturday, November 15 at 8 p.m. Mr. Mndoyants, a 19-year old prodigy pianist and composer, is the First Place Winner of the 2007 Paderewski International Piano Competition in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He will present a program of works by Paderewski, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven and his compositions.

The other concert scheduled to take place in the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom on November 15 will feature winners of the Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, showcasing talented young pianists from the San Luis Obispo County. The Winners' Concert at 4 p.m. and the Elegant Evening that follows-a Victorian- themed street party for Paso Robles merchants, residents, and visitors scheduled-are free and open to the public.

Two other concerts will be presented during the 2008 Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles-the Festival opening by the Midnight Winds on Thursday, 13 November at 7 p.m. in the North Country Christian Church (Vine and 9th Street) and An Evening with Paderewski concert, featuring pianist Rodolfas Budginas, will take place on Friday, November 14 at 7 p.m. at the Cass Winery (intersection of Linne and Geneseo Road).

For complete information on the Festival please visit, and for other Polish related events in Northern California .

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Starz Entertainment Grants Wishes for 13 Colorado Children

Starz Entertainment Grants Wishes for 13 Colorado Children

Starz Entertainment Presents $50,000 Donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In its 10th annual year of giving, Starz Entertainment will grant the wishes of 13 Colorado children who are living with life-threatening medical conditions, donating $50,000 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado. Starz Entertainment employees will present the funds and host the wish children and their families at the company's headquarters and provide an evening filled with fun and movie magic.


This year's adopted wishes include trips to Walt Disney World and a bedroom makeover. "Starz Entertainment and its employees have made a huge difference in the lives of local children and their families going through very difficult times over the past 10 years," said Joan Mazak, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado. "They continue to grant more wishes than any other Colorado company, and it is with their generosity and compassion that these kids are afforded an opportunity to forget about their illnesses, if even just for a little while."

In addition to the presentation of Starz' annual donation, wish children and their families will be treated to an evening of fun with games, prizes and a chance to star in their own movie. The kids will also get the chance to meet some of their most beloved Disney characters.

"Starz Entertainment and its employees are honored to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado to make a difference in the lives of these courageous children and their families," said Bill Myers, president and chief operating officer of Starz Entertainment. "We proudly present this gift in the spirit of giving and as an expression of our commitment to give these special kids some much deserved light-hearted fun and happy memories."

Since 1999, Starz Entertainment has partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, granting 130 wishes in that time. Sponsors and supporters of Starz' efforts include Anchor Bay Entertainment, Atmospheres High-Lighters Event Productions, Buena Vista Television, C2 Media, Coca-Cola, Color Me Mine, Games Exchange of Colorado, Lee Wayne Corporation, Sean Popp the Magic Dude, Blue Point Bakery, Kraft Foods, Robinson's Dairy, Sara Lee Bakery, Brian Grove, Sodexo and Bernard Grant Photography.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded in 1983, the Foundation has granted more than 2,700 wishes to eligible Colorado children. The Colorado chapter is part of the largest wish-granting organization in the world, with 69 chapters in the United States and its territories, and 27 international affiliates on five continents. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, visit

About Starz 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 17.4 million and 31.6 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, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

Contact(s): Barbara McCoy Robert Newman
Starz Entertainment Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado
(720) 852-4036 (303) 750-9474

Eric Becker
Starz Entertainment
(720) 852-4065

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Naspers/MIH Group: Christian Unger Passes on CEO Function to Hein Pretorius

Naspers/MIH Group: Christian Unger Passes on CEO Function to Hein Pretorius

ZUG, Switzerland and AMSTERDAM, October 31/PRNewswire/ --

- Unger Newly Appointed CEO of Leading Swiss Media Group Ringier

- Group's Online Growth Perspective Remains Positive

- MIH Group - Hein Pretorius Takes up CEO Position From Christian Unger

Hein Pretorius, former COO and Business Development Director of MIH Group
takes up the CEO position of MIH Internet BV from Christian Unger. The
transition takes place in connection with the appointment of Christian Unger
as the new CEO of the leading Swiss media group Ringier as per 1 January
2009. Pretorius assumes the function at once gaining responsibility for the
entire European internet operations of South African media conglomerate
Naspers (JSE:NPN), MIH's mother entity. The MIH Group incorporates renown
brands such as market leading online auction platforms (Poland), (Switzerland), as well as well-known internet brands such as, the leading instant messenger portal in Poland, or,
Russia's leading internet portal.

Former COO and Business Development Director of the MIH Group, Hein
Pretorius, assumes leadership of Europe's internet operations of South
African media group Naspers (JSE:NPN). " With Hein Pretorius I am pleased to
appoint an experienced successor with great leadership and online expertise.
He will continue to contribute to the development of Naspers' online
portfolio," the departing CEO Christian Unger states. Unger was appointed CEO
of leading Swiss media group Ringier, this week. He will assume this position
as of 1 January 2009. " I am looking forward to this challenge, and I am
confident that within the activities of Naspers and Ringier there are many
interesting opportunities, especially since both companies are active in the
dynamic media markets of Western and Eastern Europe" Christian Unger

"This year we've added many Eastern Europe-based e-commerce brands to the
portfolio. Our organic growth is also considerable," Hein Pretorius, the
newly appointed CEO of MIH Internet BV is pleased to comment. He considers a
corresponding growth rate of up to 60% next year as realistic. MIH Internet
Europe includes the leading auction platforms (Poland) and (Switzerland), as well as renown online brands such as
(instant messaging, Poland), (internet portal, Russia) and Aukro
(Bulgaria, Czech Republic).

MIH Group is a multinational media company active in the electronic media
segment, including pay-TV, internet, instant messaging and the distribution
of the associated technologies. The MIH Group is part of the South African
Naspers Group (JSE: NPN).

The European internet branch of the MIH Group, MIH Internet Europe,
includes leading internet brands and online auction platforms such as (market leader in Poland) and (market leader in
Switzerland), Aukro (Bulgaria, Czech Republic) and QXL (Denmark, Norway), as
well as leading online portals Gadu-Gadu (Poland) and (Russia).


MIH Internet Europe,
Nicole Portmann,
Grafenauweg 11,
CH-6300 Zug,
Tel: +41-41-769-34-34,
E-Mail: .

Source: Naspers Corporation

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Outdoor Channel Viewers and Affiliates 'Gear Up and Go!' With Fall Multi-Platform Promotion

Outdoor Channel Viewers and Affiliates 'Gear Up and Go!' With Fall Multi-Platform Promotion

Network Promotion is Bigger than Ever with More than 300 Cable Systems Participating and Over $200,000 Worth of Exciting Prize Giveaways

TEMECULA, Calif., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Outdoor Channel, America's Leader in Outdoor TV, is outfitting viewers and cable affiliates across the country with the 2nd annual Gear Up and Go! Fall promotion running through Dec. 5. A total of 320 cable systems representing over 14 million subscriber households have signed up to participate in the campaign that gives Outdoor Channel viewers and affiliates the opportunity to win big.

Everyday during November and the first week of December, viewers can logon to to enter for a chance to win one of 30 exciting prizes. During the last week of November, grand prizes are given away each day courtesy of network sponsors, including a Suzuki Grand Vitara, a trip to the Silverton Casino Lodge in Las Vegas, a fishing trip and vacation to the Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica, and a Smith & Wesson shotgun.

Gear Up and Go! also offers cable affiliates several valuable tools, such as taggable cross-channel spots and other support marketing materials. Taggable talent-hosted spots can be used in conjunction with advertisers to drive local ad sales revenue. In addition, customer service personnel have the opportunity to enter a special grand prize sweepstakes when they pitch Outdoor Channel on a customer call or installation. To date, over 2,000 customer service personnel have enrolled in the promotion.

"Outdoor Channel values its viewers and partners, and this promotion shows our appreciation by offering everyone a chance to gear up and go!" said Denise Conroy-Galley, senior vice president of marketing and research. "With the help of our advertising partners, we've developed a fun and exciting campaign that enables our affiliates to reach valuable outdoor enthusiasts in their communities."

Last year's inaugural Gear Up and Go! Fall promotion drew over 200,000 consumer enrollments. In addition, nearly 300 cable affiliates participated, leading to over 80,000 cross-channel spots worth an estimated $4 million.

As the leading outdoor programming network, Outdoor Channel is committed to the millions of sportsmen and women across the country. Currently, Outdoor Channel is the exclusive partner to over a dozen conservation and outdoor affinity groups, including Boy Scouts of America, Safari Club International and Pheasants Forever, among others.

About Outdoor Channel

Outdoor Channel is America's Leader in Outdoor TV, offering programming that captures the excitement of hunting, fishing, shooting, off-road motorsports, adventure and the Western lifestyle. The network can be viewed on multiple platforms including high definition, video-on-demand, as well as on a dynamic new website. Outdoor Channel is operated by a wholly owned subsidiary of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ GM: OUTD). For more information about Outdoor Channel, please visit

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In Conjunction With Pornography Awareness Week and the WRAP Campaign, Hollywood Gives America, 'Zack & Miri Make a Porno Movie;' Why Large-Scale Pornographers Should be Concerned

In Conjunction With Pornography Awareness Week and the WRAP Campaign, Hollywood Gives America, 'Zack & Miri Make a Porno Movie;' Why Large-Scale Pornographers Should be Concerned

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In conjunction with the annual Pornography Awareness Week and the White Ribbon Against Pornography Campaign, which run Oct. 26 through Nov. 2, The Weinstein Company has released "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," a comedy about two young adults who are financially and morally broke and who decide to make a pornographic movie to make ends meet.

Morality in Media President Robert Peters commented:

Unlike the Broadway musical "The Producers," which was intended to make fun of the Nazis, the film "Zack & Miri Make a Porno" is just intended to be fun, like a comedy about football.

This raises a question, "Is it morally acceptable to have fun about any subject, when it comes to sex, whether it be making pornography, prostitution, trafficking, molesting children, or rape?"

I would assume that The Weinstein Company wouldn't make a film that portrayed in a sympathetic light the Nazis who murdered Jews in Auschwitz or the men in Texas who dragged an African American behind a truck until he died. There are some standards in Hollywood.

Perhaps the excuse is that Hollywood is just reflecting reality, and there is some truth in that because young adults (and some not so young) are making their own pornography to make a buck.

But despite what Hollywood tells us, sympathetic and nonjudgmental portrayals of moral evil also encourage copycat behavior among vulnerable youth and even among some old enough to know better.

Not too long ago a media outlet contacted me about the tragic phenomena of individuals, young and older, willing to disrobe (and often to do more) on the Internet for all to see. I commented in part that popular culture has normalized pornography for many Americans, especially younger Americans.

Earlier this year, I wrote the following in a letter to a U.S. Senator, criticizing the Justice Department's record of enforcing federal obscenity laws, "to date the Department has not lost one obscenity case; but the 'victories' have been so few and far between that commercial distributors of pornography are more worried about the glut of free porn hampering sales than they are about obscenity prosecutions."

And finally, why is this film rated "R" rather than "NC-17?" Does the MPAA honestly think it's OK for kids to view an indecent film about making porn, as long as a parent is along for the ride?

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Intellian(R) Technologies Unveils New Inmarsat Communications Systems at the 2008 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Intellian(R) Technologies Unveils New Inmarsat Communications Systems at the 2008 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

New Intellian FB250(TM) Broadband Marine Communications System and Intellian F33(TM) Compact Marine Communications System Keep Mariners Connected And In Touch

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Marine satellite television innovator Intellian(R) Technologies has broadened its offerings with the introduction of two new mobile communications systems engineered to provide boaters with powerful and reliable voice, fax and Internet communications anywhere in the world. These new-for-2009 systems -- the Intellian FleetBroadband 250 (FB250)(TM) and Intellian Inmarsat Fleet 33 (F33)(TM) -- made their global debut before the industry, marine media and the boating public at the recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Both of these innovative systems combine compact design with superior performance on the high seas. No other manufacturer offers boaters a more compact matching satellite television/Inmarsat dome set. Both the Intellian FB250 and Intellian F33 provide unparalleled flexibility in selecting matching antenna domes for a streamlined and aesthetically pleasing installation. Mariners can match their Intellian Inmarsat antenna dome with a range of Intellian satellite TV domes, from the Intellian i2(TM) -- the world's smallest full-featured marine satellite TV antenna system -- to matching Intellian i3(TM) or i4(TM) domes.

Inmarsat offers boaters several important advantages over competitive satellite systems, beginning with superior reliability in even the most remote locations. Inmarsat doesn't require expensive monthly fees (as does VSAT), so it is ideal for cruisers who will only use it occasionally. This also makes it an excellent reliable backup to VSAT. Compared to some other marine satellite communications systems, Inmarsat also excels for easy transmission and reception of fax data.

Both the Intellian FB250 and Intellian FBF33 operate using cost-effective Intellian airtime programs, allowing mariners to customize the best program for their cruising and voyaging needs (details at

"Reliable global communications not only enhances safety, it truly opens up the freedom of the cruising lifestyle for sailors and power boaters," says John Minetola, Sales Director for Intellian Technologies USA. "Technology such as our Intellian F33 and FB250 allows boaters to 'leave it all behind' -- without losing touch with friends, family and work back on the shore."

Intellian FB250 -- Delivering the Power, Technology and Speed to Do It All

Whether you're running a Fortune 500 company or just keeping in touch with family, Intellian's FB250 literally transforms any vessel into a floating broadband office, anywhere in the world. Using the latest generation Inmarsat FleetBroadband communication service, this mobile communications system provides simultaneous global access to voice and high-speed data services, so mariners can send and receive e-mails with large attachments, comfortably run complex data applications and make voice calls, all at the same time. With enhanced security for accessing an Intranet or VPN (Virtual Private Network), boaters can send/receive important data with confidence. In addition, this system's SMS capability provides an inexpensive way to send instant text messages up to 160 characters -- perfect for quickly keeping in touch.

The Intellian FB250 provides guaranteed data speed connections through standard IP at up to 284Kbps and streaming IP at up to 128Kbps. Flexible Intellian airtime charges, along with a variety of prepay and post-pay packages, help boaters communicate efficiently and reduce the cost of doing business afloat. Like the Intellian FB33, the Intellian FB250 is a compact and fully integrated system designed with a single coaxial cable between the antenna and Below Deck Equipment (BDE). The BDE supports a wide range of interfaces for easy, seamless integration into shore-based systems or head office networks. An included IP handset allows mariners to integrate their telecommunications infrastructures, further streamlining the entire system.

Intellian F33 -- Powerful, Flexible and Reliable

The Intellian F33 was developed as the ideal worldwide mobile communications solution for leisure yachts and small commercial vessels, with compact design, intuitive operation and advanced features. The Intellian F33 delivers crystal clear voice, fax and data communications through Inmarsat's global and spot beam coverage. This unique system supports Inmarsat's MPDS (Mobile Packet Data Service), a cost-effective service that charges only for the amount of data transmitted -- not time spent online. This means boaters can enjoy continuous, always-on Internet access without incurring additional service costs. This feature also facilitates a range of security enhancements for accessing a VPN. The Intellian F33 also features available call-waiting service, providing an alert on the supplied handset when there's an incoming voice, fax or data call. With this feature, boaters never have to worry about missing an incoming call when they are conducting an MPDS session.

The Intellian F33 system is easy to install, comprised of an antenna, BDE and a handset. A user-friendly single coaxial cable connects the antenna with the BDE. For increased versatility at sea, Intellian's BDE supports a wide range of onboard communication systems with its flexible interface design, including TEL/FAX line RJ11, LAN RJ45, USB Serial Port and RS-232 Serial Port. The Intellian F33 also has the exclusive ability to "grow" with a boater's needs. Unlike other Fleet items on the market, this system can be upgraded to Fleet Broadband Service as the vessel owner's cruising habits or data needs change.

For more information and specifications on these two new mobile communications systems, or the complete line of advanced Intellian satellite television systems for recreational and commercial vessels, contact Intellian Technologies USA, Inc. at Parker Irvine Business Center, 19 Hammond, Suite 509, Irvine, CA 92618 -- Telephone: (949) 916-4411 -- Or visit the Intellian website at

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Warner Australia Chooses Play MPE(R) to Digitally Distribute Pre-release Music to Radio

Warner Australia Chooses Play MPE(R) to Digitally Distribute Pre-release Music to Radio

SYDNEY, Australia, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Shooting Star Picture Company and Warner Music Australia are pleased to announce a partnership which will see one of Australia's largest record companies migrate to the exclusive use of PLAY MPE(R) and Spins services, Australia's new industry tools for audio and video delivery and radio monitoring. Both services are marketed exclusively in Australia as part of the D-Star product line.

PLAY MPE(R) has been testing throughout 2008 and will now provide delivery of Warner's new release content to all media exclusively on this digital platform. The Play MPE(R) system allows media to easily preview and download relevant music in CD quality files, transfer tracks to portable music devices such as iPods and easily collate usage data on new releases for Warner Music Australia.

D-Star Spins also launches this month, providing Australia's most accurate and user-friendly service for tracking radio airplay for label's catalogues. D-Star Spins is an essential planning tool for music companies such as Warner Music Australia to track the success of campaigns in real-time.

"We are pleased to be extending our existing relationship with Shooting Star and the breadth of services they provide our organisation. Both Play MPE(R) and Spins are excellent, state of the art services which will provide the important business tools we need to communicate and interact with all our media partners" said Director of Promotions and Publicity for Warner Music Australia -- Ben Facey.

"We are delighted that Warner Music Australia is joining us on this journey to provide Australia's industry standard in promo delivery," said Shooting Star Picture Company CEO Peter Skillman. "Our D-Star business is based on listening to the needs of both media and our label clients and proving the solutions and ever-improving products that are based on understanding both sides of the fence. Our current success proves that our strategy is the right one and we look forward to a long and prosperous future with Warner as well as our other valued clients."

Play MPE(R) (promotional audio delivery) and D-Star Digital (promotional video delivery) are available now with FREE accounts for media. D-Star welcomes previous users of other services to the D-Star suite for all of their promotional content needs. To sign up for a media account or to find out how either product can assist your business access the media, visit D-Star Spins is available now for radio playlist monitoring in all mainland capital cities plus the Gold Coast including all commercial radio, Triple J and selected community stations.

About Shooting Star

( was established 16 years ago and is now at the forefront of commercial and television production, post-production and -- with D-Star -- the digital delivery of promotional assets. Shooting Star has also become a major force with its cinema advertising sales arm, Star Media, and is pioneering the delivery of high-definition cinema advertising.

About Destiny Media

Play MPE(R) is a product of Destiny Software Productions (BULLETIN BOARD: DSNY) . With over 23,000 users and over 100,000 songs from more than 1,000 record labels, including Universal Music Group, EMI Music Group, Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, Destiny's Play MPE(R) system is the most widely used digital distribution system available to the recording and radio industries. Play MPE(R) is a secure distribution system that features state-of-the-art encryption to protect content while delivering high definition audio to users in radio, marketing and media. A powerful promotional tool, Play MPE(R) also allows record companies to distribute video, text and graphics including music videos, CD covers, credits, lyrics, promotions, and other content. More information on Play MPE(R) can be found at

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SIRIUS XM Radio to Provide Wide-Ranging Election Night Coverage From Left, Right and Center

SIRIUS XM Radio to Provide Wide-Ranging Election Night Coverage From Left, Right and Center

Live reports on POTUS '08, channel devoted to 2008 presidential election

SIRIUS XM will features live programming across 14 channels with guests and hosts, including Dr. Maya Angelou, Gayle King, Jamie Foxx, Joe Madison, Tom Brokaw, Gwen Ifill, Ron Silver, Mark Thompson and Andrew Wilkow

NEW YORK, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) announced today that it will broadcast extensive live coverage of election night 2008 with diverse programming across 14 channels from November 3rd through November 5th.


For XM subscribers, Oprah & Friends will broadcast live special programming and perspectives from the channel's wide variety of hosts and experts, as well as reports from the Obama and McCain headquarters. Gayle King will broadcast live in New York on Election Day and in Chicago the morning after, and Dr. Maya Angelou will interview renowned journalists and 2008 presidential and vice-presidential debate moderators Tom Brokaw and Gwen Ifill. (SIRIUS subscribers can get the Oprah & Friends channel through the "Best of XM.")

On Election Day, XM's POTUS '08 will broadcast live reports from the site of Senator Obama's rally in Chicago and from Senator McCain's rally in Phoenix. Joe Madison will broadcast live from Grant Park in Chicago on XM's The Power. Jamie Foxx will cover the election from all sides on SIRIUS' The Foxxhole. SIRIUS Patriot's Andrew Wilkow, SIRIUS Left's Mark Thompson and Indie Talk's Ron Silver will deliver coverage from the left, right and center. SIRIUS OutQ will offer perspective for the LGBT community, and SIRIUS' The Catholic Channel will provide breaking election news with analysis and perspective from the Catholic voter. SIRIUS XM Radio will also provide live streaming coverage from the major cable news networks including CNN, CNN En Espanol and FOX NEWS, and National Public Radio (NPR).

Below are details of SIRIUS XM Radio's Election '08 coverage:

OPRAH & FRIENDS - XM channel 156 and SIRIUS channel 195

Oprah & Friends will have wall-to-wall coverage on this historic Election Day with regular news updates, live reports from Grant Park in Chicago and McCain headquarters in Phoenix, and special programming and perspective from the channel's wide variety of hosts and experts.

Gayle King will broadcast live beginning at 8 am ET November 4th, taking the temperature of voters as polls open across the country. At 8 am ET November 5th, King will deliver the latest election results and share her personal thoughts on the election.

On November 4th at 10 am ET and 7 PM ET Dr. Maya Angelou will interview renowned journalists and 2008 presidential and vice-presidential debate moderators Tom Brokaw and Gwen Ifill to get their thoughts on this history-making campaign. Dr. Angelou will also reflect on the hard fought battles by minorities and women to gain this right. Jean Chatzky will address the ramifications the election has on the economy with two live broadcasts November 4th at 11 am ET and 6 pm ET, and November 5th at 11 am ET. November 4th at 7 am ET Dr. Oz will host "Presidential Voices," a special presidential retrospective edition of his show. Other hosts participating in special election coverage include Rabbi Shmuley, Dr. Robin Smith, and Holly and Rodney Peete. Marianne Williamson will be live from 10 pm-midnight ET as returns come in, with reaction, reflections, and live calls from listeners.

POTUS '08 - XM channel 130

POTUS '08, the first and only radio channel devoted to a presidential election, has followed the candidates every day and every hour since September 2007, providing 24-hour news updates, candidate interviews, complete speeches, debate coverage, polling results, fundraising reports, and live call-in shows. POTUS '08 will hit the ground in Chicago and Phoenix - HQ for Obama and McCain - presenting special reports beginning November 3rd. On Election Day at 4 pm ET, Rebecca Roberts will host "1600" live from Chicago's Grant Park, site of Barack Obama's rally while Cameron Gray will host from McCain headquarters. POTUS '08 Anchors Joe Mathieu, Adrienne Mitchell and Tim Farley will co-anchor coverage from Washington, DC beginning at 6 pm ET, featuring Reid Wilson of Real Clear Politics with state-by-state analysis and coverage continues through the overnight hours with a special edition of "Morning Briefing" featuring listener reaction.


Jamie Foxx's passion for politics has exploded this year on his Foxxhole radio channel, hosting live call-in shows on debate nights and broadcasting live from Invesco Field as Obama accepted his historic nomination. Foxx and his Foxxhole crew will cover the election from all sides - from the humorous to the serious - with live coverage beginning at 4 pm PT on Election Day and continuing into the night.

THE POWER - XM channel 169

Joe Madison "The Black Eagle" will broadcast live from Grant Park in Chicago beginning at 7 pm ET on election night. Joe will bring listeners a complete play-by-play from the Obama camp as election night unfolds with special interviews and conversations with the voters. On November 5th, Joe will broadcast live with post-election coverage from the Oprah XM Radio studios in Chicago.

SIRIUS LEFT - SIRIUS channel 146

SIRIUS Left will provide continuous election coverage all day on November 4th. Beginning at 8 pm ET, Mark Thompson will host an election night roundtable with Theola Labbe from The Washington Post, Brian Debose from The Washington Times and journalist/activist Rick Rosendall. Other guests will include political scientist Dr. Ronald Walters and SIRIUS Left hosts Alex Bennett and Thom Hartmann. Coverage continues November 5th with hosts Bill Press, Alex Bennett, Thom Hartmann and Lynn Samuels.


SIRIUS Patriot will provide continuous live coverage on Election Day with hosts including Bill Bennett, Mike Church, Andrew Wilkow, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin. Beginning at 9 pm ET, Cam & Company from NRA will host an election night special featuring live updates from battleground states, roundtable discussions with special contributors Jim Geraghty of National Review Online and former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. In addition SIRIUS Patriot will provide analysis and commentary from hosts Andrew Wilkow and Mike Church. The channel's live coverage will continue after a winner is projected, allowing SIRIUS Patriot listeners a chance to share their reaction and opinions through the early morning hours.

INDIE TALK - SIRIUS channel 110

Indie Talk will provide continuous coverage on Election Day with opinions and polling experiences from the much coveted Independent voter. Beginning at 8 pm ET, Indie Talk's roundtable coverage will start with Vinnie Politan, Ron Silver, Pete Dominick and John Devore looking at numbers and talking about the outcomes with guests and newsmakers. Indie Talk will also present "blogcasts" every 20 minutes with important updates on what's being said in the blogosphere as well as live updates from the McCain and Obama camps. Indie Talk will remain live through the overnight hours for continuous discussion and reaction once a winner is projected.

SIRIUS OUTQ - SIRIUS channel 109

SIRIUS OutQ, the nation's only channel devoted to the GLBT community, will keep listeners updated throughout Election Day with in-depth discussion during The Michelangelo Signorile Show at 2 pm ET. At 10 pm ET, SIRIUS OutQ hosts and listeners participate in a roundtable discussion covering the presidential election as well as critical ballot initiatives on gay marriage in several states. SIRIUS OutQ News Director Tim Curran will provide breaking news with correspondents on the ground in key states.


Beginning on November 3rd, SIRIUS' The Catholic Channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2008 Election with overviews of key congressional races across the country as well as the presidential race. On Election Day, the channel will provide listeners with updates throughout the day of exit polling and election results. Listeners will be encouraged to call in and share their thoughts. On November 5th, the channel's coverage will focus on breaking down the election results with a special focus on the Catholic voter.

CNN (SIRIUS 132, XM 122), CNN En Espanol (SIRIUS 92, XM 126), FOX NEWS (SIRIUS 131, XM 121), NPR (SIRIUS 134), XMPR (133)

SIRIUS XM Radio subscribers will have access to live streaming election night coverage from the major cable news networks as well as National Public Radio (NPR).

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About SIRIUS XM Radio

SIRIUS XM Radio is America's satellite radio company delivering The Best Radio on Radio(TM) to more than 18 million subscribers, including commercial free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather.

SIRIUS XM Radio has content relationships with an array of personalities and artists, including Howard Stern, Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, Jimmy Buffett, Elvis, Jamie Foxx, Barbara Walters, Frank Sinatra, Opie & Anthony, The Grateful Dead, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Tom Petty, and Bob Edwards. SIRIUS XM Radio is the leader in sports programming as the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, Major League Baseball, NASCAR, NBA, NHL, and PGA TOUR, and broadcasts major college sports.

SIRIUS XM Radio has arrangements with every major automaker. SIRIUS XM Radio products are available at and, and at retail locations nationwide, including Best Buy, Circuit City, RadioShack, Target, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart.

SIRIUS XM Radio also offers SIRIUS Backseat TV, the first ever live in-vehicle rear seat entertainment featuring Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and Cartoon Network; XM NavTraffic(R) service for GPS navigation systems delivers real-time traffic information, including accidents and road construction, for more than 80 North American markets.

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 the benefits of the business combination transaction involving SIRIUS and XM, including potential synergies and cost savings and the timing thereof, 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 "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "will," "should," "may," or words of similar meaning. Such forward-looking statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of SIRIUS' and 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: general business and economic conditions; the performance of financial markets and interest rates; the ability to obtain governmental approvals of the transaction on a timely basis; the failure to realize synergies and cost-savings from the transaction or delay in realization thereof; the businesses of SIRIUS and XM may not be combined successfully, or such combination may take longer, be more difficult, time-consuming or costly to accomplish than expected; and operating costs and business disruption following the merger, including adverse effects on employee retention and on our business relationships with third parties, including manufacturers of radios, retailers, automakers and programming providers. 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' and XM's Annual Reports on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and their respective Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2008, which are filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and available at the SEC's Internet site ( 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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