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Saturday, February 28, 2009

ABC Radio Networks Statement on the Passing of Paul Harvey

ABC Radio Networks Statement on the Passing of Paul Harvey

DALLAS, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Jim Robinson, President of ABC Radio Networks, on the passing of Paul Harvey:

Paul Harvey was one of the most gifted and beloved broadcasters in our nation's history. As he delivered the news each day with his own unique style and commentary, his voice became a trusted friend in American households. His career in radio spanned more than seven decades, during which time countless millions of listeners were both informed and entertained by his "News & Comment" and "Rest of the Story" features. Even after the passing of his loving wife Angel in May 2008, Paul would not slip quietly into retirement as he continued to take the microphone and reach out to his audience. We will miss our dear friend tremendously and are grateful for the many years we were so fortunate to have known him. Our thoughts and prayers are now with his son Paul Jr. and the rest of the Harvey family.

Jim Robinson

President, ABC Radio Networks

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For Florida Nonprofits: Free Fundraising Consulting Hotline

For Florida Nonprofits: Free Fundraising Consulting Hotline

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Totally free, personalized fundraising consulting is now available for all Florida nonprofits 24/7 at

"Florida nonprofit fundraisers may ask anything they want - like How can I find donors? or How can I get my board to give more and to ask others to give? It's absolutely one-on-one attention. They won't be getting boilerplate answers," says Dr. Stephen L. Goldstein, creator of the hotline and president of The Nonprofit Institute, Educational Marketing Services in Fort Lauderdale.

"Nonprofits always have a hard time raising money. But many are really struggling in today's bad economy, especially in Florida. They need immediate professional advice tailored to their specific needs. But most nonprofits cannot afford to hire an expert to give them quick answers to their pressing questions. So, gives them personal access to an experienced professional to be their sounding-board to increase their fundraising success," Goldstein adds.

That's what's so unique about the hotline. It's quick, efficient, direct --and free, of course. Getting answers from the hotline is simple. Go to, fill out the short user form, ask a question, then send it to Dr. Goldstein. There is absolutely no cost or obligation. Every question is answered personally and within 24 hours.

Columnist, author, consultant, TV and radio personality, and workshop leader - Dr. Stephen L. Goldstein is a nationally recognized marketing, communications, and fundraising executive, as well as a trends analyst and forecaster. For more than 30 years, he has developed strategies for nonprofit success.

Dr. Goldstein is now the co-producer and host of "The Forum for Nonprofits," which airs on WNN & WSBR and may be heard 24/7 at He was the producer and host of "Fundraising Success," a weekly radio program on WXEL, 90.7FM/National Public Radio and still available at any time from anywhere in the world at

Dr. Goldstein's "Fundraising Guru" columns have appeared in The South Florida Sun-Sentinel and have been a regular feature of the Scripps papers on Florida's Treasure Coast. He is the author of the bestseller, 30 Days to Successful Fundraising.

Goldstein is also the developer of "Fundraising Briefing Books," the basis for the workshops and tailored consulting programs he offers nationwide.

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Cable, Dish Satellite and Now Home Stations Installations

Cable, Dish Satellite and Now Home Stations Installations

The Country's Newest Company to Compete with Cable and Dish Satellite

SCRANTON, Pa., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While reports of rising unemployment rates and job cuts have dominated the news recently, a new company, Home Stations Installations, opened in West Pittston, Pennsylvania.

"For the past year, I've been working on this new business," says President/CEO Gary Zurenda of Exeter, Pennsylvania. The business has to do with DTV converter boxes and digital antennas. "I have kept it very quiet due to the fact that I'm a new company, and the cable and satellite companies are established corporations that have been around for the last 30 years. It's a great feeling knowing I can help free people from a monthly bill so they can put that savings towards their family."

Now the secret is out; he has opened a 50/100 person call center and is putting 10,000 plus installers nationwide to work immediately. Thanks to President Barack Obama, he feels confident that the government will encourage and assist the everyday person in taking the plunge into a new business during these difficult times.

"We can easily install thousands of homes per week," says Executive Director Colleen Daly. "I want my free DTV; that is what I hear most. It is important that the poor, shut-ins, and misfortunate have at least 1 television working in case of a crisis because this is the emergency frequency. I met with two high ranking Senators' offices and one high ranking Congressman's office, and they are still not sure how to help. I suggested a government coupon to the very needy." The company gives a 10% discount to seniors and veterans.

Finally, there is a national company that has professional technicians that will come to your home and hook up your products or their products for a one time affordable fee. For those that are in need, Home Stations Installations can be reached at 1-877-474-3887 or by visiting them on the web at Who would ever think that cable/satellite would be a luxury -- not a necessity?

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A Neil Lane Engagement Ring Will Make One Bachelorette's Dreams Come True on ABC's The Bachelor

A Neil Lane Engagement Ring Will Make One Bachelorette's Dreams Come True on ABC's The Bachelor

Jason Mesnick to Propose with Three-Carat Neil Lane Diamond Ring

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Celebrity jeweler extraordinaire Neil Lane ( <>) adds sparkle to ABC's "The Bachelor," from Warner Horizon Television, when Jason Mesnick proposes to one lucky bachelorette on Monday, March 2nd. The top-rated reality series will come to a close as Mesnick will get down on one knee and propose with a hand-crafted Neil Lane marquise-cut diamond and platinum ring which is encrusted and set with 170 smaller diamonds for a total weight of 3.18 carats. The center diamond is a 1.94-carat marquise-cut diamond, which is D in color, a top grade, and VS1 clarity with a GIA certificate. The ring, designed by Lane, bears the signature Neil Lane script in the shank.


Mesnick who had been courting women for seven weeks on the ABC series, selected this ring from three Neil Lane designs with different cuts of diamonds, including oval and pear. Neil Lane, with a fabulous eye for elegance and style, is the favorite for Hollywood brides to be. Neil Lane has supplied engagement rings for everyone from Reese Witherspoon and Kate Hudson to Sandra Bullock, Brooke Shields and Jennifer Hudson.

As an avid collector of fine jewelry with an eye for designing pieces exuding both style and elegance, Neil Lane has earned the respect and admiration of an all-star crowd. Whether worn for the Oscars, or other red-carpet events or engagements, his iconic jewelry designs have been adorned by some of the most beautiful and powerful women in Hollywood, including Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Elizabeth Taylor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, and many others.

Neil Lane jewelry has graced the covers of Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, W and many other high-end fashion publications. As a leading Hollywood jewelry designer, hailed in the media as The King of Bling, the Ace of Diamonds, Neil Lane has influence and impact both domestically and internationally.

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Stand Among Friends Raising Money and Awareness Through 'Food, Friends & Fine Wine' Benefit

Stand Among Friends Raising Money and Awareness Through 'Food, Friends & Fine Wine' Benefit

BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Stand Among Friends, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for people with disabilities, will hold its ninth annual benefit, entitled "Food, Friends & Fine Wine," tonight at the Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton. Pompano Beach-based, America's #1 buyer of precious metals direct from the general public, has underwritten the event as its title sponsor.

The "Food, Friends & Fine Wine" event will feature 400 wines from the 2nd Annual American Fine Wine Competition and a gourmet dinner prepared by the renowned Chef Bart Messing. There will be both a live and silent auction, and performance artist Bran Olsen will entertain guests with his "Art in Action." More than 100 guests are expected to attend.

"We are so grateful for the tremendous generosity of Cash4Gold and our other sponsors," said Stand Among Friends President and Founder Shawn Friedkin. "Without them, this event, and our ongoing effort in aiding people with disabilities, would simply not be possible."

"I've known and admired Shawn and his work for years," said Cash4Gold President Howard Mofshin. "Cash4Gold CEO Jeff Aronson and I are proud to support Shawn and his team's great work at Stand Among Friends."

Friedkin has experienced first-hand how frustrating it can be for people with disabilities to access the information and resources available to them. A few years after becoming paralyzed in an accident in 1992, Friedkin created Stand Among Friends, which has created outreach programs, an intensive practical research program, an educational television show, and informational programs for the disabled. Since its inception, the organization has raised significant dollars in support of these programs, which include topics such as Employment for People with Disabilities, Disability Sensitivity, and Injury Prevention for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury.

About Stand Among Friends

Stand Among Friends, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, was formed to promote opportunities for people with disabilities. Stand Among Friends was formed in 1997 by Shawn Friedkin who, after being paralyzed in a car accident, was frustrated with the lack of information and resources available to people with disabilities. Stand Among Friends has collaborated with Florida Atlantic University to create the Center for the Study of Neurological Disabilities on FAU's campus and a program that promotes employment for graduating disabled students. The organization regularly airs an educational television show entitled "Life Without Limits," and has completed exercise studies for people with Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and spinal cord injuries. Please visit or call (561) 297-4400 for more information or to make a donation.

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LOS ANGELES, February 27/PRNewswire/ --

- Presented by Warner Bros. & Sony Pictures Releasing International

Set in post-apocalyptic 2018, "Terminator Salvation" stars
Christian Bale as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance
against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised
to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam
Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor
must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the
past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark
on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet's operations, where
they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind.

"Terminator Salvation" is directed by McG, from a screenplay
by Michael Ferris and John Brancato. The film also stars Anton Yelchin, Bryce
Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter, Common and Jadagrace.

"Terminator Salvation" will be released in North America on
May 21, 2009 by Warner Brothers and Sony Pictures Releasing International
will release the film May 2009- June 2009.


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Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik Pens and Performs 'Brothers in Arms' for Samuel Goldwyn Films' Upcoming Film BROTHERS AT WAR

Five For Fighting's John Ondrasik Pens and Performs 'Brothers in Arms' for Samuel Goldwyn Films' Upcoming Film BROTHERS AT WAR


NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today that John Ondrasik has written and recorded the original song, "Brothers in Arms" for BROTHERS AT WAR. Ondrasik, who records under the moniker Five For Fighting, is a Grammy nominated multi-platinum singer-songwriter known for such songs as "100 Years," "Superman" and "Freedom Never Cries." BROTHERS AT WAR provides a rare look at the bonds and service of our soldiers on the frontlines and the profound effects their service has on the loved ones they leave behind. Early screenings of the film across the country have drawn standing ovations from war fighters, veterans and military families. Ondrasik, who saw the film in one of these early screenings, was so inspired by it that he wrote "Brothers in Arms" that night. When BROTHERS AT WAR opens March 13th, it marks the first time the song will be heard.

"BROTHERS AT WAR is an honest glimpse into the reality of our troops and their families. I wrote the song two hours after seeing the film," Ondrasik said. "The final production you hear is the demo I recorded that night in my living room, accompanied by a string section Lee Holdrige composed and directed a year later. Whatever one's politics, BROTHERS AT WAR is an example of films that need to be made, and I'm proud to be associated with Jake's and his brothers' story."

Introduced by Executive Producer Gary Sinise (CSI: NEW YORK, FORREST GUMP, 2008 Presidential Citizen's Medal), he put Ondrasik in touch with director Jake Rademacher. According to Rademacher, "The song beautifully encapsulates the essence of the film."

Ondrasik, who was further impressed by the original score of BROTHERS AT WAR, suggested that Holdridge, a six-time Emmy Winner, compose a string section to support his vocals and piano. "Brothers in Arms" carries the powerful ending of BROTHERS AT WAR through to the last credit. The lyrics bring up images from the film for the audience. "It is the perfect way to end this film," said Norman S. Powell, three time Emmy nominee and producer of BROTHERS AT WAR. David Scantling, the 2008 Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service recipient is also an executive producer.

Ondrasik has been a dedicated supporter of the U.S. troops for some time. In March 2007, he performed at Guantanamo Bay for service members on his first USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. He has since been a part of USO tours that traveled to Hawaii, Guam and Japan.

BROTHERS AT WAR is an intimate portrait of an American family during a turbulent time. Jake Rademacher sets out to understand the experience, sacrifice, and motivation of his two brothers serving in Iraq. The film follows Jake's exploits as he risks everything-including his life-to tell his brothers' story.


Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries. The company is dedicated to working with world renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This steadfastness is best exemplified by the Academy Award(R) nominated THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, the Academy Award(R) nominated SUPER SIZE ME, the number one grossing independent film of 2008 FIREPROOF and Julie Delpy's hit comedy 2 DAYS IN PARIS.

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Spike TV's 'Pros Vs Joes 4: All Stars' Features Adam Jones, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Brown, Simeon Rice, Priest Holmes, Steve Francis, Rich Gannon, Glen Rice, Steve McNair, Robert Horry, Antoine Walker and Shawn Kemp

Spike TV's 'Pros Vs Joes 4: All Stars' Features Adam Jones, Alonzo Mourning, Tim Brown, Simeon Rice, Priest Holmes, Steve Francis, Rich Gannon, Glen Rice, Steve McNair, Robert Horry, Antoine Walker and Shawn Kemp

Fourth Season Of Spike TV's Hit Series, Hosted By Michael Strahan And Jay Glazer, Premieres Monday, April 27

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike TV's new season of "Pros vs Joes," premiering Monday, April 27 at 11:00pm ET/PT will once again showcase some of the biggest and most talked-about sports figures of the last decade. The impressive roster for Spike TV's "Pros vs. Joes 4: All Stars" includes gridiron greats: Adam Jones, Tim Brown, Simeon Rice, Priest Holmes, Steve McNair, Rich Gannon and hardwood heroes Alonzo Mourning, Robert Horry, Glen Rice, Antoine Walker, Shawn Kemp and Steve Francis. Hosted by Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer, each episode features regular guys competing against sports legends. The new season begins taping March 3 at Southwest Los Angeles College.

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The new twist this season is that there will be only one sport played in each episode instead of a variety of sports as in previous seasons. Each episode features three skills competitions and a three-on-three scrimmage pitting the Pros against the Joes. The sports this season will be football (4 episodes) and basketball (4 episodes).

Football Pros

TIM BROWN - Brown became the first wide receiver to win the Heisman trophy while playing at Notre Dame in 1987. "Touchdown Timmy" was a two-time All-American and finished his collegiate career with an astonishing school record of 5,024 all-purpose yards and 22 touchdowns. Brown was selected by the Los Angeles Raiders with the 6th pick of the 1988 NFL Draft and in his first NFL season, he led the league in kickoff returns, return yards and yards per return average. He also led the NFL in punt returns in 1994 and receptions in 1997. He was voted to the Pro Bowl nine times during his 16 years with the Raiders, in 1988 and 1991 as a kick-returner, and in 1993-97, 1999 and 2001 as a receiver. Brown holds the NFL record for 10 consecutive seasons with at least 75 receptions, fame and success with the Raider's organization earned him the title, "Mr. Raider." Brown joined the Buccaneers for his final season in 2004 and retired with 14,934 receiving yards, the second-highest total in NFL history.

RICH GANNON - Gannon's lengthy career as an NFL quarterback spanned 18 seasons including stints with the Minnesota Vikings (1987-1992), Oakland Raiders (1999-2004), Kansas City Chiefs (1995-1998), Washington Redskins (1993) and New England Patriots where he began his NFL career on the practice squad in 1987. Gannon was a standout quarterback for the University of Delaware and was elected to the school's athletic Hall of Fame in 2005. Gannon was a four-time Pro-Bowl selection and the NFL MVP in 2002, leading the Raiders to Super Bowl XXVII. He currently holds NFL records for most 300+ yards per game in a season (10), completions in a non-overtime game (43) and single-game record for most consecutive completions (21).

PRIEST HOLMES - Holmes was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 1997 after playing college football at the University of Texas. After rushing for just over 2,000 yards in four seasons in Baltimore, including winning a title in Super Bowl XXV, Holmes experienced breakout success after signing with the Kansas City Chiefs as a free agent in 2001. During his seven-year career with the Chiefs, Holmes was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2002. Holmes sat out the 2006 season with a neck injury and after a brief comeback attempt in 2007, retired from the NFL.

ADAM JONES - Jones played last season for the Dallas Cowboys as cornerback and return specialist. He was drafted with the 6th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tennessee Titans. During his second season with the Titans, he led the NFL in average punt return yardage with 12.9. He played college football at West Virginia where he was named first team All Big-East and honorable mention All-American his senior year.

STEVE McNAIR - Nicknamed "Air McNair," he was drafted by the Houston Oilers as the third overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft after a prolific quarterback career at Alcorn State University where he was an All American and Heisman Trophy finalist. McNair played 11 seasons with the Oilers/Tennessee Titans and was selected for the Pro Bowl three times and was the Co-AP NFL MVP in 2003. McNair led the Titans to their first- ever Super Bowl in 2000, losing a heart-breaker to the Rams 23-16. He spent his final two seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, leading them to a division title and 13-3 record in 2006.

SIMEON RICE - Rice played college football at Illinois where he was a two-time All American and set the Big Ten Conference record for career sacks with 44.5. Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals third overall in the 1996 NFL Draft, Rice tallied over 120 sacks in his career, playing for the Cardinals (1996-2000), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2001-2006), Denver Broncos (2007), and Indianapolis Colts (2007). He earned three Pro Bowl selections, was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1996, and won a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers.

Basketball Pros:

STEVE FRANCIS - Known as "Stevie Franchise," he spent one season with the University of Maryland in 1998 before declaring for the NBA draft following his junior year where he averaged 17 points per game. The second-team All-American and finalist for the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year Awards, Francis was taken with the second overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Vancouver Grizzlies. Traded to the Houston Rockets following the draft, "Franchise" enjoyed a successful first NBA season. The explosive guard posted an average of 18 points per game and shared Rookie of the Year honors with Chicago Bulls power forward Elton Brand. During the course of his nine year career, the 6'3" Francis earned three all-star nods and finished runner up to Vince Carter during the 2000 NBA Slam Dunk contest.

ROBERT HORRY - Horry attended the University of Alabama where, during his four years, he was selected to the All-Southeast Conference, the SEC All-Defensive, and the SEC All-Academic teams. Starting 108 of the 133 games, Horry helped the Tide achieve three SEC tournament titles and two berths in the NCAA's Sweet 16 round. Horry shattered the schools record for career blocked shots (282). In the 1992 NBA Draft Horry was selected 11th overall by the Houston Rockets. "Big Shot Rob," as he became known, spent four seasons with them, helping them win the NBA Championship in 1994 and 1995. After a brief stint with the Phoenix Suns, Horry moved onto the Los Angeles Lakers in 1997 where he helped contribute to three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Following the 2002-03 season, Horry became a free agent and signed with the San Antonio Spurs. In 2005 and 2007 the Spurs were crowned NBA Champions, making Horry one of nine players to have won seven or more championships in the NBA.

SHAWN KEMP -The 17th overall selection of the NBA draft, Kemp entered the league at the young age of 19. With little to no fanfare at the time, Kemp soon cemented his legacy as one of the leagues fiercest, high-flyers and quickly became a fan favorite, earning the moniker of "Reign Man." With an electric combination of power and athleticism, Kemp teamed with Gary Payton to form one of the most lethal alley-oop combinations in NBA history. In the 95-96 NBA season, the duo helped lead Seattle to a franchise-high 64 wins and a spot in the NBA Finals against the Michael Jordan led Chicago Bulls. A five-time All-Star and three-time NBA All-Second team performer, Kemp spent parts of his 14-year career with four different franchises - Seattle Supersonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers and Orlando Magic.

ALONZO MOURNING - A graduate of Georgetown University where he was one of the greatest centers in the history of the Big East conference, Mourning was selected second overall by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1992 NBA Draft and, over the course of a four-team 17-year career, left a similar mark on the NBA. Mourning's defensive intensity led him to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000 while playing for the Miami Heat. After winning a gold medal while representing the U.S. at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Mourning was diagnosed with a rare kidney disorder which forced him to place his career on hold, retiring in November 2003. He was severely limited by his ailment until after he received a kidney transplant a month later. Mourning came out of retirement in the quest for that elusive NBA championship ring with Miami Heat in 2005-2006 as a backup to Shaquille O'Neal, and played a crucial role in spelling O'Neal and being a defensive specialist and finally helped bring that elusive title to Miami. Mourning retired in January 2009 as the all-time scoring leader in Miami Heat franchise history, most blocks per 48 minutes in NBA history, and one of a handful of players that possess both an NBA title and Olympic gold medal.

GLEN RICE - A standout player for the University of Michigan basketball team from 1985-1989, Rice led the Wolverines to the '89 NCAA Championship. During his team's tournament run, Rice tallied a record 184 points and earned Most Outstanding Player honors. He left Michigan as the school's all-time leading scorer (2,442), a record that still stands, and was selected 4th overall during the 1989 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat. Over the course of his 15-year NBA career with the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, the sharpshooter earned 3 All-Star selections, 1 All-Star game MVP award and, in 2000, he teamed with Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant to win an NBA Championship. Rice is currently 4th all-time in three pointers made.

ANTOINE WALKER - Walker gained national prominence in his sophomore year at the University of Kentucky as he was named All-SEC first team, All-SEC Tournament team, All-NCAA Regional team and was the starting forward on the Wildcats' 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship winning team. After his sophomore season he declared for the 1996 NBA Draft and was picked sixth overall by the Boston Celtics. In the 1996-1997 season, Walker made the All-Rookie first Team and led the team in scoring (17.5 ppg) and rebounds (9.0). During his seven years as a Celtic, he was named to three NBA All Star teams (1998, 2002, 2003) and formed a lethal one-two scoring punch with teammate Paul Pierce. Walker was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 2003 where he played one season and later time on the Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies.

"Pros vs. Joes 4: All Stars" is sponsored by Dunkin Donuts, Snickers, and Bud Light.

Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy are executives in charge of production for Spike TV. Visit for full episodes of all of last season's shows in high definition, as well as clips and other extended footage. will be hosting the same exclusive access and full episode content for "Pros vs. Joes 4: All Stars."

Utilizing their solid sports background and sterling track record of delivering high quality unscripted hits, A. Smith & Co. Productions' Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, ("Trading Spaces," "Hell's Kitchen") and Frank Stinton serve as executive producers of "Pros vs. Joes 4: All Stars" along with Michael Yudin, President of MY Entertainment and Joe Townley, COO of MY Entertainment. Townley is a veteran of sports television production and previously served as executive producer at MSG Network. Smith is CEO of A. Smith & Co., and helped launch the successful Fox Sports Net in the late 1990's as its Head of Programming and Production.

Spike TV is available in 97.7 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV's press site at

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Seventh Annual Hispanic Television Summit Joins Advertising Week 2009

Seventh Annual Hispanic Television Summit Joins Advertising Week 2009

Hispanic Television Summit to be held Wednesday, September 23 - Thursday, September 24, 2009 At the Marriott Marquis New York City

Signature Hispanic Television Industry Event presented annually by Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable To Join Advertising Week 2009 Lineup

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading television industry trade publications Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable have announced that, for the first time, they will present the annual Hispanic Television Summit during Advertising Week 2009.

According to Larry Dunn, Reed Television's Group Publisher for Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable, "We are pleased to add our Seventh Annual Hispanic Television Summit to the exciting line-up of major events scheduled during Advertising Week 2009. This marks the first time that the leading Hispanic television industry conference has been scheduled in tandem with the many other activities for members of the advertising community."

The Hispanic Television Summit has been presented annually since 2003. It is traditionally held in New York each autumn season and attracts more than 300 attendees from across the country, Latin America and Spain. The Summit has now become the television industry's signature conference for executives involved in the business of television and digital video targeted to the US Hispanic and Latin American viewing audience.

In 2008, Advertising Week's fifth anniversary edition attracted 55,000 industry leaders to nearly 200 thought leadership and special events featuring marquee participants including, the Founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, Founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, Facebook's COO, Sheryl Sandberg, Emeril Lagasse, CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, Lorne Michaels, producer of Saturday Night Live and recording superstar Jon Bon Jovi.

"The Hispanic Television Summit is a terrific addition to our lineup and furthers our deep commitment to leveraging the platform Advertising Week affords to shine a light on our diverse and ever expanding industry," stated Matt Scheckner, Executive Director of Advertising Week.

This year's Advertising Week will run from Monday, September 21 through Friday, September 25. Information about all Advertising Week events and registration information is available at

"Strategically, this is a great alliance for us," added Larry Dunn. "By joining our successful Hispanic Television Summit into the Advertising Week schedule, we are able to create a win-win for those in the multicultural television advertising community. It is simply a great way to accommodate the busy schedules of today's advertising and television executives."

The distinctive topic of the Hispanic Television Summit always focuses on the latest trends for generating revenues within the Hispanic television and digital media space. It delivers the "freshest" industry information in response to the current trends in the television and digital video marketplace. As a result, the Summit attracts speakers, panelists, and participants who are top executives from broadcast, cable, satellite, broadband and mobile, as well as those from related businesses like advertising, finance, consumer electronics, video technology and other consumer goods.

The Summit is being produced for the seventh time for Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable by New York-based Schramm Sports & Entertainment, Inc., a leading marketing and media services company which includes Hispanic marketing of TV content among its specialties.

To register: visit or call Sandy Friedman at 646-746-6740

Multichannel News covers multichannel television and communications providers, such as cable operators, satellite TV firms, and telephone companies, as well as emerging Internet video and communication services.

Broadcasting & Cable covers the business of television for industry professionals offering breaking news and analysis on programming, syndication, the station business, technology and advertising for broadcasting, cable, satellite, telco TV and the Web.

About Advertising Week:

Since its creation in 2004, Advertising Week has drawn thousands of participants from around the world to New York City for a week long think-tank comprised of over 200 different events, panels and discussions that focus on the power of advertising and its neighboring industries. Above and beyond celebration, the mission of The Week is to inspire young people to join the craft; focus the industry and public at-large on the social impacts of advertising; address the most important issues facing the industry and shine a bright light on the business and economic influence of the advertising, media and marketing industries.

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Metacritic Announces Top Metascores(R) for Movies Opening This Week

Metacritic Announces Top Metascores(R) for Movies Opening This Week

Highly Anticipated "Examined Life" Starring K. Anthony Appiah and Judith Butler Received a Metascore of 66

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Metacritic (, the Web's most robust roundup of entertainment reviews, and a property of CBS Interactive, today announced its weekly Metascores(R) for the week's opening movies as of Friday, Feb. 27 at 11:15 AM, PT. Metacritic carefully screens and selects the most respected reviewers within each entertainment category and combines all of the individual critics' scores into a Metascore, an overall grade for each release, so users can gauge the critical consensus at a glance. Movie Metascores are compiled using weighted scores from the 41 most respected movie critics and publications in the U.S.

Following is a list of the Metascores for this week's opening movies:

Limited Releases:

Examined Life, starring K. Anthony Appiah and Judith Butler - Metascore = 66

Metascores range from 0-100, with higher scores indicating better overall reviews, and lower scores indicating less favorable reviews from critics. Various ranges of Metascore are also identified by different colors, so you can tell at a glance how critics felt: generally, green scores (61-100) indicate favorable reviews, yellow scores (40 - 60) denote mixed reviews, and red scores (0-39) are used for unfavorable reviews.

The Metascore is considered a weighted average because Metacritic assigns more significance, or weight, to some critics and publications than to others, based on the overall stature and quality of those critics and publications. In addition to critical reviews, entertainment enthusiasts can also voice their opinions by submitting their own ratings and reviews. By providing a weighted Metascore and an average consumer score for each release, Metacritic helps consumers make informed decisions about how to spend their entertainment dollars and time.

About Metacritic

Called "...the Web's best film review site" by Entertainment Weekly, Metacritic provides access to and summarizes the vast amount of entertainment criticism available online for film, video/DVD, music, games and television. With the belief that multiple opinions are better than one, Metacritic launched in January 2001 and has remained true to its goal to help people make an informed decision about how to spend their money on the many entertainment options available today.

About CBS Interactive

CBS Interactive, a division of CBS Corporation, is the best online content network for information and entertainment. With more than 170 million people visiting its properties each month, it is the 8th largest Web property globally. Its portfolio of leading brands, which include CNET,,, GameSpot,, BNET and, span popular categories like technology, entertainment, sports, news and business.

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Britney Spears' 'Circus' Is the #1 Most Played Song in the Country

Britney Spears' 'Circus' Is the #1 Most Played Song in the Country

Spears' Marks Her First Back-To-Back No. 1 Singles And Fifth No. 1 Top 40 Hit Song

NEW YORK, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Britney Spears continues her dominance on the charts, her latest single "Circus" is the No. 1 song on the Top 40 radio charts and her fifth No. 1 song overall. Currently she holds three songs in the Top 40 chart, her breakout first hit song "Womanizer," "Circus" and her rapidly rising third single "If You See Amy." Additionally this marks the first time in her storied career where Spears scores back-to-back No. 1 singles on the radio chart, according to industry trade Radio & Records.

The platinum album Circus debuted at No. 1 and made Britney Spears the first female ever to have five No. 1 album debuts. Worldwide, the album has sold in excess of three million albums. Circus reunites Spears with previous collaborators Max Martin, Danja and Bloodshy & Avant and her latest video for "If You See Amy" recently wrapped shooting in Los Angeles and was directed by Jake Nava (Beyonce, Shakira, P!nk).

Spears' upcoming arena tour, "The Circus Starring Britney Spears" kicks-off in New Orleans on March 3, 2009. In the days following her tour announcement, tour promoter AEG Live immediately added six shows in Los Angeles, Toronto, New Jersey, Chicago, Long Island, NY and Anaheim, CA, in order to cover the overwhelming demand from fans worldwide.

Britney Spears is one of the top-selling artists of the last decade, and to date she has sold in excess of 63 million albums worldwide: ...Baby One More Time (1999); Oops!... I Did It Again (2000); Britney (2001); In The Zone (2003) and Blackout (2007).

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DISH Network(R) Announces Winners of 8th Annual Interactive Television Awards

DISH Network(R) Announces Winners of 8th Annual Interactive Television Awards

Awards Honor Top Programmers and Developers for DISH Network Interactive Services

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Last night, DISH Network(R) announced the winners of its 2009 Interactive Television Summit Awards, which celebrates some of the best programmers and developers in the interactive television (iTV) industry. iTV Summit brings together interactive developers to learn and discuss collaborative opportunities within the next-generation platform.

DISH Network's iTV service hosts a series of applications including DishGAMES, DISH Network's six channel mosaic, and other unique features like Papa John's store proximity locator. DISH Network also uses the service to host interactive advertisements (iAds) which allow viewers to activate triggers which lead to specialized content such as information pages, discount coupons and long form advertising channels.

"This was a remarkable year for iTV and our annual Summit serves as an excellent way to celebrate our successes and discuss new opportunities," said Scott Higgins, director of iTV for DISH Network. "Whether it's growing our Ad Sales unit, launching targeted interactive marketing campaigns for our clients or adding new, innovative games and services to our platform, iTV continues to expand at an amazing rate."

This year, DISH Network honored winners in seven categories: BIAP (Developer of the Year and Best New Application), Oberon (Best Game Developer and Best in Marketing), OpenTV (Best New Technology), Brightline (Best iAd) and Ensequence and NBC Universal (Best Special Event).

Some award show highlights include the announcement of Developer of the Year, which went to BIAP for producing Dish Decision 2008, an interactive application that offered national and local information about viewers' Federal and state elections. Ensequence and NBC Universal won Best Special Event for developing the 2008 Olympic Games application, which included day-to-day updates on medal counts and athlete bios. More than 41 percent of DISH Network subscribers used the application during the Summer Games.

DISH Network officials will continue with the Summit today, presenting a number of new opportunities for 2009 and beyond. Guest speakers include Mark Jackson, president of EchoStar Technologies; Tom Cullen, executive vice president of corporate development for DISH Network; Michael Kelly, executive vice president of business development for DISH Network;; Ira Bahr, chief marketing officer for DISH Network; and Michael Finn, vice president of Ad Sales for DISH Network; as well as various breakout groups hosted by iTV representatives.

DISH Network's iTV service features more than 30 interactive channels, DishGAMES, DISH Network Channel 100 six-channel mosaic and a variety of games and other features. There are more than 20 million iTV enabled DISH Network set-top boxes in the U.S.

About DISH Network Corporation

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) provides approximately 13.78 million satellite TV customers as of Sept. 30, 2008 with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most international channels in the U.S., state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand and the DuoDVR(TM) ViP(R) 722 DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine "Editors' Choice." DISH Network is included in the Nasdaq-100 Index (NDX) and is a Fortune 250 company. Visit

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It's Hammertime: M.C. Hammer Kicks Off a Year of Kalahari-Sized Entertainment at Resort's New Indoor Theme Park

It's Hammertime: M.C. Hammer Kicks Off a Year of Kalahari-Sized Entertainment at Resort's New Indoor Theme Park

- Kalahari Builds On Newly Unveiled Indoor Theme Park To Offer Free Birthdays, Team Building Programs and Spring Break Deals -

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- To showcase the high-octane entertainment options in its new Indoor Theme Park and unveil a year of exciting new amenities and entertainment options, Kalahari Resort joined forces with the Grammy Award-winning M.C. Hammer who will star in an upcoming A&E reality series called "Hammertime." A multi-platinum artist who topped charts in the 80s and 90s with hits such as "U Can't Touch This," M.C. Hammer performed with his energetic dancers in the new Indoor Theme Park's luxury sports bar for a group of lucky contest winners and VIPs as part of a celebration to unveil a year that includes birthday freebies, a new corporate team building program and great getaway deals for Spring Break.


"At Kalahari Resort, we offer a wow factor for every guest whether they are a local neighbor or they traveling for leisure or business," says Todd Nelson, president and owner of Kalahari Resorts. "We have the entire Wisconsin Dells entertainment experience under one roof, something our guests won't find anywhere else."

Party Like It's Your Birthday

This year Kalahari is giving the gift of the ultimate birthday entertainment. From March 1, 2009 until March 1, 2010, guests who visit Kalahari on their birthday and show proof of birth date will receive an all- day pass to the resort's Indoor Theme Park. The pass includes admission to the Ferris wheel, carousel, ropes course, climbing wall, go-carts, laser tag, dry play features and more. Day passes do not include arcade games, bowling or golf simulators. For adults, accepted identification includes a driver's license, government-issued photo identification, or a government-issued passport. Guests under the age of 16 will be asked to provide an original or a certified copy of a birth certificate.

Corporate Team Building Kalahari-Style

Voted "best hotel for a business meeting" by Corporate Report Wisconsin in 2005, 2006 and 2007, Kalahari Resort, home of the largest independently-owned convention center in Wisconsin, is known for its unique meeting and conference options. Today, the resort announced it will expand its corporate options to include an entertaining and engaging team building program designed for its new Indoor Theme Park by a 20-year corporate training veteran.

Kalahari's team building program, certified by the Action Centered Learning Institute, can be customized for each group for a variety of purposes including: communication improvement, strategic planning, teamwork, leadership skill development, creative problem solving and conflict resolution.

For additional deals and specials, go to

About Kalahari Resort-Wisconsin Dells

Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells is a "world-away" waterpark experience in the heart of the Midwest. Situated along I-90/94, the authentically African-themed Kalahari Resort greets Wisconsin Dells visitors with a sneak peek of its colorful web of award-winning outdoor and indoor waterpark slides, attractions, and activities. The resort is home to Wisconsin's largest indoor waterpark, a 110,000-square-foot Indoor Theme Park featuring a six-story Ferris wheel, 742 guestrooms, 10 stand-alone five-bedroom suites, the full- service Spa Kalahari and Salon, a fully equipped fitness center, on-site restaurants including Kahunaville, unique retail shops, a 15-screen cinema and 100,000-square-foot convention center. Kalahari also features Trappers Turn, a 27-hole award-winning golf course. A second Kalahari Resort is located in Sandusky, Ohio.

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Hawaii Giving Bay Area Residents 'A Thousand Reasons to Smile'

Hawaii Giving Bay Area Residents 'A Thousand Reasons to Smile'

- Hawaii's Sights, Sounds, Fragrances, Flavors, and Aloha Spirit Showcased in March -

HONOLULU, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- If Bay Area residents start feeling like they are being immersed in Hawaii's wondrous culture, beauty, and music in March, they won't be alone.

Under the alluring theme, Hawaii: A Thousand Reasons to Smile, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), along with its Island Chapters (Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii's Big Island) will charm Bay Area residents with a month-long Hawaii promotion that is certain to turn heads and get them smiling and reaching for their wallets over thoughts of a vacation in the islands.

"Getting people to smile is a perfect antidote to the nation's dreary economic news," said John Monahan. "And nothing defines being happy, carefree and lighthearted as much as a Hawaii vacation. We're going to uplift spirits, recharge batteries and bring smiles back in a thousand ways starting with the great travel deals now being offered."

Each week in March will feature a theme specific to an island and reflective of its destination appeal, as follows:

-- March 1-7 Oahu - Town and Country
-- March 8-14 Kauai - 50 Years of Movies in Paradise
-- March 15-21 Maui - Romance Me Maui
-- March 22-28 Hawaii's Big Island - Unlimited Adventure

In the classic island-style tradition of "work over, hang loose", Hawaii's music, cuisine, and Aloha Spirit will be showcased in Aloha Friday Pau Hana Concerts being held at Gordon Biersch restaurants in San Francisco, Palo Alto, and San Jose.

Each Friday in March, from 5-11 p.m., some of Hawaii's top entertainers will perform their musical magic, including Willie K., Raiatea Helm, Brother Noland, Mailani Makainai, Kealii Kanealii, John Cruz, Cyril Pahinui, and Taimane Gardner. Patrons will also enjoy a special menu of Hawaii-inspired cuisine and can win trips to the islands.

Bay Area residents are likely to see and hear Hawaii anywhere and everywhere during March. The HVCB campaign with its cheery slogan will be seen in print, broadcast and online advertising, digital freeway bulletin boards, in train stations and BART cars, on ad walls in popular settings, and in Bay Area TV shows, including The View From the Bay.

Travel trade activities in the market will also bring further Hawaii visibility to travel agents and wholesalers in the market via incentive promotions, e-marketing initiatives, agent training seminars with key suppliers, sales calls, and webinars.

Bay Area residents will be encouraged to visit, a new HVCB microsite that will engage them with interactive promotions, offer information about Hawaii events in the Bay Area, and let them plan their vacation.

Hawaii's six major islands are green-capped mountains lifted from the bottom of the sea, decorated with shimmering rainbows, majestic green peaks, surrounded by unfailingly warm waters, and rimmed by endless, white sand beaches.

Kauai is a lush, garden paradise favored by Hollywood for its tropical splendor that became backdrops for many movies, including "South Pacific," filmed 50 years ago, and Elvis Presley's "Blue Hawaii." Gorgeous resorts are also found from Lihue to Poipu to Hanalei.

Oahu, with its capital city of Honolulu, offers everything from cosmopolitan Waikiki and historic sites such as Iolani Palace and Pearl Harbor to the scenic North Shore with its legendary surf.

Maui, dominated by the peak of Haleakala, is known for the tranquil paradise of Hana and the colorful whaling town of Lahaina. Warm waters and sun-bathed beaches abound and attract visitors from around the world to popular resorts including Kapalua, Kaanapali, and Wailea.

Molokai, the most rustic of the islands, is bordered by the world's highest sea cliffs and is home to Kalaupapa Peninsula, the hauntingly beautiful former leper colony. Father Damien, the Catholic priest who oversaw the colony in the 1800s, is being ordained as a Saint this year.

Lanai is a rural community centered around the quaint town of Lanai City and is the setting for two of the world's most acclaimed resorts with superb golf courses.

And Hawaii's Big Island is home to the towns of Kona and Hilo and many quaint plantation-era style communities, as well as luxurious resorts in Kohala with world-class golf courses. Two active volcanoes and a diversity of climates have created lush rainforests and dramatic lava landscapes within miles of one another.

No matter where one travels in Hawaii, an astonishing variety of activities beckon to help renew inner strength, replenish the heart, and bring one closer to what really counts in life - happiness, health, family, loved ones, and the earth itself.

For more information about Hawaii, the Islands of Aloha, visit

For Hawaii photos, please visit the HVCB Image Library at

Source: Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

CONTACT: Darlene Morikawa, Director, Public Relations/Communications of
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, +1-808-924-0259,; or
Nathan Kam, Vice President of McNeil Wilson Communications, +1-808-539-3471,, for Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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Bank Expert Highlights the Untold Story of the Community Banking Industry on The Leaders Spot

Bank Expert Highlights the Untold Story of the Community Banking Industry on The Leaders Spot

COLUMBIA, Md., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Anita Gentle Newcomb, founder and president of A.G. Newcomb & Co., a strategic advisory firm for the banking industry, was recently featured on the Washington DC business radio show and website, The Leaders Spot. The show features top business leaders discussing their leadership styles, philosophies, challenges, successes, and industry trends.

Ms. Newcomb, an expert on banking strategies, illuminated part of the banking story that has been absent from most media coverage. Her work has provided insight into the fiscal health of many of the nation's 8,200 community banks. She believes that the state of "most of the nation's banks is quite different than what is currently being highlighted."

According to Ms. Newcomb, "Despite dire banking headlines, 98% of banks are 'well capitalized,' the highest capital level designation accorded by the FDIC." Ms. Newcomb points out that "Community banks have been painted with the same broad brush as larger banks and investment and mortgage companies. This has created a view that the banking industry is failing. But, the foundation of the banking industry, the smaller community banks, is sound and well positioned." She states that community banks are better positioned because many do not have a critical mass of high-risk loans, they have a loyal clientele, and they are working "daily and proactively" with their clients to mitigate damage. Ms. Newcomb noted, "Small banks are on the front line, already doing things that are being touted in the recovery plans. My clients are working with customers to bridge difficult circumstances." Contrary to what is being said in the media, community banks' loans increased last year.

She states that, "Customers and banks are in uncharted waters. Most customers have never felt such anxiety about their financial service relationships. This has created a tipping point in which consumers and businesses are reconsidering their banking relationships. There is a heightened sensitivity to security and trustworthiness, whereas in the past it was about convenience. Community banks have been the recipients of this influx of customers. Most community banks reported an increase in loans and deposits in the third quarter of 2008." Ms. Newcomb acknowledges that big banks play a critical role in the recovery and that it is imperative that they return to the fundamentals of banking: the building of sound, trusting relationships with their customers, "We are entering a new time that calls for new banking."

A podcast of Ms. Newcomb's interview can be heard at

Ms. Newcomb formed A.G. Newcomb & Co., headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, in 1999. The firm provides strategic advisory services to banks and their partners nationwide. The firm's expertise includes: consumer and business banking strategies; strategic planning; geographic and business line expansions; and acquisitions and divestitures.

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Cracker Barrel to Offer Exclusive Dolly Parton CD

Cracker Barrel to Offer Exclusive Dolly Parton CD

LEBANON, Tenn., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- She's an international star, a prolific songwriter, and a beloved philanthropist, but Dolly Parton is also just an old-fashioned Tennessee girl, and that's why Cracker Barrel Old Country Store(R) is pleased and proud to be the exclusive source of a new Collectors' Edition of Dolly's latest CD, Backwoods Barbie. The album will feature three new tracks that have never been heard before and are available only on this disc, and the CD will also feature brand new photos and artwork. This Collectors' Edition goes on sale exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations on March 23rd.


The three new songs on this disc, "Rose of My Heart," "Hallelujah Holiday," and "Berry Pie" were selected by Dolly herself from her extensive catalog. "I wanted the songs I chose specifically for this release to reflect how I feel about Cracker Barrel and all the good things you can find there," said Dolly. "I think it's important for there to be an authentic connection to the heritage that Cracker Barrel and I share."

Dolly Parton is considered to be the most successful female country music artist, having released 42 top-10 country albums and earned 25 number-one singles. She has won seven Grammy(R) awards and received 42 Grammy(R) nominations. She has also received seven awards from the Academy of Country Music and 10 Country Music Association awards, and is one of only five female artists to win the CMA's highest honor, "Entertainer of the Year." Dolly is also an acclaimed movie and television actress, and her literacy program, Dolly Parton's "Imagination Library," is now in 566 counties in 36 states. It started in her home town in Sevier County, Tennessee, just up the road from Cracker Barrel's home town of Lebanon, Tennessee. "The woman is one of our national treasures, so let's cherish her for as long as we've got her...this is one Barbie who has always been for real," wrote Newsweek in 2008.

"Dolly Parton is an extremely popular and appealing entertainer, and our guests are in for some wonderful sounds when they listen to this Collectors' Edition of Dolly's latest CD, Backwoods Barbie," says Peter Keiser, Vice President of Marketing for Cracker Barrel. "We are especially pleased that Dolly herself selected the three new exclusive songs for this album and honored that these songs reflect her feelings about Cracker Barrel."

The Collectors' Edition of Backwoods Barbie with 15 tracks, including three new songs, goes on sale exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations on March 23rd, at a retail price of 11.99.

The Collectors' Edition of Backwoods Barbie is the latest project in an impressive collection of exclusive music available only at Cracker Barrel. It follows a number of exclusive releases in 2008 - November's release of Bill Gaither's Homecoming Hymns, the August release of Kenny Rogers: 50 Years, the July release of Ricky Skaggs' The High Notes and the April release of Aaron Tippin's He Believed. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs featuring Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.

About Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurants provide a friendly home-away-from-home in their old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that's surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America's country heritage...all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n' dumplins as well as its signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 588 company-owned locations in 41 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit:

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TiVo to Present at the Deutsche Bank 2009 Media & Telecom Conference

TiVo to Present at the Deutsche Bank 2009 Media & Telecom Conference

ALVISO, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), the creator of and a leader in television services for digital video recorders (DVRs), today announced that it will present at the Deutsche Bank 2009 Media & Telecom Conference on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. The webcast of the presentation will be available on the Investor Relations section of the TiVo website at under the events calendar tab.

Conference Details:
Deutsche Bank 2009 Media & Telecom Conference
The Breakers Hotel
Palm Beach, FL
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
2:55 PM ET
Tom Rogers, CEO and President

About TiVo Inc.

Founded in 1997, TiVo (NASDAQ:TIVO)(NASDAQ:-)(NASDAQ:News) pioneered a brand new category of products with the development of the first commercially available digital video recorder (DVR). Sold through leading consumer electronic retailers and our website, TiVo has developed a brand which resonates boldly with consumers as providing a superior television experience. Through agreements with leading satellite and cable providers, TiVo also integrates its DVR service features into the set-top boxes of mass distributors. TiVo's DVR functionality and ease of use, with such features as Season Pass(TM) recordings and WishList(R) searches and TiVo KidZone, have elevated its popularity among consumers and have created a whole new way for viewers to watch television. With a continued investment in its patented technologies, TiVo is revolutionizing the way consumers watch and access home entertainment. Rapidly becoming the focal point of the digital living room, TiVo's DVR is at the center of experiencing new forms of content on the TV, such as broadband delivered video, music and photos. With innovative features, such as TiVoToGo(TM) transfers and online scheduling, TiVo is expanding the notion of consumers experiencing "TiVo, TV your way. (R)" The TiVo(R) service is also at the forefront of providing innovative marketing solutions for the television industry, including a unique platform for advertisers and audience research measurement.

TiVo, 'TiVo, TV your way.', Season Pass, WishList, TiVoToGo, Stop||Watch, Power||Watch, and the TiVo Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of TiVo Inc. or its subsidiaries worldwide. (C) 2009 TiVo Inc. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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New Line Up For Pop-Rock Teen Sensation, Clique Girlz

New Line Up For Pop-Rock Teen Sensation, Clique Girlz

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pop-Rock Teen Sensation, Clique Girlz, have added a new member! Montreal native Sara Diamond, 14, has joined sisters Destinee and Paris Monroe to form the new trio. Sara was chosen from thousands of teenage girls who attended the national audition in search of the new Clique Girl. Sara, who also acts and models, has been singing and performing since age five. She has also opened for legends Roberta Flack and Bonnie Tyler at Montreal's Bell Centre.


Destinee and Paris spotted Sara's talent immediately when she sang with them at the audition. "We just clicked instantly," commented Destinee. "It was amazing how well our harmonies blended," added Paris.

The Clique Girlz have teamed up with The Topps Company, makers of Bazooka, Ring Pop and Baby Bottle Pop, for fun promotions that include: four Baby Bottle Pop and Ring Pop concerts, Clique Girlz webisodes, ringtones, games, exclusive previews and more. The trio will have their photo on Topps packaging; appear in television ads on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and Toon Disney. A print campaign is set for teen scene must-reads like J-14, M and Twist Magazine who voted Clique Girlz "Best New Girl Group" summer 2008.

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Webcast Alert: Grupo Clarin Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Conference Call

Webcast Alert: Grupo Clarin Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Conference Call

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Grupo Clarin announces the following Webcast:

What: Grupo Clarin Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Conference Call

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:00 AM Eastern


How: Live over the Internet -- Simply log on to the web at the address

Media Contact: Ms. Melanie Carpenter or Mr. Peter Majeski, both of i-advize Corporate Communications, Inc., 212-406-3692,

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived on the Web site

Grupo Clarin is the largest media company in Argentina and the market leader in the cable television and Internet access, printing and publishing, and broadcasting and programming segments. Its cable television network is the largest in Latin America, with the largest broadband subscriber base in Argentina. Its flagship newspaper -- Diario Clarin -- is the highest circulation newspaper in Latin America and the second-highest circulation Spanish-language newspaper in the world. Grupo Clarin is the largest producer of media content in Argentina, including news, sports and entertainment and reaches substantially all segments of the Argentine population in terms of wealth, geography and age.

Source: Grupo Clarin

CONTACT: Ms. Melanie Carpenter or Mr. Peter Majeski, both of i-advize
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Consumers Should Protect Home-Entertainment Purchases Made in Anticipation of New June Digital TV Deadline

Consumers Should Protect Home-Entertainment Purchases Made in Anticipation of New June Digital TV Deadline

Many Viewers Forced to Act Now as Stations Convert Ahead of Schedule

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1/3 of local TV stations across the country have converted to digital broadcast -- ahead of the new June 12 deadline -- prompting many consumers to immediately upgrade or replace their televisions. Despite financial constraints, many consumers will pay hundreds to thousands of dollars for sophisticated home-entertainment systems and, according to the Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC), many consumers will also make the minimal additional investment of purchasing a service contract to safeguard their new equipment and keep it functioning for years to come.

"If consumers have to buy a new LCD, plasma or rear-projection television during the recession, they most likely plan to keep their sets well beyond the expiration of the typical one- or two-year limited manufacturer's warranty," said Timothy Meenan, SCIC executive director. "A service contract can help consumers avoid unexpected costly repairs and the inconvenience of product downtime that can adversely impact their budgets; in most cases, technical support is just a phone call away."

Service contracts (sometimes called extended warranties) provide toll-free support and access to pre-qualified technicians for expert in-home repairs. Many plans provide coverage for damage caused by accidental handling, normal wear-and-tear, and power surges. Often one claim can more than pay for the price of the service contract.

Nowadays, consumers are particularly sensitive to the financial soundness of the companies from which they buy goods and services. Most service contracts have built-in protections against retailer failure.

"Consumers purchasing service contracts can be assured that most plans are administered by third-party providers and are backed by insurance," Meenan said. "Stringent state laws modeled by the Service Contract Industry Council help ensure the viability of most service contracts, even if the retailer where they were purchased goes out-of-business."

By the Numbers:

-- 641 or 36%: U.S. stations broadcasting only digital as of 2-17-09
(source: FCC)
-- 5.8 million or approx. 5.1%: Households not DTV-ready as of 2-17-09
(Nielsen Media Research)
-- $33.2 billion: 2009 sales forecast for TVs, displays and video
components (Consumer Electronics Assoc.)
-- 100+ million: Service contracts sold annually in U.S. for electronic
products, appliances, homes and motor vehicles (Service Contract
Industry Council)
-- $264-$395: Average out-of-pocket repair fee for LCD, plasma and
rear-projection sets (Consumer Reports)
-- 74% of consumers buy service contracts because they have used them in
the past; and
-- 70% of consumers find them inexpensive compared to repair costs
(Consumer Reports)
-- 30 days: Free-look period for consumers to review their service
contracts and return for full refund (Service Contract Industry

About SCIC

The Service Contract Industry Council,, is a national trade association whose member companies collectively offer approximately 80 percent of the service contracts sold in the U.S. for home, auto, and consumer goods. The SCIC educates consumers about service contracts, encourages its members to pursue high standards of customer satisfaction, and has developed and promoted model legislation to regulate its industry with standards designed to protect the consumer and the industry.

Source: The Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC)

CONTACT: Phyllis Laorenza-Linnehan for The Service Contract Industry
Council (SCIC), +1-781-275-7226,

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Local Group Threatens to Steal Event Name Following Ventura Film Festival 'Fun Day'

Local Group Threatens to Steal Event Name Following Ventura Film Festival 'Fun Day'

VENTURA, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ventura Film Festival, which was started in 2004 by Jordan Older and his father, has recently concluded its first event of 2009 at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California with the Ventura Film Festival "Fun Day" on February 16, 2009 at 2pm.

The Ventura Film Festival "Fun Day" featured Ventura hometown hero and independent film maker Dylan O'Neil and his controversial and sometimes horrific film "Otis N'Dwayne" as well as Dylan O'Neil's Star Wars short titled "Trip To The Darkside" and Ric Rew with his video documentary of the stage play "Quadrophenia" about the rock band "The Who." Also present was Ventura Film Festival board member, Ventura High School graduate, and Hollywood heavy- hitter and Fox Film/DVD executive, Dustin Dean.

The Ventura Film Festival is a combination online and traditional film festival requiring all submissions to be uploaded online and submitted via traditional means. The Ventura Film Festival is in progress to becoming a non- profit organization and is a "green" organization that has maintained that one of its main goals is to give a large part of any proceeds to forest and ocean preservation efforts. The Ventura Film Festival features independent films from around the world and from local film makers focusing on environmental issues such as forest and ocean preservation, humanitarian issues, surf, skate, extreme sports, martial arts, and music films.

The long standing Ventura Film Festival has received threats of legal action from attorney Sandy Lipkin and the Bell Arts Factory/Lorenzo DeStefano, claiming "tortious interference" and outlining plans to take over the rights to the Ventura Film Festival name and trademark despite having registered their name 5 years after the start of the Ventura Film Festival and have not yet put on a film festival event.

Ventura Film Festival founder met with Ventura County Assistant Clerk and Recorder, James Becker and his staff on February 25th 2009 and was shown legal code and told that the Bell Arts Factory and Hawaiian film maker Lorenzo DeStefano have acted unlawfully by attempting to register a knowingly similar and confusing fictitious business name from the Ventura Film Festival, and that, unfortunately, the only way to proceed will be via a law suit. The Ventura Film Festival sent a cease and desist letter to the conflicting group, who uses the domain "," in December 2008.

Source: The Ventura Film Festival

CONTACT: Jordan Older, +1-805-644-9981,,
for The Ventura Film Festival

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Acorn International to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results on March 9, 2009

Acorn International to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results on March 9, 2009

SHANGHAI, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- Acorn International, Inc. ("Acorn") (NYSE:ATV), a leading integrated multi-platform marketing company in China, will release its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2008 before the market opens on Monday, March 9, 2009. A copy of the earnings release will be available on the company's website at .

Acorn's management has scheduled a conference call at 8:00 a.m. ET on March 9, 2009 (8:00 p.m. Beijing Time) to discuss the Company's perspective on the results and answer questions. You may access the live interactive call via:

-- +1 866 549 1292 (U.S. Toll Free)
-- +800 701 1223 (China Toll Free)
-- +852 3005 2050 (International)
-- Passcode: ATV

Please dial-in approximately 10 minutes in advance to facilitate an on-time start.

A replay will be available for approximately two weeks after the call and may be accessed via:

-- +852 3005 2020 (International)
-- Passcode: 136511#

A live and archived webcast of the call will be available on the Company's website at .

About Acorn

Acorn International (NYSE: 'ATV') is a leading integrated multi-platform marketing company in China, operating China's largest TV direct sales business in terms of revenues and TV air time and a nationwide off-TV distribution network. Acorn's TV direct sales platform consists of airtime purchased from both national and local channels. In addition to marketing and selling through its TV direct sales programs and its off-TV nationwide distribution network, Acorn also offers consumer products and services through catalogs, an outbound telemarketing center and an e-commerce website. Leveraging its integrated multiple sales and marketing platforms, Acorn has built a proven track record of developing and selling proprietary-branded consumer products, as well as products and services from established third parties.

For further information, please contact:

Acorn International
Chen Fu, Director of Investor Relations
Tel: +86-21-5151-8888 x2228

Jane Liu
Tel: +852-2522-1838

Henry Chik
Tel: +852-2522-1368

Source: Acorn International, Inc.

CONTACT: Chen Fu, Director of Investor Relations, Acorn International at
+86-21-5151-8888 x2228 or; or from PRChina: Jane Liu at
+852-2522-1838 or and Henry Chik at +852-2522-1368 or both for Acorn

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Ultimate in Aesthetic Enhancement for 80s Pop Icons on LIVING's "Pop Goes the Band"

The Ultimate in Aesthetic Enhancement for 80s Pop Icons on LIVING's "Pop Goes the Band"

LONDON, February 26/PRNewswire/ --

- With Photo

I care for my body were delighted to be the chosen aesthetic facility to
undertake the physical transformations of 80s pop idols; Dollar, The Original
Bucks Fizz, Visage, 911, Shakatak and Cleopatra, for Pop Goes The Band airing
on LIVING this spring.

With nine Cosmetic Surgery and Aesthetic Centres worldwide, I
care for my body is a visionary provider of aesthetic excellence, dedicated
to transforming the lives of patients through a combination of the latest
surgical and non-invasive techniques; including the groundbreaking
non-surgical treatments Ultrashape, Accent RF and Rioblush Carboxy Therapy.

Headed by industry renowned Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Fabian Blaschke, the
former pop pin-ups bravely faced up to a candid assessment of the physical
ravages of the decades since their heyday and undertook the prescribed
procedures to repair the damage and rejuvenate their image to their
glamorous 80's glory.

The luxurious and welcoming environment of the I care for my
body clinic in London's prestigious Knightsbridge, provided the perfect
setting for a compulsive viewing mix of enthusiasm, excitement, trauma and
trepidation, as one by one the celebrity pop stars were initiated into their
new non-invasive and surgical beauty regime.

Bandages removed and cosmetic transformations complete, viewers will
witness each band reform to perform their best known hits for family,
friends and fans at their very own explosive reveal parties.

Pop Goes The Band airs on LIVING, Mondays at 10pm

The Experts

Dr. Fabian Blaschke - Plastic Surgeon

Counting over 20 years in his professional career, Dr. Fabian Blaschke
is an internationally experienced plastic surgeon on the specialist
register in the UK as a Plastic and General Surgeon.

Dr Toni Burke - Aesthetic Practitioner

Dr Toni Burke qualified from University College London Medical School.

"The Pop Goes The Band personalities knew that we were
offering them the best possible options. I care for my body's
multi-disciplinary set-up allows absolute honesty. We can advise clients
precisely which treatments are most suitable and where appropriate, refer
them to our cosmetic surgery hospital." Dr Toni Burke

Quotes and interviews with Dr Fabien Blaschke and Dr Toni
Burke are available by appointment.

For treatment information please visit

Note to Editors:

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

Source: I care for my body

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Top Chef Season 5 Show Favorite, Fabio Viviani Will Act as American Spokesperson for Italy's Number One Selling Frozen Pizza

Top Chef Season 5 Show Favorite, Fabio Viviani Will Act as American Spokesperson for Italy's Number One Selling Frozen Pizza

Dr. Oetker's Ristorante will partner with the Top Chef star to introduce the great tasting, gourmet Italian restaurant style frozen pizza to American homes this summer

STUDIO CITY, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Fans of Bravo TV's Top Chef can look forward to more flavor from the series' "Italian Stallion," Fabio Viviani. Dr. Oetker, the number one frozen pizza manufacturer in Italy, is launching its best-selling Ristorante brand in the United States and the season five star has signed on to be the spokesperson.

Fabio Viviani, who was born in Florence and recalls Dr. Oetker pizza from his childhood, will participate in a five-city media tour this summer to introduce the favorite brand of thin-crust pizza lovers throughout Europe and Canada to consumers in the northeastern United States.

"Growing up in Italy, my mom often had Dr. Oetker's products in the home so I'm excited to help introduce Ristorante brand frozen pizzas to American households," explained Viviani. "As a chef, I am very particular about the ingredients that I select. That's why I am a fan of Dr. Oetker's Ristorante pizza because it features fresh, high-quality ingredients, such as spinach, mozzarella, mushrooms and other vegetables on a thin crispy crust."

"We are eager to introduce the authentic taste of Dr. Oetker Ristorante to American pizza-lovers and feel Fabio is the perfect voice for the brand," said William Whalen, executive vice president for Dr. Oetker U.S.A., LLC. "He has an incredible personality and a real passion for cooking, eating and entertaining with great food."

Lots of Americans are eating out less often but they still want to enjoy the taste and fresh flavors like the ones featured on Top Chef or found in an Italian restaurant, such as Cafe Firenze," said Viviani.

"Dr. Oetker's Ristorante pizza is a delicious and convenient way to capture the essence of Italian restaurant dining in the home."

Northeast U.S. Products are priced from $4.99 to $5.99. To learn more about Dr. Oetker, please visit

About Fabio Viviani

Fabio is the Owner and Executive Chef of Cafe Firenze, one of the most recognized restaurants in Ventura County. Born and raised in Florence, Italy, he incorporates Italian, French and Spanish influences in his dishes and believes that cooking is a craft.

About Dr. Oetker

The Dr. Oetker company started in Germany in 1891 with the development of a special baking powder, Backin, that produced extraordinary baking results. More than 30 years ago, the first frozen pizza was launched in Germany and, today, Dr. Oetker is the market leader of frozen pizza in most European countries. In 2003, Ristorante Pizza was introduced in Canada and has continued to maintain an overwhelming amount of success in the market place. For more information about Dr. Oetker and Ristorante, please visit

Source: Dr. Oetker U.S.A., LLC.

CONTACT: Cherry Hepburn, Putnam & Smith, +1-818-505-1104,

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CBEX to Auction FOU Used at Beijing Olympic Games

CBEX to Auction FOU Used at Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- CBEX (China Beijing Equity Exchange) announced today the auctioning of the fous (an ancient Chinese percussion instrument derived from clay potteries and bronze ware) that were used in the grand performance of fou at the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics Games.

According to CBEX, the first auction will be held on March 8, in which 1,000 pieces of fou will be auctioned in package.

According to Liang Yu, spokesperson and executive vice president of CBEX, following CBEX's official disposal of Olympic assets since August 2008, the fous used at the Olympic Games have been the focus of attention. Over the past six months, CBEX has received thousands of telephone inquiries, and a lot of people have expressed their intention to bid for the fous.

Before the auction, Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad (BOCOG) has, in the form of power of attorney, guaranteed to CBEX that the objects to be auctioned are the exact fous used at the opening ceremony, each having a unique special code used in the "Fou Array" at the opening ceremony. BOCOG said that from the perspective of protection of intellectual property rights, the fou will no longer be made or mimicked in the future, and the molds used for manufacturing the fous have been destroyed.

It is noteworthy that different from the previous disposal of Olympic-related assets, besides onsite package auction of some pieces of fou, the rest will be auctioned through online bidding. According to Liang Yu, given a big number of intended buyers, CBEX will use Jinmajia online bidding system, tailored for the disposal of Olympics-related assets, with a view to ensuring wider, more convenient, and more effective public participation. Intended buyers around China may, after registration and payment of deposit, log onto the website of Jinmajia for online bidding. Online bidding is free from the restrictions of regional and number of intended buyers of traditional auctions, which demonstrates the Olympic spirit of full participation and fair competition.

On Jun 25, 2008, BOCOG and CBEX signed Contract for the Disposition of Asserts of BOCOG, and published the information of the first batch of assets on the website of CBEX, marking the entry into formal disposal procedures of the assets of BOCOG. Since the first Olympic asset auction on Aug 5, 2008, CBEX has conducted 9 auctions so far, which included furniture and household appliances at Media Village, air conditioning units, computers, servers, and BOCOG official cars, with the disposal covering more than 500,000 pieces of Olympic assets with total price of nearly 30 million yuan, with a value-added rate of more than 30%.

For more information, please contact:

Coral Shuai
China Beijing Equity Exchange
Tel: +86-10-6629-5692
Fax: +86-6629-5588 x5692

Source: China Beijing Equity Exchange

CONTACT: Coral Shuai of China Beijing Equity Exchange, +86-10-6629-5692,
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TV Azteca Announces Net Sales of Ps.2,909 Million and EBITDA of Ps.1,401 Million In 4Q08

TV Azteca Announces Net Sales of Ps.2,909 Million and EBITDA of Ps.1,401 Million In 4Q08

-Quarterly Net Income Quadruples to Ps.863 Million-

MEXICO CITY, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V. (BMV: TVAZTCA; Latibex: XTZA), one of the two largest producers of Spanish- language television programming in the world, announced today net sales of Ps.2,909 million, EBITDA of Ps.1,401 million and EBITDA margin of 48% for the fourth quarter of 2008.

"We were able to preserve the solid top line level reported in the prior year and multiply net profit by four in the quarter, despite the difficult economic environment," said Mario San Roman, Chief Executive Officer of TV Azteca. "On the operating front, we further strengthened our successful programming grid, particularly in prime time, positively influencing sales in the period, and setting the basis for a firm market positioning in 2009."

Fourth Quarter Results

Net sales were Ps.2,909 million, practically unchanged compared to Ps.2,898 million in the same quarter of 2007. Total costs and expenses were Ps.1,508 million, from Ps.1,381 million in the same period of the previous year. As a result, TV Azteca reported EBITDA of Ps.1,401 million, compared to Ps.1,517 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. The company registered net majority income of Ps.863 million, more than four times above the Ps.186 million in the same period of 2007.

Net Sales

"The growing popularity of our content -- especially novelas and La Academia: Ultima Generacion -- translated into a 41% commercial audience share in prime time in the quarter. Successful programming was key to build effective advertising campaigns for recognized brands in Mexico, and enhanced demand for multiple ad spaces in the period," added Mr. San Roman.

Fourth quarter revenue includes sales of Ps.62 million from Proyecto 40, which have been consolidated in TV Azteca results beginning this year.

TV Azteca also reported net sales from Azteca America -- the company's wholly owned broadcast television network focused on the U.S. Hispanic market -- of Ps.194 million, compared to Ps.132 million a year ago.

Programming sales to other countries were Ps.15 million in the period, compared to Ps.26 million the prior year. Revenue this quarter resulted from the sale of the shows Lo que Callamos las Mujeres and Montecristo in Latin America, and Bellezas Indomables in Europe.

Revenue from barter sales was Ps.112 million, practically unchanged from Ps.113 million from the previous year.

Costs and Expenses

Total costs and expenses grew 9% in the quarter, as a result of a 13% increase in programming, production and transmission costs -- to Ps.1,219 million, from Ps.1,079 million in the same period a year ago -- and a 4% reduction in selling and administrative expenses -- to Ps.288 million, compared to Ps.302 million in the same quarter of 2007.

The increase in costs reflects the consolidation of Proyecto 40 in TV Azteca results, and the effect of the exchange rate depreciation on peso disbursements of the acquired programming that was transmitted during the quarter.

Decrease in selling and administrative expenses resulted from reductions in operating and travel expenses, and advisory fees, as a result of initiatives that punctually control the company's outlays.

TV Azteca continues to seek additional actions to reduce expenses, as a response to the deceleration of the economic activity in Mexico.

EBITDA and Net Income

EBITDA was Ps.1,401 million, compared with Ps.1,517 million in the same period of the prior year; EBITDA margin was 48%.

Below EBITDA the main changes were: i) reduction of Ps.798 million in provision for taxes, due primarily to an extraordinary charge in the deferred income tax a year ago, ii) decrease of Ps.80 million in other financial expense, and iii) a Ps.60 million increase in interest paid, due to changes in the debt balance.

Net majority income for the period was Ps.863 million, more than four times higher than Ps.186 million a year ago.

Advertising Advances

The balance of advertising advances as of December 31, 2008 was Ps.3,971 million, 8% above Ps.3,693 million in the prior year.

The company considers that growth in advertising advances represents a vote of confidence of clients regarding the effectiveness of TV Azteca content to reach target markets.


As of December 31, 2008, TV Azteca's outstanding debt -- excluding Ps.1,621 million debt due 2069 -- was Ps.8,043 million.

Such debt is peso denominated, and of it, Ps.6,000 million are long term Securities Certificates. The interest rate is fixed at 9.29% annually, thanks to interest coverage for the next three years.

The cash balance was Ps.3,250 million, which resulted in net debt of Ps.4,793 million. Debt to last twelve months (LTM) EBITDA ratio was 2.1 times, and net debt to LTM EBITDA was 1.2 times.

Twelve Months Results

Net sales in 2008 were Ps.9,815 million, 3% above the Ps.9,505 million reported a year ago. Total costs and expenses were Ps.5,923 million, from Ps.5,482 million in the same period in the prior year, primarily due to the consolidation of Proyecto 40 in TV Azteca results and the production and transmission of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing. As a result, TV Azteca reported EBITDA of Ps.3,893 million in the year, compared to Ps.4,022 million in 2007. The company reported majority net income of Ps.1,054 million, from net income of Ps.1,041 million in the prior year.

Company Profile

TV Azteca is one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, operating two national television networks in Mexico, Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through more than 300 owned and operated stations across the country. TV Azteca affiliates include Azteca America Network, a new broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic market, and Azteca Web, an Internet company for North American Spanish speakers.

TV Azteca is a Grupo Salinas company (, a group of dynamic, fast growing, and technologically advanced companies focused on creating shareholder value, and improving society through excellence. Created by Mexican entrepreneur Ricardo B. Salinas, Grupo Salinas operates as a management development and decision forum for the top leaders of member companies.

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Other risks that may affect TV Azteca and its subsidiaries are identified in documents sent to securities authorities.

Investor Relations:
Bruno Rangel Dinorah Macias
+ 52 (55) 1720 9167 + 52 (55) 1720 0041

Press Relations:
Tristan Canales Daniel McCosh
+ 52 (55) 1720 1441 + 52 (55) 1720 0059

(Financial tables follow)

(Millions of Mexican pesos of December 31, 2007 and 2008 )

Fourth Quarter of:
2007 2008

Net revenue Ps 2,898 100% Ps 2,909 100% Ps 11 0%

Programming, production
and transmission costs 1,079 37% 1,219 42% 140 13%
Selling and
administrative expenses 302 10% 288 10% (13) -4%

Total costs and expenses 1,381 48% 1,508 52% 127 9%

EBITDA 1,517 52% 1,401 48% (115) -8%

Depreciation and
amortization 126 129 4

Operating profit 1,391 48% 1,272 44% (119) -9%

Other expense -Net (301) (308) (6)

Comprehensive financing
Interest expense (200) (261) (60)
Other financing expense (97) (17) 80
Interest income 31 23 (8)
Exchange gain -Net 3 39 36
Gain on monetary
position 44 - (44)
(220) (216) 4

Income before the
following provision 870 30% 749 26% (121) -14%

Provision for income tax (684) 114 798

Net income Ps 187 Ps 863 Ps 676

Net income
of minority
stockholders Ps 1 Ps - Ps (1)

Net income
of majority
stockholders Ps 186 6% Ps 863 30% Ps 677 365%

(Millions of Mexican pesos of December 31, 2007, and 2008)

Year ended December 31,

2007 2008 Change
Net revenue Ps 9,505 100% Ps 9,815 100% Ps 311 3%

Programming, production
and transmission costs 4,323 45% 4,767 49% 444 10%
Selling and administrative
expenses 1,159 12% 1,156 12% (3) 0%

Total costs and expenses 5,482 58% 5,923 60% 440 8%

EBITDA 4,022 42% 3,893 40% (130) -3%

Depreciation and amortization 434 479 45

Operating profit 3,588 38% 3,414 35% (175) -5%

Other expense -Net (744) (867) (122)

Comprehensive financing result:
Interest expense (799) (868) (70)
Other financing expense (162) (119) 42
Interest income 110 93 (17)
Exchange (loss) gain -Net (10) 79 89
Gain on monetary position 70 - (70)
(790) (816) (26)

Income before the following
provision 2,053 22% 1,731 18% (323) -16%

Provision for income tax (1,013) (676) 336

Net income Ps 1,041 Ps1,055 Ps 14

Net income of minority
stockholders Ps (1) Ps 1 1
Net income of majority
stockholders Ps 1,041 11% Ps1,054 11% Ps 13 1%

(Millions of Mexican pesos of December 31, 2007 and 2008 )

At December 31,
2007 2008
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents Ps 1,678 Ps 3,250 Ps 1,572
Accounts receivable 4,210 4,547 337
Other current assets 1,337 1,642 305

Total current assets 7,225 9,439 2,214 31%

Long-term accounts receivable from
Pappas 1,672 2,039 367
Exhibition rights 476 524 48
Property, plant and equipment-Net 2,985 3,242 257
Television concessions-Net 4,636 4,650 14
Other assets 1,611 1,539 (72)
Goodwill - Net 154 159 5
Deferred income tax asset 469 259 (210)
Total long term assets 12,003 12,412 409 3%

Total assets Ps 19,228 Ps 21,851 Ps 2,623 14%

Current liabilities:
Short-term debt Ps - Ps 1,984 Ps 1,984
Other current liabilities 3,760 3,225 (535)

Total current liabilities 3,760 5,209 1,449 39%

Long-term debt:
Structured Securities Certificates 6,000 6,000 -
Long-term debt - 60 60
Total long-term debt 6,000 6,060 60
Other long term liabilities:
Advertising advances 3,693 3,971 278
Exhibition rights payable 36 - (36)
American Tower Corporation (due 2069) 1,301 1,621 320

Total other long-term liabilities 5,030 5,592 562 11%

Total liabilities 14,790 16,861 2,071 14%

Total stockholders' equity 4,438 4,990 552 12%

Total liabilities and equity Ps 19,228 Ps 21,851 Ps 2,623 14%

Source: TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V.

CONTACT: Investors, Bruno Rangel, +011-5255-1720-9167,, or Dinorah Macias, +011-5255-1720-0041,, or media, Tristan Canales, +011-5255-1720-1441,, or Daniel McCosh, +011-5255-1720-0059,, all of TV Azteca

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