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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

AT&T U-verse TV Customers Denied a Fair Deal by Hallmark

AT&T U-verse TV Customers Denied a Fair Deal by Hallmark

DALLAS, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- AT&T U-verse® TV customers have been denied a fair deal for Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel programming by Crown Media. AT&T* issued the following statement to update its customers:

"We are very disappointed that Hallmark has refused to provide AT&T and its customers with a fair deal -- one that is no worse than similarly-sized and smaller providers -- and refused to adhere to key obligations under our current deal. We offered to extend the current deal while talks continued, and Hallmark rejected that offer. Hallmark has forced us into a position where we no longer have the rights to carry the Hallmark channels as of 12:01 EDT. We don't want customers to lose their programming, but we believe strongly that our customers should not have to pay more than their fair share for Hallmark's channels, which is exactly what Hallmark is demanding."

In the place of Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movie Channel, AT&T U-verse customers will be able to enjoy a free preview of the popular family programming from Starz Kids & Family on channel 176 and Turner Classic Movies on channels 794/1794. And since several of Hallmark's programs are available on other U-verse channels, customers will be able to find these programs using the U-verse Search feature, by hitting "Menu" on their U-verse remote and selecting "Live TV" and then "Search."

U-verse TV customers can get more information at or can call Hallmark at 1-877-677-6385.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company. Its subsidiaries and affiliates - AT&T operating companies - are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet and voice services. A leader in mobile broadband, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. In 2010, AT&T again ranked among the 50 Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine.

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Snoop Dogg and Norton Announce 'Hack is Wack' Video Contest To Raise Cybercrime Awareness

Snoop Dogg and Norton Announce 'Hack is Wack' Video Contest To Raise Cybercrime Awareness

Winner Receives Chance of a Lifetime Meeting with Snoop's Management

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ --
Superstar rapper Snoop Dogg and Norton are encouraging Snoop
fans, rap enthusiasts and everyone who wants to take a stand
against cybercrime to enter the "Hack is Wack" cybercrime rap
What: video contest.

The contest, which runs through Sept. 30, 2010, asks
participants to create and upload a two-minute rap video at showing off their lyrical skills on the
subject of cybercrime. Entries can rap about topics
including hacking, identity theft, computer viruses, and why
it's important to protect yourself from online crime. Check
out Snoop's original rap on now! Snoop
will make the initial call for entries through his Facebook,
Twitter and YouTube channels. The official Twitter hashtag
for the contest is #SnoopNorton.

The winner will receive round trip airfare for two to Los
Angeles along with two days and two nights hotel stay for a
chance of a lifetime for aspiring rappers to meet with
Snoop's management, learn more about his business and get
tips on how to make it to the top. Additionally, the winner
will receive; two tickets to a Snoop Dogg concert; and a new
laptop with Norton Internet Security 2011. Snoop's
management team will judge the top five videos and pick a
winner from those finalists. The winner, to be announced on
Oct. 20, 2010, will be selected based on overall creativity,
rapping and performing skills, and delivery of a compelling
anti-cybercrime message.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. The Norton "Hack
is Wack" Cybercrime Rap Contest is sponsored by Symantec
Corporation. Open to legal residents of the U.S. & D.C., and
must be the age of majority or older. Begins 12:01am ET on
9/1/10 and ends 11:59pm ET on 9/30/10. For Official Rules,

See contest rules at for who is eligible to
Who: participate.

Contest begins Sept. 1 and ends Sept. 30. Winner will be
When: announced Oct. 20.

Where: Enter online at

Contacts: Noah Edwardsen

Corey Martin
Edelman for Norton


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CONTACT: Noah Edwardsen of Norton, +1-310-990-5153,; or Corey Martin of Edelman, +1-415-486-3243,, for Norton

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Frigo® Cheese Heads® Brand Enhances 14 Wishes to Visit iCarly Set, Meet Miranda Cosgrove

Frigo® Cheese Heads® Brand Enhances 14 Wishes to Visit iCarly Set, Meet Miranda Cosgrove

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Make-A-Wish Foundation® supporter Saputo Inc. and its Frigo® Cheese Heads® brand enhanced the wishes of 14 children whose biggest dream came true on August 16th when they visited the iCarly set at Nickelodeon Studios and met the show's star, Miranda Cosgrove. The experience was a wish-come-true for Shayla, 9; Hannah, 7; Julian, 15; Crystal, 11; Andrew, 13; Martin, 11; Samuel, 10; Brandon, 8; Oscar, 14; Gabriel, 11; Ally, 8; Hannah, 9; Princess, 7; and Autumn, 9.

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The wish day began for these kids and their families in Hollywood, CA, where they met up with representatives from Saputo Inc. and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Frigo® Cheese Heads® brand costume character met each wish kid and provided them with a goodie bag to start off their day. The wish kids and their families mingled and took pictures with the costume character as the excitement for their wish grew. En route to Nickelodeon Studios, the bus drivers treated the families to a tour of celebrated Southern California landmarks, including Rodeo Drive, the Kodak Theatre, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign.

At Nickelodeon Studios, the kids received VIP passes and toured the facilities, including the iCarly set. The kids explored all the show's primary shooting locations: Carly's bedroom, the loft, the elevator, the kitchen, the living room and the school. They also checked out two new swing sets that will be used in an upcoming episode. The kids especially enjoyed bouncing off the trampoline onto Carly's bed and discovering the random doors and hallways that lead to nowhere.

After checking out the set, the families traveled to a nearby elementary school where iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove was doing a network promo shoot. After a general Q&A session with all the wish kids and their families, Miranda met each wish kid individually - posing for pictures and signing autographs. Many of the kids were star-struck and at a loss for words. But Miranda's outgoing personality and excitement at being a celebrity wish granter made each wish kid feel like a close friend.

About Saputo Inc.

Saputo Inc. produces, markets and distributes a wide array of products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, yogurt, dairy ingredients and snack-cakes. Saputo Inc. is the 12th largest dairy processor in the world, the largest in Canada, the third largest in Argentina, among the top 3 cheese producers in the United States and the largest snack-cake manufacturer in Canada. Its products are sold in more than 40 countries under well-known brand names such as Saputo, Alexis de Portneuf, Armstrong, Baxter, Dairyland, Danscorella, De Lucia, Dragone, DuVillage 1860, Frigo Cheese Heads, Kingsey, La Paulina, Neilson, Nutrilait, Ricrem, Stella, Treasure Cave, HOP&GO!, Rondeau and Vachon. Saputo Inc. is a publicly traded company whose shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol SAP.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is one of the world's leading children's charities, with 65 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 193,000 wishes in the United States since inception. For more information about the Make -A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.

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Source: Saputo Inc.

CONTACT: Karine Vachon, Senior Advisor, External Communications, Saputo
Inc., +1-514-328-3377,; or Caitlin Weingartner,
Public Relations, Aspen Marketing Services, +1-973-775-6530,

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Scrap Meets Swing at the Great Park

Scrap Meets Swing at the Great Park

Flights and Sounds of Summer to Feature Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums; ScrapArtsMusic

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- It's a high energy, jumping, jiving and sonically riveting lineup this weekend when Flights and Sounds of Summer dance and concert series features Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums with Miss Carmen Getit and ScrapArtsMusic. Lucky for Orange County that Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums with Miss Carmen Getit is returning for a second Great Park dance party this season on Friday, September 3rd at the Orange County Great Park. Last year, they definitely helped dancers wear out their soles with a hot mix of swing, West Coast jump blues and R&B. Great Park dance instructors will get you ready to bop with the Rhumba Bums at 7:30 p.m.

Recycling can be fun, creative and ... musical? ScrapArtsMusic will prove it on Saturday, September 4th. ScrapArtsMusic delivers intricate rhythms, athletic choreography and the greenest and most inventive reuse of materials on stage today. ScrapArtsMusic's closing ceremonies performance was broadcast to a global television audience at the grand finale of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

"We invite everyone to come enjoy these lively performances," said Larry Agran, Chair, Orange County Great Park Corporation. "The Great Park Flights and Sounds of Summer Festival brings people together through unique music, dance and performance art venues."

Saturday night concerts begin at 8:00 p.m. Before the Saturday shows, come to the Great Park Comedy Corner at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy local comedians Matt Claybrooks with special guests Jackie Fabulous and Chris Adams. Admission to Flights and Sounds of Summer Festival dance and concert series is free, and parking is just $10.

Upcoming 2010 summer performers include a wide variety of first-rate artists, featuring five-time Grammy Award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama, local surfing champion and artist Donavon Frankenreiter, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys and Jerry Mandel Swinging the Standards Jazz Band.

Flights and Sounds of Summer Festival is presented by the Orange County Great Park Corporation in partnership with the Irvine Barclay Theatre. Concertgoers can watch the show from chairs provided in a temporary concert pavilion or bring their own chairs to listen to the music from the Great Park Lawn.

Before each performance, Hangar 244 is transformed into the Hangar Cafe, a lounge-like dining area serving up everything from snacks to full dinners, along with refreshments. The Orange County Great Park is located off the 405 or 5 Freeways at Sand Canyon and Marine Way in Irvine.

The Orange County Great Park with its 1,347-acre master plan is the focal point of the redevelopment of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park is currently built out to 27.5 acres and includes an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. A $65.5 million development plan to expand the Park to 200 acres is currently underway. The plan will build out a core section of the Park for the most immediate and wide-ranging public benefit, including a sports park, agricultural area and an art and culture exhibition space.

For the entire festival line-up and more information, go to

Source: Orange County Great Park Corporation

CONTACT: Jenn Starnes, +1-949-724-6574, for Orange County Great Park

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'The Back-Up Plan' Tops Weekly BLOCKBUSTER(R) Hit List of Top 10 Renting DVDs

'The Back-Up Plan' Tops Weekly BLOCKBUSTER(R) Hit List of Top 10 Renting DVDs

DALLAS, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Topping the BLOCKBUSTER® (Pink Sheets: BLOKA, BLOKB) Hit List of "Top 10 Renting DVD Titles" for the week ending August 29, 2010 is "The Back-Up Plan." Tired of dating and determined to be a mother, Zoe (Jennifer Lopez) decides she can't wait any longer for her Prince Charming. As fate would have it, the same day Zoe conceives twins through artificial insemination, she meets Stan (Alex O'Loughlin) who very well may be her Prince Charming. As they begin a courtship, Zoe goes through desperate measures to conceal her growing belly. Lots of couples can fall in love and have a baby, but can Zoe and Stan do it in reverse?


Top 10 Renting DVD Titles at U.S. BLOCKBUSTER stores for the week ending August 29, 2010:

1. The Back-Up Plan
2. Date Night
3. The Killer Inside Me
4. Death At A Funeral
5. The Last Song
6. Furry Vengeance
7. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
8. Repo Men
9. Clash Of The Titans
10. Kick-Ass

Top 10 Selling DVD Titles at U.S. BLOCKBUSTER stores for the week ending August 29, 2010:

1. The Back-Up Plan
2. The Last Song
3. Date Night
4. The Boondock Saints
5. Kick Ass
6. Willow
7. Death At A Funeral
8. Clash Of The Titans
9. Last Of The Mohicans
10. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid

Top 10 Online Renting DVD Titles at for the week ending August 29, 2010:

1. The Back-Up Plan
2. Date Night
3. The Last Song
4. The Bounty Hunter
5. Clash of the Titans
6. Cop Out
7. Death at a Funeral
8. Kick-Ass
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
10. The Ghost Writer

Top 10 Renting Blu-ray Titles at U.S. BLOCKBUSTER stores for the week ending August 29, 2010:

1. The Killer Inside Me
2. Date Night
3. The Back-Up Plan
4. Death At A Funeral
5. Clash Of The Titans
6. Kick-Ass
7. Furry Vengeance
8. City Island
9. Cop Out
10. Repo Men

Top 10 Renting Digital Titles on BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® for the week ending August 29, 2010:

1. Date Night
2. The Joneses
3. Kick-Ass
4. The Bounty Hunter
5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid
6. Clash of the Titans
7. Furry Vengeance
8. The Book of Eli
9. Shutter Island
10. Chloe

Top 10 Selling Digital Titles on BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® for the week ending August 29, 2010:

1. The Back-Up Plan
2. Death At A Funeral
3. Furry Vengeance
4. Clash of the Titans
5. Date Night
6. Cop Out
7. The Book of Eli
8. Kick-Ass
9. Twilight
10. Chloe

Top 10 Renting Video Game Titles at U.S. BLOCKBUSTER stores for the week ending August 29, 2010:

1. Mafia II- X360
2. Madden NFL 11-X30
3. Mafia II--PS3
4. Madden NFL 11-PS3
5. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days -X360
6. Red Dead Redemption- X360
7. Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days- PS3
8. Red Dead Redemption- PS3
9. Super Mario Galaxy 2 -Wii
10. NCAA Football 11- X60

These DVD Rental New Releases will be available Tuesday, September 7, 2010:

-- Killers
-- MacGruber
-- Solitary Man
-- That Evening Sun
-- John Rabe
-- The Exploding Girl
-- Walking Vengeance
-- Giallo
-- Chasing 3000
-- Backyard
-- The Chamaco Kid
-- Rains of Injustice
-- Camp Rock 2: Final Jam
-- Doc West
-- Thomas-Misty Island Rescue
-- Jackie Chan: Kung Fu Master
-- In Therapy
-- Mike Epps Presents Live at Club Nokia
-- A Call Girl
-- The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond
-- Love In The Nick Of Tyme

For more information, check participating BLOCKBUSTER stores and online at

About Blockbuster Inc.

Blockbuster Inc. is a leading global provider of rental and retail movie and game entertainment. The company provides customers with convenient access to media entertainment anywhere, any way they want it - whether in-store, by mail, through vending kiosks or digitally to their homes and mobile devices. With a highly recognized brand and a library of more than 125,000 movie and game titles, Blockbuster leverages its multichannel presence to serve nearly 47 million global customers annually. The company may be accessed worldwide at


CONTACT: Rebecca Morris of Hill and Knowlton, +1-202-944-5169,, for Blockbuster Inc.

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Vanity and OneRepublic Team Up to Help Feeding America 'Share the Secret About Hunger' for 49 Million Americans

Vanity and OneRepublic Team Up to Help Feeding America 'Share the Secret About Hunger' for 49 Million Americans

National Fashion Retailer Vanity is partnering with pop band OneRepublic to help fight hunger with a promotion that will benefit Feeding America through an in-store food drive and CD sales.

FARGO, N.D., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- National fashion retailer Vanity is partnering with pop band OneRepublic to help fight hunger with a promotion that will benefit Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization. The "Share the Secret About Hunger" campaign aims to raise awareness about food insecurity incurred by 49 million Americans everyday at a national level as well as provide hunger relief for people in communities across the country.

From September 7 through October 16, Vanity will be collecting non-perishable food donations in all of its stores, which will be distributed to local food banks that partner with Feeding America. Vanity, in association with Interscope Records, also will be selling exclusive OneRepublic "Waking Up" CDs, and offering chances to win prizes in-store and online. Vanity will donate all of the proceeds from CD sales to Feeding America. Every CD sold will help to provide approximately 21 meals for those in need.

"About 1 in 6 Americans suffer from food insecurity, which means people in our own community -- friends, family and neighbors -- do not have the means to eat three meals a day, seven days a week," says Katie Wohlman, Vanity Marketing Manager. "As a whole, the Vanity staff feels it's important to partner with our customers and other organizations to help make a positive impact in the communities we serve. As September is National Hunger Action Month, we feel privileged to work with OneRepublic, Feeding America and local food banks to help fight the hunger crisis in America through this timely campaign."

During the six-week promotion, Vanity will offer customers who donate food or buy the OneRepublic CD with a coupon for 25 percent off one regular-priced item, redeemable in store or online at through November 23, 2010.

Vanity will play songs by OneRepublic including "Secrets" the first single from their new CD entitled "Waking Up", in store and online, with a special message about hunger relief pre-recorded by the band. Vanity will inform customers about the promotion through in-store signage, audio and video announcements; text messages; e-mail blasts; and social networking (on Facebook and Twitter). All messages will direct customers and fans to to learn more about hunger relief and learn how to get involved in the promotion, enter the sweepstakes, and check out more music by OneRepublic.

Prizes include:
-- one grand prize of a trip for two to see OneRepublic in concert with a
meet and greet, plus a $500 Vanity gift card;
-- one first-place prize, including an iPad, autographed CD and $100
Vanity gift card;
-- five second-place prizes, including an iPod Shuffle, autographed CD
and $50 Vanity gift card;
-- 10 third-place prizes, including an autographed CD and $25 Vanity gift

"The big winners, however, will be the people who receive food, thanks to the efforts of Vanity shoppers and fans of OneRepublic who show their support with food donations and CD purchases," Wohlman added.

For more information about the "Share the Secret About Hunger" campaign and hunger relief in the U.S., visit > Social Responsibility and Visit OneRepublic's official website at

About Vanity:

Vanity specializes in offering a wide selection of premium jeans and junior lifestyle apparel and accessories targeted to style-conscious young females. For more than 40 years, Vanity has strived to provide its customers with an attractive and relevant shopping experience with on-trend, wear-now style in a variety of sizes from which to choose, including: 0-17 bottoms, 25"-34" waist sizes with up to 37" inseams jeans and shirts from XS to 2XL. Operating 185 stores in 26 states, Vanity's corporate headquarters is in Fargo, N.D. It also serves customers nationwide through its online store,

About Interscope * Universal Music Group:

Universal Music Group is the world's largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its businesses also include Universal Music Publishing Group, one of the industry's largest global music publishing operations. Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca Label Group, Deutsche Grammophon, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Geffen Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Records Group, Universal Records South and Verve Music Group, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalog of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division, and Universal Music Mobile. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.

About Feeding America

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit Find us on Facebook at or follow our news on Twitter at

About Blanche Agency:

Blanche is a Los Angeles-based, full-service, marketing agency specializing in campaigns, promotions, partnerships and marketing solutions for brands and retailers with the music and entertainment industries... Founded by Lynda Stenge in 2008, the company creates fresh, unique opportunities and develops relevant, fun and strategic promotions to drive sales and connect with an otherwise hard-to-reach audience -- engaging them with dynamic, experiential marketing tied to the music and other entertainment they love. For more information visit:

For Media Inquiries:
Lynda Stenge
Blanche Agency
T: 323.931.1555
M: 323-394-8810

Katie Wohlman
T: 701-237-3330 ext. 1619
M: 701-261-0364

Source: Vanity

CONTACT: Lynda Stenge of Blanche Agency, +1-323-931-1555, or Mobile,
+1-323-394-8810,; or Katie Wohlman of Vanity,
+1-701-237-3330 ext. 1619, or Mobile, +1-701-261-0364,

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Los Angeles KJLA-57 Launches 'Encuentra el Tesorito' Contest

Los Angeles KJLA-57 Launches 'Encuentra el Tesorito' Contest

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Los Angeles full power station KJLA-57 has launched an aggressive on-air promotion and marketing campaign for LATV's biggest contest ever, Encuentra el tesorito, Look for the treasure. More than 1,000 radio spots will air over four weeks, in key radio stations, such as KLVE, KSCA, KRCD, KDLD, KSSE, and KLYY. The winner of the contest will be announced on September 19.

Viewers can participate in the contest by tuning into KJLA-57 every day to look out for "keyword" announcements, and then text the keyword to 97243. The Encuentra el tesorito contest marks the biggest cash prize award in the history of LATV-owned and operated station KJLA and is expected to achieve a record number of participants. The contest is part of a larger promotional campaign in support of LATV's expansion of programming in the Los Angeles area.

"KJLA's Nielsen local measurements have demonstrated a huge growth for KJLA in key demos. There is no doubt our viewers are embracing the station's new and fresh approach to programming," commented Rafael Gutierrez, General Sales Manager, KJLA. "We have increased our roster of clients and we have renewed existing ones who continue to express great satisfaction with KJLA's performance and efficiency," added Gutierrez.

KJLA-57, LATV's Los Angeles owned and operated full power, is now featuring original programming Monday through Friday from 6:00AM PT to 10:00PM PT and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00PM PT to 7:00PM PT.

About KJLA-57:

KJLA-57 is the Los Angeles home for LATV Network. KJLA-57 is a full power station carried in Los Angeles and surrounding counties on approximately 2.9 million cable homes and 2 million DBS satellite homes. KJLA-57 can also be seen on digital Channel 57.1 over the air in the Los Angeles market.

About LATV:

LATV is the only remaining Latino-owned TV network in the Hispanic television space. Its programming primarily targets US-born Latinos, with content that features a combination of originally produced shows as well as licensed content that has never before been seen in the U.S. LATV's fully-owned subsidiary, American Latino Syndication, produces and distributes "American Latino" and "LatiNation," two award-winning, Latino-themed TV programs that are broadcast on general market stations in over 100 cities nationwide as well as the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. For more information, please go to and

Source: KJLA-57

CONTACT: Jasmine Mejia,, +1-310-903-4690

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The Best of Both Worlds: TuneWiki's Lyric Legend Brings Music Lyrics and Game Play Innovation to the iPhone

The Best of Both Worlds: TuneWiki's Lyric Legend Brings Music Lyrics and Game Play Innovation to the iPhone

Lyric Legend Offers a New and Compelling Way to Interact with the World's Most Diverse Music Lyrics

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- TuneWiki, makers of the award-winning social music player, today announced Lyric Legend: a free-to-download mobile game that brings music discovery and interaction to a whole new level. Lyric Legend focuses on the most relatable element of songwriting - lyrics - letting players interact with the words to their favorite songs and discover the lyrics that might have left them wondering. As players progress to more advanced levels of game play, they test their knowledge of the lyrics and game skills.

"In Lyric Legend, music fans can learn the lyrics and play along to a collection of the biggest artists in the world," said Wade Metzler, head of music affairs for TuneWiki. "We wanted fans to have classic hits, today's best music and the opportunity to discover new artists, so we built a library that crosses over almost every contemporary genre. Through our partnerships with music labels and artists, we'll continue to add even more great songs for our fans."

-- Lyric Legend comes preloaded with three free songs from some of
the hottest artists in today's music scene: The All-American
Rejects, Metric and Vampire Weekend.
-- The Lyric Legend set list has something for every music and gaming
fan. The music library has more than 70 songs from the world's
most popular artists including Coldplay, The Jackson 5, Kanye
West, Miley Cyrus, No Doubt, Owl City, Queen, Rihanna, Taio Cruz
and more.
-- Fans can download songs in two pack bundles for only 99 cents and
new, chart-topping hits will be added regularly.
-- PLAY:
-- The game is fun, easy to understand, and exciting to play - choose
a song, hit the orbs in time with the lyrics, and learn what your
favorite artists have been singing all along.
-- Lyric Legend is available as a download through iTunes for iPhone,
iPod Touch, and iPad. The game can be found today in the iTunes
store and a tutorial can be found in the game or at
-- Five levels of difficulty let you jump in at your own comfort
level with enough room to grow as you master the lyrics. Start off
in beginner mode to get the hang of things, and then speed it up
with more orbs and fewer hints to prove you've reached expert
-- You can compete alone or with up to four friends using Bluetooth
Mulitplayer Mode. And, to amp up the fun, challenge high scores
through Facebook, Twitter or email and see how you rank against
other players around the world, across the country or locally in
your city or state.

"More consumers than ever have smart phones - combine this with changes in music consumption and it's clear that listeners today demand more than passive streaming for their money," says J. Gerry Purdy, Ph.D., principal analyst with MobileTrax. "Even as sales of digital music wane, mobile games are taking off like wildfire showing that the future of music is engagement. Lyric Legend is taking advantage of this trend by integrating music listening, lyrics and game play - which translates into a win for the consumer, the mobile provider, the artist and every other player in the market."

"No matter where you live in the world, TuneWiki is all about expanding people's experience with music. Our community already uses our social music player to help them understand what artists are really singing about in their songs, in any language, and Lyric Legend extends that philosophy," said Rani Cohen, CEO of TuneWiki. "Lyric Legend is a social and engaging way to play along with lyrics from the most diverse collection of music ever found in a game - it's a blast to play and can be enjoyed by everyone."

About TuneWiki:

TuneWiki is an award-winning social music player that provides timed, subtitled lyrics. With the largest legally-licensed lyrics database in the world, TuneWiki wants to change the mobile music experience. The technology behind TuneWiki combines subtitled lyrics with music and music videos. Lyrics are translated into more than 40 languages making TuneWiki the global lyrics resource for music-lovers. TuneWiki also makes music social - with community wiki-features for lyric and translation updates, real-time mapping and geographical charting of music listening habits around the globe and a fan community. TuneWiki allows you to interact deeply with the songs you love and learn about what others love as well. Founded in 2007, the company has offices in Los Angeles, the British Virgin Islands, Bellbrook, Ohio and Tel Aviv, Israel. To learn more, visit or

Source: TuneWiki

CONTACT: Emily F. Joffrion, +1-415-779-6109,,
for TuneWiki

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CMA Announces 2010 Broadcast Awards Finalists

CMA Announces 2010 Broadcast Awards Finalists

Steel Magnolia Make Announcement Live from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Final nominees for the nation's top Country radio stations and broadcast personalities were delivered to Country Radio today, when Steel Magnolia revealed the 2010 CMA Broadcast Personality and Radio Station of the Year finalists live from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The announcements were carried live to Country radio stations by CMA's official radio partner Premiere Radio Networks.

The winners will be notified in mid-October and will be acknowledged at "The 44th Annual CMA Awards," to be held Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) and broadcast live by the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood return to host "Country Music's Biggest Night" for a third year.

The CMA Broadcast Awards finalists were revealed at a press conference today where select CMA Awards finalists were also announced by Justin Moore and Chris Young. Additional CMA Award final nominees will be announced Wednesday, Sept. 1 (8:30 AM/All time zones) on ABC's "Good Morning America," and all CMA Award finalists will be featured during "CMT Insider Special Edition: 2010 CMA Awards Nominations," premiering on Wednesday, Sept. 1 (11:00 AM/ET). The 30-minute special will re-air on Saturday, Sept. 4 (1:30 PM/ET), and again on Sunday, Sept. 5 (11:00 AM/ET).

As always, the National Broadcast Personality of the Year category is a tough race. Lon Helton is already the record holder in the category with four wins in 2002, 2004, 2006, and 2008. Not far behind, Lia Knight, won the category in 2005 and 2007, and with four previous nominations under their belt, Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase are looking to nab their first trophy.

Five finalists are selected for CMA Broadcast Personality and CMA Radio Station of the Year in four categories: small, medium, large, and major market; however, there was a tie in the Major Market Broadcast Personality of the Year category resulting in six finalists in this category for 2010. The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on airchecks, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership.

Three finalists are selected for National Broadcast Personality of the Year. To be eligible, candidates must be syndicated, short-form, hub voice-tracking, and satellite personalities heard in at least three markets with a minimum of 40 shows per year.

CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the United States and Canada were eligible to enter. The entries are judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions.

An aggregate score of the first round of judging and the second round, which is done by a different panel of judges, determines the winners. The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP tabulates scoring by the judges. CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2009 were not eligible in 2010.

-- "CMT's Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton" (Lon Helton) - Westwood
-- "The Crook & Chase Countdown" (Lorianne Crook and Charlie Chase) -
Jim Owens Entertainment and Premiere Radio Networks
-- "The Lia Show" (Lia Knight) - Dial Global

Major Market
-- "Ben & Matt Show" (Ben Campbell and Matt McAllister) - KNIX, Phoenix,
-- "The Laurie DeYoung Morning Show" (Laurie DeYoung) - WPOC, Baltimore,
-- "Lisa Dent and Ramblin' Ray in the Morning" (Lisa Dent and Ramblin'
Ray Stevens) - WUSN, Chicago, Ill.
-- "Paul Schadt Morning Show" (Paul Schadt, Meg Butterly, and Geof
Knight) - WKKT, Charlotte/Gastonia, N.C.; Rock Hill, S.C.
-- "Randy and Dave" (Randy Price and Dave McKay) - WQYK, Tampa/St.
Petersburg/Clearwater, Fla.
-- "Steve Austin" (Steve Austin) - WQYK, Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater,

Large Market
-- "Bucky & Bob: The Talk of Austin" (Bucky Godbolt and Bob Cole) - KVET,
Austin, Texas
-- "Chris Carr & Company" (Chris Carr, Jeffrey "Maverick" Bolen, and
Jason Statt) - WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
-- "The House Foundation" (Gerry House, Mike Bohan, Richard Falklen, Al
Voecks, and Duncan Stewart) - WSIX, Nashville, Tenn.
-- "Karen, Scott and Radar in the Morning" (Karen Dalessandro, Scott
Dolphin, and Tony "Radar" Hess) - WMIL, Milwaukee/Racine, Wis.
-- "Eddie Stubbs Show" (Eddie Stubbs) - WSM, Nashville, Tenn.

Medium Market
-- "Andy & Alison and the Morning Crew" (Andy Ritchie, Alison Mencer, and
Jimmy Holt) - WIVK, Knoxville, Tenn.
-- "Kevin Richards Show" (Kevin Richards) - WGNA,
Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
-- "Mornings with Brian and Kellie" (Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels) -
KFDI, Wichita, Kan.
-- "The Kat 103 Morning Show with Steve Lundy, Gina, and Craig" (Steve
Lundy, Gina Melton, and Craig Allen) - KXKT, Omaha/Council Bluffs,
-- "Tom & Becky in the Morning" (Tom Owens and Becky Palmer) - WBBS,
Syracuse, N.Y.

Small Market
-- "Barrett, Fox & Berry" (Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, and Tracy Berry) -
KKNU, Eugene/Springfield, Ore.
-- "The Dex and Mo Show" (Bill Poindexter and Melissa Turner) - WUSY,
Chattanooga, Tenn.
-- "The Good Morning Guys" (Brian Gary, Todd Harding, and Susan Moore) -
KUAD, Ft. Collins/Greeley, Colo.
-- "The Jess Wright Show" (Jess Wright and David Conrad) - WFRE,
Hagerstown, Md.; Chambersburg/Waynesboro, Pa.
-- "Scotty and Carissa in the Morning" (Scotty Cox and Carissa Loethen) -
KCLR, Jefferson City, Mo.

Major Market
-- KEEY - Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
-- KWJJ - Portland, Ore.
-- WIL - St. Louis, Mo.
-- WSOC - Charlotte/Gastonia, N.C.; Rock Hill, S.C.
-- WYCD - Detroit, Mich.

Large Market
-- KAJA - San Antonio, Texas
-- KASE - Austin, Texas
-- KVET - Austin, Texas
-- WQDR - Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
-- WTQR - Greensboro/Winston-Salem/High Point, N.C.

Medium Market
-- KFDI - Wichita, Kan.
-- KXKT - Omaha, Neb.
-- WBBS - Syracuse, N.Y.
-- WGNA - Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y.
-- WIVK - Knoxville, Tenn.

Small Market
-- KCLR -Jefferson City, Mo.
-- KUAD - Ft. Collins/Greeley, Colo.
-- WFRE - Frederick, Md.
-- WGSQ - Cookeville, Tenn.
-- WUSY - Chattanooga, Tenn.

"The 44th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2010 CMA Awards. Chevrolet, Proud Sponsor of the CMA Awards and Official Ride of Country Music.

For Information, visit for CMA Awards history, photos, press releases and logos. On-line media credentialing for the CMA Awards begins Sept. 1. This is a protected site for the media only with restrictions on use.

Source: Country Music Association

CONTACT: Wendy Pearl, CMA, +1-615-244-2840, or Scott Stem, CMA,
+1-615-244-2840, Dawn Fisher, CMA, +1-615-244-2840

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Monsoon Multimedia Launches Vulkano for Mac

Monsoon Multimedia Launches Vulkano for Mac

World's First Universal and Affordable Video Platform Now Gives Macs DVR, Place Shifting, Universal Plug and Play Streaming and Mobile Video Recording

SAN MATEO, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Monsoon Multimedia, a leading provider of video convergence products, today announced availability of the free Mac client for all Vulkano devices direct from Monsoon at The new software allows Mac owners to enjoy all the Vulkano features including integrated DVR, web video, place shifting, Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) streaming and Mobile Video Recording providing a true universal video platform throughout the home and when Vulkano owners are on the go.

Vulkano's Mac client lets users watch and control any home TV channel through a wired or Wi-Fi connection from anywhere in the world simply by installing a Vulkano and downloading the free Mac software application. They can also schedule a recording through an included EPG (electronic program guide), transfer and watch the recordings at any time on their Mac.

Mac owners can also utilize the Vulkano's tightly integrated hardware and software UPnP-enabled platform with a powerful video processor to view content residing on the Mac from their living room TV, giving them an elegant solution to view photos and video wherever and whenever they want without having to hassle with messy cables.

Vulkano, in addition to replacing multiple boxes such as TiVo, Slingbox and Roku, provides significant other benefits and energy savings, giving consumers tremendous performance at a low cost.

"Vulkano is setting the standard for putting entertainment control in the hands of consumers," said Colin Stiles, EVP Sales and Marketing at Monsoon. "Whether on an iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, home TV or now Mac the same powerful entertainment experience is consistent and universal. We believe consumers should have access to all their video content regardless of where they are or what television, computer or smartphone they prefer. The Mac client takes us one step further in that direction."

Summary of Vulkano Features for Mac:
-- Transforms Macs into Mobile Video Recorders
-- Recorded programs play back on Macs
-- Direct record mode allows for Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind
-- Schedule TV recording by show, channel or date and time
-- Browse EPG for shows and episode descriptions
-- Mark channels as Favorite for quick access
-- Watch and control your live TV on the go via any Internet connection
-- Watch at home on Macs in near HD resolution
-- Change channels just like at home
-- Enjoy photos, video and music on home TV stored on Macs
-- Multiple users can have recordings on Vulkano hard-drive and access
-- Control Vulkano features and settings through intuitive television
-- Connect to all major TV sources - cable, DVD, satellite, DVR, TiVo
-- Stream video at H.264 and MPEG-4 standards at rates as low as 150kbps
-- Includes 8GB or 16GB of SD card storage or e-SATA hard drives up to
-- Connects wirelessly through Vulkano's on board .11n WiFi to home
-- TV content is passed from the set-top box's analog output (component,
composite) to Vulkano; using resolutions up to 1080i

Pricing and Availability

The Mac client for the Vulkano is available for download at Both Vulkano Deluxe and Vulkano Deluxe Pro are available immediately at Vulkano Deluxe comes with 16GB of SD storage costing $279 and Vulkano Deluxe Pro comes with 1 Terabyte e-SATA hard disk and costs $379. Select retailers such as are shipping Vulkano which comes with 8GB SD storage and costs $259 and the Vulkano Pro at $349 which includes a 500GB e-SATA hard disk.

About Monsoon Multimedia

Monsoon Multimedia provides advanced, standards-based multimedia products and convergence technologies for the PC, Mac, iPad and major smartphones. Founded by the founders of Dazzle and Emuzed, the company has offices in California, India, Russia and Singapore. For more information, please visit

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Source: Monsoon Multimedia

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Five-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on 'Inside Government'

Five-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on 'Inside Government'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tune in now to AFGE's "Inside Government" radio show for a look back at Hurricane Katrina and the work done by federal employees during the crisis. The show, which originally aired on Friday, Aug. 27, is now available on demand.

Listen Now!

Former AFGE Federal Emergency Management Agency Local 4060 President Leo Bosner discussed his work during Hurricane Katrina as a FEMA watch officer. Bosner, who developed FEMA's National Situation Reports prior to the storm, shared his thoughts on FEMA's lack of preparation and the agency's struggles under the Department of Homeland Security.

AFGE Federal Law Enforcement Committee Secretary-Treasurer Jim Aldridge then addressed his time in New Orleans after the hurricane hit. Aldridge was a police officer stationed at the New Orleans VA Medical Center, where he helped evacuate staff and secure the hospital. Describing New Orleans as a "war zone," Aldridge indicated a need for more planning and better coordination between federal agencies to deal with the crisis.

Also on the show, Maryland Citizens Health Initiative President Vincent DeMarco discussed his work to build coalitions around issues such as gun control, health care, and tobacco regulation.

Listen LIVE on Fridays at 10 a.m. on 1500 AM WFED in the D.C. area or online at

For more information, please visit

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and iTunes!

"Inside Government" is a one-hour weekly nationwide radio/Internet program dedicated to issues that impact federal and D.C. government employees. The show airs each Friday at 10 a.m. on Federal News Radio 1500 AM in Washington, D.C. and online at It is also available to 70 million iPod users through Apple's iTunes podcast. "Inside Government" is produced by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the nation's largest federal employee union, representing 600,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

Source: American Federation of Government Employees

CONTACT: Jason Fornicola of the American Federation of Government
Employees, +1-202-639-6448

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32-Inch Sharp LCD-TVs Recalled Due to Risk of Injury

32-Inch Sharp LCD-TVs Recalled Due to Risk of Injury

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.


Name of product: Sharp 32-inch LCD-TVs
Units: About 9,000
Manufacturer: Sharp Electronics Corporation, of Mahwah, N.J.

Hazard: The TV stand's neck support can break and cause the TV to tip-over, posing a risk of injury to the consumer.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: This recall involves Sharp 32-inch LCD-TVs with model number LC-32SB28UT. The model number, serial number and manufacture dates of March 2010 through April 2010, are printed on a label on the back of the unit. Serial numbers included in the recall are:

Serial Number Range
0028 32837 through 0028 35190
0048 57501 through 0048 59020
0048 61401 through 0048 64020
0048 72001 through 0048 78800

No other model or serial number is included in this recall.

Sold by: Major retail stores nationwide from March 2010 through August 2010 for about $550.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Sharp to arrange for a free replacement stand neck support.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sharp at (800) 291-4289 anytime, or visit the firm's website at

Photos are available at:

CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about it by visiting

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 291-4289
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

AP Archive:
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Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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HBO Receives 25 Primetime Emmy® Awards

HBO Receives 25 Primetime Emmy® Awards

HBO received the most awards of any network; "The Pacific" leads all programming with 8 Emmys®

SAO PAULO and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- HBO® received 25 Primetime Emmy® Awards, the most of any network at the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards Show, which took place Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The miniseries, "The Pacific," headlined the list of awarded programming, with 8 Emmys®, while the HBO® original made-for-TV film, "Temple Grandin," was awarded 7, and "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert" received 3 awards.

Among the recognitions, HBO led the list with 17 Creative Arts® Emmys, from which "The Pacific" received 7 statuettes and "Temple Grandin" received 2.

The awards the network received this year reflect the quality of original programming offered by HBO and the variety of its television series, movies, and special documentaries which range from drama and science fiction to comedy, romance, and suspense, among other genres.

HBO's 2010 Emmy® award-winning productions are as follows:

-- 8 Emmys® for "The Pacific," including Outstanding Miniseries;
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special; Outstanding
Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie; and Outstanding Special
Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
-- 7 Emmys® for "Temple Grandin," including Outstanding Made for
Television Movie; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
(Claire Danes); Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a
Movie (David Strathairn); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a
Miniseries or a Movie (Julia Ormond); and Outstanding Directing for a
Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson).
-- 3 Emmys® for "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Concert," including Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video
Control for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special.
-- 2 Emmys® for "You Don't Know Jack," including Outstanding Lead Actor
in a Miniseries or a Movie (Al Pacino) and Outstanding Writing for a
Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Adam Mazer).

Other HBO programs recognized by the Emmy® Awards were: "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama" for Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming; "Teddy: In His Own Words" for Outstanding Nonfiction Special; "Bored to Death" for Outstanding Main Title Design, "The Ricky Gervais Show" for Individual Achievement in Animation: Character Design; and "Entourage" for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation.

As part of HBO Latin America's programming, the series "Mad Men" was also awarded 4 Emmys® including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Matthew Weiner and Erin Levy) and Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series.

HBO Latin America programming received 124 nominations for the 62nd Primetime Emmy® Awards, for programs and categories such as:

-- 24 nominations for "The Pacific," including Outstanding Miniseries, 2
for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic
Special (David Nutter and Jeremy Podeswa; Tim Van Patten) and 2 for
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
(Michelle Ashford and Robert Schenkkan; Bruce C. McKenna and Robert
-- 15 nominations for "Temple Grandin," including Outstanding Made for
Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
(Claire Danes), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a
Movie (David Strathairn), 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a
Miniseries or a Movie (Catherine O'Hara, Julia Ormond), Outstanding
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Mick Jackson)
and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special
(Christopher Monger, William Merritt Johnson).
-- 15 nominations for "You Don't Know Jack," including Outstanding Made
for Television Movie, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a
Movie (Al Pacino), Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a
Movie (John Goodman), 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a
Miniseries or a Movie (Susan Sarandon, Brenda Vaccaro), Outstanding
Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Barry
Levinson) and Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a
Dramatic Special (Adam Mazer).
-- 5 nominations for "The Special Relationship," including Outstanding
Made for Television Movie, 2 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a
Miniseries or a Movie (Dennis Quaid, Michael Sheen), Outstanding Lead
Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie (Hope Davis) and Outstanding
Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special (Peter Morgan).
-- 5 nominations for "True Blood," including Outstanding Drama Series.
-- 5 nominations for "The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Concert," including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and
Outstanding Directing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special (Joel
-- 4 nominations for "Curb Your Enthusiasm," including Outstanding Comedy
Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Larry David).
-- 3 nominations for "Big Love," including 2 for Outstanding Guest
Actress in a Drama Series (Mary Kay Place, Sissy Spacek).
-- 3 nominations for "By the People: The Election of Barack Obama,"
including Outstanding Nonfiction Special and Outstanding Directing for
Nonfiction Programming (Amy Rice, Alicia Sams).
-- 3 nominations for "Robin Williams: Weapons of Self Destruction,"
including Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special.
-- 2 nominations for "Bill Maher...But I'm Not Wrong," including
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing
for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special (Bill Maher).
-- 2 nominations for "Real Time with Bill Maher," including Outstanding
Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety,
Music or Comedy Series (Adam Felber, Matt Gunn, Brian Jacobsmeyer, Jay
Jaroch, Chris Kelly, Bill Maher, Billy Martin, Jonathan Schmock, Danny
Vermont, Scott Carter).
-- 2 nominations for "Teddy: In His Own Words," including Outstanding
Nonfiction Special.
-- 2 nominations for "Treme," including Outstanding Directing for a Drama
Series (Agnieszka Holland).
-- 2 nominations for "Wanda Sykes: I'ma Be Me," including Outstanding
Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a
Variety, Music or Comedy Special (Wanda Sykes).

Other HBO nominees include "Avatar: Enter the World of Pandora (HBO First Look)," "Bored to Death," "Capturing Mary," "A Dog Year," "Entourage," "Hung," "The Ricky Gervais Show," "Sergio" and "Terror in Mumbai."

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader which, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its HBO®, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, Cinemax® and Max Prime(SM), and its SVOD service.

Source: HBO Latin America

CONTACT: HBO Latin America, Public Relations - Kari Perez,
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For Texas Dads About To Rock, Chevy Salutes You

For Texas Dads About To Rock, Chevy Salutes You

Chevrolet's Battle of the Dad Bands begins accepting entries; contest to culminate at State Fair of Texas

DALLAS, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Dads, it's time to dust off the guitars, invite your buddies over for a jam session, and crank it up to eleven! Chevrolet today announced the online call for entries for the Chevy Texas Dad Bands contest. Bands composed of dads from all over the state are invited to participate in the competition. Five finalists will have the opportunity to vie for the title of the "Best Dad Band in Texas" at a performance during the State Fair of Texas in October.

"Some of the greatest musical acts today consist of dads and it's that spirit we're hoping to capture and celebrate," says Chevrolet regional communications manager Craig Eppling. "Being a dad can be a full-time job, but that doesn't mean you can't make time to rock out every now and then."

Beginning today and through September 27, Texas dad bands can submit videos, MP3s, and photos of their talents online at Competing bands will be encouraged to generate support for their entry by driving visitors to the website to cast votes for their favorites.

Each submission will be given an aggregate score based on results from online polling and a rating based on a band's entertainment value and overall performance. The bands with the top five scores will win a trip to Dallas, where they will all play in front of fairgoers and an independent panel of judges on the Chevrolet Truck Row Stage at the State Fair of Texas on October 16.

Ryan Fox of Dallas/Fort Worth's 99.5 The Wolf will be among the judges who will be on hand at the State Fair of Texas to help award the top prize.

"We know there are a lot of dads looking for an opportunity to put down their kids' sippy cups, take a break from coaching soccer, and pick up their axes and rock out," says Fox. "We're looking for real talent, together with Texas-sized passion and enthusiasm for making great music."

The band with the best combination of music quality, stage presence, and crowd engagement will be crowned the "Best Dad Band in Texas," and will walk away with an invitation to attend a taping of the Texas Music Scene television program where they will have an opportunity to record a song to be aired during the show's broadcast.

Five finalists will be notified of their selection by September 30. A few eligibility rules:

-- Bands must be comprised mostly of dads
-- All members must reside in Texas
-- Bands must not have an existing music recording contract.

For the complete list of contest rules and guidelines, visit

About Chevrolet

Chevrolet is a global automotive brand, with annual sales of about 3.5 million vehicles in more than 130 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. In the U.S., the Chevrolet portfolio includes: iconic performance cars, such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long lasting pickups and SUVs, such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers, such as Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly" solutions, such as the upcoming 2011 Chevrolet Cruze Eco model that is expected to deliver up to an estimated 40 mpg highway, and 2011 Chevrolet Volt that will offer up to 40 miles of electric driving and an additional 300 miles of extended range with the onboard generator (based on GM testing). Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security, and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response, and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models, fuel solutions, and OnStar availability can be found at

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Valley National Bank's Chairman, President & CEO, Gerald H. Lipkin, to Appear on Fox Business Network

Valley National Bank's Chairman, President & CEO, Gerald H. Lipkin, to Appear on Fox Business Network

WAYNE, N.J., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Gerald H. Lipkin, Chairman, President and CEO of Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY), the holding company for Valley National Bank, will be a featured guest on the Fox Business Network with Brian Sullivan today at 1:15 PM EDT.

A video clip of the interview will be available under Fox Business Network, as well as on our website

Valley is a regional bank holding company, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, with over $14 billion in assets. Its principal subsidiary, Valley National Bank, currently operates 200 branches in 135 communities serving 14 counties throughout northern and central New Jersey and Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Valley National Bank is the largest commercial bank headquartered in New Jersey.

Source: Valley National Bancorp

CONTACT: Dianne M. Grenz, First Senior Vice President Director of
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Pennsylvania Lottery Offers Promotional Drawing for Martin Guitars

Pennsylvania Lottery Offers Promotional Drawing for Martin Guitars

Players Can Enter with $10 of Win For Life Non-Winning Tickets

MIDDLETOWN, Pa., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Lottery players will have a chance to win one of three guitars from C.F. Martin & Co.'s® Performing Artist Series when they mail in $10 of non-winning Win For Life instant tickets, starting tomorrow.

"We are proud of our partnership with Martin Guitar, a Pennsylvania-based company that handcrafts instruments used by some of the most famous musicians in the world," said Lottery Executive Director Ed Trees.

"Martin Guitar is honored to participate in this promotion, and we are looking forward to awarding our guitar products to three lucky recipients," said Martin Guitar Director of Information Systems Cynthia McAllister.

The top prizes for the promotional drawing will be three Martin Performing Artist Series GPCPA1 guitars, valued at $3,999 each. In addition, each winner will receive a special VIP tour of Martin's facility in Nazareth, Northampton County.

The promotional drawing opens on Sept. 1, and entries must be received by Oct. 7. Players must send in exactly $10 worth of non-winning tickets from the Lottery's family of Win For Life games, which include $250,000 A Year For Life ($10), $10,000 A Month For Life ($5), $1,000 A Week For Life ($2) and $50 A Day For Life ($1). Players must sign and fill out the back of their tickets, place each entry of $10 in tickets in a separate envelope no larger than 4 1/8 inches by 9 1/2 inches, and mail entries to the following address:

Pennsylvania Lottery Win For Life Martin Guitar Promotional Drawing
P.O. Box 8844
Middletown, PA 17057-8844

The odds of winning a prize in the drawing depend on the number of entries received. Players may enter as many times as they want but can win only once. Martin will contact winners to arrange the special VIP tour and delivery of prizes.

The Pennsylvania Lottery and C.F. Martin & Co. began their partnership in May when a new commercial debuted featuring Gus, the second-most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania, as the guitarist in a rock band. The ad, which introduced the Lottery's new family of Win For Life games, showed Gus playing a sized-down version of the GPCPA1.

About the Pennsylvania Lottery: The Pennsylvania Lottery remains the only state lottery that designates all its proceeds to programs that benefit older residents. Since its inception 38 years ago, the Pennsylvania Lottery has contributed more than $20.1 billion to programs that include property tax and rent rebates; free transit and reduced-fare shared rides; the low-cost prescription drug programs PACE and PACENET; long-term living services; and the 52 Area Agencies on Aging, including more than 600 full- and part-time senior centers throughout the state. The Pennsylvania Lottery reminds its players to play responsibly. Players must be 18 or older.

For more information on the Pennsylvania Lottery, visit

Media contact: Kirstin Alvanitakis, 717-702-8008

Source: Pennsylvania Lottery

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CMA Announces First Round of Nominees for 'The 44th Annual CMA Awards'

CMA Announces First Round of Nominees for 'The 44th Annual CMA Awards'

Remaining Categories Announced Tomorrow on ABC's "Good Morning America" With Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The first round of nominees in seven categories for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" was announced today at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville by Justin Moore and Chris Young. Nominees for the remaining five categories will be revealed tomorrow on ABC News' "Good Morning America" with Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert.

"The 44th Annual CMA Awards" will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. "Country Music's Biggest Night(TM)" will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

"We are continuing a promising trend we saw last year with several artists receiving their first CMA Awards nomination or making a debut in a new category," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "The infusion of fresh faces is great for the format and speaks to the strength and future of Country Music."

The announcement of the final nominees in seven of the 12 CMA Awards categories was made by Justin Moore and Chris Young from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in recognition of the Grand Ole Opry's 85th Anniversary. The Grand Ole Opry House has been undergoing major renovations following devastating floods in May and is scheduled to reopen Sept. 28.

The finalists in the remaining five categories will be announced tomorrow morning on ABC News' "Good Morning America." Premiere Radio Networks, CMA's official radio partner, will make the full slate of announcements available to radio stations including the announcement of the CMA Broadcast Awards finalists made today by Steel Magnolia.

The 2009 CMA Awards, held in Nashville during Sweeps (Nov. 11), ranked behind only the Academy Awards and Grammy Awards during the 2009-2010 season for awards shows among total viewers. With "The 43rd Annual CMA Awards," ABC won the night in both total viewers (17.2 million) and adults 18-49 (5.3/14). According to Nielsen research, 35.8 million unique viewers ages 2+ watched six minutes or more of the program.

The CMA Awards nominees and winners are determined by the 6,000 industry professional members of CMA, which was formed in 1958 as the first trade organization dedicated to promoting an individual genre of music. The first CMA Awards Banquet and Show was held in 1967. The following year, the CMA Awards was broadcast on NBC television for the first time - making it the longest running, annual music awards program on network television. The show aired on NBC through 1971 and on the CBS Television Network from 1972 through 2005 before moving to ABC in 2006.

Winners of "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" will be determined in a final round of voting by eligible voting members of the County Music Association. CMA Awards balloting is officiated by the international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP.

In addition to coverage of today's events on, "CMT Insider Special Edition: 2010 CMA Awards Nominations" will air on CMT Wednesday, Sept. 1 (11:00 AM/ET). The program, which features in-depth coverage of the nominees, artist interviews, and more, re-airs on Saturday, Sept. 4 (1:30 PM/ET) and Sunday, Sept. 5 (11:00 AM/ET).

A video news release including footage of the nominee announcements from Nashville, exclusive interviews, music video clips, and more will be serviced Wednesday, Sept. 1 (2:00-2:30 PM/ET). The VNR package will be available by Galaxy 28 - Transponder 10 (C-Band; analog) Downlink Frequency - 3900 Horizontal.

If you have difficulty picking up the VNR or have questions about the feed, please contact Scott Sklarin with Sklarin Communications at (917) 929-5564; or Maria Eckhardt at CMA (615) 664-1637, or by e-mail at

Tickets for the 2010 CMA Awards will go on sale to the public on Saturday, Sept. 18 (10:00 AM/CT) and can be purchased by logging on to; calling (800) 745-3000; or in person at the Bridgestone Arena box office, 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway), Nashville. Ticket prices begin at $110 for Upper Level. All ticket prices include sales tax, but exclude applicable service/handling fees. Purchase tickets early for best available seats. In 2009, the CMA Awards sold out in advance.

"The 44th Annual CMA Awards" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

The Final Nominees in Select Categories for "The 44th Annual CMA Awards" are:

New Artist of
the Year
Luke Bryan
Easton Corbin
Jerrod Niemann
Chris Young
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Group of the
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Vocal Duo of the
Brooks & Dunn
Joey + Rory
Steel Magnolia

Single of the Year
(Award goes to Artist and
"A Little More Country Than
Easton Corbin
Produced by Carson Chamberlain
Mercury Nashville

"Hillbilly Bone"
Blake Shelton featuring Trace
Produced by Scott Hendricks
Reprise Records

"Need You Now"
Lady Antebellum
Produced by Paul Worley and
Lady Antebellum
Capitol Records Nashville

"The House That Built Me"
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell and
Mike Wrucke
Columbia Nashville

"White Liar"
Miranda Lambert
Produced by Frank Liddell and
Mike Wrucke
Columbia Nashville

Song of the Year
(Award goes to Songwriter(s))
"A Little More Country Than That"
Rory Lee Feek, Don Poythress, and Wynn

"Need You Now"
Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary
Scott, and Josh Kear

"The House That Built Me"
Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin

Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, John Driskell
Hopkins, and Shawn Mullins

"White Liar"
Miranda Lambert and Natalie Hemby

Music Video of the Year
(Award goes to Artist
and Director)
"Hillbilly Bone"
Blake Shelton featuring
Trace Adkins
Directed by Roman White

"Need You Now"
Lady Antebellum
Directed by David

"The House That Built
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Trey Fanjoy

Brad Paisley
Directed by Jim Shea

"White Liar"
Miranda Lambert
Directed by Chris Hicky

Musician of the
Paul Franklin -
Steel Guitar
Dann Huff - Guitar
Brent Mason -
Mac McAnally -
Randy Scruggs -

Premiere Radio Networks is the official radio packager of the CMA Awards. American Airlines is the official airline of the 2010 CMA Awards. Chevrolet, Proud Sponsor of the CMA Awards and Official Ride of Country Music.

Visit for CMA Awards history, photos, press releases, and logos. Media can also visit this site for on-line media credential registration for the CMA Awards, beginning Sept. 1. This is a protected site for the media only with restrictions on use. The public should be directed to

Source: Country Music Association

CONTACT: Wendy Pearl, Scott Stem, Both for CMA; +1-615-244-2840, Nicole
Marostica, ABC/LA, +1-818-460-6783; Patrick Preblick, ABC/NY, +1-212-456-7819

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Lionsgate Board of Directors to Review the Icahn Group's Revised Unsolicited Tender Offer

Lionsgate Board of Directors to Review the Icahn Group's Revised Unsolicited Tender Offer

Recommends Shareholders Take No Action at This Time

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 31
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) (the "Company") today announced that it has received a revised unsolicited tender offer from Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliated entities (the "Icahn Group") to acquire up to all of Lionsgate's outstanding common shares for U.S.$7.50 per share in cash.

Consistent with its fiduciary duties and in consultation with its financial and legal advisors, Lionsgate's Board of Directors will review Mr. Icahn's revised offer and will make its recommendation to shareholders promptly.

The Board of Directors' recommendation will be included in an amended Solicitation/Recommendation Statement filing on a Schedule 14D-9. Lionsgate added that there is no need for shareholders to take any action at this time.

Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated is serving as financial advisor to Lionsgate and Heenan Blaikie LLP is serving as legal advisor. Perella Weinberg Partners LP is serving as financial advisor to the Special Committee of the Lionsgate Board of Directors and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as U.S. legal advisor and Goodmans LLP is serving as Canadian legal advisor.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as "Mad Men", "Weeds" and "Nurse Jackie" along with new series such as "Blue Mountain State" and "Running Wilde" and the syndication successes "Tyler Perry's House Of Payne", its spinoff "Meet The Browns", "The Wendy Williams Show" and the recently announced "Are We There Yet?".

Its feature film business has generated such recent hits as THE EXPENDABLES, which opened at #1 at the North American box office, THE LAST EXORCISM, TYLER PERRY'S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, KICK ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards(R). The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

Additional Information

This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. Lionsgate has filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and a directors' circular with Canadian securities regulators. Any Solicitation/Recommendation Statement and directors' circular filed by Lionsgate that is required to be mailed to shareholders will be mailed to shareholders of Lionsgate. SHAREHOLDERS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THESE AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC OR CANADIAN SECURITIES REGULATORS IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE, AS THEY WILL CONTAIN CERTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Shareholders will be able to obtain the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement, the directors' circular, any amendments or supplements thereto, and other documents filed by Lionsgate with the SEC and Canadian securities regulators related to the Icahn Group's unsolicited tender offer for no charge in the "Investors" section of Lionsgate's website at or at the SEC's website at, or on the Canadian Securities Administrator's website at Copies will also be available at no charge by writing to Lionsgate at 2700 Colorado Avenue, Suite 200, Santa Monica, California 90404.

Certain Information Regarding Participants

Lionsgate and certain of its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants under the rules of the SEC. Shareholders may obtain information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of Lionsgate's directors and executive officers in Lionsgate's Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 1, 2010, and its amendment to such Annual Report on Form 10-K/A filed with the SEC on July 29, 2010. To the extent that holders of Lionsgate securities have changed since the amounts printed in the amendment on Form 10-K, such changes have been or will be reflected on Statements of Change in Ownership on Form 4 filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the interests of these participants in any proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will also be included in any proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC if and when they become available. These documents (when available) can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements. Forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including, but not limited to, actions taken by the Icahn Group, actions taken by shareholders in respect of the offer, the possible effect of the offer on Lionsgate's business (including, without limitation, on Lionsgate's credit facilities and notes), the substantial investment of capital required to produce and market films and television series, increased costs for producing and marketing feature films, budget overruns, limitations imposed by Lionsgate's credit facilities, unpredictability of the commercial success of Lionsgate's motion pictures and television programming, the cost of defending Lionsgate's intellectual property, difficulties in integrating acquired businesses, technological changes and other trends affecting the entertainment industry, and the risk factors found under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on June 1, 2010, as amended in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 9, 2010. As a result, these statements speak only as of the date they were made and Lionsgate undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless such updates or revisions are required by applicable law. Words such as "expects," "intends," "plans," "projects," "believes," "estimates," and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements.

Peter D. Wilkes

Jamie Moser / Annabelle Rinehart
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher

Source: Lionsgate

CONTACT: Peter D. Wilkes of Lionsgate, +1-310-255-3726,; or Jamie Moser or Annabelle Rinehart, both of Joele
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Full-Length Comedy, Action, Drama, and Sci-Fi Movies from Crackle Movies Now Available on V CAST Video

Full-Length Comedy, Action, Drama, and Sci-Fi Movies from Crackle Movies Now Available on V CAST Video

New Movie Subscription Option Brings More Entertainment Choices from Sony Pictures to Verizon Wireless Customers

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and CULVER CITY, Calif., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless announced today that a new premium subscription movie service from Crackle, the multi-platform video entertainment network from Sony Pictures Television, is now offered on V CAST Video. Available on the largest, most reliable wireless voice and 3G data network in the United States, Crackle Movies provide Verizon Wireless customers an unparalleled lineup of movie hits from the Sony Pictures library, including "Cable Guy," "Finding Graceland," "Blind Date," "The China Syndrome," "Easy Rider," "Gattaca," "La Bamba," and more to watch on their phones.

"We're excited to bring Crackle's selection of great movies to Verizon Wireless," said Eric Berger, senior vice president, digital networks, Sony Pictures Television. "Together, we are enhancing the mobile entertainment experience for Verizon Wireless customers with highly engaging full-length features."

"This new option for V CAST Video customers will let them watch movies on demand on their phones. Crackle Movies' catalog rounds out the choices for our customers," said Terry Denson, vice president of content acquisition and strategy at Verizon.

Crackle Movies' content on V CAST Video features a wide array of genres, including comedy, action, drama, sci-fi and popular feature films. More than 19 movies are available to subscribers at launch, with a refresh of two movies per week, allowing customers to access at least 25 different movies per month. Crackle Movies can be found on V CAST-capable phones in the Media Center/Get It Now® under V CAST Video/Pop Culture/Crackle Movies. Customers with select BlackBerry® smartphones can find content on their handsets under Menu/V CAST Video/Pop Culture/Crackle Movies, and customers with Android smartphones can find the V CAST Video app in Android Market(TM) by searching for V CAST Video. Customers can also access other premium Crackle content, including Crackle Originals, a highly acclaimed Web series ranging from comedy to suspense, and Minisodes, shorter versions of classic television shows, under the "Cutting Edge" category.

A Crackle Movies premium subscription is available to customers for $5.99 per month in addition to the $10 monthly subscription for V CAST Video on Demand. There are no megabyte charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content with any V CAST subscription; however, customers must subscribe to a data package for a data usage allowance. For more information about V CAST Video, including how to subscribe, visit

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)(NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (NASDAQ:VOD). For more information, visit To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at

About Crackle

Crackle, Inc., a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company, is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures' vast library of television series and feature films. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today, offering audiences quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality. Crackle reaches an impressive audience through its diverse online and mobile distribution network. Visit Crackle's site at

The BlackBerry and RIM families of related marks, images and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Research In Motion Limited.

Source: Verizon Wireless

CONTACT: Debra Lewis, Verizon Wireless, +1-908-559-7512,; Paula Askanas, Sony Pictures Entertainment,

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Superbreak Report Surge in Demand for Rail Theatre Break Packages

Superbreak Report Surge in Demand for Rail Theatre Break Packages

YORK, England, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Superbreak, the theatre break specialist, has reported a sharp increase in the number of rail inclusive theatre breaks being booked, on the run up to the busiest theatre season of the year.

The Yorkshire based tour operator has secured a number of budget and top price theatre tickets for a host of musicals and performances in London's West End as the autumn season approaches. What sets Superbreak apart from its competition is the ability for customers to tailor-make their breaks by adding a return rail journey from most UK mainline stations, including Edinburgh, Manchester and Leeds, into London. As with all theatre break packages, customers have a choice of over 250 hotels spanning the capital city, including many in and around Theatreland itself.

Popular theatre shows for autumn 2010 so far include 'Wicked' and 'Dirty Dancing', with 'The Lion King' proving a hot favourite for families during the October half term break. The relationship with rail providers allows Superbreak the ability to offer one night theatre breaks to see 'Oliver!', standard return rail travel with East Coast Rail and overnight accommodation at the 3-star Royal National Hotel from just pounds Sterling 129pp.

Superbreak has a long standing reputation for selling rail inclusive breaks. Last year, over 200,000 passengers booked a London theatre break with the tour operator and chose to add a rail journey to their booking. The ability to custom-make a theatre break to include a hotel stay, theatre tickets and return rail travel, allows customers both the choice and flexibility no matter what the budget.

Will Dunnett, Director of Marketing at Superbreak, commented: "Rail inclusive breaks continue to be a mainstay of the Superbreak programme and are proving to be a big hit with customers heading to the capital on a theatre break. The ability to select your hotel, length of stay, theatre tickets and rail travel allows us to offer our customers the very best in value and choice."

About Superbreak:

Superbreak is the internet division of Superbreak Mini Holidays Limited, the market leader for short breaks and hotels throughout the UK. Superbreak is part of Holiday Break plc. Based in York, England, Superbreak specialises in booking cheap weekend breaks in 2-5 star hotel accommodation throughout Britain for the leisure traveller. Superbreak holds allocations of rooms at all hotels and can make bookings up to and on the day of departure.

With 5000 plus hotel partners in worldwide locations from Aberdeen to Abu Dhabi, from London to Lourdes and with great availability and rates for theatre breaks, events at the O2 Arena, various popular attractions and national and international rail partners, Superbreak can offer an outstanding depth and breadth of UK and Overseas short break products including Manchester hotels.

For further information on Superbreak or on this PR, please contact:
Khalid Amin
Online Marketing Manager
Superbreak Mini-Holidays
Eboracum Way
YO31 7RE
(01904) 436043

Source: Superbreak

CONTACT: Khalid Amin, Online Marketing Manager, Superbreak
Mini-Holidays, (01904)-436043

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