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thePlatform Selected by SKY Television for Video Publishing and Management of Online TV Service for SKY Subscribers in New Zealand

thePlatform Selected by SKY Television for Video Publishing and Management of Online TV Service for SKY Subscribers in New Zealand

thePlatform's mpx Video Management System Publishes Video to iSKY Online Portal

SKY Relies on thePlatform 'TV Everywhere' Solution to Manage Subscriber Authentication and Playback Authorization of Premium Shows for Paid Subscribers

SEATTLE and AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- thePlatform, the leading white-label video publishing company, today announced that it was selected by SKY Television, the largest pay television broadcasting service in New Zealand, to provide the back-end video management for the iSKY online TV service. The new iSKY service is currently available to SKY subscribers and provides the opportunity to view their favorite programs and movies on their computers.

iSKY content is based on subscribers' existing TV packages and features live streaming channels including: Sky News New Zealand, CNN and Sky Sports channels. On-demand content is also available including "catch-up" TV episodes and movies. In addition to these free online services to existing SKY subscribers, the iSKY portal offers thousands of movie titles and TV episodes for rent on a pay-per-view basis.

"Our primary focus for the iSKY service is to provide a seamless entertainment experience for our subscribers," said John Fellet, CEO for SKY Television. "thePlatform's proven expertise in supporting large 'TV Everywhere' deployments in North America made them the right choice to deliver the scale required to support our back-end video management. The mpx publishing system is easy to use and allows us the flexibility and reliability to ensure that each of our customers logging into iSKY are able to watch the shows and movies of their particular SKY subscription package."

"SKY Television is at the forefront of innovation by bringing their subscribers a vast library of premium video into a unified customer experience," said Ian Blaine, CEO of thePlatform. "We are very proud to have been selected to provide the central back-end logistics necessary to make iSKY easy for SKY Television and for their customers, and we look forward to supporting their future endeavors."

thePlatform's, cloud-based, mpx video management system serves as the central hub for SKY TV's content partners for publishing video to the iSKY website. SKY is using thePlatform's "TV Everywhere" solution to authenticate subscribers on iSKY and authorize online playback on individual videos based on a user's paid TV subscription package.

SKY Television's broadband partnerships thus far include Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot, Farmside, Xnet, Woosh, Snap and WIZwireless. SKY subscribers who have one of these internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to take advantage of unmetered plans - iSKY viewing will not count toward users' monthly data allowance on these ISPs. For more information on iSKY, visit

thePlatform publishes video and other media to PCs, mobile devices and TV. Media companies rely on thePlatform as their open, central hub for managing, monetizing and syndicating billions of professionally produced video views annually. thePlatform currently provides online video management services to numerous programmers, leading media companies, and five of the top cable TV service providers in North America, including the largest "TV Everywhere" deployments. For additional information about thePlatform, visit

About thePlatform

thePlatform(TM) is the leading white-label video management and publishing company. Media companies rely on thePlatform as their open, central hub for managing, monetizing, and syndicating billions of professionally produced video views annually. The company's services provide unmatched versatility for designing and supporting video businesses on PCs, mobile, and TV. Customers include: Cablevision, Canwest, CBC, Comcast, Corus Entertainment, Cox Communications, ExerciseTV, HIT Entertainment, NBC Local Media, Outdoor Channel, PBS, PBS KIDS Sprout, Rogers, Sony BMG, Starz Play, Time Warner Cable, Travel Channel Media, truTV and numerous others. With a 10-year history of service, thePlatform is an independent subsidiary of Comcast based in Seattle, Wash. For more information:

About SKY Television

SKY is the pre-eminent pay television broadcasting service in New Zealand offering a wide range of sports, movies, music, on-demand and general content across more than 110 channels. It is listed on NZX and the ASX and had a market capitalisation as at 30 June 2010 of NZ$ 1.8 billion based on a share price of NZ$ 4.69 at that time. SKY's principal business activity is the distribution of both local and foreign programme content to its subscriber base, predominantly through a digital satellite network. As of 30 June 2010, SKY had a total of 802,397 subscribers, representing a residential household penetration of approximately 47.9%.

SKY launched as a three-channel UHF service in 1990, with two further channels added four years later. SKY's UHF signal reached more than 83% of the country's 1.5 million households. In December 1998 SKY launched a digital satellite service, extending its reach to the whole country. More than 49% of New Zealand homes subscribe to SKY. The analogue UHF service closed down on 10 March 2010.

SKY also offers pay-per-view movies, live events and interactive services including Skybet, the Weather Channel, and games channels Mind Games and PlayinTV and is also the cornerstone shareholder in Fatso, New Zealand's premier online DVD rental service.

On 8 February 2006, SKY completed the purchase of the New Zealand television business of PRIME Television Ltd. The acquisition of a free-to-air channel gives SKY the opportunity to showcase its channels and programmes whilst ensuring that New Zealand consumers can view delayed free-to-air sports programmes such as rugby, rugby league and cricket in primetime.

In July 2008 SKY launched MYSKYHDi, a new High Definition decoder and PVR with Dolby Digital surround sound, IPTV capability and increased storage. SKY currently offers seven MPEG 4 High Definition television channels (SKY Sport 1 and 2, SKY Movies and SKY Movies Greats, TV3 HD, TVONE HD and TV2 HD) to subscribers.

iSKY is SKY's new online TV service. iSKY lets viewers access all their favourite SKY content on their computer, wherever they are. iSKY is free to SKY subscribers and allows them access to a huge library of content based on their existing SKY package, including movies, sports highlights and free catch-up viewing for nearly all the basic channels plus Prime. In addition the service offers a selection of movies and TV series on a pay-per-view rental basis.

All product and service names listed in this release remain property of their parent companies and do not indicate official support or endorsement for thePlatform or its products and services.

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CONTACT: Jeremy Pemble,, or Val Petrova,, both of JLM Partners, +1-206-381-3600, for thePlatform; or Richard Last, Director of New Media and Sport Acquisitions for SKY Television, +64 9 579 9999,

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Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, Legendary Broadcaster John Madden and Roster of NFL Legends Star in Super Bowl Weekend Finale of NFL's Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core Feb. 5 on Nicktoons

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin, Legendary Broadcaster John Madden and Roster of NFL Legends Star in Super Bowl Weekend Finale of NFL's Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core Feb. 5 on Nicktoons

On-Air Special Includes Introduction by NFL Network's Rich Eisen and "Halftime Show" Featuring Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- An all-star roster of current and legendary NFL players, including the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, NY Giants quarterback Eli Manning, New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker and John Maddenstar in the hour-long finale of Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core - Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7:00 p.m. ET on Nickelodeon's Nicktoons channel. The animated special features an introduction by NFL Network analyst Rich Eisen, and will include its own "halftime show" featuring an exclusive musical performance by Nickelodeon's hit music group, Big Time Rush.


Rush Zone wraps up its 22-episode premiere season with a riveting showdown at Cowboys Stadium as Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones, Cowboys and Jets players and NFL superheroes, the Rusherz, help Ish, an unlikely 10-year-old hero, to defeat the evil Sudden Death. During the hour-long finale, Nicktoons will also air segments featuring Nickelodeon's Pick Boy, reporting from Cowboys Stadium about the pre-Super Bowl excitement. On Sunday, Feb. 6, the finale will be available on iTunes as the exclusive download-to-own platform.

The NFL coaches, players and personalities who voice themselves in the finale are: Eli Manning (New York Giants quarterback), Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals wide receiver), Brian Dawkins (Denver Broncos free safety), Steven Jackson (St. Louis Rams running back), Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions wide receiver), Wes Welker (New England Patriots wide receiver), Marcus Allen (Hall of Fame running back, Los Angeles Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs), Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers head coach), Norv Turner (San Diego Chargers head coach), Sean Payton (New Orleans Saints head coach), Cowboys Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones, John Madden (Hall of Fame coach and NFL commentator ), Michael Strahan (former New York Giants defensive end and NFL commentator), Shannon Sharpe (legendary Pro Bowl tight end and NFL commentator), Bob Papa (NFL Network and New York Giants sportscaster) and Rich Eisen (NFL Network analyst).

A private screening of the Rush Zone finale will be held at NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center (650 South Griffin Street/Media Entrance at Hall C) on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 4:00 p.m. The screening will feature appearances by Giants great Michael Strahan.

Rush Zone: Guardians of the Core follows Ishmael, a 10-year old boy who was just an ordinary kid until learning that all 32 NFL stadiums also serve as secret strongholds of an otherworldly benevolent life force that he has been chosen to guard. That life force, once the core of a far-off peaceful planet, has been broken into pieces, or shards, which are hidden in every NFL stadium around the country. An evil villain known as Sudden Death is determined to find the shards, reassemble them and end humanity. To stop Sudden Death, Ish is given the physical abilities of an NFL football player (and a few additional super powers) to battle on and off the gridiron. He must work with the Rusherz, the NFL superheroes representing all 32 teams, to stop the Blitz Botz, robots controlled by Sudden Death. Taught by his mentor, O.T. and guided by NFL players and coaches, Ish learns exactly what it takes to be a true hero.

The NFLRUSH ZONE, a role playing game on, was launched in December 2007 and today has more than 2.5 million registered users. The NFLRUSH ZONE is an immersive virtual world where kids are able to create avatars, join their favorite team, play games, chat, and compete with friends in a safe and fun environment. All 32 teams are represented within the NFLRUSH ZONE with distinct team lands and team Rusherz and Avatars.

Nicktoons is the fastest growing kids' network and offers programming such as Dragon Ball Z Kai, Fantastic Four: The World's Greatest Heroes, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Wolverine and The X-Men and Speed Racer: The Next Generation, as well as a roster of hits that have defined kids' and animation lovers' TV, including Avatar: The Last Airbender, Invader Zim, Danny Phantom, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents and The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius. Nicktoons currently reaches almost 58 million homes via cable, digital cable and satellite, and can be seen on Cablevision, Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network and Time Warner Cable. Nicktoons and all related titles and logos are property of Viacom, Inc. For more information or artwork, visit

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Liberty Media Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call

Liberty Media Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Release and Conference Call

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Media Corporation (Nasdaq: LCAPA, LCAPB, LINTA, LINTB, LSTZA, LSTZB) will release its fourth quarter earnings on Monday, February 28th at 12:00 p.m. (ET). Greg Maffei, Liberty Media's President and CEO, will host the call. During the call, Mr. Maffei will discuss the company's financial performance and outlook and may discuss the previously announced split-off of the Liberty Capital and Liberty Starz tracking stock groups.

Please call Premiere Conferencing at (877) 856-1956 or (719) 325-4766 at least 10 minutes prior to the call. Callers will need to be on a touch-tone telephone to ask questions. The conference administrator will provide instructions on how to use the polling feature.

Replays of the conference call can be accessed through 8:00 p.m. (ET) on March 7th, by dialing (888) 203-1112 or (719) 457-0820 plus the passcode 7704326#.

In addition, the fourth quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the Internet. All interested participants should visit the Liberty Media Corporation website at to register for the web cast. Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty Media website. The conference call and related materials will be archived on the website for one year.

About Liberty Media Corporation

Liberty Media owns interests in a broad range of electronic retailing, media, communications and entertainment businesses. Those interests are attributed to three tracking stock groups: (1) the Liberty Interactive group (Nasdaq: LINTA, LINTB), which includes Liberty Media's interests in QVC, Provide Commerce,, BUYSEASONS,, Evite, and Expedia, (2) the Liberty Starz group (Nasdaq: LSTZA, LSTZB), which includes Liberty Media's interest in Starz, LCC, and (3) the Liberty Capital group (Nasdaq: LCAPA, LCAPB), which includes all businesses, assets and liabilities not attributed to the Interactive group or the Starz group including its subsidiaries Atlanta National League Baseball Club, Inc., and TruePosition, Inc., Liberty Media's interest in SIRIUS XM Radio, Inc., and minority equity investments in Time Warner Inc. and Live Nation.

Additional Information

Nothing in this press release shall constitute a solicitation to buy or an offer to sell shares of Liberty Media stock or the stock of the split-off entity. The offer and sale of shares in the proposed split-off will only be made pursuant to an effective registration statement. Stockholders and other investors are urged to read the registration statement to be filed with the SEC, including the proxy statement/prospectus to be contained therein, because it will contain important information about the transaction. A copy of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus, once filed, will be available free of charge at the SEC's website ( Copies of the proxy statement/prospectus and the filings with the SEC that will be incorporated by reference in the proxy statement/prospectus can also be obtained, without charge, by directing a request to Liberty Media Corporation, 12300 Liberty Boulevard, Englewood, Colorado 80112, Attention: Investor Relations, Telephone: (720) 875-5408.

Participants in a Solicitation

The directors and executive officers of Liberty Media and other persons may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies in respect of proposals to approve the split-off. Information regarding Liberty Media's directors and executive officers, those of the split-off entity and other participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be available in the proxy materials to be filed with the SEC.

Contact: Courtnee Ulrich
(720) 875-5420

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Television Company Belo Corp. (BLC) Sets Schedule for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Earnings Release and Conference Call

Television Company Belo Corp. (BLC) Sets Schedule for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Earnings Release and Conference Call

DALLAS, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Belo Corp. (NYSE: BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, said today that it will issue a news release regarding its fourth quarter and full year 2010 earnings on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 at 7:30 a.m. Central Standard Time. A conference call to discuss the earnings release and other matters of interest to shareholders and analysts will follow at 1:00 p.m. CST that afternoon.

The conference call will be simultaneously Webcast on the Company's Web site at Following the conclusion of the Webcast, a replay of the conference call will be archived on Belo's Web site. To access the listen-only conference lines, dial 1-800-230-1951. A replay line will be open from 3:00 p.m. CST on February 8, 2011 until 11:59 p.m. CST on February 22, 2011. To access the replay, dial 1-800-475-6701 or 320-365-3844. The access code for the replay is 187908.

About Belo Corp.

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

SOURCE Belo Corp.

Belo Corp.

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

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Tri-C JazzFest Jump Starts Spring With a Legendary Lineup

Tri-C JazzFest Jump Starts Spring With a Legendary Lineup

32nd Annual Festival Showcases the Best in Jazz from April 28 - May 8

CLEVELAND, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 32nd annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland will swing into town with a stellar line-up of jazz, blues and R&B artists from around the corner and across the globe. Iconic R&B singer and songwriter Smokey Robinson, the King of Motown, plays JazzFest for the first time, crooning selections from his seemingly endless arsenal of Top 40 hits. Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Cleveland Orchestra salute Ella Fitzgerald, the First Lady of Song, plus Orchestre National de Jazz, straight from France, pays tribute to drummer and vocalist Robert Wyatt.

From April 28 to May 8, JazzFest heats up Cleveland with a dizzying array of the best in jazz.

The always popular Smooth Jazz All-Stars return with an award-winning cast, including Dave Koz and Brian Simpson, and "avant-groove" group Medeski, Martin & Wood highlight a jam-band evening of free jazz, funk and hip hop. New Orleans legend Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue kick off the festival with their rollicking "Supafunkrock" sound at the House of Blues.

JazzFest continues its tradition of spotlighting up-and-coming artists with the "Debut Series," this year featuring trumpet players Ambrose Akinmusire and Maurice Brown and saxophonist Tia Fuller. "Women in Jazz" salutes singer Betty Carter, the Godmother of Jazz, while local great Ernie Krivda and an all-star band of Midwestern artists pay homage to jazz from the Heartland. For the young, and young at heart, Joe Hunter reprises his "Jazz for Kids" series at the Children's Museum of Cleveland, while MOCA hosts versatile pianist Robert Glasper, who effortlessly connects jazz and blues to contemporary urban sounds.

All tickets are available at or 216-987-4444. For events at Playhouse Square, call 216-241-6000. For more information, groups and special packages, call 216-987-4444.

Here's the 2011 Tri-C JazzFest lineup (free performances are in italics):

Wednesday, April 27, 8:00 p.m. - Special JazzFest Preview for the Community: The Eddie Baccus Organ Summit with Special Guest Bobby Floyd, Karamu House

Thursday, April 28, 5:00 p.m. - Kick Off Day: Mardi Gras Parade, Tower City Center

Thursday, April 28, 7:00 p.m. - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, House of Blues

Friday, April 29, 8:00 p.m. -A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald with Dee Dee Bridgewater and The Cleveland Orchestra, Severance Hall

Friday, April 29, 8:00 p.m. - Orchestre National de Jazz: The Robert Wyatt Project, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

Saturday, April 30, 1:00 p.m. - Women in Jazz - A Tribute to Betty Carter, Olivet Baptist Church

Saturday, April 30, 8:00 p.m. - Smooth Jazz All-Stars Featuring Mindi Abair, Rick Braun, Dave Koz, Kenny Lattimore, Ray Parker, Jr. and Brian Simpson, State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare

Sunday, May 1, 4:00 p.m. - Debut Series with The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet and The Tia Fuller Quartet, East Cleveland Public Library

Sunday, May 1, 8:00 p.m. - Debut Series with Maurice Brown, Nighttown

Monday, May 2, 6:30 p.m. - Sammy DeLeon y su Orquesta at the International Children's Festival, "Celebrating the Music of Tito Puente", State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare

Monday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. - The Dave Sterner Quintet and the Tri-C Jazz Studies Performance Combo, Brothers Lounge

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. - Ernie Krivda's "Thunder from the Heartland", The Hermit Club

Wednesday, May 4, 8:00 p.m. - The Robert Glasper Trio, MOCA Cleveland

Thursday, May 5, 8:00 p.m. - "Miles & Trane @ 85 - Re-Imagined" TCJF Soundworks with special guests NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson and drummer Ndugu Chancler, Tri-C Metro Auditorium

Friday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. - "Tri-C JamFest" - Three Bands-One Jam: Medeski, Martin & Wood, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Will Bernard, State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare

Saturday, May 7, 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. - Jazz for Kids, Children's Museum of Cleveland

Saturday, May 7, 3:00 p.m. - Gospel Jazz with Present Day and special guest Sean Jones, Antioch Baptist Church

Saturday, May 7, 8:00 p.m. - Smokey Robinson, State Theatre at Playhouse Square

Sunday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. - Oikos Ensemble - Jazz Vespers, Pilgrim United Church of Christ

Sunday, May 8, 3:00 p.m. - Regina Carter's "Reverse Thread", Gartner Auditorium, Cleveland Museum of Art

Sponsors: American Greetings, COSE Arts Network, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Dominion East Ohio, Fox Sports Net, Key Bank, Kulas Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, NEA Jazz Masters Live, Roetzel & Address

Media Sponsors:, Cleveland Scene, DownBeat, WCLV, WCPN/WVIZ, WENZ, WZAK

SOURCE Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga Community College

CONTACT: Phil Barr, Barr Communications, +1-216-334-9591,; Beth Rutkowski, Cuyahoga Community College, +1-216-987-4582,

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PBS Presents U.S. Television Premiere of 'Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2'

PBS Presents U.S. Television Premiere of 'Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2'

Sunday, March 6, 2011, 7:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS Stations Nationwide

- The Legendary Musical Celebrates Its 25th Birthday With a Stellar Cast -

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- No one could have guessed on October 8, 1985, when Les Miserables opened in London at the Barbican Theatre that it would become a worldwide phenomenon, but audiences embraced it from the start, creating a "people's musical" that has played in 42 countries and has been seen by nearly 60 million people. In 2010, the legendary musicalcelebrated its 25th birthday, and to mark the occasion, producer Cameron Mackintosh staged an extraordinary concert at the O2 Arena in London. LES MISERABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2will be seen in the U.S. for the first time on Sunday, March 6, 2011, 7:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.


"PBS offers every American a front-row seat to great arts and culture programming, and the Les Miz 25th anniversary concert allows viewers across the country the chance to experience some of the best-loved music of all time. PBS is proud to present the U.S. broadcast premiere of this remarkable production," said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger.

With more than 500 actors and musicians -- including Alfie Boe, Jenny Galloway, Katie Hall, Nick Jonas, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Lea Salonga and Colm Wilkinson -- LES MISERABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2 includes the October 2010 cast of the long-running Original Production at London's Queen's Theatre and members of the original 1985 London cast. This concert was also shown in cinemas worldwide.

Based on Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name and set in early 19th-century France, Les Miserables features the stories of individuals struggling for redemption and revolution. The magnificent score includes the songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "Do You Hear the People Sing?," "One Day More," "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables," "Master of the House," and many more.

Cameron Mackintosh's production of Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, and is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude-Michel Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, and original French text by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel and additional material by James Fenton. The original London 1985 production of Les Miserables was adapted and directed by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.

More information about PBS' LES MISERABLES 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT AT THE O2, the extraordinary musical theatre event that will have Broadway fans buzzing, is available at

About PBS

PBS, with its nearly 360 member stations, offers all Americans -- from every walk of life -- the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches 117 million people through television and 20 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS' broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry's most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS' premier children's TV programming and its website,, are parents' and teachers' most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet.



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Public Media Executive Debbi Hinton Joins Sunnylands Leadership Team

Public Media Executive Debbi Hinton Joins Sunnylands Leadership Team

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Debbi Hinton, the highly regarded executive vice president and chief financial officer for Los Angeles public television station KCET, has joined the leadership team of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer.

"As we begin to build The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands into an institution of international significance, we are very fortunate to have Debbi Hinton in this important leadership role," said Sunnylands Trust president Geoffrey Cowan. "She has demonstrated exceptional skills as one of the region's top nonprofit organization executives. In addition, her experience building and running KCET Desert Cities underscores her keen understanding and commitment to this vibrant community."

"The Annenbergs left an extraordinary gift to our nation and our community when they created The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands," said Hinton. "I am very excited to be able to play a part in fulfilling their amazing vision and honored to have this opportunity to work with Geoff Cowan and the Sunnylands trustees and staff to build an organization that will help a new generation of international leaders advance global understanding."

For the last decade, Hinton oversaw daily operations for KCET and was responsible for its budget and finances. In addition, she directed KCET's business development efforts and was general manager of KCET Desert Cities, KCET's regional service in the Coachella Valley. Before joining KCET, Hinton spent 16 years at Oregon Public Broadcasting, including two years as Executive Vice President, where she had oversight of content development for all media, as well as for content distribution and business development.

Hinton joins a Sunnylands leadership team that includes:

-- Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of programs. Jamieson is the Walter and
Leonore Annenberg Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the
University of Pennsylvania. An award-winning teacher and scholar, she is
the author or co-author of 16 books, most recently The Obama Victory:
How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election. She previously
served as dean of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for
-- Cinny Kennard, senior adviser to the president for strategic planning.
An award-winning journalist and media executive, Kennard is also a
special advisor to the Federal Communications Commission. She is the
former managing director of NPR West and previously worked at CBS News
as an international correspondent and bureau chief in London, Moscow and
the Persian Gulf. Kennard will be based in Sunnylands' Los Angeles
-- Robin Kramer, senior adviser to the president for operations. Kramer is
former chief of staff to Los Angeles Mayors Antonio Villaraigosa and
Richard Riordan. She has held leadership roles with several nonprofit
organizations, including the Coro Foundation and the Broad Foundation.
She chairs the Pitzer College board of trustees and serves on the board
of the Los Angeles Harbor Commission. Kramer will be based in
Sunnylands' Los Angeles office.
-- Janice Lyle, director of the Sunnylands Museum and Desert Gardens. A
respected museum and nonprofit organization leader with more than 25
years experience, Lyle served as executive director of the Palm Springs
Art Museum from 1994-2007. She has been Center Director at Sunnylands
since 2008.

In addition, Cowan has recruited Derek Shearer and Geoffrey Baum to serve as senior consultants. Shearer is a former U.S. Ambassador who now serves as a professor and director of global affairs for Occidental College. He will consult on retreat development. Baum is managing director at the Center on Communication Leadership & Policy at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. He is a former assistant vice president for public relations at Claremont McKenna College and a former executive producer for C-SPAN. Baum will consult on communications and public affairs.

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, which operates The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit operating entity established by the Annenberg Foundation to hold high level retreats that address serious issues facing the nation and the world community and to educate the public on the historical significance of Sunnylands. More information may be found online at

CONTACT: Geoffrey Baum, +1-213-821-0061, or Mary Perry, +1-760-328-2829

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The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

CONTACT: Geoffrey Baum, +1-213-821-0061, or Mary Perry, +1-760-328-2829

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PA Cyber Goes Super

PA Cyber Goes Super

Interactive technology takes students to site of Super Bowl XLV

DALLAS, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Veteran Pittsburgh sports broadcaster and Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School instructor Ellis Cannon is taking his students to Super Bowl XLV - and inviting football fans across the U.S. to join them.

Through the school's groundbreaking program, the Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting, Cannon will use interactive technology to allow PA Cyber students to experience the world of Super Bowl sports coverage through their home computers.

Live online chats from 5 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 4, are prepared for his students, but open to any football fan who would like a unique, behind-the-scenes view of game day media preparation. Anyone wishing to join the conversation during those times can link to the chat room on the PA Cyber website.

Cannon is in Dallas to participate in media events leading up to Super Bowl XLV, when the Pittsburgh Steelers will face the Green Bay Packers. In addition to classroom video chats, Cannon, a longtime radio and television personality in Pittsburgh, will also be providing daily updates to radio stations throughout Pennsylvania - via RadioPA, a 63-station network - as well as Ohio, Maryland and West Virginia.

A former game-day anchor and broadcast team member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Radio Network, Cannon is a veteran when it comes to the NFL's biggest event. "Capturing this experience for the students is thrilling," said Cannon, who is also the publisher of Pittsburgh Sports Report, KidSports Magazine and A Parents' Guide to the Young Athlete. "I feel an incredible sense of responsibility to serve as a direct connection to the game and preceding events for fans and it is rewarding to bring that to the classroom," he said.

A former trial lawyer with dozens of national television appearances on sports and sports law issues, Cannon will offer additional extended daily coverage at and, including an innovative combination of online audio and video featuring daily player and coach interviews as well as nightly video webcasts emanating from the Dallas Sheraton, the officially designated media center.

"This is really exciting since the Steelers are in the Super Bowl," said Anthony Priore from Pittsburgh, a junior in PA Cyber who is enrolled in the Ellis Cannon course along with his brother Daniel, a sophomore. Anthony Priore is looking at colleges that offer a journalism major and hopes for a career in sports media.

So does ninth-grader Erika Schneider from Butler County, just north of Pittsburgh, another member of what she called Cannon's "wonderful" online class. She plans to log into the chat room to follow students' questions and Cannon's comments. "It will be fun. You never know what will come up in conversation," she said.

Priore said he is a huge sports fan but has always been on the receiving end of sports news. The Ellis Cannon class is teaching him how professionals gather news and "convey it to the fans," he said.

Linda Burkley, a vice president of the Butler Media Group, a group of small market radio stations in western Pennsylvania (WISR and WBUT AM, and FM 97.7) said her stations will be among RadioPA Network members broadcasting the two-minute news segments that Cannon sends back every day from Dallas.

"Any small market radio station that has the opportunity to offer professional commentary from the biggest football event of the year -- especially when the Steelers are playing -- is thrilled," said Burkley. "Ellis's idea to deliver this type of coverage to small market stations in and around Pennsylvania is truly exciting and innovative, especially when you add on the opportunity Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School is providing to its students."

The Ellis Cannon Academy of Sports Media and Broadcasting course is a two-semester program at PA Cyber, Pennsylvania's largest online K-12 public school. The unique online class, hosted by veteran sportscaster Ellis Cannon, introduces high school students to practices and history of print, radio, television, and online sports journalism. Professional sports writers and broadcast journalists are regular guest presenters in the virtual class conducted over the Internet.

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is the premier online K-12 educational provider for students and their families in combining the best technology, personal instruction and approved curriculum with highly qualified teachers. PA Cyber is a public charter school with more than 10,000 students.

CONTACT: Fred Miller of Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School,, +1-724-777-5918

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OC Fair Returns With Outstanding Season of Tribute Bands and Action Sports

OC Fair Returns With Outstanding Season of Tribute Bands and Action Sports

On Sale in The Hangar February 5: The Music of Abba: Arrival from Sweden (July 15), Elton - The Early Years (July 16) & Hapa with Special Guest TUPUA (July 17)

On Sale in the Action Sports Arena February 5: Speedway Fair Derby (July 15), X-treme Freestyle Moto-X (July 16) & OC Fair Kart Racing Challenge (July 17)

Tickets on Sale Saturday, February 5, at 10 a.m.

COSTA MESA, Calif., Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The OC Fair (July 15-August 14, 2011) returns this summer with another exceptional season of tribute bands and action sports. As always, concert and action sports tickets include Fair admission. Select shows are on sale February 5.

The first concerts in The Hangar to go on sale include: The Music of Abba: Arrival from Sweden, a tribute to the biggest international music sensation to hail from Sweden (Friday, July 15) and Elton - the Early Years, a tribute that takes audiences back in time to Elton John's musical beginnings (Saturday, July 16). Also on sale is 2010-sell-out and Hawaiian sensation Hapa with Special Guest TUPUA (Sunday, July 17).

The first reserved seats in the Action Sports Arena to go on sale for 2011 include: Speedway Fair Derby (Friday, July 15), X-treme Freestyle Moto-X (Saturday, July 16) and new-for-2011 OC Fair Kart Racing Challenge (Sunday, 17). Non-reserved seats are available free with Fair admission.

Tickets for these events go on sale Saturday, February 5, at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster or at the OC Fair & Event Center Box Office.

In The Hangar
Artist On-Sale Date Show Date Prices
The Music of Abba: Saturday, February All tickets
Arrival from Sweden 5, 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, $15.
8:30 p.m.
Elton - The Early Saturday, February Saturday, July All tickets
Years 5, 10 a.m. 16, 8:30 p.m. $15.

Hapa with Special Saturday, February All tickets
Guest TUPUA 5, 10 a.m. Sunday, July 17, $20.
8 p.m.
In Action Sports Arena
Artist On-Sale Date Show Date Prices
Saturday, February seats
Speedway Fair Derby 5, 10 a.m. Friday, July 15, $12.50.
8:30 p.m.
X-treme Freestyle Saturday, February Saturday, July seats
Moto-X 5, 10 a.m. 16, 8:30 p.m. $12.50.

OC Fair Kart Racing Saturday, February seats
Challenge 5, 10 a.m. Sunday, July 17, $12.50.
8 p.m.

The OC Fair & Event Center Box Office is open on the on-sale day only (Saturday, February 5) from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by phone (800) 745-3000.

The remaining concerts and action sports at the 2011 OC Fair will be announced in the coming months. Sign up for pre-sale emails at

The 2011 OC Fair, themed LET'S EAT!, is July 15 - August 14 and will bring 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports and fun, as well as the popular Season Pass, Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, The Hangar and Action Sports Arena. The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday.

The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit, friend us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter at

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HomeAway Rolls Out 'The World's Most Customizable Commercial Ever' as Part of Campaign Premiering During Super Bowl XLV

HomeAway Rolls Out 'The World's Most Customizable Commercial Ever' as Part of Campaign Premiering During Super Bowl XLV

- Campaign kicks off Super Bowl Sunday with debut of new 30-second commercial that challenges travelers to ask themselves "Why hotel when you can HomeAway?(TM)"

- 60-second customizable version of the commercial enables consumers to star in the spot by putting their face onto a test baby - a central character in the ad - and choosing to "smush," "smash" or "catch" the baby

- HomeAway customers - vacation rental property owners and managers - may also feature their homes in the customizable ad, during a scene that becomes a personalized virtual home tour and marketing tool

AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HomeAway, Inc. - the world's leading online vacation rental marketplace - today announced details of its new national marketing campaign, which officially debuts on Feb. 6, 2011, with a 30-second spot during the broadcast of Super Bowl XLV and features a fully customizable experience at in which viewers insert photos of themselves and/or their properties into a commercial.

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Designed to communicate the message, "Why hotel when you can HomeAway?," the campaign features the fictional "Minister of Detourism" in a top-secret government testing facility where he highlights the pitfalls of cramped hotel rooms and showcases the benefits of vacation rentals - privacy, space and freedom.

In the 30-second spot, a family is seen in a "hotel room simulator," where they suffer from "limited space syndrome" and struggle to get comfortable in the cramped quarters. Then, in a humorous chain reaction, a "test baby" - similar to a crash dummy - is accidentally launched into the air where it ultimately smushes up against the glass of the hotel room simulator before sliding slowly to the floor.

"We used the test baby scene to create a 'Super Bowl-worthy' moment that breaks through the clutter of so many ads," says Brian Sharples, chief executive officer of HomeAway®. "While everyone loves babies and wouldn't want to see a real infant get mistakenly flung into the air, we hope viewers will get a good laugh from our test baby's unfortunate flight. The comic situation is used to highlight the fact that families, particularly those with children, could use a little extra space when traveling."

The World's Most Customizable Commercial Ever

An extended version of the Super Bowl ad includes a fully customizable experience at, where users may upload a picture of their face - or that of friends or family - and put it on the test baby before selecting one of three scenes: "smush" (in which the test baby's face smushes against the glass), "smash" (in which the baby is propelled through the room's glass wall), or "catch" (in which the baby is launched in to the air and caught by the Minister of Detourism). The uploaded face is rendered three-dimensionally and provides three distinct and surprising options, each that are easy to share via email, Facebook and Twitter.

HomeAway also has a customizable version for vacation rental owners and property managers who list their homes on one of HomeAway's U.S. sites, including, and In essence, they insert their properties in the actual commercial to create a virtual home tour of their vacation rental using Google Maps, photos of their property and the voice of the Minister of Detourism.

"We've taken personalization to a whole new level with this campaign," says Sharples. "Travelers can have fun starring in the commercial, and vacation rental owners can feature their properties in the ad to send to friends, past guests and potential renters as a fun way to showcase their homes."

Additional components of the new marketing campaign include:

-- Online Video Content - Additional videos from the "Ministry of
Detourism" can be found on, including a
spoof on the history of hotels; a video showing the Ministry's "hotel
keycard test" in which a man's arm falls off after several attempts to
open his room with a deactivated keycard; and a video of the Ministry's
"hotel guest sleeping test" in which a family struggles to catch some
sleep when staying next to a heavy metal band.

-- Social Media - HomeAway is leveraging social media to spread the word
about the campaign and drive visitors to to create and
share customized videos. The company's Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
accounts will also be updated regularly with new campaign content at, and

-- Online Advertising - A complementary digital advertising plan will reach
consumers in HomeAway's targeted demographic. Online advertising will
appear on general interest and travel-focused web sites.

The new campaign was developed by Austin, Texas-based ad agency Vendor Inc. For more information, visit the Ministry of Detourism on

About HomeAway, Inc.

HomeAway, Inc., based in Austin, Texas, is the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals, representing more than 540,000 paid vacation rental home listings throughout more than 120 countries. HomeAway offers an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites, and in the United States; and in the United Kingdom; in Germany; and in France; in Spain; and in Brazil.

In addition, HomeAway operates, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit



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Mathew Knowles Named to Fisk University Board of Trustees

Mathew Knowles Named to Fisk University Board of Trustees

HOUSTON, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Mathew Knowles, the founder, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment (MWE), has been elected to the Board of Trustees of Fisk University. A 1974 graduate of the Historically Black College based in Nashville, Tennessee, Knowles also will serve on the Board of the General Alumni Association of Fisk University. The leader of one of the world's leading music and entertainment conglomerates, Knowles brings to the board his business and management expertise, a strong commitment to education and a great enthusiasm for his alma mater.

Under Knowles visionary leadership, Music World Entertainment has experienced tremendous growth and extraordinary success for nearly two decades. He is widely recognized in the entertainment industry for his innovative and successful approach to producing and distributing high quality entertainment and developing and promoting award-winning artists. The company has had an unprecedented impact on music and entertainment around the globe.

"Fisk is honored that its alumnus and international businessman Mathew Knowles will join our Board of Trustees," said Fisk President Hazel R. O'Leary. "His strategic skills and worldview compliment those of our concurrent Board Members as we prepare our students for leadership and engagement in the local and global communities."

Knowles welcomes the opportunity to lend his business acumen and leadership skills to provide policy guidance as part of the Board of Trustees. Knowles first honed those skills at Fisk while working toward both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. "I am so honored to have the opportunity to give back to this university that played such an important role in my life," said Knowles. "Fisk offered me more than just a first class education. It reinforced the belief that if you maintain a commitment to excellence, work hard and never give up on your dreams; you can be and do anything that you want, no matter where you start out."

Knowles' commitment to encouraging and supporting the aspirations of young people came out of his own life experience. A self-described "small town country boy," Knowles grew up in Gadsden, Alabama during the 1950s, when the town was segregated. He credits his parents with instilling both drive and strong family-centered values within him. Through his parents, he also learned early lessons about the importance of education and the rewards of being willing to chart a new course for others to follow. His mother was a strong advocate of desegregation. As a result he was one of the first African Americans to attend Litchfield Junior High School, where he and the other black students were escorted by state troopers through throngs of angry protesters every day. He also was among the first African Americans to attend Gadsden High School and the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Although he faced many challenges in breaking the color barriers at these schools, those early experiences as a trailblazer would shape his approach to his career. He says that he learned that "inside adversity often lies opportunity" and that one should never give up on a dream. After graduating from college, he began a career as a sales and marketing representative for Xerox in Houston, Texas. He became the top sales executive worldwide before turning his attention to the music business, where he continues to encourage dreams and blaze new trails.

In 2008, Knowles was awarded the Doctor of Humane Letters during the University's commencement ceremony. At that time he recalled that at Fisk, he was encouraged not only to work hard, but also to think outside the box and to imagine a successful future in whatever field he chose to pursue.

"I remember being at Fisk's radio station [WFSK 88.1 FM] with a fraternity brother, David Lombard, and all we did was dream," Knowles said, noting that their dreams were about taking the industry by storm by creating and managing girl groups. "David went on to put together a group called En Vogue and I put together a group called Destiny's Child, and it was because of a dream right here at Fisk University."

Lombard managed En Vogue, an award-winning female quartet which, according to Billboard magazine, was one of the most popular female groups of all time. Under Knowles leadership and management, Destiny's Child became a global phenomenon and the "most successful girl group" in the history of popular music. In the 1990s, Destiny's Child was named Billboard magazine's Female Group of the Decade. Knowles also successfully launched and managed the solo careers of the members of Destiny's Child: Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and Beyonce, who was crowned Billboard's Top Female Artist of the Decade.

Knowles continues the tradition of both training students for careers and encouraging them to dream. He holds a professorship at Texas Southern University, where he teaches a course on the entertainment industry in the School of Communications. He also has been a popular guest lecturer at various colleges and universities throughout the country. In 2010, Knowles instituted a highly successful and competitive summer internship program for college students from around the country who are interested in working in the entertainment field. The twelve students who were selected for the program had a unique opportunity to gain hands on experience in various areas of music entertainment business, including marketing, new media, A&R, artist development, tour management and creative. They also met regularly with Knowles in sessions that were both instructional and inspirational. During this 10-week program at MWE headquarters in Houston, Texas, interns not only performed assigned tasks, but they also were challenged to think creatively and to offer ideas for their projects. A number of the students who had earned their degrees in May 2010 were hired by Music World Entertainment at the conclusion of the internship program.

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Regis Philbin to Receive the Legend Award at The Ninth Annual 'TV Land Awards' Taping in New York City on April 10, 2011

Regis Philbin to Receive the Legend Award at The Ninth Annual 'TV Land Awards' Taping in New York City on April 10, 2011

Star-Studded Extravaganza To Be Held At The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center

Special Will Air On Sunday, April 17

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beloved Emmy® Award-winning television host Regis Philbin ("LIVE! with Regis and Kelly," "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire") will receive the Legend Award at The Ninth Annual "TV Land Awards" in New York City, it was announced today by Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. The star-studded celebration will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Sunday, April 10 and will premiere on TV Land on Sunday, April 17.

The Legend Award is presented to an entertainer or a television show that has stood the test of time and ranks among the most memorable and celebrated in television and movie history. Previous winners include Garry Marshall, Don Rickles, Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner, the cast of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and the cast of "Cheers."

"Hey, it's about time! Only kidding," said Regis Philbin. "I'm delighted to receive this award. Thanks, TV Land."

"Regis Philbin is an adored television icon," said Larry W. Jones. "A native New Yorker, he has given a slice of the city to all of his loyal viewers. TV Land is thrilled to have an opportunity to honor him."

Philbin's remarkable career has spanned over 50 years, first as the host of local shows, followed by a national late-night show, then a stint as sidekick to Joey Bishop on the comedian's late-night talk show beginning in 1967. Philbin's morning show "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" debuted nationally in syndication in September of 1988 and continues to be a hit with co-host Kelly Ripa ("LIVE! with Regis and Kelly"). In 1999, Philbin became the host of another hit, the prime-time game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." He won two Emmy® Awards in 2001, one each as host of "Live" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." On January 18, 2011, Regis Philbin announced that after 28 years, he would retire as host of "LIVE! With Regis and Kelly" later this year.

Philbin joins previously announced honorees "The Cosby Show," which will receive the Impact Award at this year's show, and the cast of "Family Ties," which will receive the Fan Favorite Award.

Now in its ninth year, the "TV Land Awards" pays tribute to classic and contemporary luminaries of television, music and movies. The ninety-minute telecast will feature exhilarating musical performances and will reunite some of the most iconic celebrity TV casts.

Previous honorees include Mike Myers, Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Garry Marshall, the cast of "Glee," "Desperate Housewives" and the hilarious sitcoms "Cheers," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Bosom Buddies," "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "M*A*S*H*." Past presenters include Academy Award©-winner Halle Berry, Justin Timberlake, Ray Romano, Steve Carell, Billy Crystal, Sharon Stone, Robin Williams and Academy Award©-nominee Robert Downey, Jr., to name a few. Past musical performers include Blondie, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson and Lionel Richie.

Michael Levitt ("Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars," "Scream Awards") is executive producer; Glen Weiss is director (The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards," "BET Awards," "The 64th Annual Tony Awards"); Greg Sills is supervising producer ("VH1 Rock Honors," "The Teen Choice Awards," "Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards") and TV Land's Larry W. Jones and Casey Patterson are executive producers.

About Regis Philbin

As the face to which millions of Americans wake up every weekday morning, Regis Philbin has become a cultural icon in television broadcasting.

Since Philbin first stepped in front of the camera more than 50 years ago, he has ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows and even the literary world, with multiple best-sellers to his credit. In May 2001, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with a Daytime Emmy as Outstanding Talk Show Host for his syndicated program, "Live with Regis," and another Emmy as Outstanding Game Show Host for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." He and co-host Kelly Ripa received the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Special Class Special for hosting the 2006 "Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade." In September 2010, he broke his own existing Guinness World Record(TM) for Most Hours on Camera, setting a new mark of 16,548.5 hours accumulated over his illustrious career - a career that was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.

Early on, Philbin took "A.M. Los Angeles" from the bottom of the ratings to number one, where the show remained throughout his seven-year tenure. At the national level, he served as Joey Bishop's sidekick on "The Joey Bishop Show" and helmed "The Regis Philbin Show," a daily 30-minute program that received an Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Variety Series.

Currently in its 23rd season in national syndication, "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly" originated in 1983 when Philbin created "The Morning Show" for WABC in his native Manhattan. It quickly became the number one show in the market. Kathie Lee Gifford joined him in June 1985, and in September 1988 the program debuted in national syndication and the title was changed to "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee." In 2001, Philbin was joined by Ripa, and the program entered a new era as "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly."

Philbin took his daytime success to nighttime with ABC's ratings juggernaut "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" in 1999. In August 2009, ten years after making television history, the network brought back a special 11-episode anniversary run of the blockbuster game show with Philbin at the helm.

Following the initial run of "Millionaire" and the $10 million spin-off "Super Millionaire," Philbin returned to primetime as host of the NBC summer program "America's Got Talent." In early 2008, he was tapped by ABC to host the red carpet arrivals show for the 2008 Academy Awards, and later that year hosted the network revival of "Password," CBS' "Million Dollar Password." In June, 2010, he took on hosting duties for daytime television's biggest night, the 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, broadcast live from Las Vegas.

In 2001, Philbin received a TV Guide Award as Personality of the Year, and a Broadcasting & Cable Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was presented with a Crystal Apple Award from then-New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for his contributions to the New York television industry. Other accolades include the Walter Camp "Distinguished American Award" at Yale University and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Philbin was the 2006 inductee into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and later that year was selected by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences to be inducted into the Television Academy's Hall of Fame.

A native of New York City, Philbin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and received an honorary doctorate of law degree for his contributions to Notre Dame and South Bend. Regis and Joy have two grown daughters, Joanna and Jennifer.

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Singer/Songwriter Tiffany Evans Shares Her Personal Story in New Book 'Who Will Save The Little Girl'

Singer/Songwriter Tiffany Evans Shares Her Personal Story in New Book 'Who Will Save The Little Girl'


NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Singer/Songwriter Tiffany Evans, 18, shares her personal story in the new book, "Who Will Save The Little Girl." Volume 5 in the series, "Saving Our Daughters," from author Curtis J. Benjamin, takes on the escalating issue of bullying within the teen girl population.

The Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records recording artist contributes her own story of abuse and bullying in Act V titled "My Diary." The book provides riveting confessions from bullies and those whom have greatly suffered from it. Intertwined are quotes and letters from influential women and celebrities also sharing their story and lending some advice for teen girls to relate to.

"Many people live their lives out of fear because they have been hurt, tainted or made to feel by society that they don't belong," says Tiffany. "My hope for any girl reading this book is that she will develop the strength and courage to seek help and start the journey of healing."

Other celebrities making contributions to "Who Will Save The Little Girl," include world renown author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou, actresses Debbi Morgan and Malinda Williams and entertainer Janet Jackson.

"Who Will Save The Little Girl" will be available in bookstores February 2011. Watch for Tiffany Evans on The Mo'Nique Show in February on BET.

Tiffany Evans' next album, Perfect Imperfection, which includes the inspirational first single, "I'll Be There," is slated for release spring, 2011.

About Tiffany Evans

Tiffany Evans came to the attention of music fans in 2003 as a ten-year old competing on "Star Search." After three appearances, she went on to win the crown in the junior division competition. Tiffany became the only performer in Star Search history to receive perfect five scores on all her appearances. As an actress she has appeared on film in Tyler Perry's "The Dairy of a Mad Black Woman" and on TV in "The District." Newly managed by Mathew Knowles of Music World Entertainment, she is putting the final touches on her next album, due from Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records in the spring of 2011.

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Score The Smartest Super Bowl Party On The Block

Score The Smartest Super Bowl Party On The Block Reveals Americans Will Consume 11 Million Pounds of Potato Chips on Super Bowl Sunday

ATLANTA, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Fanatical fans are talking smack while benchwarmers gawk as the Packers and Steelers get their game face on for Super Bowl XLV. While the hype may be reaching a fever pitch in Dallas, in living rooms across America fans will be turning the big game into a reason to celebrate. has the Super Bowl facts, stats and trivia to make this year's Super Bowl party the most fun and informed one on the block.

Whether you're a hard core gridiron junkie or just like to people watch, has plenty of Super Bowl smarts and trivia for pre-kick-off party games. For example, did you know that on the day of the big game, Feb. 6, Americans will consume more than 11 million pounds of potato chips? Or that over 1 billion viewers worldwide are expected to tune-in to watch?

Not every one of the billion plus viewers is going to be a die-hard sports fan. Many viewers and party-goers watch just to check out the commercials, which are some of the most sought after ad spots on television. In fact, Super Bowl ad prices reached $1 million in 1995, climbed to $2 million in 2000 and in 2009 hit the $3 million mark. Although all ad campaigns don't make it to the Super Bowl, that doesn't make them any less innovative. Check out 10 awesome ads that didn't make the cut, including "Obesity is Suicide" and "Life Comes At You Fast."

If the business behind the game gets you jazzed, HSW offers fast facts to feed your brain, like:

-- San Diego County, CA realized $367 million in revenue as a result of
Super Bowl XXXVII.
-- No team has ever played a Super Bowl on its home field.
-- Tickets to the original Super Bowl in 1967 sold between $6 and $12.
-- The retail price for a ticket to Super Bowl XLIII in 2009 topped out at
$1,000, but tickets are often resold, or scalped, for many times more
than their face value. In 2008, one online broker successfully sold
tickets for Super Bowl XLII for $9,850.
-- Tickets this year range from about $3,000 to $17,000.

"We're particularly fond of our Super Bowl package and think it offers the best collection of compelling brain food from light hearted to hard hitting historical facts," Tracy Wilson, HowStuffWorks site director, said. "We had some serious fun developing stuff to satisfy every fan's taste and I, for one, plan to burn a few calories in a pre-bowl pick-up game before I eat that first chip."

About is an award-winning online resource that provides credible and easy-to-understand information and explanations for thousands of topics. The site has been recognized with multiple Webby Awards and has been prestigiously designated among Time Magazine's "25 Web Sites We Can't Live Without" and PC Magazine's "Top 100 Web Sites." In 2007, was acquired by Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK).


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RLTV Debuts 'Our Pack' - A Celebration About the Fervor of Hometown Fans

RLTV Debuts 'Our Pack' - A Celebration About the Fervor of Hometown Fans

BALTIMORE, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate the weekend of the Big Game, RLTV is premiering "Our Pack" a fast, funny, punchy documentary on the mania gripping the small city of Green Bay, home of the Green Bay Packers, who head into the Big Game for the fifth time. "Our Pack" airs on RLTV on Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 9pm, and Sunday at 1pm.

Part history lesson, part quirky travelogue, part ethnographic investigation "Our Pack" goes to places few documentaries on sports teams go, visiting bratwurst factories, tailgate parties, prisons, and retirement communities, talking to psychotherapists, tattoo artists, and even a U.S. senator. Packer Fever permeates the city, from the maternity wards--where newborns are outfitted with Packers bonnets--to funeral parlors that feature Packers caskets. In Green Bay, you can open up a Packer checking account, go to Vince Lombardi Junior High School, and get Packers braces on your teeth. From dentistry to divorce law, there is no escaping it: even the economy is dependent on the outcome of a game. As ex-Packer Larry McCarren puts it, "This is not a sport, it's closer to a religion."

"Our Pack" is not just for sports fans. It's a portrait of a small town; it's about community, loyalty, and team spirit. It's about entrepreneurialism, civic pride, and beer. It's about unconditional love. It's also informative, enlivening, and vastly entertaining.

"It's sort of America at its best," says one fan. "'Our Pack' is the kind of invigorating and inspiring programming RLTV is dedicated to providing to our audience: programs that matter, programs that entertain, programs that reflect the diversity and vibrancy of our viewers," said Elliot Jacobson, SVP of Programming and Production for RLTV.

"Our Pack" was Executive Produced by Brad Metzger, and Directed by Brad Metzger and Miguel A. de La Lama X.

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Retirement Living TV (RLTV) is the only cable network dedicated to serving the needs of adults 50+ with information and entertainment that inspires and enhances the perception of aging. The network has Emmy Award-winning programming that features a variety of genres that address a variety of subjects including health, finance, travel, reality, comedy, and drama. It is RLTV's vision to be the top television network, online destination, and media brand for adults 50+. For more information, log on to WWW.RL.TV.

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Video Feed: Groundhog Day 2011; Live from Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.

Video Feed: Groundhog Day 2011; Live from Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Satellite News Service will provide a digital satellite video feed between 5:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (Eastern), Wednesday, Feb. 2, of the 125th annual Groundhog Day celebration from Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa.

According to folklore, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of wintry weather. If he does not, there will be an early spring. For additional details about the event, visit

The video feed is produced in partnership with the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

DATE: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011

TIME: 5:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (Eastern)

FORMAT: 4 x 3




SYM RATE: 6.380 msps

FEC: 5/6

BIT RATE: 9.799346




AUDIO: 6.2 / 6.8


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HGTV Offers an Interactive Room Design Experience With New Series 'Run My Makeover'

HGTV Offers an Interactive Room Design Experience With New Series 'Run My Makeover'

Online Voting Begins January 31

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- HGTV viewers who daydream about being a designer will now have their chance to call the shots in the network's new interactive series Run My Makeover. Beginning Monday, January 31, visitors to can view photos and videos of a homeowner's room and then decide which design elements, such as lighting, flooring and paint colors, will be installed. When the votes are tallied, host Alexi Panos, her design team and the homeowner will then incorporate the winning selections into the space--regardless of the outcome.

"Run My Makeover offers a unique opportunity for homeowners who want a room makeover and for our viewers who dream of designing a space on HGTV," said Kathleen Finch, general manager, HGTV. "We want our viewers to be armchair designers by logging on to, and then watching their design choices come to life on television."

The series, which premieres in July 2011, will follow the complete design transformation of a room based on the most popular items selected by online users. During each renovation, Alexi will surprise the homeowners by revealing the products and design choices that America thinks are best for the space.

About HGTV

HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV's website,, is the nation's leading online home-and-garden destination, which attracts an average of more than 5 million unique visitors per month.



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Love Is in the Mail at a Post Office Near You

Love Is in the Mail at a Post Office Near You

The U.S. Postal Service Presents the Perfect Valentine's Day Gift

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Legendary artists. Timeless love songs. Romantic lyrics. The mood is set. The Postal Service delivers the perfect Valentine's Day playlist with the Love Notes CD, debuting this week at #4 on the Billboard/Soundscan jazz charts.


"The Postal Service is very excited by the response this new CD has already received," said Linda Kingsley, vice president, Channel Access. "People don't usually think about going to the Post Office to buy Valentine's Day gifts, but our customers can purchase the CD for a great price and ship it at an even better price from the same, convenient location."

The Postal Service once again worked with Concord Music Group to bring timeless music to non-traditional retail locations. This is the fourth exclusive release between the Postal Service and Concord. The previously released CDs include: Letters to Santa in December 2009, Ella Fitzgerald's Love Letters from Ella in February 2010, and Let It Snow in December 2010.

The Love Notes CD features images from the 2010 Love Stamp, Pansies in a Basket,and it comes prepackaged for easy shipping in a mailing box that is decorated with the same images. The Love Notes CD is available at select major metropolitan post offices and also can be purchased online at $12.99. Customers who purchase the CD and Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box postage together will save $2 off the CD price.

This exclusive 11-track CD includes enduring love songs by an eclectic mix of legendary artists:

1. Baby, Now That I've
Found You - Alison Krauss
2. Dance Me to the End of
Love - Madeleine Peyroux
3. My Foolish Heart - Tony Bennett and Bill Evans
4. Come Rain or Come Shine - Natalie Cole
5. Quiet Nights of Quiet - Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos
Stars (Corcovado) Jobim
6. Body and Soul - Diana Krall
7. Till You Come to Me - Spencer Day
8. It's Too Late - Carole King and James Taylor
9. Silly Love Songs - Paul McCartney and Wings
10. I Can't Stop Loving
You - Ray Charles
11. P.S. I Love You - Rosemary Clooney

Valentine's Day greeting cards also are available at select Post Offices, and the stamps on greeting cards and letters will be postmarked with the image of a greeting card bearing a heart and a special Valentine's Day message, Sending Love Through the Mail.

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. With 32,000 retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government,, the Postal Service has annual revenue of more than $67 billion and delivers nearly 40 percent of the world's mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 29th in the 2010 Fortune 500. Black Enterprise and Hispanic Business magazines ranked the Postal Service as a leader in workforce diversity. The Postal Service has been named the Most Trusted Government Agency six consecutive years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute.

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SiriusXM Presents Comprehensive Coverage of Super Bowl XLV

SiriusXM Presents Comprehensive Coverage of Super Bowl XLV

14 different broadcasts of Super Bowl XLV in 10 languages

Wide mix of sports and entertainment programming; Sirius NFL Radio, Mad Dog Radio, Jamie Foxx's Foxxhole Radio, Maurice Jones-Drew's SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio show and SiriusXM Hits 1 to broadcast live from Radio Row in North Texas

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI), the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, announced today that it will broadcast Super Bowl XLV in 10 languages, offering listeners 14 different live broadcasts plus a wide mix of sports and entertainment programming from North Texas throughout Super Bowl Week.


On Super Bowl Sunday, February 6 (6:00 pm ET), SiriusXM will air an expanded lineup of live play-by-play broadcasts of Super Bowl XLV from Cowboys Stadium. The 14 different game calls will be available to Sirius subscribers and XM subscribers with the "Best of Sirius."

-- Pittsburgh Steelers broadcast - Sirius 123 / XM 102
-- Green Bay Packers broadcast - Sirius 125 / XM 103
-- National Radio broadcast - Sirius 124 / XM 124
-- BBC Radio broadcast - Sirius 122 / XM 106
-- Mexican/Spanish language broadcast - Sirius 91 / XM 104
-- Spanish broadcast - Sirius 90 / XM 105
-- Chinese broadcast - Sirius 130 / XM 109
-- Russian broadcast - Sirius 158 / XM 113
-- French broadcast - Sirius 126 / XM 107
-- Japanese broadcast - Sirius 121 / XM 110
-- German broadcast - Sirius 113 / XM 111
-- Hungarian broadcast - Sirius 153 / XM 112
-- Dutch broadcast - Sirius 127 / XM 108
-- Danish broadcast - Sirius 152 / XM 114

Starting Monday, January 31, Sirius NFL Radio will broadcast live every day from the NFL's Radio Row in downtown Dallas, offering listeners all the latest news and analysis leading up to the biggest game of the year, plus dozens of interviews with players, coaches, league executives and celebrities in town for the event. Available to listeners nationwide on Sirius channel 124 and XM channel 124 with the "Best of Sirius" programming package, Sirius NFL Radio features a lineup of expert hosts that includes Joe Namath, John Madden, Gil Brandt, Derrick Brooks, Rich Gannon, Pat Kirwan, Jim Miller, Bob Papa, Tim Ryan, Ross Tucker, Peter King, Adam Schein and Bryan McGovern.

On Media Day, Tuesday, February 1, Sirius NFL Radio will broadcast live from Cowboys Stadium from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm ET, offering one-on-one interviews with players and coaches from the AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers and NFC Champion Green Bay Packers. On Saturday, February 5 (6:00 pm ET), Sirius NFL Radio will provide live coverage as the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 is announced. Listeners will hear the live announcement as well as one-on-one interviews with the newly elected Hall of Famers.

Renowned sports talk host Chris 'Mad Dog' Russo will be in Dallas all week to host his daily show, Mad Dog Unleashed, live from Radio Row (2:00-7:00 pm ET). The show is the anchor program for SiriusXM's all-sports talk channel, Mad Dog Radio (Sirius channel 123, XM channel 144). On Saturday, February 5, Russo will host a special Saturday edition of Mad Dog Unleashed live from Radio Row.

Jamie Foxx is taking The Foxxhole, his exclusive 24/7 comedy and entertainment channel, down to Dallas to broadcast live from the hot spots, interviewing celebrities and athletes and the biggest names in town, bringing listeners up close and personal coverage of the sporting world's biggest party. Jamie kicks off the festivities February 4 at 3:00 pm ET with a special live show from Radio Row on The Foxxhole (Sirius channel 106, XM channel 149).

On Thursday, February 3, Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew will be on Radio Row to host his SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio show, Runnin' with MJD, live at 7:00 pm ET.

SiriusXM personalities Nicole, Rich, Stanley T. and Ryan from the SiriusXM Hits 1 Morning Mash Up show will broadcast from Radio Row Friday, February 4, and SiriusXM's The Covino & Rich Show, hosted by Steve Covino and Rich Davis on SiriusXM Stars Too (Sirius channel 108, XM channel 139), will broadcast live from Dallas throughout the week.

Willie Nelson & Family's Super Bowl-eve performance will air live from the Palladium Ballroom in Dallas on Saturday, February 5 at 10:00 pm ET on Willie's Place, Sirius channel 64, XM channel 13.

As the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, SiriusXM broadcasts every NFL game live nationwide, from the preseason through the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl. Fans can also tune into Sirius NFL Radio, for the only radio channel dedicated to the NFL 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Sirius XM Radio is America's satellite radio company. SiriusXM broadcasts more than 135 channels of commercial-free music, and premier sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather, and data services to more than 20 million subscribers in cars, trucks, boats and aircraft, and through a wide range of mobile devices.

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers to Publish The Guardians of Childhood, The Highly Anticipated Series by William Joyce, Author, Illustrator, and Emmy Award Winner

Atheneum Books for Young Readers to Publish The Guardians of Childhood, The Highly Anticipated Series by William Joyce, Author, Illustrator, and Emmy Award Winner

- First books to be released in Fall 2011

- Rise of the Guardians to be released by DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., in Fall 2012

NEW YORK, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, announced today that in Fall 2011 it will launch the first two books in a new series, The Guardians of Childhood, by famed author, illustrator, and Emmy Award winner William Joyce. The Man in the Moon, the first picture book in the series, will be written and illustrated by William Joyce. The first chapter book, Nicholas St. North and the Battle of the Nightmare King, will be coauthored by William Joyce and Laura Geringer, and illustrated by Joyce. Atheneum Books for Young Readers Publisher Justin Chanda and Editorial Director Caitlyn Dlouhy negotiated the deal with agent Michael Siegel from Michael Siegel & Associates, Inc., which includes translation and audio rights.

This highly anticipated series-seven picture books and six chapter books-will be Joyce's first children's books published in more than a decade. The Guardians of Childhoodseries tells the formative stories of childhood legends including Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and the Easter Bunny. Laura Geringer of the award-winning Laura Geringer Books will edit the picture books, with Caitlyn Dlouhy as in-house editor. Caitlyn Dlouhy will edit the chapter books.

The next three books are slated to release in 2012 to coincide withthe Fall 2012 release of Rise of the Guardians, inspired by the book series. The film from DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) is directed by Peter Ramsey and codirected by William Joyce.

William Joyce said, "I've been working on a unified mythology for the icons of childhood since my daughter was born in 1991. As a parent I felt that Santa Claus, the Man in the Moon, all of them had become a little diminished. They deserve to be thought of as grand, heroic, epic. If Spiderman has an origins mythology, then why not the characters we actually believed in? Their stories became my mission. It's great to see it finally taking shape."

"Helping a legend like William Joyce bring his vision to life is a dream come true for all of us at Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing," said Jon Anderson, Executive VP & Publisher. "The Guardians of Childhood will delight the imaginations of children and their parents for generations to come."

William Joyce has put his personal stamp on all types of children's media. His award-winning picture books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo, and Santa Calls. He's won three Emmy awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series, developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug's Life, and made animated films including Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He's currently codirecting the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012). He is also writing, designing, and producing The Leaf Men. He is also the cofounder of Moonbot Studios, whose first animated short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, is making its world premiere at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 5, 2011.

Laura Geringer is the author of many popular books for children, including the fantasy Sign of the Qin, Book One in the Outlaws of Moonshadow Marshseries, and the bestselling A Three Hat Day, illustrated by Arnold Lobel. She serves on the board of First Book, a nonprofit organization, whose global mission is to get books into the hands of children who can't afford them.


Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, one of the leading children's book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Beach Lane Books, Libros para ninos, Little Simon®, Little Simon Inspirations(TM), Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight®. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. In addition to numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners, Simon & Schuster publishes such high-profile properties and series as Eloise, Olivia, Raggedy Ann & Andy(TM), Henry & Mudge®, The Hardy Boys®, Nancy Drew®, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Nickelodeon's® Dora the Explorer®, and SpongeBob SquarePants. For more information about Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, visit our website at

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