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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Station Owners Request Nielsen Postpone Continued Roll Out of Local People Meter Service

Station Owners Request Nielsen Postpone Continued Roll Out of Local People Meter Service

CHICAGO, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- More than one dozen media companies with television stations located across the country have requested that Nielsen Media Research postpone the continued roll out of Local People Meter (LPM) service. The list of station owners included Allbritton Communications Company, Barrington Broadcasting Company, Belo Corporation, CBS, Cox Television, The Dispatch Broadcast Group, Emmis Communications, E.W. Scripps Company, Fisher Communications, Fox Television Stations, Gannett Broadcasting, Liberty Corporation, LIN-TV, Media General Broadcast Group, NBC- Universal Television Stations, Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc., and Tribune Broadcasting Company.

In a May 25th letter to Nielsen president and chief executive officer Susan Whiting, the media companies pointed to "flaws" in the LPM system that they said should be removed before the service is expanded. They requested that Nielsen delay further roll out of LPMs until the Media Ratings Council (MRC) has accredited this service in the markets where it is now being used, and that it receive accreditation in new markets prior to launching the service.

In the letter, the media companies said they "support the use of new technology to improve audience measurement," but that the reliability of the LPM service should be verified by MRC. So far, LPM service has been accredited by the MRC in only two of the five markets in which Nielsen has made it the only standard of television audience measurement. Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. are slated for conversion to LPM service on June 2. Detroit, Atlanta and Dallas are scheduled for conversion to LPM service later this year.

Copies of the May 25th letter sent to Whiting, and a follow-up letter sent today are attached to this press release.

May 25, 2005

Ms. Susan Whiting President and CEO Nielsen Media Research 770 Broadway New York, New York 10003

Dear Ms. Whiting:

The undersigned television broadcasters urge Nielsen Media Research to postpone the continued rollout of Local People Meter (LPM) service until the Media Ratings Council (MRC) has accredited this service in the markets where it is now being used. We also ask for your commitment to obtain MRC accreditation prior to deploying LPMs into any other new market.

Accurate and reliable viewing data are the bedrock of the television industry. They determine what shows will air and what shows will be cancelled. They determine how much advertisers will pay to sponsor our programming. They determine whether programs produced to serve our local communities, including minority or other important audience segments, will succeed or fail by measuring their interest in these programs. More broadly, ratings data determine whether our entertainment and sports programming will be shown by over-the-air broadcasters or will migrate to pay services like cable and satellite. They determine whether our news and public affairs programming efforts and our industry's huge investment in digital television facilities will generate a return or will force further expense cutbacks or even bankruptcies. In short, a reliable gauge of television viewing is essential to the credibility and viability of our industry, and to our ability to compete. Without it, the currency on which billions of dollars in advertising and programming expenditures rely will be needlessly devalued, to the public's detriment.

Our companies have sought to work constructively with Nielsen for many years and to provide suggestions to improve audience measurement. In meetings called to discuss our experiences in the markets where LPM service has been launched and diary/set meter measurement has been scrapped, you have acknowledged that problems exist and have led to significant underreporting of discrete audience segments in some cases. You promised to address these failures, but we have yet to see improvement. Both the size of your measured sample and the incidence of Nielsen viewers not responding at all (fault rates) have fallen well below Nielsen's own standards in many cases.

The undersigned enthusiastically support the use of new technology to improve audience measurement. But we believe LPM, and any new technology, as implemented and deployed must prove its reliability, and in the case of LPMs, that proof should be obtained before it is launched in additional markets to replace accepted metrics. Flaws in the system must be removed before LPM service is expanded. Otherwise, Nielsen threatens to irreparably harm the television industry that has served the public interest for 60 years.

LPM service is fully accredited by MRC in only two (Boston and San Francisco) of the five markets in which Nielsen has made it the only standard of television audience measurement. Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. are slated for conversion to LPMs on June 2, with Detroit, Atlanta and Dallas scheduled during the next year. These communities, of course, are the nation's largest markets, and measurement errors or omissions in these markets will have cascading impacts across the country. We are concerned that any further rollout of LPM service, without MRC accreditation, risks severe damage to public and industry acceptance of television ratings data and can adversely impact programming decisions affecting underreported audiences.

We believe the responsible course for Nielsen is to postpone your scheduled deployment of LPM measurement services until these services are deemed reliable in current markets to the satisfaction of an independent body, the MRC. In fact, because of its Boston experience, the MRC itself recommended that Nielsen implement these new LPMs only after achieving accreditation. By taking this recommended course of action, you will likely restore credibility to your organization and avoid further challenges from concerned parties. Nielsen has consistently pledged to be responsive to its customers and to the highest standards of audience measurement, and now is the time for your actions to give full meaning to your words.

Please respond to our requests by close of business Friday, May 27, 2005.

Sincerely, Patrick J. Mullen Tribune Broadcasting Company

Gannett Broadcasting Cox Television Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. Allbritton Communications Company NBC-Universal Television Stations Fisher Communications, Inc. LIN-TV Corporation The Dispatch Broadcast Group Barrington Broadcasting Co., Inc. Belo Corp. CBS Emmis Communications Liberty Corporation Media General Broadcast Group Fox Television Stations, Inc. E.W. Scripps Company Tribune Broadcasting Company

cc. George Ivie, Media Ratings Council

May 31, 2005

Ms. Susan Whiting President and CEO Nielsen Media Research 770 Broadway New York, New York 10003

Dear Ms. Whiting:

Your response to our May 25 letter concerning the significant problems with Nielsen's deployment of local people meters was disappointing. As our letter clearly stated, the station groups which cosigned that letter sought, and continue to seek, a constructive resolution to the problems that have plagued this service since inception.

Your letter states that this is a highly competitive industry. You are correct in that assertion which makes accurate ratings data that much more important. Therefore postponing LPM deployment in any additional markets, pending MRC accreditation, would be constructive for all Nielsen clients. It is difficult to understand how you chose to interpret our request as an effort to improperly influence that marketplace. To the contrary, inaccuracies in your data can and will have improper consequences.

Your letter also misreads the legal implications of our request. There is simply no legal impediment to our seeking reliable, credible data from Nielsen or to our suggesting that you obtain the accreditation that would demonstrate this reliability. Our concerns are based upon the evidence that has come from the markets in which you are currently using the LPM service. Since you are well aware of these problems, there is no need to recite them here. Nor does our suggestion expose you to legal challenge.

Your suggestion of a meeting with the MRC executive committee could constitute the "productive discussion" you indicate you are seeking. Consequently, I am prepared to fly to New York for a meeting tomorrow with you and MRC representatives, assuming we will discuss at that meeting how the scheduled launch of the LPM service in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. can be deferred pending accreditation. If you will join me in this effort, I will be on the next plane.

Sincerely, Patrick J. Mullen Tribune Broadcasting

Gannett Broadcasting Cox Television Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. Allbritton Communications Company NBC-Universal Television Stations Fisher Communications Company LIN-TV Corporation The Dispatch Broadcast Group Barrington Broadcasting co., Inc. Belo Corp. CBS Emmis Communications Liberty Corporation Media General Broadcast Group Fox Television Stations, Inc. E.W. Scripps Company Tribune Broadcasting Company

Cc: George Ivie, Media Ratings Council

Source: Tribune Broadcasting

CONTACT: Media Contacts - Mr. Jerry Fritz, Sr. VP\Legal & Strategic Affairs of Allbritton Communications, +1-202-728-4383; or Mr. Tom Herwitz, President, Station Operations of Fox Television Stations, Inc., +1-202-895-3144; or Mr. Patrick Mullen, President, Tribune Broadcasting, +1-312-222-3491; or Mr. Gary Weitman, VP\Communications of Tribune Company, +1-312-222-3394

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Legendary Film/TV Actor Eddie Albert is Remembered Friday, June 3 By GSN

Legendary Film/TV Actor Eddie Albert is Remembered Friday, June 3 By GSN

Albert Tribute Features Two Classic Game Show Appearances From 'What's My Line?' and 'The Name's the Same'

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- GSN will pay tribute to legendary film and television actor Eddie Albert on Friday, June 3, during the network's Black and White Overnight block from 3:00-3:30 AM ET/PT. Albert, 99, died Thursday, May 26, of pneumonia.

Albert, most widely known for his starring role in the classic TV series "Green Acres," appeared on several game shows during his tenure. GSN will feature two such appearances from "The Name's the Same" at 3:00 a.m. and "What's My Line?" at 3:30 a.m.

On this particular episode of "The Name's the Same," Albert shows off his talent for eating fire to panelists Mike Wallace, Roger Price, Joan Alexander and Audrey Meadows. Clifton Fadiman hosts this episode that first aired August 30, 1955.

On "What's My Line?" at 3:30 a.m., Albert and Eva Gabor, the two stars of "Green Acres," are the mystery guests as they try to fool the panel featuring Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, Suzy Knickerbocker and Martin Gabel. John Daly hosts this episode from February 20, 1966.

Friday, June 3 3:00 AM The Name's The Same 3:30 AM What's My Line?

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries, video game programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 100 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via Reaching 57 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at

Source: GSN

CONTACT: Cindy Ronzoni, GSN, +1-310-255-6933,

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Attendees and VIPs for LA Femme Film Festival Received Special Party Favors

Attendees and VIPs for LA Femme Film Festival Received Special Party Favors

First Year of LA Femme Film Festival Commemorated With a Special Gift Bag

LOS ANGELES, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In keeping with their mission of empowering women in the film industry, LA Femme Film Festival organizers handed out gift bags to opening night attendees on May 26th featuring products from women owned and operated companies.

"LA Femme is all about the empowerment of women and we wanted everything in this year's event to reflect that mission," said Leslie LaPage, President and Founder for LA Femme.

Solomon's Gourmet Cookies gave each attendee, celebrity panelist and honoree a box filled with treats. Universal included CDs featuring female artists. Hip CD stickers from International Arrivals and soothing scrubs from Jessica's Bliss were in each attendee bag. Handmade note cards were provided by ORIGINAL IMAGINATION, INC. The products were given inside a straw beach tote

The celebrity panelists and honorees received additional goodies. A gift card for beauty/spa services was supplied by giveBeauty Designer Heidi Hale gave a fresh water pearl lariat. Hand painted martini glasses and shakers were given by Sol Chicks The Inner Realm and TYBRO Publications and supplied their Words of Power packages. Jessica's Bliss provided souffle scrubs and body butters. Hip CD travel cases were provided by International Arrivals Handmade belts by Preppy Potato were in the bags. Thanks to Linell Ellis, the honorees carried their gifts home in one of her lovely totes. Junk Gypsy t-shirts were given to the panelists all in a beautiful Kathy Fagan tote. Lisa Wilson provided each honoree with her one-of-a-kind cigar box purses. Mirror image t-shirts from were in the honoree bags. A piece of custom jewelry by Maria de la Luz was given to the honorees. A select few received a vase adorned with mosaic stained glass from artist Nathalie I

About It's In The Bag

It's In The Bag is a product placement and marketing company dedicated to creating gift bags full of luxury products for high profile private, non-profit and corporate events.

Gaye Jacobs (310) 403-5555

Source: LA Femme Film Festival

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Actress Patty Duke to Join Western Writers of America in Book-Signing

Actress Patty Duke to Join Western Writers of America in Book-Signing

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Academy Award-winning actress Patty Duke plans to join more than 70 Western writers for a special book-signing event Friday, June 17, at the Mirabeau Park Hotel ballroom.

The event, scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. and open to the public, is part of the Western Writers of America convention. The nonprofit organization, which has approximately 600 members, was founded in 1953 to promote and recognize literature of the American West. Annual conventions are held each June in a different city.

"Western Writers of America is looking forward to another successful, multiple-author signing," WWA President Rita Cleary said. "More Westerns are being printed today and selling today than ever before. Trust a good Western to trigger imagination, intellectual curiosity and entertain all at the same time."

Duke, who lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and has narrated audiobooks for Spokane-based Books In Motion, wrote A BRILLIANT MADNESS: LIVING WITH MANIC-DEPRESSIVE ILLNESS with medical reporter Gloria Hochman. An Oscar winner for her supporting role in 1962's THE MIRACLE WORKER, Duke was diagnosed with manic-depressive illness at age 35. She also has written an autobiography, CALL ME ANNA: THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF PATTY DUKE, with Kenneth Turan.

The event features top names and rising stars of Western fiction, nonfiction and poetry such as 2005 Spur Award winners D.L. Birchfield (Best First Novel, FIELD OF HONOR) and Spokane's Mary Cronk Farrell (Best Juvenile Fiction, FIRE IN THE HOLE!); Spokane Valley resident C.K. Crigger, author of THE WINNING HAND and LIAR'S TRAIL; Wyoming's Candy Moulton, author of CHIEF JOSEPH: GUARDIAN OF THE PEOPLE; and Walla Walla's Bill Gulick, recipient of the 1983 Levi Strauss Saddleman Award for lifetime achievement in Western literature.

Others include best-selling romance writer Kat Martin; popular mystery writers Loren D. Estleman and Deborah Morgan; historians James A. Crutchfield and Leon C. Metz; and two deans of Western fiction, Don Coldsmith and Elmer Kelton.

Duke is no stranger to Westerns. She co-starred with the late Robert Preston in the made-for-television movie SEPTEMBER GUN in 1983 and is reading a Jeanne Williams Western, THE LONGEST ROAD, for Books In Motion.

Drawings for free books will be held during the event at the hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan Road.

Source: Western Writers of America

CONTACT: C.K. Crigger of Western Writers of America, +1-509-926-6793,

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WILD SAFARI 3D Press Screenings and Wild Safari Family Event

WILD SAFARI 3D Press Screenings and Wild Safari Family Event

WHAT: The California Science Center invites you and a guest to an advance press screening of WILD SAFARI 3D, a new giant-screen film that puts you in the passenger seat of a safari vehicle to experience the ride of your life. Slip on a pair of 3D glasses and escape to South Africa, where you can join ranger Liesl Eichenberger on a quest for some of the most dangerous and spectacular animals in the world.

In addition to these screenings, don't miss our Wild Safari Family Event on June 26 from 12-4 pm. Best photo opportunity will be an appearance of a full grown lioness (courtesy of The Wildlife Waystation) from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Lion handlers will be on-site to answer any questions from the public or the media. Other live African animals will include an African Serval, Ball Python, Fennec Fox and Fat Tailed Gecko (12 to 4 p.m.). Join us for crafts, games and prizes!

WHEN: Press screenings will take place at 7 p.m. on the following dates:

Thursday, June 9, 2005 Thursday, June 16, 2005 Wednesday, June 22, 2005

WHERE: California Science Center IMAX Theater 700 State Dr. Los Angeles, CA 90037

*** Enter Exposition Park at 39th and Figueroa

RSVP: Please let us know which day you would like to attend. Contact Natalie Lesly at 213-744-7446 or

Opening at the California Science Center June 24, 2005

FILM SYNOPSIS: Africa's most exciting animals, the elephant, the Cape buffalo, the rhino, the leopard and the lion, known as the "Big Five," have long been considered the continent's most dangerous animals. From the abundant grasslands of Addo/Shamwari to the savannahs of the Kalahari, viewers of Wild Safari 3D make a 3,000-mile journey on a quest for the Big Five. Smashing the boundaries for the giant screen, nWave Pictures creates a new cinematic experience for viewers by putting them in the passenger seat for a South African safari using state-of-the art, live-action 3D cinematography. Tour guide Liesl Eichenberger, a young South African zoologist and ranger, conducts the game drive for viewers from an open-air vehicle and presents essential information about the different wild animals and their habitats. Wild Safari 3D gives viewers a new appreciation for the beauty and grace of creatures who have only recently been brought back from the brink of extinction. The vitality and importance of the environments and wildlife in South Africa are dramatically shown in three-dimensions on the giant screen. Cinematic immersion in the natural habitats of these wild animals demonstrates the importance of the many conservation efforts being made today. Directed by Ben Stassen. Produced by nWave Pictures, in partnership with South African Tourism. Wild Safari 3D represents nWave Pictures' sixth original 3D film.

Contact: Shell Amega or Natalie Lesly 213-744-7446

PRNewswire -- May 31

Source: California Science Center

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Royal Caribbean International Adds 73-Foot Midsection to Enchantment of the Seas

Royal Caribbean International Adds 73-Foot Midsection to Enchantment of the Seas

MIAMI, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Shipbuilding technology has come a long way since Royal Caribbean International lengthened its last ship 25 years ago. Royal Caribbean's third ship to be extended, Enchantment of the Seas, lies in dry dock this month, where workmen are laboring round-the-clock to add a 22.2-meter (73-foot) midsection and other major innovations. What once took three months now takes one, and assembly is on dry land.

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Royal Caribbean teamed with two European shipyards to stretch the eight- year-old Enchantment of the Seas. Aker Finnyards of Finland, which built the original ship, was given overall responsibility for designing, building and installing the mid-body section. Aker asked Keppel Verolme of Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to split the ship in two, insert the midsection, and reassemble the parts. When again whole, Enchantment of the Seas will return to sea for sea trials and soon afterwards will resume service on July 7, 2005.

"This partnership has been outstanding," said Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain. "The final product exemplifies not only the very best in shipbuilding, but the very best in what cruisers have come to expect of a Royal Caribbean cruise vacation."

"Aker Finnyards is proud to present this project as one more achievement during the 35-year cooperation with Royal Caribbean, including 14 delivered cruise vessel newbuildings and three lengthenings," said Aker Finnyards President Yrjo Julin.

Planning among the three teams began more than a year ago. Construction started on the mid-body last September, and the finished mid-body sailed the Baltic and North seas by barge 2,300 kilometers (1,430 miles) to Rotterdam earlier this month. Meanwhile, Enchantment of the Seas arrived May 15 at the Keppel Verolme yard and entered dry dock, where the mid-body was waiting. The size of the dry-dock bay, one of the largest in the world, allowed the ship and mid-body to sit side-by-side, and allowed for use of an advanced and faster lengthening process.

Splitting the ship in two took workers six days to cut through more than 600 meters (1,969 linear feet) of steel with gas and oxygen torches and circular saws. Once they were severed, sections were moved into place with skids and hydraulic jacks, which were guided by a laser alignment system. The 10,265-metric-ton (11,315-ton) bow section slid first. The 2,666-metric-ton (2,939-ton) mid-body was then moved into alignment and pushed back toward the ship's aft section. The bow section was then moved back into place.

Twenty-five years ago, when Royal Caribbean stretched Nordic Prince, the yard had to fill the dry dock with water; float the aft section of the ship out of the bay, the midsection into the dock, and the aft section back into the bay; and then drain the dry dock and reconnect the ship.

Today, workmen are welding Enchantment of the Seas back together, a painstaking, two-week job that also involves reattaching nearly 1,300 individual cables, pipes and ducts to each end of the new mid-body.

"The scope of this project presented a great challenge for Keppel Verolme and our partner ALE Lastra, which required drawing on our in-house shipbuilding knowledge to optimize the cutting, skidding and insertion process," said Keppel Verolme Managing Director Harold W.M. Linssen. "Making maximum use of our facilities to offer the highest level of service in both quality and safety is our ambition, and we are proud to provide innovative solutions for our marine clients."

Additional Space For New Amenities, Activities

The lengthened ship will have 151 new staterooms and a number of new venues and amenities, including soaring suspension bridges on Deck 10, a vitality course with four fitness stops, an interactive water fountain play area and the first bungee trampolines at sea.

Several of Royal Caribbean's signature features also are being added, borrowing from the line's latest ships, including Boleros Latin lounge, Chops Grille steakhouse specialty restaurant and Latte'tudes coffee and ice cream shop, offering Seattle's Best Coffee(R) and Ben & Jerry's(R).

Enchantment of the Seas will sail a series of New England/Canada sailings from Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, N.J., Philadelphia and Boston when she reenters service in July. She returns to Fort Lauderdale in October to resume four- and five-night Caribbean itineraries.

Royal Caribbean International is a global cruise vacation company with 19 ships in service and two more under construction. The company also offers unique cruisetour vacations in Alaska, Canada and Europe. Additional information can be found on the company's web site at or by calling 800-327-6700.

Photo: NewsCom: AP Archive: PRN Photo Desk, Source: Royal Caribbean International

CONTACT: Jaye Hilton, Royal Caribbean International, +1-305-539-6577, or

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The Joke Is on the Pros as GSN Antes Up the Fourth Installment of 'POKER ROYALE: COMEDIANS VS. PROS'

The Joke Is on the Pros as GSN Antes Up the Fourth Installment of 'POKER ROYALE: COMEDIANS VS. PROS'

Comedians Paul Rodriguez, Robert Wuhl, Mark Curry, Tammy Pescatelli, Carol Leifer and Sue Murphy Take on Professional Poker Players Phil 'The Unabomber' Laak, Robert Williamson III, David Williams, Linda Johnson, Connie Kim and Kathy Kolberg

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- GSN will premiere the fourth installment of its POKER ROYALE franchise when POKER ROYALE: COMEDIANS VS. PROS airs on Friday, July 8 at 9:00PM ET/PT. The 12 episode series includes ten preliminary matches, one wild card round, and a two-hour grand finale where the winner receives $50,000, a POKER ROYALE bracelet and trophy.

The comedians, utilizing their humor and funny (as opposed to poker) faces will face off against the poker pros in a battle of No Limit Texas Hold 'Em. Aiming to shut down the pros with their "schtick" and poker knowledge are Paul Rodriguez ("Ali," "Comic Relief VII"), Mark Curry ("Fat Actress," Hangin' with Mr. Cooper"), Robert Wuhl ("Arli$$"), Carol Leifer ("Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Seinfeld"), Tammy Pescatelli ("Last Comic Standing 3," "Dennis Miller") and Sue Murphy ("Wanda Does It," "The Jeff Foxworthy Show").

In the pros' corner are Phil "The Unabomber" Laak (2004 World Poker Tour Main Event First Place), Robert Williamson III (2005 World Series of Poker Circuit Championship Final Table, Color Commentator POKER ROYALE), Linda Johnson (Third woman in history to win a World Series of Poker bracelet), David Williams (2004 World Series of Poker Championship Event Second Place, POKER ROYALE: YOUNG BLOODS Champion), Connie Kim (2005 World Series of Poker Tournament Circuit Eighth Place) and Kathy Kolberg (Placed 1st at the $10,000 Aussie Poker Open).

In the first ten episodes, each of the six comedians and six pros play five matches, with the winner of each match earning $5,000 and ten points toward reaching the final table. Second place earns eight points, third place earns six points, fourth place earns four points, fifth place earns two points and last place earns no points. The two highest point earning players from each team are guaranteed a seat at the final table. The next three top point earners from each team will play in the wild card match, with the top comedian and top pro filling out the fifth and sixth seats at the final table.

Calling the action are John Ahlers (Play-by-play announcer for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim), with color commentary by Kenna James (2004 Ultimate Poker Challenge First Place), and sideline reporting from Lisa Dergan (named sexiest sportscaster by STUFF magazine and also appears on Fox Sports Net's "Best Damn Sports Show.")

POKER ROYALE: COMEDIANS VS. PROS will air as part of GSN's successful Friday Casino Night with other casino related programming including WORLD SERIES OF BLACKJACK and CELEBRITY BLACKJACK. The POKER ROYALE franchise includes the WPPA Championship, BATTLE OF THE SEXES, CELEBRITIES VS. PROS and YOUNG BLOODS.

GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN features over 110 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via Reaching 56 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media information, visit GSN's press website at

Source: GSN

CONTACT: Nikki Lichterman of GSN, +1-310-255-6938,

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Entravision Communications Corporation To Present at Deutsche Bank 13th Annual Media and Telecommunications Conference

Entravision Communications Corporation To Present at Deutsche Bank 13th Annual Media and Telecommunications Conference

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Entravision Communications Corporation (NYSE:EVC) announced today that Walter Ulloa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and John DeLorenzo, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, are scheduled to present at the Deutsche Bank 13th Annual Media and Telecommunications Conference being held June 6-8, 2005 at The Pierre Hotel in New York, New York.

Messrs. Ulloa and DeLorenzo are scheduled to present Tuesday, June 7th at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

A live webcast and slides from the presentation will be available at . The webcast and presentation will be archived on the company's website for 30 days.

Entravision Communications Corporation is a diversified Spanish-language media company utilizing a combination of television, radio and outdoor operations to reach approximately 75% of Hispanic consumers across the United States, as well as the border markets of Mexico. Entravision is the largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision's TeleFutura network, with television stations in 20 of the nation's top 50 Hispanic markets. The company also operates one of the nation's largest groups of primarily Spanish-language radio stations, consisting of 54 owned and operated radio stations. Entravision's outdoor operations consist of approximately 10,900 advertising faces concentrated primarily in Los Angeles and New York. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.

Source: Entravision Communications Corporation

CONTACT: Jonathan Lesko of Brainerd Communicators, Inc., +1-212-986-6667 for Entravision Communications Corporation

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Manly Make-Overs and More Magical Manhunting Keep Things Hot on VH1's Man-Tastic New Summer Series

Manly Make-Overs and More Magical Manhunting Keep Things Hot on VH1's Man-Tastic New Summer Series

The Weekly Guide to New Episodes of 'Kept' and 'Strip Search'

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome to your weekly guide to new episodes of "Kept" and "Strip Search."

"Kept" -- A group of twelve, diverse, unformed, mounds of "man-clay" are shipped to London and dropped in the middle of Jerry Hall's lush life. Jerry will run the men through the rigors of her glittering, whirlwind existence with the goal of molding the perfect "kept" man. Moving from London to Paris, Jerry's bevy of "A" list family and friends will be on hand each week to help her narrow the playing field from twelve to the "one."

Episode #102: "Style" Thursday 06/09 @ 9PM*

The transformation begins as Jerry sends the eleven remaining men for much needed style makeovers. Afterwards, she arranges for them to learn how to strut down the catwalk for a private fashion show wearing the latest designs from fashion icon Vivienne Westwood. Confidence and style will determine who measures up and who gets left behind.

"Strip Search" -- With the help of Billy Cross, creator/producer of the internationally acclaimed male dance troupe "The Thunder from Down Under," and VH1 personality Rachel Perry, fifteen men from all walks of life are throwing off the shackles of the typical workday with the hopes of winning one of seven spots in a male revue dance troupe in Las Vegas.

Episode #102: Thursday 06/09 @ 10PM*

Now halfway through their cross-country search, Billy and Rachel continue to ambush guys selected from the myriad of applications and tapes received. A few have the looks, a few have the moves, but not many have that special "x-factor", including charm and personality, to merit a plane ticket to Los Angeles to continue the competition. With fewer than half the number of guys they need, Billy and Rachel travel from Missouri to Tennessee, through Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and then to Pennsylvania and New Jersey. With tensions high, they are running out of time to find enough great guys to vie for a chance to be part of the final troupe.

Viewers can log onto for more on both series.


"Strip Search":

"Kept" is executive produced for VH1 by Sam Korkis, Michael Canter, Julio Kollerbohm, Mark Ganshirt, Debbie Adler Myers, Brandon Riegg and Kim Rozenfeld.

"Strip Search" is a production of VH1 in conjunction with Pilgrim Films and Television, Screentime Pty Ltd and Distraction Formats. Craig Piligian serves as executive producer, Andrea Richter serves as co-executive producer and Sandi Johnson serves as Supervising Producer for Pilgrim Films, Des Monaghan serves as consultant for Screentime. Matt Hanna, Michael Hirschorn and Jim Ackerman are executive producers for VH1.

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Contacts: "Kept" Michelle Clark/VH1 Lindsey Schiff-Abrams 212-846-5576 310-752-8082

"Strip Search" Lori Hornik/VH1 Sonia Norville/MTVN 212-846-7131 310-752-8074

Source: VH1

CONTACT: For "Kept": Michelle Clark, +1-212-846-5576, or Lindsey Schiff-Abrams, +1-310-752-8082, both for VH1; or for "Strip Search": Lori Hornik of VH1, +1-212-846-7131, or Sonia Norville of MTVN, +1-310-752-8074

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MTV Networks to Launch Tempo

MTV Networks to Launch Tempo

A New Television Network Dedicated to Caribbean Music and Culture

Network to Debut in the Caribbean October 2005 and North America in 2006

Cable & Wireless Announced as Charter Sponsor

Wyclef Jean Tapped for Creative Deal

Tempo Announced During the Caribbean Tourism Organization's 'Caribbean Week 2005' at a special concert on May 31 featuring artists Wyclef Jean, Rupee, Kevin Lyttle, NORE, Elephant Man, I-Wayne,

Machel Montano, Doug E. Fresh, Oro Solido and more

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Tempo, a new cable television network dedicated to Caribbean music and culture, will be launched by MTV Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIAB) in October of 2005. The new channel will be advertiser-supported, and will target all people with a passion for the Caribbean lifestyle. The channel will provide a mix of original and acquired programming that is vibrant, relevant to its audience and true to the spirit of the Caribbean and its culture.

Tempo will launch in October 2005 in markets across the Caribbean through its distribution deal with Innovative Cable TV and additional distributors that will be announced in the coming months. The network will debut in North America in 2006. Tempo joins Viacom's roster of popular and highly-targeted cable networks which includes MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET and Spike TV.

"MTV Networks is committed to identifying underserved communities and creating the most innovative, exciting and authentic channels for them, and with them," said Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO, MTV Networks. "Tempo will be built around music, and be dedicated to all things Caribbean: music, food, travel, sports, culture and more. And, I am very grateful to MTV Networks' Frederick Morton, who with his passion for this region and its culture, nurtured this idea and spearheaded the development of the network."

"Tempo presents another exciting opportunity for us and our partners to reach a thriving and growing audience - first in the region itself and next year, in the U.S," said Van Toffler, President MTV Networks Music Group. "We're thrilled to partner with industry leaders Innovative Cable TV and Cable & Wireless and with the Caribbean Tourism Organization to unveil Tempo during Caribbean Week 2005."

"Caribbean people are a melting pot of nationalities bound together by a shared history and a strong sense of regional pride. They have a passion for living life which shines through every aspect of the culture, making them and the region compelling to advertisers, visitors and other consumers of Caribbean culture," said Frederick Morton, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of MTV Networks, who has led the development of the network. "Tempo will be the bridge to this culturally rich and trendsetting community. As a native son of the Caribbean, I am thrilled to be at the forefront of developing what will soon become the ultimate source of all things Caribbean, the ambassador of a dynamic people, a magnetic culture and an undeniably breathtaking destination."

"Tempo is the answer to a longstanding need and opportunity in the cable landscape. It is a real pleasure to bring our customers a channel we know they want, and are sure they will enjoy," said Jennifer Matarangas-King, President and General Manager of Innovative Cable TV. Innovative Cable TV is a subsidiary of Innovative Communication Corporation.

"We are so pleased to see that MTV Networks has filled a much needed gap in the Caribbean marketplace -- a pan-regional channel, available to everyone in the Caribbean and beyond. There is no doubt that the demand is out there and we look forward to the great possibilities," said Howie Crotin, Advisor, Caribbean Cable Co-Op.

"Tempo provides us with a unique and powerful opportunity to reach our consumers throughout the Caribbean, and we are both excited and proud to be the charter sponsor of the latest cutting-edge channel from MTV Networks," said Rachelle Franklin, Senior Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Cable & Wireless, Caribbean Region.

"Cable & Wireless has provided services in the Caribbean for over 125 years. We've evolved with the region," said Franklin. "Sponsoring Tempo is a chance for us to celebrate island heritage and contribute to the community's future."

The partnership between MTV Networks and Cable & Wireless is a three-year exclusive agreement and will enable customers of Cable & Wireless' mobile brand, bmobile, to access exclusive Tempo mobile ringtone and wallpaper boutiques. "We're particularly pleased that later this year our bmobile customers will be able to download some really cool content to personalize their phones. Expressing your own energy, excitement, and dynamism -- that's what the bmobile brand is all about," said Franklin.

The announcement will coincide with the Caribbean Tourism Organization's "Caribbean Week 2005" in New York City, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture that runs from May 29 to June 4. A star-studded launch event concert will take place on Tuesday, May 31st at the South Street Seaport, Pier 16 and will include performances by Wyclef Jean, Rupee Kevin Lyttle, NORE, Elephant Man, Machel Montano, Doug E. Fresh, Oro Solido and others. Additionally, Mighty Sparrow, The Lord Defender, Rihanna, Edwin Yearwood and Luciano will be among those making special appearances at the event.

"As Tempo represents a positive cultural influence for all people of the Caribbean, we are proud to announce a creative partnership with a true ambassador of the Caribbean, Wyclef Jean. We will work with him to develop some original series and documentaries, and look for his expertise to help shape the musical taste and tone of the network. Wyclef's business acumen and creative talent will be a tremendous asset to Tempo, we're proud to have him on board," said Morton.

Tempo will air a mix of original and acquired programming, including series, specials, movies, documentaries and sporting events. The channel's shows will include offerings from MTV Networks' long form programming library as well as series from local Caribbean networks.

Cable & Wireless is a leading international telecommunications company, with customers in 80 countries. Cable & Wireless provides IP (Internet Protocol), voice and data services to business customers, and to residential customers in some markets, as well as services to other telecoms carriers, mobile operators and providers of content, applications and internet services.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with 100 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services -- MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks are trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 80 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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Nation's First Cosmetic Surgery Fashion Show & Beauty Expo

Nation's First Cosmetic Surgery Fashion Show & Beauty Expo

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundred of people are expected to attend the nation's first Cosmetic Surgery Fashion Show & Beauty Expo highlighting the very latest, state-of-the-art health and beauty trends and cosmetic surgery procedures, Wednesday, June 1st, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Carlyle on the Green, 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd., Farmingdale, NY (Bethpage State Park). The event will be hosted by cosmetic surgery radio personality Stephen Greenberg, MD, who hosts the only cosmetic surgery talk radio show in the country. In addition, there will be experts on hand to discuss the latest trends in health and beauty. The highlight of the Expo will be when real life makeover patients take to the runway as models for a fashion show featuring some of the summer's hottest designers. Coverage invited.

DATE: Wednesday, June 1

TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Carlyle on the Green 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd. Farmingdale, NY (Bethpage State Park)

Source: Stephen T. Greenberg, MD

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Jam Against Multiple Sclerosis With Debut of New Hal Ketchum and Montel Williams Show at Spotlight 29 Casino

Jam Against Multiple Sclerosis With Debut of New Hal Ketchum and Montel Williams Show at Spotlight 29 Casino

Incredible Fundraising Concert Premieres Saturday, June 18

COACHELLA, Calif., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Now you can join the fight against multiple sclerosis (MS) and jam at an incredible new concert. Country legend Hal Ketchum has teamed up with Emmy winner Montel Williams to create "Jam Against MS (JAMS)." This once-in-a-lifetime show makes its world premiere in Spotlight 29 Casino's Spotlight Showroom on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 p.m.


JAMS presents both artists, with Ketchum performing some of his greatest hits before being joined on stage by Williams for several R&B numbers, creating a unique experience for all audiences. The concert benefits The Montel Williams MS Foundation.

Tickets for Hal Ketchum and Montel Williams JAMS are $50, $40, $30 and $20, and are available now by calling (866) 377-6829 or at any Ticketmaster location. Tickets are also available at the Spotlight 29 Casino Gift Shop and at the Spotlight Showroom Box Office on the day of the show.

Ketchum is a true Renaissance man whose career spans more than 15 years. A member of the Grand Ole Opry, Ketchum has sold more than 4 million albums, and has had 15 Top 10 singles. Additionally, he has three Top 5 singles and two #1 singles to his credit. In 1991 Ketchum released the album Past the Point of Rescue and the first single, "Small Town Saturday Night," went straight to number one, scoring Ketchum his first gold record. Ketchum's other biggest hits include "I Know Where Love Lives," "Hearts are Gonna Roll," "Stay Forever," "Past The Point Of Rescue," "I Miss My Mary," "Sure Love," Hang In There Superman," "Momma Knows The Highway," and "Five O'Clock World." He has also appeared in the films "Maverick," "Lonesome Dove" and "Heartbreak Hotel."

Daytime Emmy award-winner Montel Williams has established himself as a top player in the competitive daytime talk show arena since his debut in 1991. He is also a decorated former naval intelligence officer and a renowned motivational speaker, author, actor and philanthropist. He is also the author of the New York Times best sellers, "Climbing Higher" and "Mountain, Get Out Of My Way," inspirational autobiographies. He co-authored the books "Practical Parenting" and "Body Change," a New York Times best-selling fitness book.

He has also appeared on several television programs, including "JAG," "All My Children," "American Dreams," and "Touched by an Angel."

In 1999, Williams faced his most challenging year to date with the announcement of his diagnosis with MS, a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. In an effort to raise funds for MS research, Williams created The Montel Williams MS Foundation. He is committed to raising awareness, raising funds for research and providing inspiration to those who have MS. JAMS will benefit the foundation.

Put the spotlight on MS at Spotlight 29 Casino, the Coachella Valley's most exciting place to play. Located at I-10 and Dillon Road, Spotlight 29 Casino offers 2,000 slots, 30 table games, and a seven-table poker room. The 2,200-seat Spotlight Showroom presents the best in entertainment. Dining choices include the award-winning Rattlesnake Restaurant, Cafe Capitata and Food Court. Live entertainment hits the stage in the Blue Bar, and players relax in the Rattlesnake Bar and Casino Bar. Spotlight 29 Casino is a business venture of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. Turn it on at

Contact: Paul Speirs, Steinbeck Communications (702) 413-4278,

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AmsterJam to Hit NYC

AmsterJam to Hit NYC

Major Summer Music Festival Features Top Acts in Rock and Hip-Hop

Individual Sets Capped by Unique Collaborations in Biggest Mash-Up Concert Ever

Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snoop Dogg Set to Headline Day-Long Event at NYC's Randall's Island on August 20

311, Garbage, Mos Def, Fat Joe Also Confirmed

Tickets on Sale June 3

Created by Heineken

Heineken USA Partners With Funk Legend Bootsy Collins

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Heineken USA will heat up the Summer of 2005 with AmsterJam, a day-long music festival featuring the biggest Mash-Up concert ever held. AmsterJam is set for Saturday, August 20 on New York's Randall's Island. An event this innovative requires a curator with an unconventional vision and a well-developed sense of eccentricity. To that end, Heineken USA has selected funk legend Bootsy Collins of Parliament- Funkadelic to mastermind the musical alchemy. Heineken USA and Bootsy Collins are excited to announce the first confirmed Mash-Up: funk-metal superstars The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the incomparable Snoop Dogg. Mash-Up pairings among the other confirmed artists -- 311, Garbage, Mos Def, and Fat Joe -- and two major Latin performers will be announced at a later date. The line-up and Mash-Ups are subject to change. Tickets will go on sale Friday, June 3. Tickets will be available and admittance granted only to those ages 21 and over. Valid ID will be required to enter the event.

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Mash-Ups, the most recent phenomenon in underground music, are beginning to break through to a broader audience. At AmsterJam, major artists from distinctly different musical genres will perform their own sets and then combine talents to create unique, on-the-spot collaborations. Mash-Ups received mainstream recognition when Linkin Park and Jay-Z joined forces on a number one record and a major concert in late 2004. This novel and imaginative method of shattering musical boundaries continues to intrigue and excite audiences.

In addition to the main concert, AmsterJam will bring Amsterdam to trendsetting music-lovers. The Green Light District, an Amsterdam-themed village, will be constructed on Randall's Island. It will feature additional talent, established and emerging, performing throughout the event on the second stage, as well as sights, sounds and tastes evoking the communal spirit of the exciting European cultural capital in which Heineken is brewed. Concert goers can also expect high-tech interactive music stations, a short-film viewing suite, club lounges, and more. The event will be produced by the Michael Lang Organization and IMG.

Bootsy Collins sees his participation in AmsterJam as a natural extension of his iconoclastic spirit. "It is time for all musical genres to unite at AmsterJam," Collins said. "August 20 ain't nothin' but a positive party where music will be taken to a higher plateau. And in the end, it will be the people who will make a joyful noise."

"Snoop and the Chili Peppers together at AmsterJam is gonna be off the hook," added mega-platinum rapper Snoop Dogg. "We are going to light up the stage giving the crowd a show like they've never seen before."

"AmsterJam is the most ambitious music undertaking yet for Heineken and part of our continuing efforts to bring the latest and greatest music experiences to the people," said Andy Glaser, Brand Director for Heineken USA. "AmsterJam is a creative new music platform where both new and established artists will come together to express their own progressive mindset through genre-defying collaborations. Heineken's goal is to create an event that blends diversity and community and encourages a progressive approach to life."

Heineken USA has consistently partnered with the music industry to create innovative and electrifying musical experiences. As recently as this year, Heineken USA provided the "Green Carpet" for the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. The album 'Red Star Sounds Presents Def Jamaica,' born from the nonprofit "The Heineken Music Initiative," was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Reggae Album category. Produced by Red Star Records, 'Red Star Sounds Presents Def Jamaica' featured platinum-selling artists, and all proceeds from its sale benefited the VH1 Save the Music fund.

As an extension of its commitment to being a responsible marketer and manufacturer, Heineken USA is focused on ensuring the safety of participants during, and at the conclusion of AmsterJam. As with all Heineken USA events and programs, the Company will encourage attendees to consume their products responsibly and to use public transportation to and from the event. Additional precautionary steps include on-site security and EMS. "We are working diligently to create a safe environment for all who join us on August 20," added Glaser.

About Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg established himself as a vital hip-hop voice in 1992 by penning several verses on 'The Chronic' that have since become world-famous. His first solo album, 'Doggystyle,' was the first rap debut to premiere at the top of the Billboard charts. With hit after hit, including last year's infectious "Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop has become a musical and cultural icon, a hip- hop Renaissance man, an entrepreneur, and a legitimate Hollywood leading man.

About the Red Hot Chili Peppers

After 19 years and 16 million+ records sold in the US, the Red Hot Chili Peppers are still going strong and creating some of their most vibrant and infectious material to date. The Red Hot Chili Peppers solidified their commercial and artistic reputation with one of their most successful releases 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik.' The album was a monster hit upon its 1991 release (going on to eventually sell a staggering seven million copies in the U.S. alone), as it spawned such hits as "Give It Away" and "Under the Bridge." Soon thereafter, the band released 'Californication', proving to be another monster success and reconfirming the Chili Peppers as one of alternative rock's top bands. 'Californication' went five-times platinum with hits "Scar Tissue," "Otherside," and "Californication."

About Heineken USA

Heineken USA Inc., the nation's largest beer importer, is a subsidiary of Heineken International BV (Netherlands) -- the world's most international brewer. Brands imported into the U.S. include: Heineken Lager, the world's most international beer brand; Heineken Dark Lager; Amstel Light, the largest- selling imported light beer brand; and Buckler non-alcoholic brew. Heineken USA is also the exclusive US importer of the Tecate, Dos Equis, Sol, Carta Blanca, and the Bohemia brands from FEMSA Cerveza of Mexico. Heineken was the first international brewer to put responsible use messaging on all its containers which include the call to action: Please visit .

About Randall's Island Park

In New York City, just off the northeastern tip of Manhattan, there are 480 acres of quiet, grassy parkland tucked away just under the Triborough Bridge. Randall's Island Park is a special place -- just a stone's throw away from Manhattan, but still far enough to escape the hustle and bustle of the City. The Randall's Island Sports Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to the care and restoration of this unique venue, which hosts concerts, world-class athletic events, and theatrical productions throughout the year. "The Foundation is proud to welcome AmsterJam and Heineken to its stages and shores this summer," said Aimee Boden, Executive Director, Randall's Island Sports Foundation.

Those over 21 can purchase tickets at, Ticketmaster outlets or This event will be held rain or shine. |

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Debra Messing & Dermot Mulroney Star in the Sparkling Romantic Comedy

Debra Messing & Dermot Mulroney Star in the Sparkling Romantic Comedy

'The Wedding Date'

Tying the Knot on DVD and VHS August 16, 2005 With Hilarious Bonus Features From Universal Studios Home Entertainment

'Tremendously Funny' - Fox TV

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Wedding Date", the tremendously funny romantic comedy with a hip, contemporary twist, makes its DVD debut on August 16, 2005. Starring the always-radiant Debra Messing of the hit NBC series "Will & Grace" and Dermot Mulroney ("My Best Friend's Wedding"), the DVD is filled with over ten minutes of deleted scenes and of course, romance and plenty of laughs. The DVD and VHS are priced at $29.98; pre-order date is July 12, 2005.

Joining the ranks of such classic romantic comedies as "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", "Under the Tuscan Sun and My Best Friend's Wedding", "The Wedding Date" is a hilarious, poignant and sexy look at love, weddings, family and the delicious surprises life can throw your way. Directed by Clare Kilner (How to Deal), the film also stars Amy Adams (Catch Me If You Can), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean), Sarah Parish (Parting Shots), Jeremy Sheffield (Anna Karenina), Peter Egan (Bean) and Holland Taylor (Legally Blonde).

Fun-Filled Bonus Features

The Wedding Date DVD features hilarious bonus materials, including:

* Deleted Scenes -- Over 10 minutes of sidesplitting deleted scenes.

* A Date with Debra -- Debra Messing shares fun stories and her favorite memories from working on the film.

* Feature Commentary with Debra Messing


Debra Messing (TV's "Will & Grace") shines in this hilarious romantic comedy about the surprising road to finding true love.

Kat Ellis (Messing) is determined to attend her younger sister's wedding with a date. Rather than face the ridicule of her family and in order to show up her ex-fiance, she resorts to the Yellow Pages to find a last-minute escort, Nick (Dermot Mulroney, "My Best Friend's Wedding"). His dashing good looks and quick-witted charm may win over her family. But will they win over Kat? Filled with unexpected twists and endless laughs, "The Wedding Date" is the one date that you'll want to keep!

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CAST & FILMMAKERS Cast: Debra Messing, Dermot Mulroney, Amy Adams, Jack Davenport, Sarah Parish, Jeremy Sheffield, Peter Egan, Holland Taylor Director: Clare Kilner Screenplay By: Dana Fox Based on the Book Asking for Trouble By: Elizabeth Young Producers: Nathalie Marciano, Michelle Chydzik Sowa, Jessica Bendinger, Paul Brooks Executive Producers: Norm Waitt, Scott Niemeyer, Steve Robbins, Jim Reeve Director of Photography: Oliver Curtis, BSC Editor: Mary Finlay Production Designer: Tom Burton Music By: Blake Neely Music Supervisor: Randy Gerston Costume Designer: Louise Page Make-up & Hair Designer: Kristin Chalnmers Co-Producer: Jeff Levine Line Producer: Mairi Bett Casting Director: Carl Proctor

TECHNICAL INFORMATION DVD Street Date: August 16, 2005 Pre-Order Date: July 12, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Price: $29.98 Selection Numbers: 27220 Anamorphic Widescreen/27221 Full Frame Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Layers: Dual Aspect Ratio: Full Frame (1:33:1); Widescreen (1:85:1) Rating: PG-13 (For thematic elements and sexual content including dialogue) Technical Info: English Dolby Digital 5.1/Captioned; Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1/Subtitled

VHS Street Date: August 16, 2005 Pre-Order Date: July 12, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Price: $29.98 Selection Number: 63196 Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Rating: PG-13 (For thematic elements and sexual content including dialogue) Picture: Full Frame Audio: Hi-Fi Stereo Surround

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is a part of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates the No. 1 television network, the fastest-growing Spanish-language network, a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80%-owned by General Electric, with 20% controlled by Vivendi Universal.


Universal Studios Home Entertainment Vivian Mayer Senior Vice President, Publicity (818) 777-3594

Michelle Oakes-Slavich Director of Publicity (818) 777-5344

Kim Cavyan Manager, Print Publicity (818) 777-4215

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SIRIUS Satellite Radio to Present at the Friedman Billings Ramsey Ninth Annual Growth Conference

SIRIUS Satellite Radio to Present at the Friedman Billings Ramsey Ninth Annual Growth Conference

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (NASDAQ:SIRI) today announced that David Frear, its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is expected to present at the Friedman Billings Ramsey ninth Annual Growth Conference on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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A live audio webcast of the presentation will be available via the Investor Relations section of the company's website on Thursday, June 2, 2005 at 9:00 a.m. ET.


SIRIUS delivers more than 120 channels of the best commercial-free music, compelling talk shows, news and information, and the most exciting sports programming to listeners across the country in digital quality sound. SIRIUS offers 65 channels of 100% commercial-free music, and features over 55 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather for a monthly subscription fee of only $12.95. SIRIUS also broadcasts live play-by-play games of the NFL and NBA, and is the Official Satellite Radio partner of the NFL.

SIRIUS radios for the car, truck, home, RV and boat are manufactured by Alpine, Audiovox, Blaupunkt, Clarion, Delphi, Jensen, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, Sanyo and XACT Communications. Available in more than 25,000 retail locations, SIRIUS radios can be purchased at major retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Crutchfield, Office Depot, Sears, Target, Wal-Mart and RadioShack. SIRIUS is also available at heavy truck dealers and truck stops nationwide.

SIRIUS radios are currently offered in vehicles from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Infiniti, Jeep(R), Lincoln-Mercury, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Nissan, Scion, Toyota, Porsche, Volkswagen and Volvo. Hertz currently offers SIRIUS at major locations around the country.

Click on to listen to SIRIUS live, or to find a SIRIUS retailer or car dealer in your area.

Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions, future events or performance with respect to SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. are not historical facts and may be forward-looking and, accordingly, such statements involve estimates, assumptions and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Accordingly, any such statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Among the key factors that have a direct bearing on our operational results are: our dependence upon third parties, including manufacturers of SIRIUS radios, retailers, automakers and programming partners, our competitive position and any events which affect the useful life of our satellites.


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Spike TV to Present First-Ever Televised Presentation of the 'Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2005"

Spike TV to Present First-Ever Televised Presentation of the 'Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2005"

Awards Announcement Presented on Spike TV Tuesday, June 7 At 11:25 PM, ET

Network Features Night of Videogame Themed Programming; Includes Premiere of Original Special THE ULTIMATE GAMER: E3

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Spike TV will celebrate the best in the world of videogames with the first-ever televised presentation of "Game Critics Awards: The Best of E3" awards. This announcement event will take place on Spike TV Tuesday, June 7 at 11:25 PM, ET. Leading up to and immediately following this special award announcement, Spike TV will feature an entire evening of videogame themed programming with special presentations of E3 CINEMA and THE ULTIMATE GAMER.

The "Game Critics Awards: Best of E3" is presented annually by The Game Critics Awards, an independent group of videogame journalists from 35 leading media outlets. Now in its ninth year, these awards recognize the games that will shape the future of interactive entertainment. Games eligible for nomination were shown during the May 2005 Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, the world's largest videogame convention.

This year's Game Critics Awards will be presented in 16 wide-ranging categories. At 11:25 PM ET, Spike TV will present a commercial-free telecast of the "Game Critics Awards: Best of E3" awards, announcing the winners in the five top categories -- Best of Show, Best Original Game, Best PC Game, Best Console and Best Peripheral/Hardware. Viewers will see footage of winning games, watch interviews with the game designers, and hear commentary from the Game Critics Awards judges. Winners in all categories will be simultaneously announced on the Internet at, and through many of the media outlets represented on the Game Critics Award panel.

Leading up to Spike TV's telecast of "Game Critics Awards: The Best of E3" announcement, the network will present a videogame inspired CASINO CINEMA presentation of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (9:00 - 11:25 PM, ET/PT). This 1997 fantasy/action film is based on the popular video game where a group of martial arts warriors have only six days to save the Earth from an extra-dimensional invasion. Game Critics Awards co-chairman Geoff Keighley and videogame journalist Zoe Flower will be on hand during CASINO CINEMA to talk about some of this year's "Game Critics Awards: Best of E3" nominees.

Immediately following the awards announcement, Spike TV will premiere THE ULTIMATE GAMER: E3 (11:30 PM - Midnight, ET/PT). This original special will take viewers for an inside look at the E3, the world's largest video game industry convention and will offer a sneak peek at some of the games that will start hitting stores later this year. THE ULTIMATE GAMER specials present some of videogame's hottest and most anticipated game titles. The series features never before seen game footage, highlights incredible play action of upcoming releases and surprises the "ultimate" fan of a particular video game franchise, sending him on a whirlwind tour to experience the game in real life.

Spike TV, the first network for men, is available in 88 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. MTV Networks, a division of Viacom International Inc. (NYSE:VIA)(NYSE:VIA.B).

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Shareholder Meetings Approve Amendment to TV Azteca By-Laws to Comply With Provisions of Mexican Securities Laws

Shareholder Meetings Approve Amendment to TV Azteca By-Laws to Comply With Provisions of Mexican Securities Laws

MEXICO CITY, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V. (NYSE:TZA) (BMV: TVAZTCA) (Latibex: XTZA), one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, announced that an Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting held yesterday at its corporate offices in Mexico City unanimously approved by 99.98% of the vote, amendment of the Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, Fourteenth, Sixteenth, Twenty First, and Twenty Sixth Sections of the By-laws of the Company in order to harmonize them with the provisions of the Mexican Securities Market Law (Ley del Mercado de Valores) and the General Rules to Regulate Issuers and other Participants of the Securities Market (Disposiciones de Caracter General Aplicables a las Emisoras de Valores y a Otros Participantes del Mercado de Valores).

Each one of the different series of shares in special shareholders' meetings previously approved amendments of sections Sixth and Twenty Sixth as follows: series "D-A" by unanimous vote of 98.70%; series "A" by unanimous vote of 99.98%; and series "D-L" by vote of 99.97%.

Amendments consist primarily of the matters identified in a) to g) below; for further information, please visit the Mexican Stock Exchange (BMV) Website: .

a) Sixth Section (Paid-in Capital and Stock). The cancellation of registration and the delisting of the company's shares in stock markets are now included in such sections as matters in which series D-A and D-L shares have voting rights. b) Ninth Section (Purchase of the Company's Stock). Theoretical value of the stock is substituted for market value when referred to stock repurchase or placement. c) Eleventh Section (Prohibition of Subsidiaries to Purchase Stock). The company's subsidiaries are no longer permitted to purchase the company's stock, to grant employee stock option plans. d) Fourteenth Section (Reduction of Paid-in Capital). Reimbursement value to shareholders, who exercise their right to withdraw thereby reductions of the variable portion of the paid-in capital, will be determined by the lower value of the following two options: 95% of the last 30-day average stock price at the BMV and the stock's book value. e) Sixteenth Section (Cancellation of Registration in the Mexican Securities Registry). The rules for public offerings have been adapted to the current legal framework with regards to the cancellation of the registration of the company's stock in the Mexican Securities Registry. f) Twenty First Section (Representation in Shareholders' Meetings). The secretary of the board must ensure that shareholders have available to them, in a timely manner, the forms that entitle them to be represented at shareholders' meetings g) Twenty Sixth Section (Attendance and Resolutions of Extraordinary Shareholders' Meetings). Attendance and percentage of vote in extraordinary shareholders' meetings in which series "D-A," "D-L" and/or "L" shares have voting rights are as follow:

-- First Call for Shareholders' Meeting. Minimum attendance: majority of series "A" shares and 75% of the company's outstanding shares. Percentage of vote: majority of the company's outstanding shares.

-- Second Call for Shareholders' Meeting. Minimum attendance: majority of series "A" shares and 50% of the company's outstanding shares. Percentage of vote: majority of the company's outstanding shares.

Company Profile

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

Except for historical information, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Risks that may affect TV Azteca are identified in its Form 20-F and other filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Investor Relations: Bruno Rangel Rolando Villarreal +011-52-55-1720-9167 +011-52-55-1720-0041

Media Relations: Daniel McCosh +011-52-55-1720-0059

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

CONTACT: Investors, Bruno Rangel, +011-52-55-1720-9167, or, or Rolando Villarreal, +011-52-55-1720-0041, or; or Media, Daniel McCosh, +011-52-55-1720-0059, or, all of TV Azteca

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Hollywood Elite in Need of 'Bodyguards' Call on Midwestern Company to Protect Valuable Assets

Hollywood Elite in Need of 'Bodyguards' Call on Midwestern Company to Protect Valuable Assets

LITCHFIELD, Ill., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- With an estimated $60 million in Memorial Day Weekend receipts, "The Longest Yard" marks the second time in a year that Schutt Sports has outfitted the football stories enjoyed by millions of American moviegoers. The Schutt Air Varsity Commander helmet and Schutt Typhoon shoulder pads protected the stars of the film, including Adam Sandler, Burt Reynolds, Nelly, and Michael Irvin.

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Litchfield, Ill.-based Schutt Sports, the largest maker of football helmets and faceguards in the world, is no stranger to the movie making process. Schutt's football gear was also featured in last year's box office hit "Friday Night Lights" featuring Billy Bob Thornton and country music star Tim McGraw.

Schutt Sports furthered its involvement with "The Longest Yard" by contributing to Nelly's charity, 4SHO4KIDS Foundation, at the St. Louis premiere of the film, and outfitting two area schools with top-quality helmets and pads.

About Schutt(R) Sports

The Schutt brand is synonymous with innovation in sports equipment, from the pros to youth leagues. Schutt Sports is the largest provider of football helmets and faceguards in the world, and also markets innovative, quality, protective and field/court equipment for baseball, basketball, and softball. Schutt, the Official Base Supplier of Major League Baseball(R), also markets collectible football helmets and bases to promote fan enjoyment. Schutt Sports has introduced many of sports' most important advances in equipment and continues to do so today. Schutt Sports is The Gear That Makes The Game(TM).

Photo: NewsCom: AP Archive: AP PhotoExpress Network: PRN4 PRN Photo Desk, Source: Schutt Sports

CONTACT: Danielle Hugger for Schutt Sports, +1-314-982-7738

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Emmy Rossum ('Phantom of the Opera,' 'The Day After Tomorrow') Stars in Lifetime Television Movie 'Nola,'

Emmy Rossum ('Phantom of the Opera,' 'The Day After Tomorrow') Stars in Lifetime Television Movie 'Nola,'

U.S. Television Premiere on Monday, June 6 at 9PM (ET/PT)

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Golden Globe nominee Emmy Rossum, who starred in the movie adaptation of Phantom of the Opera along with featured performances in The Day After Tomorrow and Mystic River, portrays an aspiring songwriter in an enchanting Lifetime Television romantic comedy, Nola, which makes its United States television premiere Monday, June 6 at 9PM (ET/PT) as part of the network's popular "New Movie Mondays" showcase.

Nola (Rossum) leaves her abusive Kansas home and travels to New York in hopes of starting her career and finding her biological father. When she arrives in New York, she begins working at an East Village diner and becomes part of the family that hangs out there. Nola adjusts to her new life and new friends while continuing to search for her father. The movie also stars Mary McDonnell ("It's About Love," "Dances With Wolves") and Steven Bauer ("Traffic").

Rossum made her theatrical feature debut in the independent film Songcatcher, which won the Special Jury Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance at the Sundance Film Festival in January, 2000. Rossum received an Independent Spirit Award nomination in the category of Best Debut Performance for her performance as an Appalachian orphan. Following roles as the ill-fated daughter of a small-business owner in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River and the fresh-faced but highly intelligent heroine of The Day After Tomorrow, Rossum screen-tested for the role of 'Christine' in Phantom of the Opera in full costume and make-up and was finally selected for the part by Andrew Lloyd Webber after singing for him at his home.

LIFETIME is the leader in women's television and one of the top-rated basic cable television networks. A diverse, multi-media company, LIFETIME is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families. Launched in 1984, LIFETIME serves 88 million households nationwide. In 1998, LIFETIME launched Lifetime Movie Network, now in more than 44 million homes, and in 2001, Lifetime Real Women. LIFETIME Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Real Women, Lifetime Radio for Women, Lifetime Home Entertainment and Lifetime Online are part of LIFETIME Entertainment Services, a 50/50 joint venture of The Hearst Corporation and The Walt Disney Company.


CONTACT: Tracey Spector of LIFETIME, +1-212-424-7162,

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Outdoor Channel Selects Harris Corporation for HD Automation

Outdoor Channel Selects Harris Corporation for HD Automation

CINCINNATI, May 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that The Outdoor Channel(TM) (TOC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:OUTD), is using Harris automation solutions for its new high-definition (HD) network, Outdoor Channel 2 HDSM, which is scheduled to launch on July 1, 2005.

"This system answers a very fundamental question for us -- that is, how to most efficiently organize our programming, promotional, and commercial segments in order to maximize revenues," explained Gene Brookhart, vice president of operations for TOC. "In addition to handling HD automation perfectly and flawlessly, the capabilities in this system allow us to better allocate our staff resources."

TOC is using the ADC-100 automation system for the management and playout of content as well as control of the integration of promotional announcements, interstitials, and logos. Within the system configuration is the Harris Air Client, which provides broadcast operators with a dedicated interface to the device server, thus allowing flexibility in on-air control. Through this interface, the operator can receive real-time updates and streamline basic functions. In addition, the system for TOC includes Harris Media Client(TM), which oversees the cataloging, dubbing and timing of material for playout. In October 2005, TOC plans to integrate its East and West Coast feeds of the channel into the Harris automation system as well. This action will come in conjunction with the channel's move to its new broadcast facility, which is currently under construction.

Outdoor Channel 2 HD completed its "soft launch" to cable and satellite operators this past April, effectively making its HD signal immediately available to affiliates across the country. A full media and marketing campaign directed to consumers is planned to begin July 1. The all-HD network will offer exclusive new content and select fan favorites from "The Outdoor Channel" filmed entirely in real (not up-converted) high definition.

About The Outdoor Channel

The Outdoor Channel is a national television network dedicated to providing the best in traditional outdoor programming to America's 82 million anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. The network airs approximately 100 weekly programs featuring hunting, fishing and shooting sports, as well as off-road motor sports and other related lifestyle programming. Based on May 2005 Nielsen Media Research estimates, The Outdoor Channel's universe is approximately 24.3 million subscriber homes -- delivered through a combination of cable and satellite dish viewers.

About Harris Broadcast Communications Division

Harris Broadcast Communications Division is one of four divisions within Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company focused on providing assured communications(TM) products, systems and services for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. One of the world's leading suppliers of broadcast technology, Harris Broadcast Communications Division offers a full range of solutions that support the digital delivery, automation and management of audio, video and data. For more information, visit .

Source: Harris Corporation

CONTACT: Martha Rapp, Broadcast Communications Division, Harris Corporation, +1-217-221-7577, or; or K.C. Dufay, Sterling Communications, Inc., +1-415-392-2300, or, for Harris Corporation

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Discovery Health Channel Focuses Attention on the Importance of Financial Health and its Impact on Physical and Mental Well-Being

Discovery Health Channel Focuses Attention on the Importance of Financial Health and its Impact on Physical and Mental Well-Being

- Renowned Financial Guru, Clark Howard, Takes Personal Finance Advice to Television When CLARK HOWARD: DOLLARS AND SENSE Premieres Tuesday, June 21 at 10 PM ET/PT -

SILVER SPRING, Md., May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Clark Howard, popular radio host and bestselling author, offers financial advice daily during his nationally syndicated radio show. Now, Discovery Health Channel features Clark and his wife, Lane, in the network's first special about financial health and its impact on both physical and mental well-being.

In the June 21, 10 PM special, CLARK HOWARD: DOLLARS AND SENSE (working title), Discovery Health Channel shows the strong connection between personal financial health and overall well-being as Clark and his wife, Lane, help three couples in various financial crises overcome their money challenges.

Clark and Lane explain that serious financial issues can place a heavy strain on a relationship resulting in trust issues, blame and constant fighting. In this special, they help the couples identify issues, assess the financial situation, and devise a plan to attain financial health.

Cameras take viewers inside Clark's radio studio and inside the homes of the couples he and Lane help. They scan the house and assess how the couples live beyond their means. Then, Clark and Lane analyze their financial challenges and devise structured plans to help them reach their goals.

"It's understandable how financial issues can cause unhealthy stress within the family which is why it's important to bring viewers this type of programming," says Eileen O'Neill, senior vice president and general manager of Discovery Health Channel. "A healthy wallet can make a happier home. CLARK HOWARD: DOLLARS AND SENSE teaches the couples in the program and viewers at home ways to reach financial health and allows them to recognize the impact to their mental health and overall well-being."

Meet the Couples:

* Jennifer and Michael have credit card debt of 144,000 dollars, a mortgage on a large house and a line of credit. Their closets are filled with designer labels, and one of their cars has been repossessed. They live beyond their means and are both "spend-a-holics."

* Tanya and Mike are at odds with spending. Mike thinks Tanya spends too much and has taken away all of her credit cards. Still, Tanya finds ways around this. Mike constantly checks his wife's spending by accessing their accounts online every day.

* Joann and Eric are a young married couple with a one-year-old infant and another on the way. They are trying to save money to pay student loans and remodel their new house. They're feeling the pressure -- Joann's job as a realtor doesn't give her a steady paycheck, and Eric juggles a job, duties at church and school.

CLARK HOWARD: DOLLARS AND SENSE is produced for the Discovery Health Channel by Advanced Medical Productions. Bill Hayes and Jill Marie Geimer are executive producers. For Discovery Health Channel, Mark Poertner is the executive producer.

CLARK HOWARD: DOLLARS AND SENSE is part of Discovery Health Channel's Total Family Health initiative. Total Family Health represents the network's commitment to educating families about the full range of family health issues -- including financial health -- that are important in living healthy lives.

Discovery Health Channel takes viewers inside the fascinating and informative world of health and medicine to experience firsthand, compelling, real-life stories of medical breakthroughs and human triumphs. Currently in more than 57 million homes, Discovery Health Channel is the only 24-hour network and Web site -- -- devoted to what matters most -- health.

Source: Discovery Health Channel

CONTACT: Tahli Kouperstein of Discovery Health Channel, +1-240-662-2221, or

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NOTE TO EDITORS: Artwork is available by registering at Click on Discovery Health Channel, then Artwork & Photography on the left hand side of the page.

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The Village Voice Announces Initial Lineup for the 5th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL(TM) at Coney Island Saturday, July 16, 2005

The Village Voice Announces Initial Lineup for the 5th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL(TM) at Coney Island Saturday, July 16, 2005

Spoon, Mates of State, Brendan Benson, VHS or Beta, Dungen, Q and Not U, The Dears and Many More Scheduled to Perform

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, is excited to announce the initial line-up for the 5th Annual Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL(TM) at Coney Island on Saturday, July 16th from 12:00 noon - 9:00 p.m. Scheduled performers include Spoon, Mates Of State, Brendan Benson, VHS Or Beta, Dungen, Q And Not U, The Dears and many more to be announced.

This free, all-day, all-ages, music festival will feature live international, national and local bands performing on two outdoor stages in historic Coney Island. Now in its fifth year, the Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL(TM) has solidified its status as a leading outdoor indie rock event, drawing over 170,000 music fans last summer, establishing itself as a leader in showcasing indie rock veterans and emerging artists.

Budweiser returns to the Village Voice SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL(TM) as the exclusive beer sponsor for the fifth consecutive year. Tower Records has signed on to be the exclusive music retail sponsor, Xbox will be the festival's exclusive gaming console and Garnier Fructis the exclusive hair care. Other sponsors include: LG Mobile Phones, Music Player Live, Converse, Astroland and the US Army.

Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

Please visit for continued festival updates and general information.

SIREN MUSIC FESTIVAL is a registered service mark of Village Voice Media, Inc.

Source: Village Voice Media Inc.

CONTACT: Programming & Booking, +1-212-475-3333,, or Event Sponsorships & Sales, Sean Pierce, +1-212-475-3333 ext. 14157,, or Ashley Clarke, +1-212-475-3333 ext. 12032,, or Press: Jessica Bellucci, +1-212-475-3333, ext. 15052,, all of The Village Voice

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SHOWTIME Honors Dads With Special Father's Day Programs on Sunday, June 19

SHOWTIME Honors Dads With Special Father's Day Programs on Sunday, June 19

NEW YORK, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- In recognition of fathers everywhere, SHOWTIME will present two programs that feature the special relationship shared between fathers and their children on Sunday, June 19 with the programs WE ARE DAD and FATHERS AND SONS. WE ARE DAD begins at 7:00 PM (ET/PT), followed by FATHERS AND SONS at 8:00 PM (ET/PT).

WE ARE DAD is a gut-wrenching documentary centered around partners Steve Lofton and Roger Croteau. The two have been deemed "unfit" by the state of Florida to adopt the five children they have raised since birth - even though they were viewed as capable foster parents for the "unwanted" children born HIV-positive. When one of the children - now a teenager - is found to be HIV- free and thus "adoptable," the state decides to remove him from the only home he has known. The film is produced and directed by Michel Horvat and was acquired for SHOWTIME from All Channel Films.

FATHERS AND SONS, presented in the form of three intertwined vignettes, was written and directed by three different filmmakers: Robert Spera, Rodrigo Garcia, and Jared Rappaport. Resonant with tender, funny and poignant observations, FATHERS AND SONS portrays the lives of three families residing on the same street in a suburban neighborhood over a span of more than thirty years and across multiple generations. While each of the three families on Caleb's Path Road confronts its own particular problems, the film follows the central theme of how, despite their best efforts, fathers and sons universally struggle to cross the chasm of alienation to connect. It features an all-star cast which includes Kathy Baker, Ron Eldard, Gale Harold, John Mahoney, Samantha Mathis, Vinessa Shaw and Bradley Whitford.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and TMC xtra. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(R), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM) and FLIX ON DEMAND. SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), which is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME(R) PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.


CONTACT: Joan Ziff of SHOWTIME, +1-212-708-1590, or

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