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TV GUIDE NETWORK AND TV LAND ACQUIRE EXCLUSIVE JOINT BASIC CABLE RIGHTS TO AWARD-WINNING
HBO COMEDY SERIES “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM”
LOS ANGELES (November 9, 2009) TV Land and TV Guide Network today
announced that they will jointly acquire basic cable rights to Curb Your
Enthusiasm, the award-winning HBO comedy series produced by and starring
Seinfeld co-creator Larry David. One of the most ground-breaking shows on
television, Curb Your Enthusiasm has never before been seen on basic cable
television and for the first time ever, this irreverent comedy series will
be delivered to millions of new viewers by TV Guide Network and TV Land. In
addition, both networks will acquire certain broadband, wireless and
video-on-demand rights, bringing Curb Your Enthusiasm to multiple screens
for fans to enjoy.
Curb Your Enthusiasm has recently garnered tremendous buzz and
fan-following during its current season which features a long-awaited
Seinfeld reunion 11 years after the show’s finale. Airing now on HBO, the
seventh season of Curb Your Enthusiasm stars members of the famed
Seinfeld cast, who recreate their sitcom characters and also play
themselves during the show.
Acquiring a series of this caliber truly underscores our commitment to
defining TV Guide Network as a destination for some of the best shows on
television,said Ryan O’Hara, President of TV Guide Network and
TVGuide.com. Curb Your Enthusiasm is our second major acquisition this
year and it will become another key building block in our programming
line-up for 2010 and beyond.
We are excited to bring Curb Your Enthusiasm to TV Land PRIME, stated
Larry W. Jones, president, TV Land. Curb Your Enthusiasm is one of the
most clever, witty and groundbreaking shows on television and we’re excited
to have it join our roster of top-quality sitcoms. The irreverent way
Curb uses characters to illuminate real-life situations fit perfectly with
our strategy of delivering programming that is geared to the life stage and
attitudes of people in their 40s.
Curb Your Enthusiasm will air on TV Guide Network for a multi-year run starting February 2010.
[TV Land will begin airing the series in TV Land
PRIME immediately following TV Guide Network’s term.]
Curb Your Enthusiasm stars Larry David as himself in an unsparing but
tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life. Shot in a verite style and featuring
celebrities playing themselves, the episodes are improvised by the actors
from an outline created by David. The series also stars Cheryl Hines as
David’s wife Cheryl, Jeff Garlin as David’s manager Jeff and Susie Essman as
Jeff’s wife Susie.
The show was nominated for four Emmys® in 2008, including
Outstanding Comedy Series. It won the Golden Globe® in the Best Television
Series – Musical or Comedy category in 2002. In 2003, Robert B. Weide won a
directing Emmys® for his work on the series. The series has also received
awards from the Writers Guild of America, Directors Guild of America, Banff
Television Festival, American Film Institute and Monte Carlo Television
Festival, among others.
Curb Your Enthusiasm is executive produced by
Larry David, Jeff Garlin, Gavin Polone, Alec Berg, David Mandel, Jeff
Schaffer, Tim Gibbons and Erin O’Malley.
About TV Guide Network
TV Guide Network is the true entertainment insider and the only network that
celebrates Hollywood, its stars and the shows that fans adore. Committed to
buzz-worthy, breakout programming and a rich, multi-platform viewing
experience, TV Guide Network is seen in more than 80 million homes
nationwide and online at TVGuide.com, a one-stop fan destination serving 21
million unique users per month. TV Guide Network is home to some of
America¹s fan-favorite series including Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ugly Betty
and American Idol Rewind. The network also takes fans behind-the-scenes of
Hollywood with original programming that delivers the latest news on
entertainment and pop culture, as well as live coverage of the industry’s
biggest events such as the Red Carpet at the Academy Awards® and Primetime
Emmy® Awards. TV Guide Network, TVGuide.com and the TV Guide brand are owned
by Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next-generation studio and producer of
award-winning series Mad Men and Weeds, and One Equity Partners, the
private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase.
About TV Land PRIME and TV Land
TV Land PRIME is TV Land’s prime time programming destination designed for
people in their mid-forties and the exclusive home to the premieres of the
network’s original programming, contemporary television series acquisitions
and movies. TV Land PRIME is part of TV Land, a network dedicated to
presenting the best in entertainment on all platforms for consumers in their
40s and 50s. Consisting of original programming, acquired shows, hit movies
and full-service Web site, TV Land is now seen in over 93 million U.S.