TLC and the Miss America Organization Reach Multi-Year Deal for Telecast Rights to 'Miss America 2008 Pageant'
Viewers Rediscover Miss America On Saturday, January 26, 2008
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 13 -- The Miss
America Organization today announced a multi year agreement with TLC, its
new network home, which will telecast the distinguished "Miss America
Pageant" on Saturday January 26, 2008. The announcement was made jointly
today by Chairman of the Board for The Miss America Organization, Sam
Haskell, III and TLC president and general manager Angela Shapiro-Mathes.
TLC will retain telecast rights through 2010.
"We're thrilled to partner with the Miss America Organization and to
broadcast the next generation of the Miss America Pageant," said Shapiro-
Mathes. "In addition, through a new reality series, we'll get to know 52 of
the country's smartest and most beautiful women as they prepare for a
competition they've dreamed of their entire lives. The series will
culminate in the ultimate pay-off - the Miss America 2008 Pageant itself.
This collaboration is a tremendous opportunity for us to present this
scholarship pageant and great American tradition to our viewers with a
contemporary production style unique to our channel."
"After thorough discussions and negotiations, we are confident that
Miss America has found the perfect partner to host our Pageant," said
Haskell. "Miss America's move to TLC will give it the proper promotion and
attention it deserves. Our brand is rich in both philanthropy and history,
and this new multi-million dollar partnership will not only preserve this
wonderful institution, but will, in fact, build the Miss America brand. We
are excited about the TLC production efforts that will showcase the
brightest women in America and their spirit of community service that
continues to empower young women across this great country."
The TLC reality series will chronicle the preparations and journeys of
the contestants as they adjust to a new twist on the pageant format. The
series will also give fans of the pageant the chance to learn more about
the young women competing and allow them to start choosing their favorites
in the pursuit of the crown.
"Miss America" will air live from Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas on
Saturday, January 26th. The current Miss America, Lauren Nelson was crowned
in Las Vegas in January 2007.
On behalf of the Miss America Organization, the William Morris Agency
brokered this deal.
TLC's innovative hit series include perennial fashion favorite What Not
to Wear; Little People Big World, entering its third season this fall;
Miami Ink and the successful new spin-off LA Ink. The channel defined home
design with Trading Spaces and continues to reinvent the genre with
Property Ladder, Flip That House and Moving Up. TLC's daytime lineup
includes the Emmy Award-winning A Baby Story as well as Take Home Chef,
featuring one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men, Curtis Stone. The channel
is available in more than 93 million homes in the US, nearly 8 million
homes in Canada and through the website at http://www.tlc.com. TLC is part of
Discovery Communications which is owned by Discovery Holding Co. (Nasdaq:
DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks,
Discovery's founder and chairman.
About Miss America
The Miss America Pageant - and the scholarship program itself - is
among the most enduring endeavors in modern American history. From its
humble beginnings as a "bathing beauty'" contest in the 1920s, the Miss
America Organization today is one of the nation's leading achievement
programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for
young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and
local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and
scholarship assistance, helping young women all across the country to reach
their dreams and goals. For more information, go to http://www.missamerica.org.