[06/01/05 - 12:00 AM]
Genius Products' Bdn to Release Bravo's Emmy Award Winning Series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" for the First Time Ever on Dvd

[via press release from Bravo]


The Best of The Fab Five in Five New Titles and an 8-Disc Boxed Set Available Summer 2005

"Queer Eye for the Red Sox" Makes Retail Debut Two Weeks After Tuesday, June 7, 2005

NEW YORK -- June 1, 2005 -- Bravo and Genius Products, Inc. announced today an agreement to distribute Bravo's Emmy Award winning television series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" on DVD through Genius Products' Branded Distribution Network (BDN). Four new releases featuring the best segments from the first season of the series, along with hilarious out-takes and bonus material will be available individually and as a boxed set this summer. "Queer Eye for the Red Sox," the first release from the current season, will be available at retail June 21, 2005, two weeks after the Tuesday, June 7 television premiere on Bravo.

In making the announcement, Howard Balaban, Executive Vice President of New Business Development at Genius Products said: "We are thrilled to be chosen as the DVD distributor for Bravo's incredibly popular television series. Our Branded Distribution Network is perfectly positioned in the marketplace to focus on the unique and specialized content in the Bravo library. 'Queer Eye' will be a great example of the success we can create together at all points of retail, including specialty, mass and non traditional points of distribution."

"Queer Eye and the Fab Five cast has truly become a pop culture phenomenon," said Lauren Zalaznick, President of Bravo. "As we kick off our all new series of Queer Eye episodes, this first ever Queer Eye DVD collection will be a 'make-better' addition to any Queer Eye fan's DVD library."

"Queer Eye for the Red Sox" brings the Fab Five to the ballpark to transform Kevin Millar, Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek, Time Wakefield and Doug Mirabelli, five members of the team that executed the greatest comeback in World Series history. The show is scheduled to premiere on Bravo June 7, 2005.

Commenting on the "Red Sox" release, Balaban said: "To make the most of the phenomenal demand for TV shows on DVD, a timely introduction at retail is essential. Genius Products' Branded Distribution Network was established for just that reason. With BDN, we'll have the 'Queer Eye for the Red Sox' on store shelves nationwide just two weeks after the Bravo premiere."

Other titles set for release this summer include:

"Carson's Style" is a stylish collection of makeovers from fashion savant Carson Kressley. The second DVD features Carson Kressley's funniest outtakes, a favorite episode from the television series' first season and a photo gallery.

"Kyan and Jai... Looking Good" teams grooming guru Kyan Douglas with culture vulture Jai Rodriguez for a one-two punch on looking your best and acting your best in social situations. A bonus DVD will also be included in the package.

"Ted's Food & Wine" offers a delectable menu of advice and demonstrations on cooking and entertaining from food and wine connoisseur Ted Allen. A bonus DVD will also be included.

"Thom's Home" presents the best of design doctor Thom Filicia's makeovers, reflecting his unique and innovative vision of simplicity. A second DVD features the funniest outtakes, a favorite episode from the series' first season and a photo gallery.

"Best of the Fab Five" packages the above four titles in an eight-disc boxed set.

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is a guide to "building a better straight man,"- a "make better" series designed for guys who want to get the girl, the job or just the look. With the expertise and support of "The Fab 5"- Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley and Jai Rodrigurez - the makeover unfolds with a playful deconstruction of the subject's current lifestyle and continues on as a savagely funny showcase for the hottest styles and trends in fashion, home design, grooming, food and wine, and culture.

Watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy Tuesdays at 10 PM EST & PST / 9PM CST on Bravo.

TITLE: Carson's Style
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 120 minutes
SRP: $24.98
STREET DATE: 6/21/05

TITLE: Kyan and Jai... Looking Good
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 70 minutes
SRP: $24.98
STREET DATE: 6/21/05

TITLE: Queer Eye for the Red Sox
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 70 minutes
SRP: $19.98
STREET DATE: 6/21/05

TITLE: Ted's Food and Wine
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 70 minutes
SRP: $24.98
STREET DATE: 7/26/05

TITLE: Thom's Home
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 120 minutes
SRP: $24.98
STREET DATE: 7/26/05

TITLE: Best of The Fab Five
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 9 hours on 6 discs
SRP: $59.98
STREET DATE: 7/26/05

"Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" is produced for Bravo by Scout Productions. Executive producers are David Collins, Michael Williams, and David Metzler. Linda Lea is co-executive producer.

Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, culture and pop culture with original programming, movies and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 78 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes "Inside the Actors Studio," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," "Project Greenlight," as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." The network's latest hits include "Project Runway," "Blow Out" and "Showbiz Moms & Dads."

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division 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. Bravo has been a NBC Cable Network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980.

Genius Products, Inc. (OTCBB:GNPI) produces and distributes affordable entertainment products including DVDs and CDs. Its products are sold in retail outlets nationwide under well-known brands including AMC(r), TV Guide(r), Wellspring, IFILM(r), Sundance Channel Home EntertainmentTM, Bazooka(r), Jay Jay The Jet Plane(r), National Lampoon(r), The Twilight ZoneTM, Baby Genius(r), Tonka(r), My Little Pony(r), Curious George(r) and Paddington BearTM. Genius Products also licenses the Baby Genius brand to third-party companies for a variety of products including books, apparel and infant care products. Promotional partners include the world famous San Diego Zoo(r), Gerber(r), Fazoli's(r) and Child(r) Magazine.

Safe Harbor Statement
Except for historical matters contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements reflect assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties, which may affect Genius Products' business, forecasts, projections and prospects, and cause results to differ from these forward-looking statements. Actual results could vary for many reasons, including but not limited to, the timely development and acceptance of new products, the market demand for new DVDs and general market conditions. Other such risks and uncertainties include Genius Products' ability to grow its business, to obtain additional licenses, to meet anticipated release schedules and other matters, which are described in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Genius Products assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

  [june 2005]  


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