[04/10/06 - 12:00 AM]
18th Season of Television's Longest-Running Reality Series "The Real World" Goes Rocky Mountain High in Denver, Colorado

[via press release from MTV]

18th Season Of Television�s Longest-Running Reality Series "The Real World" Goes Rocky Mountain High In Denver, Colorado

Production for �The Real World: Denver� Begins in Q2 �06

Santa Monica, CA � April 10, 2006 � MTV: Music Television, Bunim-Murray Productions and the State of Colorado announced today that the 18th season of �The Real World� will begin production in Denver Q2 �06. The next season of the popular MTV reality series is scheduled to premiere Q4 �06 and is slated for 24 episodes.

Currently in its 17th season, �The Real World� series continues to generate strong ratings and is consistently the highest-rated show on cable among P12-34. �The Real World: Austin� was the highest-rated series among P12-34 in 2005 across all of cable and reached over 96.5 million viewers. �The Real World: Key West� ranks number one in its time period (Tue 10-1030p) among P12-34 versus cable competition and is the most watched in its time period among P12-24 across all of television. �The Real World: Key West� has been watched by more than 57 million viewers.

�Denver has absolutely everything we could hope for -- diversity, activities, energy and nightlife,� said Lois Curren, Executive Vice President, MTV Series Entertainment. �We�re sure that the character and spirit of this picturesque city will be endlessly compelling to the seven roommates and audience alike.�

�We are thrilled to be shooting our upcoming season in the Mile High City,� said Jon Murray, creator and Executive Producer of �The Real World� and Chairman of Bunim-Murray Productions. �A gorgeous landscape at the foot of the Rockies coupled with a diverse population and unique amenities make Denver an ideal setting for our 18th season.�

�This is a tremendous opportunity for Denver to showcase our cultural and recreational vibrancy to a very large, young audience,� said Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. �We are excited to welcome MTV and �The Real World� cast members to the Mile High City.�

"The State of Colorado is already known for its unbeatable skiing and Rocky Mountain vistas," said Colorado Governor Bill Owens. "'The Real World' will showcase a different side of Colorado, with Denver's burgeoning nightlife and the countless cultural and entertainment options that make our state capital 'Real' world-class. MTV has made an outstanding choice."

�The Real World� pioneered reality-based television debuting its first season in New York City. Each season, the show brings seven young strangers to live together in a new town and rolls the cameras 24-7, witnessing as their lives intersect, their ideas are challenged and their passions emerge.

Past seasons of �The Real World� have taken place in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, London, Miami, Boston, Seattle, Hawaii, New Orleans, Chicago, Las Vegas, Paris, San Diego, Philadelphia, Austin and Key West.

�The Real World� was created for MTV by Jon Murray and Mary Ellis-Bunim of Bunim-Murray Productions, and Jon Murray serves as Executive Producer. Jim Johnston and Joyce Corrington are Co-Executive Producers of �The Real World: Denver� and Drew Tappon and Jacquelyn French are Executives in Charge of Production.

MTV is carried locally in Denver, CO on Comcast.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world�s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 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, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 95 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.

About Bunim-Murray Productions

Bunim-Murray Productions is the leading independent producer of innovative entertainment content. The company is widely credited with creating the reality television genre with its hit series THE REAL WORLD (now already in its 17th season on MTV). Bunim-Murray�s other current programming includes REAL WORLD ROAD RULES CHALLENGE (MTV), THE SIMPLE LIFE (with its fourth season premiering on E!), STARTING OVER (syndicated) and THE SCHOLAR (ABC). Bunim-Murray Productions is based in Van Nuys, CA. It was founded in 1987 by Jonathan Murray and the late Mary-Ellis Bunim.

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