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[08/13/07 - 04:40 PM]
TLC and the Miss America Organization Reach Multi-Year Deal for Telecast Rights to 'Miss America 2008 Pageant'
"Miss America" will air live from Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas on Saturday, January 26th.

[via press release from TLC]

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.

About TLC

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.

SOURCE TLC
http://www.tlc.com http://www.missamerica.org/





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