"AMERICAN IDOL" GETS STAMP OF APPROVAL
"Idol" Winners To Be Featured on PhotoStamps; Net Proceeds Support "Idol Gives Back"
Last night, Ryan Seacrest announced that AMERICAN IDOL winners will be featured on limited-edition postage created by PhotoStamps.com. Net proceeds from the sales of the exclusive PhotoStamps will benefit the Emmy Award-winning IDOL GIVES BACK.
The unique collectable AMERICAN IDOL postage will honor previous winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks and Jordin Sparks, as well as the soon-to-be-decided Season Seven winner. PhotoStamps featuring AMERICAN IDOL Season One winner, Kelly Clarkson, are currently available at americanidol.com and photostamps.com. Future issues, featuring a different Idol every week, will be available online on Tuesdays for the next six weeks.
AMERICAN IDOL postage will feature exclusive designs for each of the 50 states. Only 100,000 sheets of PhotoStamps will be issued weekly, and each state will have its own design featured on 2,000 of the sheets. AMERICAN IDOL PhotoStamps are first-class rate postage valued at 42 cents each, and each sheet (20 PhotoStamps per sheet) will retail for $19.99.
PhotoStamps (www.photostamps.com) is a patented product by Stamps.com (Nasdaq: STMP), the leading provider of Internet-based postage services. PhotoStamps are valid U.S. postage and can be used as regular postage to send letters, postcards or packages. Customers may choose full custom PhotoStamps with their own digital photograph, or they may choose a licensed image from one of many PhotoStamps collections such as NFL, Collegiate, and now the limited edition American Idol collection. Since launching PhotoStamps in May 2005, more than 50 million individual PhotoStamps have been purchased.
The brainchild of Simon Fuller, IDOL GIVES BACK has been recognized as a life-changing program, earning praise from many of the world's best known figures including President George W. Bush, HRH Prince Charles and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Last season, IDOL GIVES BACK raised over $76 million for charity and garnered a prestigious Governor's Award Emmy.
AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder and CEO of 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America.