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Sundance Channel Greenlights Three New Series Including Season Two of "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With..."
It has also given the green light to two new series - one on figure skater Johnny Weir, and "The Day Before", an all-access look behind the scenes leading up to a fashion show.

[via press release from Sundance]



New York - April 6, 2009 � Sundance Channel SVP Original Programming & Development Lynne Kirby announced today that the network has given the green light to a second season of the highly successful "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...." It has also given the green light to two new series � one on figure skater Johnny Weir, and "The Day Before", an all-access look behind the scenes leading up to a fashion show.

"All of these shows focus on truly captivating individuals and artists � people who not only entertain us, but who excite and inspire us," said Kirby. "And we are delighted to continue to provide unique perspectives on their lives and work."

Headed up by Lynne Kirby, Sundance Channel's original programming team is Vice President, Original Programming and Production Mala Chapple, Vice President Original Programming and Development Nicole De Fusco, Executive Producer Original Programming Ann Rose, Manager, Original Programming and Development Ari Mark and Production Manager Jordan Kreisler.

The upcoming series, premiere dates TBD, include:


Fashion shows provide lots of glitz and glamour, but what happens behind-the-scenes, before the models take to the runway? In "The Day Before", international legends of style will open their doors with unprecedented inside access to the 36 hours prior to a designer's show. The series covers the global fashion calendar - from Sonia Rykiel celebrating her 40th Anniversary in Paris in October to Proenza Schouler's show in New York in February, Fendi by Karl Lagerfeld in Milan in March, and a surprise designer at the Haute Couture shows in Paris in July � following each designer at this key moment when creativity and business come together. Each house has its own unique energy, mood, character and rhythm, and its fair share of moments of panic, last minute inspirations and ego-unleashing. "The Day Before" is directed by Loic Prigent (director of "Signe Chanel", "Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton") and produced by Deralf and Story Box Press.


This series features controversial three-time US Figure Skating Champion and 2006 Olympian, Johnny Weir. Considered a late bloomer, beginning his skating career at twelve years old, Weir has not only quickly become a popular sports icon, but also been recognized as a bold and irreverent personality. "Be Good Johnny Weir" will follow Johnny, his coach, friends, choreographers , costumer, and skating manager mom Patti Weir through the ups and downs of his career as he attempts to make it to his last Olympics in February 2010. The series is produced by David Barba, James Pellerito and Original Media (Miami Ink, LA Ink, The Philanthropist). Original Media CEO Charlie Corwin serves as an Executive Producer. Endemol, parent company of Original Media, will manage international distribution.


"Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." was a huge hit when it premiered on Sundance Channel in December 2008.. Each hour of the exciting new second season will feature intimate interviews with legendary performers and promising new artists, group discussions and impromptu "illustrative" demonstrations of the creative process. The featured guests of the series' debut season were Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, Smokey Robinson, The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), James Taylor, Herbie Hancock, Rufus Wainwright, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, John Mellencamp, Jakob Dylan, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward), Norah Jones, Jenny Lewis, Ren�e Fleming and President Bill Clinton. Elvis Costello is an internationally acclaimed figure with a captivating presence and vast knowledge of music and songwriting. "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with..." is a co-production of Rocket Pictures, SpyBox Pictures, Prospero Pictures and reinvention entertainment.


Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold and uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression Sundance Channel's website address is www.sundancechannel.com.


Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.

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