NBC UNIVERSAL DIGITAL STUDIO ANNOUNCES ORIGINAL WEB SERIES 'DIAL STAR' DEVELOPED FOR AT&T AND FEATURING ANNALYNNE MCCORD ('90210')
Aury Wallington ("Sex and the City," "Veronica Mars") Signed as Writer;
Fred Gerber ("Desperate Housewives," "Greek," "90210") Will Direct;
Bonnie Fuller's HollywoodLife.com to Serve as Integrated Marketing Partner
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 15, 2010 - NBC Universal Digital Studio today announced the original web series "Dial Star" featuring AnnaLynne McCord ("90210," "Nip/Tuck"). Developed exclusively for AT&T1 by the NBC Universal Digital Studio and MEC Entertainment, a division of AT&T's media agency MEC, the series will debut in June 2010 at http://www.dialstar.tv/ and will be promoted on www.facebook.com/attshare.
The announcement was made by Cameron Death, Vice President, NBC Universal Digital Studio.
"Dial Star" chronicles the adventures of Celia (Audra Griffis), a twenty-something small-town girl whose dream of fame brings her to Los Angeles. A struggling actress, Celia's life is suddenly changed when actress AnnaLynne McCord's mobile phone lands at her feet and the door to Hollywood stardom is opened in an unexpected way. But will her relationship with best friend Natalie (Cara Santana) and new crush Austin (Justin Wilczynski) survive her new access to A-list parties, red-carpet events and auditions she was never supposed to know about?
The glamour-filled storyline of "Dial Star" plays out in a 10-episode series available broadly across NBC Universal out of home and broadcast platforms, video-on-demand, and electronic sell thru; AT&T mobile handsets, AT&T U-verse(R) TV, and ATT.net; and will be promoted via AT&T Share on Facebook. To promote the program, MEC leveraged NBC's cross platform assets to create a broad distribution plan, expanding the content beyond the online episodes to include interactive blogs, text messaging and social media channels. The series features appearances by actors Jesse Metcalfe ("Desperate Housewives"), Ashley Newbrough ("Privileged"), Clint Howard ("Apollo 13," "Cinderella Man") and designer Randolph Duke. Aury Wallington ("Sex and the City," "Veronica Mars") has been signed as writer while Fred Gerber ("Desperate Housewives," "Greek," "90210") will direct. Bonnie Fuller's HollywoodLife.com will also serve as an integrated marketing partner.
"As the leader in original digital entertainment with brands, 'Dial Star' proves yet again that world-class brands and leading networks and studios can come together seamlessly to provide incredibly entertaining content for viewers," said Death. "Delivering broadcast-quality content at massive scale is imperative if we are to further blur the lines between traditional and new media productions - and 'Dial Star' does that better than anything the web has seen to date"
Chris Schembri, Vice President, AT&T Media Services, added: "'Dial Star' is an exciting way to inspire consumers to connect with the new AT&T Rethink PossibleSM brand and our mission to push the limits of what's possible while showcasing the products and technology we deliver that keep consumers connected to the people and things that matter most. We are excited to work with both MEC and NBC on this innovative form of storytelling and look forward to sharing it with consumers this Summer."
"The chance to work with 'Dial Star,' NBC and AT&T is an exciting way to integrate and showcase the HollywoodLife.com brand," said Bonnie Fuller, President and Editor-in-Chief of HollywoodLife.com. "We are thrilled to have the opportunity to create online content that parallels the new digital web series and help build an engaged audience with compelling editorial."
In addition to AT&T serving as the official sponsor of the series, a variety of the company's exclusive wireless devices will be integrated into "Dial Star," including:
· Motorola BACKFLIP(TM) - AT&T's first Android OS smartphone combining a revolutionary design with MOTOBLUR(TM), the only service to automatically deliver and organize your conversations, friends and favorite content from multiple sources directly to your phone in easy-to-manage streams.
· Samsung Strive(TM) - The Strive features a 2.0-megapixel camera and a vertical slide design to reveal a full keyboard for tapping out info on Mobile Email, instant messaging and social networking apps like AT&T Social Net with ease. The Strive also features Next Generation Messaging - an advanced messaging experience designed by AT&T for quick messaging phones - which enhances the familiar text messaging experience by offering group messaging and "reply all" functionality for up to 10 contacts, a threaded conversations format, a consolidated inbox, and enhanced multi-media display.
· Pantech Impact(TM) - Part of AT&T's quick messaging portfolio, the Impact features a unique sideways flip design, a full QWERTY keypad and a large OLED screen that lets users send text messages, make calls, and control their music library without having to open the phone.
· Blackberry(R) Bold(TM) 9000 - Available exclusively to AT&T customers in the U.S., the BlackBerry Bold 9000 features an iconic design, the best international wireless coverage of any carrier, simultaneous voice and data capabilities, built-in GPS and Wi-Fi(R), and a rich set of multi-media capabilities and AT&T-exclusive services.
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