OXYGEN MEDIA ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE MULTI-MEDIA PARTNERSHIP WITH ULTA BEAUTY FOR NEW MODELING COMPETITION SERIES "THE FACE"
Winner Becomes Brand Ambassador and Spokesperson
For Retailer's Fall and Holiday 2013 National Ad Campaigns
NEW YORK - October 5, 2012 - Oxygen Media today announced a strategic multi-media partnership with ULTA Beauty, one of the fastest growing beauty retailers in the United States, for its new modeling competition series, "The Face," set to debut in Q1 2013. "The Face" is produced by Shine America.
"The Face," hosted by photographer Nigel Barker, features supermodel coaches Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova and Coco Rocha as they compete to find the newest face of ULTA Beauty. The series will give viewers access inside the world of the industry as three teams of models, each led by a supermodel coach, are guided through real life assignments, including photo shoots and commercials.
The winner of "The Face" will receive, courtesy of ULTA Beauty, an ultimate grand prize of becoming a spokesperson and ambassador for the brand's Fall and Holiday 2013 national ad campaigns. The contract will give unprecedented exposure to the winner, including a photo shoot for ads that will run in national publications, on ULTA.com, on signage in more than 500 stores, in ULTA Beauty direct mail magazines and in newspaper inserts reaching millions of readers. The winner will also make personal appearances in ULTA Beauty stores across the U.S., provide blog beauty tips and behind-the-scenes photos on ULTA.com, represent the brand at Fall Fashion Week 2013, and participate in multiple social media initiatives for the company.
"Oxygen is reimagining the TV modeling competition genre giving one winner a unique opportunity to be the face of a national brand - a huge break for any model," said Jane Olson, Senior Vice President, Marketing and Brand Strategy, Oxygen Media. "Fashion and beauty are passions for our young, female audience; and, ULTA Beauty is a great brand for our multi-media partnership. It's one of the fastest growing beauty brands out there, being embraced by women everywhere."
"We're thrilled that ULTA Beauty has come aboard 'The Face' with such a dynamic, integrated partnership," said Monica Austin, Senior Vice President, Business and Brand Development, Shine America. "'The Face' will allow aspiring models the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn and work with some of the top names in the fashion industry. And ULTA Beauty is the perfect brand for the winner to represent as it is a company that truly celebrates and inspires beauty."
Throughout the series the supermodel coaches will mentor young hopefuls, using the lessons and skills they have learned to guide their teams through challenges which will accurately depict what it takes to have a career as a model and be the face of a brand. During the process, the aspiring models will be exposed to the very best photographers, stylists and designers in the fashion world. In the end, one girl will be chosen to become "The Newest Face of ULTA Beauty" and a brand ambassador for the company.
"ULTA Beauty is proud to sponsor Oxygen Media's new reality competition series, 'The Face,'" said Chuck Rubin, President and CEO of ULTA Beauty. "We are pleased to offer the winner the opportunity to become "The Newest Face of ULTA Beauty" and star in our Fall and Holiday 2013 campaigns. As the largest beauty retailer of our kind, we look forward to providing a strong launching point for the winner's career."
As part of the exclusive deal, Oxygen Media will provide in-show integration for ULTA Beauty throughout the season with an emphasis on the finale episode, which will feature an "ULTA Beauty Challenge." ULTA Beauty will also provide its ULTA Cosmetics line of products, as well as its top hair and makeup artists for styling throughout the series.
"The Face" is produced by Shine America with Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin and Andrew Frank serving as executive producers.
About Oxygen Media
Oxygen Media is a multiplatform entertainment brand that delivers relevant and engaging content to young women who like to "live out loud." Oxygen is rewriting the rulebook for women's media by changing how the world sees entertainment from a young woman's point of view. Through a vast array of unconventional and original content, including "The Glee Project," "Best Ink," and "Bad Girls Club," the growing cable network is the premier destination to find unique and groundbreaking unscripted programming. "The Glee Project" is a winner of a 2012 Gracie Award which honors programming created for women, by women and about women for "Outstanding Reality Show." A social media trendsetter, Oxygen is a leading force in engaging modern young women, wherever they are, with popular, award winning features online including www.OxygenLive.com, the real time social viewing party that is also available as an app for the iPhone and iPad. Oxygen is available in 80 million homes, and can be found online and on mobile devices at www.oxygen.com. Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OxygenPR. Oxygen Media is a service of NBCUniversal.
About ULTA Beauty
Ulta Beauty is the largest beauty retailer that provides one-stop shopping for prestige, mass and salon products and salon services in the United States. Ulta Beauty provides affordable indulgence to its customers by combining unmatched product breadth, value and convenience with the distinctive environment and experience of a specialty retailer. Ulta Beauty offers a unique combination of over 20,000 prestige and mass beauty products across the categories of cosmetics, fragrance, haircare, skincare, bath and body products and salon styling tools, as well as salon haircare products. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in all of its stores. As of July 28, 2012, the Company operates 489 retail stores across 45 states and also distributes its products through the Company's website: www.ulta.com.
About Shine America
Shine America is a world leader in producing and distributing compelling scripted and unscripted television and digital content and through its global Shine 360 division, building brands through the leveraging of its intellectual property and creating integrated marketing opportunities for advertisers. Shine America is known for popular and award-winning original series including The Biggest Loser, Tabatha Takes Over and upcoming series The Face; adaptations of Shine Group formats MasterChef, Minute to Win It, One Born Every Minute and Parental Control; long-running scripted hits The Office, Ugly Betty, and The Tudors; and over 20 ground-breaking original online series on MSN, Yahoo!, YouTube premium channels and other platforms, many of these produced in partnership with global brands such as Walmart, Toyota, Kraft Foods, Subway and Microsoft. Through Shine Group's distribution arm, Shine International, Shine America distributes its extensive library of programming and formats to more than 150 countries.