[01/10/18 - 08:16 AM]
The Superstars Align for "Lip Sync Battle Live: A Michael Jackson Celebration"
Neil Patrick Harris, Taraji P. Henson and Hailee Steinfeld are among the first wave of performers.

[via press release from Paramount]


Hollywood Superstars Neil Patrick Harris, Taraji P. Henson and Hailee Steinfeld will Perform In "Lip Sync Battle LIVE: A Michael Jackson Celebration"

Star-Studded LIVE Event To Launch Paramount Network on Thursday, January 18 at 9pm

Additional Participants to be Announced Shortly

New York, NY, January 10, 2018 - "Lip Sync Battle" has signed three of Hollywood's hottest superstars for its epic LIVE event.

Neil Patrick Harris, a 5-time Emmy(R) and Tony (R)Award winning actor; Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globes(R) Award winning actress starring in Proud Mary (Sony Pictures) in theaters January 12; and Hailee Steinfeld, a Golden Globes (R) and Academy Award(R) nominated actress and a multi-platinum recording artist, will be featured participants in "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION."

The epic larger than life performances will showcase some of Michael Jackson's greatest hits.

The landmark television event celebrating the legendary entertainment icon, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will take place LIVE from the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, January 18 at 9:00pm.

"Michael Jackson's groundbreaking sound and style changed the course of music, videos and Live performance forevermore," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "This line up of incredible superstar performers are inspired and ready to bring it LIVE on 1.18.18!"

This must-see special event will launch the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

Additional participants will be announced shortly.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite performance on Twitter using talent specific hashtags.

Paramount Network is partnering with "VH1 Save The Music" to award the winner a grant to a school in the market of their choice. This grant will fund new music programs and support the foundations dedication to helping kids, schools and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music.

The one-hour special, produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, in consultation with The Estate of Michael Jackson, will feature larger-than-life performances LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will feature a special performance by Michael Jackson ONE(TM) by Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed show in permanent residence at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The special is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson, James Sunderland, LL COOL J, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and 8 Million Plus Productions, and directed by Glenn Weiss, and all songs performed during the special are featured in Michael Jackson ONE(TM).

The sponsors for "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" include Pepsi, SONIC(R) Drive-In and Volkswagen.

Season 4 kicks off on January 25 at 10pm ET/PT.

The 2-time Emmy-nominated "Lip Sync Battle" has become a multiplatform superstar, with over 1 billion cross-platform views since launch, over 2 Million Facebook followers and over 2 Million YouTube Subscribers as well as a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines which features an on-board experiential experience. In addition, the "Lip Sync Battle" franchise is taking over the world airing in 120 territories spread out over six continents and original format versions in in 18 countries.

The critically-acclaimed and award-nominated "Lip Sync Battle" features celebrities going head to head - lip-syncing the song of their choice - battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet. The "Lip Sync Battle" brand grew exponentially over the past year. Paramount Network's sister network Nickelodeon will launch "Lip Sync Battle Shorties" featuring real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists in January, BET created two "Lip Sync Battle" specials surrounding their "Hip Hop Awards" and "Soul Train Awards" and MTV's Television and Movie Awards had their own special episode.

Paramount Network's original series "Lip Sync Battle," is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

About Casey Patterson Entertainment:

Casey Patterson Entertainment is a full service production company producing premium content, live events, and talent-driven series and specials with offices in New York City and Los Angeles. Casey Patterson is an Emmy(R)-nominated, critically-acclaimed executive producer who has created an array of groundbreaking programming during her 20-year tenure at Viacom. Patterson's current projects include the breakout hit-series "Lip Sync Battle," the highest-rated series in Spike history, Spike's "One Night Only: Alec Baldwin," the newly revamped "2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards," "Rock the Troops" with Dwayne Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions, Nickelodeon's "Lip Sync Battle: Shorties," "Taraji's White Hot Holidays," and "Guys Choice." Additional credits include such high-profile events as the "2016 MTV Movie Awards," "The Concert for New York City," "The Concert of the Century at the White House," "Saturday Night Live 25th Anniversary Special," "The Comedy Awards," "Between Two Ferns - A Fairy Tale of New York," "The Video Game Awards," "SCREAM Awards," "GQ Men of the Year Awards," VH1's "Vogue Fashion Awards," VH1's "Divas Live," FOX's "Billboard Music Awards," and NBC's "Concert for America."

About Matador:

Matador is a full-service content studio with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Founded in 2013, the company has produced over thirty series for television as well as sports and feature documentaries, live event specials, virtual reality content and digital programs across multiple networks. Besides the Emmy nominated Lip Sync Battle, Matador's output has shown an impressive range across platforms and genres including the shiny floor competition of Boy Band on ABC, the forthcoming Netflix scripted series The Who Was? Show, Major Lazer's Give Me Future (Apple), the Emmy nominated feature documentary Banksy Does New York (HBO), Viceland's first scripted series What Would Diplo Do? and Nickelodeon's Lip Sync Battle spin-off LSB Shorties.

About Paramount Network:

Paramount Network is a premium entertainment destination that pushes the limits of story-telling with bold original scripted and non-scripted series. Inspired by over a century of cinema, Paramount Network is where today's brightest stars bring the experience of the big screen to every screen with stories that are immersive, inclusive, and deeply personal. For more information, visit www.ParamountNetwork.com.

About Michael Jackson ONE:

Hailed by Rolling Stone as "a virtual parade of 'wow' moments," Michael Jackson ONE is an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance and visuals that reflects the dynamic showmanship of the King of Pop, immersing the audience into the world of Michael's music. Driven by his biggest hits and heard like never before in a riveting, state-of-the-art surround-sound environment, Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil performs exclusively at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Michael Jackson ONE is a heartfelt tribute to the work, innovative spirit and legacy of Michael Jackson - the King of Pop, the genius, the visionary, the One. https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/michael-jackson-one

  [january 2018]  


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