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6/22/2005

 
Starz InBlack Launches First Original Stand-Up Comedy Show

Production Begins on Edgy Urban Comedy Show Featuring Some of the Funniest Up-and-Coming Comedians

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Starz Entertainment Group (SEG) announced today that it will begin production on its first late-night stand-up comedy show featuring some of the nation's hottest up-and-coming urban comedians. Raw and edgy, "1st Amendment Stand-Up" will be shot before a live audience at the Eleven50 Club in Atlanta, Ga. Taping is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28th through Thursday, June 30th.

The new series, of which ten episodes have been ordered, is a co- production with Mojo Raid LLC. "1st Amendment Stand-Up" will air exclusively on Starz InBlack beginning in September.

"We are proud to initiate our first venture in the production of a stand- up comedy series with '1st Amendment Stand-Up,'" said Nancy Silverstone, vice president, program acquisitions, SEG. "This show will give voice to a whole new generation of exuberant, untapped comedy talent. We'll get to hear these rising stars talk about a variety of topics in their no-holds-barred, outrageous routines. Starz InBlack is the place for comedy like this."

Featured comedians in the uncensored half-hour show include: Tommy Chunn (I Got the Hook Up), Joey Diaz (The Longest Yard), D'Militant ("Inside Joke"), Miguel Nunez (Juwanna Mann), A.J. Jamal ("Cisco and Ripple"), Thea Vidale ("Thea"), Ralphie May ("Celebrity Fit Club") and more. The series will be hosted by comedian Doug Williams ("Premium Blend") and is produced and directed by writer/director Mike Bohusz. Both hail from BET's "Comic View." Mixing the latest hip-hop hits during the show will be recording artist and on-air personality DJ Nab.

"I think Starz InBlack is a perfect home for this type of show," said Bohusz. "So often in our business, street credibility gets washed away by censorship and executives who have never seen the inside of an urban comedy club. Starz Entertainment Group is giving the power back where it belongs -- with the comedians."

"I have always had a desire to host a comedy show that gives opportunity to talented hip comedians that might otherwise never be seen," said Williams. "Starz Entertainment Group has made it happen. This show will help launch the careers of Hollywood's next big names in comedy."

Starz Entertainment Group LLC (SEG) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States with approximately 174 million pay units. SEG offerings include the Starz Encore Movie Pack with 13 digital movie channels and more than 750 movies per month, Starz HDTV, Starz On Demand, and Starz Ticket, the first and only on-demand premium TV subscription service available on the broadband platform. Starz Entertainment Group is a wholly- owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, www.starz.com.

Contact: Chelsye J. Burrows Tom Chen
Starz Entertainment Group mPRm
720.852.5838 323.933.3399
chelsye.burrows@starz.com tchen@mprm.com

Source: Starz Entertainment Group LLC

CONTACT: Chelsye J. Burrows of Starz Entertainment Group LLC,
+1-720-852-5838, or chelsye.burrows@starz.com ; or Tom Chen of mPRm,
+1-323-933-3399, or tchen@mprm.com, for Starz

NOTE TO EDITORS: On the set interviews with media are available. Photos available upon request.




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