Showtime Launches International Television Sales With 'FAT ACTRESS'
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 -- Showtime Networks Inc. will be
attending MIPCOM 2004 with Tony Lynn, Sr. Vice President, Program
Distribution, bringing to market the most talked-about, new comedy series FAT
ACTRESS, starring two-time Emmy(R)-winner Kirstie Alley. Created by Brenda
Hampton and Kirstie Alley, FAT ACTRESS is a seven-episode, half-hour hybrid
comedy/reality series that was inspired by Alley's real life. Tom Bull serves
as supervising producer.
"Kirstie Alley has starred in two sitcoms, CHEERS and VERONICA'S CLOSET,
that were both extremely popular in international television markets. She is a
popular personality, well-known for her quick and acerbic wit. I think FAT
ACTRESS will be a breakaway hit for Showtime and our international clients,"
Taking her life experiences and recreating them in the extreme, Alley
plays a fictional version of herself -- a successful television and movie star
whose weight gain has become the subject of every tabloid imaginable as well
as the bane of her existence as she tries to find work and true love in an
unforgiving Hollywood. This irreverent series, which will be co-created and
executive produced by Alley and Brenda Hampton ("Seventh Heaven"), will be
unscripted, with each episode emanating from a story outline and the actors
largely improvising the dialogue. FAT ACTRESS will begin production September
20 in Los Angeles and will premiere March 6, 2005. Sandy Chanley ("Curb Your
Enthusiasm") also executive produces through her production company,
Production Partners, Inc.
Bravely willing to lampoon her image that has been mercilessly ridiculed
by the tabloids over the past few years, Alley will give us a glimpse of the
humor and the irony in her battle to lose weight and get back on television in
a tough business that prefers the once-svelte version of the Emmy(R) Award-
winning star of "Cheers." Stories will be drawn from a heightened perception
of her real-life experiences, and some of Alley's friends have promised to
appear as themselves in guest cameos to further blur the lines between truth
and fiction. Anyone struggling with issues about weight or self-esteem -- or
just looking for love and happiness -- will identify with Alley's life.
Brenda Hampton, co-creator of the series, created and currently executive
produces "Seventh Heaven," the smash hit drama that has been running for eight
years on The WB. While known primarily for this family drama, Hampton has
actually spent most of her career writing and producing several successful
sitcoms such as "Mad About You," "The John Larroquette Show" and "Blossom."
Kirstie Alley became a household name playing "Rebecca Howe" on the hit
television series "Cheers" for which she won both a Golden Globe(R) and an
Emmy(R) Award. Her flair for comedy translated to the big screen in movies
like Woody Allen's "Deconstructing Harry," "Look Who's Talking" and "Look
Who's Talking Too." In 1997, Alley returned to television to produce and star
in the sitcom "Veronica's Closet," which ran for three seasons.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom
Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM)
and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM),
SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME
NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and TMC xtra. SNI also
offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(R), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(R) and THE
MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). SNI operates and manages the premium television
network SUNDANCE CHANNEL(R), which is a venture between NBC Universal, Robert
Redford, and Showtime Networks Inc. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound
using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment
events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through
SHOWTIME(R) PPV. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network
SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone
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