[06/01/05 - 12:00 AM]
TNT and Best Buy Team Up for Cd of Music Inspired by TNT's Six-Week Television Event Into the West

[via press release from TNT]

TNT and Best Buy Team Up for CD of Music Inspired by TNT's Six-Week Television Event INTO THE WEST

CD Includes Tracks from Sarah McLachlan, Robbie Robertson, Lyle Lovett, Joanne Shenandoah, Papa John & Daniel, Gillian Welch and Guy Clark

CD Released at Best Buy Stores

Turner Network Television (TNT) and Best Buy are hitching their wagons together for a special CD of music inspired by TNT's six-week television event INTO THE WEST, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer and master storyteller Steven Spielberg. The CD, featuring songs from Sarah McLachlan, Robbie Robertson, Lyle Lovett, Joanne Shenandoah, Papa John & Daniel, Gillian Welch and Guy Clark, will be available exclusively in Best Buy stores beginning Tuesday, June 7.

This exclusive CD is part of an integrated marketing effort in which Best Buy will offer TNT extensive promotion for INTO THE WEST, premiering on TNT Friday, June 10. Promotion will include preview spots running on Best Buy's in-store HDTV sets, inclusion in Best Buy's weekend circular and point-of-purchase displays touting the TNT production, as well as in-store promotion for the CD. TNT will create special on-air mentions to promote the sale of the CD at Best Buy.

"TNT's INTO THE WEST, the premier television event of the summer, is the story of two cultures colliding, as told from both sides," said Tom Carr, senior vice president of marketing for TNT. "By teaming up with Best Buy on this CD, TNT is seizing the opportunity to create awareness for INTO THE WEST through a unique compilation of contemporary artists representing the voices of both cultures blended together for the very first time."

"By featuring such top-name talent as Sarah McLachlan, Robbie Robertson and many others, this CD is going to be a must-have on many people's summer music wish lists," said Mark Shimmel, who serves as executive producer on the INTO THE WEST CD. "We're proud that TNT's INTO THE WEST has been able to inspire such a wonderful collection of artists and music."

"This album of Music Inspired By INTO THE WEST marks the first time Best Buy has entered into this kind of music affiliation with a television network," said Gary Arnold, senior vice president of Best Buy. "We are thrilled with the opportunities this CD and promotional alliance open up for us."

Serving as the centerpiece of the CD is "World on Fire," the chart-topping single from multi-platinum and Grammy-winning recording artist Sarah McLachlan, which she has remixed as a duet with Robbie Robertson. A music video for "World on Fire," directed by Paul Fedor and featuring McLachlan, Robertson and clips from the series, has also been created to promote INTO THE WEST.

The following is a complete listing of songs included on the INTO THE WEST CD:

"World on Fire" (remix)
Written By Sarah McLachlan & Pierre Marchand
Published By Sony/ATV Songs LLC, Tyde Music (SOCAN/BMI), Studio Nomade Music (SOCAN)
Performed by Sarah McLachlan, featuring Robbie Robertson
Sarah McLachlan appears courtesy of Arista Records, by arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment

"Simple Song"
Written By Lyle Lovett
Published By Michael H. Goldsen, Inc./Lyle Lovett (ASCAP)
Performed by Lyle Lovett
Courtesy of Mike Curb Company, LLC/Geffen Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises

"Wind Voyager"
Written By J. Herring & D. Waldis
Published By Singer Music (BMI)
Performed by Papa John & Daniel
Courtesy of Sound of America Records

"I'm Not Afraid To Die"
Written By Gillian Welch & David Rawlings
Published By Irving Music Inc./Say Uncle Music (BMI)/Cracklin' Music (BMI) administered by Bug Music (BMI)
Performed by Gillian Welch
Courtesy of Acony Records

Written By Douglas Spotted Eagle
Published By Firedrum Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Douglas Spotted Eagle
Courtesy of Sound of America Records

"Red River"
Written By Guy Clark
Published By EMI April Music, Inc
Performed by Guy Clark
Courtesy of Sugar Hill Records, a division of Welk Music Group

"One World, One Nation"
Written By R. Bee & P. LaRoche
Published By Firedrum Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Brule
Courtesy of Sound of America Records

"Angel Doves"
Written By Mindy Smith
Published By Big Yellow Dog Music/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing
Performed by Mindy Smith
Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a division of Welk Music Group

"All The Wild Horses"
Written By Ray LaMontagne
Published By Chrysalis Music/Sweet Music Mary (ASCAP)
Performed by Ray LaMontagne
Courtesy of RCA Records by arrangement with SONY BMG Music Entertainment

"100 Winters"
Written By Joanne Shenandoah
Published By Joanne Shenandoah Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Joanne Shenandoah
Courtesy of Silver Wave Records

"Wide River To Cross"
Written By Buddy Miller & Julie Miller
Published By 29 Cove Road (BMI)/West Bay Music (ASCAP) administered by Bug Music
Performed by Buddy Miller
Courtesy of New West Recordings

"Grandmother's Last Sunset"
Written By Mary Youngblood
Published By Mary Youngblood Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Mary Youngblood
Courtesy of Silver Wave Records

TNT's INTO THE WEST tells the colossal story of the opening of the American West, a dramatic, personal tale of the adventurous exploration of the American wilderness, the clash of two cultures, the rush to riches in a new land and the building of a new civilization. This landmark production, the largest ever undertaken by TNT, is co-executive-produced by Darryl Frank (Taken, Las Vegas) and Justin Falvey (Las Vegas), co-heads of DreamWorks Television, and William Mastrosimone (Sinatra, The Burning Season), who also wrote the overall story for the series and the scripts for three of its installments. David A. Rosemont, executive producer of TNT's Purgatory and Emmy´┐Ż-winning Door to Door, serves as producer for the project. INTO THE WEST's emormous cast is headed by Matthew Settle (U-571, Band of Brothers); Skeet Ulrich (Miracles, As Good as It Gets); Michael Spears (Dances with Wolves, TNT's Broken Chain); Tonantzin Carmelo (King Rikki, 187 Shadow Lane); George Leach (DreamKeeper, After the Harvest); and Zahn McClarnon (TNT's Crazy Horse and Cooperstown).

DreamWorks Television is a division of Dreamworks SKG which was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen. Dreamworks Television currently produces the hit NBC series Las Vegas which was just picked up for a third season, as well as the critically acclaimed drama Rescue Me, entering its second season on FX. In partnership with Mark Burnett productions, Dreamworks also produces the boxing reality series The Contender for NBC. In addition to INTO THE WEST, Dreamworks Television is in production on The Miracle Workers, an upcoming reality series for ABC in which a team of physicians transform the lives of a real individual in need of medical help. DreamWorks Television's earlier successes include the sitcom Spin City, which is now in syndication; the multiple award-winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers; and the Emmy-winning SciFi Channel series Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken. In addition to the aforementioned projects, past Dreamworks television series include Father of the Pride, Freaks and Geeks, The Job, Boomtown, Undeclared, Oliver Beene, Line of Fire and It's Like ... You Know. Dreamworks Television is run by Co-Presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) is an innovative Fortune 100 growth company that continually strives to create superior customer experiences. Through more than 780 retail stores across the United States and in Canada, Best Buy's employees connect customers with technology and entertainment products and services that make life easier and more fun. The Minneapolis-based company sells consumer electronics, home-office products, entertainment software, appliances and related services. Its operations include Best Buy, Future Shop, Geek Squad and Magnolia Audio Video. Best Buy supports communities through employee volunteerism and grants from The Best Buy Children's Foundation.

Turner Network Television (TNT), television's destination for drama and one of cable's top-rated networks, offers original movies and limited series, including Into the West, an epic six-week television event from DreamWorks Television and master storyteller and executive producer Steven Spielberg; original recurring series, including the detective drama The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick, and the crime thriller Wanted, with Gary Cole; powerful one-hour dramas, such as Law & Order, Without a Trace, ER, NYPD Blue, Charmed, Judging Amy and Angel; broadcast premiere movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and a leading provider of programming for the television industry.

  [june 2005]  

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