[02/13/06 - 12:00 AM]
Bravo Surpasses 80 Million Mark

[via press release from Bravo]



Cable Operators Endorse NBC Universal Cable's Programming Strategy for Bravo

NEW YORK, NY, February 13, 2006 - Bravo, an NBC Universal Cable Network, is now available in more than 80 million U.S. homes, it was announced today by David Zaslav, President, NBC Universal Cable and Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo.

"Since NBC's acquisition of Bravo in December 2002, twelve million subscribers have been added reflecting an overwhelming support from our cable and satellite affiliate partners," said Zaslav. "This marked growth in distribution exemplifies NBC Universal Cable's commitment to building and extending the Bravo brand to consumers and distributors. Bravo is clearly meeting and will continue to meet the demand for strong programming in the arts and pop culture niche."

"Bravo continues to deliver a diverse line-up of award-winning and critically acclaimed arts entertainment and reality programming that reflects the changing tastes of popular culture," said Zalaznick. "From the 'master class' interviews in 'Inside the Actors Studio' to the edge-of-your-seat drama in our hit series 'Project Runway,' we have an incredible lineup to satisfy all of our viewers."

Recent launches responsible for helping Bravo surpass the 80 million milestone are Cable One throughout Idaho; Atlantic Broadband, Chesapeake, MD; Bresnan Communications, Grand Junction, CO; Bright House Networks, Indianapolis, IN and Intermountain Cable in Kentucky.

Some programming highlights from Bravo include the critically acclaimed and wildly popular, Emmy-nominated premier competition reality series "Project Runway" focusing on fashion designers, now in it's second season which airs on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For more than eleven years, James Lipton has sat down with more than 180 of the world's most accomplished artists for fascinating interviews on "Inside the Actors Studio" which continues to air Sundays 8 p.m. ET/PT. Bravo's unscripted lifestyle make-better series, "Queer Eye" continues it's quest to "build a better straight man" designed for guys who want to get the girl, the job or just the look on Tuesdays 10 p.m. ET/PT. Bravo viewers are in store for more drama and no holds barred entertainment with the return of Jonathan Antin in season three of "Blow Out", and the launch of two new reality series: the competition reality series, "Top Chef," with promising chefs from around the country vying for the top title, on March 8 at 11 PM, and the launch of "The Real Housewives," a docu-series that gives you an inside peek behind a wealthy gated community, the wives and their lives.

Bravo is now seen in more than 80 million homes nationwide.* For more information visit www.bravotv.com.

About Bravo
Bravo is the cable network that plugs people into arts, entertainment and pop culture with original programming, acclaimed off-network dramas, comedy and music specials, movies and by showing a whole different side of celebrities. Currently available in more than 80 million homes, Bravo is known for breaking exciting new personalities, shaking up the way we look at style, media, fame and Hollywood, pulling back the curtain on the creative process and making influential and inventive original programming. Its critically acclaimed and award-winning original programming includes "Inside the Actors Studio," "Project Runway," "Celebrity Poker Showdown," and "Blow Out" as well as the 2004 Emmy winner for Outstanding Reality Program, "Queer Eye." The network's latest hits include "Being Bobby Brown" and "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List."

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been a NBC Cable Network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information visit: www.bravotv.com.

About NBC Universal Cable
NBC Universal Cable, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's preeminent media companies, drives the company's cable strategic development and growth including video-on-demand, pay-per-view, HDTV and retransmission consent, and oversees the cable distribution, marketing and local ad sales of fourteen properties (Bravo, CNBC, CNBC World, MSNBC, mun2, NBC Weather Plus, SCI FI, ShopNBC, Sleuth, Telemundo, Telemundo Puerto Rico, Universal HD, USA and the Olympics on cable). NBC Universal Cable also directs and manages the company's cable and new media investments including A&E, The History Channel, History Channel International, The Biography Channel, National Geographic International, the Sundance Channel and Tivo.

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