or


[06/14/06 - 12:00 AM]
USA Network and Virgin Records Enter Into First-Ever Exclusive Music Marketing Pact for Television

[via press release from USA]

USA NETWORK AND VIRGIN RECORDS ENTER INTO FIRST-EVER EXCLUSIVE MUSIC MARKETING PACT FOR TELEVISION

USA NETWORK AND VIRGIN RECORDS ENTER INTO FIRST-EVER EXCLUSIVE MUSIC MARKETING PACT FOR TELEVISION

Groundbreaking TV Deal Unites Brands in Music for Promotion Agreement

New York, NY � June 14, 2006 � USA Network has entered into an exclusive agreement with Virgin Records, a division of EMI Music, to provide music from the label's artists for use across all of USA's marketing platforms including on-air promotion, cross-channel advertising, digital and mobile. In a first for television, the groundbreaking deal marks the first time a network has made such an exclusive pact with a record label. Additionally, a Virgin Records micro-site will be available on USA's website, usanetwork.com, which will provide artist and promotional information on the Virgin label music being heard on the network. The announcement was made today by Chris McCumber, USA's senior vice president, marketing & brand strategy.

The concept and structure of the agreement was developed by the USA marketing team, together with music media producer and strategic architect Spencer Proffer who is partnered with renowned music manager Doc McGhee in McGhee-Proffer Media. "With a rich roster depth of talented recording artists across all musical genres, Virgin is an ideal sonic partner for our 'Characters Welcome' brand initiatives," said McCumber. "We're thrilled to be working with Spencer Proffer again and are truly excited about collaborating with the Virgin team."

"USA's captivating and innovative programming is a perfect fit for Virgin's immensely talented and diverse roster, ranging from Joss Stone to Dem Franchize Boyz from Korn to KT Tunstall, and to the next generation of stars like Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Johnta Austin and The Summer Obsession," added Jeff Kempler, Virgin Records Executive Vice President. "This unique relationship furthers our commitment to deliver a dynamic multi-format approach to turning music fans on to our artists' new releases."

Virgin will be the first provider of music behind network promotions for all USA programming. The #1 cable network, USA is also cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television series and blockbuster films. The USA line-up includes the returning original series' MONK, DEAD ZONE and THE 4400, as well as the new series PSYCH, premiering July 7. USA is also home to ratings blockbuster, WWE's MONDAY NIGHT RAW and the country music talent competition NASHVILLE STAR, as well as the off-net home for the critically acclaimed LAW AND ORDER franchise's, SVU and CRIMINAL INTENT and the hit series, HOUSE. The net is also home to the annual WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW, the US OPEN tennis championship and numerous PGA tournaments and events.

The music will be identified in a variety of methods including chyron titles featuring the name of the artist, song, album and label. USA will also work with Virgin Records to create a specific on-air spot identifying the label as supplying the music heard on the network and driving viewers to the USA website for more information, where there will be further links to the Virgin records site. USA also plans to create in-show, on-air graphics to promote the online site.

A noted music producer/songwriter with many platinum records to his credit, Proffer has also been involved as a producer as well as music director in several award-winning film, television and Broadway projects. In the television arena, Spencer worked closely with former Showtime Networks programming president Jerry Offsay for seven years, overseeing and implementing music strategies. Additionally, he spearheaded creative and music supervision for all Showtime programming as well as for other television networks. Proffer's history with USA includes co-writing and producing the theme song and video for USA's KOJAK series and the key marketing music for USA's FRANKENSTEIN remake.

USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 basic cable network across the board in 1Q06, USA Network is seen in 90 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com. Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable 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.

About Virgin Records

Virgin Records is a division of EMI Music, the world's largest independent record company. Among the artists on the Virgin roster are Bubba Sparxxx, Dem Franchize Boyz, Jermaine Dupri, Gorillaz, Ben Harper, Janet Jackson, Korn, Lenny Kravitz, Stacy Orrico, Joss Stone, and The Rolling Stones. Virgin's U.S. headquarters are located in New York.





  [june 2006]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
    


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[07/27/16 - 11:30 AM]
Video: "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" - Date Announcement - Netflix
The four-part event premieres Friday, November 25 on the streaming service.

[07/27/16 - 10:02 AM]
Starz Developing "Peep Show" Series Based on UK Comedy Created by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong
With the original series having aired its ninth and final season for Channel 4 in the UK, series creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong will be consulting producers on the US adaptation.

[07/27/16 - 09:35 AM]
Video: Crackle Releases Extended Trailer and Key Art from Its New Scripted Original Series, "StartUp," Starring Martin Freeman, Adam Brody, Edi Gathegi and Otmara Marrero
Launching Tuesday, September 6, the series is set amongst the unconstrained, yet opportunistic streets of Miami and weaves a complex and exciting narrative, focusing on the high-stakes struggle of what one will do to reach ultimate success.

[07/27/16 - 09:19 AM]
The Wild, Wild West Meets Its Match with Animal Planet's "North Woods Law: Washington State"
The series, formerly known as "Rugged Justice," returns Thursday, August 25 at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/27/16 - 09:05 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: NBC, "America's Got Talent" Continue Their Reign
The Peacock wins the night among adults 18-49 as well as total viewers.

[07/27/16 - 08:59 AM]
Travel Channel Refreshes Sunday Ratings with Water-Themed Fun
Travel Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, July 24.

[07/27/16 - 08:06 AM]
Smithsonian Channel Celebrates National Parks 100th on August 28
The one-hour special tells the story of how this radical idea evolved into an enduring mission shaped by the creativity, resourcefulness and passion of individual Americans.

[07/27/16 - 06:01 AM]
CMT Announces Season Two Pickup of Hit Comedy "Still the King"
The one-hour season finale airs Sunday, August 14 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/26/16 - 11:04 AM]
AMC's Revolutionary War Drama "Turn: Washington's Spies" to Conclude with Fourth and Final Season
The network also announced executive producer and showrunner, Craig Silverstein, has renewed his overall development deal.

[07/26/16 - 10:37 AM]
"Girl in the Box," The Disturbing True Story of a Woman Held Captive for Seven Years, Premieres September 10 on Lifetime, Starring Addison Timlin, Zane Holtz and Zelda Williams
Immediately following the premiere of the film, the two-part special "Colleen Stan: The Girl in the Box," which documents the real-life story of Colleen Stan, will air at 10:00/9:00c.

[07/26/16 - 10:03 AM]
Hulu Announces New Original Special From Emmy(R)-Nominated Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
The new Hulu Original, in association with Funny Or Die, will become available to stream to Hulu subscribers on August 11.

[07/26/16 - 10:01 AM]
Spike Greenlights New Game Show, "Caraoke Showdown," Hosted by Craig Robinson
"Caraoke Showdown" will tape in Los Angeles and New York this summer and debut on Spike in 2017.

[07/26/16 - 09:01 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Tops Charts with "The Bachelorette"
The Alphabet leads the night in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[07/26/16 - 08:15 AM]
"Roast Battle" Adds Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart and Seth Rogen to All-Star Panel of Judges
They'll join the previously announced Anthony Jeselnik, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and David Spade.

[07/26/16 - 07:18 AM]
Let the Battle Begin on Season Eight of "Ink Master" Premiering Tuesday, August 23 at 10PM ET/PT
This season, judges - and now, mentors - Oliver Peck and Chris Nuñez will pick their own teams of tattoo artists as the contestants battle it out in permanent ink for a $100,000 grand prize.