TLC ROLLS OUT PLANS FOR ROYAL "I DO'S"
Network Announces Week-Long On-Air Event Starting Sunday, April 24
New York, NY- As the world awaits what is sure to be the most high-profile wedding in decades, TLC announces that the network will be airing a week-long event of programming starting Sunday, April 24 leading into the highly anticipated nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29.
TLC has teamed up with ITV Studios America to produce a special week-long Royal lineup featuring Royal editions of some of TLC's most popular series, including a special that focuses on both British and American hoarders and extreme collectors of royal memorabilia. Also included throughout the week are specials with archived and exclusive footage of the Royal family, interviews with members of the Royal family as well as those who have been part of notable Royal events across the decades, and a special round table discussion with Royal experts and a celebrity host, leading into the network's live early morning coverage of the event Friday, April 29. The weekend will also feature a special shortened version of the wedding and all the memorable moments leading up to it.
"With the success of TLC's wedding shows, we wanted to get behind this epic event in a big way and provide our viewers with this special lineup to help enhance their overall Royal experience leading into the wedding," says Nancy Daniels, SVP of Programming and Development, TLC. "ITV Studios America are the perfect partners to have on this project due to their expertise on the Royals and their vital relationships in London."
"This is without question the most widely anticipated wedding in a generation," ITV Studios America President and CEO Paul Buccieri commented. "ITV will leverage its local British expertise to bring American audiences the most intimate access to this landmark event. We couldn�t be happier continuing our relationship with TLC who are already wonderful partners on "Four Weddings".
TLC's innovative docu-series and reality-based programming include favorites Jon & Kate Plus 8 , Little People, Big World , What Not to Wear , 19 Kids and Counting, Say Yes to the Dress, and LA Ink . TLC added to its menu of programming with Cake Boss and Ultimate Cake Off , and continues to expand into the food genre. TLC's daytime lineup includes the Emmy Award-winning A Baby Story . The channel is available in more than 98 million homes in the US, nearly 8 million homes in Canada and through the website at www.tlc.com. TLC is part of Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world's number one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries.
About ITV Studios America
ITV STUDIOS, Inc., the U.S. based production entity of ITV STUDIOS in the U.K. is one of the largest international producers for the U.S.
market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing reality and scripted programming for US networks. ITV STUDIOS is a world leader
in television production and distribution, with international production centers in the UK, Germany and Australia as well as America and programs
distributed to over 155 territories worldwide. ITV STUDIOS AMERICA has a slate of formats in production with major networks and syndicators,
including Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, First 48, Steven Seagal - Lawman, Four Weddings, A Stand Up Mother, Ugly Best Friend, and America Now.