Press Release #168 (8/20/13)
For immediate release
LEWIS BLACK'S LIVE PAY-PER-VIEW SPECIAL "OLD YELLER" PREMIERES ON CABLE PPV ON AUG. 24
Free On Demand Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes Now Available On Cable and Online in Advance of the Special
New York, Aug. 20 - Lewis Black's first ever live Pay-Per-View (PPV) mega comedy event LEWIS BLACK: OLD YELLER - LIVE AT THE BORGATA from Atlantic City, distributed by Image Entertainment (an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand), premieres on cable PPV Saturday, August 24th at 9:30PM ET, and will be available starting the next day on Video On Demand (VOD) on cable systems nationwide. It is distributed to cable by iN DEMAND. To get fans in the mood for the live event, starting at 9:00PM ET on Aug. 24, a 30-minute pre-show on the same PPV channels kicks off the evening. This documentary, called "Basic Black - The Lewis Black Story," traces the career of this socially-charged comedian, as cameras follow him on tour for the first time. Through this journey, the viewer is treated to an insider's perspective as Lewis reflects on his childhood, his parents, his early career and how he had to "lick every rung on the ladder" during the struggle to develop his unique comedic style. A wealth of free on demand content is available in advance of the special.
The live PPV show will be repeated at 12:30AM ET/9:30PM PT later that night, and will be widely available on VOD starting on August 25. **SRP for both the PPV and VOD airings is $19.99. *See below for locations of both the FOD content and VOD airings on various cable systems.
FREE ON DEMAND CONTENT In advance of the event, fans everywhere will be able to access a selection of Free On Demand (FOD) entertaining short videos with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the irrepressible Mr. Black. Cable viewers should check their On Demand menus from now until September 17 to view this content (available on most systems). It is also available at: http://indemand.com/product/view/396999.
The FOD content includes Lewis Black: Road To Success, Lewis Black: Anger Is Funny - why his humor is loved by all; Lewis Black: Thoughts On Politics - why politics are so often used in his jokes; Lewis Black: Performing Live - some of Black's views on patriotism; and Lewis Black: New Comedy Set - about his new show at the Borgata.
In his ninth comedy special, Lewis Black tears into a country that is going nowhere at the speed of light. OLD YELLER weaves the riotous tale of a country that is so strung out on ADD that it can't see straight. In his rabid attack, Mr. Black even turns on himself-and his entire generation. From cable television to the computer, from Facebook to Twitter, Mr. Black rages about the prison we've insanely created for ourselves. He snarls at the country's failure to find alternative energy sources while creating cell phones out of the realm of science fiction. He mauls our nation's leaders for their laughably inept handling of social security and health care.
LEWIS BLACK: OLD YELLER - LIVE AT THE BORGATA is produced by Benjamin Brewer and Jack Gulick. Lewis Black serves as Executive Producer along with Executive in Charge of Production, Jonathan Saba, from Image Entertainment. The show is distributed to cable systems nationally by iN DEMAND (www.indemand.com).
About Lewis Black Receiving critical acclaim as a stand-up, actor and author, Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout The United States. Lewis got his first big break in comedy back in 1996 when he created the segment "Back in Black" for Comedy Central's The Daily Show. It became one of the most popular and longest running segments on the show and also created a long and successful relationship with the network. His popular appearances on Comedy Central helped to win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001. In 2007 he won the Grammy® for Best Comedy Album for The Carnegie Hall Performance and in 2011, his second for Stark Raving Black. His most recent release, In God We Rust (Comedy Central Records) was nominated for a Grammy.
About iN DEMAND iN DEMAND L.L.C. is the pioneer and world leader in providing exciting transactional entertainment delivered through television's most innovative technologies. iN DEMAND creates, acquires and delivers programming through cable Pay-Per-View (PPV), Video On Demand (VOD) as well as on digital platforms. It also supplies marketing support, production services and transport for the industry. PPV programming includes movies, boxing, wrestling and mixed martial arts events and the digital out-of-market subscription professional sports packages for MLB, the NBA, the NHL and MLS. The company's VOD products include first-run and library movies, plus subscription movie and entertainment services. Content is delivered in SD, HD and 3D. iN DEMAND's owners are Comcast iN DEMAND Holdings, Inc., Cox Communications Holdings, Inc., and Time Warner Entertainment - Advance/Newhouse Partnership. Further information about the company can be found at business.indemand.com.
About RLJ Entertainment, Inc. RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical. Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE owns 64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service. http://www.rljcompanies.com/companies/rlj-entertainment/
*CONTENT LOCATIONS ON CABLE;
Following are the Video On Demand folder locations on various cable systems for both the free content and the special (content availability and location differ by provider):
Time Warner Cable (SD and HD)
Special Events/Lewis Black Comedy
Special Events/Music & Specials
Special Events/Free Previews
Comcast Xfinity(SD &HD)
Movies/All New Movies
Movies/By Genre & 3D (HD)/Comedy/L (HD)
Movies/By Title (A to Z)/L
Movies/Movie Collections/Comedy Specials
Movies/Comedy Specials (HD)
Top Picks/Comedy Specials
Top Picks/Lewis Black Comedy
Movies/Trailers & Reviews/Movies On Demand
HD On Demand/Movies/Trailers/Movies On Demand
Cox Communications (Event only)
Events/Music & Specials (SD)
Events HD/Music & Specials (HD)
RCN (SD only)
Events/Music & Specials Events/Free Extras
Independents (SD only)
Events/Music & Specials
Cablevision Optimum (SD and HD)
TVE/Lewis Black Live
TVE/PPV Event Previews
Metrocast (SD only)
Premiums & Events/Events/Music & Specials
**Suggested Retail Price, may vary by operator.
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