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March 31, 2010 08:00 ET

Next New Networks Bolsters Programming Line-Up Through Its Next New Creators Program

Seven New Independent Web Series Join Next New Creators Program

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 31, 2010) - Next New Networks, the leading next-generation media company providing original Web series to millions of loyal, engaged viewers, today announced the addition of seven new Web series from independent producers as part of the Next New Creators program. Notable additions include film and music video director Tamra Davis and producers Paul Briganti, Saj Pothiawala and Jared Neumark of the hit comedy show "Landline TV." Next New Creators, a program to help independent creators create, distribute, promote, package and monetize new Web series, has seen continued success since its inception in 2009. In the short life of the Next New Creators program, Next New Networks has already seen more than 10 million monthly views across its networks from participating Next New Creators.

Each of the producers signed to the program bring a unique perspective to the company's existing programming lineup. Known for her work in directing films and music videos, Tamra Davis joins Next New Creators with the "Tamra Davis Cooking Show," bringing her family-friendly cooking to the Hungry Nation food network. The show has already met much success, and was featured on friend Gwyneth Paltrow's Web site and weekly newsletter GOOP. Established sketch comedy producers Paul Briganti, Saj Pothiawala and Jared Neumark of "Landline TV" join the Barely Digital network with a weekly series of animated shorts that hit upon what's hot in pop culture. The series, currently slated to run for eight weeks, will complement the network's pop culture phenomenon, music video comedy show, "The Key of Awesome," which is already a success with more than 50 million views on the series since launching in October 2009.

"We've seen wild success with Next New Creators in the past year. By partnering with independent producers like Paul Briganti, Saj Pothiawala and Jared Neumark from 'Landline TV' we've been able to expand our programming line-up and venture into fresh territory with new original Web series," said Kathleen Grace, vice president of programming at Next New Networks. "In the case of the 'Tamra Davis Cooking Show,' we're partnering with a top film director who is embracing a new medium. As we continue to build momentum with Next New Creators, there's no doubt that the program will continue to attract more unique perspectives and artists."

Other Next New Creators programming announced today includes Rossella Rago's "Cooking with Nonna," Julian Jackson's "JRSportBrief," Kristen Turner's and Kristen Reeves' "Vainglorious," Jet and Star's "Wing Girls," Alan Kaufman's "UltraFur" and Brian Barcyk's "Snake Bytes TV." With the addition of seven new producers, the program now consists of 16 independent Web series, with producers including the Gregory Brothers, producers of the pop-culture phenom "Auto-Tune the News."

For the past three years, videos released by Next New Networks get 1,000 times the viewership the average online video gets and the Next New Creators are benefiting from that boost. Viewership for "Beyond the Trailer," which joined Next New Creators in November 2008, has grown 400%. "Working Class Foodies," a new show in 2009 on the Hungry Nation network, gained over 10,000 subscribers in its first three months. Since partnering with Barely Political in April 2009, every "Auto-Tune the News" episode has surpassed 500,000 views and the series has been seen over 40 million times. If you're a producer who'd like to speak to someone at Next New Networks or to find out more information, please visit: http://www.nextnewnetworks.com/creators

About Next New Networks
Next New Networks is the leading provider of original, episodic series programming for the Internet. With close to one billion views since the company's launch in 2007, over one million subscribers, and some of the biggest hits on the Web, Next New Networks is redefining entertainment by championing the next generation of show creators. Popular, award-winning video networks from the company include Barely Political (home of Obama Girl and "Auto-Tune the News"), Channel Frederator, featuring the cartoons of over 1,000 creators, food network for the people Hungry Nation, car news network Fast Lane Daily, filmmaking network Indy Mogul (home of hit series Backyard FX, Beyond the Trailer, and Moviebuzz), fashion and lifestyle network ThreadBanger, and Barely Digital (home of "The Key of Awesome," one of the top 5 most-watched shows on the Web since its launch in October 2009).

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