SOURCE: Warner Music Group

June 05, 2007 09:05 ET

WEA Corp. Announces National Distribution Agreement With Scripps Networks

Will Distribute Popular Programming From HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network and FINE LIVING TV NETWORK

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 5, 2007) - WEA Corp., Warner Music Group Corp.'s (NYSE: WMG) U.S. sales and retail distribution company, and Scripps Networks, the leader in lifestyle media and parent company of cable giants HGTV and Food Network, today jointly announced an exclusive agreement to market and distribute select DVD titles of programs from Scripps Networks' line of lifestyle brands.

The first titles available are from Food Network and include episodes of programs such as "30 Minute Meals" with Rachael Ray, "Paula's Home Cooking" featuring Paula Deen, "Boy Meets Grill" hosted by Bobby Flay and "Quick Fix Meals" with Robin Miller. As part of the agreement, WEA will subsequently distribute DVD content from all of Scripps' other lines of lifestyle brands including HGTV, DIY Network, FINE LIVING TV NETWORK and Great American Country (GAC).

In making the announcement, John Esposito, President and CEO, WEA Corp., said, "Scripps Networks continues to develop innovative lifestyle programming with break-out television personalities. WEA is delighted to work with Scripps' exciting roster of lifestyle brands and offer them our sales and marketing expertise along with our extensive distribution network."

Doug Hurst, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Non-Linear Distribution, Scripps Networks, added, "As our company continues to grow and evolve, teaming with a strong distributor such as WEA allows us to have our leading lifestyle content and popular programs available on DVD in a variety of national retail outlets."

This agreement represents the first nationally branded television product to be distributed by WEA Corp., which also distributes other non-music products including documentaries, theatrical films, comedy, sports, children's, lifestyle and Japanese animation among others.

About Scripps Networks

Scripps Networks is comprised of the lifestyle television brands HGTV, Food Network, DIY Network, FINE LIVING TV NETWORK and country music network Great American Country (GAC). Scripps is the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online content.

In addition, Scripps Networks has launched HGTV and Food Network in high definition, and is aggressively developing its emerging media platforms for broadband and video on demand. Scripps Networks' brands collectively are available in more than 170 countries and territories on all seven continents. They also are distributed to more than 1,000 outlets on U.S. military bases and U.S. embassies around the world via the American Forces Radio and Television Service.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, Nashville and San Francisco, Scripps Networks is owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP), a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks and interactive media. Scripps operates 18 newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations, Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, Shopzilla.com and USwitch.

About WEA Corp.

WEA Corp. was the first major music distribution company in the U.S. and has continued to set the standard for sales and marketing in the music industry for more than thirty years. In addition to the Warner Bros., Elektra and Atlantic labels, WEA distributes audio and video releases from Rhino Entertainment, Asylum Records, East West Records, Word Entertainment, Time-Life Music, Warner Music Latina and Curb Records, as well as several other labels. WEA Corp.'s e-Commerce department works with online and traditional retailers for all commercial, digital and wireless transactions on behalf of WMG's U.S. labels. The department develops and delivers sales and marketing programs to promote WMG's artists to online retailers and other partners.

Headquartered in New York, WEA Corp. has regional offices in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis.

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