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June 06, 2016 16:27 ET

FilmOn Announces Hot 97 Who's Next Winner: Hip-Hop's Wxlfman Receives $1 Million Recording Deal

The Emerging Hip-Hop Talent From Brooklyn Received a Cash Prize and Contract With FilmOn Music and MondoTunes at Summer Jam

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - June 06, 2016) - FilmOn TV Networks and Emmis Communications' HOT 97 have named the winner of 2016's Who's Next emerging artist showcase: Wxlfman. The Bed Stuy emcee was awarded a $50,000 cash prize and a recording contract with FilmOn Music and MondoTunes worth $1 million, at Summer Jam, Sunday, June 5th at Met Life Stadium.

HOT 97's Who's Next emerging artist showcase, has previously launched the careers of Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Travi$ Scott, and many others.

FilmOn TV Networks, part of Greek billionaire Alki David's FOTV Media Group and Emmis announced the exclusive multi-year streaming partnership for Hot97's legendary Summer Jam in February. FilmOn.com streamed the entire festival including performances by Big Sean, Pusha T, DJ Khaled, A$AP Rocky, the Terror Squad reunion and many more. FilmOn.com will stream its Summer Jam Behind the Scenes show this week.

To win Who's Next and the recording contract, Wxlfman stood out among thousands of video submissions. He then faced off against eight other rising talents on stage in competitions streamed live on FilmOn.com, where over 50,000 fans cast votes in order to narrow the field to three. Judges Diggy Simmons, DJ ENUFF, and TT Torrez made the final selection at Brooklyn's Club Love on May 26th: Wxlfman was the winner.

Wxlfman calls what he does Soul Shine Music, blending his life experience, eclectic knowledge and positivity. His FilmOn Music recording contract will include production, video, merchandise and publicity; distribution with MondoTunes, the worlds largest digital music distributor; and tour production in conjunction with FOTV's Hologram USA.

"Wxlfman slayed, night after night," said FilmOn TV Networks CEO Alki David. "He's a child of hip-hop's mid-90's, adolescent years and is distilling that into something creative, mature, and wonderfully positive. We're proud to propel this next stage of his career with the recording contract, tours and video. Wxlfman WILL become one of the scene's biggest stars."

"This contract means that I am one more step closer to creating freely what is in my mind and bringing it forth to reality," said Wxlfman. "Music is an art form built on expression and I plan to do just that on a greater level each time. Thank you, FilmOn."

HOT 97's Summer Jam, now in its 23rd year, is widely regarded as the most important Hip Hop festival in the world, and attracting more than 55,000 fans to MetLife Stadium each year. With the free stream, Summer Jam was available to the 70 million monthly unique users of filmon.com on smart phones, smart TVs, tablets and other devices.

About FOTV Media Networks, Inc.

FOTV Media Networks, Inc. is made up of FilmOn TV Networks, CinemaNow, Hologram FOTV Productions. FilmOn TV, founded in 2006, is a leading IPTV company with over 70 million monthly unique users from around the globe who access 800+ channels containing licensed, wholly owned, and original content across the genres of news, sports, movies, music, food, travel and more. It also offers social television, premium first tier movies, and over 45,000 VODs. FilmOn TV is also an Independent TV Broadcaster broadcasting via Dish Network and Charter Cable. The premium transactional video on demand platform CinemaNow has deals with all major studios and broadcasters. Hologram FOTV Productions produces entertainment content with the holograms of superstars such as Whitney Houston, Billie Holliday and Buddy Holly. FOTV is based in Beverly Hills, CA. For more information please visit http://fotv.filmon.com.

About WQHT HOT 97: WQHT HOT 97 FM is the world's first all Hip Hop station and has held the dominant position in New York for over twenty years. HOT 97 is best known for its celebrity on air talent, such as Ebro Darden (Asst. Programming Director, radio host for Beats1), Funk Flex (television host, multiple gold records) and Nessa (television personality and host for MTV), as well as being the world's premier source for Hip Hop music culture. HOT97 online and the Where Hip Hop Lives app are the destinations for original web series, celebrity content, concerts and music videos. For more information, please visit HOT97.com, facebook.com/HOT97official, or twitter.com/HOT97

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