SOURCE: IMG

April 15, 2008 10:05 ET

IMG and Glassman Media Announce Multi-Year Unscripted Series Development and Worldwide Distribution Pact

Partnership to Develop, Produce and Distribute Unscripted Series and Formats Across Television and New Media

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - April 15, 2008) - Chris Albrecht, Head of Global Media at IMG, and Andrew Glassman, head of the successful reality television production company, Glassman Media, ("Average Joe," "Three Wishes," "Bingo America"), today announced the formation of a multi-year partnership to develop, produce and distribute original unscripted television series and formats.

Under the agreement, Glassman Media will exclusively develop and produce original formats for IMG Global Media. Glassman will work closely with Albrecht and Rob Lee, Head of Programming for IMG Global Media.

IMG's financial investment in the partnership will fund the companies' joint project development across the television, online and mobile spaces. Glassman Media will scale up its production infrastructure to staff and produce the new projects. IMG will distribute the partners' resulting formats and video assets worldwide. The relationship also enables Glassman to develop projects with IMG's worldwide network of leading sports, fashion and entertainment talent and production partners.

Lee said, "This agreement with Glassman Media is another important building block in making IMG a fully integrated, worldwide entertainment entity. Andrew is an exceptional talent in that he is equally at home in unscripted story and game driven reality content."

Glassman added, "Partnering with Chris, Rob, and their team at IMG has been like joining a dream-team for creative development and business execution. I am thrilled to be a part of Chris and Rob's vision and their focus on quality."

Glassman Media's previous studio deal at FOX Television Studios yielded original formats that were sold and produced in more than 20 countries. The company's most recent production, "Bingo America," a game show strip hosted by Patrick Duffy, began its 40-episode primetime run on GSN on March 31, 2008. It will be the first Glassman Media series to be distributed by IMG under the new alliance.

Glassman was represented in the deal by partners Lance Klein and Rick Rosen of Endeavor and attorney Joel McKuin of Colden McKuin and Frankel.

About Glassman Media

Glassman Media is an independent Los Angeles-based international television production company whose credits include network primetime dating, competition, self-improvement, competition and game formats. Glassman's credits include NBC's hit "Average Joe," whose first season finale attracted more than 25 million viewers ranking it as the second highest rated reality telecast in NBC network history; the critically-acclaimed "Three Wishes" (NBC) which was named the "most family friendly show on broadcast television"; "The Ex-Wives Club" (ABC), "National Bingo Night" (ABC) which drove 25 million bingo card downloads and catapulted ABC.com to #1 among broadcast network websites, and "Bingo America" (GSN). Glassman Media was founded by Andrew Glassman in 2001 following his successful career as an Emmy Award-winning investigative broadcast journalist during which he appeared on-air at NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, WCAU and WNBC.

About IMG Media

IMG Media's expanding entertainment operations include production subsidiaries Tiger Aspect Productions, Darlow Smithson Productions and Tigress Productions. Globally, IMG Media produces and distributes more than 11,000 hours of entertainment, fashion and sports programming annually.

IMG Media also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's largest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com.

Contact Information

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    Todd Beck
    Beck Media & Marketing (for Glassman Media)
    (310) 689-7363

    Jim Gallagher
    IMG
    (212) 774-4419
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    Brian Weiss
    IMG
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