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Bravo, GLAAD sign broadcast rights deal to telecast media awards

News release:

Annual Ceremony Honoring Media to Call Bravo Home

New York, March 17, 2008 – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced an exclusive agreement with Bravo, its new broadcast partner, which will telecast the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards later this year.  The announcement was made jointly today by GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano and General Manager of Bravo Media Frances Berwick.  The national media advocacy organization has presented the GLAAD Media Awards annually since 1990, but this will be the first televised airing of the celebration on a fully distributed national cable network.

"Bravo has an already proud record of featuring groundbreaking gay and lesbian programming, and the broadcast of the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on Bravo will be historic not just for GLAAD, but for the entire lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement for equality," said Giuliano. "The GLAAD Media Awards have grown to be GLAAD’s most visible media program. This partnership is a tremendous opportunity for a national audience to learn about and celebrate the extraordinary nominees and honorees that exemplify the spirit of inclusion which we seek."

"We have tremendous respect for GLAAD and the powerful work the organization does across the country," said Berwick. "We are honored to be associated with them and to broadcast this high profile and important event to a national audience."

The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and the issues that affect their lives.

The 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, nationally presented by ABSOLUT® Vodka and IBM, will be held in New York on Monday, March 17, 2008 at the Marriott Marquis; in South Florida at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Saturday, April 12; in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 26 at the Kodak Theatre; and in San Francisco on Saturday, May 10 at the San Francisco Marriott.  GLAAD will provide details about the upcoming broadcast date in the near future.

GLAAD previously announced that it will recognize Special Honorees Brian Graden and Judy Shepard at the New York ceremony; Janet Jackson, Rufus Wainwright and the Herb Ritts Foundation in Los Angeles; Ilene Chaiken, James Schamus and David Mixner in San Francisco; and Wilson Cruz in South Florida.  Additional Special Honorees for South Florida, Los Angeles and San Francisco and will be named at a later date.

About GLAAD

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. For more information about the 19th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, please visit www.glaad.org.

About Bravo

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBC cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com.

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