NEW YORK - Verizon has launched a series of exclusive "webisodes" featuring Gwen Stefani on www.verizon.net/Gwen to support the singer's The Sweet Escape Tour, Presented by Verizon. The new Web site is linked from Verizon's cutting-edge broadband entertainment site, Verizon Surround (http://surround.verizon.net), which features such content as movie trailers, hot news, cool games and fast-paced message boards.
The new Verizon Surround Web site will host exclusive, behind-the-scenes short videos of Stefani preparing for her tour, including interviews with her and her dancers, a sneak peek at set design and a first look at her wardrobe for the tour.
"I like giving fans a chance to see the inspiration and creativity behind the tour," said Stefani. "For them to see the hard work and get a little sneak peak – that's exciting. And when they see the final show, it will be even more spectacular."
Pat Hennebry, director of sponsorships for Verizon, said, "What's amazing about Gwen is her ability to expand her talents and diversify. At Verizon we support this spirit as we diversify our business to include more innovative broadband and entertainment services like FiOS Internet and FiOS TV."
The videos, only available at www.verizon.net/Gwen, will be updated frequently with new content throughout the duration of the tour. The site will also feature interactive contest elements, giving fans the opportunity to win autographed merchandise and tickets to the tour.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ), headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 59 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which operates one of the most expansive wholly owned global IP networks, and Verizon Telecom, which is deploying the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network to deliver the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services to customers. A Dow 30 company, Verizon has a diverse workforce of approximately 242,000 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of more than $88 billion. For more information, visit www.verizon.com.
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