BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Michael Eisner's new media studio, Vuguru (www.vuguru.com), and Verizon announced Tuesday (April 3) that Verizon will carry the studio's first production, "Prom Queen," on all Verizon platforms including Wireless, High Speed Internet and FiOS TV. Verizon Wireless' V CAST is the exclusive wireless platform for "Prom Queen."
"Prom Queen" is Vuguru's first original show. It was created specifically for the wireless and broadband platforms. "Prom Queen" is now available on V CAST Video, and the series soon will be delivered to the TV sets of FiOS customers and to Verizon broadband customers.
"Prom Queen" is a scripted, serialized mystery told over 80 episodes - each running 90 seconds long. Set against the final two months of the school year, "Prom Queen" has a blend of love, gossip, and betrayal - all of the twists and turns of high school leading up to the biggest night of any senior's life: Prom Night.
"Prom Queen's short-form episodes are designed to be easily viewed on multiple platforms and are aimed at young, early adopters of new media content and technology," said Michael Eisner. "With the series running on Verizon Wireless' V CAST Video and Verizon's FiOS TV and the company's broadband services, we further empower the audience by providing them the ability to watch 'Prom Queen' whenever and wherever they want."
V CAST from Verizon Wireless is the first true wireless broadband consumer multimedia service in the country and runs on Verizon Wireless' Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) network, available to more than 200 million Americans from coast-to-coast. With V CAST Video, customers can get video content on demand including news, weather and sports updates, clips from popular TV programs, music videos, movie trailers, 3D games and more. Verizon Wireless customers can find the "Prom Queen" series in the Showcase section on V CAST-enabled phones.
To get V CAST, customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3 for 24-hour use or by signing up for the $15 V CAST VPak monthly subscription. Customers get unlimited basic video - including "Prom Queen" - but application download fees apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content.
Verizon provides FiOS TV and Internet services to customers over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight into their homes, delivering faster speed, better reliability, more advanced services and superior entertainment and online experiences. Verizon FiOS TV offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, two dozen high-definition channels, 8,600 video-on-demand titles and more. FiOS TV is now available in more than 200 communities in parts of 10 states. Verizon FiOS Internet service provides customers in parts of 16 states with unprecedented downstream and upstream connection speeds and an extensive collection of movie, TV, music, games, sports, family and news content. Verizon has a combined total of more than 7 million FiOS Internet and Verizon High Speed Internet DSL customers.
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About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving more than 59 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 65,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
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.
Vuguru is a new media studio for Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company. The studio produces and distributes innovative story-driven content for current new media and emerging platforms. Vuguru's production of Prom Queen is the first of many shows developed and produced by the studio. Privately held, The Tornante Company makes investments in and incubates companies and opportunities in the media and entertainment space. Tornante holds ownership stakes in Veoh Networks and Team Baby Entertainment.