Blockbuster(R) and Entertainment Weekly Magazine Present the Seventh Annual Blockbuster Entertainment Awards(R) Airing April 11 on FOX

    LOS ANGELES and DALLAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Blockbuster Inc.
 (NYSE:   BBI) and Entertainment Weekly magazine will present the Seventh Annual
 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, airing on Wednesday, April 11 (8 p.m. -
 10 p.m. ET/PT) on FOX.
     The show will be taped on Tuesday, April 10 at the Shrine Auditorium in
 Los Angeles.
     The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards is one of the world's largest
 publicly-voted awards shows honoring the lead and supporting actors and
 actresses in the top-performing movies of 2000, as well as music artists based
 on the top-selling albums for 2000, as determined by Baseline.Hollywood.com.
     Millions of Blockbuster customers will have the opportunity to cast their
 votes for their favorite actors, actresses and musicians beginning Jan. 30.
 Voting will take place in more than 5,000 participating U.S. Blockbuster
 stores, as well as in more than 1,400 stores in 14 countries.  Voting will
 also be accessible to fans via blockbusterawards.com and will end on Feb. 19.
     Veteran television producer Ken Ehrlich ("The Grammy Awards," "The Emmy
 Awards," "VH1 Honors") leads the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards production
 team for the seventh consecutive year.  Coke, MCI WorldCom, Colgate Total Plus
 Whitening, America Online and Sony are this year's sponsors.
 
     Blockbuster Inc. is a publicly traded subsidiary of Viacom Inc.
 (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B) and is the world's leading renter of videos, DVDs, and
 video games with approximately 7,500 stores throughout the Americas, Europe,
 Asia and Australia.  The company may be accessed internationally at
 blockbuster.com.  Viacom is the No. 1 platform in the world for advertisers,
 with preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, radio, outdoor
 advertising, and online.  With programming that appeals to audiences in every
 demographic category across virtually all media, the company is a leader in
 the creation, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, and
 music.  Viacom's well-known brands include CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1,
 Paramount Pictures, Infinity Broadcasting, UPN, TNN, CMT, Showtime, and Simon
 & Schuster.  More information about Viacom and its businesses is available at
 www.viacom.com.
 
     Entertainment Weekly, a winner of three National Magazine Awards (for
 General Excellence, Design, and Special Interests) is America's leading
 consumer magazine of entertainment and popular culture.  The magazine is a
 wholly owned subsidiary of Time Inc., a division of Time Warner (NYSE:   TWX),
 and has a guaranteed circulation rate base of 1.5 million reaching an audience
 of over eight million readers.  EW.com (www.ew.com) is Entertainment Weekly's
 web site, which offers daily entertainment news, critical reviews, message
 boards, a daily entertainment quiz and other interactive sections, as well as
 a search engine for every back issue of the magazine.  EW.com also provides
 audio-visual supplements to special issues of Entertainment Weekly, as well as
 site-exclusive multimedia features, including movie and television previews,
 and comprehensive guides to major entertainment events.
 
 

SOURCE Blockbuster Inc., Entertainment Weekly Magazine and FOX
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