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.
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