"From The Basement" Is Back This Summer Music Performance Series to Premiere in July on 3net - the 24/7 3D Network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX

Crackle to Feature U.S. Premiere in 2D in August

Sky 3D and Sky Arts HD to Air Series in Both Formats in the UK

The Shins, Foster the People and Feist among artists featured in new season

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "From The Basement," the highly lauded music series, produced for the first time in 3D, will make its U.S. premiere on 3net – the 24/7 3D network from Sony, Discovery and IMAX this July, followed by the 2D premiere on Crackle, Sony Pictures Entertainment's multiple-platform video entertainment network, in August. In the UK, Sky 3D and Sky Arts HD will air both the 3D and 2D versions of the new season that includes artists such as The Shins, Foster the People and Feist, among others. Crackle will feature the first two seasons of the music series via the Crackle site as well as on Android handsets and tablets; Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch; as well as ROKU, PS3, Sony Streaming Player, Sony Blu-Ray, Sony Bravia, Google Chrome, and Xbox Gold members.

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The show has previously featured exclusive performances from a diverse selection of musicians including Radiohead, Beck, Iggy and the Stooges, PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker, The Raconteurs, Fleet Foxes, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age and Sonic Youth.

"'From The Basement' is the sort of iconic music series that we believe is a perfect fit for our channel," said Tom Cosgrove, president and CEO, 3net.  "The use of cutting-edge 3D production techniques has created the most intimate music experience ever made possible for television, further heightening the viewer's sense of being directly alongside great artists and wholly immersed in their performances."

"We consider 'From The Basement' to be the definitive show for music fans, and we couldn't be prouder to feature past and upcoming seasons of the series to our viewers," said Eric Berger, executive vice president, Digital Networks, Sony Pictures Television.  "Nigel, Dilly and their partners have such an affinity for music and such confidence from the artists they work with, and that symbiosis is apparent in what they're creating on-screen." 

"From The Basement" is the brainchild of creative talents including multi-Grammy winning record producer Nigel Godrich. Long-time Radiohead producer Godrich launched the series originally in 2007 alongside producers Dilly Gent, James Chads and John Woollcombe. Since then, the show has attracted increasing attention for its breadth of vision coupled with its hugely respectful and empathetic presentation of artists playing at the peak of their power.

Produced by this small group of dedicated individuals, the show has always aimed to focus on definitive live performances from some of the most creative and innovative artists of our time.

Godrich said, "My own personal goal is that in the future some of these performances might be seen as the truest representation of the state of these artists' work, captured in a way that lets their talents speak – without the interference of presenters or audience."

Hailed by media as "a new breed of music show" and "music TV at its best," the series will be comprised of six, hour-long installments that are being filmed in Los Angeles and London.

All music in "From The Basement" is produced by Nigel Godrich. Dilly Gent, James Chads, John Woollcombe and Godrich are series producers. "From The Basement" is produced by FTB3 for 3net in association with Sony Pictures Television Networks and Crackle. Sony Pictures Television is distributing the series internationally, outside of the U.K..

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About 3net

3net, the joint venture of Sony Corporation, Discovery Communications and IMAX Corporation brings together three of the world's leading media, technology and entertainment companies to provide the nation's first and only fully programmed, 24/7 3D network. The three partners deliver an extraordinary collection of award-winning 3D content, technology and production expertise, television distribution and operational strength to the project, with a mission to bring viewers the highest quality and most immersive in-home 3D viewing experience possible. The channel features the most extensive library of 3D content in the world, with genres that are most appealing in 3D, including natural history, documentary, action/adventure, travel, history, kids and family, lifestyle and cuisine, concerts, movies, scripted series and more. 3net is currently available on DIRECTV channel 107. For more information, please visit www.3net.com.

About Sony Pictures Television Networks

Sony Pictures Television's television networks portfolio includes 120 channel feeds, which are available in 159 countries reaching more than 754 million households throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Australia, India and the US.  SPT's wholly-owned network brands around the world include AXN, Sony Entertainment Television, Animax, SPIN, ONE, MAX Africa and Sony Movie Channel. In India, SPT backs Multi Screen Media Private Limited, which is among the country's leading television channel operators. The company's portfolio in India includes: SET, SAB, PIX, MAX, MIX and AATH.  SPT also delivers AXN and Animax to India.  SPT is a part owner of cable channel GSN, FEARnet, 3net, Showtime Australia, TV1 Australia and Sci Fi Australia.  Additionally, SPT oversees the studio's premium multi-platform ad-supported video entertainment network, Crackle, which programs original series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures' vast library of television series and feature films. Available online, via mobile devices and OTT, Crackle is available in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia and Brazil.

About Crackle, Inc.

Crackle, Inc. is a multi-platform next-generation video entertainment network that distributes digital content including original short form series and full-length traditional programming from Sony Pictures' vast library of television series and feature films. Crackle is one of the fastest growing entertainment destinations on the Internet today, offering audiences quality programming in a variety of genres, including comedy, action, sci-fi, horror, music and reality. Crackle reaches an impressive audience through its diverse online and mobile distribution network. Visit Crackle's site at www.crackle.com.    

About Sky 3D

Since launching as Europe's first domestic 3D channel in October 2010, Sky 3D has broken new ground across a range of genres, including natural history, live music, the arts, sports and movies.  Highlights have included David Attenborough's BAFTA winning Flying Monsters and The Bachelor King 3D, a number of summer music festivals, opera and ballet, Kylie Minogue live from the O2, Got to Dance, the 3D TV world premieres of Avatar, Alice in Wonderland and the Toy Story Trilogy as well as more than 150 live sports broadcasts including the UEFA Champions League final, the Ryder Cup and US Masters golf.

Sky 3D is the UK's only dedicated 3D TV channel and is available at no extra cost to Sky World HD customers with a 3D TV.  Sky World HD customers are those taking our Entertainment, Entertainment Extra, Sports, Movies and HD Packs. Sky 3D is compatible with all 3D TVs and works with both 'active' and 'passive' 3D formats. To find out more visit Sky.com/3D.

About Sky Arts

Sky Arts offers an eclectic mix of the best music, arts, biographies, chat shows, film, drama and comedy. 2012 will see Sky Arts turn the spotlight on the best amateur dramatics companies in the UK in BRITAIN'S BEST AM-DRAM, exclusive productions from The Globe Theatre and Simon Callow's one man play as part of a SHAKESPEARE SEASON and Ronnie Wood's new show for Sky Arts.  Popular series such as THE ONION NEWS NETWORK and ROMANZO CRIMINALE will sit alongside the premieres of Israeli dramas BE TIPUL and PRISONERS OF WAR.  Sky Arts also encourages new formats and methods for accessing opera; beaming the world's first live opera in 3D to cinemas across the UK and Ireland from ENO.

Sky Arts seeks to connect with culture on the ground; creating and collaborating with the best of the arts in the UK and Ireland to bring new experiences to life. The flagship show, The Book Show, now goes to four literary festivals including Hay and Cheltenham. The Sky Arts Ignition Series launched in in 2011 to invest in the arts landscape of the UK, following long term partnerships with English National Opera, English National Ballet and Artichoke. The Series will seek to collaborate with six arts organisations over the next three years in the creation of brand new works; Sky Arts Ignition Series: Futures Fund will support five young artists with a bursary of 30,000 pounds Sterling each, enabling Sky Arts to back the creation of new works of art as well as nurture emerging talent.

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