MTV & Verizon Team Up for an MTV VOD First on Verizon FiOS TV

Verizon FiOS TV to Offer On-Demand Episodes of the Anticipated New Series

'Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew' Just 24 Hours After MTV

Debut on February 7 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt

Feb 04, 2008, 00:00 ET from MTV

    NEW YORK, Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV ( and Verizon
 announced today that Verizon FiOS TV will be the exclusive on-demand
 provider of full episodes of the anticipated new series, "Randy Jackson
 Presents: America's Best Dance Crew"
 ( In an MTV VOD first
 on Verizon FiOS TV, the episodes will be available just 24-hours after the
 MTV premiere on February 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, leading up to
 the premiere, Verizon FiOS TV is already providing exclusive access to MTV
 dance- related content including the hottest dance trends emerging in New
 York City and Los Angeles, and step by step dance instructionals given by
 dancers featured on "America's Best Dance Crew."
     "We are always looking for opportunities to enhance the viewer
 experience, and we are excited to be working with our friends at Verizon
 FiOS TV who clearly share the same goal," said Juliette Morris, SVP of
 Content Distribution and Marketing for MTV Networks. "Together we are can
 provide an almost immediate On Demand experience for one of MTV's most
 anticipated new series this spring, thereby supporting the value of the
 platform, and increasing buzz and awareness around the live linear
     "We're delighted that our Verizon FiOS TV customers will have exclusive
 on-demand access to MTV's next great series," said Terry Denson, vice
 president -- Verizon FiOS TV content and programming. "Customers
 increasingly are turning to FiOS TV for viewing experiences they can't find
 elsewhere, and we're happy to join with MTV to provide another platform for
 their newest content," Denson said.
     "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" is the first dance
 competition series showcasing dance crews rather than individual dancers.
 Week after week, each dance crew will work to show-off their most
 innovative choreography and sick dance skills. Mario Lopez ("Dancing with
 the Stars") will host and judges JC Chasez (N*Sync), hip hop sensation Lil
 Mama, and choreographer Shane Sparks ("You Got Served") will evaluate the
 dance crews. They won't be the only judges as fans also chime in to
 determine the two weakest crews each week that will battle for their lives,
 with only one surviving to dance another day. With a crew eliminated
 weekly, only the strongest will survive to be crowned "America's Best Dance
 Crew," winning a stellar cash prize and touring contract.
     Verizon FiOS TV provides MTV programming as a part of its Free
 On-Demand service. Verizon delivers FiOS TV on the nation's most advanced
 fiber-optic network all the way to customers' homes in parts of 13 states.
 There will be significant off-channel media supporting the On Demand
 partnership around this series and targeting potential FiOS TV customers in
 key markets.
     "Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew" is executive
 produced by "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson, Rob Lee (Bayonne
 Entertainment), Hip Hop International's Howard Schwartz and Karen Schwartz
 (the creators of the USA & World Hip Hop Dance Championships), Harriet
 Sternberg (Dream Merchant 21) and Joel Gallen (Tenth Planet Productions).
 David Auerbach and Brooke Karzen are the executives overseeing the project
 for Warner Horizon Television ("The Bachelor;" "The Search For The Next
 Pussycat Doll"). Drew Tappon and Lauren Dolgen are the executives
 overseeing the project for MTV.
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 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless
 and interactive television services. The network also has licensing
 agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its
 programming services can be seen worldwide.
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 fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employs a diverse workforce
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