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TV Guide Network Signs Leading Primetime TV Personalities Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison to Anchor Its Signature Live Red Carpet Specials.

Network Strengthens Its Talent Roster in Another Major Step to Distinguish Shows and Transform Its Programming

LOS ANGELES -- TV Guide Network announced today that it has signed talent deals with well-known faces from two of the highest rated shows on primetime television. Carrie Ann Inaba, a judge on the hit network juggernaut series "Dancing with the Stars," and Chris Harrison, host of the popular long-running dating reality series "The Bachelor," will anchor TV Guide Network's signature live Red Carpet shows starting at the 2009 Primetime Emmy[R] Awards.

Ms. Inaba and Mr. Harrison will also host the network's live Red Carpet coverage in 2010 at the Golden Globe[R] Awards, Screen Actor's Guild Awards[R], Grammy[R] Awards and Academy Awards[R]. Following on the heels of TV Guide Network's announcement last week of an agreement with Disney-ABC Domestic Television to acquire the exclusive basic cable off-network rights to ABC Studios' Golden Globe (R) Award winning television series "Ugly Betty," the new talent deals are another building block in TV Guide Network's transformation to become a top quality destination for entertainment programming.

"Carrie Ann Inaba and Chris Harrison are two of the highest profile faces on television today, who bring an instant connection with millions of fans at home and familiar, friendly faces to stars walking the Red Carpet," said Ryan O'Hara, President, TV Guide Network and TVGuide.com. "Partnering with talent of their caliber is a huge win for us as we continue TV Guide Network's transformation as a programming destination that celebrates the best and brightest stars in the world of entertainment."

Carrie Ann Inaba said, "I'm thrilled to join TV Guide Network during such an exciting phase of its evolution. I am looking forward to teaming up with Chris Harrison and making the Red Carpet an inviting place to celebrate Hollywood and the stars."

Chris Harrison added, "Red Carpets are some of Hollywood's most celebrated and most-watched events on television, and I'm delighted to be anchoring TV Guide Network's live coverage with Carrie Ann Inaba. Together, we will make the Red Carpet experience fun and enjoyable for both the stars and the fans at home."

In addition to hosting TV Guide Network's live Red Carpet pre-shows, Ms. Inaba and Mr. Harrison will also headline other award show-related programming for the network. Ms. Inaba will host one-hour "Fashion Wrap" specials following key award shows, which recap fashion highlights from the Red Carpet. Mr. Harrison will host a one-hour preview special for each award show, which highlight the nominees for the events.

About Carrie Ann Inaba

Best known for her role as a judge on ABC's hit show "Dancing With The Stars," as well as dancing with Madonna on her "The Girlie Show" tour and as a Fly Girl on the television series "In Living Color," Carrie Ann has an extensive resume to date. A trained dancer, choreographer, singer and actress, Carrie Ann's newest venture will be on Broadway as producer of the Latin and ballroom dance spectacular "Burn The Floor." She is also a co-founder of Dizzy Feet Foundation, alongside Nigel Lythgoe, Katie Holmes, and Adam Shankman, which helps pay for underprivileged young dancers to get the proper training. For more information, go to http://www.carrieanninaba.tv.

About Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison became the host of ABC's popular romance reality series "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette" in 2001. He currently serves as host and producer of TV Guide Network's weekly entertainment news series "Hollywood 411" and also serves as a producer of the network's Red Carpet shows. The Dallas, Texas native began his television career by covering local sports in Oklahoma City, where he later became a weekend sportscaster. Over the years, Chris has hosted dozens of network specials, has held a fair share of acting roles on primetime television, and is also the host of HGTV's "Designers' Challenge," which is currently in its sixth season.

About TV Guide Network

TV Guide Network reaches 82 million homes and is a premier television entertainment network for viewers seeking the latest information on the best programs, hottest stars and latest trends in entertainment. Headquartered in the heart of Hollywood, the network combines original programming with comprehensive program listings information - all of which deliver on viewers' need for an entertaining and easy guide to what's on TV. TV Guide Network, TVGuide.com and the TV Guide brand are part of a joint venture owned by Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) and One Equity Partners, the private equity firm of JPMorgan Chase.

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