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A nationwide talent search for the WorldÂ?s Greatest Unknown ComedianÂ? has been launched according to FilmStew.com Chairman John Culton.

FilmStew.com in conjunction with The World’s Greatest Unknown Producers, Inc. (WGUP) have launched a massive search for funniest of them all. “We’re going to harness the power and global reach of the Internet to find the funniest people on the planet,” says Culton. “And that person will become a star thanks to our ‘World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian™’ (“Comedian”) competition.”

“For years I worked as a stand-up myself,” explains Nadine C. Hamdan, who originally conceived the competition and is one of the executive producers. “I love comedy and wanted to find a unique and powerful way to discover and showcase new talent.” Beginning October 1, people from all walks of life can send in videotapes and DVDs of themselves performing original stand-up material with dozens performances to be featured on FilmStew.com and affiliated websites for Comedian. Throughout the competition, the public will be able to vote on their favorite comedians at http://www.filmstew.com/wguc. At the end of each month, the comedian receiving the most votes becomes a semi-finalist.

The Internet isn’t the only place the public will be able to watch and cheer on their favorite unknown comedians. “We’re in the process of wrapping up a deal with a couple of major airlines to include highlights from Comedian to be a part of their in-flight video entertainment program, which will literally bring our competition to new heights” explains Gordon Meyer, who developed Comedian with Hamdan and is one of the competition’s executive producers. “You’ve got millions of people traveling by air every month looking for a way to make their flights a little more pleasant. What better way than to give them some good laughs?”

Hamdan and Meyer have an even more creative way to give the public easy access to the Comedian entries. Fun Little Movies, Inc., a producer and distributor of short films headed up by award winning filmmaker Frank Chindamo, has recently entered into an agreement with Sprint PCS to broadcast short comedy films to Sprint customers on their wireless phones, including many of the stand-up routines submitted by Comedian contestants. “The people subscribing to this service are looking for a short break in their workday,” said Chindamo. “The Comedian material is the perfect complement to the library of comedy shorts we’ll be offering to Sprint customers. We’re very excited to be a part of the Comedian competition.”

Comedian runs for six months, ending appropriately enough on April Fool’s Day, 2005. In June, the winning comedians from each month’s semi-finals will be flown to Los Angeles for a final showdown which will be cybercast live on FilmStew.com. An all-star panel of judges, including comedians Bobby Collins, Judy Tenuta and Taylor Negron will cast their vote, along with the public’s in order to determine just who is “The World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian™.” The winner will receive a large cash prize, a management contract and a career-making showcase at a leading comedy club in either Los Angeles or New York.

“Talent competitions like Comedian are part of a long tradition in show business. Ellen Degeneres and Rosie O’Donnell are just two examples of top comics who got their breaks thanks to talent showcases,” says Hamdan. “With all the funny unknown people out there just itching to get a similar break, there’s an excellent chance that the next Whoopi Goldberg or Billy Crystal will come from The World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian™. And that’s part of the excitement.”

The World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian™ is produced and presented by The World’s Greatest Unknown Producers™, Inc. in association with FilmStew.com. The competition runs from October 1, 2004 through April 1, 2005. Entry forms are available online at http://www.filmstew.com/wguc.

ABOUT NADINE HAMDAN (Series Creator/Executive Producer): Ms. Hamdan is an accomplished writer, producer and entrepreneur who have sold several screenplays for film and television. She began her career by organizing and hosting some of the largest screenplay contests in the industry, for organizations that include Indieproducer.com, The Query Committee, Women In Film and for the third year Creative Screenwriting Magazine Expo. She is also the creator and executive producer of The World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian, an international talent competition launching in the fall of 2004, executive producer of the live and broadcast versions of the prestigious Hollywood’s Master Storytellers program and a partner and co-founder of The World’s Greatest Unknown Producers, Inc., which has several television and motion picture projects in active development and relationships with several motion picture studios and television networks.

ABOUT GORDON MEYER (Series Creator/Executive Producer): is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television where he produced or co-produced all-star tributes to the Walt Disney Studios, Neil Simon, Academy Award® winning special effects master Albert Whitlock and Academy Award® winning composer Jerry Goldsmith. These tributes featured appearances by Ray Bradbury, Peggy Lee, Fess Parker, Jody Foster and Alfred Hitchcock, among others. As the creator, host and executive producer of the prestigious Hollywood’s Master Storytellers series, he has interviewed some of the motion picture industry’s most successful filmmakers, including actor/director George Clooney, producer James Jacks and director Richard Donner. He is also a partner and co-founder of The World’s Greatest Unknown Producers, Inc., which has several television and motion picture projects in active development and relationships with several motion picture studios and television networks including The World’s Greatest Unknown Comedian.

ABOUT JOHN CULTON (Series Creator/Executive Producer): In addition to a successful career as the president of a $100 million real estate development and marketing company in Southern California, Mr. Culton is also an accomplished screenwriter whose screenplays have won top honors at the Austin Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, the Independent Feature Project – New York, and the coveted Carl Sauter Memorial screenwriting competition awarded annually by the Scriptwriters Network. He is Founder and Chairman of FilmStew.com ,a popular Film and Television portal, as well as founder and Chairman of Califormance.com , a lifestyle business for automobile enthusiasts; and, Digital Booking Systems , which develops enterprise software for the Motion Picture Distribution and Exhibition Industry.

Mr. Culton is one of the Founders of The World's Greatest Unknown Producers, Inc. ; and, one of the executive producers of the live and broadcast versions of the prestigious Hollywood's Master Storytellers ; and, an executive producer of The World's Greatest Unknown Comedian. Other business interests include the Mortgage, Title, and Gaming Industries.

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Nadine C. Hamdan

The World’s Greatest Unknown Producers, Inc.

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