Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 6, 2004
National LampoonÂ®, Inc. (OTCBB: NLPN) and Atlas Worldwide Syndications & Distributions announced today that their co-produced reality courtroom television series ÂEye for an Eye,Â has signed media personality Kato Kaelin as host. Kaelin, who rose to fame as AmericaÂs favorite houseguest during the O.J. Simpson trial and has since become something of a cultural icon, joins the National Lampoon production as host for the showÂs upcoming third season.
ÂEye for an EyeÂ captures the essence of justice and puts punishment front and center. A non-traditional, no-nonsense, no-holds-barred spectacle of trial and punishment, the syndicated reality courtroom show, breaks ground and takes small claims court to places unseen since the Spanish Inquisition. Unlike any other courtroom television program, ÂEye for an EyeÂ features the powerful and enigmatic Judge ÂExtreme AkimÂ sentencing his litigants to ÂpaybacksÂ with signature punishment episodes. Akim, a former State Prosecutor for South Carolina, appears alongside Sugar Ray Phillips (former middleweight boxing champion of the world) as bailiff. ÂEye for an EyeÂ delivers a gavel crack unheard of in the canon of American courtroom television.
ÂÂEye for an EyeÂ is such a fun and quirky idea,Â said Kato Kaelin. ÂI immediately liked the concept. We have such a great team on board with National Lampoon, "Extreme AkimÂ and Sugar Ray. I'm thrilled to be joining as host and even more thrilled to be on the other side of the witness stand for a change.Â
ÂWe are ecstatic to have Kato Kaelin as host of the show,Â said the programÂs creator and Executive Producer Jerry Bryant. ÂHe has so much character and personality, that after meeting with him for only 5 minutes, I realized that itÂs KatoÂs world and we just live in it.Â Bryant, who devised the original concept for the show following an unsatisfactory ruling in a court case of his own, was integral in bringing Kato aboard. The showÂs judge, ÂExtreme Akim,Â also ruled in favor of KaelinÂs addition to the litigation laugher. ÂI am very excited to have Kato as the new host of ÂEye for an Eye.Â HeÂs constantly making me laugh and really ups the humor content of our already outrageous show.Â
National LampoonÂs Chief Operating Officer Dan Laikin was equally supportive of the addition of Kaelin to the cast. "Kato is one of the quickest, funniest, most engaging people we have dealt with here at National Lampoon. He will be a huge asset to the show."
ÂEye for an EyeÂ began airing in January of 2003 in markets such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Nashville, and New Orleans. Since then, the show has been building momentum and market share with increased demand from program directors and general managers across the country. For the showÂs upcoming third season, Atlas Worldwide has cleared approximately 70% of the country and, in partnership with National Lampoon, ÂEye for an EyeÂ will shift to a strip in September of 2005.
ÂEye for an EyeÂ began shooting its new season in November of 2004. The show is currently airing nationwide on FOX, The WB, UPN, ABC and CBS affiliates. For more information on the series or for show times in your area visit http://www.eyeforaneyetv.com. National LampoonÂs ÂEye for an EyeÂ will be present at the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Conference and Exhibition, Booth 601, January 25-27, 2005 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas.
About National Lampoon
National Lampoon (OTCBB: NLPN) is and has been one of the leading brands in comedy for more than 30 years. National Lampoon is active in a broad array of entertainment activities, including feature films, television programming, interactive entertainment, home video, audio CDs and book publishing. The company also owns interests in all major National Lampoon properties, including "National Lampoon's Animal House," the National Lampoon "Vacation" series and "National Lampoon's Van Wilder." The National Lampoon Network is the fastest growing independent college television network in the country, serving over 610 colleges and universities throughout the United States and reaching nearly 5 million students -- just about one quarter of all 18-to-24-year-old college students in the country today -- where they live. In the 1970s and '80s, National Lampoon was the most widely read publication on college campuses, while today the Web site, http://www.nationallampoon.com, is one of the most popular humor sites on the Internet.
About Atlas Worldwide Syndications & Distributions
Atlas Worldwide is a dedicated company that offers an all-encompassing service to our clients. The television distribution market is defined in terms of revenues generated by distributors of television programming. We are in a time when media channels have resulted in the distribution of too much content for too few avenues. We take advantage of the smallest opportunities in what has become a buyer's market. We pride ourselves on understanding the needs of both the producer and the programmer. We are known for having an established and well-received reputation within the marketplace. Here at Atlas Worldwide, we are committed to providing an all-inclusive service to our clients, handling advertising, sales, worldwide distribution, and public relations. For more information on Atlas Worldwide Syndications & Distributions visit http://www.atlasworldwide.net.
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