Proteus Brings Mobile Voting To The Home, Garden, and Kitchen

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Proteus lets viewers vote for their favorite “HGTV Design Star” and “The Next Food Network Star II."

Proteus, Inc., a leading creator and developer of mobile entertainment, has teamed-up with Scripps Networks to allow viewers of their flagship reality shows -- “HGTV Design Star” and “The Next Food Network Star II” -- vote for their favorite contestants right from their mobile phones. Viewers are able to vote once each day both online and via their cell phones by texting-in their choices during the voting periods.

Premiering July 23 on HGTV, “HGTV Design Star” is an exciting eight-episode competition that gives ten contestants the opportunity to prove their design talents and expertise. Together with Proteus, Scripps Networks has allowed its viewers to not only choose one of the ten contestants via their mobile phones (February 20-26) but also decide which lucky homeowner will be featured on the show to receive a room makeover (March 13-19). In August, fans will also be able to vote for the final winner of the contest by clicking at HGTV.com or texting their choices to HGTV1, or 44881.

“The Next Food Network Star” follows on its first season success and gives eight finalists the chance to showcase their skills, personalities, and overall food philosophies through a series of cooking tasks. The series premiered March 19, and airs six consecutive Sundays at 9 PM EST/PT, ending with the finale on Sunday, April 23. The Selection Committee will narrow the finalist to two, and from April 16 to April 20, viewers will decide who will win by voting online at FoodNetwork.com or by texting-in their choices to FOODN, or 36636. The winner will then be announced during the finale.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to enhance interaction with our brand through utility such as this,” said Mike Boyd, HGTV Senior Vice President of Consumer Marketing.

Guy Vidra, Vice President of Business Development, praised Scripps Networks for giving its viewers another avenue to directly participate in their shows, saying, “Scripps is proving once again that it is on the cutting edge of integrating its viewers with its programming by allowing them to vote with their mobile phones and across all carriers. ‘HGTV Design Star’ and ‘The Next Food Network Star’ are two excellent examples of how mobile technology can intertwine television and the wireless subscriber together in a compelling way.”

About Proteus

Proteus, Inc., is a leading creator and developer of mobile content, providing connectivity with all major U.S. wireless carriers and mobile entertainment solutions including messaging applications, ringtones and graphics, and downloadable applications and games. Proteus was the first company in the U.S. to bring wireless applications to the mainstream television audience with FOX Sports' broadcast of Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002. Most recently, Proteus has developed wireless entertainment solutions for HBO, ABC, and NBC's coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games. Founded in 1996, the company is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. More information can be found http://www.proteus.com

About Scripps Networks

Scripps Networks is comprised of the lifestyle television brands Home & Garden Television, Food Network, DIY Network and FINE LIVING, as well as country music network Great American Country (GAC). Scripps is the leading developer of lifestyle-oriented content for television and the Internet, where on-air programming is complemented with online content. The Scripps Networks Interactive sites include HGTV.com, FoodNetwork.com, DIYnetwork.com, FineLiving.com, GACTV.com and HGTVPro.com.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Nashville, Scripps Networks is owned by The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE:SSP), a diverse media concern with interests in newspaper publishing, broadcast television, national television networks, interactive media, and television retailing. Scripps operates 21 daily newspapers, 10 broadcast TV stations, Scripps Howard News Service, United Media, Shop at Home and Shopzilla.com.

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