America's Hot Musician in Final Talks With Ovation TV for Prime Time Launch in October 2007

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America's Hot Musician,the reality competition for instrumental musicians, is in final discussions with the new arts network Ovation TV for a mid-October prime time launch.

America's Hot Musician (http://www.americashotmusician.org), the reality competition for instrumental musicians, is in final discussions with the new arts network Ovation TV for a mid-October prime time launch.

Ovation TV, which blasted onto the television landscape in June, 2007, to fill a void once filled by networks like BRAVO, now reaches over 16 million subscribers via Directv, and via master cable distribution agreements currently showing its network in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando, San Diego, San Antonio and Austin.

"The launch of this fresh network is great timing for us and a great synergy for our program whose mission is to promote instrumental music within the MTV/Hip Hop Generation," says Gregory Charles Royal, one of the judges on the show and the Artistic Director of American Youth Symphony (AYS), which produces the show.

America's Hot Musician, is similar to American Idol and MTV's Real World in that individual musicians audition before a spirited three judge panel, partake in subsequent performances and then live together where their experiences are chronicled featuring poignant video diaries. .The public votes from the semi-finals on and the winner receives a one year recording contract.

The judges include National Symphony Orchestra principal second violinist Marissa Regni, Talena Atfield, a young bassist formerly with the girl band Kittie, and Royal, a jazz trombonist and Duke Ellington Orchestra alum who was also a featured musician in the Broadway musical Five Guys Named Moe.

The musicians, who play a variety of styles from classical, to rock, to bebop, come from all over the country and are both professional and amateur.It is the producer's aim to make instrumental performance, a mainstream alternative to rapping and singing hence, the popular format.

Ovation TV and AYS are negotiating for the series to air Monday evenings beginning October 15, 2007.

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