Fandango Partners With USC School Of Cinematic Arts And Dolby For New Season Of “Fandango Frontrunners”

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Hosted by Fandango’s Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, the Award-Nominated Series Showcases A-list Talent Exploring Their Personal Journeys and Celebrated Performances

We’re very excited to be collaborating with Fandango on ‘Frontrunners,’ and offering our young filmmakers and media creators the opportunity to interact with professionals at the top of their craft...

Fandango, the nation’s leading moviegoer destination, today announced the second season launch of its original video series, “Fandango Frontrunners,” hosted by the company’s chief correspondent Dave Karger at Known for its thoughtful interviews with A-list talent and his examination of their award-worthy performances, this season’s “Frontrunners” will add several new dimensions, including its collaboration with Dolby Laboratories and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

The first episodes of “Frontrunners” will feature interviews with Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o, the Golden Globe-nominated stars of “12 Years a Slave,” Ben Stiller, star and director of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” and Octavia Spencer, co-star and executive producer of “Fruitvale Station.” The episodes were filmed at The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, which will be the home of the Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.

“With this week’s Golden Globe and SAG Awards nominations, movie awards season is kicking into high gear, making it the perfect time to launch our new season of ‘Frontrunners’,” said Host Dave Karger. “This season we are delving even deeper into the awe-inspiring performances of today’s top movies, and exploring the people, places and memories that have empowered our frontrunners throughout their careers.”

On, February 9, 2014, Fandango will film a special “Frontrunners” event on the USC campus in Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre/ Frank Sinatra Hall. Special award nominees will be interviewed about their “frontrunner” journey and will answer questions from the film school’s students in the audience and via Twitter. The special “Frontrunners” episodes will air on Fandango following the event.

“We’re very excited to be collaborating with Fandango on ‘Frontrunners,’ and offering our young filmmakers and media creators the opportunity to interact with professionals at the top of their craft, and learn about the life influences that helped them reach their dreams,” said Dean Elizabeth M. Daley, USC School of Cinematic Arts.

New episodes of “Frontrunners” will air on Fandango throughout the next few months, culminating after the 86th Academy Awards presentation on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Episodes will offer links to Fandango ticketing for the nominated films at more than 22,000 screens nationwide.

“Frontrunners” host Dave Karger is a 19-year entertainment industry journalist and one of the country’s leading experts on the Oscars. Karger also hosts Fandango’s weekly movie recommendation show, “Weekend Ticket,” which launched in March of this year. Prior to joining Fandango in September 2012, Karger worked for Entertainment Weekly. Karger has served as the go-to awards correspondent for top broadcast outlets including TODAY, Access Hollywood and E! Karger also served as the Academy Awards’ official Red Carpet Greeter on Oscar night in 2011 and 2012.

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to more than 22,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 39 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to comScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at and on Twitter @Fandango.

About USC School of Cinematic Arts
Founded in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929 over 80 years ago, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has fueled and mirrored the growth of entertainment as an industry and an art form. The School offers comprehensive programs in directing, producing, writing, critical studies, animation and digital arts, production, games and interactive media, all backed by a broad liberal arts education and taught by leading practitioners in each field. Visit at

About Dolby Laboratories
Dolby Laboratories creates audio, video, and voice technologies that transform entertainment and communications in mobile devices, at the cinema, at home, and at work. For nearly 50 years, sight and sound experiences have become more vibrant, clear, and meaningful in Dolby. For more information, please visit

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