KickApps Powers Groundbreaking Audience Driven Multi-Platform Show Produced by Endemol UK: 'Upstaged' Online Community Determines Who's Watched and Who Wins in Live Daily Competition

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KickApps, the leading on-demand social media platform, today announced that it was selected by the BBC and Endemol UK, part of global entertainment producer Endemol, to power the online community for a groundbreaking multi-platform (online, TV and live) entertainment event called 'Upstaged.' Contenders for the show join the Upstaged community and submit an online proposal at http://www.bbc.co.uk/upstaged. Their fate, whether they're chosen to appear on the stage and whether they stay on the stage, is decided by the Upstaged online community.

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Upstaged is ambitious and groundbreaking multiplatform entertainment. Our partnership with KickApps will play a crucial role in seamlessly integrating the online experience with the broadcast and live events.

NEW YORK &    Every week day Contenders will go head-to-head on two specially built glass stages in the middle of Millennium Square, Bristol. Contenders are tasked with trying to entertain the nation for six hours. Their acts will be shown on the Upstaged website and be featured in a BBC Three highlights show.

After scrutinizing their performance, the Upstaged community will vote for their favorite act. Each day's winner will perform again the next day with a new challenger brought forward to try and 'upstage' them. The rivalry all comes to an end in the late Spring 2008 with the crowning of an overall champion. Contenders can be alone or in groups, professional or amateur, entertainer or intellectual, the best of the best or the best of the worst.

The eight week event begins on February 4th, 2008 with the final three weeks being accompanied by a simultaneous TV series. Upstaged is open to residents of the UK over the age of 18.

"Upstaged is ambitious and groundbreaking multiplatform entertainment. Our partnership with KickApps will play a crucial role in seamlessly integrating the online experience with the broadcast and live events." said Jim Harrison, Head of Broadcast, Endemol Digital Media.

KickApps is powering all of the social media functionality on the Upstaged site, including member/contender acquisition; user generated video submissions for members trying to be contenders; online profiles; voting onto the show; and voting for the winners throughout the entire event. In addition, Upstaged will leverage the KickApps programmable video player and Widgets so visitors can view submitted acts and watch live streaming video when contenders are on stage.

"Upstaged is a prime example of how social media experiences are being successfully adopted as core components of programming by innovative media companies," said Alex Blum, CEO, KickApps. "This unique event is a powerful example of the real business impact and innovation social media can have for media and entertainment brands. We look forward to watching the show and witnessing a major milestone unfold as this new entertainment model matures."

About KickApps

KickApps' on demand social media applications enable web publishers and marketers to quickly and easily grow, engage and monetize online audiences. Our platform features a broad spectrum of applications, including social networking, user-generated content, online video players and viral Widgets, that are tightly integrated with media and community management tools for complete control of the community. KickApps is highly customizable and flexible for seamless integration with any website using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and APIs. Customers include: ABC Family, CW Television, Scripps Network Interactive, VIBE Magazine, HBO, Cinemax, BET Networks, Cox Television, Fila, Kraft Foods, P&G, the Phoenix Suns, among many others. For more information, please visit http://www.kickapps.com and http://www.kickdeveloper.com.

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