ATLANTA - June 5, 2006 - GameTap, the first-of-its-kind broadband entertainment network from Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), today announced "Quick Hit," the latest music show to join its weekly release of exclusive original programs. "Quick Hit" provides a new outlet for artists to reach audiences plugged into the vibrant video game lifestyle and debuts with hip hop legend Ice Cube.
"Since a lot of hip hop fans are down with video games, it's cool to appear on a show for GameTap where I can talk about the games I love and my latest project," said Ice Cube, whose new album, "Laugh Now, Cry Later," is being released on June 6th. "The Internet is changing the way artists do business and broadband stations like GameTap are the way to go."
The following is an overview of the GameTap network's music offerings:
Quick Hit: This blazingly fast, yet insightful segment answers the question: what would you ask if you only had one minute with your favorite artist? Kicking off this new segment are the following stars: Ice Cube, Da Backwudz, Ne-Yo, Rihanna, and Sammie.
GamePads: A show about celebrities and how video games impact their lives. Among the notable artists who have shot segments for this series include: Fall Out Boy, Dem Franchize Boyz, Story of the Year, Morningwood, Wolfmother, Coheed & Cambria, Chamillionaire, O.A.R., Simple Plan, Dierks Bentley, Less Than Jake, The Muckrakers, Joe Nichols, Hoobastank, Nick Cannon, Chris Brown, and All American Rejects.
GameTap 10: A celebrity-driven top 10 favorite video games countdown show that adds a new twist on the presentation front with DJ 2nd Nature mixing the segment in a catchy collage-techno style while music/movie industry veteran Dee Snider assists with the count down. Some of the artists who have shot segments include Fall Out Boy, Erika Jo, Supergrass, Seether, My American Heart, Bowling For Soup, and a collective segment featuring bands from the Taste of Chaos tour, like Adair, Atreyu, The Smashup, Dredg, Greeley Estates, and Thrice.
Exclusive Performances: Music fans get performances they won't find anywhere else, including the Flaming Lips performing "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" and Gomez playing "How We Operate" off their latest albums.
Videos: GameTap's music channel is also the host to a slew of the latest music videos that often coincide with the artists featured on the shows, like Dem Franchize Boyz, Joe Nichols and My American Heart, or are buzz building acts like Gym Class Heroes, Horse the Band, and Rockie Lynne.
"Music lovers have moved online, and record labels are embracing the Internet as the premier showcase for their artists," said Ricardo Sanchez, GameTap's vice president of content. "Chances are, if you play games, you love music, and GameTap is the pop culture connection between the two with lightning round interviews, artists talking about their favorite titles and new projects, and exclusive performances you can't find anywhere else."
In addition to more than 350 shows and videos on its network, GameTap offers more than 500 video games, making it by far the largest collection of on-demand games on the internet. To register for GameTap, visit www.gametap.com where you can sign up for the leading all-you-can-play-&-watch video game lifestyle broadband network for $9.95 per month and get your first two weeks free.
Launched by Turner Broadcasting in 2005, GameTap is a pioneer and leader in broadband entertainment. It delivers more than 500 authentic versions of the greatest console, computer and arcade games on demand, including original, exclusive episodic properties like the forthcoming "Sam & Max" adventure, in collaboration with TellTale Games, and the latest incarnation of "Uru Live," with Cyan Worlds. In addition to games for every age and interest, GameTap TV offers more than 350 original entertainment programs, popular video streams and thriving virtual communities to broadband-connected PCs. New games and original programming are continually added to the service. GameTap is a downloadable application that supports navigation and game play using keyboard and mouse, as well as most USB peripherals. Go to www.gametap.com and expand your playground.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.), a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment products around the world and the leading provider of programming for the basic cable industry.