Time Warner Cable's On Stage Goes Across America with Playbill Contributor

Time Warner Cable's On Stage Goes Across America with Playbill Contributor

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- On Saturday, June 1, Time Warner Cable's On Stage Across America takes center stage with contributions from Broadway's beloved magazine -Playbill, an internationally known trademark and symbol of the arts since 1884. On Stage Across America, a new monthly 30-minute program about theater within the TWC footprint across the country, will include Playbill editor Blake Ross as a co-host alongside NY1 theater reporter Frank DiLella. The June episode will feature interviews with some of the 2013 TONY nominees, Broadway star turned screen actor Aaron Tveit, and a story on regional high school musical theater competitions.

Every month On Stage Across America will feature stories on Broadway shows, national tours, regional theater and high school drama programs. TWC's new show is modeled after On Stage, NY1's widely successful 15-year running theatre program that debuted in May of 1998. Helmed by reporter Frank DiLella, On Stage Across America will continue the tradition of in-depth interviews with performers, writers, producers, and directors as well as the latest backstage theater scoop from across the country. In addition, every show will include a list of local theater events from each Time Warner Cable market.

Playbill segments will feature high school, college and amateur productions using Playbill's new PlaybillVIP (playbillvip.com) tool that allows for these productions to make their own Playbill magazine and share it virtually or distribute it in their theater—just like on Broadway.

"15 years ago we discovered and fulfilled a mission here in New York, and now it's time to get our act together and take it on the road", said Tom Farkas, Director Local Programming, Time Warner Cable.

"We are excited to be able to utilize all of our local programming resources from across the country to not only distribute this program but also to generate great theater content each and every month. This show is set to be a great addition to our slate of nationally distributed local programming," said Jeremy Bitz, VP of Local Programming and New Media, Time Warner Cable.

"Playbill has been honored to serve the theatre community for close to 130 years.

Over the past 20 years, that reach has extended with Playbill's ever-growing digital footprint, which includes six web and mobile sites and counting. We are thrilled to expand our reach even further to television with this Time Warner Cable partnership," said Philip Birsh, President and Publisher of Playbill.

On Stage Across America will be available the first Saturday of every month on local Time Warner Cable news channels across the country and www.ny1.com/onstage.com. The program will also be available on local On Demand channels in Time Warner Cable markets.


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ABOUT PLAYBILL: Since its inception in 1884, PLAYBILL® has become synonymous with the legitimate theatre and is an internationally known trademark and symbol of the arts. Playbill Magazine, which can be found in theatres and classical arts venues throughout the country, proudly serves every Broadway house exclusively as well as the country's most prestigious fine arts institutions, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and the Kennedy Center. In 2013 Playbill presses will roll out 3.9 million programs monthly for nearly 100 theatres in 24 cities. Playbill's suite of theatre websites, which caters to myriad theatre professionals, fans, students and aficionados, includes the venerable news site Playbill.com, PlaybillVault.com (a digitize archive of Playbills and the largest database of Broadway information on the web), PlaybillMB.com (a personalized archive), PlaybillVIP.com (the first-ever make your own Playbill website), PlaybillStore.com (the #1 show merchandise store on the web), PlaybillClub.com (exclusive ticket, restaurant and hotel deals) with more launching in 2013.

For Time Warner Cable Inc.
Nikia Redhead, 212-379-3750

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