November 3, 2008
Fuse Inks Multi-Year Deal With Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for Television and Online Rights of Induction Ceremony
Fuse, the only national music television network, has signed a three year agreement to be the new television and online partner of the star studded Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The upcoming ceremony will air live on Fuse from Cleveland Ohio's Public Hall on April 4, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT. Fuse's exclusive deal also includes the live telecast of the 2010 and 2011 ceremonies from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Live from Cleveland, the "home of rock n' roll," the four hour show carries on the tradition of recognizing the accomplishments of each year's inductees through live performances by these artists and top name presenters who come together to celebrate the history of rock and roll. Announced in September, the nominees for induction at this year's ceremony include Metallica, Run DMC, Jeff Beck, the Stooges, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War and Bobby Womack.
"Fuse's partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame strengthens our reputation as the home of music on television," said Eric Sherman, president, Fuse. "The Rock Hall is the preeminent institution for celebrating rock music, with the induction ceremony being famous for bringing together some of the most legendary names in music. Fuse is proud to bring all of the artists, performances and impromptu moments live to our viewers."
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame deal follows Fuse's ongoing commitment to music programming including coverage of the Voodoo Experience, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and Lollapalooza. Fuse has also recently premiered three new fall programs with music at its core, including "Redemption Song," where eleven down-on-their-luck women compete against each other for a record deal; "Fuse Excellent Adventure," where comedian Nate Jackson travels the musical corners of the earth to meet the world's most interesting, entertaining and devoted music fans; and "Fuse Rock Bottom," which follows rising musical groups as they stage an intervention and give one troubled band member an ultimatum - clean up your act or get replaced.
Founded in 1983 by the legendary Ahmet Ertegun and a number of other top music business executives the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established to recognize and celebrate the impact that rock and roll has had on popular culture and the social and political movements of the past six decades. The first induction ceremony was held in New York in 1986 and over the past 23 years, the ceremony has created some of the most magical moments in music as artists have come together in legendary performances to induct the legends into their rightful place in the Hall of Fame.
"We are thrilled for Fuse to join us as our television and online partner, and look forward to working together to expand our audience and create even more magical moments that continue to recognize the legends of rock and roll and their impact on our lives and culture," said Joel Peresman, President & CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation
Located in a magnificent IM Pei designed building in Cleveland, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a world class facility dedicated to showcasing the story, artists and artifacts that make up history and ongoing significance and importance of Rock and Roll.
Artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first album. Nine nominees are selected by the foundation's nomination committee and then a larger group of former inductees, artists and music business professionals vote and select the five inductees who will be announced in early January.
Fuse, the only national music television network, brings viewers closer to their favorite artists and bands by featuring original series and specials, exclusive interviews, live concerts and video blocks - all rooted in the music experience. Celebrating the hit makers of today, familiar favorites and edgy newcomers, Fuse accommodates the wide ranging tastes and attitudes of its 12-34 year-old audience with compelling music programming on-air, on-line, on-demand and via mobile technologies. Fuse is a part of MSG Media, which includes television networks MSG and MSG Plus and MSG Interactive, which oversees all company wireless and online initiatives. MSG Media is a division of Madison Square Garden, L.P., which is owned by Cablevision Systems Corporation, and includes the New York Knicks (NBA); the New York Rangers (NHL); the New York Liberty (WNBA); the Hartford Wolf Pack (American Hockey League); MSG Entertainment, which includes concerts and events at Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, The WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, as well as the legendary Chicago Theatre, and which manages wholly-owned live entertainment properties including the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Additional information about Fuse can be found at http://press.fuse.tv
About the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a nonprofit organization that exists to educate visitors, fans and scholars from around the world about the history and continuing significance of rock and roll music. It carries out this mission both through its operation of a world-class museum that collects, preserves, exhibits and interprets this art form and through its library and archives as well as its educational programs. For more information visit: www.rockhall.com.