“Sing Like a Star” Will Air Across 33 TEGNA Markets and be Hosted by
MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 17, 2017--
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced “Sing Like a Star,” a new,
interactive, weekly cross-platform singing competition, will premiere on
Saturday, September 16, 2017. “Sing Like a Star” will produced out of
WWL, TEGNA’s station in New Orleans, and air in 33 TEGNA communities.
The show is hosted by New Orleans native Arthel Neville, a television
journalist and daughter of music legend Art Neville.
New, original programs like “Sing Like a Star” are a component of the
company’s content transformation strategy. “Sing Like a Star” will be
TEGNA’s third original program to launch this fall. “Daily
Blast LIVE” and “Sister
Circle” will both debut on September 11. The company’s content
strategy also includes initiatives to reinvent and strengthen local
journalism through the creation of digital-first news content,
award-winning investigative reports and projects like VERIFY, which
provides unbiased fact checking.
“Sing Like a Star” will engage with audiences of all ages and
backgrounds by giving undiscovered and talented singers a shot at fame.
To appear on the show, amateur singers will post an audition through the
StarMaker app. Singers with the most online votes will be invited to New
Orleans and appear on the show. Each episode will feature three
contestants singing for 60 seconds in front of Arthel Neville and a
panel of judges who will give them a score. Two contestants will advance
to the final round where they will sing for 75 seconds. The singer with
the highest score will be the weekly winner. The top scoring weekly
winners will be eligible to return for the finals where one talented
contestant will be selected to record their own debut album and perform
at an upcoming New Orleans music festival.
“What makes ‘Sing Like a Star’ unique is its simplicity. If you think
you have what it takes, simply upload a video, encourage your social
followers to vote for your audition and with enough votes, you’ll be on
the show,” said Bob Sullivan, senior vice president, programming, TEGNA.
“‘Sing Like a Star’ will be fun and interactive and give aspiring,
talented singers across the country a shot at being discovered.”
“Sing Like a Star” will be co-produced by TEGNA and Quark Entertainment,
an award-winning production company based in New Orleans. The show’s
interactive format will offer unique sponsorship and integration
opportunities within each episode and on the “Sing Like a Star” app and
"We appreciate working with TEGNA because they are forward-thinking and
understand what it takes to create entertaining and engaging television
for viewers and high-value integration opportunities for sponsors," said
Ted Eccles, President of Quark Entertainment.
“Sing Like a Star” will be hosted by Arthel Neville, daughter of music
legend Art Neville and a New Orleans native. Early in her broadcasting
career, Neville worked at TEGNA’s WWL station and KHOU in Houston. She’s
hosted “Extreme Close-Up” for E! Entertainment, co-hosted the Miss Teen
USA Pageant and the Miss Universe Pageant and was an original host of
the syndicated show “Extra”. Neville has hosted her own signature show
on CNN “Talk Back Live with Arthel Neville” and is currently a weekend
anchor on Fox News Channel.
"I'm thrilled to be part of a show that will help make people's dreams
come true as well as shine a spotlight on my hometown," said Neville.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the
greater good of our communities. With 46 television stations in 38
markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers
across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top
25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television
households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults
on-air and 32 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been
consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R.
Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers
results for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions
including OTT local advertising network Premion,
centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O
Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with
consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells
empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers
innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.
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