NBC is thrilled to announce its second annual joint-venture fan event with stars of NBC daytime programs and Telemundo’s popular “telenovelas” for “Fan Festival 2004.” Pictured at right is DOOL's Alison Sweeney (Sami) with a fan at Fan Fest 2003.
On the weekend of March 20-21, NBC and Telemundo will provide fans with a rare chance to meet their favorite stars from NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and “Passions – as well as stars of the hottest Spanish-language telenovelas -- at the Universal Studios CityWalk in Hollywood, California.
The two-day event will feature question-and-answer programs in both English (with the NBC stars) and Spanish (with the Telemundo stars). Autograph signings will also be featured.
“Fan Festival 2004” will be sponsored by OLAY. Last year, the festival marked the first event joining the stars of NBC and Telemundo since NBC acquired the Spanish-language network in 2002.
“With the success of Fan Festival 2003, we’re thrilled to continue the world’s only international soap-opera experience,” said Sheraton Kalouria, Senior Vice President, NBC Daytime Programs, NBC Entertainment. Kalouria, pictured here at last year's Fan Fest, conceived of the event to reward the loyal fans of NBC soaps and Telemundo telenovelas.
“This year, we are extremely proud to participate in NBC/Telemundo Fan Fest with the stars from our very own original productions,” said Ramon Escobar, Executive Vice President, Programming and Production for Telemundo. “Fans from Telemundo’s novelas and NBC’s soaps will get a real treat at Universal Studios as they will get up-close and personal with their favorite celebrities from both networks.”
Over 60 of today’s hottest soap stars combined from both networks will appear in Hollywood. Stars from NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and “Passions” will share the spotlight with stars from Telemundo’s latest prime-time hits. “Fan Festival 2004” will offer opportunities for interaction between the fans and their favorite stars with presentations in both English and Spanish providing a unique experience for soap fans from around the country.
NBC's two-hour soap block consists of perennial powerhouse “Days of Our Lives” and the daytime phenomenon, “Passions.” NBC is No. 1 for the season in daytime's key demographic of women 18-49 and is the only network to show growth vs. versus year-ago results. For the season, NBC is #1 among women 18-49, women 18-34, women 18-24, females 12-17 and working women 18-49. NBC Daytime is the #1 choice this season among working women, up 33 percent over year-ago results among working women 18-49 while the other networks are flat or down.
“Days of Our Lives” is produced by Corday Productions Inc. in association with Columbia Pictures Television. “Passions” is produced by NBC Studios in association with Outpost Farms Productions, Inc.
Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish-language television network, is the essential entertainment, news and sports source for Hispanics. Broadcasting unique national and local programming for the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population, Telemundo reaches 91% of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 118 markets through its 15 owned and operated stations, 32 broadcast affiliates and nearly 450 cable affiliates. Telemundo is wholly-owned by GE (NYSE:GE) and is managed by NBC, the nation's leading broadcast network.
Universal Studios CityWalk is a unique dining and shopping promenade adjacent to Universal Studios Hollywood featuring 65 entertainment-themed restaurants, clubs, shops and movie theaters. Universal Studios Hollywood (www.universalstudioshollywood.com) is a unit of Universal Parks & Resorts, a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE) (www.universalstudios.com), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
Updates on talent attending and additional information will be available at nbc.com/fanfestival and telemundo.com/fanfestival. The website will provide up-to-the-minute information on the weekend’s events and exclusive coverage of the event as it occurs.
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