Wizzard Media (NYSE MKT: WZE), the world’s largest podcasting hosting
service, announced today that Levity Entertainment Group has chosen
LibsynPro to host and publish their Sideshow Network of Comedy Podcasts
(SideshowNetwork.tv) including George Lopez’s Tell Me Your Story.
George Lopez is probably the most recognizable name in podcasting and
has chosen Wizzard’s newly integrated Facebook Features: Timeline App
and OnPublish. George has risen to become one of the premier comedic
talents in both the entertainment industry and the digital space. His
self-titled TV show is ranked in the top-5 amongst syndicated comedies,
he currently hosts Fox’s reality-dating show-Take Me Out, and his
online following numbers in the millions.
The Libsyn Facebook Timeline App and LibsynPro OnPublish are customized
for the George
Lopez Facebook Page and create immediate and viral distribution for
his podcast to the over 7 million people who have “Liked” his page.
Check it out here.
Loyal followers of TV and film personalities like George Lopez, The
JerkyBoys and Tommy Chong can now access their favorite classic
materials through podcasts, iPhone and Android Apps, Facebook and
Wizzard’s paid subscription service MyLibsyn.
“We couldn’t be happier with our success in podcasting. And our
podcasters are thrilled too because their shows represent a new way to
communicate and engage with their fans,” said Paul Guest, Director of
Interactive for Levity. “It also creates new distribution and marketing
channels which support all the other aspects of their career.”
“Comedy is without a doubt the leading segment in podcasting. Levity
Entertainment, the leading name in comedy production and management and
the Sideshow Network bring over 20 comedy podcasts to libsyn with a
prestigious list of talent,” said Laurie Sims, President of Wizzard
Media. “Wizzard is the industry leader in podcast hosting with the most
top comedy podcasts in iTunes. Comedy podcasts represent nearly half of
the downloads for our Top 100 shows and are also fueling growth of our
new, paid subscription service. We expect loyal fans to embrace these
comedian’s shows as they move from movies and network television to
podcasting, Apps and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB).”
Podcasting has provided a rebirth for comedians and a launching point
into television. According to the A.V. Club, “2012 has been a good year
for comedy podcasts. It seemed like there were more
of them than ever and IFC recently optioned two of the most popular
ones for television: WTF
With Marc Maron and Comedy Bang Bang” – both of which are part of
the Wizzard Media Network.
“At Sideshow Network we’ve noticed that as our podcasting clients’
subscribers grow there is also a measurable increase in ticket and
merchandise sales,” said Roddy Swearngin, Director of Digital
Distribution for Levity. “This leads to greater opportunities in TV and
film that may have not been there otherwise.”
The Sideshow Network of Podcasts includes: George Lopez’s Tell Me
Your Story, Tommy Chong’s Pot Cast, The Jerky Boys Show
with Johnny Brennan, Eric Schwartz: Parodies Nuts!, Frangela’s Idiot
of the Week, Roast the Week with Mike Bridenstine, Pablo
Francisco: Anything Goes!, Alonzo Bodden: Who’s Paying
Attention?, Prank it Up! with Tom Mabe and more.
About Levity Entertainment Group:
Levity Entertainment Group is a vertically integrated entertainment
company with multiple platforms of content creation and distribution.
Our mission is to be the most effective, comprehensive global
entertainment resource for our clients and partners.
Levity Entertainment Group, based in Los Angeles, CA, has four divisions
that represent over 60 artists and writers, has produced over 500 hours
of television, creates and implements integrated entertainment programs
for Fortune 100 brands, and manages the online strategies for over 125
comedy properties and performers including Jim Gaffigan, Harry Shearer,
John Pinette, Todd Glass, Charlie Murphy and Katt Williams. Levity
Entertainment Group’s divisions include: Triage Entertainment
(Non-Comedy Programming), Levity Management & Production (Comedy
Programming), Molotov (Full Service Digital Agency) and e-Comic Branding
(Digital Services For Comedy).
Levity represents over 60 comedy artists and writers, including Jeff
Dunham, Jim Breuer, Pablo Francisco, Amy Schumer, Bert Kreischer and Maz
Jobrani, among others. LEG’s production, branding, and digital divisions
develop and support the careers of the top names in comedy. We have
produced over 50 highly rated primetime series and specials for Comedy
Central, TBS, CMT, and Showtime. Our productions have been broadcast in
over 20 countries and have collectively sold over 8MM home video
Visit us online at LevityEntertainmentGroup.com and SideshowNetwork.tv.
About Wizzard Media:
Wizzard Media provides podcast publishers with distribution and
monetization services. Our clients include Microsoft, National
Geographic, Harvard Business Review, NPR and more than 10,000 others who
use Wizzard Media products to measure their podcast audience, deliver
popular audio and video entertainment and monetize their content through
advertising and App sales and subscriptions. In 2010, the Wizzard Media
Network received well over 1.64 billion podcast requests from
approximately 50 million people worldwide through iPods, iPhones, iPads,
iTunes, Blackberrys, Windows Phones, Windows Media Center, Androids and
many other devices and destinations. We are part of a publicly held,
Pittsburgh based company with thousands of shareholders and a
world-class team. Visit us on the web at www.wizzardsoftware.com/media,
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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