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BRAVO UNVEILS 2010 SERIES ORDERS

Having just celebrated its fourth consecutive best year ever in 2009 – ranked as the No. 18 cable entertainment network among adults 18-49 in primetime, and the fastest growing cable entertainment network among women in that demo (No. 10 up from No. 21 two years ago), according to Nielsen Media Research – Bravo announced today that it will expand its high quality, addictive programming by an additional 20 percent in 2010. The announcement was made by Frances Berwick, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Bravo Media. Bravo continued to grow its coveted audience in 2009 – the most affluent and engaged in cable entertainment – delivering its 17th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth among adults 18-49, while lowering its median age. Additionally, Bravo retained the most engaged audience in cable entertainment among adults 18-49 for four consecutive years, every year that Nielsen IAG has measured. Underlying this engagement, Bravo’s digital offerings also produced their best year ever in video streams and unique visitors, with double digit increases in those categories, as well as a fourth consecutive year of growth in uniques. And, in mobile, the network posted triple digit page view increases, up 327 percent from 2008. Focused on the network’s “passion groups” of Food, Fashion, Beauty, Design and Pop Culture, Bravo unveiled a number of new and returning programs as well as premiere dates for its successful series. Previously in development, Bravo announced series pick-ups for two docu-series featuring women well-known and loved by the network’s audience – “Bethenny’s Getting Married?” featuring “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Bethenny Frankel, and “Thintervention with Jackie Warner,” featuring the celebrity trainer from “Work Out.”

Bravo continued to grow its coveted audience in 2009 – the most affluent and engaged in cable entertainment – delivering its 17th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth among adults 18-49, while lowering its median age. Additionally, Bravo retained the most engaged audience in cable entertainment among adults 18-49 for four consecutive years, every year that Nielsen IAG has measured. Underlying this engagement, Bravo’s digital offerings also produced their best year ever in video streams and unique visitors, with double digit increases in those categories, as well as a fourth consecutive year of growth in uniques. And, in mobile, the network posted triple digit page view increases, up 327 percent from 2008.

Underlying this engagement, Bravo’s digital offerings also produced their best year ever in video streams and unique visitors, with double digit increases in those categories, as well as a fourth consecutive year of growth in uniques. And, in mobile, the network posted triple digit page view increases, up 327 percent from 2008.

Focused on the network’s “passion groups” of Food, Fashion, Beauty, Design and Pop Culture, Bravo unveiled a number of new and returning programs as well as premiere dates for its successful series. Previously in development, Bravo announced series pick-ups for two docu-series featuring women well-known and loved by the network’s audience – “Bethenny’s Getting Married?” featuring “The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Bethenny Frankel, and “Thintervention with Jackie Warner,” featuring the celebrity trainer from “Work Out.”

“Bravo continues to grow our highly engaged audience, powered by the network’s signature characters, talented experts and their aspirational lifestyles,” said Berwick. “Developing shows around these addictive personalities is the secret sauce in allowing us to nearly double our original hours over the past three years, and to feed that passion across all consumer touchpoints.”

Bravo confirmed new season orders for a third season of “The Rachel Zoe Project” as the noted celebrity stylist works awards season, fashion weeks around the world and welcomes a new member to her team. Returning for a sixth season of unpredictable hilarity is the two-time Emmy award-winning “Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List.” Griffin has also signed on for two new stand-up comedy specials in 2010 with the network. Additionally, Bravo announced a fourth season of its successful docu-series “Flipping Out” featuring OCD houseflipper Jeff Lewis, and a third season of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” which retains the crown as the network’s highest rated Real Housewives franchise ever.

“Top Chef” judge Gail Simmons will serve as host of the network’s newest culinary competition series “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” a spin-off of the popular Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning franchise “Top Chef.” The series, produced by the Magical Elves, will consist of pastry chefs competing against one another in a series of challenges. Freshman series “9 By Design” will premiere on Monday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, “Double Exposure” will premiere in April and “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” premieres in June. The anticipated third season of “The Real Housewives of New York City” premieres Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and the second season of Bravo’s successful culinary spin-off “Top Chef Masters” premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and moves to its regular 10 p.m. time period on April 14. The network’s first topical live series, “Watch What Happens: Live” returns for its winter season with Oscar nominee Liam Neeson and actor Cheyenne Jackson on Thursday, January 14 at midnight ET/PT. Following are the new, returning and in development programming announcements:

Freshman series “9 By Design” will premiere on Monday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, “Double Exposure” will premiere in April and “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist” premieres in June. The anticipated third season of “The Real Housewives of New York City” premieres Thursday, March 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, and the second season of Bravo’s successful culinary spin-off “Top Chef Masters” premieres Wednesday, April 7 at 11 p.m. ET/PT and moves to its regular 10 p.m. time period on April 14. The network’s first topical live series, “Watch What Happens: Live” returns for its winter season with Oscar nominee Liam Neeson and actor Cheyenne Jackson on Thursday, January 14 at midnight ET/PT. Following are the new, returning and in development programming announcements:

SERIES PICK-UPS:

BETHENNY’S GETTING MARRIED?

As one of the breakout characters of “The Real Housewives of New York City,” Bethenny Frankel has shared her social life with millions, and in her new docu-series fans will get an up close and personal look at her career. Viewers will follow the outspoken New York City socialite as she juggles her happy love life, plans a wedding and prepares for baby while managing her insanely busy schedule and career as a natural foods chef. Somewhere in her schedule she found time to write two books on healthy living – Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinny Girl & Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting (that quickly became a New York Times bestseller) and The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life – and continues to manage her line of “Skinny Girl” cocktails. The series is produced by Shed Media U.S. for Bravo. Jennifer O’Connell, Matt Anderson and Nick Emmerson serve as executive producers.

THINTERVENTION WITH JACKIE WARNER

An emotional new docu-series inspired by renowned fitness expert Jackie Warner’s life mission to change lives through healthy habits, “Thintervention” will give viewers an even closer look at what Warner does best – kick butt and inspire drastic lifestyle changes for her overweight clients who are struggling to lose weight and get healthy for good. The series will track the stories of people struggling with ongoing weight issues as Warner works with them in their real lives surrounded by the every day distractions and stresses of family and work. Each episode of the one hour series will feature a grueling workout pushing clients to their emotional and physical limits, a therapy session to get to the root of their weight issues, and a life lesson in nutrition such as grocery shopping or surprise raids of their home kitchens. “Thintervention with Jackie Warner” is produced by Shed Media U.S. for Bravo. Jennifer O’Connell, Jackie Warner and Nick Emmerson serve as executive producers.

NEW SERIES/SPECIALS:

9 BY DESIGN

Monday, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

An eight-episode docu series that chronicles husband and wife design team, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, “9 by Design” follows the owners of Sixx Design, a renovation and design firm in New York that specializes in creating unique living spaces. They have made it their business to seek out abandoned buildings across Manhattan and transform them into multi-million dollar living spaces. The name of their company relates to the number of kids the Novogratzs had at the time the firm was founded. Today, parents Robert and Cortney have seven kids ranging in age from six months to 12 years old and including two sets of twins. New York City may not be the typical place to raise a large and growing family, but for the Novogratzs there’s no place they’d rather be as the large family lives in each of the homes Bob and Cortney flip. “9 By Design” is produced by Left/Right, Inc. with Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver serving as executive producers.

DOUBLE EXPOSURE

Premieres April 2010

“Double Exposure” follows photographers Markus Klinko and Indrani, along with high-end stylist GK Reid, giving viewers a taste of the world of high fashion and celebrity photography. From album covers for David Bowie and Beyonc, to prize-winning photographs of celebrities like Lady Gaga and Lindsay Lohan, Markus and Indrani have shot virtually every contemporary boldface name and countless other iconic images for fashion campaigns and magazines. With a former couple working together 18 hours a day in incredibly high-stress environments, filled with deadlines, stretched budgets, expensive locations and demanding talent, it’s not unusual for sparks to fly both on camera and outside the frame. “Double Exposure” is produced by Juma Entertainment for Bravo. Bob Horowitz and Lewis Fenton serve as executive producers.

KELL ON EARTH

Monday, February 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

Bravo takes a no holds barred look at the high-powered and fast-paced world of fashion PR through the eyes of renowned and feared executive, Kelly Cutrone, as she balances running her wildly successful fashion PR company, People’s Revolution, juggling Fashion Weeks in New York and London, with being a single mother and one of New York’s most notable women about town. Cutrone has been called one of the “coolest, most intimidating persons ever,” and, judging from her frank demeanor and fashion world credibility, it’s easy to see why. “Kell on Earth” is produced by Magical Elves for Bravo. Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Kelly Cutrone and Billy Taylor serve as executive producers.

TOP CHEF: JUST DESSERTS A spin-off of the Emmy-nominated and James Beard Award-winning successful Bravo franchise, “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” hosted by Gail Simmons features pastry chefs competing against one another in a series of challenges. The Emmy-nominated Magical Elves will produce “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz (“Top Chef,” “Top Chef Masters,” “Project Runway,” “Top Design”) and Casey Kriley as executive producers.

WORK OF ART: THE NEXT GREAT ARTIST

Premieres June 2010

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