MTV Networks’ MHD: Music High-Definition Announces World Premiere of Sylvia Tosun’s: “The Venus Concert”

April 6, 2007

MTV Networks’ MHD: Music High-Definition today announced it will premiere singer, songwriter and producer, Sylvia Tosun’s “The Venus Concert,” shot in high-definition, on MHD on Saturday, April 28th at 9PM ET/PT. “The Venus Concert” is a live rock-n-roll stage show that combines modern technology and visual imagery to tell the story of Venus through Tosun’s new songs, including the popular “Jump In.”

“More and more artists, like Sylvia, are realizing that presenting music to fans in high-def is the next best thing to having them sit right in front of you,” said Tom Calderone, Executive Vice President, General Manager, VH1 who also oversees MHD. “MHD truly embraces the full spectrum of music offerings and offers an unparalleled way for artists to reach new audiences, and music fans to discover new artists.”

Tosun is best known internationally for her multi-lingual singing and messages of personal empowerment through her music. Her songwriting collaborations with spiritual poet, Julie Flanders and composer, Emil Adler as well as musical productions with producer, Miklos Malek and Grammy award winning mixer, Tom Lord-Alge, have earned critical praise. She has performed at the Great Wall of China, singing in Mandarin, along side other notable artists including Alicia Keys and Cyndi Lauper and her performances have been described as “mesmeric.”

“I’m thrilled to give my fans a ‘you are there’ experience to enjoy both the grandeur and intimacy of this concert,” said Tosun. “I am grateful to all of the talented and generous people who have come together to help me with this production, and I am honored to have people experience the emotion of these songs and this musical story through MHD.”

Sylvia Tosun has received the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and BMI Award for Excellence in Songwriting. Her original songs have been featured in TV and Film and her remixes have reached the top of the Billboard Dance Charts.

The production team for “The Venus Concert” include: 5.1 Music Mixer, Sue Pelino; Editor, Eric Singer; Art Director, Eric Woodland and Fashion Stylist, Carlos Davis. Featured musicians include: Pete Drungle (keyboard); Jon Margulies (guitar); Alex Alexander(percussion) Allison Cornell (violin); Erik Lawrence (flute) and a narration by Thaddeus Motyka.

Launched in January 2006, MHD features high-definition performances, music videos, interviews, tentpole events, music festivals, concert series, special concerts, and other music related elements. Programming includes MTV Unplugged: Ricky Martin, VH1 Storytellers: Dave Matthews Band, CMT Crossroads: Vince Gill and Allison Krauss, John Fogerty: The Long Road Home, the Isle of Wight Festival: The Who and David Bowie, and music videos from artists ranging from Cream to Green Day and Rascal Flatts, among others.

MHD is already in half of the U.S. homes that have high-definition capability and is distributed through deals with Cox Cable, Charter, Comcast, Insight, Time Warner and Verizon FiOS.

About MHD
MHD: Music High-Definition, MTV Networks’ high-definition music channel, launched in January 2006 and features original music based programming for a variety of music genres, including hip hop, rock, country, pop, reggaeton, soul and more, as well as HDTV acquisitions and original content from MTV Networks Music Group’s MTV, VH1, and CMT family of services.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with more than 130 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services – MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 150 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

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