DON MISCHER PRODUCTIONS TAPPED TO PRODUCE 2007 MISS AMERICA TELECAST FOR CMT

09/06/06

2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT to Premiere Live
From the Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Monday, January 29 on CMT


NASHVILLE – September 6, 2006 – CMT has signed highly-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning producer Don Mischer and his production company, Don Mischer Productions, to produce the 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT, it was announced today by Sarah Brock, vice president production, music and events, CMT. Mischer, whose credits include the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies, the Rolling Stones Super Bowl XL Halftime Show and the Kennedy Center Honors, will oversee production of the live, two-hour Miss America Pageant telecast from the Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Mischer and Charlie Haykel will serve as executive producers and Juliane Hare as producer.

“Everyone in the television business wants to work with Don and we’re very fortunate to have him and his team at the helm of this year’s Pageant,” said Brock. “Don’s passion for television and Miss America promises to bring a dynamic perspective to such a historic franchise.”

“The Miss America Pageant is deeply rooted in the history and tradition of our country,” said Mischer. “We’re very excited to be working with CMT on this landmark television event.”

Sam Haskell, III, chairman of the board, Miss America Organization stated: “We are incredibly proud and honored to have a producer of Don’s caliber joining us this year. Having produced hundreds of hours of quality, award-winning television, Don’s innovative approach and creative vision will set the standard for the Miss America Pageant for years to come.”
Don Mischer is a leading television events producer and director. His notable work includes Barbra Streisand’s Millennium television event in Las Vegas, the Emmy Awards, the Ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, and specials with Willie Nelson, Bob Hope, Cher, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Hines and Mikhail Baryshnikov. He also produced and directed the Super Bowl XXXIX Halftime Show starring Paul McCartney. Mischer has won 13 Primetime Emmy Awards for directing and producing.

The 2006 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT premiered on CMT last January and ranks as the most-watched telecast in CMT’s history with total viewers. Since its premiere, re-airings of the Pageant have been seen by more than 27 million viewers.
For the first time in its 85 year history, the MISS AMERICA PAGEANT took place outside of Atlantic City and debuted in Las Vegas. Jennifer Berry, of Oklahoma, is the current Miss America. The 2007 MISS AMERICA PAGEANT will take place at the Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos.  Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches 83 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.CMT.com.

The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.  Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.  For more information, go to www.missamerica.org.

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