“Access Hollywood” and “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” Take Acts Online at MSN

REDMOND, Wash., and NEW YORK, Feb. 4, 2002 — The MSN® network of Internet services and NBC today announced plans to deliver exclusive NBC entertainment Web sites for the popular television programs
“Access Hollywood”
“The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
Starting today, fans of
“Access Hollywood”
can turn to http://accesshollywood.msn.com/ to experience the energy and excitement from daily broadcasts while they catch up on the latest in celebrity and artist news. The official Web site of
“The Tonight Show”
will be available on MSN this spring.

“Access Hollywood”
Web site will offer users unique features, such as an official Access Hollywood community where users can log on and chat with other fans of the show, as well as online polls about the broadcast. The site also will include music videos, movie trailers, hourly headlines in entertainment news and a scoreboard to measure the popularity of movies, TV programs, music videos, CDs and DVDs.

“We’re delighted to be strengthening our relationship with NBC,”
said Yusuf Mehdi, vice president, MSN.
“Through relationships like these, MSN will continue to be the most useful source on the Web for consumers to get information.”

As part of the agreement, MSN and NBC will leverage the strength of their brands to co-promote the Web sites. Links to the sites will be placed on the MSN network in the United States, and during broadcasts of
“Access Hollywood”
“The Tonight Show”
viewers will be reminded to turn to the online destination for a closer look at show happenings, behind-the-scenes information, show schedules and more.

“We’re thrilled that this broadened relationship with MSN will provide an exciting new means by which viewers can experience both ‘Access Hollywood’ and ‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,'”
said Gary Considine, executive producer, NBC Studios.


Access Hollywood

“Access Hollywood”
is in its sixth season as the exciting television entertainment newsmagazine show covering the world of entertainment with breaking showbiz news, in-depth celebrity interviews and behind-the-scenes accounts of the most important events in Hollywood. The newsmagazine continues to break new ground by providing viewers with the inside stories they want to see and has achieved substantial growth in popularity and ratings. Gary Considine and Rob Silverstein are the executive producers.


The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

America’s late-night leader, NBC’s
“The Tonight Show,”
continues its proud half-century tradition of entertaining viewers and providing them with laughs before retiring at night as well as provoking headlines and water-cooler conversation the next day. In May 2002, Jay Leno will celebrate his 10 year anniversary as host of
“The Tonight Show,”
the latest milestone in a successful run for Leno, who has been the leader in late-night ratings for more than seven of those ten years. Debbie Vickers is the executive producer.
“The Tonight Show”
is from Big Dog Productions in association with NBC Studios.

About NBC

The nation’s first broadcast network, NBC has evolved into a diverse, international media company. In addition to the NBC Television Network and 13 television stations, the company owns CNBC, operates MSNBC in partnership with Microsoft, and maintains equity interests in Arts & Entertainment, the History Channel and Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. In addition, NBC owns equity stakes in several new media companies. International holdings include CNBC Europe and CNBC Asia, which are services of NBC and Dow Jones, and an equity position in National Geographic Channels International.

About MSN

MSN attracts more than 270 million unique users worldwide per month. Available in 34 markets and 18 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and digital marketing solutions to businesses worldwide. The most useful and innovative online service today, MSN brings consumers everything they need from the Web to make the most of their time online. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com/ . MSN worldwide sites are located at http://www.msn.com/worldwide.ashx .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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