|Amazon.com to Launch Weekly Original Series "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher''|
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 19, 2006-- Highlights of preview show featuring musical performance by Rob Thomas, interview with Stephen King, and more to premiere on Amazon.com beginning Tuesday, January 24
Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) today announced "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" -- a weekly original series that will stream live every Thursday night on the Amazon.com homepage beginning June 1. Sponsored by UPS and hosted by comedian Bill Maher, "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" is a 30-minute program featuring live performances by renowned musicians and thought-provoking interviews with authors, directors, and actors.
"'Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher' has a simple, yet powerful mission -- to help our customers discover new books, films, and music, and to help the creators of these works find new audiences," said Kathy Savitt, Amazon.com Vice President for Strategic Communications, Content, and Initiatives. "We believe that Bill Maher's interviews with some of the world's most renowned and up-and-coming artists and entertainers will offer customers unique insight into the motivations and inspirations behind the books, films, and music they love."
Amazon.com will preview "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend and will offer customers highlights of the show on Amazon.com beginning Tuesday, January 24. Maher's guests for the Sundance preview show include musician Rob Thomas and bestselling author Stephen King, as well as writer Armistead Maupin and actress Toni Collette from "The Night Listener," a Sundance debut film. King's latest novel, "Cell," is scheduled for release on January 24. The show's theme song, which was written and recorded by Amazon customer-favorite musician John Hiatt, will also debut at the Sundance preview.
"Amazon has included me in an opportunity to provide top-shelf television-style programming live on the world's computer screens," said Maher. "To hold forth with the industry's very best actors, directors, musicians, authors -- I'm thrilled to be on the cutting edge of this."
Produced and distributed exclusively by Amazon.com, "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" will be streamed live for 12 Thursday nights this summer through a high-definition media player on Amazon.com. In addition to musical performances and interviews, every episode will feature a surprise UPS Special Delivery to a randomly selected customer. Last summer, UPS helped Amazon.com celebrate its 10th anniversary by surprising dozens of customers across the country who opened their doors to find a UPS driver alongside their favorite stars, such as Harrison Ford, Michael J. Fox, Nick Lachey, and Jeff Bridges. Amazon.com and UPS will make more UPS Special Deliveries this summer, and the "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" video crew will capture the action for viewers.
Journalists who are interested in receiving more information or attending the Sundance preview of "Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher" can submit an inquiry via http://www.amazon.com/pr or the Amazon.com Media Hotline at 206-266-7180.
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