AOL's Entertainment Asylum, Where the Fans Meet the Stars Online, Celebrates One-Year Anniversary on October 27th; Announces First Annual, World-Wide Online Entertainment Awards: 'You've Got Fans'

October 26, 1998

Hollywood, CA; October 26, 1998: AOL's Entertainment Asylum, where the fans meet the stars online, is proud to announce the First Annual "You've Got Fans" Awards. Online for just one year, Entertainment Asylum enjoys unprecedented access to Hollywood for an online outlet, and has interviewed thousands of celebrities at premieres, press junkets and on location, and hundreds have stopped by Studio-I to meet their online fans throughout the world. Entertainment Asylum is available on AOL (Keyword: EA), AOL.Com(www.aol.com/webcenters/entertainment) and the Web (www.asylum.com). The "You've Got Fans awards" is a special event where the worldwide online community can nominate and vote for their favorite movies, television shows, bands and celebrities of 1998, as well as create their own category for voting! Debuting on October 27th, in celebration of Entertainment Asylum's first "birthday," the "You've Got Fans" Awards will offer fans from all over the world an unprecedented opportunity to make their voices heard in Hollywood on a large scale, interactively. The Categories are: û Spotlight Award-Entertainment Asylum's "Vanguard Award" û "You've Got Fans" Award- Fans Create the Category and nominate the contenders û Hottest Male û Coolest Female û Favorite TV Show û Celebrity You'd Most Like on Your "Buddy List" û CD of the Year û Sexiest Newcomer û Favorite Music Artist û LOL Comedy Award -- Or What Made You Laugh out Loud? û The Best of the Worst û Movie of the Year Nominations begin today for the first 4 categories, and each week nominations on the remaining categories will begin. The nominees will be announced and voting in all categories will begin on December 26th and will end at Midnight, Friday, January 1, 1999. The winners will be announced during an AOL Live/Web simulcast event on Monday, January 4, 1999. On Tuesday, October 27th, these awards will be available on AOL (Keyword: You've Got Fans), AOL.Com (asylum.aol.com/awards) and the Web (www.asylum.com/awards). "The "You've Got Fans" Awards are an extraordinary opportunity for people around the world to participate together in a way that only the online experience can provide. By leaving the nominating process open to the fans online, the awards will reflect the true opinion of the online community." Said Monica Dodi, CEO of Entertainment Asylum, "Fans love to share opinions and have their voices heard about entertainment and entertainers, Entertainment Asylum is the one place online where they are able to do just that." * * * World's First Interactive Webcasting Facility, Studio-i, Welcomes 300th Guest: Bryan Adams * * * Bryan Adams will visit Studio-I for a live, interactive Webcast and AOL Chat on Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00 p.m. EST on AOL at AOL Keyword: EA Chat, on AOL.COM (asylum.aol.com/si) and on the Web (www.asylum.com/si). His visit will also launch an online contest where entrants can win a Fender guitar signed by Bryan Adams during his visit. A full schedule of other upcoming celebrity events is also available at these online locations. Entertainment Asylum's Studio-i uses the Internet to create a unique and truly interactive experience between the fan and the celebrity. Studio-i is a one-of-a-kind, in-house studio where celebrities can interact with their fans around the world. Outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, Studio-i enables celebrities to interact with fans on both AOL, AOL.Com and the World Wide Web (simultaneously) in a comfortable, studio-like setting. The Web and AOL.Com audiences are free to participate in these events. Video from the celebrity event is broadcast in live, streaming audio/video, and the audience is able to submit questions to the studio while chatting with other entertainment fans. AOL's 13 million households also participate in these live celebrity events through AOL's popular text-based chat AOL Live. Typists transcribe Entertainment Asylum's live events simultaneously into the text AOL Live chat, enabling members to chat with each other and with the celebrity. Some of the celebrities who have visited Entertainment Asylum's Studio-I include: Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner (1st Studio-i guests) û Dustin Hoffman û Holly Hunter û Robert Duvall û Richard Dreyfuss û Kenneth Brannagh (100th guest) û Garbage û Della Reese û Timothy Hutton û Grant Lee Buffalo û Jean-Claude VanDamme (200th guest)û Etta James û Rod Steiger û Patrick MacNee û Eric Stoltz û Barney û Bill Pullman û Dwight Yoakam û Patrick Stewart û Fastball û Sir James Martin Celebrities, On Demand: On Demand Video Hosts over 800 Video Clips Following the live events, interviews are archived and available for viewing by the Web and AOL.Com audience at any time in Entertainment Asylum's "On Demand Video" archives. Celebrities interviews from premieres and set visits are also availabe here. Over 800 interviews can be accessed and played by the audience, on demand. On AOL, the transcripts are available 2 days following the event and video highlights from in-studio interviews are produced into AOL Slideshows for the AOL audience.

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