Wizzard Media (NYSE MKT: WZE), the world’s largest podcasting hosting service, announced today that Levity Entertainment Group has chosen LibsynPro to host and publish their Sideshow Network of Comedy Podcasts (SideshowNetwork.tv) including George Lopez’s Tell Me Your Story. George Lopez is probably the most recognizable name in podcasting and has chosen Wizzard’s newly integrated Facebook Features: Timeline App and OnPublish. George has risen to become one of the premier comedic talents in both the entertainment industry and the digital space. His self-titled TV show is ranked in the top-5 amongst syndicated comedies, he currently hosts Fox’s reality-dating show- Take Me Out, and his online following numbers in the millions. The Libsyn Facebook Timeline App and LibsynPro OnPublish are customized for the George Lopez Facebook Page and create immediate and viral distribution for his podcast to the over 7 million people who have “Liked” his page. Check it out here. Loyal followers of TV and film personalities like George Lopez, The JerkyBoys and Tommy Chong can now access their favorite classic materials through podcasts, iPhone and Android Apps, Facebook and Wizzard’s paid subscription service MyLibsyn. “We couldn’t be happier with our success in podcasting. And our podcasters are thrilled too because their shows represent a new way to communicate and engage with their fans,” said Paul Guest, Director of Interactive for Levity. “It also creates new distribution and marketing channels which support all the other aspects of their career.” “Comedy is without a doubt the leading segment in podcasting. Levity Entertainment, the leading name in comedy production and management and the Sideshow Network bring over 20 comedy podcasts to libsyn with a prestigious list of talent,” said Laurie Sims, President of Wizzard Media. “Wizzard is the industry leader in podcast hosting with the most top comedy podcasts in iTunes. Comedy podcasts represent nearly half of the downloads for our Top 100 shows and are also fueling growth of our new, paid subscription service. We expect loyal fans to embrace these comedian’s shows as they move from movies and network television to podcasting, Apps and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB).”
Podcasting has provided a rebirth for comedians and a launching point into television. According to the A.V. Club, “2012 has been a good year for comedy podcasts. It seemed like there were more of them than ever and IFC recently optioned two of the most popular ones for television: WTF With Marc Maron and Comedy Bang Bang” – both of which are part of the Wizzard Media Network.“At Sideshow Network we’ve noticed that as our podcasting clients’ subscribers grow there is also a measurable increase in ticket and merchandise sales,” said Roddy Swearngin, Director of Digital Distribution for Levity. “This leads to greater opportunities in TV and film that may have not been there otherwise.” The Sideshow Network of Podcasts includes: George Lopez’s Tell Me Your Story, Tommy Chong’s Pot Cast, The Jerky Boys Show with Johnny Brennan, Eric Schwartz: Parodies Nuts!, Frangela’s Idiot of the Week, Roast the Week with Mike Bridenstine, Pablo Francisco: Anything Goes!, Alonzo Bodden: Who’s Paying Attention?, Prank it Up! with Tom Mabe and more. About Levity Entertainment Group: Levity Entertainment Group is a vertically integrated entertainment company with multiple platforms of content creation and distribution. Our mission is to be the most effective, comprehensive global entertainment resource for our clients and partners. Levity Entertainment Group, based in Los Angeles, CA, has four divisions that represent over 60 artists and writers, has produced over 500 hours of television, creates and implements integrated entertainment programs for Fortune 100 brands, and manages the online strategies for over 125 comedy properties and performers including Jim Gaffigan, Harry Shearer, John Pinette, Todd Glass, Charlie Murphy and Katt Williams. Levity Entertainment Group’s divisions include: Triage Entertainment (Non-Comedy Programming), Levity Management & Production (Comedy Programming), Molotov (Full Service Digital Agency) and e-Comic Branding (Digital Services For Comedy).
Levity represents over 60 comedy artists and writers, including Jeff Dunham, Jim Breuer, Pablo Francisco, Amy Schumer, Bert Kreischer and Maz Jobrani, among others. LEG’s production, branding, and digital divisions develop and support the careers of the top names in comedy. We have produced over 50 highly rated primetime series and specials for Comedy Central, TBS, CMT, and Showtime. Our productions have been broadcast in over 20 countries and have collectively sold over 8MM home video products.Visit us online at LevityEntertainmentGroup.com and SideshowNetwork.tv. About Wizzard Media: Wizzard Media provides podcast publishers with distribution and monetization services. Our clients include Microsoft, National Geographic, Harvard Business Review, NPR and more than 10,000 others who use Wizzard Media products to measure their podcast audience, deliver popular audio and video entertainment and monetize their content through advertising and App sales and subscriptions. In 2010, the Wizzard Media Network received well over 1.64 billion podcast requests from approximately 50 million people worldwide through iPods, iPhones, iPads, iTunes, Blackberrys, Windows Phones, Windows Media Center, Androids and many other devices and destinations. We are part of a publicly held, Pittsburgh based company with thousands of shareholders and a world-class team. Visit us on the web at www.wizzardsoftware.com/media, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Legal Notice Legal Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: "Forward-looking Statements" as defined in the Private Securities litigation Reform Act of 1995 may be included in this news release. These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance. These statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future results or events. We disclaim any intention or obligation to revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. There are important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to risks associated with changes in general economic and business conditions, actions of our competitors, the extent to which we are able to develop new services and markets for our services, the time and expense involved in such development activities, the level of demand and market acceptance of our services, changes in our business strategies and acts of terror against the United States.