Blockbuster Casts Melissa Rivers to Celebrate the 2013 Academy Awards with the Blockbuster Awards Night “Fan”-tasy Movie

  Blockbuster Casts Melissa Rivers to Celebrate the 2013 Academy Awards with
  the Blockbuster Awards Night “Fan”-tasy Movie League

  Melissa Rivers submits ballot on and invites fans to
                           join her celebrity pool

Business Wire

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- February 13, 2013

Popular reality TV star, host and producer Melissa Rivers is inviting 2013
Academy Awards® fans the world over to join her online Awards Night league at®. BLOCKBUSTER^®’s interactive website is designed for
people to host, manage and participate in a fantasy league celebrating the
Academy Awards. Rivers will share her favorite picks for the night and host
her own pool on, which consumers can join and compete
with one another by submitting their own ballots.

Reality TV star, host and producer Melissa Rivers submits her Academy Awards
ballot to the Blockbust ...

Reality TV star, host and producer Melissa Rivers submits her Academy Awards
ballot to the Blockbuster Awards Night Fan-tasy Movie League and launches her
own celebrity pool on (Maury Phillips, Getty Images)

“What better way to celebrate the Academy Awards than with a friendly online
competition,” Rivers says. “Let’s see what you’ve got – I invite you to join
my Blockbuster Awards Night Fan-tasy Movie League pool and compete with me, my
friends and family. We’ll be making a whole night out of the show on February
24, with everyone gathered for a viewing party to watch the red carpet
arrivals and then tracking our ballot results live on
It’ll be a fun night to remember – with plenty of red carpet mishaps and
memorable acceptance speeches, I’m sure!”

Users of can:

  *Set up leagues to predict Academy Award winners and invite guests to
  *Join leagues hosted by others – such as Melissa Rivers – to see how they
    stack up against their neighbors.
  *Watch a robust collection of trailers and bios on all nominees.

“Melissa Rivers has her finger on the pop culture pulse,” says Mitch Weinraub,
Blockbuster vice president of product marketing. “She’s interviewed Academy
Awards nominees on red carpets over the years and launched a successful show
around all things celebrities, fashion and trends. As a mother and daughter,
Melissa also celebrates family during these special Hollywood moments. is a great way to participate in the Academy Awards fun
this year and adds to the social experience that brings people together to
enjoy special pop culture events.”

During the live broadcast of the event, will update with
real-time stats based on individual picks and pools. Participants can track
their results from their home computer, iPhone, iPad or Android device. Follow
along for the results of Melissa Rivers’ celebrity pool and enjoy the friendly
competition and reveal of the night’s big winners.

Visit to sign up and join or host a league. The
Blockbuster Awards Night Ballot is free to anyone who wishes to participate; a
pre-existing Blockbuster account is not required.

About Blockbuster

Blockbuster L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH),
is a leader in the movie and game industry in digital and disc rentals and
sales. Blockbuster provides convenient access to family entertainment through
a variety of channels – by mail via, in nearly 800 stores
across the U.S., via digital movie downloads using a PC, Blu-ray player,
connected TV or portable device and via Blockbuster@Home through DISH – making
it easy and convenient to access family entertainment. Stores offer a variety
of memberships for every type of movie lover, as well as games for all major
gaming devices, including Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox
and Xbox 360. Focused on ease and convenience, it is no wonder that
Blockbuster serves millions of customers nationally and internationally. Visit

About DISH

DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), through its subsidiary DISH Network
L.L.C., provides approximately 14.042 million satellite TV customers, as of
Sept. 30, 2012, with the highest quality programming and technology with the
most choices at the best value, including HD Free for Life. Subscribers enjoy
the largest high definition line-up with more than 200 national HD channels,
the most international channels, and award-winning HD and DVR technology. DISH
Network Corporation’s subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., delivers family
entertainment to millions of customers around the world. DISH Network
Corporation is a Fortune 200 company. Visit

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