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Stellar Awards Come to Gospel Music Channel

Gospel Music Channel to be Exclusive Cable Home of the Stellar Awards

Multi-Year Agreement with Central City Productions Includes New "Best of The Stellars" Series

Contact: Jim Weiss, Gospel Music Channel (GMC), 770-692-4579, jim@gospelmusicchannel.com

NASHVILLE, October 21 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Gospel Music Channel television network will become the exclusive first-run cable home for The Stellar Awards, the premier Gospel event that recognizes and honors Gospel artists, as part of a new multi-year licensing agreement with Central City Productions (CCP) and Don Jackson, CCP CEO and Stellar Awards executive producer.

Beginning in 2009, Gospel Music Channel will premiere The Stellar Awards on Sunday, March 1 after it's first broadcast syndication window run. Under the new agreement, Gospel Music Channel also will debut a new, CCP-produced series "The Best of the Stellars." The GMC-exclusive 10-episode series will spotlight the most memorable moments, performances and interviews from the first 23 years of The Stellar Awards. Hosted by gospel great Vickie Winans, "The Best of the Stellars" will begin production this fall and premiere on GMC in April 2009.

"Gospel Music Channel is now the home for the most prestigious award shows in Gospel/Christian music: The Stellar Awards and The GMA Dove Awards," commented GMC vice chairman Brad Siegel. "We're thrilled to have The Stellars and the 'Best of' series and we look forward to being a television partner with Don and CCP for many years to come."

"Gospel Music Channel has become the number one television destination for gospel music fans so it is fitting that The Stellars will now be seen on GMC," commented Jackson. "Gospel Music Channel's amazing growth will help make The Stellar Awards more accessible to more viewers around the country. We look forward to the Stellars' presence on GMC year round, starting with today's announcement."

Gospel Music Channel (http://www.gospelmusicchannel.com) is the nation's first and only all music television network devoted to the uplifting, inspiring and diverse music that is Gospel/Christian music. Gospel Music Channel is the fastest-growing network in television today can be seen in nearly 40 million homes on various cable systems and nationwide on DIRECTV.

The Chicago-based Central City Productions, Inc. (CCP) produces the Stellar Gospel Music Awards. It has been 23 years since the first awards show was taped at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago. The Stellar Awards has now become the premier Gospel event that recognizes and honors African American artists. This one of a kind show has showcased top Gospel artists as well as many television and film stars. The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show is produced by Barbara Wilson for Central City Productions. Founded in 1970 by Don Jackson, Chicago-based Central City Productions is a Producer, Syndicator and Distributor of original programming on television and cable networks

Contact: Jim Weiss 770-692-4579