Thursday, May 31, 2007

French cable channel hosting concert contest

French pop star Patrick Bruel will make his first U.S. appearance during a tour that kicks off in San Francisco on June 4th. TV5MONDE USA, the only 24-hour French language channel that can be seen nationally in America on leading cable systems, has been named the tour’s media sponsor as part of its partnership with Arcoprod. Additional concerts include Los Angeles on June 6th, Miami on June 12th, New York on June 14th and Washington, D.C. on June 15th.

TV5MONDE USA is currently running a contest on their website ( in conjunction with the sponsorship. Eight lucky winners will be awarded a pair of tickets each to one of four concerts held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami or New York. Only two prizes will be awarded per city. The sweepstakes ends on June 2 at 8 a.m. PT.

“Patrick is a huge star in France and we are delighted to help introduce his showmanship to the U.S.,” commented Patrice Courtaban, COO of TVMONDE USA. “TVMONDE USA strives to bring A-list French-speaking artists to America in order to offer a taste of French culture, and this sponsorship fits right in with that objective.”

Born in Algeria, Bruel first achieved success as an actor and earned teen idol status after the release of his second musical album, Alors Regarde, in 1989. The French media dubbed his following “Bruelmania” thanks to the screaming teenaged fans who swarmed his concerts. In 1992 Bruel earned an award for Best Male Artist of the Year at France’s annual ceremony, Victoires de la Musique, which celebrates the best singers of the year, and a World Music Award in 2003 for Best French Pop/Rock Male Artist. In addition, a skilled poker player, Bruel joined the World Series of Poker tour, winning the world championship in the Limited Hold ‘Em event in 1998. Bruel released his latest album, Des Souvenirs Devant, in 2006.

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TV5MONDE is the only digital, global French-language network, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to more than 171 million households in 200 countries worldwide, making it the second largest global network in terms of subscribers. In the United States, TV5MONDE USA is seen throughout the nation on cable systems belonging to Comcast, Time Warner, and Cox, and on satellite via the DISH Network. The channel’s U.S. headquarters are based in Los Angeles.

TV5MONDE is seen as a basic cable channel on seven different feeds serving Africa, Latin America, Asia-South Pacific, Europe, France-Switzerland-Belgium, Orient, and Quebec-Canada. For more information about TV5MONDE and its programming, please visit:

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