Jamie Foxx to Launch Exclusive Urban Comedy, Entertainment and Lifestyle Channel on SIRIUS Satellite Radio
Jamie Foxx presents 'The Foxxhole,' groundbreaking channel of comedy, variety, music, radio theater and entertainment
NEW YORK, Jan 23, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- SIRIUS Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI) today announced that it will launch The Foxxhole, an exclusive urban comedy, entertainment and lifestyle channel with Academy Award-winning actor, American Music Award-winning and GRAMMY(R)-nominated artist, and comedian Jamie Foxx. Foxx won the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Ray and is currently starring in the award-winning smash hit movie Dreamgirls.
As executive producer, on-air host and contributor for the channel, Foxx will draw from his wide array of artistic experience and success from music, comedy, film and television. Marcus King, who has produced such Foxx projects as The Jamie Foxx Show, Jamie Foxx: Unpredictable, Genius: A Night for Ray Charles, and other television series and specials, will also serve as executive producer. The 24/7 channel will feature urban comedy bits from a large number of comedians, and will create groundbreaking approaches to presenting comedy to radio listeners, as well as showcase music, skits, radio theater and more. The Foxxhole will launch this spring on SIRIUS channel 106.
"The Foxxhole will break new ground in comedy, blurring the lines between stand-up, sketch, and music," said Foxx. "SIRIUS Satellite Radio gives me the opportunity to create urban entertainment and programming like you have never heard on the radio."
Foxx will be heard on the channel daily with a segment featuring dispatches from Jamie no matter where he is in the world. Also, Foxx and his team of contributors will host a weekly show on the channel. The show will feature original comedy bits and a new approach to radio theater.
"Jamie Foxx is a triple threat in the world of entertainment and we are thrilled to have him make his radio home at SIRIUS," said Scott Greenstein, President, Entertainment and Sports, SIRIUS Satellite Radio. "SIRIUS has established itself as a leader in groundbreaking exclusive programming. The Foxxhole adds yet another compelling element to our channel lineup."
The Foxxhole joins a powerful lineup of comedy, music, variety and entertainment channels on SIRIUS, including Raw Dog: Comedy Uncensored, Blue Collar Comedy, Laugh Break, Eminem's Shade 45, Hip-Hop Nation, and SIRIUS Hits 1.
Jamie Foxx is an Academy-Award winning actor, American Music Award-winner, Grammy-nominated artist, and critically acclaimed comedian. A classically trained pianist who was raised in the church, Foxx studied at San Diego Performing Arts College before moving into comedy on television. Early in his career, Foxx did stand-up at comedy clubs. He won the 1991 Oakland Comedy Competition and that same year joined the cast of In Living Color. He went on to star in The Jamie Foxx Show and multiple feature films such as Any Given Sunday, Ali, Jarhead, Collateral, and Miami Vice.
Currently Foxx is on a nationwide tour in support of Unpredictable, his 2006 debut album from J Records. The album was an unprecedented success, selling over 2 million copies, garnering critical acclaim and winning Foxx his first AMA at the 34th annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles. He was named Favorite Male Soul/R&B Artist and dedicated his performance of "Wish U Were Here" to his mother. He was also nominated for Favorite Album. "Gold Digger," his collaboration with Kanye West, spent 10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top 100 and also received GRAMMY nominations for Record of the Year and Best Rap Solo Performance.
Foxx is nominated for four 2007 GRAMMY awards: Best R&B Album for Unpredictable, Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for "Love Changes" by Jamie Foxx featuring Mary J. Blige, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Unpredictable" by Jamie Foxx featuring Ludacris, and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for "Georgia" by Ludacris and Field Mob, featuring Jamie Foxx.
Foxx is represented by Creative Artists Agency and the law firm of Del, Shaw, Moonves, Tanaka, Finkelstein, and Lezcano, who negotiated this deal.
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