Jamie Kennedy to Host "fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards" Honoring the Best in Horror-Themed Film and Music

30 Seconds to Mars and Avenged Sevenfold to Perform Live
Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy, Slipknot, The Used, Gym Class Heroes,
Chingy, Korn's Jonathan Davis & Cobra Starship
to Present at Awards Spectacular in Los Angeles

Event Will Premiere Exclusively On fuse Sunday, October 22nd

HOLLYWOOD, CA – September 18, 2006fuse, the nation's only viewer-influenced music television network and Fangoria Entertainment, the number one brand in horror for the past 25 years, have announced that the irrepressible Jamie Kennedy will serve as host for the first-ever televised fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards to be held Sunday, October 15th at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles. Buzz bands 30 Seconds to Mars and Avenged Sevenfold have signed on to lead the list of acts to perform during the telecast. Rob Zombie and his actress wife Sheri Moon Zombie, The Used, Slipknot, Chingy, Fall Out Boy, Korn's Jonathan Davis, Gym Class Heroes and Cobra Starship are the first presenters to jump aboard this Halloween-season awards event.

Spotlighting the best in horror-themed cinema, music and television, the fuse Fangoria Chainsaw Awards will premiere on fuse Sunday, October 22nd at 9:30pm ET. Additional announcements of performers and presenters are forthcoming.

"Award shows can thrive or die due to one important factor, the nimbleness of the host," said Catherine Mullen, EVP and General Manager of fuse. "In Jamie Kennedy, we have the ultimate ringmaster, an improv genius who can make the most of the surprises that are sure to unfold when outrageous personalities from the worlds of horror and music collide."

"30 Seconds to Mars and Avenged Sevenfold are not only fuse viewer-favorites, but artists whose images and videos are directly inspired by horror films," continued Mullen. "We're delighted that they'll be on board to perform, and that presenters like Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy, Chingy, The Used, Slipknot, Jonathan Davis, Gym Class Heroes, and Cobra Starship will also be supporting our first foray into the awards arena."

"This horror-meets-music summit will need a sure hand to guide it, and sometimes to derail it, to make magical TV moments," stated Thomas DeFeo, President of Fangoria Entertainment. "With his kamikaze comedy instincts, no one is better suited to this task than Jamie."

Kennedy's outrageous comedic talents have been on display in a host of edge-pushing film and television productions over the past decade, including "The Jamie Kennedy Experiment," "Jamie Kennedy Unwashed," "Malibu's Most Wanted" and "Scream."

The editors of Fangoria and Fangoria.com, the leading horror magazine and online destination, joined forces with the music experts at fuse to develop a host of categories and nominees, from the straight forward to the sublimely offbeat, to honor the best in horror-themed film, television and music. Categories include: "Best Butcher (Villain)," "Chick You Don't Want to Mess With," "Line the Killed," "Creepiest Kid," "Prince of Darkness (Darkest Male in a Music Video)," "Best Video Inspired By A Horror Film" and "Femme Fatale (Most Evil Female Character in a Music Video)."

Performers nominated in the music categories include My Chemical Romance, 30 Seconds to Mars, Gnarls Barkley, AFI, Fall Out Boy, Evanescence and Red Hot Chili Peppers. fuse viewers and horror fans alike will have the chance to help determine the winners by voting at www.fuse.tv between September 1st and, naturally, Friday, October 13th. A press release with the complete list of nominees can be found at www.fuse.tv/press

This year's fright-fest, the first-ever televised, will feature a "black carpet" pre-show with a critique of the fashions of the arriving star nominees and presenters, live performances by some of the biggest names in pop, rock and hip-hop as well as a "Gala of Gore" post-show, an after-party attended by music and film A-listers. Cyber-savvy music and horror fans can follow the action and get many extras by heading to www.fuse.tv and www.Fangoria.com, before, during and after the telecast.

About fuse
fuse is the nation's only viewer-influenced, music television network, featuring music videos, exclusive artist interviews, live concerts, series and specials. fuse reflects the rapidly changing interests and attitudes of its 12-34 year-old audience by uniting the media platforms at the center of their communication and entertainment – TV, Web, mobile technologies and interactive gaming and by incorporating their opinions and suggestions into the network's on-air and online programming. More information about fuse is available at www.fuse.tv.

About Fangoria:
Fangoria Entertainment owns and operates the renowned monthly horror publication Fangoria Magazine and the horror genre's #1 online destination Fangoria.com. Fangoria Entertainment also produces the popular weekly 3-hour live radio show FANGORIA RADIO airing Friday nights on Sirius Satellite Radio, hosted by renowned heavy metal frontman for Twisted Sister and horror film producer-actor Dee Snider with celebrated Scream Queen and radio veteran Debbie Rochon serving as Snider's sidekick. Established in May 1979, Fangoria Magazine and Website rank as America's #1 source for horror news and entertainment. Both the magazine and the website remain the most sought-after source of movies, videogames, television series, books and toys that comprise the burgeoning world of horror entertainment. Fangoria TV produced acclaimed High Definition broadcasts of the NY Village Halloween Parade in 2004 & 2005. Fangoria Entertainment is also a prime producer of horror conventions held throughout the year in major cities nationwide. In addition, the Fangoria video label is home to a collection of contemporary horror film titles in distribution on DVD and VHS.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
A leader in the entertainment industry, Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation. Rainbow creates and manages some of the country's most compelling and dynamic programming with linear networks including national networks – AMC, fuse, IFC (The Independent Film Channel) and WE: Women's Entertainment; its regional programming service – Rainbow Sports Networks; on-demand networks including Mag Rack and sportskool; and the largest suite of high definition channels available anywhere – the VOOM HD Networks. Rainbow's other businesses include its film distribution, production and exhibition division – IFC Entertainment; in addition to its advertising sales division – Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation – and its full service network programming origination and distribution company – Rainbow Network Communications.

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