For immediate release: Tuesday September 23, 2008 SUBSCRIPTION TV LOCKS UP TOP AWARDS AT 60TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS Australia’s subscription television channels have blitzed US television’s night of nights, with most of the top Emmy Awards going to programming on these channels. Among the gongs awarded to subscription TV channels, Best Drama (Mad Men), Best Miniseries, Best Made for TV Movie, Best Acting awards in a number of categories and a number of Best Writing and Directing Emmys. “AUSTAR’s groundbreaking, entertaining and exclusive productions are setting a standard for the rest of the industry to follow” said Deanne Weir, AUSTAR’s Group Director, Corporate Development & Legal Affairs. “The subscription television industry has placed a major emphasis on airing high-quality and innovative productions for our audiences, and shows like John Adams, Mad Men and Cranford truly set the bar for entertainment in regional Australia”. Subscription Television wins at the 60th Annual Emmy Awards: showcase John Adams, a record 23 nominations 13 Wins including: Outstanding Miniseries, Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Paul Giamatti), Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Laura Linney), Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Tom Wilkinson), Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Australian Air Date: Premieres Tuesday 14 October, 8.30pm Recount: 11 nominations 3 Wins including: Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special, Australian Air Date: Friday 26 September, 6.30pm (encored throughout October) Breaking Bad, 4 nominations 2 Wins including: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Bryan Cranston) Australian Air Date: Currently on air, Thursdays at 8:30pm In Treatment: 4 nominations 2 Wins including: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Dianne Wiest) Australian Air Date: begins Monday 29 September, 8pm every weeknight Dexter, 5 Nominations Not currently screening Movie Extra Mad Men: a record 16 Nominations (most nominations for any drama series) 6 Wins including: Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Australian air date: Currently airing Sunday nights, 9.30pm, Season 2 begins 14 December UKTV Cranford, 8 nominations Wins included: Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie (Dame Eileen Atkins) Has just finished screening and will be encored in the next few months thecomedychannel The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 3 nominations Wins including: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series Australian air date: Currently weeknights at 6.30pm/8.30pm on +2 The Colbert Report, 4 nominations Wins including: Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program Australian air date: Currently weeknights at 7pm/9pm on +2 Saturday Night Live, 6 nominations Australian air date: Currently screening Saturday nights 10.30pm Curb Your Enthusiasm, 4 nominations Not currently screening ARENA Entourage, 5 nominations Wins including: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Jeremy Piven) Australian air date: Currently screening Series 4, Saturdays at 4.30pm. Project Runway, 5 nominations Australian air date: Series 5 premieres Wednesday September 24, 8.30pm Top Chef, 3 nominations Australian air date: Mondays 8.30pm FOX8 American Idol, 5 nominations Not currently screening Ends For more information, please contact: Emma Rackley Group Manager, Corporate Affairs, AUSTAR 02 9394 9806/ 0422 823 000 email@example.com Austar United Communications (AUSTAR) www.austarunited.com.au AUSTAR (Australian Stock Exchange “AUN”) is a leading provider of subscription television services in regional and rural Australia, with more than 700,000 customers enjoying principally satellite digital television services. Internet and mobile telephony services complete AUSTAR’s product offering. AUSTAR is also a significant provider of programming in the Australian television market through its 50% owned joint venture, XYZnetworks, which owns and/or distributes Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Discovery Channel, Channel [V], Channel [V]2, MAX, Arena, The LifeStyle Channel, LifeStyle Food, Country Music Channel and The Weather Channel. Liberty Global Inc., the largest international broadband cable operator in terms of subscribers, holds an indirect controlling stake in AUSTAR.