Thursday, May 10, 2012

"Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend" Hits 1 MILLION Downloads


 Breakout Podcast “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend” Hits 1 Million downloads; Announces Live Dates 




Los Angeles, California, May 8, 2012 -- “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend” announced today it hit 1 million downloads since its premier Feb. 13. The first live show dates will be on May 24 at UCB LA (guest is Garfunkel & Oates) and on June 22 at NerdMelt. 

 The show, hosted by Alison Rosen (cohost and newsgirl on “The Adam Carolla Show”) is the second most downloaded podcast on the Ace Broadcasting Network behind The Adam Carolla Show which holds the Guinness World Record for most downloaded podcast in the world.

 "She learned from the best," jokes Adam Carolla, host of The Adam Carolla Show. "In all seriousness, Alison is that rare commodity: a skilled interviewer who's smart, funny and beautiful. And what's more, she's just a nice, sweet, good person. She blew away the competition for the newsgirl position on my show so I'm not surprised at all that her own podcast is so popular and audiences are relating to her. I'm immensely proud of her. She brings a unique voice to the Ace Broadcasting Network."

The weekly podcast features a lively mix of longform interviews and short segments such as "Just Me Or Everyone?" where listeners tweet odd things they do and Alison and her guest (along with tireless Producer Gary) determine whether this behavior is common or unique. Recent examples include never taking the first straw from a dispenser but instead pumping out a new one-- everyone does this; and worrying the wind will blow your ring off your finger if you hang your hand out the car window while driving-- just you. Rosen tends to drive the discussion toward relationships and relationship history/patterns, with notable exceptions (a recent episode with bestselling author and Food Network show host Lisa Lillien focused on food and diet and, improbably, Rosen's mixed feelings about escalators). Recent guests have included Fred Armisen, Doug Benson, Marc Maron, musician Matt Nathanson, Pete Holmes, Riki Lindhome, James Gunn, Dana Gould and author A.J. Jacobs among others. Upcoming guests include YouTuber Shane Dawson, writer Joel Stein and comedian Janet Varney. 

"Alison Rosen is your New Best Friend” live show podcasts are the next great extension of the live podcast success of the Adam Carolla Show and we are very excited to offer Alison's fans the opportunity to attend her live shows at great venues nationwide," says Mike August, Adam Carolla Show Talent Executive.

"Wizzard Media would like to congratulate Alison Rosen for reaching the 1 Million Download mark in just 3 months,” says Rob Walch, VP Podcaster Relations of Wizzard Media/Libsyn. “This level of downloads in such a short period of time places her show - Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend - in very exclusive company and shows a great deal of audience approval of the excellent content she is producing.  Wizzard Media is very proud to host Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend  and again we offer our congratulations to Alison on reaching this milestone.”

Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend is available on iTunes, on the Adam Carolla app and at AlisonRosen.com. For show info go to AlisonRosen.com
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About Alison Rosen 
An established journalist who has written for Rolling Stone, The NY Post, Page Six Magazine, Vibe, Spin, Maxim, The Village Voice, People, Seventeen, Yahoo and Elle and a go-to TV guest commentator, Alison Rosen has a quick wit, sharp tongue and a keen sense of pop culture, news and humor.
Alison began her career as a professional journalist early – scoring a contributing writer byline for the
Los Angeles Times while still in high school in California. A prodigious writer and guitarist in a punk
rock band, Alison worked at the OC Weekly in Orange County as a music writer and then as Features
Editor before moving to New York and helming the “Hot Seat” section of Time Out New York where she
worked from 2005 to 2008.
Alison has also carved a niche for herself as a pretty, witty and slightly devilish TV writer and guest,
appearing regularly on the late-night gab-fest “Red Eye” on Fox News Channel, where she has also
helped to develop the show’s distinctive double entendre guest introductions.
Previously, Alison’s weekly segment “Best Bets” ran on New York’s WNBC-TV from 2005
to 2008, where she highlighted and discussed events going on in the city. She has appeared on
A&E’s “Biography,” “The Montel Williams Show,” “Hannity & Colmes,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately,” Fox &
Friends,” Fox 5’s “Good Day New York,” the CW 11 “Morning News,” the CBS 2 News “This Morning”
and hosted numerous “Time Out On Demand” segments. In addition to “Red Eye”, Alison can most
recently be seen on E!’s “Super Epic TV Moments” E!’s “True Hollywood Story”, TV Guide Channel
and “The Joy Behar Show” on HLN.
In late 2008 she performed stand up at Gotham Comedy Club and won the title “New York’s Funniest
Reporter.”
Since January, 2011 she has been Adam Carolla’s news girl and cohost of The Adam Carolla Show, the
#1 most downloaded podcast in the world. And in early 2012, Alison launched her own podcast, Alison
Rosen is Your New Best Friend, to which her massive fanbase quickly followed. The show was #1 on the
iTunes overall chart and #1 on the iTunes comedy chart in its first week, holding the top spots through
week three and continuing to grow. Her guests have included Marc Maron, Fred Armison and Doug
Benson, to name a few.
Alison currently resides in Los Angeles where she’s sure there’s a perfect neighborhood to live in, if only
she could just find it.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

"Rehab with Dr. Drew" Returns to Vh1 for 6th Installment


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May 1, 2012, 6:00 a.m. EDT

"Rehab With Dr. Drew" Returns To VH1 To Directly Help Young Adults With Their Addiction Issues

For me, there are no finish lines. No recovered, just recovering. -- Bill Clegg, from Ninety Days

LOS ANGELES, May 1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- VH1 and Dr. Drew has started production today on a sixth installment of "Rehab with Dr. Drew" to directly address alcohol and drug addiction among young adults, the largest group afflicted by addiction issues in the U.S.
According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that an estimated 23.1 million American who were 12 or older needed treatment for drug and alcohol abuse that year, while only 2.6 million received treatment in a specialty facility. Another source, the 2009 Treatment Episode Data Set, which gathers information on persons admitted to publicly funded treatment programs, shows that the age group with the highest proportion of admissions was 25 to 29 years at 15.2 percent followed closely by the 20 to 24 years age group at 14.9 percent.
And in the sixth installment of the Celebrity Rehab franchise Dr. Drew once again takes viewers behind the closed doors of the rehabilitation process. From heartbreak to hope we follow Dr. Drew and his patients on their difficult and deeply emotional journey to sobriety. An often raw and unflinching look at the many faces of addiction, Dr. Drew shows us that rehab is not a glamorous spa vacation for celebrities as often portrayed in the media but a profound life changing process that offers hope for a better life. "Rehab with Dr. Drew," will premiere in September 2012 with eight one-hour episodes.
"Addiction is a disease that doesn't limit itself to celebrities but reaches across all economic, social and racial boundaries with lasting and profound effects of not only of the patients but also their families, friends and co-workers. Rehabilitation and sobriety on the other hand are an arduous lifelong journey," said Dr. Drew.
"Many of our young adult viewers have shared with us that Dr. Drew and our multiple seasons of 'Celebrity Rehab' has made them more aware about substance abuse. And a large number of them have asked for his assistance with their own challenges," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, VH1. "This season, the moment felt right to turn our focus from celebrities, to young adults who could benefit under Dr. Drew and his team's expert professional treatment. In some ways, we felt that stripping away the celebrity layer could reach even more viewers and touch them in a different way."
Dr. Drew is the host of the nationally syndicated late night radio show Loveline as well as a respected practicing MD, board certified in internal and addiction medicine, who is staff at Huntington Hospital and assistant clinical professor of KECK USC School of Medicine. He is the author of the New York Times best seller The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America (Harper Collins) and Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again (Harper-Collins.) Dr. Drew co-authored the first academic study on celebrities and narcissism that was published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Elsevier) in September 2006, and is the first systematic, empirical scholarly study of celebrity personality. Dr. Drew hosted VH1's "Sober House" and "Sex Rehab with Dr. Drew" and can be seen on MTV's "Teen Mom" and "16 & Pregnant." Additionally, Dr. Drew is hosting a new prime time show on HLN called "Dr. Drew."
Returning for their sixth seasons to assist Dr. Drew are counselor Bob Forrest and resident technician Shelly Sprague. Also returning this season is Dr. John R. Sharp, M.D. Dr. Sharp is a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles. His expertise is in the integrated treatment of depression and bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, attention deficit disorder, and addiction. Dr. Sharp has been recognized as Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and of The Academy of Psychosomatic. He maintains an active private practice in Boston and Los Angeles. Jennifer Gimenez will also be back as a resident technician. Jennifer was previously seen on season 5 of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" and "Sober House" as the house manager.
For additional information about "Rehab with Dr. Drew" visit the official VH1 Rehab with Dr. Drew site at CelebRehab.VH1.com and on VH1 Mobile each week following the show's on-air premiere. Viewers can also find 'Rehab' updates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/vh1 and on Twitter @VH1 with the hashtag #Rehab.
"Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" is produced by Irwin Entertainment. Executive producing for Irwin Entertainment are John Irwin, Damian Sullivan, Joel Rodgers and Rob Buchta. Dr. Drew Pinsky and Howard Lapides also serve as executive producers. Jill Holmes, Tom Huffman and Jeff Olde are executive producers for VH1.
VH1 connects viewers to the music, artists and pop culture that matter to them most with TV series, specials, live events, exclusive online content and public affairs initiatives. VH1 is available in 99 million households in the U.S. VH1 also has an array of digital channels and services including VH1Classic, VH1 Soul, VH1 Mobile, and extensive video on VH1.com. Connect with VH1 at VH1.com.
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