JibJab Hops Aboard the Soul Train
Users Can Upload Photos and Put Themselves into Classic Soul Train Line Dances!
Venice, CA – September 9, 2009 – JibJab Media, a leader in digital greetings and online entertainment, and Soul Train, the groundbreaking television series, have come together to offer a new generation a fun way to get down and boogie online.
Using JibJab’s ‘Starring You’® technology, users can upload photos from their computers or Facebook and then insert themselves and friends into classic Soul Train dance videos. There are seventeen videos and eCards in total, all available exclusively at www.JibJab.com.
In conjunction with the release, JibJab is also introducing its next generation ‘Starring You’ technology, which enables users to replace their boring twenty-first century hairstyles with the groovy Afros that helped define the nineteen seventies.
“As kids, my brother and I would marvel at the moves on display on Soul Train each week,” said JibJab’s rhythmically challenged co-founder Grevan Spiridellis. “Little did we know that, as adults, we would help so many others live out their Soul Train fantasies.”
JibJab was founded in 1999 and became a household name in 2004 when it’s parody of George Bush and John Kerry singing “This Land is Your Land” attracted over 80 million views around the world. The company released its ‘Starring You’ personalized media product in late 2007 and users have since created and watched over 122 million ‘Starring You’ movies.
“There was a time when Soul Train was the definitive place to learn to dance,” said Xochil Arkin, Soul Train’s Head of Business Development. “We are thrilled to be working with JibJab and look forward to introducing Soul Train’s old school moves to a brand new audience.”
About JibJab Media JibJab is a leading provider of digital greetings and online entertainment. From its offbeat Sendables® eCards to personalized Starring You!® videos and irreverent Original viral videos, JibJab is on a mission to help more people share more laughs than any other company in the history of the world. With over 100 million visits to its website in the past twelve months and 6 million registered members, the company is well on its way to doing it. For more information, please visit JibJab.com/about.
About Soul Train Holdings Soul Train Holdings was formed in May 2008 by MadVision Entertainment and Intermedia Partners. The group was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from Don Cornelius Productions. Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson and Beyonce.
For press inquiries, please contact: Corey Shiffman (corey(at)jibjab(dot)net) Jada Williams (jada(at)giantnoise(dot)com)
JibJab® and Starring You!® are trademarks of JibJab Media Inc. in the United States and other countries. Soul Train® is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings in the United States and other countries. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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