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New York, NY (September 6, 2016) – Brandgenuity LLC, exclusive licensing agency of record for Spike TV’s award-winning hit show "Lip Sync Battle", announced today that fans of the show will soon be able to channel their inner rock star at sea as the pop culture phenomenon has been added to the diverse entertainment lineup aboard Carnival Cruise Line.

An exclusive partnership between Spike TV and Carnival Cruise Line, Lip Sync Battle Carnival is an authentic re-creation of the popular show where contestants can live out their music-star fantasies, facing off in a head-to-head competition to create the most unforgettable lip sync performances to iconic and popular songs.  The experience is enhanced by elaborate props and costumes, high-tech lighting and sound effects, and talented back-up dancers from Carnival's popular Playlist Productions shows, along with an authentic backdrop featuring the "Lip Sync Battle" signature marquee and DJ booth.

"We're delighted to offer this exciting new entertainment activity to our guests," said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. "Lip Sync Battle Carnival takes the brand's participatory fun to the next level, providing our guests with a chance to showcase their talents and demonstrate their creativity with their fellow guests cheering them on."

"Lip Sync Battle has proven to be a huge worldwide hit with families and we are thrilled to bring our unique and distinctive format to the world's most popular cruise line," said Casey Patterson, executive producer, Lip Sync Battle.  "It's the perfect extension of our global brand, as now with Lip Sync Battle Carnival, our fans can join the party and show off their lip sync battling skills."

"Lip Sync Battle has a footprint in over 150 countries worldwide – so now it's time to hit the oceans as well," remarked Dan Yang, executive vice president and general manager, consumer products, Viacom Media Networks. "Our multiplatform hit is an international phenomenon and yet another example how Viacom is able to extend its brands to legions of fans off of linear television." 

The partnership between Spike TV and Carnival Cruise Lines was forged by Brandgenuity, the network’s exclusive licensing agency of record.

Contestants will be chosen at the beginning of their cruise following rounds of competitions on the Lido Deck to see who has what it takes to be a star. Two finalists will be selected based on their enthusiasm, originality and creativity and they will each have an opportunity to fine tune their performance working with Carnival's on-board entertainment experts to map out choreography, and select their sets, props and accessories.

Then, it's showtime!  Following a custom video by "Lip Sync Battle" hosts and a rousing introduction from the ship's cruise director, finalists are asked to showcase their lip sync skills, selecting from a list of more than 200 songs – from pop to rock and just about everything in between.

The second round takes lip syncing to a whole new level with a full-scale production – costumes, sets and lighting -- during which the finalists recreate a scene from an iconic music video offering their own unique interpretation of the popular song which can be chosen from a variety of music genres.  After the performance, the winner will be selected by an audience vote and receive a special prize unique to the reality show.

Jay Asher, a partner at Brandgenuity, lead the team that identified Carnival as a potential partner. “We are thrilled to bring these two great brands together. Carnival understood immediately the huge social currency attached to this brand and the value of having the hottest name in lip syncing — ‘Lip Sync Battle’, on their ships.”

Lip Synch Battle Carnival will debut on the new Carnival Vista in December with rollout on select ships in 2017.  Lip Sync Battle Carnival further expands on the already wide range of entertainment options onboard which includes Carnival Live, Playlist Productions, The Punchliner Comedy Club and Hasbro, The Game Show.

To check out a welcome video by "Lip Sync Battle" hosts and more information on the program, visit https://www.carnival.com/lip-sync-battle.

For more information contact Rachel Humiston at Brandgenuity: 212-925-0730

About Carnival Cruise Line

Carnival, a unit of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL; NYSE: CUK), is "The World's Most Popular Cruise Line®" with 25 ships operating three- to 16-day voyages to The Bahamas, Caribbean, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Bermuda, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  The company newest ship, the 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, is set to debut in 2018.

About Brandgenuity

Brandgenuity LLC is a leading independent brand licensing agency with offices in New York and London. The agency is ranked amongst the top 15 licensing agencies worldwide. Brandgenuity extends famous and iconic brands into new categories to build awareness and generate incremental revenue. A full suite of licensing services includes strategic licensing planning, prospecting, legal support & contract negotiation, retail development and assisting manufacturers in the strategic acquisition of licenses. The agency’s clients include Viacom Network, Hawaiian Tropic, Banana Boat, Gas Monkey Garage, MGM, Arm & Hammer, Playtex, and Planet Fitness among others. For more information, please visit http://brandgenuity.com.

About Lip Sync Battle

Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet. The series is a ratings and multiplatform global superstar for Spike and is the most-watched original series in network history. The EMMY-nominated “Lip Sync Battle” is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson of Matador Content, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and Eight Million Plus Productions.

About Spike TV

Spike TV is available in 91.4 million homes and is a division of Viacom Media Networks.  A unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), Viacom Media Networks is one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.  Spike TV’s Internet address is www.spike.com and for up-to-the-minute and archival press information and photographs, visit Spike TV’s press site at http://www.spike.com/press.  Follow us on Twitter @spiketvpr for the latest in breaking news updates, behind-the-scenes information and photos.

About Viacom Music & Entertainment Group Consumer Products

The Viacom M&E Consumer Products manages games, home entertainment, audio, live events, and licensing for a diverse slate of television brands and series from Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, VH1, and Logo. This includes programming merchandise for South Park Digital Studios, Lip Sync Battle, Love & Hip Hop, and Bellator MMA.

Media Contacts

For Carnival Cruise Line
Vance Gulliksen/Robyn Fink
305-406-5464
media@carnival.com

For Spike TV
David Schwarz
212-767-8639
David.schwarz@spike.com

For Brandgenuity
Rachel Humiston
212-925-0730
rachel@brandgenuity.com

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