BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. & PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hilary Duff, internationally celebrated multi-platinum, chart-topping recording artist, headlining concert performer, actress, designer, philanthropist and businesswoman, and Wizzard Media, the world's largest podcasting service and part of Wizzard Software (OTCBB:WIZD - News), today announced Hilary's enormously popular video podcasts will be distributed by Wizzard Media. Hilary's podcast can be found on Apple's iTunes or at Switchpod.com, and on Hilary's recently re-launched hilaryduff.com.
ADVERTISEMENT The Hilary Duff Video Podcast presents a sneak peak into Hilary's exciting entertainment and business ventures. The latest episodes feature personal messages from Hilary on location in London and Milan. In recent weeks, the podcasts have been consistently ranked in the top 100 most popular podcasts on iTunes and reached the #1 spot of iTunes' Fashion and Beauty category.
"Podcasting is an exciting creative outlet for me and a great way to connect with my fans, sharing more of my life and future plans, on a more personal level," said Hilary. "I am excited to work with Wizzard Media as they continue to expand the distribution of my podcast to computers, iPods and cell phones of my fans worldwide."
Hilary, a visible personality of the iPod generation, has entrusted her podcast hosting to a service founded by two other young entrepreneurs - teenagers Weina Scott and Jake Fisher, who co-founded Switchpod.com in 2005. Switchpod.com, along with Liberated Syndication and Blast Podcast, make up the largest podcasting distribution network in the world, Wizzard Media.
"We are thrilled to work with Hilary, helping her better connect with fans, whether they're at their computer or on the go with their iPod or Sidekick," said Chris Spencer, CEO, Wizzard Media. "It's amazing how young people today are using technology to revolutionize the way they communicate and consume entertainment and information."
Hilary has been a Hollywood sensation since her break-out role as the title character in the Disney Channel's hit series, Lizzie McGuire. She maintains a successful film career with starring roles in The Lizzie McGuire Movie and the Cheaper by the Dozen films. Hilary is also a pop music star having sold over 13 million albums worldwide. Her new album, Dignity, is scheduled for U.S. release in April. She is also an entrepreneur, having launched a thriving 'tween fashion label stuff by hilary duff for large U.S. and international retail chains which includes, among others, apparel, accessories, jewelry, home furnishings and fragrance.
Teenagers make up a sizable portion of digital media users. More than half of America's teens (54%) own a portable mp3 player, according to a 2006 study conducted by market research firm Ipsos. The report finds that as many as one in five Americans aged 12 years or more now owns a portable mp3 player, and more than one in twenty own more than one. Additionally, when they are not enjoying video podcasts on their MP3 players, they're watching video on the Internet. In February of this year, JupiterResearch issued a report that indicated more than half of online teens (53%) watch video on the Internet occasionally and 22% of them view video weekly or more frequently.
About Wizzard Media
Wizzard Media is the world's largest podcasting distribution company. Podcasts are a means for independent and professional content creators to publish audio and video shows for the world to enjoy over the Internet or on mp3 players, such as the Apple iPod. Podcasting is a relatively new phenomenon, but Wizzard Media collectively serves an impressive 60 million podcast downloads per month through media aggregators like Apple's iTunes and other podcast directories. For more information, please visit www.wizzard.tv. Wizzard Media is a division of Wizzard Software (OTCBB:WIZD - News), a leader in speech technology development.
About Hilary Duff
Hilary Duff is an internationally celebrated multi-platinum, chart-topping recording artist, headlining concert performer, actress, designer, philanthropist and businesswoman. Hilary launches her next world concert tour this Summer, with multi-city appearances in the U.S., Canada and points abroad. Hilary's latest CD Dignity releases April 3 and her latest music video With Love was #1 on MTV's TRL and the most-added single on national Top 40 radio. As a fashion designer, Hilary is actively involved with her design team in leading the design process to expand her fashion, beauty and home products business globally, including her 'tween fashion label stuff by hilary duff with its Spring collection in over 7,500 stores in the U.S. at Wal-Mart, Kohl's, Target, JC Penney and Sears among a dozen other retailers and abroad in Canada, the U.K., France, Belgium and Austria, and other countries soon. Hilary's teen designer label hilary duff kicked off with the launch of Hilary's fragrance line With Love...Hilary Duff which Hilary designed and created for Elizabeth Arden, now in department and specialty stores everywhere, and soon at mid-tier and mass market retailers. For more information on Hilary Duff, please visit her website at www.hilaryduff.com.Posts: 298 | Registered: May 2006
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