U2 Live from Mexico
Entertainment Wire (1997-11-26)
NEW YORK—(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)—Nov. 26, 1997—Beginning at 11:00 p.m. (ET)
on Dec. 3, SHOWTIME and MTV: Music Television, both Viacom companies, will
premiere U2 live from Mexico City, Mexico during the U2 Pop Mart concert
tour. The live concert will be performed at the Foro Sol Autodromo Hermanos
Rodriguez Stadium. This marks the first time that SHOWTIME and MTV will
simultaneously broadcast a live event. The concert will be taped delayed on
the west coast and will begin airing at 11:00 p.m. (PT).
The U2 concert, which will be directed by David Mallet and produced by
DreamChasers’ Ned O’Hanlon, will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.
SHOWTIME and MTV will simultaneously broadcast 45 minutes of the concert.
After that, SHOWTIME will exclusively broadcast live the remainder of the
event. The entire concert will air a second time on SHOWTIME on Sunday,
Dec. 7 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
U2 will perform their classic hits such as “Still Haven’t Found What I’m
Looking For,” “All I Want Is You,”, “With or Without You,” “Hold Me Thrill
Me,” “I Will Follow,” “End Of the World,” “Even Better Than The Real Thing”
and hits from their recent album “Pop” including “Discotheque,” “Staring At
The Sun,” “Last Night On Earth,” and “Please.”
This is the second time in a period of less than six months that SHOWTIME
and MTV have joined forces to capitalize on the corporate collaboration
inherent within the Viacom family. In July, MTV highlighted the new
SHOWTIME original series THE HUNGER with a behind-the-scenes, half hour
preview as well as a same night airing of the series’ kick-off episode, “The
MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc., owns and operates five cable television
programming networks — MTV: Music Television, M2, VH1, Nickelodeon/Nick at
Nite, Nick at Nite’s TV Land — all of which are trademarks of MTV Networks.
Information about MTV and M2 is available on MTV Online, on America Online
(Keyword: MTV) and the World Wide Web (http://mtv.com).
Showtime Networks, Inc. (SNI), also a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc.,
owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX.
SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL,
which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment.
SNI also manages, through a joint venture, ALL NEWS CHANNEL. SHOWTIME en
Espanol, a separate audio feed of SHOWTIME, is also available for the
Spanish-speaking audience. SNI also markets and distributes sports and
entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis.