Spending details were not disclosed. Looksmart said the sponsored programs
will reach approximately 18 million PBS viewers each week through both
television broadcast and Web exposure.
The audience will closely mirror Looksmart’s female-focused “New Media
Family” audience target of new- to intermediate-adopters of the Internet. The
collaboration will include Looksmart sponsorship credits at the beginning and end of each
program and acknowledgment of the company on the home page of each series’
Looksmart on the Web will showcase streaming video segments from the three
cooking shows. In addition, Looksmart will be promoted through home video and
other media properties associated with the sponsored programs.
“We believe in the selective power of television to help build our brand as a
marquee of quality,” said Evan Thornley, co-founder and CEO of Looksmart.
“PBS sets the standard for quality programming, and we can’t think of a more
fitting organization with which to associate Looksmart.”
Sponsorship of “Mystery!,” a crime drama with a British accent, starts in
September. The “Sesame Street” sponsorship (the show
has an audience estimated at 10 million children and adults) starts in
The three cooking shows are “The Chefs Of Cucina Amore,” (starting
in October; “Great Food,” starting in January 2000; and Masterchef USA,
starting next May.
Looksmart maintains editorially reviewed directories of content on the Web
and distributes its services through a network of ISPs, major Web sites,
portals and via viral marketing.
PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise owned and operated by the
nation’s 349 public television stations that reaches nearly 100 million
people each week.