SPHE & BET Launch National “Stomp the Yard: Homecoming” Step Contest

CULVER CITY, CALIF. (August 16, 2010) – To celebrate the release of Stomp The Yard: Homecoming on Blu-ray™ + DVD Combo Pack and DVD September 21, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) and Black Entertainment Television (BET) have joined forces to host a national step contest to find America’s best steppers.

The Stomp The Yard: Homecoming contest launches August 16 on www.BET.com/StompTheYard and invites participants to upload a two-minute video segment of their team (a maximum of eight people) performing a step routine. The producers of BET’s “106&Park” will select two teams to fly to New York and perform their routine live on BET during “Wild Out Wednesday” on September 22. During the live broadcast, BET viewers will be encouraged to vote for their favorite group via text or online. The winning group will be announced at the end of the program on the live broadcast and will receive gift card valued at $5,000.

Producer Will Packer stated, “This contest will give the best step teams in the country the opportunity to highlight their precision, unity and flavor. BET is the perfect partner because 106 & Park is all about showcasing artist with unique talents and abilities. I’m hoping we’ll see some teams on par with the talent in Stomp The Yard: Homecoming.”

Stomp The Yard: Homecoming returns audiences to the yard of Truth University for the all new, explosive, high energy drama. The sequel to the $75MM box office hit follows Chance Harris (Collins Pennie, Fame, TV’s “Hawthorne”) as he looks to find a balance between his school, work, relationships and the opportunity to perform at the nationally televised step competition during homecoming weekend. The up-and-coming energetic cast also includes Terrence J (BET’s #1 Rated “106 & Park”), Stephen “tWitch” Boss (TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”), Pooch Hall (The Game), Kiely Williams (The Cheetah Girls), Keith David (Death at a Funeral, The Princess and the Frog), Tika Sumpter (TV’s “One Life to Live”) and a featured appearance by Columbus Short (Stomp the Yard, Death at a Funeral). Step inside the movie’s groundbreaking choreography with the “Stomp On The Yard” featurette along with deleted scenes and cast & filmmaker commentary. Filled with all new phenomenal, step-routines, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming will be available September 21 on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack for $30.95 SRP and on DVD for $24.96 SRP.

Directed by Rob Hardy (The Gospel), Stomp the Yard: Homecoming is from a story by Albert Leon and a screenplay by Albert Leon and Meena Payne. Executive Produced by Columbus Short and produced by Will Packer.

Stomp the Yard: Homecoming has a running time of 88 minutes and is rated PG-13. For more, visit www.stomptheyard.com and www.facebook.com/stomptheyardmovie. Artwork and digital clips are available for download at www.sphepublicity.com. Visit Sony Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.

About Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. SPE is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; home entertainment acquisition and distribution; a global channel network; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of entertainment in more than 140 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at www.sonypictures.com

About BET

BET Networks, a subsidiary of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African-American audience. The primary BET channel reaches more than 90 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom and sub-Saharan Africa. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions: BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; CENTRIC, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience; BET Digital Networks – BET Gospel and BET Hip Hop, attractive alternatives for cutting-edge entertainment tastes; BET Home Entertainment, a collection of BET-branded offerings for the home environment including DVDs and video-on-demand; BET Event Productions, a full-scale event management and productio n company with festivals and live events spanning the globe; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET in the United Kingdom and oversees the extension of BET network programming for global distribution.

Staci Griesbach/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/310-244-6903/staci_griesbach@spe.sony.com
Leif Helland/mPRm Public Relations/ 323-933-3399/LHelland@mprm.com
Tiaka Hurst/323-216-6974/TiakasHurst@fullbloommkt.com