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USA NETWORK LAUNCHES USA UNITES AWARDS, WITH SUITS STAR PATRICK J. ADAMS CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS

Multi-Platform Effort in Partnership with Distributors Recognize Extraordinary Individuals Who Are Improving Lives and Strengthening Their Communities

2015 Program Includes Special New Youth Category and Expanded Issue Focus

NEW YORK, NY – February 24, 2015 – USA Network, in partnership with its distributors, today announced the launch of the 2015 "USA Unites" Awards to honor extraordinary individuals who are improving lives and strengthening their communities. Ten award winners will be recognized on-air, online and at hometown ceremonies where they will be presented with a $5,000 grant to help support their projects. For the first time, the program will include a new youth category, recognizing the inspirational young people around the country who are already creating positive change. The program kicks off with an on-air spot featuring SUITS star Patrick J. Adams calling for nominations.

"Building on the great success of the Characters Unite Awards, we're now expanding the scope of the program to honor unsung heroes making a difference on a wider array of critical causes, including promoting equality, fighting injustice and creating opportunities for those in need." said Toby Graff, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, USA Network. "The USA Unites Awards give amazing individuals – including our country's next generation of leaders – a chance to get the recognition they deserve and a grant to increase their impact."

The nomination period for the 2015 USA Unites Awards begins February 23rd and runs through April 17th. Entries, including a maximum 500-word essay on how the nominee meets the criteria of character, impact and influence, can be submitted online at usaunites.com. Complete rules and regulations are also posted on the website.

Since the launch of the Characters Unite Awards in 2009, more than 50 awards and $200,000 in grants have been given by the network and its distribution partners: Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast Corporation, Cox Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, and Suddenlink.

Launching during Characters Unite Month in February, the awards initiative is part of the network's ongoing Characters Unite public service campaign to promote greater tolerance, respect and acceptance. During the month, USA premieres original programming and PSAs, unveils new digital content and expands its community outreach efforts to encourage Americans to unite against hate and discrimination.

To learn more about previous Award Recipients or to find more information on Characters Unite, visit charactersunite.com.

About Characters Unite

Characters Unite, USA Network's award-winning public service program, was created to address the social injustices and cultural divides still prevalent in our society. Inspired by USA Network's iconic "Characters Welcome" brand and with the support of leading national nonprofit organizations, the ongoing campaign is dedicated to supporting activities and messaging that combat prejudice and intolerance while promoting understanding and acceptance -- on-air, online, and in communities across the country www.charactersunite.com.

About USA Network

USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, offers a powerful stable of dramatic, comedic and unscripted originals in more than 102 million U.S. homes. The network also features spectacular live television, a dynamic portfolio of acquired series and the best in blockbuster theatrical films and entertainment events. A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. The award-winning website is located at www.usanetwork.com.