WAM! to Air Music-Based Tween Series

Kids-targeted pay service WAM! America's Kids Network will debut a new series
this fall focusing on tween-oriented music culture.

The 30-minute Hot Pops will feature interviews and concert footage
from the hottest music stars and bands, including Britney Spears, *NSYNC and Lil
Bow Wow.

The 13-episode series will also feature lifestyle segments on hair care,
fashion and the latest clubs and trends, the network said.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.