Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Lorento Join THE GLEE PROJECT

Britney Spears, Ryan Murphy and Heather Morris

Award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy and Dante Di Loreto of the mega-hit television series Glee have signed on to executive produce Oxygen’s new reality competition series, THE GLEE PROJECT. The new series will award one lucky winner a coveted seven-episode guest starring role on the third season of FOX’s Glee.

In the true spirit of Glee, every underdog who’s been waiting to showcase their talent now has a fighting chance as The Glee Project will find and train a group of talented performers who will compete to win this highly coveted role. Throughout the series, hopefuls will be narrowed down through intensive rounds of workshops, Glee-themed assignments and call-backs as a team of insiders assess who has what it takes to be the next new face, and voice, of the FOX series.

Oxygen’s 10-episode series will premiere in June and breaks new ground as the first time an unscripted reality series on one network awards a winner a role on another network. Michael Davies and Shauna Minoprio of Embassy Row will also executive produce. Robert Ulrich will serve as casting director for the project.

Oxygen’s exclusive off-channel airings of Glee commence with the first “Gleekend” of the year. The marathon begins Saturday, February 5 with a full day of Glee premiering at 11am ET/PT until 11pm ET/PT. Episodes include fan favorites from seasons one and two, including “The Power of Madonna,” “The Rocky Horror Glee Show” and “Britney/Brittany.”

During the marathon, viewers can log-on to www.OxygenLive.com for a chat with cast and crew from the series. Additionally, fans can go to www.Oxygen.com for exclusive content such as fan blogs, photo galleries and video from the auditions. Oxygen Media will engage with “Glee” fans on all social media platforms.

Jason Klarman, President, Oxygen Media:

“Ryan Murphy has created a true pop culture phenomenon with Glee. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be in business with him on ‘The Glee Project’ and bringing his talent and sensibility to the unscripted genre.”

Amy Introcaso-Davis, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media:

“The combination of talent in this production team is really a dream come true. With this group of inspirational producers we’ve set out to uncover the best young and fresh talent in the country and give someone this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The Glee Project recently concluded a nationwide casting search, which featured Glee newcomers Chord Overstreet and Darren Criss and drew over 40,000 applicants through open casting calls in both Chicago and Dallas and online submissions via MySpace.

Murphy was recently honored with an Emmy Award and several nominations for his work on Glee. Prior to his work on the smash hit, Murphy was the creator and executive producer for the critically acclaimed drama Nip/Tuck. Di Loreto serves as president of production for Ryan Murphy Television. He has produced several original series for cable and broadcast television and a variety of films including My Louisiana Sky, the Emmy Award-winning Temple Grandin and Die, Mommie, Die!