07 July 2006

The search is on! HGTV is scanning the country to find an exceptional builder/developer team to design and construct the 2008 HGTV Dream Home, the grand prize of the most successful promotion in cable television history -- the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway.

The HGTV Dream Home Giveaway sweepstakes has served as the signature promotion for the HGTV lifestyle network since 1997 with the grand-prize home presented to one lucky viewer each year. For each one-of-a-kind project, HGTV has teamed with the best builders, developers and architects to create a residential showplace of superior beauty and innovation, enhanced by breathtaking surroundings and fully furnished by top-rung corporate sponsors.

"The HGTV Dream Home is a chance for a top-notch builder/developer team to showcase its best work to a dedicated HGTV audience nationwide," said Judy Girard, president of HGTV. "The promotion has achieved celebrity status, drawing nearly 54 million entries in 2006 and maintaining a year-round interest among homeowner hopefuls."

Harnessing the star power of the HGTV Dream Home promotion has certainly proved positive for two-time Dream Home developer Land Resource Companies, LLC. The Atlanta-based business partnered with HGTV in 2004 for the St. Marys, Georgia Dream Home at Cumberland Harbour and again in 2006 for the Grey Rock at Lake Lure Dream Home in North Carolina. According to Chairman and CEO Bob Ward, his company's involvement with the HGTV promotion has generated considerable interest in its residential development projects and continues to heighten awareness and affinity for all the communities LRC serves.

"Because of our affiliation with both the 2004 and 2006 Dream Home projects, more people are aware of Land Resource Companies," said Ward. "At Grey Rock, in just 90 days during the 2006 promotion, our sales team received more requests for information than we normally see in two years. Once people find out about the Dream Home, they're eager to learn more about our other communities, and they find that the level of excellence that has gone into Grey Rock at Lake Lure and Cumberland Harbour goes into all of our properties. The Dream Home distinction simply sets us apart from other property developers and gives us more opportunity to showcase the amazing quality of our communities."

Builder/developers interested in being considered for the 2008 HGTV Dream Home project can visit HGTVPro.com, HGTV's companion website for building professionals, June 19 through September 1 to find submission guidelines and application materials.

About HGTV

HGTV, America's leader in home and lifestyle programming, is distributed to more than 89 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV owns 33 percent of HGTV Canada and provides much of the Canadian network's daily programming. The network's branded programming also can be seen in 41 other countries and its selected programming is available to service men and women on board Navy ships and through American Forces Radio & Television Service (AFRTS) which services more than 1,000 outlets in over 175 countries.

HGTV.com is the nation's leading online home and garden destination, drawing an average of 5.2 million unique visitors per month. In addition to HGTV.com, companion website HGTVPro.com was launched in January 2005 as an extension of HGTV, developed to provide professional-grade information to help builders, remodelers and contractors improve their crafts. HGTV also is home to the annual HGTV Dream Home Giveaway, which remains one of the most successful consumer promotions in cable TV history.

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, with offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville and New York, HGTV is wholly owned by The E.W. Scripps Company , which also operates Food Network, DIY Network, FINE LIVING TV NETWORK and Great American Country.

SOURCE: HGTV; HGTVPro.com

CONTACT: Allison Boudreaux Walden, PR Coordinator of Scripps Networks,
+1-918-649-3446, or allisonbwalden@hotmail.com

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