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New Judge Series Has Local Connection

You might not have tuned in lately to WKYI-TV. That’s channel 24, or 138 on Insight.  In the past, the station has aired some local programming, like shows featuring Wayne Perkey, Bob Valvano and those View-like women who produced “View from the Ville.” I didn’t see any of those shows either. But the station has cleared a new show with a local connection that’s worth tuning in, called “Last Shot with Judge Gunn.” It airs weeknights at 8, and is produced by Matt Battaglia, the former U of L football All-American turned actor turned big-time Hollywood producer. Battaglia is a…


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Mint Jubilee Stage Show a Big Hit

The Mint Jubilee re-established itself among the most-watched Derby Eve parties Friday with an amazing stage show featuring American Idols Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen, along with country star Linda Davis and a band that got more of the 500 people in attendance up on the dance floor. Matt Battaglia, currently a Hollywood producer and a former U of L All-American football player, addressed the crowd along with brother Chris and Tommy Thieneman, providing assurance that the Brown-Forman-sponsored gala will continue. Here’s some shots from the party:


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The Reality — Mint Jubilee’s Big Attractions

OK, Concentrate really hard. Think Sunshine. It’s bound to come sooner or later, just not in the next few days. All this rain guarantees we will have good weather Derby Week, so let’s talk about that. This morning the Mint Jubilee announced that it has an impressive list of celebrities lined up for the big party on Derby Eve at the Palace. Matt Battaglia, hosting the party along with Chris Thieneman and his brother Tom Thieneman Jr., is pulling out the stops to pull in the celebs. And if meeting reality TV stars is your thing, the Jubilee is your…


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TV Spot for Mint Jubilee

Feeling Derby? Click on this link to see the spot:  Mint PSA 001-MPEG-4 800Kbps Hey, it’s almost February. Which means Derby season can’t be far behind. This year, the Mint Jubilee will be held Derby Eve at the Louisville Palace. It’s going to be different, thanks to the involvement of the original founders Matt Battaglia, and Chris and Tom Thieneman. The Derby Eve party will feature plenty of new frills. Take a look at this TV spot, produced by Battaglia, the former U of L football All-American who is now a Hollywood producer.