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Peter Facinelli and Vitalie Taittinger to Open the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards(R) Red Carpet With a Champagne Taittinger Toast

SAG Awards(R) to Be Simulcast Sunday, Jan. 27 on TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT


LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - January 23, 2013) -  Peter Facinelli, SAG Awards® ensemble nominee for "Nurse Jackie," will join Vitalie Taittinger, artistic director of Champagne Taittinger, to open the red carpet at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 27, executive producer and director Jeff Margolis announced today. The annual Champagne Taittinger toast marks the opening of the ceremony and will be Vitalie Taittinger's second appearance as Champagne Taittinger's Global Ambassador.

The SAG Awards ceremony will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore presentation will air immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET) / 7 p.m. (PT).

Champagne Taittinger's Global Ambassador, Vitalie Taittinger, is the Champagne house's Artistic Director. A trained artist, Vitalie develops and enhances the image of Champagne Taittinger through its visual identity, design and strategic communications. Vitalie is pleased to be co-hosting the Champagne Taittinger toast at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. "Elegance, beauty, and passion define Champagne Taittinger and make the SAG Awards such a dazzling night. We are thrilled to toast to actors as their gifted performances have the power to move and inspire, like Champagne," Taittinger says.

Champagne Taittinger is celebrating its 13th year toasting film and television at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Champagne Taittinger's Brut La Française NV will be served to attending entertainment industry luminaries. Champagne Taittinger is the only Grand Marque Champagne house owned and run by a father, son and daughter team -- 5th generation eponymous descendants of the original founding family.

Facinelli, who portrays Dr. Fitch Cooper on "Nurse Jackie," received his first SAG Award nomination in 2005 as a member of the HBO drama series "Six Feet Under" ensemble. "Twilight" fans know him as Carlisle Cullen, a role he played in all five of the blockbuster series' films.

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, one of the awards season's premier events, will be simulcast live coast-to-coast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT) from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. An encore primetime telecast will begin immediately following on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET)/7 p.m. (PT). The ceremony will also be telecast internationally, as well as to U.S. military installations overseas through the American Forces Network Broadcast Center.

Recipients of the honors for Outstanding Action Performances by Film and Television Stunt Ensembles will be announced at 6:15 p.m. (ET)/3:15 p.m. (PT) during the red carpet pre-show webcast on tntdrama.com, tbs.com and People.com which begins at 6 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (PT).

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards presented by SAG-AFTRA will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. For more information about the SAG Awards, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about, "like" SAG Awards at facebook.com/sagawardsofficialpage, follow at twitter.com/sagawards, follow SAG Awards on Google+ at google.com/+SAGawards, on Instagram by following @sagawards, and on Tumblr at sagawards.tumblr.com.

To stay updated on Champagne Taittinger's SAG Awards activity, "like" Champagne Taittinger at facebook.com/ChampagneTaittinger or follow the conversation at twitter.com/TaittingerUSA.

NOTES TO MEDIA: Photos and graphics for the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® are available at sagawards.org/media-pr/photos-and-artwork.

The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards press kit and nominees scorecard are now available for download at sagawards.org/media-pr/press-kit.

About Kobrand Corporation: Kobrand Corporation was founded in 1944 and to this day remains one of the few family-owned wine and spirit companies. Kobrand's portfolio of wine and spirits was meticulously selected according to a single, unerring principle: quality. This continued focus has made the Kobrand name synonymous with wines and spirits of the highest caliber for over 60 years. Kobrand is the exclusive agent and/or sales and marketing partner for an outstanding selection of fine wines and spirits including: Champagne Taittinger, Maison Louis Jadot Burgundies, St. Francis, Sequoia Grove, Benziger Family Winery, Cakebread Cellars, Sassicaia, The Fladgate Partnership of Ports, Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum, Alize Passion Liqueurs, Depaz Blue Cane Amber Rhum, Cafe Boheme Coffee Creme Liqueur and Delamain Grande Champagne Cognacs.

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