Lionsgate Grows Its Family Business With Tyler Perry, Partners With Entertainment Superstar on Two Upcoming Features



    
    Perry to Write, Direct and Star in THE FAMILY THAT PREYS TOGETHER and
MADEA
    GOES TO JAIL

    Sixth and Seventh Titles in Tyler Perry Franchise to Begin Production in
    Spring 2008

    Perry's Latest Film, MEET THE BROWNS, Opens Nationwide on March 21, 2008
    

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF), the leading
independent filmed entertainment studio, is growing its business with
filmmaking phenomenon Tyler Perry and has acquired the rights to the
writer/actor/director's next two films, THE FAMILY THAT PREYS TOGETHER and
MADEA GOES TO JAIL.  These titles will mark the sixth and seventh motion
pictures in Lionsgate's Tyler Perry franchise, which in October notched its
third #1 box office hit with WHY DID I GET MARRIED.   The announcement was
made today by Lionsgate President of Film Production Michael Paseornek.
    Perry will direct THE FAMILY THAT PREYS TOGETHER from his original
screenplay and will play one of the film's major roles.  He will direct and
reprise his role as the wildly popular title character in MADEA GOES TO JAIL,
adapted from what many consider his most popular play.  Both films are
scheduled to begin production in Spring 2008.
    Perry's newest film, MEET THE BROWNS, opens nationwide on March 21, 2008.
Perry directs this adaptation of his stage play and co-stars alongside Angela
Bassett.
    Said Paseornek, "We're thoroughly in awe of Tyler Perry's talent, energy
and integrity, and are very proud to call him a member of the Lionsgate
family.  THE FAMILY THAT PREYS TOGETHER and MADEA GOES TO JAIL are going to
deliver everything audiences have come to expect from a Tyler Perry
production: humor, uplift, and unlimited heart and soul."
    Said Perry, "An artist couldn't ask for a better home than Lionsgate;
they're respectful, supportive and loyal to a fault.  They've given me room to
tell the stories I want to tell, the way I want to tell them.  And I'm
gratified and humbled that audiences have responded with such enthusiasm and
love."
    
    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning
the 2005 Best Picture Academy Award(R) for CRASH, and the Company is a premier
producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home
entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its
prestigious and prolific library of nearly 12,000 motion picture titles and
television episodes is a valuable source of recurring revenue and a foundation
for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is
synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the
globe.
    
    ABOUT TYLER PERRY
    
    Since making his film debut in 2005 with Lionsgate's DIARY OF A MAD BLACK
WOMAN, Tyler Perry has become a multimedia phenomenon with a roster of hugely
successful film, stage, television, and book projects.  Three of Perry's four
films have debuted at number one at the North American box office, and the
films' combined theatrical gross is nearly $193 million.  The combined net
sales of his twelve DVDs total 16.8 million units.  Perry began his career as
a playwright with "I Know I've Been Changed" in 1992; six years and many
failed productions later, the play became an overnight success after what was
to have been its final performance ever.  Perry's nine produced plays to date
have grossed tens of millions of dollars and have set box office records in
major venues across the country, including the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles
and the Beacon Theater in New York.  Perry's first book, Don't Make a Black
Woman Take Off Her Earrings: Madea's Uninhibited Commentaries on Life and Love
debuted at #1 on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction bestseller list the
week of April 30, 2006, and was named both "Book of the Year" and "Humor Book
of the Year" at the October 2006 Quill Book Awards.

    www.lionsgate.com

    For further information, contact:

    
     Sarah Greenberg
     310-255-3856
     sgreenberg@lionsgate.com
    

    For corporate inquiries, please contact:

    
     Peter D. Wilkes
     pwilkes@lionsgate.com
     310-255-3726
    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Greenberg, +1-310-255-3856, 
sgreenberg@lionsgate.com, or Peter D. Wilkes, +1-310-255-3726, 
pwilkes@lionsgate.com, both of Lionsgate Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com/


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