Deal Includes Grammy(R)-Winning Reggae Icon Lee 'Scratch' Perry
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 18 /CNW/ --
LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE: LGF) continues to expand and diversify its musical
repertoire, adding Grammy(R) winner Lee "Scratch" Perry to its roster in a
distribution deal with independent record label Narnack Records, it was
announced today by Lionsgate Music President Jay Faires.
The deal launches with Perry's upcoming album REPENTANCE, which is
co-produced by Andrew W.K. and features such guest artists as Moby, Don
Fleming, Chris Stein of Blondie, Brian Chippendale of Lightning Bolt and
several other notable acts.
"Signing a deal with Narnack is another strong step for the music team as
we replicate Lionsgate's core mission to fill underserved niches," said
Faires. "We're excited to be launching this deal with the upcoming record by
Lee 'Scratch' Perry, who exemplifies the quality and genre-bending skills of
our growing roster of musical talent."
Vice President of TV Music and A&R Russell Ziecker continued, "Our deal
with Narnack will expand our publishing outreach while providing us with more
firsthand resources for our film and television slots, utilizing Narnack's
diverse, multi-genre, and independent-spirited label roster."
Lee "Scratch" Perry is a Grammy(R) award-winning artist and producer who
was highly influential in the development and acceptance of reggae and dub
music. In his infamous studio, The Black Ark, Perry produced some of the most
significant artists in the history of reggae including the legendary Bob
Marley & the Wailers. Beyond reggae, Perry worked with iconic rock group The
Clash on their first LP in the US, producing the single COMPLETE CONTROL and
co-writing the hit POLICE AND THIEVES. He was also featured on the #1 debut
album HELLO NASTY by the Beastie Boys, who were involved with the new
documentary THE UPSETTER: THE LIFE & MUSIC OF LEE "SCRATCH" PERRY. Rolling
Stone has hailed Perry as "the first mad-scientist producer" and Blender named
the epic musician one of their Top 50 Rock Geniuses of All Time.
Narnack Records is an independent record label that developed in N.Y.C.
and Brooklyn's underground music scene in 2001. Founded by Shahin Ewalt, who
has been in the record industry for 10 years with many established labels,
Narnack quickly became known for its A&R style of developing new acts and
fostering new projects with established legends. In March 2007, the label
moved operations to Los Angeles, which has enabled Narnack to strengthen its
foundation with a newly revitalized infrastructure and visionary focus.
Narnack has a cutting-edge catalog of releases ranging from post punk,
experimental, garage, folk, indie rock, reggae and dance. The label touts
international super acts such as Mark E. Smith of "The Fall", Lee "Scratch"
Perry and Guitar Wolf along with local giants The Coachwhips (S.F.),
Restaurant (L.A.), Women & Children (L.A.), Langhorne Slim (NYC) and Parts and
Labor (NYC). Upcoming releases include Restaurant's RETURNS TO THE TOMB OF
GUILIANO MEDIDICI, dropping September 9th, Women and Children's REMOVED and
IRAN's SAME SONG OVER & OVER (featuring members of TV on the Radio), which
both drop October 21st.
Lionsgate's music team recently announced an unprecedented partnership
with Getty Images, providing award-winning scores for the launch of their
music-licensing venture. Continuing to expand their artist roster, Lionsgate
has signed eight-time ASCAP and seven-time BMI award-winning TV composer David
Vanacore and three time IBMA award winners The Infamous Stringdusters. Other
recent achievements include Marco Beltrami's Academy Award(R) nominated score
for the hit 3:10 TO YUMA, a prestigious line-up of artists such as Bob Dylan,
Miles Davis and the Andrews Sisters on the Golden Globe(R)-winning television
drama MAD MEN, innovative main title covers from the likes of Linkin Park,
Randy Newman and Elvis Costello on the television comedy hit WEEDS and
original end titles from Dr. Dre and The Flaming Lips on the latest Lionsgate
feature films. Lionsgate Music is an innovative, entrepreneurial and
diversified company, complementing Lionsgate's filmed entertainment content
leadership with a growing role in all facets of music IP.
Lionsgate is the leading, next generation filmed entertainment studio
with a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures,
television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment,
video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its
content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships
that include the operation of the highly successful FEARnet-branded VOD and
Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the
fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom,
Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital
distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent
television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with
independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside
Attractions. Lionsgate also has forged partnerships with leading content
creators, owners and distributors in key territories around the world,
including Televisa in the U.S. and Latin America, StudioCanal in the UK, Hoyts
and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India.
The Company generated approximately $450 million at the North American
theatrical box office in the past year and has released a string of hits
including The Forbidden Kingdom, Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns, The Bank Job,
Rambo, The Eye, Saw IV, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Good Luck Chuck,
3:10 To Yuma and War, most of which have opened at #1 or #2 at the box office.
The Company has also forged leadership positions in television and home
entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television
series as Weeds and Mad Men, the distribution of Tyler Perry's House of Payne,
Family Feud, South Park, Trivial Pursuit and The Dead Zone, among others, and
approximately 7% market share and the industry's leading box office-to-DVD
conversion rate in home entertainment. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and
prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles
that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation
for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is
synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and original, daring, quality
entertainment in markets around the globe.
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