LIONSGATE WINS FOUR EMMY® AWARDS, WITH JON HAMM WINNING AS LEAD ACTOR FOR MAD MEN AND UZO ADUBA AS SUPPORTING ACTRESS FOR ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

MANHATTAN AND HOUDINI EARN CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS®

SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 21, 2015 /CNW/ -- LIONSGATE ® (NYSE: LGF) television series won a total of four Emmy® Awards at the Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy® ceremonies, led by Jon Hamm's trophy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for MAD MEN and Uzo Aduba's win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. 

Hamm's triumph follows eight consecutive Emmy® nominations for his seminal role as quintessential ad man Don Draper, and Aduba's award marks her second Emmy® win for her performance as the eccentric and unstable Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren, but her first in this category. She is the only actress ever to win an Emmy® in a comedy and drama series for the same role.

At last Saturday's Creative Arts Emmys, Lionsgate's MANHATTAN scored the first Emmy® of the evening with a win for Outstanding Main Title Design and its limited series HOUDINI won the award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special, Night 1.

"Winning Emmys for four different series underscores the breadth and diversity of our slate," said Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.  "We congratulate all of our Emmy winners and thank the TV Academy for this wonderful recognition.  Jon's brilliantly nuanced performance in 'Mad Men' is the heart and soul of the series, and he has shaped one of the most memorable characters in one of the most critically-acclaimed series in television history.  Uzo's fearless work in 'Orange is the New Black' is riveting and has made her one of TV's most loved characters." 

After seven groundbreaking seasons and 92 episodes, MAD MEN has concluded its celebrated run on AMC as one of the most honored series in television history. The program has won dozens of awards, including three Golden Globes® for Best Drama and four Emmys® for Outstanding Drama Series, tying the all-time record for Emmy® wins in the category.  The outstanding ensemble cast includes Jon Hamm, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Christopher Stanley, Jessica Pare, Jay R. Ferguson, Kevin Rahm, Kiernan Shipka and Mason Vale Cotton. Produced by Lionsgate, the series is created, written and executive produced by Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Matthew Weiner in association with Weiner Bros.  Scott Hornbacher and Janet Leahy are also executive producers.   

ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, now in production on its fourth season, is the most-watched original series on Netflix in all of its territories around the world. The critically acclaimed series has become a global pop culture phenomenon.  The series' diverse ensemble includes Taylor Schilling, Uzo Aduba, Jason Biggs, Danielle Brooks, Laverne Cox, Michael J. Harney, Natasha Lyonne, Selenis Leyva, Taryn Manning, Adrienne C. Moore, Kate Mulgrew, Dascha Polanco, Laura Prepon, Nick Sandow, Yael Stone, Lorraine Toussaint and Samira Wiley. Orange is the New Black is executive produced by Jenji Kohan and produced by Lionsgate.

MANHATTAN, described by Time Magazine as "the TV season's secret weapon," has earned widespread critical acclaim and will launch its second season on WGN America this fall. The  ensemble cast includes Emmy®-nominated actor John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman, Rachel Brosnahan, Katja Herbers, Helen Prins, Alexia Fast, Christopher Denham, Harry Lloyd, Michael Chernus and Daniel Stern.  Multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominee William Petersen has joined the cast as a regular for season two, which will also feature Mamie Gummer and Griffin Dunne, among others, in recurring roles. Created by Sam Shaw and directed by Emmy Award®-winning director Thomas Schlamme, the series is produced by Lionsgate Television, Skydance Television and Tribune Studios.

Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody stars in HOUDINI, an event miniseries that premiered on HISTORY in September 2014 and tells the story of The Great Harry Houdini from his humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls across the globe. The scripted miniseries also stars Kristen Connolly and Evan Jones.

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a premier next generation global content leader with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms, video games and international distribution and sales. Lionsgate currently has more than 30 television shows on over 20 different networks spanning its primetime production, distribution and syndication businesses, including the critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black, the multiple Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men, the hit broadcast network series Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show, the acclaimed drama Manhattan and the breakout series The Royals.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such successes as the blockbuster first three installments of The Hunger Games franchise, the first two installments of the Divergent franchise, The Age of Adaline, CBS/Lionsgate's The DUFF, John Wick, Now You See Me, Roadside Attractions' Love & Mercy and Mr. Holmes, Lionsgate/Codeblack Films' Addicted and Pantelion Films' Instructions Not Included, the highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rates. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 16,000 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 and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world. www.lionsgate.com

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LIONSGATE
310-255-3726
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