Lionsgate(R) and Relativity Media Ink New Multi-Picture, Multi-Year Deal



    


    
    Studio Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights For Up To Five Relativity
Productions Per Year
    

    
    Deal Launches With Expected 2009 Release of BROTHERS, New Film From
Six-Time Oscar(R) Nominee Jim Sheridan
    

    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LIONSGATE(R)
(NYSE:   LGF), a leading next generation filmed entertainment studio, and
Relativity Media, a premier media and entertainment company, announced today
that they have finalized a new multi-picture, multi-year deal under which
Lionsgate will acquire U.S. distribution rights for up to five Relativity
Media productions per year.  The agreement builds upon the successful
relationship established by the companies during the past two years, when they
partnered on the critical and commercial hits THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, 3:10 TO
YUMA and THE BANK JOB.  The announcement was jointly made by Joe Drake,
Lionsgate President, Motion Picture Group, and Co-Chief Operating Officer, and
Ryan Kavanaugh, CEO of Relativity Media.
    

    
    Said Drake, "Ryan Kavanaugh and his colleagues at Relativity Media have
built an extraordinary company that is one of the industry's most prolific
suppliers of broad-appeal, talent-driven motion pictures.  This agreement
solidifies the long-term relationship we built together through successful
partnerships on 3:10 TO YUMA, THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM and THE BANK JOB.  We are
thrilled to bring these new movies into the Lionsgate family, adding to the
tally of first-rate productions that will define the Lionsgate release slate
going forward."
    

    
    Said Kavanaugh, "This deal represents a big step in the evolution of a
partnership between two forward-thinking companies.  Lionsgate is defined by
its keen ability to take smart risks on compelling films.  Lionsgate treats
its distribution of films as an owner, thinking creatively about how to
approach every film uniquely and maximize the value of each and every project.
 These films are in great hands thanks to this relationship."
    

    
    The first title to be released under the new agreement is BROTHERS, the
highly anticipated new film directed by six-time Academy Award(R) nominee Jim
Sheridan (IN AMERICA, MY LEFT FOOT).  Tobey Maguire, Academy Award(R) nominee
Jake Gyllenhaal and Academy Award(R) nominee Natalie Portman star in this
drama about the rivalry and ultimate redemption of two brothers in love with
the same woman. Based on the award-winning 2004 film by Danish writer/director
Susanne Bier, BROTHERS is expected to be released by Lionsgate later this
year.  It will be followed by the supernatural thriller SEASON OF THE WITCH
and the action/comedy THE SPY NEXT DOOR, both of which are currently in
postproduction.  Directed by Dominic Sena (GONE IN 60 SECONDS), SEASON OF THE
WITCH stars Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman and introduces Claire Foy in the story
of 14th Century knights transporting a girl suspected of being the witch who
has spread the Black Plague.  SEASON OF THE WITCH marks Relativity's first
film in their output arrangement with Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment. 
Directed by Brian Levant (ARE WE THERE YET?), THE SPY NEXT DOOR stars Jackie
Chan as a mild-mannered suburbanite who agrees to babysit his neighbor's
unruly kids, only to have them accidentally blow his cover as a secret agent. 
Additional titles will be announced at a future date.
    

    
    The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Jason Constantine, President of
Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President
Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, and Sean Kisker,
Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning & Operations, Motion Picture
Group; and by Ryan Kavanaugh, Chief Executive Officer, Tucker Tooley,
President of Production, Andrew Marcus, Chief Operating Officer, and Linda
Benjamin, Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs on behalf of
Relativity Media.
    

    ABOUT RELATIVITY MEDIA, LLC
    
    Relativity Media, LLC  ("RML") is a media and entertainment company which
focuses on creating, financing and distributing first class, studio quality
entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms, as
well as making strategic partnerships with, and opportunistic investments in
media and entertainment related companies and assets.  Relativity also owns
and operates Rogue, a company that specializes in the production and
distribution of lower-budget genre films, as well as the label's entire
library of films. Under Relativity's new ownership, Rogue has had particular
success within the horror genre including THE UNBORN and THE LAST HOUSE ON THE
LEFT.  Their next release is FIGHTING, starring Channing Tatum and Terrence
Howard.
    

    
    To date, Relativity has financed and/or produced over 60 films that have
seen wide release and have accumulated $7.4 billion in worldwide box office
revenue.  Fifty of those films are "Top 10" box office releases from the past
two years.  Relativity's recent films include FAST AND FURIOUS, STEP BROTHERS,
HANCOCK, WANTED, BURN AFTER READING, DEATH RACE, THE HOUSE BUNNY, MAMMA MIA!,
YOU DON'T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE
DRAGON EMPEROR, and HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMY.
    

    
    Relativity's 2008 slate included five of the top twelve highest-grossing
films of the year; eighteen of the company's films have opened at #1 at the
box office, and eighteen of RML's nineteen summer releases landed in the top
three highest earners in their respective opening weekends.  Their films have
earned 29 Oscar(R) nominations, including nods for FROST/NIXON, ATONEMENT,
AMERICAN GANGSTER, and 3:10 TO YUMA.  Twenty-nine of RML's films have each
generated over $100 million in worldwide box office receipts.  This past
summer, Relativity Media, LLC announced an extensive international
distribution program, which included thirteen output deals covering 100+
territories around the world.
    

    
    Relativity also owns RelativityREAL, a joint venture with veteran TV
producer Tom Foreman ("Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" & "9/11") which has 20
reality shows in pilot or series coming over the next year.
    

    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate is a leading next generation studio with a strong and
diversified 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 to create a multiplatform global
industry leader in entertainment through the recent acquisition of TV Guide
Network, one of the 25 most widely distributed cable networks, the recent
acquisition of TV Guide.com, a premier content and navigation portal,
partnerships that include the FEARnet branded VOD and Internet horror channel
with Sony and Comcast, the expected fall 2009 launch of EPIX, a new premium
entertainment channel with partners Viacom and MGM, investment in the leading
young men's digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier
independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury and an alliance with
independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside
Attractions.
    

    
    The Company is a market share leader at the North American theatrical box
office for calendar 2009 due to recent theatrical box office successes such as
TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL, the second highest-grossing film in
Lionsgate history, MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D and THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT. 
Other recent successes include SAW V, RELIGULOUS, FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, RAMBO and
THE BANK JOB.  Lionsgate has forged a strong position in television with the
production of such critically-acclaimed series as "Mad Men," "Weeds" and
"Crash," the distribution of Tyler Perry's "House of Payne," "Family Feud" and
"South Park," and upcoming shows including Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns" and
"The Wendy Williams Show."  In addition, the Company's home entertainment
business, propelled by such recent DVD successes as TRANSPORTER 3, SAW V and
TYLER PERRY'S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, is the industry leader in box
office-to-DVD conversion rate and has market share of nearly 8%.  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 remains synonymous with original, daring, quality
entertainment in markets around the world.
    

    www.lionsgate.com

    

    
    For further information, contact:
    

    
    For Lionsgate:
    

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

    
    For corporate inquiries, please contact:
    

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

    
    For Relativity Media:
    

    
    Lauren Burton Horowitz
    p: 212-334-0333 | f: 212-334-8444
    lburton@id-pr.com




    




For further information:

For further information: Sarah Greenberg, +1-310-255-3856,
sgreenberg@lionsgate.com, or for corporate inquiries, Peter D. Wilkes,
+1-310-255-3726, pwilkes@lionsgate.com, both of Lionsgate; or Lauren Burton
Horowitz, +1-212-334-0333, fax, +1-212-334-8444, lburton@id-pr.com, for
Relativity Media Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com


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