Series Produced in association with Industry Entertainment to Air on NBC
SANTA MONICA, Calif., and EDMONTON, Alberta, Oct. 2
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- As part of a new two-year production deal with the
Canadian province of Alberta and the city of Edmonton, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF),
the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, will begin pre-production
in December on its new horror-anthology series FEAR ITSELF. The announcement
was made today by Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's President of Television Programming
Produced by Lionsgate and Industry Entertainment, the series was picked
up last week by NBC for 13 one-hour episodes to air in Summer 2008. Keith
Addis, Andrew Deane and Mick Garris, the Emmy Award-winning team behind the
critically acclaimed Masters of Horror series, will executive produce FEAR
ITSELF, with Industry's Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning onboard to produce.
Like Masters of Horror, which won an Emmy (R) and two Saturn Awards
during its two-season run on Showtime, the series will feature 60-minute films
by some of the genre's most illustrious writers and directors from around the
"We're excited to begin production on FEAR ITSELF in Edmonton," said
Beggs. "Our new alliance with the city and the province of Alberta allows us
to continue expanding our production activities, and we hope this is the first
of many new projects we'll be working on together."
Mark Manuel, Lionsgate's Executive Vice President, Structured Finance,
negotiated the deal with the province of Alberta and the city of Edmonton.
Peter Block, Lionsgate's President of Acquisitions and Coproductions, worked
with Industry Entertainment to bring the horror franchise to Lionsgate, and
Sandra Stern, Lionsgate Television's Chief Operating Officer, negotiated the
deal with NBC.
Keith Addis and Andrew Deane are Partners at Industry Entertainment
Partners, a leading talent management and production company, that has
produced award-winning films including THE PLAYER, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and
QUILLS. Their acclaimed anthology series, MASTERS OF HORROR, which aired on
Showtime, featured one-hour movies from such illustrious genre filmmakers as
John Carpenter, Takashi Miike, Joe Dante, John Landis, Dario Argento, Tobe
Hopper, Stuart Gordon, Brad Anderson and series creator Mick Garris himself.
They also executive produced the recent anthology series MASTERS OF SCIENCE
FICTION for ABC.
Both also manage distinguished clients in the literary and talent fields.
Lionsgate's current television programming slate includes the
award-winning comedy series WEEDS, starring Golden Globe (R) winner
Mary-Louise Parker; the critically acclaimed drama series MAD MEN on AMC;
Spike TV's original eight-hour drama event THE KILL POINT, starring Emmy (R)
winner John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg; USA Network's hit drama THE DEAD
ZONE starring Anthony Michael Hall; and the popular ABC Family drama WILDFIRE.
Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning
the 2006 Best Picture Academy Award (R) for CRASH and operating as 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 more than 11,000 motion picture titles and
television episodes is a valuable source of stable, 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 world.
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