Lionsgate's TYLER PERRY'S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS Captures the Number One Spot on DVD Charts With One Million Units Sold in the United States and Canada



    
    Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor: The Play also debuts #8 on DVD
charts

    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LIONSGATE(R)
(NYSE:   LGF), the leading next generation studio, and Tyler Perry continue to
be an unstoppable force in Hollywood as Tyler Perry's The Family That Preys,
starring Academy Award(R) winner Kathy Bates and Academy Award(R) nominee
Alfre Woodard, debuted at number one on the DVD charts.  Lionsgate also
released on DVD Tyler Perry's The Marriage Counselor: The Play, which  debuted
#8 on the DVD charts, as well as Tyler Perry's House of Payne: Volume Three.
With five theatrical films in the past four years that have grossed nearly a
quarter of a billion dollars in North America alone, DVD sales of theatrical
and catalog titles totaling more than 25 million units and more than 130
episodes of his hit television series "House of Payne" and "Meet The Browns"
already delivered, Tyler Perry is one of the most remarkable franchises in the
filmed entertainment industry today.
    

    
    Written, produced, directed by as well as starring Perry, The Family That
Preys is a deeply touching family drama featuring a star-studded ensemble cast
including Sanaa Lathan, Rockmond Dunbar, KaDee Strickland, Cole Hauser, Taraji
P. Henson and Robin Givens.  The film grossed almost $40 million domestically
during its theatrical run. Lionsgate will release Perry's next theatrical
feature, Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, based on his most popular play,
nationwide on February 20, 2009.
    

    
    "Tyler Perry is truly one of the most original and successful voices in
the entertainment world today," said Ron Schwartz, Lionsgate Home
Entertainment General Manager and Executive Vice President. "He has an
enormously loyal following, which continues to grow with each new theatrical
and home entertainment release. We are proud to have him as a part of the
Lionsgate family and look forward to many more releases based on his works
down the road."
    

    THE FAMILY THAT PREYS TOGETHER SYNOPSIS/EXTRA FEATURES
    
    Wealthy socialite Charlotte Cartwright (Bates) and her dear friend Alice
Pratt (Woodard), a working class woman of high ideals, have enjoyed a lasting
friendship throughout many years.  Suddenly, their lives become mired in
turmoil as their adult children's extramarital affairs, unethical business
practices and a dark paternity secret threaten to derail family fortunes and
unravel the lives of all involved.  Charlotte and Alice decide to take a
breather from it all by making a cross-country road trip in which they
rediscover themselves and possibly find a way to save their families from
ruin.
    

    (*)DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
    --  "Two Families, Two Legends" featurette
    --  "Preying In The Big Easy" featurette
    --  "Casting The Family" featurette
    --  "Delving Into The Diner" featurette
    --  Deleted Scenes


    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.  Four of Perry's
six films have debuted at number one at the North American box office, and the
films' combined theatrical gross is nearly a quarter of a billion dollars. 
The combined net sales of his DVDs total more than 25 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.  This
February, Perry will release his seventh film, Madea Goes to Jail, based on
his most popular play, nationwide on February 20, 2009.  In 2008, Perry
unveiled Tyler Perry Studios, a 200,000-square-foot studio situated on the
former Delta Airlines campus in Atlanta, GA, where his films and television
show will be filmed.
    

    ABOUT LIONSGATE
    
    Lionsgate is the leading next generation 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 expected fall 2009 launch of the premium
entertainment channel Epix 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. 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 has generated more than $450 million at the North American
theatrical box office in the past 12 months and has 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, and nearly 8% 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.  More information
on Lionsgate can be found at www.lionsgate.com.
    

    

    
    For Press Inquiries Contact:
    

    
    Lionsgate
    Jodie Magid/Jennifer Sandler
    212-386-6885/ 310-255-4072
    Jmagid@lionsgate.com/jsandler@lionsgate.com
    


    
    For Lionsgate Corporate Inquiries, Contact:
    

    
    Peter D. Wilkes/Kristin Robinson
    310-255-3726/310-255-4929
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com/krobinson@lionsgate.com



    




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jsandler@lionsgate.com, or corporate, Peter D. Wilkes, +1-310-255-3726,
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