NURSE JACKIE Fills Prescription for Success



    LIONSGATE(R) and SHOWTIME's Critically-Acclaimed New Comedy Series
Starring Emmy(R)-winner Edie Falco Renewed For a Second Season on SHOWTIME

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, June 10
/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LIONSGATE(R) (NYSE:   LGF), the leading next
generation studio, announced today that its new half-hour comedy series, NURSE
JACKIE, has already been renewed by Showtime Networks for a second season just
one day after its critically acclaimed premiere.  Starring three-time Emmy(R)
Award winner Edie Falco, NURSE JACKIE, a co-production with Showtime, achieved
one of the most successful original series debuts in the network's history. 
Production of 12 new episodes will begin this summer in New York City.

    NURSE JACKIE's premiere on Monday, June 8 scored record ratings for
Showtime.  Leading into the series debut was the fifth season premiere of
Lionsgate's hit comedy WEEDS, which when coupled with NURSE JACKIE, led to the
network's best premiere night ever in the Nielsen ratings.

    "We're delighted about Showtime's early pickup of NURSE JACKIE and the
terrific response the premiere has received," said Kevin Beggs, President of
Lionsgate Television Programming and Production, and Sandra Stern, Executive
Vice President and COO of Lionsgate Television.  "It's a testament to the
brilliant work of Edie Falco and the extraordinary supporting cast and
creative team.  Showtime has been a great partner on both NURSE JACKIE and
WEEDS and we look forward to extending and expanding our relationship in the
years to come."

    The series is a co-production of Showtime Networks Inc. and Lionsgate
Television and was created by Evan Dunsky and Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem (The
Comeback, That '70's Show).  Wallem and Brixius are executive producers and
show runners. John Melfi and Caryn Mandabach are executive producers.  Richie
Jackson, Christine Zander, Mark Hudis and Evan Dunsky are co-executive
producers.

    At turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny, NURSE JACKIE stars Edie Falco
as the title character, Jackie Peyton, a strong-willed and brilliant - but
very flawed - emergency nurse in a complicated New York City hospital. A
lapsed Catholic with an occasional weakness for Vicodin and Adderall to get
her through the days, Jackie keeps the hospital balanced with her own kind of
justice. Every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow
nurses and her own indiscretions. The first season also stars Eve Best, Peter
Facinelli, Merritt Wever, Haaz Sleiman, Paul Schulze, Anna Deavere Smith,
Dominic Fumusa, Ruby Jerins, Daisy Tahan and Stephen Wallem.

    The show is co-produced by Lionsgate and Showtime in association with
Caryn Mandabach Productions, Madison Grain Elevator Inc. & Delong Lumber.

    Lionsgate has nearly 20 television series airing or scheduled to air on
11 different networks from its in-house production operations, through
distribution by Debmar-Mercury or as part of its ISH Entertainment joint
venture. Its programming roster is headed by such critically-acclaimed and
groundbreaking shows as "Mad Men," "Weeds," "Nurse Jackie," "Crash," "Tyler
Perry's House of Payne," "Meet The Browns," "The Wendy Williams Show" and
"Paris Hilton's My New BFF."
    

    About Lionsgate
    
    Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF) is the 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 has built a
strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast
network series, distribution and syndication of programming through
Debmar-Mercury, reality programming through its joint venture with ISH
Entertainment and an array of channel platform assets. Its feature film
business achieved a record box office performance in the recent January-March
2009 quarter, driven by the success of "Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail," "My
Bloody Valentine 3-D" and "The Haunting In Connecticut." The Company's home
entertainment business has grown to more than 8% market share and leads the
industry in its box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. 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.


    
    Media Contact:
    Leah Krantzler
    The Lippin Group
    (323) 965-1990
    lkrantzler@lippingroup.com
    

    
    For corporate inquiries, please contact:
    Peter D. Wilkes
    LIONSGATE
    310-255-3726
    pwilkes@lionsgate.com



    




For further information:

For further information: Leah Krantzler of The Lippin Group,
+1-323-965-1990, lkrantzler@lippingroup.com, for Lionsgate; or Peter D. Wilkes
of LIONSGATE, +1-310-255-3726, pwilkes@lionsgate.com Web Site:
http://www.lionsgate.com


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