Tiger Gate KIX Into Gear to Thrill Audiences, Launching Two Pan-Asian Action and Horror Channels and Announcing Financial Partners



    
    Teams With DBS Provider Indovision To Serve Indonesian Market

    KIX And Thrill Channels To Be Launched In Hong Kong, Singapore And Other
    Territories By Year-End





    
    SANTA MONICA, Calif. and HONG KONG, Aug. 3 /CNW/ -- Tiger Gate, the Asian
media venture started by William Pfeiffer and Paul Presburger and backed by
the assets and resources of Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF), the leading next generation
studio, announced today that it has launched the action channel KIX and the
thriller/horror/suspense channel Thrill to serve the pan-Asian marketplace of
more than two billion consumers.  Tiger Gate also announced that it has
brought on board Asian financial partners Asia TMET Fund Management, an
Asian-Pacific private investment firm, and Meadow Technology Partners, a
China-based investment company.

    As the first step in its planned territory-by-territory rollout, Tiger
Gate announced that it has teamed with Indovision, the Indonesian digital
satellite provider and pay TV market leader, to serve the Indonesian market of
over 250 million consumers.  The KIX and Thrill channels will be launched on
the remaining Indonesian platforms later this month and will follow with
launches in Singapore and Hong Kong before the end of the year, with other
Asian territories slated to follow in 2010.

    Tiger Gate is also producing local feature film and television content
that focuses on the action and thriller/horror genres and complements its
channels business.  In addition to being featured on the KIX and Thrill
channels, this content will be distributed by third party platforms around the
world.

    William Pfeiffer, Tiger Gate's CEO, led Sony Pictures and Disney into the
Asian filmed entertainment market and has launched more than 25 successful
Asian channels, including AXN, Animax, Celestial Movies, and Sony
Entertainment Television.  He has also overseen the production of tens of
thousands of hours of Asian TV programming and feature films.  Most recently,
he served for seven years as CEO of Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures.  Paul
Presburger, who most recently served as Executive Vice President at Lionsgate,
worked with Pfeiffer at Sony Pictures and spearheaded the development of AXN
and Animax in the region.   Other key executives in the Tiger Gate management
team include Michael Chan, Jeremy Hall-Smith and Patrick Corr.

    The Tiger Gate venture will be backed by Lionsgate, the next generation
studio which has recently leveraged its content leadership, marketing skills
and brand into a suite of channel platforms including the TV Guide Network, a
joint venture with financial partner One Equity Partners, the FEARnet branded
horror channel, with partners Sony and Comcast, and the Epix multiplatform
premium channel, launching this fall with partners Viacom and MGM.

    Thrill is a 24-hour linear channel with future multiplatform
opportunities that will showcase top Asian and Hollywood
thriller/horror/suspense blockbusters and TV series, and it will leverage the
vast catalogue of thriller and horror content in Lionsgate's library of more
than 12,000 motion picture and television titles.  KIX is an Asian action
channel that offers top action-related entertainment for Asian audiences,
including action reality shows, extreme sports, fight events and action
movies.  It will deliver high-quality movies and several hours of fresh
action, adventure and sci-fi programming daily, including fight tournaments,
extreme sports games and action reality shows.  Asian action and
horror/thriller movies are the two largest and fastest-growing segments of the
Asian filmed entertainment marketplace.

    "The future of the television business lies in its ability to identify
and capitalize on new areas of growth worldwide," said Lionsgate Co-Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer.  "We see great opportunities in
branded international channel platforms, and the horror and action markets are
a space we know well.  I've worked closely with William and Paul since our
Sony days, and we believe that Tiger Gate is well positioned to have an
immediate impact in this large and growing niche."

    "The pan-Asian television market offers tremendous opportunities for
branded channels that can distinguish themselves from the competition with a
targeted approach, a long-term vision and distinctive, compelling
programming," said Pfeiffer.  "One of Lionsgate's greatest strengths has been
its ability to focus on large, underserved niche audiences with branded
content custom-tailored to their tastes.  Whether with the Saw and Tyler Perry
franchises, success in delivering original programming to emerging cable
networks, or its recent channel initiatives, Lionsgate has consistently shown
the ability to bring its content, marketing and branding skills to bear on
well-defined market opportunities and to achieve success.  I believe that
Tiger Gate's two branded channels will create a compelling long-term value
proposition for Asian consumers, and I am delighted to welcome Mark Pawley at
Asia TMET Fund Management and Tony Zheng at Meadow Technology Partners as
financial partners to help us build the diversified Tiger Gate media
platform."

    "Lionsgate is a proven authority in the worlds of action and horror, and
we believe that KIX and Thrill can deliver excitement, quality and diversity
unlike anything else in the marketplace," said Presburger.  "We are delighted
to partner with Indovision, the clear market leader in the pay TV space, in a
market with a quarter billion consumers and rising. The Asian pay television
market is growing at double digits annually and is expected to reach nearly
$50 billion in the next five years.  With William Pfeiffer's dynamic and
experienced leadership, the backing of Lionsgate's resources and expertise,
and the long-term commitment of our new financial partners, who will play an
important role in funding the venture's growth, Tiger Gate's KIX and Thrill
brands are positioned to resonate with Asian audiences for years to come and
to become innovative, game-changing market leaders."
    

    About Tiger Gate
    
    Tiger Gate Entertainment operates KIX, an Asian action channel, and
Thrill, a thriller/horror/suspense movie channel, launched to serve initially
the two billion consumers of the Asian marketplace.  KIX and Thrill were
launched in Indonesia in August 2009, with planned launches in Hong Kong and
Singapore before year end and other Asian territories next year.  Tiger Gate
also operates a TV and film production business to produce local feature film
and television content that focuses on the action and thriller/horror genres
and complements its channels business.  Tiger Gate is backed by the assets and
resources of Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF), the leading next generation studio, and
financial partners Asia TMET FUND Management, an innovative Asian-Pacific
private investment firm, and Meadow Technology Partners, a Chinese investment
company led by Tony Zheng.
    

    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 7% 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.
    
    www.lionsgate.com

    For further information, contact:
    

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




    




For further information:

For further information: Peter D. Wilkes of Lionsgate, +1-310-255-3726,
pwilkes@lionsgate.com Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com


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