BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT Wins Lionsgate/Maple Pictures Innovative Producer Award at Banff World Television Festival

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - The Banff World Television Festival announced
today that television production company BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT is the
recipient of this year's Lionsgate/Maple Pictures Innovative Producer Award at
the 29th edition of the Banff World Television Festival, which takes place at
the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada, June 8 - 11, 2008. The
award recognizes the entrepreneurial excellence and achievements of an
independent producer within the Canadian television industry.
    Known for their successful programs including "Kenny vs. Spenny," and
"Whistler," BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT was selected by a jury of three: a
representative from Lionsgate/Maple Pictures; a representative from the Banff
World Television Foundation, and a representative from the
broadcasting/production community. The award will be presented to BLUEPRINT's
Chairman and CEO, John Morayniss, and President Noreen Halpern during the
annual Alberta Awards Luncheon at the Banff World Television Festival on
Monday, June 9th. The presentation will be made by Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's
President of Television Programming and Production, and Brad Pelman,
Co-President, Maple Pictures.
    "The team at Blueprint Entertainment is committed to producing
innovative, unique programming, and this award recognizes the success they
have had in this industry," noted Beggs. "They are a growing vibrant force in
Canadian television, and we wish them every success in the future."
    "On behalf of our colleagues at Blueprint, we are honoured to receive
such important recognition from our peers and the Canadian television
industry," said Morayniss. "We are thrilled to accept this award and thank
Lionsgate and Maple Pictures for placing such importance on creativity and

    BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT is a leading television production company
involved in the development, production, financing, packaging, distribution
and exploitation of dynamic and innovative programming for the worldwide
marketplace. Established in January of 2002, by its two principals, John
Morayniss and Noreen Halpern, BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT is a Canadian company
with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto. BLUEPRINT has an extensive
development slate that encompasses a number of half-hour and one-hour
prime-time and children's series, movies, and miniseries targeted at a mix of
broadcast and cable/satellite networks based in the US, Canada and the
international marketplace.

    Lionsgate is a leading next generation filmed entertainment 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 recent announcement of the
fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom,
Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital
distribution platform, ownership of the premier independent
television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC 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 year and has released a string of hits
including The Forbidden Kingdom, Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns, The Bank Job,
Rambo, The Eye, Saw IV, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Good Luck Chuck,
3:10 To Yuma and War, most of which have opened at No. 1 or No. 2 at the box
office. The Company has also 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, among others, and
approximately 9% 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.

    Maple Pictures is a new Canadian force to be reckoned with. Boasting a
genre-savvy, 1500+ title library and new release slate, Maple is the second
largest independent filmed entertainment distributor in Canada and is poised
to lead the evolution of the industry by delivering innovative, diverse and
distinctive film, television, home and family entertainment.
    The Banff World Television Festival is a not-for-profit event produced by
Achilles Media Ltd., an international events management company serving the
television and digital media industries. Achilles Media Ltd. events include:
History Makers: International Summit of History & Current Affairs Producers,
nextMEDIA events, Canadian Innovation Exchange (CIX) and NATPE Mobile++. For
more information, visit The Banff World
Television Festival takes place June 8-11 amid the spectacular Canadian
Rockies at the Fairmont Banff Springs in Alberta, Canada. To register, please

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