IFC and Lionsgate Forge 70-Film Television Licensing Agreement, Including Oscar(R) Nominee AWAY FROM HER

    SANTA MONICA, Calif., VANCOUVER, British Columbia and NEW YORK, Jan. 29
/CNW/ -- IFC, the first and most widely distributed network dedicated to
independent culture, and Lionsgate (NYSE:   LGF), the premier independent filmed
entertainment studio, have concluded a major licensing deal for a package of
70 Lionsgate feature films, including the critically-acclaimed drama AWAY FROM
HER, the two companies announced today. AWAY FROM HER has just earned a Best
Actress Academy Award(R) nomination for Julie Christie and a Best Adapted
Screenplay Oscar(R) nomination for Sarah Polley. Christie also won the Golden
Globe(R) for Best Actress In A Motion Picture -- Drama last week.
    The agreement includes such other recent feature film releases from
Lionsgate as the Cannes Film Festival Critics Choice award-winner BUG, teaming
Ashley Judd and Harry Connick, Jr. in an electrifying performance; the
inspiring PRIDE, starring Terrence Howard and Bernie Mac; the thriller SLOW
BURN, starring Ray Liotta and LL Cool J; sister company Roadside Attractions'
FIERCE PEOPLE, an intriguing drama starring Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland and
Elizabeth Perkins; and apocalyptic thriller and acclaimed Sundance sensation
RIGHT AT YOUR DOOR, nearly all of which will make their first free television
premiere on IFC following their exhibition on Showtime, with whom Lionsgate
has a pay television output deal.
    Other Lionsgate box office and critical hits included in the package are
2005 Best Picture Academy Award(R)-winner CRASH (for the second free
television window), the critically-acclaimed Nick Cage action starrer LORD OF
WAR and the provocative HARD CANDY, starring JUNO'S Academy Award(R) nominee
Ellen Page. In addition, IFC has made a major commitment to Lionsgate's horror
and thriller genre, licensing Eli Roth's HOSTEL franchise; Lionsgate and
Twisted Pictures' SAW franchise, the most popular horror franchise in history;
Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES and THE DEVIL'S REJECTS; and other notable
genre releases including THE DESCENT, HIGH TENSION, FIDO and sister company
After Dark Films' ABANDONED.
    The deal also includes feature films from Lionsgate's 12,000-title
library as well as the libraries of sister companies StudioCanal, Roadside
Attractions (in which Lionsgate has a 40 percent investment) and After Dark
    "Lionsgate has an exceptionally deep roster of both prestige and edgy
genre product that is ideally suited to IFC's distinctive trademark
programming," said Lionsgate Executive Vice President Television Sales Rand
Stoll. "This package of films highlights the diversity of our slate as well as
the breadth and scope of IFC's lineup. We are delighted to provide a showcase
for Away From Her and the other films in this package to be seen by a broader
audience, and the deal underscores our commitment to monetize fully all of our
product at all levels of box office performance."
    "This new partnership with Lionsgate allows us to continue to curate
television's best film library well into the future. Lionsgate's original,
daring and award-winning films perfectly align with our uncut brand, with
characters and stories that speak to our mandate to be the voice of
independent culture," said Evan Shapiro, EVP and General Manager of IFC. "We
are proud to offer this slate of distinctive films to IFC's educated,
discriminating and influential viewers, and to help the films reach new
audiences across the country."
    The agreement follows on the heels of the recent Lionsgate television
sales of a package of films including the critically-acclaimed hit 3:10 TO
YUMA to NBC Universal and a package of films including several Tyler Perry
favorites to Turner Broadcasting.
    About Lionsgate
    Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio and is a
premier producer and distributor of motion picture, television programming,
home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and
digitally-delivered content. Its prestigious and prolific library of nearly
12,000 motion picture titles and television episodes is a stable source of
recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's
core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring,
quality entertainment in markets around the globe.
    About IFC
    IFC is the only brand to operate in every area of independent film to
include television, production, financing, distribution, digital, On Demand
and exhibition. IFC uses its unique cross-platform position to broaden the
audience of independent film and to provide independent filmmakers with a
strong voice. IFC is comprised of: The Independent Film Channel (IFC), the
first and most widely distributed network dedicated to independent culture, 24
hours a day, uncut, and uncensored; and IFC Entertainment, a division that
owns and manages IFC Films, a theatrical feature film distribution company;
IFC First Take/IFC in Theaters, a day and date theatrical feature film/VOD
initiative; the IFC Center in New York City; IFC Productions, a feature film
production company; and IFC Entertainment, which owns and operates a film


     For further information, please contact:
     Peter D. Wilkes

     Kelli Easterling

     Olivia Dupuis, for IFC

For further information:

For further information: Peter D. Wilkes, +1-310-255-3726, 
pwilkes@lionsgate.com, or Kelli Easterling, +1-310-255-4929, 
keasterling@lionsgate.com, both of Lionsgate; or Olivia Dupuis, 
+1-212-324-4748, ojdupuis@rainbow-media.com, for IFC Web Site:
http://www.lionsgate.com                  http://www.ifc.com

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