First Series to Be Released on DVD Are 'Sunset Tan' on August 5 Followed
'Keeping Up with the Kardashians,' 'Snoop Dogg's Father Hood' and 'Kimora:
Life in the Fab Lane'
LOS ANGELES and SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia,
July 1 /CNW/ -- Lionsgate(R) (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed
entertainment studio, and Comcast Entertainment Group, which operates
Comcast's West Coast entertainment properties, have forged a first-look
partnership where Lionsgate obtains the home entertainment distribution rights
to popular series airing on E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network and
G4. The announcement was made today by Ron Schwartz, General Manager and
Executive Vice President, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, and John Najarian,
Executive Vice President, Digital Media and Business Development, Comcast
"E!, Style and G4 are among the hottest networks on television and our
plans to transfer that excitement onto DVD will allow the consumer to watch
these programs with a host of extra added features whenever they want,"
Schwartz said. "Cutting edge programs like these reflect our overall
commitment to daring, original entertainment and are perfect additions to our
ever-increasing television library."
"Lionsgate is a leader in home entertainment and we're excited to partner
with them to distribute our shows on DVD," said Najarian. "In addition to
owning their favorite shows, the DVD gives fans the opportunity to check out
special new features, including bonus segments with their favorite
personalities and never-before-seen footage."
The first program to be released under the new agreement is E!'s tanning
salon reality series "Sunset Tan" on August 5. Additional releases will
include E!'s popular series "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "Snoop
Dogg's Father Hood," as well as Style's "Kimora: Life In The Fab Lane," which
takes viewers inside the world of model, mogul, mom Kimora Lee Simmons.
A leader in the TV on DVD category, Lionsgate has bucked the industry
trend by experiencing double-digit growth from 2006 to 2007. The studio's
release of "Weeds" Season One and "Weeds" Season Two both finished the year in
the Top 40 among all TV On DVD releases. 2008 is primed to be an even bigger
year anchored by the June 3rd release of "Weeds" Season Three along with the
release of the first season of the Golden Globes and Peabody award winning AMC
series "Mad Men" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne": Volume 2 on July 1. Other
prestigious titles in the Lionsgate TV on DVD catalog include "Will & Grace,"
"The Dead Zone," "Moonlighting," and much more.
Lionsgate is the leading independent 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 has partnered
with Sony Corporation and Comcast in the operation of the highly successful
FEARNet branded VOD and Internet horror channel, recently announced the fall
2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom,
Paramount Pictures and MGM, and has invested in the leading young men's
digital distribution platform Break.com.
Lionsgate generated more than $450 million in North American box office
during the past year, driven by a string of hits including the martial arts
action film FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li, the action
film RAMBO, the thriller THE EYE, the action thriller THE BANK JOB, the horror
film SAW IV, the latest installment in the most popular horror franchise in
history, the action film 3:10 TO YUMA, the comedy GOOD LUCK CHUCK, the family
dramas MEET THE BROWNS and WHY DID I GET MARRIED?, and the action film WAR,
starring Jason Statham and Jet Li. Lionsgate's prestigious and prolific
library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles is an
important source of recurring revenue that 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 COMCAST ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Based in Los Angeles, Comcast Entertainment Group operates E!
Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to
the world of entertainment, and E! Online; The Style Network, the destination
for women 18-49 with a passion for the best in relatable and inspiring
lifestyle programming; and G4 offering the last word on gaming, technology,
animation, interactivity, and "Internet culture" for the male 18-34 demo. E!
is currently available to nearly 94 million cable and direct broadcast
satellite subscribers in the United States. In 2006, E! launched the E!
Everywhere initiative underscoring the company's dedication to making E!
content available on all new media platforms any time and anywhere from online
to broadband video to wireless to satellite radio to VOD. The Style Network
currently counts 58 million cable and satellite subscribers and G4, the #1
podcasted cable network in America, is available in more than 64 million cable
and satellite homes nationwide.
For Press Inquiries Contact:
Jodie Magid/Jennifer Sandler
Director, Media Relations and Corporate Communications
Comcast Entertainment Group
E! - Style - G4
For Lionsgate Corporate Inquiries, Contact:
Peter D. Wilkes
For further information:
For further information: media, Jodie Magid, +1-212-386-6885,
Jmagid@lionsgate.com, or Jennifer Sandler, +1-310-255-4072,
email@example.com, or corporate, Peter D. Wilkes, +1-310-255-3726,
firstname.lastname@example.org, all of Lionsgate; or Amelia Stewart, Director, Media
Relations and Corporate Communications of Comcast Entertainment Group -- E! -
Style - G4, +1-323-692-4732, cell, +1-310-746-6858, email@example.com
Web Site: http://www.lionsgate.com