SOURCE: Exodus Film Group

November 15, 2007 22:00 ET

Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® Sign on to Promote the Highly Anticipated CG-Animated Family Film "Igor" for The Weinstein Company and Exodus Film Group

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 15, 2007) - The Weinstein Company and Exodus Film Group announced today a nationwide promotional program with CKE Restaurants, Inc., parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants, to support the 2008 theatrical release of the highly anticipated CG-animated feature film "Igor." More than 3,000 of the company's restaurants across the United States will participate in the film promotion. The campaign will be part of their Cool Kids Combos® meal program and includes four custom-designed "Igor" premiums, in-store displays and an online campaign with Carl's Jr. and Hardee's Cool Kids websites. The Weinstein Company is handling worldwide distribution for the film, which is set for a wide theatrical release on October 24, 2008.

"We are thrilled to offer premiums from the movie Igor at both Carl's Jr. and Hardee's," said Brad Haley, executive vice president for marketing at CKE Restaurants, Inc. "Kids and parents alike are sure to enjoy the movie and the Igor premiums in the Cool Kid Combo."

"Carl's Jr. and Hardee's feature great food for the whole family, yet they take a wonderfully irreverent approach to their advertising," said Exodus CEO John D. Eraklis. "They are the perfect promotional partner for 'Igor.'"

Pam Henning, senior vice president of integrated marketing at The Weinstein Company, stated, "The team at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's have taken 'Igor's' characters and done a terrific job creating child-friendly, interactive premiums that are consistent with the 'invention' theme of the film. We're thrilled to have them on board as a partner -- they are a great strategic fit."

"Igor" is a playfully irreverent comedy that brings a new twist to the classic monster genre. In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist's hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair. The stellar voice cast includes Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cusack, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno, Molly Shannon, and Christian Slater.

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's are the most recent partners to sign on to promote the film. Adding to the expanding categories aligned with the film are an extensive line of "Igor" consumer products, which currently include a master license for toys and collectables with Corgi International, a major publishing deal with award-winning global leader Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division and a comic book series with IDW Publishing. Corgi will release a wide range of products including action figures, play sets, electronic role-play games, pocket money toys, vinyl figures, plush, statues, busts and other associated products. Simon & Schuster plans nine "Igor" books, which will be published under their Simon Scribbles and Simon Spotlight imprints.

Award-winning animation writer Tony Leondis (Disney's "Lilo & Stitch 2") is directing the screenplay by Chris McKenna (Fox's "American Dad!"). Eraklis is producing with Exodus President Max Howard executive producing and Jean-Luc De Fanti producing on behalf of Exodus Productions in Paris. Production executive, Eric Robinson is overseeing "Igor" on behalf of The Weinstein Company. The promotional agreement was handled by TWC's Henning and Wendy Diehl at The CDM Company, Carl's Jr. & Hardee's Kids' Marketing agency of record.

ABOUT THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY & DIMENSION FILMS

The Weinstein Company (TWC) was created by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films Corporation in 1979. TWC is a multi-media company that officially launched on October 1, 2005. Dimension Films, the genre label that was founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, is also included under the TWC banner.

During the Weinsteins' tenure at Miramax Films the company released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films which received 249 Academy Award® nominations and won 60 Oscars®, have generated billions of dollars in worldwide box office receipts and billions more in home video sales. In its history, Dimension Films has released some of the most successful franchises including "Scream," "Spy Kids" and "Scary Movie."

ABOUT EXODUS FILM GROUP

Exodus Film Group is an independent production company based in Venice Beach, California, with satellite offices in New York and Paris. The company develops a wide range of projects for all media outlets in both live action and animation. Exodus has taken pioneering steps in the animation field by creating one of the first private equity animation film funds. The company has entered into a long-term strategic alliance with The Weinstein Company to jointly develop, produce, finance, and distribute a multi-picture slate of CG-animated feature films, DVDs, and television series. In addition to “Igor,” Exodus’ CG-animation slate includes “The Hero of Color City,” which is in pre-production and will be distributed in North America by Magnolia Pictures, and “Bunyan & Babe,” which is being directed by three-time Oscar winner Jim Rygiel and will feature the voice talents of John Goodman and Eddie Griffin. www.ExodusFilmGroup.com

ABOUT CKE RESTAURANTS, INC.

Carl's Jr.® and Hardee's® are wholly owned subsidiaries of CKE Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: CKR) of Carpinteria, Calif. As of the second fiscal quarter ended August 13, 2007, CKE Restaurants, Inc., had a total of 3,020 franchised or company-operated restaurants in 43 states and in 13 countries, including 1,111 Carl's Jr. restaurants, 1,909 Hardee's restaurants. For more information, go to www.ckr.com, or to find a Carl's Jr. or Hardee's near you, visit www.carlsjr.com or www.hardees.com.

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