SOURCE: E1 Entertainment

January 26, 2010 11:20 ET

E1 Entertainment Acquires All North American Rights to Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita"

Long Term Agreement Covers All Rights Including DVD, Television and Digital Rights; Agreement Also Includes 4 Other Italian Classics

PORT WASHINGTON, NY--(Marketwire - January 26, 2010) - E1 Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to Federico Fellini's 1960 masterpiece "La Dolce Vita," as well as other classic Italian films for North America, in a new deal with International Media Films. Previously, E1 handled North American home video rights only for "La Dolce Vita."

A 50th Anniversary special edition DVD release of "La Dolce Vita," as well as a theatrical re-release and a Blu-ray release, are planned for later this year.

Winner of an Academy Award and the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Federico Fellini's masterpiece gave the world the term "paparazzi," and catapulted Fellini to the pantheon of visionary directors. Marcello Mastroianni stars as tabloid reporter Marcello, the role that made him an international sensation. Vividly brought to life by Fellini's iconic images and composer Nino Rota's classic score, "La Dolce Vita" is a towering achievement in world cinema and one of the most popular and influential films of all time.

Other films included in this deal are Vittorio De Sica's "Shoe-Shine" (1946) plus three important early films by Luchino Visconti: "Bellissima" (1951), "La Terra Trema" (1948), and "Ossessione" (1943).

Alfredo Leone, a pioneering force in the entertainment industry for more than 50 years, serving as a producer, writer, director, actor and consultant on countless films and television projects, is CEO and owner of International Media Films. His company recently won the 34th Annual Saturn Award for its DVD Box Set of horror pioneer Mario Bava's films.

E1 Entertainment Distribution U.S. President Michael Rosenberg states, "We are pleased to expand our relationship with Alfredo Leone to distribute these important films, many of which have not been available in the U.S."

Leone adds, "International Media Films is delighted to enter into this new agreement with E1 Entertainment to release 'La Dolce Vita' and to offer these great classic films to North American audiences."

About E1 Entertainment

E1 Entertainment (AIM: ETO) is a leading independent entertainment content owner that acquires film, television and music rights and exploits these rights in all media in more than 190 countries. The company currently operates in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Holland and Belgium through its four primary businesses units: E1 Television, E1 Films, E1 Music and E1 Distribution. These businesses collectively represent E1's extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production/distribution, Kids content, Licensing and Distribution. E1's content library includes more than 3,700 feature films, 2,700 hours of original television programming and 15,000 music tracks.

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