SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

October 25, 2007 03:30 ET

Peace Arch Acquires Exclusive North American Distribution Rights to Much-Anticipated Crime Thriller 'Towards Darkness'

Film Stars Emmy Award-Winner America Ferrera and Tony Plana From Television's Hit Series 'Ugly Betty'

TORONTO--(Marketwire - October 25, 2007) - Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE), an integrated global entertainment company creating critically acclaimed television, film and DVD content for worldwide distribution, announced today that it has acquired North American theatrical, DVD and television distribution rights to the crime thriller "Towards Darkness," which the company has slated for an early 2008 theatrical release in both the English and Spanish-speaking markets in the U.S. and Canada.

"This is a very well made film with an unexpected twist that consumers will thoroughly enjoy," said Berry Meyerowitz, President of Peace Arch Home Entertainment. "Peace Arch continues to aggressively fill our content pipeline with solid feature films that we know can generate an ample audience and significant revenues."

The deal to acquire the film was negotiated on behalf of the producers by Ronna Wallace, president of Eastgate Pictures and by Berry Meyerowitz and Mark Balsam of Peace Arch Entertainment.

"We are thrilled to be working with the Peace Arch team as they are so passionate about the potential for our film," said producers Craig Anderson and Luiza Ricupero.

Written and directed by Jos‚ Antonio Negret, "Towards Darkness" ("Hacia la oscuridad") stars Golden Globe®-winner America Ferrera and Tony Plana (both of "Ugly Betty" fame), David Sutcliffe ("Gilmore Girls") and William Atherton ("Desperate Housewives"). The film is based on the short film "Darkness Minus Twelve" also written and directed by Jos‚ Antonio Negret. The film is the story of 90 riveting minutes in a kidnapped hostage's life, and the frustration his family, a special ops team and the ransom delivery man all feel as they rush to save him.

Peace Arch Entertainment's current line up of feature films and long-form television programming includes the Showtime Networks multi-Emmy Award-winning television event mini-series "The Tudors" starring Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, which premiered to record audiences in the U.S. in April. Additional productions include the powerful ensemble drama "Winged Creatures," now in post-production, starring Kate Beckinsale, Academy Award®-winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson, Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce and Jackie Earle Haley, and the film satire "The Deal" from the best-selling Peter Lefcourt novel, with a cast that includes Academy Award®-nominee William H. Macy, Meg Ryan, LL Cool J and Elliott Gould, currently in post-production.

Other titles in Peace Arch's growing lineup include the award-winning comedy "Delirious" from director Tom DiCillo, starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman, Gina Gershon and Elvis Costello, and "Chapter 27," a drama starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan which, like "Delirious," had its world premiere at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; and the romantic comedy "Watching the Detectives" starring Lucy Liu and Cillian Murphy, which world premiered at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

About Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

Peace Arch Entertainment produces and acquires feature films, television and home entertainment content for distribution to worldwide markets. Peace Arch owns one of the largest libraries of top quality independent feature films in the world, featuring more than 500 classic and contemporary titles. Through its subsidiary, Peace Arch Home Entertainment, Peace Arch is also one of the leading distributors of DVDs and related products in Canada. For additional information, please visit www.peacearch.com. Peace Arch recently acquired Dufferin Gate Productions, one of Toronto's foremost providers of production services and facilities, and Trinity Home Entertainment, a leading distributor of independent features films in the United States.

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