SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

November 15, 2006 16:42 ET

Peace Arch® Entertainment Begins Production of "Animal 2" Starring Golden Globe® Award-Winning Actor Ving Rhames

Feature Film Capitalizes on Success of Original Production and Validates the Company's High-Growth, High-Margin Business Model

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 15, 2006 -- Peace Arch® Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE) has begun production of "Animal 2," a sequel to the sleeper hit "Animal," which grossed more than $8 million in US DVD revenues in 2005. Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Ving Rhames ("Pulp Fiction," "Mission Impossible III," "Dawn of The Dead") reprises his role as the title character in the feature urban drama that is now filming in Canada. "Animal 2" is being directed by Ryan Combs from a script by Jacob Adams and is produced by Lewin Webb, Kate Harrison, Wayne Thompson and David Mitchell. Peace Arch's Gary Howsam, Michael Taylor and Barbara Sacks are the executive producers together with Jacqueline Kelly. Peace Arch holds worldwide distribution rights.

In addition to his Golden Globe Award for his portrayal as the title character in the HBO film "Don King: Only In America," Rhames was also Emmy® Award-nominated and Screen Actors Guild-nominated for that compelling performance.

In "Animal 2," Rhames portrays an imprisoned James Allen, AKA Animal, who is determined to quietly serve his time -- but he cannot escape his violent past. When his enemies reach beyond the prison walls by framing Animal's son for murder and then leveraging blackmail and corruption in the court system, Animal is reluctantly forced to resume his position of gang leadership in order to protect his family.

Peace Arch president John Flock says, "We are very pleased to be able to expand our extensive line-up of high-quality feature films, event television programming and story-driven DVD premieres into new markets and genres with exciting, provocative productions like 'Animal 2.' With a top-notch script, an experienced film-making team and the awareness created by the successful release of the original 'Animal,' we have great expectations for the commercial performance of this highly valuable franchise."

Among the more than 20 feature film, television and DVD productions that Peace Arch Entertainment produced or acquired over the past twelve months are the San Sebastian Film Festival prize-winning "Delirious," starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, and Alison Lohman; "Chapter 27," starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan; and the ten-hour event television series "The Tudors," starring Jonathan Rhys-Myers and Sam Neill.

Ving Rhames is represented by Steve Muller at Innovative Artists.

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 Home Entertainment is one of the leading distributors of DVDs and related products in Canada. Peace Arch recently entered into an agreement to acquire Castle Hill Productions and Dream LLC, whose library of more than 500 classic, contemporary and genre films is expected to supplement Peace Arch's own annual output of more than two dozen new feature films and long form television programs. For additional information, please visit

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