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E1 Entertainment

October 01, 2009 11:04 ET

E1 Entertainment, Here Films and Regent Releasing Announce U.S. and Canadian DVD Distribution Agreement

Exclusive Agreement Covers All Here Films and Regent Releasing Pictures for 3 Years; Upcoming Titles Include Academy Award® Winner "DEPARTURES," and Other Award-Winning Features Including "I KILLED MY MOTHER," "THE MAGIC FLUTE," "EYES WIDE OPEN," and "ABOUT ELLY"

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - October 1, 2009) - Leading independent supplier, E1 Entertainment and leading indie distributors Here Films and Regent Releasing announce today an agreement for E1 to be the exclusive DVD distributor of all Here Films and Regent Releasing titles in the United States and Canada through August 2012. The partnership marks another important milestone in E1's rapid growth, reinforcing the diversity of programs the company continues to offer and its increasing presence in the U.S. DVD market.

Under this new deal, E1 Entertainment will distribute feature films and television programs from Here Films in the U.S. and Canada. E1 will release an average of four titles per month, which will include home video releases of Here Films' U.S. theatrically released world cinema and LGBT-focused films, as well as TV series from Here! TV, a leading premium cable network offering programming that appeals to a gay and lesbian audience. The partnership deal takes effect immediately with the release of "Departures," the 2009 Academy Award® winner for Best Foreign Language Film.

Upcoming titles for 2010 also include Xavier Dolan's Cannes Fortnight winner and Canada's selection for Best Foreign Language Oscar, "I Killed My Mother," Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of Mozart's opera, "The Magic Flute," Haim Tabakman's controversial Israeli drama, "Eyes Wide Open," and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's Berlin Silver Bear winner and the Iranian selection for Best Foreign Language Oscar, "About Elly."

"Here Media is a respected leader in world cinema and LGBT entertainment, and we are thrilled to work with them to bring their exciting, upcoming slate of titles to the home video marketplace," stated Michael Rosenberg, president E1 Entertainment U.S. "This new partnership reinforces our position as a rapidly-growing DVD distributor in North America and further supports E1's growth strategy by completing our offering with Here Media's theatrically released features and television programs."

Mark Reinhart, EVP, Distribution and Acquisition of Here Films/Here Media, stated, "E1's innovative DVD distribution model has made them a global giant in the industry. We are excited to be partnering with them to bring our world cinema and gay and lesbian titles to discerning consumers worldwide."

As a leading independent supplier of a broad range of product genres, E1 Entertainment portfolio includes feature films, television programs on DVD, children's programs, special interest DVD, music DVD and more. It is the home of such notable properties as Wire in the Blood, Faerie Tale Theatre, McLeod's Daughters, Ballet Shoes, Sounder, Popular Mechanics for Kids, Soundstage, SELF Fitness, Yoga Zone and the prestigious "Archive of American Television Presents" series. E1 Entertainment U.S. partners with and represents properties from BBC, Beta, CBS, Condé Nast, Hearst, ITV Global, NBC Universal, PBS, Ragdoll, RDF Media, Southern Star and other major international producers and content owners.

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.

About Here Films

Here Films, the acquisition and distribution division of Here Media, Inc., is dedicated to showcasing quality independent films; distributing powerful and thought-provoking world cinema; and nurturing innovative, emerging filmmakers.

Here Films releases 8-12 films per year, which include co-productions and acquired titles. Recent and upcoming releases include Academy Award® winner "Departures," historical documentary "Mary Pickford, The Muse of the Movies," award-winning comedy "Patrik, Age 1.5," Cannes Fortnight winner "I Killed My Mother," Kenneth Branagh's made for cinema opera "The Magic Flute," Berlin Silver Bear winner "About Elly," 2009 Sundance entry "Zion and His Brother" and 2009 Berlin entry "El Niño Pez."

For more info, please visit www.here-films.com.

About Here Media

Here Media, Inc. produces and distributes niche content across all platforms worldwide. Here Media's iconic brands distribute gay media and world cinema programming with universal, humanistic appeal. Its distribution platforms include theaters, television, VOD, broadband, online, print and mobile. It earns subscription, advertising and licensing revenue from its award-winning content.

Here Media owns and operates a variety of media assets including:

--  Here Studios, a full service motion picture studio.
--  Here Films, a motion picture distribution company.
--  here! Networks, a premium television network featuring programming
    that appeals to a gay and lesbian audience airing in 96 of the top 100 US
    markets, including every top 10 market.
--  Iconic print brands including Out, Advocate and HIV Plus, as well as
    Alyson Books.
--  Online properties including Gay.com, Planetout.com, Advocate.com,
    Out.com and SheWired.com which provide broadband video and social
    networking.
    

About Regent Releasing

Regent Releasing, a leader in the distribution of innovative, artist-driven independent films, was established in 1995 by acclaimed producers Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow. Regent releases 10-15 films per year which include co-productions and acquired titles. Regent is dedicated to showcasing quality independent films; distributing powerful and thought-provoking world cinema; and nurturing innovative, emerging filmmakers. Regent releases include Academy Award® winner "Departures," the Annie-award nominated "$9.99," Cannes Un Certain Regard Jury Prize winner "Tokyo Sonata," Iran's Official Entry for the 81st Academy Awards "The Song of Sparrows," Official Cannes Competition Entry "Serbis," and "Little Ashes," which focuses on the romance between Salvador Dali and Federico Lorca starring Robert Pattinson ("Twilight") and Javier Beltrán. Past releases include the Academy Award®-winner, "Gods and Monsters," Sundance award-winner "Stephanie Daley," the award-winning documentary, "Showbusiness: The Road to Broadway" and the indie breakout hit "Kabluey."

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