SOURCE: Inception Media Group, LLC

Inception Media Group, LLC

May 18, 2010 17:42 ET

Inception Media Group Acquires U.S. Video Rights to Hallmark Channel Original Films

"Growing the Big One" Starring Shannen Doherty and "Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith" Starring Cybill Shepherd to Be Released on Home Video in Time for Holiday Season

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) -  Inception Media Group, LLC, a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of entertainment content, today announced it has acquired all U.S. home video rights to two Hallmark Channel Original movies. The two films, "Growing the Big One" and "Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith" were acquired from ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, the distribution arm of ITV, the largest commercial television network in the United Kingdom.

"We are fortunate to have found a new distribution partner in Inception Media Group," said Carol Lee, vice president of Home Entertainment North America at ITV STUDIOS. "The management team has significant expertise in the U.S. market and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship."

"Growing the Big One" will premiere nationally on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, October 23. The holiday-themed film is about radio talk show host Emma Silver (Shannen Doherty, "Charmed," "Beverly Hills, 90210") who finds some big life changes in store when her grandfather's passing brings her back home to Valleyville, a sleepy town known for its annual giant pumpkin-growing contest. Upon discovering her grandfather's secret journal, she decides to pay off his massive farm debts by winning the contest's $50,000 grand prize. Along the way, she strikes sparks with her handsome neighbor who wants to teach her how to cultivate a record-breaking prize-winner. Torn between a new hit gardening show, the possible love of a lifetime, a quirky town full of colorful characters and a fast-approaching deadline that could take her back to the big city, Emma has to make some big decisions. This irresistible Hallmark Channel original film is a down-home charmer that creates the perfect recipe for love and laughs.

"Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith" aired on the Hallmark Channel in 2009, and features Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated actress Cybill Shepherd ("The L Word," "Cybill") as Alice, a woman who rebounds from divorce by enrolling in Smith College to become a teacher more than 20 years after dropping out of school. A housing shortage places her with a much younger roommate who thinks she has enough difficulty in her life already. Their school year together promises lots of major life changes including a glamorous makeover, a romantic rivalry over their charming poetry teacher and Alice's surprise starring role on the school's basketball team. Along the way they both get a valuable education neither of them could have possibly expected. This winning story of friendship, the power of perseverance and the beauty of self-discovery graduates with top honors.

Both films will be released on home video in the fall.

About ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment
ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment is one of the world's leading international TV distribution, home-entertainment, merchandising and licensing businesses. ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment proudly represents a world-class portfolio from ITV STUDIOS, Granada and over 200 leading independent producers. Showcasing more than 35,000 hours of critically celebrated and hugely-popular original and formatted programming, including all new "Hell's Kitchen," "Come Dine with Me," "Dancing on Ice," "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!," "Coronation Street," "Agatha Christie's Marple and Poirot," "Inspector Morse," "Prime Suspect" and "The Prisoner."

About Inception Media Group
Inception Media Group, LLC is based in Santa Monica, California and is a diversified media company specializing in the production, acquisition and distribution of motion pictures and other filmed entertainment across all media platforms and channels of distribution. Inception Media Group's management team has extensive relationships with exhibitors, retailers, distributors and technology companies, enabling the Company to maximize the services performed on behalf of its content partners. Inception Digital Services, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Inception Media Group, provides a wide range of digital encoding, electronic packaging and high-speed delivery services and possesses certified delivery access to all major online, broadcast media and VOD platforms. More information is available at www.inceptionmediagroup.com.

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