SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

September 19, 2007 20:00 ET

Peace Arch Announces Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Have Acquired International Distribution Rights for Second Season of Acclaimed Series "The Tudors"

Renewed Agreements Follow First Season's Record Setting U.S. Premiere on Showtime Networks, Four Emmy Award Nominations, Two Emmy Award Wins and Successful Worldwide Distribution by Sony Pictures Television International

TORONTO--(Marketwire - September 19, 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, has announced that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (SPWAG) and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) have acquired international distribution rights for the second season of the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy® Award-winning ten-hour series "The Tudors." These agreements for "The Tudors" are a milestone achievement for Peace Arch as the Company continues to generate revenues from its growing portfolio of film, television and DVD productions for lucrative international and domestic distribution.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has agreed to extend its previous license agreement for DVD, television, mobile and new media exclusive distribution rights to the second season of "The Tudors" outside North America. Sony has already successfully begun premiering the first season of the series in several key international markets this summer. Peace Arch licensed Canadian television rights to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which will broadcast the series' first season in Canada, beginning October 2, 2007.

"The Tudors" is produced by Peace Arch Entertainment and TM Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Showtime Networks. The series premiered in the United States to record audiences on Showtime, which holds all U.S. distribution rights. Peace Arch owns all distribution rights outside the United States. Peace Arch Home Entertainment will distribute the series on DVD in Canada.

"The decision by Sony and the CBC to acquire distribution rights to 'The Tudors' for a second season is a significant achievement for Peace Arch and will provide strong support for our 2008 financial performance," said Gary Howsam, Chief Executive Officer of Peace Arch Entertainment. "We're delighted to be working on 'The Tudors' for another year. It is a project that we believe will continue to provide Peace Arch with consistent revenues and increase the Company's profile with mainstream media coverage and award-winning programming."

Added SPWAG President Peter Schlessel, "We are pleased to continue our relationship with Peace Arch on 'The Tudors.' This series is a fine example of the type of quality entertainment that our distribution system handles so well."

"CBC Television is thrilled to bring the second season of this seductive and entertaining series to Canadian fans of 'The Tudors,' said Kirstine Layfield, CBC's Executive Director of Network Programming.

Season one of "The Tudors," a ten-part series of one-hour episodes, tells the tale of the young, powerful, seductive King Henry VIII, focusing on the tumultuous early years of the ambitious King's nearly 40 year reign of England. Bold and passionate about his country and his women, Henry's obsession with ensuring his legacy led to beheadings of friend and foe, waging war, and challenging the almighty Catholic Church of England, forever changing the soul of the British Empire.

"The Tudors" earned four 2007 Emmy Award nominations from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series, Outstanding Costumes for a Series, and Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music. The series took the Emmy Awards in the latter two categories.

"The Tudors" stars Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Match Point," "Elvis," "Bend It Like Beckham") as the sexy and ruthless King Henry VIII; Emmy® and Golden Globe Award nominated Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park," "Merlin," "Little Fish") as Cardinal Thomas Wolsey -- a minister who possessed great power until he failed his King; Henry Czerny ("Mission Impossible," "Clear and Present Danger") as The Duke of Norfolk who learned that the only thing that mattered was winning and keeping the favor of the King; Jeremy Northam (CBS' "Martin & Lewis," "Gosford Park," "The Net") as Sir Thomas More -- a man whose principles sent him to the chopping block; Gabrielle Anwar ("Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead," "Scent of A Woman") as Princess Margaret, Henry's spoiled sister who was married off to become Queen of Scotland; and Natalie Dormer ("Casanova") as the infamous Anne Boleyn, the first of Henry's wives to be beheaded.

"The Tudors" was created and written by Michael Hirst, whose work includes the Academy Award-winning "Elizabeth." Michael Hirst, Ben Silverman, Teri Weinberg, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Sheila Hockin and Morgan O'Sullivan are the executive producers of "The Tudors," with Gary Howsam of Peace Arch Entertainment Group and James Flynn producing.

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 feature films in the United States.

For more investor-oriented information about Peace Arch Entertainment, visit http://www.trilogy-capital.com/tcp/peace-arch/. For current stock price quotes and news, visit http://www.trilogy-capital.com/tcp/peace-arch/quote.html. To view an Investor Fact Sheet, visit http://www.trilogy-capital.com/tcp/peace-arch/factsheet.html. To read a transcript of a recent Peace Arch investor conference call or listen to an archived recording, please visit http://www.trilogy-capital.com/tcp/peace-arch/conference.html.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT

This press release includes statements that may constitute forward-looking statements, usually containing the words "believe," "estimate," "project," "expect," or similar expressions. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, continued acceptance of the Company's products and services in the marketplace, competitive factors, dependence upon third-party vendors, availability of capital and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

Contact Information

  • Contact:

    Roy Bodner
    Vice President Public Relations
    Peace Arch Entertainment
    (310) 776-7208
    Email Contact: Email Contact

    Financial Communications
    Trilogy Capital Partners
    Ryon Harms
    (800) 592-6067
    Email Contact: Email Contact