SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

November 07, 2006 16:16 ET

Peace Arch Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Execute Agreement for International DVD, Television, Mobile and New Media Distribution for "The Tudors"

Peace Arch's Ten-Part Original Television Series Stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Young, Ruthless, Seductive King Henry VIII

TORONTO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 7, 2006 -- Peace Arch® Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE), has announced that Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired the exclusive distribution rights outside North America for DVD, television, mobile and new media for the Company's original 10-part event television series "The Tudors." Showtime Networks holds US distribution rights to "The Tudors," scheduled to premiere in the US in the spring of 2007.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation will broadcast in Canada, where Peace Arch Home Entertainment will distribute on DVD.

The agreement was negotiated by Peter Schlessel, president of worldwide acquisitions for Sony Pictures Entertainment, together with Keith Le Goy, executive vice president of distribution for Sony Pictures Television International, and by John Flock, President of Peace Arch Entertainment, with Mary Herne, executive vice president of international television and home entertainment for Peace Arch Entertainment.

A 10-part series of one-hour episodes, "The Tudors" 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" stars Golden Globe® Award-winning actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers ("Match Point," "Bend It Like Beckham") as the young, sexy and ruthless King Henry VIII; Emmy®- and Golden Globe Award-nominated Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park," "Merlin") 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." The series completed principal photography on location in Ireland in October.

Michael Hirst, Ben Silverman of Reveille, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title are the executive producers of "The Tudors," with Gary Howsam of Peace Arch Entertainment Group and Morgan O'Sullivan of World 2000 producing "The Tudors."

Mr. Flock said, "'The Tudors' is a groundbreaking dramatic series with an exceptional cast. We are extremely pleased to be able to collaborate on its international release with a talented distribution organization with global reach like Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television International."

Mr. Schlessel said, "'The Tudors' is an exciting, hugely entertaining and compelling series which captures a dramatic, modern sensibility while being faithful to its historical context. Peace Arch has produced a magnificent series which has worldwide appeal, and Sony is delighted to make 'The Tudors' available to the international market."

In addition to the company's expanding line-up of long-form television programming, Peace Arch Entertainment's recently completed feature films include "Chapter 27" starring Jared Leto and Lindsay Lohan, the San Sebastian Film Festival multiple prize-winning "Delirious" starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Alison Lohman and Gina Gershon, and "Watching The Detectives" starring Cillian Murphy and Lucy Liu.

"The Tudors" is produced by Peace Arch Entertainment and TM Productions in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Showtime Networks, and with the support of investment incentives from the Irish Film Industry provided by the Government of Ireland. "The Tudors" is produced with the participation of Bord Scannan na hEireann/Irish Film Board.

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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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