SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

September 11, 2008 15:00 ET

Peace Arch® Entertainment Acquires All Worldwide Rights to New Television Series "The Line"

Peace Arch to Commence Crime Drama's International Licensing Campaign at MIPCOM Television Market in October

TORONTO--(Marketwire - September 11, 2008) - Peace Arch® Entertainment Group Inc. (AMEX: PAE) (TSX: PAE), an integrated global entertainment company, announced today that it has acquired all distribution rights worldwide (excluding most of Africa, France and European French language territories) to the gripping crime drama series "The Line." Production of "The Line" is underway in Canada, with half of the first season's 15 one-hour episodes now in post-production.

Peace Arch will unveil the hard-hitting series at MIPCOM, the international television market that takes place in Cannes, France from October 13-17, where the series will premiere to worldwide buyers of television, pay television and new media content.

In "The Line," in the upside-down chaos of a neighborhood drug war, the personal lives of unethical cops and uncommon criminals become interwoven as they all struggle with the line between good and evil.

The ensemble cast of "The Line" includes Emmy® Award-nominated Sharon Lawrence ("Desperate Housewives," "Monk," "NYPD Blue"), Golden Globe® Award-nominated Linda Hamilton ("The Terminator," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Dante's Peak"), Golden Globe® Award-winning Edward Asner ("Studio 60 on The Sunset Strip," "Elf," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"), Ron White ("Screamers," "Unforgiven" "Intersection"), Daniel Kash ("Aliens," "Lucky Number Slevin," "Cinderella Man") and Cle Bennett ("How She Move," "Animal 2," "Guns").

The series is produced by Toronto-based film, television and new media production company The Nightingale Company, led by CEO Debbie Nightingale ("Lipstick and Dynamite," "Chicks With Sticks," "ZIXX"). "The Line" is created and written by George F. Walker ("This Is Wonderland," "Due South," "The Newsroom") and Dani Romain ("This Is Wonderland," "Niagara Motel"), with 11 episodes directed by Gail Harvey ("Some Things That Stay") and four episodes directed by Shawn Alex Thompson ("Murdoch Mysteries.")

John Flock, President and COO of Peace Arch Entertainment Group, said, "This outstanding series represents the quality programming we are now pursuing as we focus additional resources on the opportunities in global television. 'The Line' is distinctive as a police drama in that there are no criminal investigations or crimes actually solved. We anticipate that this style of intersecting, multiple storylines, along with the terrific ensemble cast, will generate strong interest among international and U.S. buyers of television content."

"The Line" will premiere as "The Weight" in spring 2009 on the Canadian pay television networks Movie Central (Western Canada) and The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), with Canadian English language rights reverting to Peace Arch following the pay television license windows.

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 1,000 classic and contemporary titles. For additional information, please visit

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