SOURCE: Peace Arch Entertainment Group Inc.

September 14, 2007 16:01 ET

Showtime, Peace Arch Entertainment and TM Productions' Breakthrough Television Series 'The Tudors' Wins Two Emmy® Awards

Emmy Awards Provide Mainstream Validation for Peace Arch's Strategy to Capitalize on Robust Product Pipeline of Award-Winning Original Content

TORONTO--(Marketwire - September 14, 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, announced today that the television series "The Tudors," co-produced by Peace Arch Entertainment and TM Productions in association with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Showtime Networks Inc., received two Creative Emmy® Awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The Emmy Awards were given for "Outstanding Costumes for a Series" and "Outstanding Original Movie Title Theme Music."

"The Tudors" received nominations for two additional Emmy Awards, "Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series," and "Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series." These category winners will be announced at The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, which will air on Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 8 pm EDT on the Fox Network.

"We are thrilled that 'The Tudors' received these prestigious awards and believe they are a strong indication of Peace Arch's coming of age as a world-class entertainment company," said Gary Howsam, Chief Executive Officer of Peace Arch Entertainment. "We are looking forward to the second season of 'The Tudors' and believe that the series will continue to reflect the creative and business vision that has become a hallmark of Peace Arch productions."

"The Tudors" premiered in April to record audiences on the Showtime Network. Peace Arch Entertainment, which owns worldwide distribution rights to the series outside the United States, licensed the first season of "The Tudors" to Sony Pictures Entertainment for DVD, television, mobile and new media distribution outside North America. Sony and its licensees premiered the series internationally this summer. Peace Arch licensed Canadian rights to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation who will broadcast the first season of "The Tudors" in Canada this fall. Peace Arch Entertainment will distribute the series on DVD in Canada in late 2007.

The first season of the "The Tudors" is a ten-part series of one-hour episodes that tells the incredible 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 second season of "The Tudors" is currently in production on location in Ireland, with the addition of legendary, Academy Award®-winning actor Peter O'Toole.

"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 of TM Productions, producing.

Peace Arch's other award-winning productions include the feature film "Delirious," which won Best Director, Best Screenplay and the coveted SIGNIS Award at Spain's San Sebastian Film Festival, Best Director at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, and the Istanbul Film Festival's Special Jury Prize and Silver Tulip Award. "Delirious" had its North American premiere at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival and is currently in theatrical release around the United States.

The Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of the television industry. The awards are a symbol of peer recognition from over 12,000 members of the Academy, and are considered the television equivalent of the Oscars®.

Peace Arch Entertainment is among the fastest-growing publicly traded companies in the film and television industry with a leading DVD distribution operation in Canada, one of the largest independent feature film libraries in the world, an award-winning series on Showtime, and an ever-expanding relationship with major international distributors such as Sony Home Entertainment.

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. Peace Arch Home Entertainment is one of the leading distributors of DVDs and related products in Canada. Peace Arch Releasing distributes feature films theatrically in the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit www.peacearch.com.

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