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Devine Entertainment signs with HBO to create and produce "The Inventors' Specials" - a series of new family dramas to premiere in the fall of 1997.

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 3, 1996--Devine Entertainment Corp. (Nasdaq BB:DVNNF; Alberta:DVN), the fast-growing Toronto-based creator/producer of the Emmy Award-winning film "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" and this season's critically acclaimed series "The Composers' Specials," will create and produce a new series of family dramas entitled "The Inventors' Specials," to premiere in the fall of 1997.

The announcement was made jointly by Sheila Nevins, senior vice president, Documentary and Family Programming, HBO, and David Devine, president and CEO of Devine Entertainment.

Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and Galileo will be among the inventors represented in the new series of hour-long programs. The series will include specials on Isaac Newton, Marie Curie and Thomas Edison. Each of the historically based dramas will tell the story of the inventor through an encounter with a young person who influences his work. "We are extremely gratified by this commitment from HBO, which has been so supportive of our work in the past," said Devine. "Through this series, we hope to educate and inspire young viewers to access the world which exists beyond popular culture, and we're delighted to be in business with people who share our vision."

Principal photography commences Aug. 12 in Toronto on "Einstein: Light to the Power of Two," the first of these new family films which are set to premiere on HBO beginning September 1997. The Da Vinci story, "A Dream of Flight," will begin shooting in Padua, Italy, in early October, followed in late November by the Galileo film, "On the Shoulders of Giants." The remaining specials on Issac Newton and Marie Curie are scheduled to begin in and around Dublin, Ireland, in early 1997. Filming of the series will conclude in the summer of 1997 in Toronto with the Thomas Edison story.

All of "The Inventors' Specials" will be created and produced by Devine Entertainment principals David Devine and Richard Mozer, who have excelled as writer-producer-directors in the field of family entertainment for more than a decade. Their recent "The Composers' Specials" series, currently airing on HBO, has already garnered 10 major awards and was named one of the best new children's shows this season by TV Guide. -0-

The Alberta Stock Exchange has neither approved or disapproved of the information contained herein.

CONTACT: Devine Entertainment Corp., Toronto

Leif Bristow, Senior Vice President, 416/364-2282

or

H.L. Lanzet Inc., New York

DeeDee Lanzet, 212/687-0061
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