STARZ! signs new exclusive output agreement with Turner Pictures and extends current agreement with New Line Cinema and Fine Line until 2005.
"We are thrilled to have signed Turner Pictures and to have extended our current agreement with New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features. This agreement ensures that STARZ! will have one of the strongest exclusive movie packages in premium pay television.
Turner Pictures will join New Line Cinema, Fine Line Features, Universal Pictures, Imagine, Miramax, Carolco, Touchstone (1997) and Hollywood Pictures (1997) providing STARZ! with exclusive programming well into the next century," said John J. Sie, chairman/chief executive officer of Encore Media Corp.
"We're joining our partners New Line and Fine Line in having our pictures showcased on what is fast becoming a powerful, highly valued network," said Robert Osher, executive vice president, Turner Pictures Group.
"This long-term output agreement aligns New Line and Fine Line with a strategic partner for our first-run pay-tv programming," said Bob Friedman, president of New Line Television. "The STARZ! program strategy lends itself well to both the broad reach and franchise nature of New Line's feature film product. Also, we are delighted that for the first time STARZ! has embraced Fine Line as a primary supplier of distinguished theatrical product."
In the past year, New Line Cinema and Fine Line Features have produced such box-office hits as "Seven," "Mortal Kombat," "Friday," "Hoop Dreams" and "Dumb and Dumber." Combined, the two companies will contribute approximately 30 films a year to Encore's library of premium choices.
The New Line/Fine Line deal also secures the rights to such upcoming films as "The Island of Dr. Moreau," starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer; "Gundown!," starring Bruce Willis and Bruce Dern; "The Long Kiss Goodnight," directed by Renny Harlin and starring Geena Davis; "The Women," starring Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan; "The Grass Harp," starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon; "The Mask II," starring Jim Carrey; "Feeling Minnesota," starring Keanu Reeves and Cameron Diaz; and feature film adaptations of the classic television series "Lost in Space" and "The Love Boat."
Encore Media Corp. (EMC) is a joint venture of Liberty Media Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) and JJS Communications Inc.
EMC is one of the largest providers of national cable and satellite channels (15 channels total) in the U.S. and includes ENCORE, a widely popular service, featuring hit movies of the `60s, `70s, `80s (6.2 million subscribers); six Thematic Multiplex services -- Love Stories-encore 2, Westerns-encore 3, Mystery-encore 4, Action-encore 5, True Stories & Drama-encore 6, and WAM! America's Youth Network-encore 7 (3.5 million subscribers); and ENCORE+ theme by day; STARZ!-encore 8, the first-run premium multiplex movie service (2.2 million subscribers); and the International Channel, offering multi-lingual basic cable programming in 22 different Asian, European and Middle Eastern languages to 7 million subscribers in the U.S. and Latin America.
Planned for the future is STARZ!2 featuring prime time any time.
Turner Pictures is one of the motion picture production subsidiaries of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. Recently, Turner Pictures announced its first feature film project from president of production, Amy Pascal, and her team. "Michael," based on an original screenplay written by Pete Dexter, stars John Travolta and re-written by Nora and Delia Ephron, with Nora Ephron set to direct.
"Michael" is scheduled to begin production in early 1996 for release in 1997. The full-length animated feature "Cats Don't Dance," currently in production, is scheduled for release in late 1996. By 1998, Turner Pictures will be releasing eight films per year, inclusive of both live action and animation.
New Line Cinema, a subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System Inc. is the industry's leading independent producer and distributor of theatrical motion pictures. New Line licenses its films to ancillary markets including cable and broadcast television, as well as to international venues.
"The Mask;" "Dumb and Dumber;" "Menace II Society;" "The Player;" "Short Cuts;" and "The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "House Party" series are among the critically acclaimed and commercially successful films released by New Line and Fine Line Features, New Line's specialty films division.
CONTACT: Encore Media Corp.
Warren Zeller, 303/267-4003
New Line Television
Steve Elzer, 310/967-6654
Turner Entertainment Group
Libby Gill, 310/788-6901
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