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Starz Encore Hits the Slopes: Extends Exclusive Output Deal With Warren Miller Films.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- With Colorado's mountains enjoying the best snowfall for skiing in recent years, Starz Encore Group figured it was a perfect time to extend its exclusive output relationship with the greatest innovator in ski films, the legendary Colorado-based Warren Miller, to include four additional films.

For more than fifty years, Miller and his crews have sought out some of the most remote destinations around the globe to capture the world's best winter athletes risking their lives as they confront some of the most challenging slopes. Every year, Warren Miller Entertainment entices audiences with the feats of physics-defying jumps and high-energy skiing and snowboarding, as these hotshot athletes blast through exotic locations, taking this winter sport beyond safety, rules and boundaries.

Included in the deal are two recent theatrically released films and two movies still in production.

Cold Fusion (2001) takes viewers from the sweeping peaks of Iran and the jungles of Kenya to the spectacular summits of Alaska and includes two record-breaking feats in the process. Cold Fusion will begin airing this July. Storm (2002), which opened theatrically to enthusiastic reviews this past October, features death-defying stunts interspersed with skiers grinding everything in sight from the champagne powder of Steamboat to the glorious Austrian Alps and inhospitable lands of the Isle of South Georgia, near Antarctica.

"Starz Encore has had a longstanding relationship with Warren Miller films, and has been home to their movies since 1997," says David Salinger, vice president of acquisitions, Starz Encore Group. "The productions have always been top-notch and our subscribers just love everything the Miller organization has produced. In addition to premiering the latest Warren Miller film each year, we often put together many of their recent hits in a ski film marathon for our subscribers."

Warren Miller Entertainment is a division of Time4 Media's Mountain Sports Media, based in Boulder, CO. Time4Media is a subsidiary of Time Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc. .

Starz Encore Group LLC (Starz Encore) is the largest provider of premium movie services in the United States with approximately 134 million pay units. Starz Encore offerings include the Starz Super Pak, with up to 12 digital movie channels and about 800 movies per month, and Starz On Demand, the first premium on-demand subscription offering and the only on-demand pay TV subscription service available on cable, satellite, and broadband platforms. Starz Encore is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation , www.starzencore.com .

For further information, please contact Steve Belgard, +1-720-852-5843, or Michelle Ellis, +1-720-852-6269, or Jennifer Vogelmann, +1-323-933-3399, all of Starz Encore Group LLC.

CONTACT: Steve Belgard, +1-720-852-5843, or Michelle Ellis, +1-720-852-6269, or Jennifer Vogelmann, +1-323-933-3399, all of Starz Encore Group LLC

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