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Canadian broadcast rights to Lions Gate Television's ``CLIFFHANGERS'' acquired by WIC Entertainment Ltd.



WIC Entertainment Ltd. has acquired Canadian broadcast rights to the 22-episode drama series CLIFFHANGERS, it was announced today by Dennis Miller, President, Lions Gate Television.

CLIFFHANGERS, produced by Lions Gate Television in partnership with Paramount International Television, will air in the United States on Fox Family Channel. It is currently in production in Vancouver. WIC Entertainment expects to begin broadcast of the series this fall on WIC Television stations across Canada.

Miller and Dale A. Andrews, Executive Vice President, WIC Entertainment, also announced an agreement to develop an additional series planned for broadcast in the fall of 2000.

``We are delighted that WIC will be broadcasting CLIFFHANGERS in Canada,'' Miller said, ``and look forward to partnering on other projects in the future.''

``We are very pleased to be working with Lions Gate on this high-profile series,'' said Andrews. ``We believe the spectacular locations, outstanding talent and the compelling drama and characters of CLIFFHANGERS will be a ratings winner.''

Gary Marenzi, President of Paramount International, commented, ``We are genuinely excited that WIC has joined Paramount and Lions Gate on the CLIFFHANGERS team. They are the right broadcaster for this series - which is going to break new ground around the world.''

Joe Lando (``Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman'') stars in the one-hour drama series as a former high-living, financial whiz-kid who dedicates his life to helping at-risk teens at an alternative high school in the mountain wilderness after escaping his own nightmare of alcohol and drug abuse. Multi-Emmy Award- nominated Michael Braverman (``Life Goes On,'' ``Chicago Hope''), Doug Schwartz (``Baywatch''), show creator Matthew Hastings and Harold Tichenor (``Nightman'') are executive producers. George Horie is producer.

LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP. (AMEX/TSE:LGF) develops, produces and distributes a targeted range of film and television content. Via four operating divisions-Motion Pictures, Television, Animation, and Studio Facilities-the distinctive Lions Gate brand is recognized as a symbol of quality entertainment throughout North America and around the world.

WIC Entertainment Ltd. is responsible for the development, licensing and investment in Canadian programming for all WIC Television operations. WIC Television operations include nine television stations in six of Canada's largest markets reaching approximately 75% of English-language viewers, in addition to pay television services Superchannel, MovieMax, Viewer's Choice and equity investments in The Family Channel and Teletoon. Through relationships with Canada's most talented writers, directors, animators and independent producers, WIC Entertainment is a leading production partner in the creation of quality Canadian programming.
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