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LOS ANGELES, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Viner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Dove Audio, Inc. and Deborah Raffin Viner, Executive Vice President of Dove Audio, Inc. and President of Dove Kids announced today the appointment of Jerry Leider as the Chairman of the Board of Dove, subject to board approval. Mr. Leider's broad range of responsibilities will include the overseeing of day-to-day activities and the active participation in the planning, development, and distribution of Dove's film and television divisions.

Jerry Leider has been a member of Dove's board since 1995. His long and successful career in the entertainment industry, including film and television production, makes his experience invaluable to Dove's expanded operations. Dove has recently purchased Four Point, a television production company and is actively acquiring new film projects.

Mr. Leider will continue to be active in his own productions, while increasing his involvement at Dove. Currently, Mr. Leider, through his Los Angeles-based production company, is in active pre-production on two feature films, "Have Gun Will Travel" and "My Favorite Martian" for Walt Disney Studios. In addition to these features, he has several television and cable movies in various stages of active development and production for CBS, USA, and The Family Channel.

Mr. Leider is the past Co-Chairman of the Caucus for Producers, Writers and Directors and, until recently, was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ITC Entertainment Group, the worldwide film and television production and distribution company. Under Mr. Leider's leadership, ITC became an efficiently streamlined and productive operation.

At ITC, Mr. Leider orchestrated a turnaround in the company's feature production program. Nine features opened, including the Academy Award winner, "Sophie's Choice." Additionally, more than thirty television and cable movies were aired on all three networks and HBO while Mr. Leider headed the company. ITC Production's first three network miniseries, "Billionaire Boys Club," "Poor Little Rich Girl, The Barbara Hutton Story," and Sidney Sheldon's "Windmills of the Gods," aired under Mr. Leider's helm.

Mr. Leider has also been responsible for building ITC's film, television and home video distribution operations in the domestic and international markets.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Leider joined the CBS Television Network in 1960 as Director of Special Programs and Program Sales and, in 1962, became Partner and Vice President in Charge of Worldwide Television Operations with Ashley Famous Agency, Inc. (now known as ICM), a post he held for seven years. Moving to Los Angeles in 1969, Mr. Leider became President of Warner Bros. Television, over which he presided for five years. It was during his tenure that Warner Bros. regained its former prominence in network TV production with such long-running hits as "The FBI," "Kung Fu," "Harry O." "Wonder Woman," and others. In 1975, Mr. Leider was promoted by Warners to Executive Vice President in Charge of Foreign Production, based in Rome, Italy, where he supervised the financing and production of fifteen features, including the Award- winning "Madame Rosa."

Mr. Leider is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and the American Film Institute.

Both Michael Viner, President and CEO of Dove and Deborah Raffin, Executive Vice President of Dove and President of Dove Kids and Dove Multimedia, have shared an historical twenty year working relationship with Mr. Leider. They stated that they are very pleased that he will be joining Dove Entertainment. His experience and knowledge of the industry and his present relationships will contribute and aid in Dove's plans for the further expansion of the Company.
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/CONTACT: Michele Samet of Dove Entertainment, 310-786-1623/


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