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Lions Gate Television begins pre-production on CLIFFHANGERS.

22-Episode Series Produced By Lions Gate Television For

Worldwide Distribution By Paramount International Television

VANCOUVER, April 15 /CNW-PRN/ - Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

AMEX/TSE:LGF

Lions Gate Television, the television division of Lions Gate Entertainment, (AMEX/TSE:LGF) has begun pre-production in Vancouver for CLIFFHANGERS, an original series of 22 one-hour episodes produced by Lions Gate Television for worldwide distribution by Paramount International Television.

Representing Lions Gate Television's expansion into the area of dramatic series television, CLIFFHANGERS stars Joe Lando (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman), who will also co-executive produce alongside Douglas Schwartz (one of three creator-executive producers of the long-running worldwide hit hour series ``Baywatch,''), Michael Braverman (Beverly Hills 90210, Chicago Hope, Life Goes On) and Matthew Hastings.

Lions Gate Television will produce the series in Vancouver, with production set to commence in July. The company will also retain Canadian distribution rights.

The setting for CLIFFHANGERS is Timberline High School - definitely not the high school your parents went to - where the students are taught `No Risk, No Reward' - translation: You're about to discover just how challenging life can really be. While the indoor classroom might be tough, the outdoor classroom is flatout torture: mountain climbing, river rafting, BMX racing and snowboarding - ``Cliffhangers'' gives a whole new meaning to Outdoor Ed.

``We are delighted to enter pre-production on CLIFFHANGERS, and to join with Paramount International Television in bringing the series to audiences worldwide,'' said Lions Gate Television president Dennis Miller. ``Filled with action and drama, CLIFFHANGERS is developed with global audiences in mind, offering the kind of high energy excitement that transcends all cultures.''

Lions Gate Entertainment (AMEX/TSE:LGF) develops, produces and distributes a wide range of film and television content. Through its four main operating groups - motion pictures, television, animation, and studio facilities - the Lions Gate brand is recognized both in North America and around the world. The Academy Award winning films ``Gods and Monsters'' and ``Affliction'' are both now playing in movie theatres in the U.S. and Canada. Current television productions include ``Great Streets'' (PBS) and ``Red Handed'' (UPN). And popular animated programs, such as ``Bad Dog'' and ``Princess Sissi'' can be seen on television in several countries, including Canada and France.

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