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RHI ENTERTAINMENT INC. ACQUIRES TV RIGHTS TO MAGIC JOHNSON'S LIFE STORY FOR MINISERIES TO BE PRESENTED ON ABC-TV

 LOS ANGELES, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Exclusive television rights to the dramatic life story of basketball superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson have been acquired by RHI Entertainment Inc., it was announced today by Robert Halmi Sr., founder and chairman of the board of RHI.
 RHI will produce a four-hour miniseries, "My Life: The `Magic' Johnson Story," for presentation on ABC-TV. It will be based on Johnson's personal reminiscences and the best-selling book, "My Life," by Johnson with William Novak, published by Random House.
 Halmi and Johnson will be executive producers of the production.
 The miniseries will cover Johnson's remarkable life story from his youth as one of 10 children raised by devoted, hard-working parents in Lansing, Mich., to his career as one of the nation's greatest and most-beloved basketball players, starring on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has won national acclaim for his courageous determination to fight the HIV virus (he was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1991) and for his efforts to promote AIDS awareness.
 "My Life: The `Magic' Johnson Story" is the latest in a series of major projects by RHI Entertainment Inc. "This miniseries will be in the continuing RHI tradition of presenting event television," said Halmi, whose credits include the award-winning miniseries "Lonesome Dove."
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 /CONTACT: Linda Dorman of Stone/Hallinan Associates, 213-655-8970, or 212-489-5509, for RHI Entertainment Inc./


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