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Showtime Acquires Rosanna Arquette's Directorial Debut 'Searching for Debra Winger'; Documentary Explores the Balance of Motherhood and Being a Professional Actor with insight From Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Holly Hunter, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances McDormand, Gwyneth Paltrow and Robin Wright-Penn.

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- After creating a stir during its premiere at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, where is was called "earnestly searching" and received critical praise from many quarters, SEARCHING FOR DEBRA WINGER, has been acquired by Showtime Networks Inc. as a Showtime Original Picture. A documentary from first-time director Rosanna Arquette, whose acting credits include "After Hours," and "Desperately Seeking Susan," the film explores the difficult balance between motherhood and career that actresses face, as well as Hollywood's fascination with youth and image.

The film will air in 2003, and is an Immortal Entertainment/Flower Child Productions film in association with 2929 Productions.

Debra Winger was one of the most successful actresses of her generation, following Oscar(R)-nominated roles in "Terms of Endearment," "An Officer and A Gentleman" and "Shadowlands." She astonished the film industry when she decided, at 40, to retire at the height of her career, to spend more time with her family and not succumb to the pressures of Hollywood to maintain a youthful appearance. She was looking for balance in her life and was unwilling to fight for the very few roles that Hollywood creates for women. Winger's story prompted Arquette, a well-know actress herself, to interview Winger and many other successful actresses about the pressures and drawbacks of working in the film industry.

Among those interviewed are Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Holly Hunter, Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances McDormand, Theresa Russell, Ally Sheedy, Teri Garr, Whoopi Goldberg, Melanie Griffith, Salma Hayek, Gwyneth Paltrow, Patricia Arquette and many others. The interviews are conducted in one-on-one settings as well as in small "salon" groups over dinner and drinks.

The film is produced by Happy Walters, Rosanna Arquette, Mathew Weaver, and David Codikow. The deal was negotiated by Matthew Duda, Gary Garfinkel and Larry Greenberg on behalf of Showtime Networks. Rena Ronson of William Morris Independent negotiated on behalf of the producers.

Showtime Networks strives to bring to its viewers outstanding and sometimes controversial films that might not otherwise be seen in theaters or on television. Other films acquired for the SHOWTIME ORIGINAL PICTURES banner include the Sundance Grand Jury-winner "The Believer," the Emmy(R)-nominated "Things Behind the Sun," and the provocative "Lolita."

Immortal Entertainment Group, established in 1992, is a diversified entertainment company based in Santa Monica, California. Immortal owns and operates Immortal Records (record label), Immortal Soundtracks (music supervision for film), Immortal Films and Television (film and television production entity), Immortal Touring and Events (live entertainment production division), Immortal Sports (athlete management) and Immortal Management (guiding the careers of an eclectic roster of musicians, actors, directors and screenwriters).

2929 ENTERTAINMENT, created by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban, is a Dallas- and Los Angeles-based entertainment content and production company. In November 2001, the company acquired Rysher Entertainment and its substantial film and television programming library, including syndication rights to shows including "Hogan's Heroes," "Sex and the City," and the rights to "Star Search." A new version of Star Search, co-produced by 2929 and CBS, premiered in January 2003 and is currently airing on CBS through February. 2929 Entertainment is currently co-producing with Lions Gate the thriller "Godsend," starring Robert De Niro, Greg Kinnear, and Rebecca Romjin-Stamos, set for release in October 2003. 2929 Entertainment also holds interests in Immortal Entertainment, Magnolia Pictures, and Lions Gate Entertainment.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME TOO, SHOWTIME SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME BEYOND, SHOWTIME NEXT, SHOWTIME WOMEN, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE and TMC xtra. SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL, which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and Universal Studios. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SET (Showtime Event Television) Pay Per View. Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME EXTREME is available in Spain through a joint venture with Media Park and the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.

CONTACT: Trade PR, Brooks Jewell +1-212-708-1380, brooks.jewell@showtime.net, Joan Ziff, +1-212-708-1590, joan.ziff@showtime.net, both of Showtime
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