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Lionsgate Home Entertainment to Release More Than 100 Titles on DVD Through CreateSpace’s On Demand Service
Pedro Almodóvar’s HIGH HEELS, Fan-Favorite “Wildfire: Season 4” And The Film Classic BRIGHTON ROCK Among The Notable Films And Television Series To Be Made Available On Amazon.com, Many For The First Time
CHARLESTON, S.C. & SANTA MONICA, Calif.–CreateSpace (www.createspace.com), part of the Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) group of companies, and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading diversified global entertainment company, today announced the release of more than 100 titles on DVD, including films and television series available for the very first time. Featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment, the rich array of DVDs will be available on Amazon.com through CreateSpace’s DVD On Demand service. The first wave of titles arrives on December 13 with a second set of titles to be offered in the New Year.
“Film buffs and classic TV fans will now have access to a great selection of Lionsgate titles on DVD, some for the first time ever,” said Libby Johnson McKee, Managing Director of CreateSpace. “CreateSpace’s On Demand technology makes it easy for consumers to get high-quality DVDs from major studios like Lionsgate quickly delivered right to their door.”
“Lionsgate has always been at the forefront, offering our consumers the ability to enjoy our entertainment properties wherever and however they prefer,” said Ron Schwartz, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Lionsgate. “With one of the largest film and television libraries in the industry, we have a vast assortment of in-demand titles that deserve to find their audience. Working with CreateSpace is the perfect opportunity to deliver directly to the most ardent fans of this content.”
The scheduled titles run the gamut from award-winning film and television, world cinema, cult classics and fan favorites. Among those premiering on DVD are:
• HIGH HEELS – directed by Pedro Almodóvar and featuring Javier Bardem
• “Wildfire: Season 4” – the long-awaited final season of the hit ABC Family series
• BRIGHTON ROCK – classic film (also known as YOUNG SCARFACE) starring Richard Attenborough
Titles that have been out of distribution for a period of time but will now be available via CreateSpace include the award-winning HBO film CITIZEN RUTH, Academy Award®-nominee THE CHORUS and camp-classic CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC.
Through CreateSpace’s DVD On Demand service, networks and studios such as Lionsgate can bring their most timeless catalog content to market faster and more efficiently than through traditional methods of DVD distribution. Because titles are manufactured only in response to customer demand, they are never out-of-stock. CreateSpace also has the unique ability to distribute content through Amazon.com and other channels, including Amazon Instant Video. Amazon Instant Video is a streaming video service that provides more than 100,000 titles, including new release movies, TV shows the day after they air, as well as contemporary and classic videos in SD and HD.
Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family entertainment, digital distribution and new channel platforms. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel assets. Lionsgate currently has 15 shows on more than 10 networks spanning its prime time production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed hits as “Mad Men,” “Weeds” and “Nurse Jackie” along with the popular comedy “Blue Mountain State,” the critically-acclaimed drama “Boss” and the syndication successes “Tyler Perry’s House Of Payne,” its spinoff “Meet The Browns,” “For Better or Worse,” “The Wendy Williams Show” and “Are We There Yet?” along with the upcoming “Anger Management.”
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent box office successes as THE LINCOLN LAWYER, TYLER PERRY’S MADEA’S BIG HAPPY FAMILY, THE EXPENDABLES, THE LAST EXORCISM, TYLER PERRY’S WHY DID I GET MARRIED TOO?, KICK-ASS and the critically-acclaimed PRECIOUS, which won two Academy Awards®. The Company’s home entertainment business has grown to more than 8% market share and is an industry leader in box office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 13,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company’s core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.
CreateSpace seeks to be the world’s easiest and most comprehensive independent publishing platform for writers, filmmakers and musicians. The company is the leading provider of independent publishing tools that enable content creators to produce, polish, publish and distribute their work to customers around the world. CreateSpace offers industry-leading royalty rates, broad distribution to thousands of sales channels, an engaged peer community and complete creative control while content creators continue to own the rights to their books. CreateSpace is also a leader in manufacture on-demand for Books, CDs and DVDs maintaining “in-stock” availability for titles without inventory risk. CreateSpace is a brand of On-Demand Publishing LLC, a subsidiary of Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN).
Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth’s Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon’s developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. The new latest generation Kindle is the lightest, most compact Kindle ever and features the same 6-inch, most advanced electronic ink display that reads like real paper even in bright sunlight. Kindle Touch is a new addition to the Kindle family with an easy-to-use touch screen that makes it easier than ever to turn pages, search, shop, and take notes – still with all the benefits of the most advanced electronic ink display. Kindle Touch 3G is the top of the line e-reader and offers the same new design and features of Kindle Touch, with the unparalleled added convenience of free 3G. Kindle Fire is the Kindle for movies, TV shows, music, books, magazines, apps, games and web browsing with all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, Whispersync, Amazon Silk (Amazon’s new revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser), vibrant color touch screen, and powerful dual-core processor.