ADV Films Announces Acquisition of Home-Video Rights for Hit Tribune Entertainment TV Series 'Mutant X'

A Group of Mutation-Enhanced Heroes Work for Good in This Acclaimed Series,

Starring John Shea, Victoria Pratt, Victor Webster, Forbes March and Lauren

Lee Smith

Feb 28, 2003, 00:00 ET from ADV Films

    HOUSTON, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- ADV Films today announced the acquisition
 of home video distribution rights to "Mutant X," starring John Shea as "Adam,"
 leader of a band of mutation-enhanced heroes fighting to protect others.  The
 series is produced in association with Tribune Entertainment, Marvel Studios
 and Fireworks Entertainment.  "Mutant X" is syndicated and broadcast
 nationwide.  The second season is currently on the air, and it continues to be
 a fan favorite.  Tribune Entertainment maintains an extensive fan-focused
 website for the title, .
     "'Mutant X' is an exciting program, centered around a group of mutants who
 unwittingly possess fantastic powers," said ADV Films President, CEO and
 Founder John Ledford.  "Viewership proves that this is a formula that
 resonates strongly with viewers, and for good reason.  No one is perfect, but
 everyone has hidden strengths."
     Ledford is confident that Mutant X will be a strong home-video seller.
 "For some time there has been strong fan interest and speculation about the
 possible home-video release of 'Mutant X,'" said Ledford.  "I'm pleased that
 ADV Films has been chosen by Tribune Entertainment to distribute the series."
     ADV has not yet announced a release plan for "Mutant X," but the firm
 expects to bring the title to market in relatively short order.  ADV's
 releases of the title are expected to include extensive extras, including such
 exclusive content as commentary tracks from stars and staff, outtakes and
 bloopers and much more.
     About Tribune Entertainment:
     Tribune Entertainment Company, a subsidiary of Tribune Broadcasting
 Company, is involved in the production and distribution of an extensive slate
 of programming.  In Fall 2002, the company launched the new weekly action hour
 "Adventure Inc."  Other projects include the weekly action adventure hours
 "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda," starring Kevin Sorbo; "Mutant X;"
 "BeastMaster;" the weekday game show strip "Family Feud;" the weekly "Soul
 Train" series; and numerous telefilms and television specials.  For more
 information on Tribune Entertainment, please visit the company's web site at .
     About Fireworks Entertainment:
     Headquartered in Toronto and operating internationally with offices in Los
 Angeles, London and Dublin, Fireworks develops, produces, acquires and
 distributes an extensive slate of feature films and television programs
 throughout the world.  The Fireworks library includes the action-hour series
 "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda" and "Mutant X," "Relic Hunter," starring Tia
 Carrere, the children's programs "100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd" and "Caitlin's
 Way," both for Nickelodeon, "Black Hole High" for NBC/Discovery Kids, and the
 upcoming mini-series produced by BLT Productions in association with Fireworks
 and Miramax, "A Wrinkle in Time."  Fireworks feature films include "Rat Race,"
 "Who is Cletis Tout?, "Hardball," and the award winning films "The Believer,"
 and "An American Rhapsody."  For more information on Fireworks Entertainment,
 please visit the company's web site at .
     About ADV Films:
     In 1992, ADV Films began to forge the international market for Japanese
 animation ("anime") by combining unique titles, outstanding production values
 and efficient large-scale distribution.  Today, ADV Films is the #1 producer-
 distributor of Japanese animation to the North American market, with the
 firm's holdings including such premier titles as, "Noir," "Sailor Moon,"
 "Samurai X," "Hello Kitty's Paradise," "RahXephon," "Spriggan," "Robotech,"
 "Full Metal Panic" and "Neon Genesis Evangelion."  In addition, ADV Films'
 product line has expanded to include other forms of genre programming,
 including live-action science fiction programs "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda,"
 "Mutant X" and The Jim Henson Company's "Farscape," and classic science
 fiction such as the updated "Gamera" trilogy.  ADV Films' parent company, A.D.
 Vision, Inc., also publishes Newtype USA, the premier anime and manga monthly
 in the English-speaking world, and operates The Anime Network, broadcasting
 anime and anime-related programming via digital cable, 24 hours a day.
 Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, with additional offices in the EU and
 Japan, and distribution on four continents, ADV is fast becoming an
 international entertainment powerhouse.  For more information, visit ADV Films
 on the web at .