HOUSTON, March 14 /PRNewswire/ -- ADV Films today announced the acquisition of the home-video rights to three seasons of the acclaimed Tribune Entertainment science-fiction television series "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict." Telling the story of a conflicted Resistance movement on an Earth where alien Taelon "Companions" are either working to improve the lot of man, or plotting to take control of the Earth for their own devices, "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict" is a gripping drama, combining intrigue with realistic studies of human weakness and foible, determination and heroism. After a successful five-year run in syndication, "Gene Roddenberry's Earth Final Conflict" is currently being broadcast on the SCI FI channel. "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict" has proved an enduring fan favorite, with viewers following the series' elaborate plot twists through numerous fan sites, as well as through Tribune's extensive official site, http://www.efc.com . ADV Films leadership is pleased at the acquisition and its potential for strong home-video sales. "Gene Roddenberry's association with a title is a proven driver for strong viewership and sales," said ADV Films President, Founder and CEO John Ledford. "We've seen this with 'Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda,' which has been a strong seller on DVD and VHS; the ongoing successful broadcast run of 'Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict' is a sign of more of the same to come." ADV Films has not yet made public the release schedule for "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict," but the firm has indicated that it plans a 2003 DVD release, and individual volumes will likely 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; the off net sitcom "City Guys;" and numerous telefilms and television specials. For more information on Tribune Entertainment, please visit the company's web site at http://www.tribtv.com . 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(TM), 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 http://www.advfilms.com .
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