ADV Films Announces Acquisition of Home-Video Rights to Three Seasons of 'Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict'

Wildly Inventive Television Science-Fiction Series Bears the Distinctive Touch

Of 'Star Trek' Creator

Mar 14, 2003, 00:00 ET from ADV Films

    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
     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, .
     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 .
     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 .