Overture Films and Paramount Vantage Team to Co-Finance and Distribute Michael Moore's Next Film

May 13, 2008, 01:00 ET from Overture Films from ,Paramount Vantage

    LOS ANGELES, May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramount Vantage and Overture
 Films will co-finance and distribute Oscar(R) winner Michael Moore's next
 film, a searing and provocative follow up to his groundbreaking 2004
 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11. The announcement was made today by Moore, Nick
 Meyer, President of Paramount Vantage, John Lesher, President of Paramount
 Film Group, and CEO Chris McGurk and COO Danny Rosett of Overture Films.
 Paramount Vantage will handle international distribution in all media and
 Overture will handle domestic distribution in all media. Paramount Vantage
 will be launching the film into the international marketplace this week in
 Cannes. The film is scheduled for release in 2009.
     Moore has made three of the top five highest-grossing documentaries of
 all time including Fahrenheit 9/11, 2008 Academy Award(R) nominee Sicko,
 and Bowling for Columbine, the Academy Award(R) winner for Best Documentary
 in 2003. He has also written and starred in the TV shows TV Nation and The
 Awful Truth, both of which established his trademark style of presenting
 serious documentaries in humorous and engaging ways. As with all of Moore's
 projects, the subject matter of the new film is being kept under wraps by
 all the principals.
     "It's great to be working again with Chris McGurk and John Lesher,"
 said Moore. "Both of them have been exceptional to work with in the past
 and I look forward to their assistance in this new project."
     "We are thrilled to be working with Michael again," said McGurk and
 Rosett jointly. Adding, "His fearless filmmaking has become an important
 catalyst for challenging mainstream thoughts and values regarding the
 important critical issues facing this country and the world. Everyone on
 the Overture team is delighted to be involved with Michael's exciting new
     "Michael is one of the most inspiring, innovative and thought-provoking
 filmmakers of our generation," said Meyer. "With his unquestionable mark on
 our culture and politics, Moore is renowned and iconic within the
 international marketplace and we could not be more enthusiastic about this
     Most of the principals involved have previously worked with Moore --
 John Lesher represented Moore as one of his agents at Endeavor and was
 involved in Fahrenheit 9/11, and McGurk and Rosett, while at MGM/United
 Artists, oversaw the release of Bowling for Columbine.
     This announcement marks the second major deal between Paramount Vantage
 and Overture Films. The two studios entered into an exclusive international
 distribution deal last year that allows Overture access to Vantage's
 international sales division as well as the distribution arm of Paramount
 Pictures International.
     Moore is represented by Ari Emanuel of Endeavor, who brokered the deal
 on his behalf. Justin Alvarado-Brown oversaw the deal for Overture Films
 and Jeff Freedman negotiated on behalf of Paramount Vantage.
     About Overture Films
     Overture Films (http://www.overturefilms.net) develops, produces,
 acquires, and distributes feature length, theatrical motion pictures
 worldwide. The studio is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a wholly
 owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty
 Capital Group (Nasdaq:   LCAPA, LCAPB), a tracking stock group of Liberty
 Media Corporation. Its affiliated companies, Anchor Bay Entertainment and
 Starz Entertainment, make the films available domestically to viewers via
 home video, premium television, Internet and other outlets.
     About Paramount Pictures Corporation
     Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor
 of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE:   VIA, VIA.B), a leading
 content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital
 entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures,
 Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films, Nickelodeon Movies and
 DreamWorks Studios. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital
 Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures
 International, Paramount Licensing, Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and
 Worldwide Television Distribution.

SOURCE Overture Films; Paramount Vantage