Lions Gate, Ford Motor Company and The WB bring international hit reality series to American television

NO BOUNDARIES To Air Next Season



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.

    VANCOUVER, BC and LOS ANGELES, CA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ - In a unique
 production arrangement with Ford Motor Company, Lions Gate Entertainment (AMEX
 and TSE: LGF), is bringing NO BOUNDARIES, based on the popular European
 reality series "71 Degrees North," to American television. The 13-episode
 series, which sends competitors on a trek through spectacular wilderness, will
 premiere next season on The WB.
     Lions Gate acquired rights to the show format from Nordisk Film TV after
 the show was brought to the company's attention by Brian Frons, Senior Vice
 President of Programming for Scandinavian Broadcasting System (SBS), a leader
 in pioneering new television formats, and Lions Gate's partner on the show.
 "71 Degrees North" had premiered on SBS's TV Norge, was nominated for the
 "Rose d'Or" at the Montreux television festival and achieved record ratings.
 After its great success in Norway, "71 Degrees North" has been licensed to
 broadcasters throughout Europe including the SBS stations in Switzerland,
 Sweden, Poland and Denmark.
     "Lions Gate's mission is to be a truly international motion picture and
 television company," said Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lions Gate Entertainment. "Our
 international relationships work both ways. Not only do we offer North
 American productions to the international market, but we are actively in the
 market for international television and motion picture properties and concepts
 to introduce in North America. Our relationship with the innovative European
 broadcaster SBS and producer/distributor Telemunchen allows us to identify hot
 properties that can translate well to the North American television market."
     Through its ad agency, J. Walter Thompson, Ford became involved early in
 the development of the series and was instrumental in its sale to The WB.
 Lions Gate will manage production, syndication, merchandising, foreign
 distribution and other ancillary revenue opportunities. Ford and Lions Gate
 will share back-end profit participation.
     "We are excited to be working with Ford on this venture," said Kevin
 Beggs, Executive Vice President, Lions Gate Television. "We will continue
 exploring nontraditional ways of producing and distributing our television
 productions to reduce production costs while maintaining high production
 standards."
     "We are looking for entertainment properties that represent the same
 values as our brands," said Rob Donnell, Senior Creative Director, J. Walter
 Thompson. "Most important, the show has to be entertaining and the product
 integration has to be seamless. We are not doing infomercials. NO BOUNDARIES
 is a great fit for Ford. We are also extremely pleased to be working with
 Lions Gate, who has a proven track record in reality based shows as well as
 all other genres of television programming."
     Brady Connell ("EcoChallenge," "Survivor 1") and Jim Jusko ("Air Bud," "I
 Fought the Law") have been signed as executive producers. The series will
 begin production in July in an undisclosed location in North America and will
 take viewers on a journey with the show's contestants through breathtaking
 natural landscapes. At times the contestants will be competing against each
 other, while other tasks will require their cooperation. In the end, only one
 competitor will be left. Mark Itkin and John Ferriter of the William Morris
 Agency brokered the deal with The WB.
     Lions Gate Television produces the series "Mysterious Ways" for NBC and
 PAX TV as well as movies and miniseries for broadcast and cable networks. The
 division has an extensive roster of series, movies and miniseries in
 development for next season and recently received a pilot commitment for the
 series "Dead Zone," based on the Stephen King anthology, from UPN.
 
     Lions Gate develops, produces and distributes a broad range of motion
 picture, television and other filmed entertainment content through its four
 operating divisions - Motion Pictures, Television, Animation and Studio
 Facilities as well as its CinemaNow digital media platform. The distinctive
 Lions Gate brand is recognized as a symbol of quality, original, cutting edge
 entertainment around the world.
 
                            www.lionsgatefilms.com
 
 

SOURCE Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.
    VANCOUVER, BC and LOS ANGELES, CA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ - In a unique
 production arrangement with Ford Motor Company, Lions Gate Entertainment (AMEX
 and TSE: LGF), is bringing NO BOUNDARIES, based on the popular European
 reality series "71 Degrees North," to American television. The 13-episode
 series, which sends competitors on a trek through spectacular wilderness, will
 premiere next season on The WB.
     Lions Gate acquired rights to the show format from Nordisk Film TV after
 the show was brought to the company's attention by Brian Frons, Senior Vice
 President of Programming for Scandinavian Broadcasting System (SBS), a leader
 in pioneering new television formats, and Lions Gate's partner on the show.
 "71 Degrees North" had premiered on SBS's TV Norge, was nominated for the
 "Rose d'Or" at the Montreux television festival and achieved record ratings.
 After its great success in Norway, "71 Degrees North" has been licensed to
 broadcasters throughout Europe including the SBS stations in Switzerland,
 Sweden, Poland and Denmark.
     "Lions Gate's mission is to be a truly international motion picture and
 television company," said Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lions Gate Entertainment. "Our
 international relationships work both ways. Not only do we offer North
 American productions to the international market, but we are actively in the
 market for international television and motion picture properties and concepts
 to introduce in North America. Our relationship with the innovative European
 broadcaster SBS and producer/distributor Telemunchen allows us to identify hot
 properties that can translate well to the North American television market."
     Through its ad agency, J. Walter Thompson, Ford became involved early in
 the development of the series and was instrumental in its sale to The WB.
 Lions Gate will manage production, syndication, merchandising, foreign
 distribution and other ancillary revenue opportunities. Ford and Lions Gate
 will share back-end profit participation.
     "We are excited to be working with Ford on this venture," said Kevin
 Beggs, Executive Vice President, Lions Gate Television. "We will continue
 exploring nontraditional ways of producing and distributing our television
 productions to reduce production costs while maintaining high production
 standards."
     "We are looking for entertainment properties that represent the same
 values as our brands," said Rob Donnell, Senior Creative Director, J. Walter
 Thompson. "Most important, the show has to be entertaining and the product
 integration has to be seamless. We are not doing infomercials. NO BOUNDARIES
 is a great fit for Ford. We are also extremely pleased to be working with
 Lions Gate, who has a proven track record in reality based shows as well as
 all other genres of television programming."
     Brady Connell ("EcoChallenge," "Survivor 1") and Jim Jusko ("Air Bud," "I
 Fought the Law") have been signed as executive producers. The series will
 begin production in July in an undisclosed location in North America and will
 take viewers on a journey with the show's contestants through breathtaking
 natural landscapes. At times the contestants will be competing against each
 other, while other tasks will require their cooperation. In the end, only one
 competitor will be left. Mark Itkin and John Ferriter of the William Morris
 Agency brokered the deal with The WB.
     Lions Gate Television produces the series "Mysterious Ways" for NBC and
 PAX TV as well as movies and miniseries for broadcast and cable networks. The
 division has an extensive roster of series, movies and miniseries in
 development for next season and recently received a pilot commitment for the
 series "Dead Zone," based on the Stephen King anthology, from UPN.
 
     Lions Gate develops, produces and distributes a broad range of motion
 picture, television and other filmed entertainment content through its four
 operating divisions - Motion Pictures, Television, Animation and Studio
 Facilities as well as its CinemaNow digital media platform. The distinctive
 Lions Gate brand is recognized as a symbol of quality, original, cutting edge
 entertainment around the world.
 
                            www.lionsgatefilms.com
 
 SOURCE Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.