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|July 31, 2008 07:01 AM EDT||
"As evidenced by the recent success of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk in
theatres, there is nothing hotter in
"Lionsgate has an impressive team of executives in the home entertainment division and their passion for Marvel product has been evidenced through their award winning execution on our animated features," said Rollman. "We have developed a very respectful and complimentary relationship which we are thrilled to continue to build on with this important animated series."
Lionsgate was selected as the distribution partner following the
tremendous success of its current development, production, and distribution
relationship with Marvel for original animated direct-to-DVD features based
upon specific characters in the Marvel Universe. Signed in 2004, the companies
have currently released the first four titles -- ULTIMATE AVENGERS 1 & 2,
DOCTOR STRANGE and THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN -- under the agreement. Each of
these titles has debuted as the number one children's non-theatrical release
for the week and cumulatively they have shipped more than three million units.
The next Marvel animated features -- NEXT AVENGERS: HEROES OF TOMORROW -- will
be released on
Additionally, the companies have a theatrical relationship, which began in
The announcement also continues Lionsgate's momentum in the family genre,
as it comes on the heels of the studio's recent multiyear agreements with
family entertainment leader HIT Entertainment, leading developer of
technology-based learning products LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. and leading
consumer entertainment products company MGA Entertainment for the ever-popular
Little Tikes(R) brand. With these agreements in place, Lionsgate expects its
family home entertainment market share of non-theatrical product to grow to
approximately 15%, positioning the Company as one of the three industry
leaders in that space. In addition, Lionsgate releases to DVD a virtual
who's-who in family entertainment brands, including Speed Racer and Speed
Racer: The Next Generation, Marvel(TM) Animated Features, Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles, MGA's Bratz(TM), Scholastic's Clifford the Big Red Dog, American
Greetings' The Care Bears,. HIT Entertainment's Thomas & Friends(TM), Bob the
Builder(TM), Barney(TM), Angelina Ballerina(TM), Cookie Jar Entertainment's
The Doodlebops and Nelvana's Miss Spider's
About Wolverine and the X-Men:
An explosive event shatters the lives of the X-Men and takes away their mentor, Professor X. The beaten heroes, including Beast, Storm, Cyclops and Nightcrawler, walk away from it all but then they are given a rare glimpse into the future, where they see a world in utter ruin ... ruled by giant destructive robots. They discover the world has spiraled out of control because the X-Men have given up. So now the most legendary of all X-Men, Wolverine, must take the lead on the ultimate mission -- to prevent the world's destruction -- while fending off enemies Magneto and The Brotherhood.
Lionsgate is a leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with a
major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures,
television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment,
video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its
content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships
that include the operation of the highly successful FEARNet branded VOD and
Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the
fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom,
Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital
distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent
television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with
independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside
Attractions. Lionsgate also has forged partnerships with leading content
creators, owners and distributors in key territories around the world,
including Televisa in the U.S. and
The Company has generated more than
With a library of over 5,000 characters built over more than sixty years of comic book publishing, Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics), with emphasis on feature films, television, DVD, consumer products, video games, action figures, role-playing toys and promotions. Marvel's strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world. For more information visit http://www.marvel.com.
For Press Inquiries Contact: Lionsgate Jodie Magid/Jennifer Sandler 212-386-6885/ 310-255-4072 [email protected]/[email protected] For Marvel: Jeffrey Klein, Ann Hinshaw DAN KLORES COMMUNICATIONS 212-685-4300/212-981-5160 [email protected]/[email protected] For Lionsgate Corporate Inquiries, Contact: Peter D. Wilkes 310-255-3726 [email protected]
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