or


[10/03/05 - 12:00 AM]
Sci Fi Channel Acquires Exclusive Rights to Lions Gate Titles Including Network Television Premieres of 'Saw,' 'Alone in the Dark,' 'Cabin Fever' and 'House of the Dead'

[via press release from Sci Fi]

SCI FI CHANNEL ACQUIRES EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO LIONS GATE TITLES INCLUDING NETWORK TELEVISION PREMIERES OF 'SAW,' 'ALONE IN THE DARK,' 'CABIN FEVER' AND 'HOUSE OF THE DEAD'

NEW YORK -- October 3, 2005 -- SCI FI Channel has acquired the exclusive broadcast rights to several titles from Lions Gate Entertainment including the network television premieres of 'Saw' starring Cary Elwes and Danny Glover and 'Alone in the Dark' starring Christian Slater, Stephen Dorf and Tara Reid. The two films will premiere on SCI FI in 2007. In an unannounced deal earlier this year, SCI FI also acquired the rights to the network television premieres of Lions Gate's 'Cabin Fever' and 'House of the Dead' which are slated to air in 2006.

"We are extremely excited to have the premiere network windows for these Lions Gate titles," said Thomas Vitale, SCI FI's Senior Vice President of Programming. "We have a long history with them and their movies are always enjoyed by the audience of our highly successful Saturday night movie strand."

"We appreciate our great relationship with SCI FI," said Rand Stoll, executive vice president, television sales, Lions Gate Entertainment, "and believe these edge-of-your-seat thrillers will do very well on the network."

In 'Saw' (2004), Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes) and Adam (Leigh Whannell) wake up chained to pipes at opposite ends of a dirty utility room. They soon learn that they have become the victims of the Jigsaw, a serial killer who devises intricate situations to get his victims to kill each other. Pitted against the clock and each other, the two must work to outwit their captor and save Gordon's family who have been taken hostage by the killer.

Based on the highly popular video game, 'Alone in the Dark' stars Christian Slater as Edward Carnby, detective of the paranormal, investigating the recent death of a friend that brings him face to face with bizarre horrors that prove both psychologically disturbing and lethal. He discovers that evil demons worshiped by an ancient culture called the Abskani are planning on coming back to life in the 21st century to once again take over the world... and only he and a young genius anthropologist (and his ex-girlfriend), Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), stand in their way.

'Cabin Fever' (2002) starring Rider Strong and Jordan Ladd, is an offbeat frightener about a group of five college friends on vacation at a remote mountain cabin when one contracts a flesh-eating virus. As it spreads among the group, their true feelings and personalities as they fight to survive the virus and each other.

'House of the Dead' (2003) tells the story of a group of college students who hire a boat to go to the rave of all raves on a mysterious deserted island. They get more then they bargained for when they arrive to find that the rave site has been demolished and killer zombies intent on feasting on the flesh of the living are stalking them. With only the few weapons smuggled by the boat's captain at their disposal and time running out, they take shelter in an ancient house where they uncover the mysterious secrets to the Isle de la Muerte. The film stars Jurgen Prochnow ('Air Force One'), Clint Howard ('Little Nicky'), Ellie Cornell ('Halloween 4' and '5'), Jonathan Cherry ('Final Destination II') and Enuka Okuma ('Double Jeopardy').

Other Lions Gate titles in the acquisition include 'Monster Man,' 'Rottweiler,' 'Leprechaun 3' and 'Leprechaun 4: In Space.'

Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE and TSX: LGF) is the premier independent producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library is a valuable source of stable and recurring revenue and serves as a foundation for the continued growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lions Gate brand name is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site (www.scifi.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.





  [october 2005]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[02/23/17 - 12:27 PM]
E! Goes "Live from the Red Carpet" with Hosts Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic at the Oscars Sunday, February 26th Starting at 1:30P ET and 10:30A PT
The network's second screen live coverage will include a live, immersive 360 experience utilizing the latest state-of-the-art technology enabling fans to enjoy the red carpet like never before.

[02/23/17 - 12:00 PM]
Matthew Broderick Cast in "Katrina: American Crime Story"
Broderick will portray Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director Michael D. Brown, who was in charge of the federal disaster response to Hurricane Katrina.

[02/23/17 - 11:22 AM]
WGN America's "Underground" to Feature Original Song from Executive Producer John Legend, "In America," in Season Two Premiere
By tweeting #UndergroundWGN, fans will automatically unlock a :60, extended version of the trailer that includes the song preview.

[02/23/17 - 11:10 AM]
"Saturday Night Live" Returns with Back-to-Back Shows
Look for Octavia Spencer/Father John Misty on March 4 followed by Scarlett Johansson/Lorde on March 11.

[02/23/17 - 11:03 AM]
History(R) Greenlights Navy Seal Team Six Drama Series "Six" for a Ten Episode Second Season from A+E Studios in Association with Weinstein Television
Two new episodes remain in the current season airing Wednesdays at 10:00/9:00c, with the season one finale airing on Wednesday, March 8.

[02/23/17 - 10:29 AM]
"Dateline NBC" Correspondent Keith Morrison Explores Claims of a Wrongful Conviction in Investigation Discovery's Special "Murder in Lehigh Valley"
"This is an incendiary case that continues to provoke passion on both sides," said Morrison.

[02/23/17 - 10:19 AM]
ABC's First-Ever Live Post-Oscars(R) Special, Hosted by "black-ish" Star Anthony Anderson, Airs Sunday, February 26
The Emmy-nominated actor will be joined by "Good Morning America" Co-Anchor Lara Spencer, with special contributors Joe Zee, Yahoo Style's editor-in-chief, and ABC News' Chris Connelly.

[02/23/17 - 09:46 AM]
"Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala" Primetime Special to Air on OWN Sunday, March 5
For the past decade, the star-studded celebration has been at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood's most creative and accomplished African-American female visionaries both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.

[02/23/17 - 09:31 AM]
Starz Announces Highly-Anticipated Original Series "American Gods" to Premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, April 30th at 9PM ET/PT
The series will debut publicly at the festival on March 11 at 11 AM CT at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center followed by an extended Q&A moderated by KCRW's Elvis Mitchell.

[02/23/17 - 09:00 AM]
BBC America's "Planet Earth II" Becomes Highest Rated U.S. Nature Show
BBC America further spins the numbers for Saturday, February 18.

[02/23/17 - 08:27 AM]
Wednesday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC Holds Off Demo Competition
The Alphabet's "Modern Family" remains the night's top draw among adults 18-49.

[02/23/17 - 08:12 AM]
Rap Legend Rick Ross to Host and Perform at the "2017 MTV Woodies" Music Festival Live from Austin on Thursday, March 16 at 11:00 P.M. ET/PT
Said Ross: "I'm excited to attend SXSW this year. The biggest boss is hosting the 'Woodies' and my album drops March 17. MTV, get ready."

[02/23/17 - 08:04 AM]
Former Mobsters Go Suburban in Oxygen Media's New Docu-Comedy Series "Unprotected" Premiering Tuesday, April 11 at 9PM ET/PT
The series follows the Cantarellas, a boisterous, old-school family that participated in the Federal Witness Protection Program after their testimony led to the conviction of one of the most powerful crime families in the country.

[02/23/17 - 06:47 AM]
Ten Perfect Matches, One New Game on MTV's Spinoff Series "Are You the One: All-Star Challenge"
The new series premieres Wednesday, March 22 on MTV, one week after the shocking March 15 season finale of "Are You the One?".

[02/23/17 - 06:02 AM]
Hallmark Announces Record Number of Original Holiday Films for 2017
"The Hallmark brand is synonymous with family, tradition, relationships, and romance, so for us, it makes sense to have an 'always on' holiday strategy, with the biggest holiday being Christmas," said Michelle Vicary.