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Showtime Orders Second Season of Idt Entertainment's 'Masters of Horror'

[via press release from Showtime]

SHOWTIME Orders Second Season of IDT Entertainment's 'MASTERS OF HORROR'

Thirteen New Episodes of Critically Acclaimed Horror Anthology Series To Premiere In Fall 2006

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 -- Showtime Networks has ordered a second season of IDT Entertainment's critically acclaimed anthology series, MASTERS OF HORROR, it was announced today by Robert Greenblatt, President of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. Thirteen new, one-hour episodes, to be produced by IDT Entertainment, will feature the most prominent directors in the horror genre and will premiere in Fall 2006.

The first season, which USA Today called "a horror hall of fame," premiered on SHOWTIME in Fall 2005 and featured such horror film legends as Dario Argento ("Suspiria," "Opera"), John Carpenter ("Halloween," "The Thing"), Larry Cohen ("It's Alive"), Don Coscarelli ("Phantasm" "Bubba Ho-tep"), Joe Dante ("The Howling," "Gremlins"), Mick Garris ("Riding the Bullet," "The Stand"), Stuart Gordon ("Re-Animator"), John Landis ("An American Werewolf in London"), Tobe Hooper ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Poltergeist") William Malone ("feardotcom"), Lucky McKee ("May) and John McNaughton ("Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer") directing original one-hour films.

"Showtime has been a wonderful partner," says IDT Entertainment COO John W. Hyde. "We look forward to providing the world's leading horror filmmakers a supportive environment in which they can express their creative vision."

"We are delighted to once again be working with some of the most talented directors and writers in the horror genre," said Showtime's Greenblatt. "This unique series offers viewers a one-of-a kind experience and demonstrates the immense popularity of the horror genre."

MASTERS OF HORROR grew out of an informal bi-monthly dinner attended by many of the horror genre's most highly regarded directors. Mick Garris transformed their collective desire to work together into reality, and will continue to serve as the series' showrunner.

The executive producers of MASTERS OF HORROR are IDT Entertainment's Morris Berger, Steve Brown, and John W. Hyde; Industry Entertainment's Keith Addis and Andrew Deane, and Nice Guy Productions' Mick Garris. Reunion Pictures' Lisa Richardson and Tom Rowe will join the series as producers for the second season. Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning are co-producers on the series. IDT Entertainment Sales will provide worldwide distribution of the series and Anchor Bay Entertainment, IDT Entertainment's home entertainment company, will handle all DVD and video releases.

IDT Entertainment is a vertically integrated entertainment company that develops, produces, and distributes proprietary and licensed entertainment content. IDT Entertainment is a subsidiary of IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT, IDT.C), an international telecom, entertainment, and technology company.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(TM), SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(TM) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). SNI is also an owner and manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and SNI. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME(R) PPV. Additionally, the advertiser- supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.

SOURCE Showtime Networks
Web Site: http://www.SHO.com

  [january 2006]  


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