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Starz Summons Up Four First-Run Titles from Summit Entertainment
The pact includes the films "Penelope," "Sex Drive," "Never Back Down" and "Fly Me to the Moon."

[via press release from Starz]

Starz Summons Up Four First-Run Titles From Summit Entertainment

Deal Includes Modern Romantic Tale Penelope, Comedy Sex Drive, Action film Never Back Down and 3D Animated Children's Adventure Fly Me To The Moon To Be Shown in 3D on Channels

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Feb. 17 -- Starz Entertainment has acquired four first-run titles from Summit Entertainment including the modern romantic tale Penelope starring Christina Ricci, comedy Sex Drive, action packed drama Never Back Down, and the 3D animated children's adventure Fly Me to the Moon, which will be shown on Starz channels and on-demand services in 3D. The deal also allows Starz Entertainment to offer the films on multiple distribution platforms, including its 16 linear channels, HD, Starz On Demand and Starz Play, the broadband video download service.

"Each of these films from Summit will appeal to different age groups and will definitely serve us well with crossover allure," says Nancy Silverstone, vice president, program acquisitions for Starz. "The variety of these four films will afford us the opportunity to program them on many of our 16 linear channels."

Penelope, starring Christina Ricci, James McAvoy, Catherine O'Hara, Peter Dinklage, Richard E. Grant and Reese Witherspoon is a modern romantic tale about a young aristocratic heiress (Ricci), born under a curse that can only be broken when she finds true love with the "one who will love her faithfully."

The comedy Sex Drive stars Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clarke Duke, Seth Green and James Marsden. A high school senior (Zuckerman) drives cross-country with his best friends to hook up with a sexy girl he met online - hoping to lose his virginity.

In the action-packed drama Never Back Down, a rebellious high school student (Sean Faris) is lured into a fighting club, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran (Djimon Hounsou) whose mentorship helps him develop the skills he needs to fight with honor. The film also stars Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet and Leslie Hope.

Three young houseflies stow aboard the Apollo spacecraft in the 3D animated children's adventure film Fly Me To The Moon. The inspiring film features the voices of Kelly Ripa, Christopher Lloyd, Nicollette Sheridan, and Tim Curry and a live-action cameo by Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin.

Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures. Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product. Summit Entertainment, LLC plans to release 10 to 12 films annually.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) brands with approximately 17.4 million and 31.6 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (www.starz.com) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

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