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[03/31/09 - 12:31 PM]
IFC TV Greenlights Original Event Telefilm "Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter" from Lionsgate
The movie, to be penned by Glen Morgan, begins production this summer.

[via press release from IFC]

IFC tv GREENLIGHTS ORIGINAL EVENT TELEFILM "LAURELL K. HAMILTON'S ANITA BLAKE: VAMPIRE HUNTER" FROM LIONSGATE

Film Based on the #1 Best-Selling Novels To Air on IFC tv Summer 2010

NEW YORK, NY � March 31, 2009 � IFC tv announced today it has greenlit its first original event telefilm, "Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter," based on Hamilton's series of best-selling paranormal fantasy novels and produced by Lionsgate and After Dark Films. Adapted by Glen Morgan ("X-Files," "Final Destination"), who also serves as executive producer, the movie begins production this summer.

Rights were acquired from Hamilton's agent, Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House. There are currently 16 books in the series, all published in the US by Penguin Group (USA), with more than 6 million copies in print worldwide. Seven of the novels have made the New York Times Bestseller list and the most recent one, "Blood Noir," debuted at #1 on the list on June 15, 2008. The next highly anticipated Anita Blake novel, SKIN TRADE, hits shelves June 2, 2009.

Mixing mystery, fantasy, and horror, the film will center on the character of Anita Blake, a street-savvy, down-to-earth vampire hunter with a lousy dating life and a penchant for bringing dead people back to life. Blake also works as a police consultant investigating preternatural crimes. Tough, sexy and independent, Blake battles the supernatural as she attempts to solve a variety of paranormal mysteries, come to terms with her own abilities, and navigate a complex string of romantic and political relationships which include a master vampire and an Alpha werewolf.

"I'm thrilled to be bringing my characters and world to television for the first time," stated Hamilton. "After Dark Films, Lionsgate and IFC all push the boundaries on film. I push the boundaries on paper. I can't wait to see what we can create together."

"This unique partnership with Lionsgate, After Dark, Laurell and Glen continues IFC tv's commitment to provide groundbreaking content that you cannot find anywhere else" said Evan Shapiro, president of IFC tv and Sundance Channel. "Anita Blake on IFC will offer a fresh and unique take on the genre; the type of approach that defines our brand."

"'Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter' marks the first time in IFC tv's history that we have created a fictional feature film for the network. IFC is appealing to its core base of men ages 18-34 who are looking for vampire content. The popularity of the network in this demographic indicates that there is a clear demand for films that delve into provocative topics and nothing is more classically provocative than vampire lore" said Jennifer Caserta, EVP and general manager of IFC tv. "Anita Blake fits perfectly with our successful original programming."

"Laurell has created a fascinating heroine in Anita Blake and we quickly recognized the on-screen potential for this vivid character," said Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate's president of television programming and production. "We have an outstanding creative team and are excited to be moving forward with IFC, which will allow us to fully explore the complex world of Laurell's highly intriguing and erotically charged novels."

"We are excited to have acquired this successful property, and to have partnered with IFC and Lionsgate. We look forward to bringing "Anita Blake" to the small screen," stated After Dark Films' Courtney Solomon. "I am confident that television viewers will be captivated by Laurell

K. Hamilton's spellbinding stories, much as readers have devoured the popular novel series."

Executive producers are Courtney Solomon ("Dungeons and Dragons," "An American Haunting," "Captivity, "After Dark's Horrorfest") and Glen Morgan ("X-Files," "Final Destination"). Laurell K. Hamilton, Jonathan D. Green and Stephanie Caleb are co-executive producers. IFC executive producers on this film include Debbie DeMontreux, senior vice president, original programming, Jennifer Caserta, executive vice president and general manager and Evan Shapiro, president of IFC tv and Sundance channel.

ABOUT IFC

Operating under the mantra "always, uncut" IFC (The Independent Film Channel) recommends and creates genre-bending content that indulges the alternative culture obsessions of our influential audience and makes it available across multiple platforms: on-air, online and On Demand. In pursuit of what's new, next and relevant, IFC creates original non-traditional comedies like The Whitest Kids U' Know and Z Rock and irreverent non-fiction such as The IFC Media Project. IFC's original programming airs alongside a comprehensive independent film library of award-winning titles and cult classics, as well as content inspired by Music, Web, Gaming, Animation, News & Culture and more. IFC broadens the audience for independent culture through its exclusive live coverage of notable film and music events like the Independent Spirit Awards and South by Southwest. The network's on demand offering, IFC Free, gives audiences the opportunity to watch premieres of all of IFC's original series before they air on the linear network. IFC Media Lab offers financing, professional development and distribution opportunities for aspiring film makers. IFC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

ABOUT LIONSGATE

Lionsgate is a leading next generation 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 into a global multiplatform entertainment company through the recent acquisition of TV Guide Network, one of the 25 most widely distributed cable networks, the recent acquisition of TV Guide.com, a premier content and navigation portal, partnerships that include the FEARnet branded VOD and Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the expected fall 2009 launch of EPIX, a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital distribution platform Break.com, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside Attractions.

The Company is a market share leader at the North American theatrical box office for calendar 2009 propelled by such theatrical box office successes as TYLER PERRY'S MADEA GOES TO JAIL, MY BLOODY VALENTINE 3D and THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, which opened this past weekend. Other recent successes include SAW V, RELIGULOUS, FORBIDDEN KINGDOM, RAMBO and THE BANK JOB. Lionsgate has forged a strong position in television with the production of such critically-acclaimed series as "Mad Men," "Weeds" and "Crash," the distribution of Tyler Perry's "House of Payne," "Family Feud" and "South Park," and upcoming shows including Tyler Perry's "Meet The Browns" and "The Wendy Williams Show." In addition, the Company's home entertainment business, propelled by such recent DVD successes as TRANSPORTER 3, SAW V and TYLER PERRY'S THE FAMILY THAT PREYS, is the industry leader in box office-to-DVD conversion rate and has market share of nearly 7%. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

ABOUT LAURELL K. HAMILTON

Laurell K. Hamilton is the author of not one but two New York Times best selling series, and her first Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter novel, "Guilty Pleasures" is now a hugely successful graphic novel published by Marvel Comics. This series has garnered such a huge following, that there are now more than 6 million copies of Anita in print worldwide, in 16 languages. Hamilton's work is noted for its strong female characters set in vivid and complex storylines that mix a number of genres, including erotica, horror, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and romance. She can be contacted through her agent, Merrilee Heifetz, at Writer's House.





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