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Image Entertainment makes pact with New Films International


CHATSWORTH, CA– Image Entertainment, Inc. (OTC: DISK.PK) announced today an output agreement to exclusively distribute all theatrical New Films International/New Films Cinema titles in the U.S. and Canada. The deal covers all DVD, digital, television, Pay-Per-View and VOD rights to all New Films current and future titles. The announcement was made jointly today by Nesim Hason, President of New Films International and Bill Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Image Entertainment.

The output deal includes Chain Letter, starring Nikki Reed (the Twilight franchise) and Betsy Russell (Saw III, Saw IV). New Films Cinema will release Chain Letter in the U.S. theatrically this October with multi-million dollar p&a backing on over 400 screens. Their previous theatrical release, The Lightkeepers starring Academy Award® winner Richard Dreyfuss and Golden Globe® nominee Blythe Danner, opened in Los Angeles on May 7th, and played in fifteen U.S. markets.

“We are looking forward to working on these exciting films with New Films International.” commented Bromiley. “Their strong support of their theatrical titles creates a perfect synergy with our efforts in the home entertainment, VOD, and digital television arena.”

“We are excited to have a partner like Image Entertainment to help us continue to successfully move forward in the domestic theatrical market place. Image’s capability and reputation is unmatched and we are thrilled to be in business with them,” remarked Hason.

“We’ve long admired what Image has been able to accomplish in today’s competitive market place and we are looking forward to a long, prosperous partnership,” said Izak Saul, General Manager.

A terrifying horror film that will leave audiences wondering if modern technology is really as safe as we think it is, Chain Letter was directed by Deon Taylor and written by Taylor and Michael J. Pagan. When high school senior Jessie Campbell (Reed) and her tight-knit group of friends begins to receive a series of foreboding email chain letters, they have no idea the terror that awaits them. With a warning that if they break the chain, they will lose a life, the seemingly harmless email turns deadly when one-by-one the friends that do not forward the chain letter are hunted down and gruesomely killed by horror’s newest villain: the Chain Man. In addition to Reed (Twilight, New Moon, Thirteen), the film stars Michael J. Pagan (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Nite Tales:The Movie), Noah Segan (Deadgirl), Matt Cohen (Boogeyman 2), Cody Kasch (“Desperate Housewives”), Betsy Russell (Saw III, Saw IV), Cherilyn Wilson (“90210”), Brad Dourif (Alien, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), Keith David (Crash, Barbershop), with Michael Bailey Smith (The Hills Have Eyes) as the killer.

The deal was negotiated by Michael Bayer and J. Beck for Image Entertainment; Nesim Hason, President of New Films International negotiated for New Films.

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