MUMBAI, India, Dec. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Comedy Central India, the country's only 
24/7 comedy channel, has pulled off a coup by acquiring exclusive airing 
rights to the world's most talked about comedy show - Anger Management -- from 
Lionsgate International Television, the two companies announced today. The 
show has received a tremendous opening in the US & has a sensational buzz 
going for it, and its international success paved the way for one of the 
biggest acquisitions in recent times in the English entertainment space in 
India, where fans are eagerly awaiting its debut. 
In the U.S, Anger Management broke a ratings record with 5.74 million viewers 
in its series debut and ranks as the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable 
history.  Unlike most shows that are commissioned for an individual season at 
a time, the show's astounding opening response has ensured that it has 
received a further 90 episode order. 
Lionsgate International Television has already sold the series in more than a 
dozen territories worldwide, including Canada, Latin America, the UK, 
Scandinavia, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, Benelux, Poland, Spain and South 
Africa.  Lionsgate's (NYSE: LGF) Debmar-Mercury syndication arm distributes 
the show in the U.S. where, in addition to airing on F/X, it has already been 
sold into syndication with the Fox station group. 
The series is based on the 2003 film of the same name and stars Charlie Sheen 
in a role similar to the one immortalised by Jack Nicholson from the film.   
In this new series, Charlie Sheen stars as ex-baseball player turned therapist 
specialising in anger management. The plot talks of how Charlie breaks his leg 
in anger, putting an end to his baseball career. He then becomes an anger 
management therapist who runs a successful private practice. A bunch of crazy 
patients, a hot female doctor who is his competition, a very confused 
daughter, a rebel ex-wife and his own pangs of anger, constantly bug Charlie 
making it even more difficult for him to keep his sanity. 
Commenting on acquiring the rights to the new show, Ferzad Palia, SVP and GM - 
English Entertainment, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd., says, "On our first 
anniversary of Comedy Central in India we're delighted to be bringing one of 
the most watched and talked about shows in the world, Anger Management, to our 
Indian audiences. In true Comedy Central style, expect unprecedented 
promotion, activation and fun around the show. We're excited to play home to 
the next big thing in sitcom history." 
"We believe that Comedy Central is the perfect home for Anger Management in 
India, and we're delighted to continue building the show's momentum through 
ground breaking sales in territories around the world," said Lionsgate 
President of Worldwide Television and Digital Distribution Jim Packer. "The 
show is off to a record-breaking start in the U.S., and we expect it to have 
similar resonance with audiences around the world." 
Anger Management is produced by Lionsgate Television in conjunction with Roth 
and Totino's Revolution Studios, Burg's Evolution Entertainment, Helford's 
Mohawk Productions, Inc. and Estevez Sheen Productions. The deal was arranged 
by Rohit Tiwari at Morris St. Advisors who are Lionsgate's partners and agents 
in India. 
ABOUT LIONSGATE Lionsgate is a leading global entertainment company with a 
strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, 
television programming and syndication, home entertainment, family 
entertainment, digital distribution, new channel platforms and international 
distribution and sales.  The Company has built a strong television presence in 
production of primetime cable and broadcast network series, distribution and 
syndication of programming and an array of channel assets.  Lionsgate 
currently has 23 shows on 16 networks spanning its primetime production, 
distribution and syndication businesses, including such critically-acclaimed 
hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men, Weeds and Nurse Jackie, the 
new comedy Anger Management, the network series Nashville, the syndication 
successes Tyler Perry's House of Payne, its spinoff Meet the Browns, For 
Better Or Worse, The Wendy Williams Show, Are We There Yet? and the upcoming 
Orange Is The New Black, an original series for Netflix. 
Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as the 
blockbuster first installment of The Hunger Games franchise, the 13(th) 
highest-grossing North American release of all time, The Twilight Saga 
Breaking Dawn – Part 2, which has grossed nearly $800 million at the 
worldwide box office, The Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin 
in the Woods, Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection and Arbitrage.  With 
the January 2012 acquisition of Summit Entertainment, the Company has now 
added the blockbuster Twilight Saga, which has grossed more than $3.2 billion 
at the worldwide box office, to its current slate, giving the Company the two 
premier young adult franchises in the world.  Recent Summit hits include Red, 
Letters to Juliet, Knowing, the Step Up franchise and the Academy 
Award-winning Best Picture, The Hurt Locker. 
Lionsgate's home entertainment business is an industry leader in box 
office-to-DVD and box office-to-VOD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles 
a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 15,000 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 and Summit brands remain synonymous with original, daring, quality 
entertainment in markets around the world. 
About Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. is a 50/50 joint 
venture operation in India between Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B, world's 
leading entertainment content company, comprising brands like BET, MTV 
Networks and Paramount Pictures) ( and the Network18 
( Group, (one of India's leading full play media 
conglomerates with interests in television, internet, filmed entertainment, 
mobile content & allied businesses, comprising brands like CNBC TV18, CNBC 
Awaaz, Newswire18,, CNN-IBN, IBN 7, Homeshop18, SUN18 and E18 
amongst others). The joint venture includes leading brands across television, 
film and digital media to build one of India's leading multimedia 
entertainment power house. Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd. includes the vibrant 
youth brand - MTV (, the fastest growing kids channel - Nick 
(, India's premier International Entertainment channel - 
Vh1, Viacom18 Motion Pictures, India's only linear film production & 
distribution banner, and COLORS, ( one of India's leading 
Hindi General Entertainment channel. This apart, Viacom18 also runs Viacom's 
consumer products business in India. 
For further information: 
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