DISNEY: PRODUCTION BEGINS ON DREAMWORKS’ WIKILEAKS PROJECT

(The following is a reformatted version of a press release
issued by the Walt Disney Company and DreamWorks Studios and
received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the
sender.) 
PRODUCTION BEGINS ON DREAMWORKS’
WIKILEAKS PROJECT “THE FIFTH ESTATE” 
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Drama Will Open in Theaters November 15, 2013 
Participant Media Joins Project 
LOS ANGELES, CA (January 23, 2013) - Principal photography has
begun on the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate,” it was
announced today by DreamWorks Studios.  The film about the
controversial website stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian
Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as
Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan
Stevens, Alicia Vikander and Carice van Houten. 
“The Fifth Estate” will open in U.S. theaters on November 15,
2013 and be distributed domestically by Disney’s Touchstone
label.  Distribution internationally will be split among Disney,
DreamWorks partner Reliance, and deals made through the studio’s
partnership with Mister Smith Entertainment. 
Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and
eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), “The Fifth
Estate” traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating
in the release of a series of controversial and history changing
information leaks.  The website’s overnight success brought
instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the
flow of information to news media and the world at large. 
Joining DreamWorks as a co-financier on “The Fifth Estate” is
Participant Media.  This will be the fifth collaboration between
the two companies who previously partnered on Steven Spielberg’s
“Lincoln,” the 2011 Academy Award-winning smash “The Help,” “The
Kite Runner” and “The Soloist.”  With a focus on real issues
that shape our lives, Participant creates social action and
advocacy programs to transform the impact of the media
experience into individual and community action.  Some of their
other films include “An Inconvenient Truth,” “Good Night, and
Good Luck,” “Food, Inc.,” “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “Waiting for
‘’Superman,’” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and the current
Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, “No.” 
Bill Condon (“Kinsey,” “Dreamgirls,” “The Twilight Saga:
Breaking Dawn”) will direct “The Fifth Estate” from a screenplay
by Josh Singer (TV’s “Fringe,” “The West Wing”), based on
“Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s
Most Dangerous Website” by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and “WikiLeaks:
Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy” by David Leigh and Luke
Harding.  The producers are Steve Golin and Michael Sugar, with
Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King joining Richard
Sharkey as executive producers.  “The Fifth Estate” is a
coproduction between Afterworks and FBO, with Hilde De Laere co-producing for FBO. The film is supported by the Belgian Tax
Shelter for Audiovisual Production. 
Said director Bill Condon, “It may be decades before we
understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it’s
revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won’t
claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any
final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and
challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope,
enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already
provoked.” 
About DreamWorks Studios 
DreamWorks Studios is a motion picture company formed in 2009
and led by Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider in partnership
with The Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group.  The company’s
recent releases include Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” starring Daniel
Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones.  The film has
grossed over $150 million at the U.S. box office and has been
nominated for twelve Academy awards including Best Picture and
Best Director.  Other releases include “Real Steel,” starring
Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy, Steven Spielberg’s “War
Horse,” based on Michael Morpurgo’s award-winning book and was
nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, and
“The Help,” which resonated with audiences around the country
and earned over $200 million at the box office and received four
Academy Award nominations with Octavia Spencer winning one for
Best Supporting Actress.  Upcoming films include the comedy
“Delivery Man,” starring Vince Vaughn, the WikiLeaks drama “The
Fifth Estate,” and car racing actioner “Need For Speed.” 
DreamWorks Studios can be found on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/DreamWorksStudios and on Twitter at
http://twitter.com/dw_studios. 
Contacts: 
For DreamWorks Studios: 
Kristin Stark
(818)  733-9685
kristin_stark@dreamworksstudios.com 
For Disney (LA Media): 
Michelle Rasic
(818)  560-6064
michelle.rasic@disney.com 
For Disney (NY Media): 
Derek Del Rossi
(212) 827-5440
derek.del.rossi@disney.com 
For International: 
Linda Gamble
+44 7768 082 201
gamble.linda@gmail.com 
James Selman
+44 20 3003 6427
James.selman@freud.com 
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