Diablo Cody’s Much-Anticipated Directorial Debut, Paradise, Finds Its Home at Image Entertainment

  Diablo Cody’s Much-Anticipated Directorial Debut, Paradise, Finds Its Home
  at Image Entertainment

Business Wire

BERLIN -- February 8, 2013

Image Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE),
has picked up all U.S. rights to Mandate Pictures’ Paradise, the
much-anticipated directorial debut of Academy Award^® winner Diablo Cody.
Based on her original screenplay, Paradise stars Julianne Hough (Rock of Ages,
Footloose), Russell Brand (Rock of Ages, Despicable Me), Octavia Spencer
(Academy Award^® winner for The Help), Nick Offerman (“Parks and Recreation”)
and Holly Hunter (The Incredibles, Academy Award^® winner for The Piano). Bill
Bromiley, Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment, made today’s
announcement at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

“Diablo Cody is a terrific storyteller and her gift is evident in this film,
Paradise,” commented Bromiley. “It has a talented cast and we know audiences
will love the film. We are thrilled to be in business with her and the
Paradise team.”

“I’m thrilled to be able to share our labor of love with the world,” added
Cody. “I had such a great cast and crew to work with and it shows.”

The comedy follows a sheltered young woman (Hough) who loses her faith after a
plane crash and decides to go to Las Vegas to experience the wild side of
life. On her journey, she meets unlikely companions (Brand and Spencer) who
inadvertently help her find her true self. Mason Novick (500 Days of Summer)
produced the film. Executive producers include Nathan Kahane (Hope Springs),
Nicole Brown (50/50) and Diablo Cody. Matt Leonetti, Jr. and Dave Koplan
co-produced.

The deal was negotiated by Bill Bromiley, Mark Ward and Michael Bayer on
behalf of Image Entertainment and Liesl Copland of WME Global along with Dan
Freedman on behalf of Mandate Pictures. International sales are being handled
by Lionsgate.

About RLJ Entertainment

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,200 exclusive titles. RLJE is a
leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn
(British TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban),
Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art
films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple
formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast
television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical. Via
its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited, RLJE controls the
intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of
mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and
Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts
and billings relationships with millions of consumers.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize
existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including
its branded digital subscription channels, and engages a distinct audience
with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE
has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns
the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.

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sue@spprinc.com
 
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