RLJ Entertainment Announces Launch of YouTube Paid Channels

  RLJ Entertainment Announces Launch of YouTube Paid Channels

 RLJ Entertainment Launching Channels Under the “Acorn TV” and Urban-Focused
                                “OnCue” brands

Business Wire

BETHESDA, Md. -- May 09, 2013

RLJ Entertainment Inc., (NASDAQ: RLJE), created by Robert L. Johnson, founder
of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and The RLJ Companies, today announced
the launch of two paid channels on YouTube under the “Acorn TV” and “OnCue”
brands. RLJ Entertainment is a leading creator, owner and distributor of media
content across digital, broadcast and physical platforms, which leverages its
branding expertise, access to content and direct to consumer skills to
optimize the value of its programs for distinct audiences. RLJ Entertainment
was formed in October 2012 through the business combination of RLJ
Acquisition, Inc., Image Entertainment, Inc. and Acorn Media Group, Inc.

As with RLJ Entertainment’s existing Acorn TV digital channel, the YouTube
version (www.youtube.com/AcornTV) will provide viewers with access to the best
of British TV with a variety of unique, specially-curated content for
consumers who have interest in high quality British TV programs. Content will
include the ever popular pastoral mystery Midsomer Murders, Iain Glen (Game of
Thrones) starring in the new series Jack Taylor, engaging comedy drama Honest
with Amanda Redman, David Suchet (Poirot) in the fantasy series Going Postal,
the Royal Shakespeare Company’s master acting class starring Judi Dench,
Patrick Stewart, and Ben Kingsley in Playing Shakespeare, and many others.

OnCueNetwork is RLJ Entertainment’s newest digital channel, offering selected
urban themed programming, to include original content, that features some of
today’s most recognized African American and minority talent. OnCueNetwork
(www.youtube.com/oncuenetwork) will provide viewers with an alternative to
conventional subscription-based channels by showcasing the best digital films
and series, in action, drama, romantic comedies, as well as stand-up comedy,
documentaries, music and stage plays. Among the programming features will be:
35 & Ticking starring Kevin Hart and Meagan Good, All Things Fall Apart,
starring 50 Cent and Lynn Whitfield, The Last Fall featuring Lance Gross,
Nicole Beharie, and Vanessa Bell Calloway, and I Ain’t Scared of You
(stand-up/documentary), featuring the late comedian Bernie Mac.

“We are pleased with today’s launch of these two new subscription-based
channels, Acorn and OnCue, that will offer exciting British and urban
entertainment across this innovative platform,” said Robert L. Johnson,
Chairman of RLJ Entertainment. “This announcement marks the beginning of
RLJE’s goal to become a major player in producing targeted digital
entertainment to audiences that are underserved by existing outlets. We
believe the subscription model presents not only an opportunity to develop
original programming but also create further shareholder value,” he concluded.

Miguel Penella, RLJ Entertainment Chief Executive Officer commented on the
partnership, “We are thrilled to be in an alliance with Google to bring our
unique programming to the over one billion unique users that visit YouTube
each month. As the demand for our targeted content continues to grow and we
build a following among passionate audiences, YouTube offers a way to
diversify the manner in which the content is consumed and another new revenue
stream for our business.”

RLJ Entertainment is focused on driving growth through the development of
interest-based lifestyle entertainment services for targeted audiences in
niche genres including British drama and mystery, stand-up comedy, fitness,
faith and urban by using new technologies to deliver that content to
consumers.

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 5,300 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 (“ACL”), RLJE
manages 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 billing 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 nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct
audiences 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.

Contact:

The RLJ Companies
Traci Otey Blunt, 240-744-7858
press@rljcompanies.com
or
Sloane & Company
Josh Hochberg, 212-446-1892
Jhochberg@sloanepr.com
or
Erica Bartsch, 212-446-1875
ebartsch@sloanepr.com
 
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