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LIONSGATE ACQUIRES DOMESTIC DIGITAL, VOD AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS TO FAITH-BASED BOX OFFICE HIT 'GOD'S NOT DEAD'

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Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014 11:30 am

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-- WITH PHOTO -- TO BUSINESS, ENTERTAINMENT, FILM, AND RELIGION EDITORS:

LIONSGATE ACQUIRES DOMESTIC DIGITAL, VOD AND TELEVISION DISTRIBUTION

RIGHTS TO FAITH-BASED BOX OFFICE HIT 'GOD'S NOT DEAD'

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 10, 2014

/PRNewswire/ -- LIONSGATE@ (NYSE: LGF), the premier next generation

global content leader, has entered into an agreement with Pure Flix

Entertainment for the home entertainment distribution of the

theatrical box office hit God's Not Dead, the two companies announced

today.  Under the agreement, Lionsgate has secured electronic

sell-through (EST), VOD, SVOD, pay-per-view and television

distribution rights in the U.S.

God's Not Dead will be available on Digital HD, Video on Demand and

Pay-Per-View on August 5, 2014, the same date as the Blu-ray Combo

Pack and DVD arrive in stores.

God's Not Dead surprised industry analysts by generating more than $60

million at the domestic box office, becoming one of the highest

grossing independent films of the year and leading a recent wave of

faith-based hits.  Lionsgate's home entertainment distribution of the

film extends the Company's longstanding presence in the faith-based

market.

"The faith-based audience has a tremendous presence on social media

and other online platforms, and we look forward to working with Pure

Flix to craft an innovative roll-out campaign for God's Not Dead that

capitalizes on our proficiency in the digital space and draws upon our

partnerships with digital and traditional platforms alike," said

Lionsgate President of Worldwide Television & Digital Distribution Jim

Packer.

"Pure Flix Entertainment has done a wonderful job executing their

theatrical campaign for God's NotDead, and the success of the film

underscores the breadth and depth of the Christian audience," said

Anne Parducci, Lionsgate Executive Vice President of Home

Entertainment Marketing.  "We're pleased to continue building our

presence in marketing to a faith-based demographic with whom we have a

long track record."

"Lionsgate is a leader in the digital field," said David A. R. White,

Pure Flix Managing Partner and co-star in the movie. "We are proud to

partner with them."

The film stars Kevin Sorbo, Shane Harper and Dean Cain with special

appearances by Willie and Korie Robertson (TV's "Duck Dynasty") and

Christian music super group Newsboys.  It weaves together stories from

multiple characters with perspectives on faith, doubt and disbelief,

and culminates in a dramatic call to action: if you believe God's Not

Dead, prove it.

Josh Wheaton (Harper), a Christian freshman, begins his first real

step toward a law degree and a planned future with his long-term

girlfriend. Atheist philosophy instructor Professor Radisson (Sorbo)

opens the first day of class by proposing that, in order to forego

"dusty arguments" and failing grades, students may hand in a piece of

paper declaring that "God Is Dead." Unable to bring himself to make

such a declaration, Josh must defend his faith and prove to the class

that God's Not Dead after all. As tensions mount, Josh quickly

realizes that his stand may cost him everything. But his faith is

unwavering.and life-changing to those around him.

The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Marc Danon, Senior Vice

President, Acquisitions & Business Development, and for Pure Flix by

David A. R. White and Thomas H. Vidal of Abrams Margolis Bergson LLP.

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. Lionsgate currently has over 30

television shows on more than 20 networks spanning its primetime

production, distribution and syndication businesses, including such

critically-acclaimed hits as the multiple Emmy Award-winning Mad Men

and Nurse Jackie, the comedy Anger Management, the network series

Nashville, the syndication success The Wendy Williams Show and the

critically-acclaimed hit series Orange is the New Black.

Its feature film business has been fueled by such recent successes as

the blockbuster first two installments of The Hunger Games franchise,

the first installment of the recently-launched Divergent franchise,

Now You See Me, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, Warm Bodies, The

Expendables 2, The Possession, Sinister, Roadside Attractions' Mud and

Pantelion Films' breakout hit Instructions Not Included, the

highest-grossing Spanish-language film ever released in the U.S.

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 PURE FLIX

Pure Flix is the largest inspirational film studio in the world and

has produced, acquired, marketed, and distributed over 75 faith and

family-friendly properties. With a mission to transform the human

spirit through values-based entertainment, Pure Flix is the industry

leader in creating high-quality inspirational feature film

content. PureFlix.com

For Lionsgate: Jennifer Sandler 310.255.4072 jsandler@lionsgate.com

For Pure Flix: Jennifer Willingham Icon Media Group 615.483.4729

jennifer@iconmediagroup.us

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