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June 7, 2011 7:57 AM
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Multiple Media Entertainment and Pacific Northwest Pictures Announce New Company

Toronto-based Multiple Media Entertainment (MME) and Vancouver-based Pacific Northwest Pictures (PNP) announced today a new film acquisition and distribution company, Cross Country Entertainment (CCE), which will have offices in both Toronto and Vancouver. CCE will acquire all rights for filmed entertainment, including theatrical, digital, television and ancillary rights, and will release the pictures under its distribution sector, Cross Country Releasing (CCR).

CCE's co-presidents are Michael Taylor, CEO of MME, and Zanne Devine, President of PNP. CCR's new slate includes: "Charlie Zone," a thriller starring Amanda Crew and directed by Michael Melski, "Off World," which screened as a part of the Perspective Canada Program in Cannes and won Best Canadian Feature Film at the 10th Reel World International Film Festival, and "OZ3D," from the producers of Gnomeo & Juliet.

Below is the full press release:

Combining years of experience and successful track records in both television and motion picture production and distribution, the principals of Toronto-based Multiple Media Entertainment (MME) and the recently-announced Vancouver-based theatrical production, acquisition and distribution company Pacific Northwest Pictures (PNP) have launched a new film acquisition and distribution company, Cross Country Entertainment (CCE). CCE will have offices in Vancouver and Toronto.

CCE will be acquiring all rights for filmed entertainment, including theatrical, digital, television and ancillary rights, and will release the pictures through its distribution arm, Cross Country Releasing (CCR).

The co-Presidents of CCE are Michael Taylor, CEO of MME and Zanne Devine, President of PNP. Jennifer Graham, Senior Vice President of Sales & Acquisitions at MME, is adding CCR Vice President of Sales & Acquisitions to her title, and will be based in Toronto. Emily Alden, Vice President of Development & Production at PNP will take on additional responsibilities as CCE Vice President of Development & Production, based in Vancouver.

The Board of Directors of CCE is comprised of Zanne Devine, Michael Taylor, Drew Craig, the Chairman of MME, and Kirk D’Amico, the CEO of Santa Monica-based Myriad Pictures. Myriad will have the first opportunity to review CCE products for international distribution rights acquisition.

“We are thrilled to be in business with Michael, Drew and Jennifer,” said Zanne Devine. “This is an ideal pooling of our resources for production and distribution purposes. With our feature film background and Michael and Drew’s extensive television experience, we will have all of the major platforms covered.”

“Drew and I are so pleased to be partnering with Zanne and Emily in this new and very exciting venture,” said Michael Taylor. “We know that independent feature film producers here in Canada and around the world will be pleased to have another distributor who they can work with to release their films theatrically and across all media in Canada.”
Cross Country Entertainment is already building its slate of films which will be released through Cross Country Releasing on various platforms as early as this summer. Some of the new projects on the CCR slate include:

· Charlie Zone, a thriller starring Amanda Crew (Final Destination 3, Charlie St. Cloud), directed by Michael Melski and currently in post-production

· Off World, which, in 2010, screened as part of the Perspective Canada Program in Cannes and won Best Canadian Feature Film at the 10th Reel World International Film Festival

· OZ3D, a new $20 million Canadian Content 3D CG animated feature film recently green-lit by MME and Arc Productions, the producers of the hit CG animated feature film Gnomeo & Juliet

About Pacific Northwest Pictures:
The Vancouver-based company will acquire, produce and release Canadian filmed entertainment through all distribution platforms, including theatrical, DVD, on demand, cable and broadcast television, and online. PNP’s current slate of films includes Carl Bessai’s Sisters & Brothers, starring Cory Monteith, Garwin Sanford’s drama Rain Down and Daniel Cockburn’s 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection You Are Here.

About Multiple Media Entertainment:
Multiple Media Entertainment is a full service media content distribution company with offices in Toronto and Vancouver. It is involved in all aspects of the entertainment content industry including co-development, co-production, distribution, product integration, branded content and barter distribution in all media, including television, radio, outdoor, print, online, mobile, etc. MME provides resources to produce and distribute media content and help media outlets commission and acquire content.

About Zanne Devine:
Zanne Devine is a feature film producer who has worked with many of the most successful and prominent film production companies and filmmakers in the industry. In the past year, Devine executive produced the HBO film CINEMA VERITE, starring Diane Lane, Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini, and produced the box office hit EASY A for Sony/Screen Gems, starring Emma Stone, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. Devine was previously President of Production at Beacon Pictures, President of The Kennedy/Marshall Company and Senior Vice President of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment. Devine began her career at Universal Pictures, where she rose to Vice President of Production and Acquisitions.

About Michael Taylor:
CEO Michael Taylor has been in the television industry for 25 years. He is the former President of Peace Arch Television, producers of “The Tudors” (Showtime/CBC/Sony) and former Vice President of Programming at Craig Media. Taylor was President & COO of Telegenic Programs, Canada’s largest independent television program distributor. Programs distributed in Canada by Telegenic included “The Academy Awards Show”, “Late Show With David Letterman”,” Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson”, “The Bold & The Beautiful”, “20/20” , “Wheel Of Fortune” and “Jeopardy”.

About Jennifer Graham:
Jennifer Graham is the Senior Vice President of Sales & Acquisitions at MME. Prior to MME, Graham was VP of Sales and Acquisitions at Peace Arch Television. Prior to Peace Arch, Graham was Associate Director of Programming for Corus Entertainment’s Movie Central and Encore Avenue Pay TV networks, and was a member of the TV sales team at Alliance Communications. Before Alliance, she was based in Australia working at Sony Music Australia.

About Emily Alden:
Emily Alden joined Pacific Northwest Pictures in June 2010 as Vice President of Production and Development. She began her career at Raven West Films and went on toform her own company, All Done Productions. Alden produced the feature film Unnatural & Accidental and the award-winning short film projects VANCOUVER and PAUL PONTIUS. Alden is currently producer of Carl Bessai’s Sisters & Brothers, starring Cory Monteith and Dustin Milligan, is executive producer of Michael Melski’s Charlie Zone, starring Amanda Crew, and is producing the upcoming After The Wedding.

About Cross Country Entertainment:
Cross Country Entertainment Ltd is a co-venture owned equally by Multiple Media Entertainment Inc. and Pacific Northwest Pictures, Inc. CCE will acquire rights for filmed entertainment, to be released theatrically in Canada and in all ancillary media for markets through its releasing arm, Cross Country Releasing. The company has offices in Vancouver and Toronto.

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