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The Avengers and the Hunger Games Come to Television First on Epix
"The Avengers" had a stand out opening weekend grossing $200.3 million domestically and is on track for a strong performance globally.

[via press release from Epix]

The Avengers and the Hunger Games Come to Television First on Epix

EPIX Will Be the First Network to Premiere Hollywood's Two Biggest Films of 2012 from Studio Partners Lionsgate and Paramount Pictures

NEW YORK -- EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, is proud to announce the addition of two of 2012's premier box office hits, Marvel Studio's and Paramount's The Avengers and Lionsgate's The Hunger Games to its growing library of great films. Both films allow EPIX to continue its exclusive offering of "BIG MOVIES" to subscribers On Demand, online at EpixHD.com, and through EPIX apps.

The Avengers had a stand out opening weekend grossing $200.3 million domestically and is on track for a strong performance globally. The Hunger Games has earned a colossal $618.0 million around the world since its late-March premiere. It has grossed more than $380.0 million at the North American box office and is currently ranked 14th among the all time highest grossing films.

"EPIX is all about providing its subscribers the biggest and best movies anytime and anywhere. We are thrilled to bring this year's two biggest blockbuster titles to the EPIX slate, providing even more value to our viewers and affiliated distributors. We congratulate our studio partners, Paramount and Lionsgate, on their tremendous success," said EPIX CEO and President Mark Greenberg.

About The Avengers

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, produced by Kevin Feige and written and directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel's THE AVENGERS is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series "The Avengers," first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when Marvel's The Avengers assemble in summer 2012.

The film will be distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

About The Hunger Games

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, with a screenplay by Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins and Billy Ray, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 36 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following. It has spent more than 180 consecutive weeks/more than three consecutive years to date on The New York Times bestseller list since its publication in September 2008, and has also appeared consistently on USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Lionsgate released THE HUNGER GAMES on March 23, 2012.

About EPIX

EPIX, a joint venture between Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA and VIA.B), its Paramount Pictures unit, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), is a premium entertainment service available on television, video-on-demand, online and on consumer electronic devices. With access to more than 15,000 motion pictures spanning the vast libraries of its partners and other studios, EPIX provides a powerful entertainment experience with more feature films on demand and online and more HD movies than any other service. It is the only premium service providing its entire monthly line-up of new Hollywood hits, classic feature films, documentaries and original concerts, comedy and sporting events on all platforms. EPIX delivers more than 3,000 titles to authenticated subscribers on EpixHD.com and on hundreds of devices including Xbox 360 consoles, Android(TM) tablets and mobile phones, Roku(R) players, Samsung(R) Smart TVs and Blu-ray(TM) players, Apple(R) iPads(R), iPhones(R) and more. EPIX is available to over 30 million homes nationwide through distribution partners including Charter Communications, Cox Communications, DISH Network, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon FiOS.

For more information about EPIX, go to www.EpixHD.com. Follow EPIX on Twitter @EpixHD and on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EpixHD.

  [may 2012]  

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