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CineGroupe Receives $14 Million Investment from SGF

Increased integration of traditional and digital technologies (July 17, 2001)
CineGroupe, the animation partner of Lions Gate Entertainment, has received an investment of $14 million in equity capital from Societe generale de financement (SGF.)

The partnership aims to foster the growth of CineGroupe in the arena of quality children's and family entertainment production. This investment will allow CineGroupe to continue to integrate the traditional and digital technologies including 3D animation and interactive digital products.


The three partners say that SGF's investment enhances CineGroupe's revenue potential and creates tremendous growth opportunity for CineGroupe's shared business with Lions Gate, increases the underlying value of their partnership and opens up a wide range of new business prospects for CineGroupe individually and the Lions Gate family overall. They also say that the investment is another key step in the creation of strategic partnerships that advance CineGroupe's and Lions Gate's overall business plan and enhance their leadership in the creation and distribution of entertainment programming to all media.

CineGroupe has been a leader in all phases of animation production for 15 years and has integrated digital technologies into its programming for the past three years. The company currently has five animation series in production or pre-production. Its high-quality, award-winning programming is seen on major networks in 125 countries, including: Radio-Canada, Tele-Quebec, TELETOON and Super Ecran in Canada; NBC, the Disney Channel, Fox Family, Fox Kids Network and PBS in the United States; and TF1 (France), ARD (Germany), RAI (Italy) and Antenna 3 (Spain) in Europe. CineGroupe's digital video games are sold throughout North America and Europe.

A partner of Lions Gate Entertainment, CineGroupe is an integrated entertainment company dedicated to the development, production, post- production and distribution of animation and family programming, as well as interactive products for the Canadian and worldwide markets. Headquartered in Montreal, with an office in Los Angeles, CineGroupe currently has over 400 employees. The CineGroupe web site is www.cinegroupe.com.

SGF Tech is a subsidiary of the Societe generale de financement du Quebec. Since it was restructured in 1998, SGF has generated investments of about $4.4 billion. As at September 30, 2000, SGF's consolidated assets totaled $2.2 billion. SGF has 52 international partners operating in Quebec. (www.sgfqc.com)

Lions Gate Entertainment is devoted to the creation and distribution of filmed entertainment content through its four core businesses - Motion Pictures, Television, Animation and Studio Facilities - as well as its CinemaNow digital media platform. The company's web site is www.lionsgatefilms.com

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