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WWE LogoLionsgate, the premier next generation global content leader, and WWE Studios are extending their longstanding partnership to encompass six new action films which will serve as starring vehicles for WWE Superstars as well as incubators for new and emerging talent, the two companies announced today.

The popular directing team of Jen and Sylvia Soska (SEE NO EVIL 2, AMERICAN MARY) will return to the WWE Studios and Lionsgate fold to direct VENDETTA, the first installment of the “Action Six-Pack” series, which will commence photography this summer and feature WWE Superstar Big Show®. The second installment of the “Six-Pack” series, which is currently in development, will commence photography this fall. WWE Studios will leverage its extensive multi-platform reach to promote each film.

Written by Justin Shady, VENDETTA centers on a hard-nosed detective who deliberately commits a crime to get thrown in prison, allowing him the chance to seek vengeance upon the criminal serving a life sentence for having brutally murdered the detective’s wife.

“This collection of six high octane films will not only excite our fans, but provide a stage for emerging and talented filmmakers like the Soska Sisters,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President. He added, “We couldn’t have a better partner in this enterprise than Steve Beeks and the team at Lionsgate, who have been great teammates and are proven distributors of this genre.”

“We’re thrilled to join forces with Michael and his WWE team on a series of modestly-budgeted action films that extend our longstanding and successful partnership,” said Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President Steve Beeks. “We have a strong track record in this genre, and we’re delighted to team with the WWE juggernaut to deliver action-packed event films that will resonate with their global fan base and beyond.”

WWE Studios and Lionsgate previously collaborated on THE CONDEMNED and SEE NO EVIL, as well as the upcoming 2014 releases LEPRECHAUN: ORIGINS and SEE NO EVIL 2. Bradley Buchanan, SVP of Business Affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios and Wendy Jaffe negotiated the deal on behalf of Lionsgate.

About WWE Studios

WWE Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its diverse slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced & distributed through partnerships with premiere global entertainment companies including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. WWE’s film division, led by President Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA.

Recent films from WWE Studios include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga®, Oculus directed by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett®, No One Lives starring Luke Evans and WWE Superstar Brodus Clay™, and Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery, which paired WWE Superstars with Scooby and the gang.

Upcoming films from WWE Studios include Term Life starring Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau, and Hailee Steinfeld in a Universal Pictures release, Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry® in a Universal Pictures release of a Blumhouse production, The Flintstones which joins Fred, Barney and the whole Bedrock gang with stone age versions of WWE Superstars and Divas in a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release, Jingle All the Way 2 starring Larry The Cable Guy and WWE Superstar Santino Marella® in a Fox Home Entertainment release, and Leprechaun: Origins directed by Zach Lipovsky and starring WWE Superstar Hornswoggle® in a Lionsgate release.

WWE LogoNBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and WWE today announced a multi-year strategic partnership for WWE’s flagship programming and ratings juggernauts MONDAY NIGHT RAW® for a three-hour block on USA Network and the top-rated FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN® on Syfy. The two programs are the longest-running weekly episodic entertainment programs on cable TV with a combined reach of 10.8M viewers each week. The announcement was made today by Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President Talent, Live Events & Creative, from the stage at the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment upfront presentation at the Javitz Center in New York.

“USA Network President Chris McCumber, Syfy President Dave Howe and I are incredibly pleased to renew this strategic partnership with WWE,” said NBCUniversal Cable Chairman Bonnie Hammer. “In today’s TV landscape, live event programming is an extraordinarily valuable asset, and WWE remains the only entertainment franchise that consistently delivers this on a 52-week a year basis. We look forward to bringing WWE’s action-packed and unique brand of drama to the wide audiences across our cable networks for many years to come.”

“We are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with NBCUniversal given their premiere position in the marketplace and vast promotional platforms,” said WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon. “We are excited about our future as we further the reach and popularity of our live, family-friendly entertainment programming 52 weeks a year.”

WWE weekly programming averages more viewers than the NBA, NASCAR, MLB, NHL and UFC. Both MONDAY NIGHT RAW and FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN feature a star-studded cast of WWE Superstars and Divas, and deliver a shot of adrenaline to viewers with over-the-top action, feats of athleticism and high octane drama.

MONDAY NIGHT RAW on USA is the most-watched, regularly scheduled, year-round program on cable, airing a live three-hour block every Monday night, 52 weeks a year. RAW has been a cable mainstay for more than 20 years and is consistently a top ten show on television. The three-hour block on USA averages 2.2M P18-49, 2.3M P25-54 and 5M total viewers P2+. The 2-hour FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on Syfy averages 1.2M P18-49, 1.3M P25-54 and 3.2M total viewers P2+. The two programs have reached 37.5M people 2014 to-date.

In addition, E! — in partnership with WWE and Bunim-Murray Productions — will continue to broadcast the reality series TOTAL DIVAS, an unprecedented look inside the professional and personal lives of the WWE’s leading ladies.

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Komen Teams Up with WWE Superstar John Cena® and WWE Divas for National Women’s Health Week (#NWHW)

In recognition of National Women’s Health Week (May 11-17), Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, and global entertainment company WWE will be teaming up to make sure that women everywhere are making their health a priority – including their breast health.

For the past two years, Susan G. Komen, WWE and WWE Superstar John Cena have worked to Rise Above Cancer, reaching millions of WWE fans with important breast cancer information, while raising funds to support breast cancer research and community programs across the country.

Starting Monday, May 12, the two powerhouses will extend their dynamic partnership through National Women’s Health Week (NWHW). Led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NWHW seeks to bring together communities, businesses, health organizations and others to promote the importance of women’s health, and to empower women to make their health a priority.

During NWHW, women will be encouraged to pledge to engage in healthy behaviors, including getting regular checkups and screenings. Detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages is associated with the greatest chances of survival. And with more than 200,000 cases of breast cancer expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. this year, it’s critical that women are knowledgeable about this disease.

To make sure fans and individuals everywhere are informed, Komen, John Cena and WWE Divas will be sharing breast self-awareness messages throughout the week, using the hashtag #NWHW:

1) Know Your Risk: Learn about your family health history and talk to your provider about your personal risk of breast cancer.

2) Get Screened: Talk with your doctor about which screening tests are right for you.

3) Know What Is Normal for You: See your health care provider if you notice any change in your breast or underarm area, including a lump, swelling, dimpling, and more (see the full list here).

4) Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Maintain a healthy weight, exercise, limit alcohol intake, limit menopausal hormone use and breastfeed, if you can.

The week wraps up on Thursday, May 15, when John Cena engages fans on social media, inviting them to use the hashtag #NWHW to showcase how they are engaging in healthy behaviors. Watch Cena’s message to fans here.

“This partnership between Komen and WWE has made it possible to reach women across the world with vital breast cancer information,” said Komen President and CEO Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S. “This week gives us an important opportunity to remind women – who are so often taking care of others – that it’s vital they take care of themselves as well.”

Visit komen.org/wwe May 12-15 to learn more about breast cancer. Join the conversation and make women’s health a priority by using the hashtag #NWHW.

WWE NetworkWWE® today announced that WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, is now available on the Xbox One® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Available for only $9.99 a month – with a six month commitment – fans can subscribe to WWE Network at WWE.com, download the WWE Network app on Xbox One*, sign in to their WWE Network account and instantly have access to live and scheduled WWE programming, all 12 live WWE pay-per-view events including Extreme Rules this Sunday at 8 pm ET, as well as the most comprehensive video-on-demand library.

In addition to Xbox One and Xbox 360®, WWE Network is available on connected devices including Apple TV, Roku streaming devices, Sony PlayStation® 3 and Sony PlayStation® 4. WWE Network is also available through the WWE App on iOS devices, including Apple iPad and iPhone, Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices and Android devices, as well as on desktops and laptops via WWE.com.

*Xbox Live Gold membership required

WWE NetworkSource: Variety

“WrestleMania 30″ was available in a record 1 million households in the U.S., WWE said Tuesday.

WWE announced that there were 667,000 subscribers to its all-digital streaming WWE Network following the company’s biggest pay-per-view event April 6 in New Orleans, while the event also generated nearly 400,000 PPV buys.

That means roughly 1.067 million people in the U.S. had paid to access a “WrestleMania” for the first time domestically, WWE said.

WWE Network launched Feb. 24 in the U.S. and streamed six hours of live coverage of “WrestleMania 30″ on April 6. The company also said more than 7.1 million hours of video content was viewed on the WWE Network during “WrestleMania” week, from April 1 through April 8.

The company plans to launch its network in Canada, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Nordic countries in late 2014 and early 2015.

WWE NetworkEarlier today, WWE announced that the WWE Network had 667,287 subs — not including “potential failures to comply with subscription terms. “WWE Network is “well on its way to reaching its goal” of 1M subs by year end, the company says.

After the announcement, WWE stock price is down more than 20% in early trading. Benchmark Co analyst Mike Hickey warned on Friday that the subscription number might come in today between 500,000 and 800,000 — down from his original expectation for as much as 1M after the WrestleMania event. WWE’s stock price is still up about 40% since the beginning of 2014, but began to slip in late March, he noted, because “street expectations [for WWE Network subs] had exaggerated.”

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Vince VaughnIn a Variety exclusive, WWE Studios has joined PalmStar Media Capital to co-finance and co-produce the Vince Vaughn thriller “Term Life” that Peter Billingsley will direct and Universal Pictures will release in 2015.

WWE Studios plans to promote “Term Life” across its various platforms, from weekly TV shows, including flagship “Monday Night Raw,” websites, magazines, social media and the recently launched WWE Network upon its release.

Billingsley, who directed Vaughn’s “Couple’s Retreat,” helms “Term Life” from a script by A.J. Lieberman, who wrote the graphic novel on which the film is based. Lieberman created the Image Comics-published book with Nick Thornborrow.

Movie revolves around a man who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder, but when his latest job goes horribly wrong he finds himself hunted by everyone he knows — mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops. With no way out, he takes out a life insurance policy on himself with his estranged daughter as the beneficiary, but must go on the run together to stay alive and become a father for the first time when it turns out the policy doesn’t take effect for 21 days.

“‘Term Life’s dynamic story and stellar cast make for exactly the type of movie that WWE Studios seeks to deliver to audiences everywhere,” said WWE Studios president Michael Luisi.

313278.jpgSTAMFORD, Conn., March 17, 2014 – WWE (NYSE:WWE) announced today that pop-culture icon Mr. T will be this year’s celebrity inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday, April 5 in New Orleans that will be broadcast live, for the first time ever, exclusively on WWE Network at 9:00 PM ET.

Mr. T is one of the most iconic personas in entertainment history, starring in the hit television show “The A-Team” and the blockbuster film “Rocky III.” In addition to his Hollywood career, Mr. T also made many memorable WWE appearances in the mid-1980s. In 1985, he was part of the main event of the inaugural WrestleMania® at Madison Square Garden, successfully teaming with Hulk Hogan to defeat “Rowdy” Roddy Piper™ and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff™. In 1986, he defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper by disqualification in a special boxing match at WrestleMania® 2 and also appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night’s Main Event® program.

“WWE is honored to have Mr. T join the WWE Hall of Fame,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “His WWE appearances were instrumental in helping to establish WrestleMania as the pop-culture phenomenon it is today.”

Mr. T is the latest celebrity inductee to enter the WWE Hall of Fame, joining Donald J. Trump, Drew Carey, Pete Rose, Bob Uecker, Mike Tyson and William “Refrigerator” Perry. Other members of the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Class include Ultimate Warrior™, Jake “The Snake” Roberts™, Lita™, Paul Bearer™ and Carlos Colon™.

The 2014 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony takes place live on Saturday, April 5 from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA. Tickets are currently on sale through www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

WrestleMania 30 takes place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, April 6 live on WWE Network. For more information on how to get WWE Network click here. WrestleMania 30 will also be available on pay-per-view. Fans should check with their cable, satellite or telco provider for availability.

WWE® Superstars Get Animated

WWE_Slam_CitySTAMFORD, Conn., and EL SEGUNDO, Calif. March 17, 2014 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) today announced the launch of WWE Slam City™, WWE’s new kids property that includes an original animated short-form series and a complete line of WWE Slam City merchandise. The 26-episode series, which launches today in the U.S., Canada, and U.K., is comprised of two minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars in their new animated world, WWE Slam City. The first four episodes begin airing today at WWESlamCity.com and Cartoonium on YouTube. WWE Slam City toys, including action figures, ring sets and more, are currently available at major retail stores.

The series, filmed in the next generation of stop-motion animation, features a new WWE animated character The Finisher, who fires all of the WWE Superstars and sends them to WWE Slam City to find day jobs. WWE Superstars are plunged into new career challenges as John Cena®, Randy Orton®, Sheamus®, The Miz™, Rey Mysterio®, Kane®, Alberto Del Rio® and Mark Henry® pack every street corner with work to do and scores to settle. With John Cena as an auto mechanic, Alberto Del Rio as a coffee house barista, Randy Orton as a zookeeper and Sheamus as a theater usher, these Superstars have a new life outside the ring, but still stay true to their WWE personas.

In addition to WWESlamCity.com and Cartoonium on YouTube, WWE Slam City will also be available in the U.S. on WWE Network, Hulu, PlayStation®, Xbox, AOL On, Nintendo, Vudu, Google Play, Kabillion, Mattel.com and iTunes. WWE will utilize all of its assets, including TV broadcasts, live events, digital and social media to generate awareness for its new kids property.

WWE Slam City is a multi-platform property that takes our Superstars out of the ring and introduces them to kids through entertaining and action-packed animation,” said Michelle D. Wilson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, WWE. “This strategic initiative is perfectly complemented through our partnership with Mattel and adds to an already dynamic portfolio of content designed to create lifelong WWE fans.”

Slam City is the result of a seamless collaboration with WWE where we are bringing kids a completely new and invigorating entertainment experience,” said Doug Wadleigh, Senior Vice President, Global Brands Marketing, Boys and Entertainment for Mattel. “Combining fun to watch content that features Superstar favorites, along with an engaging line of toys, enables Slam City to further expand the WWE Universe while opening new avenues of play for the franchise.”

WWE Slam City is a key component of WWE’s larger strategy to expand its reach to kids. In 2013, WWE’s national TV programming reached nearly 3 million kids each week, representing more than 20 percent of WWE’s average weekly TV audience. WWE also reaches kids through the number 2 action figure property in the U.S.[1], WWE Studios productions of The FlintstonesScooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery andChristmas Bounty as well as partnerships with Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, Post Foods and MilkPEP. In addition, WWE supports programs that positively impact children and families around the world, including a 30-plus year relationship with Make-A-Wish as well as various literacy, education, anti-bullying and military initiatives.

In addition to toys, a full WWE Slam City merchandise line, including apparel, back-to-school accessories, books, graphic novels and home videos will be available in stores by the end of 2014. In 2015, a WWE Slam City mobile game, as well as health and beauty items, home goods, party supplies and stationary will be available.

The 26-episode WWE Slam City series is co-produced by WWE and Mattel’s Playground Productions, a new division within the Mattel Global Brands whose mission is to identify, cultivate and produce compelling storylines through multiple platforms.

Slam City’s multi-platform animation engages kids where they are today with a unique larger-than-life Superstar inspired storyline that’s authentic to WWE,” said David Voss, Senior Vice President, Playground Productions for Mattel. “We worked closely with WWE to ensure our style and storytelling complimented the brand, and really tapped into our creative expertise to produce a playful narrative that both kids and fans enjoy.”

To view the 60-second trailer and to watch the first four episodes of WWE Slam City visit WWESlamCity.com or YouTube.com/Cartoonium.

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After partnering with Warner Bros. on the French production “Les Reines Du Ring,” which was released theatrically in the country last summer, WWE Studios has acquired U.S. distribution and worldwide remake rights to the comedy.

Jean-Marc Rudnicki directed the film about a mother attempting to reconnect with her estranged son who is a passionate WWE fan. To grab her son’s attention, she embarks on a rigorous training program to become a WWE Diva and enlists her colleagues at a supermarket to join her journey to become the “Queens of the Ring.”

Fabrice Goldstein, Antoine Rein and Thomas Langmann (“The Artist”), produced the comedy, that starred Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, Andre Dussollier, Audrey Fleurot, and featured WWE stars Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and Eve Torres.

“We are excited to acquire distribution and remake rights to a wonderfully entertaining comedy like ‘Queens of the Ring,’” said Michael Luisi, president of WWE Studios. “This film gives WWE Studios the opportunity to introduce a feel good story to a broad audience, while serving up a film we know our core fans will also enjoy.”

Bradley Buchanan, senior VP of business affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of WWE Studios.

Warner Bros. and WWE Studios are also behind “Scooby-Doo! WrestleMania Mystery,” out on homevideo on March 25, followed by an animated “Flintstones” film.

Upcoming projects for WWE Studios also include a big screen adaptation of the TV show “The Fall Guy” set to star Dwayne Johnson, with Hyde Park Entertainment; the Aaron Eckhart horror thriller “Incarnate,” with Blumhouse Prods.; sequels to “Jingle All the Way” and “The Marine” with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment; abd “Leprechaun: Origins,” starring WWE’s Hornswoggle, which Lionsgate will release in August, and the Soska Sisters’ “See No Evil 2″ in October.