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MIRAMAX FILMS SIGNS FIRST LOOK DEAL WITH CREATIVE LIGHT ENTERTAINMENT

First Acquisition: Mark Hamill's Directorial Debut the Improvisational Film, "Comic Book: The Movie"

May 21, 2003 - Miramax Films is proud to announce a first look production and distribution deal with Creative Light Entertainment, a vertically integrated production company, in the areas of film, television and home entertainment. The announcement was made today by Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Miramax and Scott Zakarin, CEO, Creative Light Entertainment.

"We're excited about being in business with the team at Creative Light because of their great track record of creating highly successful fan-based productions," said Kasha. "Our first project together, Comic Book: The Movie, promises to be an exciting undertaking with widespread appeal to audiences young and old - from comic book fans to action-hero fans to loyal followers of Mark Hamill," Kasha added.

"We knew we were taking a chance making a largely unscripted movie, but we had faith in the talented team we had assembled. Thankfully, there are studios as bold as Miramax who can share our vision," said Zakarin.

Miramax's first acquisition from Creative Light Entertainment is a semi-fictional documentary, Comic Book: The Movie, which is slated for a fall release. This improv film follows the antics of the world's biggest comic fan, Donald Swan (Hamill), who has just been hired to direct a documentary about his favorite comic book heroes of all time, "Commander Courage & Liberty Ladd." Armed with the studio's marketing guru (Roger Rose), a perpetually wasted cameraman (Jess Harnell) and the grandson of "Commander Courage's" deceased creator (Billy West), Donald heads to the world's largest comic book convention, San Diego Comic Con, where he's on a mission to save his beloved "Commander Courage" from the clutches of Hollywood and the big bad movie studio.

This humorous journey into the world of comic book fandom is directed by and stars Mark Hamill (Star Wars) along with his crew of wild characters, played by award winning voice over artists including Billy West (Futurama), Jess Harnell (Animanics) Roger Rose (Rugrats in Paris: The Movie), Daran Norris (Fairly Odd Parents), Lori Alan (Spongebob Squarepants) and Tom Kenny (voice of Spongebob Squarepants). The films also stars Donna D'Errico (Baywatch) and features notable appearances from pop and pulp culture icons including Sid Caesar (Your Show of Shows) Stan Lee (Spider-man), Kevin Smith (Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back), Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead), Hugh Hefner, Debby Derryberry (Jimmy Neutron), Bill Mumy (Lost in Space), Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Chase Masterson (Deep Space 9 Creature Unknown), Gary Owens (Laugh-in) and many more. Marking the first time Caesar and Winters have appeared together since It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in 1962, Comic Book: The Movie was filmed live on location, at the renowned San Diego Comic-Con in 2002.

"Comic Book: The Movie was a great adventure where we had passion, and a certain framework of what we wanted to achieve. Even though we couldn't totally guarantee what was going to happen at every twist and turn, I'm thrilled by the final results!" says, first time director and star, Mark Hamill.

"Making this movie was taking part in the ultimate role play game. We took a documentary look at the phenomenon of comic books being adapted into blockbuster films and blended it with our crew of satirical players!" says Zakarin.

Comic Book: The Movie is produced by Scott Zakarin, Eric Mittleman, Mark Hamill, Roger Rose, Billy West and Jess Harnell for Creative Light Entertainment and Amazing Invisible Ink. The film is executive produced by Rich Tackenberg and Peter Jaysen.

Creative Light Entertainment's other upcoming project includes Creature Unknown, a coming of age horror film featuring Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), which is releasing later this year.

Creative Light Entertainment is a vertically integrated production and distribution company, which has successfully positioned itself as a creative force in the production of high quality genre films. Recent releases include William Shatner's Spplat Attack, a sci-fi scenario paintball game and Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, a one-on-one documentary with filmmaker Kevin Smith. This project follows up Creative Light Entertainment's recent successful release of Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and Showtime's critically acclaimed television documentary Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy.

Miramax Films, founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein in 1979, has released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films of the past decade, including fourteen Best Picture nominations over a span of eleven consecutive years: Chicago, Gangs of New York, The Hours, In the Bedroom, Chocolat, The Cider House Rules, Shakespeare In Love, Life Is Beautiful (La Vita Bella), Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Il Postino (The Postman), Pulp Fiction, The Piano and The Crying Game.

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Comic Book: The Movie (aka "Heros and Villians") is a great adventure where we have the passion, a compass, a certain framework of what we want to achieve, but we can’t totally guarantee what’s going to happen at every twist and turn. – Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill Makes His Directorial Debut and Stars in
Creative Light Entertainment’s
Comic Book: The Movie
An Improvasional Film Featuring Billy West, Jess Harnell, Roger Rose, Donna D’Errico, Stan Lee, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Chase Masterson and Gary Owens

The project will shoot “LIVE” on August 1- 4 at Comic-Con in San Diego, California and Attendees Will Have the Opportunity To Appear In The Film

Beverly Hills, CA (July 30, 2002) – Cult icon Mark Hamill (Star Wars, Voice of The Joker) is slated to direct and star in Creative Light Entertainment’s fictional mockumentary, Comic Book: The Movie, which will be filmed “LIVE,” on location, at the renowned annual comic book convention, Comic-Con in San Diego, California on August 1- 4. Mark Hamill will don the mask of a fictional documentary filmmaker and plunge into Comic-Con with his crew of crazy characters, played by award winning voice over artists Billy West (Futurama, Ren & Stimpy); Jess Harnell (Animaniacs, Lilo & Stitch and Scooby-Doo) and Roger Rose (Rugrats in Paris: The Movie). Revving up the project with their improvisational talents are comedic legend Sid Caesar (NBC’s Your Show of Shows), comic book creator Stan Lee (Spider-man, the Incredible Hulk), Donna D'Errico (Baywatch), Chase Masterson (Deep Space 9, Inhuman), Gary Owens (Laugh In), Tom Kenny (Voice of Spongebob SquarePants), the granddaddy of improve - Jonathan Winters (Mork & Mindy) and many more to be announced. Executive producer Scott Zakarin is excited about this unique project and said, “Mark Hamill is the perfect guy to direct this film because he is not only a part of this world (Voice of the Joker), but he has an intimate understanding and love for this world. The core of this talented cast represents the top voice over talent in the industry, all we are doing is cutting them loose.”

In light of the recent and overwhelming success of comic book favorites being adapted for the silver screen (Spider-Man, X-Men) and pending theatrical releases (The Hulk, Daredevil, The Silver Surfer), now more than ever are comics in the general public limelight. In the spirit of Waiting for Guffman, Spinal Tap and Best In Show, the timing is right for Mark Hamill, a staple in the pop culture, to set his satirical sights on the industry that Hollywood is turning to for their latest blockbuster films. This non-scripted mockumentary also celebrates the deep respect Mark Hamill has for the fans, creators, and Comic-Con itself. The film follows the antics of Donald Swan (Mark Hamill), who has just been hired to direct a documentary about his favorite comic book heroes of all time, “Commander Courage & Liberty Ladd.” Armed with the studio’s marketing guru (Roger Rose), a perpetually wasted cameraman (Jess Harnell) and the grandson of “Commander Courage’s” deceased creator (Billy West), Donald heads to the world’s largest comic book convention, Comic-con in San Diego, where they will encounter a reality that no one could have prepared for.

Comic Book: The Movie will be produced by Mark Hamill, Roger Rose, Billy West, Jess Harnell, Kathy Weiss and Eric Mittleman for Creative Light Entertainment. The film will be executive produced by Scott Zakarin, Rich Tackenberg and Peter Jaysen. In addition, similar to what Apple’s Final Cut Pro 3 and Canon did for Steven Soderbergh’s film, Full Frontal, Canon is lending their support to this one of a kind project by providing XL1S cameras and other equipment for the production.

Creative Light Entertainment is a vertically integrated production and distribution company, which has successfully positioned itself as a creative force in the production of high quality genre films. Creative Light Entertainment’s most recent release was acquired by Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels, is a one-on-one documentary with filmmaker Kevin Smith. This project follows up Creative Light Entertainment’s recent successful release of Mind Meld: Secrets Behind the Voyage of a Lifetime starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and Showtime’s critically acclaimed television documentary Hail Sid Caesar! The Golden Age of Comedy.

Creative Light Entertainment will also be presenting the Mark Hamill Wants YOU in His Movie! panel on Friday, August 2nd at 7PM in Room 6A at the San Diego Convention Center. Mark Hamill, Billy West, Jess Harnell and Roger Rose will begin the panel by discussing the characters they’ve created, the genesis of the project, the challenges of producing it and their past collaborations. This portion of the panel will be highlighted by an exclusive first look at scenes from their upcoming animated fantasy film, Aerotroopers. The rest of the evening will give fans of Mark Hamill the opportunity to be part and appear in his historic mockumentary.


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