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McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision Enters Into Partnership With LD Entertainment to Fund Original Content Production

June 25, 2013

YellowBrix

Gina Girolamo Joins Wonderland as Head of Television and Mary Viola Is Re-Upped as Head of Features LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/25/13 -- McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision, a multifaceted media entity and consistent producer of hit content, has entered into a multi-year partnership with private equity backed LD Entertainment. Jointly announced today by McG and Mickey Liddell, CEO of LD Entertainment, the newly formed alliance will provide McG with the financial backing for Wonderland to independently develop, produce and finance its own slate of feature film, television and digital projects. McG has built his brand as a multi-hyphenate and pop culture curator by accumulating $1.1 billion in box office receipts, producing over 500 hours of prime-time network television, and writing three #1 songs.

"Wonderland is built for the most talented directors, writers, and actors to come over and get their films and television shows made. Our focus is to support the artist and get the material into production. This new relationship now puts Wonderland in a position to go straight into production on our projects. We are now a buyer and, in turn, plan to deliver product to the marketplace quickly and efficiently via traditional and emerging distribution platforms," McG said.

"McG is one of the most creative and innovative talents in the entertainment industry," said Liddell. "LD is thrilled to embark into a partnership with the incredible team at Wonderland. We look forward to collaborating on many diverse and interesting projects in film, television and new media."

Gina Girolamo will spearhead Wonderland's television division. Girolamo previously served as Alloy Entertainment's Senior Vice President of Television, where she successfully executive produced eight projects to pilot and series including THE LYING GAME, THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING (ABC Family), THE SECRET CIRCLE (The CW), HOW TO ROCK (Nickelodeon), 666 PARK AVENUE (ABC) and, most recently, THE 100 (The CW), THE ORIGINALS (The CW) and RAVENSWOOD (ABC Family). Prior to Alloy, Girolamo was Vice President, Comedy Programming at Universal Media Studios and Vice President, Comedy Development at NBC.

Mary Viola, who has been with Wonderland for four years, will continue to build and oversee Wonderland's feature film slate, including the following films currently in post-production: A MANY SPLINTERED THING starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan for Voltage Pictures, and MERCY, a horror film based on a Stephen King short story, with Blumhouse for Universal. She is overseeing THE DUFF for CBS FILMS, TINK for Disney and THE GIRL WHO CONNED THE IVY LEAGUE with Amanda Seyfried. Viola also produced Wonderland's online series AIM HIGH for Warner Bros. digital distribution.

"Gina and Mary both possess a deep understanding of pop culture, powerful storytelling and an ability to identify new talent. These qualities, combined with Wonderland's capacity to fund our own content, will allow us to immediately create the films and television shows we are passionate about," McG said.

Wonderland previously had a very successful twelve year relationship with Peter Roth and his Warner Bros. television division.

McG is currently in post-production on his most recent directorial effort, 3 DAYS TO KILL, starring Kevin Costner. Produced by Europacorp and Relativity, the film is scheduled for a February 14, 2014 release. McG's feature film directorial debut was the 2000 blockbuster CHARLIE'S ANGELS. The film debuted at number one domestically and became the biggest opening for a first-time director. Other feature films directed by McG include CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE (Sony), WE ARE MARSHALL (WB), TERMINATOR SALVATION (WB), and THIS MEANS WAR (FOX).

McG is repped by WME, Management 360 and the law firm of Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern.

ABOUT WONDERLAND SOUND AND VISION

Wonderland Sound and Vision independently develops, produces and finances its own slate of feature films, television and digital projects. Wonderland is led by McG who has built his brand as a multi-hyphenate and pop culture curator by accumulating 1.1 billion in box office receipts, producing over 500 hours of prime-time network television, and writing three #1 songs. Wonderland is currently in post production on the following films: 3 DAYS TO KILL, directed by McG and starring Kevin Costner for Europacorp and Relativity, A MANY SPLINTERED THING starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan for Voltage Pictures, and MERCY, a horror film based on a Stephen King short story with Blumhouse for Universal. Wonderland's feature development slate includes: RUIN at Fox with Wes Ball attached to direct, TINK with Elizabeth Banks attached to star at Disney, MAGIC CASTLE at Fox and THE GIRL WHO CONNED THE IVY LEAGUE starring Amanda Seyfried. In the television space Wonderland's current shows on the air include SUPERNATURAL, entering its ninth season on the CW, and NIKITA,entering its fourth season, also on the CW. Prior network shows include ground-breaking series THE OC, CHUCK, HUMAN TARGET and FASTLANE. In the digital space, Wonderland has produced GHOSTFACERS, SORORITY FOREVER and the highly successful series AIM HIGH (2 seasons) for Warner Bros. The company has multiple projects in the pipeline with Warner Bros. digital distribution department.

ABOUT LD ENTERTAINMENT

LD Entertainment released KILLER JOE, directed by William Friedkin, written by Tracy Letts, and starring Matthew McConaughey. Most recently, LD produced, financed and distributed DISCONNECT, which was directed by Henry-Alex Rubin, and starred Jason Bateman and Alexander Skarsgard.

In addition, LD Entertainment acquired ALBERT NOBBS, starring Glenn Close and BIUTIFUL, starring Javier Bardem, which were both distributed by Roadside Attractions. THE GREY, produced by LD and starring Liam Neeson, was distributed by Open Road Films. Collectively, LD's films have received a total of five Academy Award nominations.

Upcoming films include THERESE, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Oscar Isaac, and Jessica Lange, based on the novel Therese Raquin by Emile Zola and WHERE THE DEVIL HIDES, starring Rufus Sewell and Jennifer Carpenter.

Press Contacts:Wonderland Sound & VisionJoy Fehilyjoy@primeprinc.com 310-841-0800LD EntertainmentJames Lewisjlewis@ldentertainment.com310-275-9600

Source: LD ENTERTAINMENT

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