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AMC Gets Off on New Animated Foot with Wrong Coast Series

AMC has committed to its first original animated series, THE WRONG COAST, which lampoons the world of celebrity entertainment news shows. Set to debut December 3, 2003 at 10:00 pm on the cablenet, the show promises to make the surreal world of celebrity news even more absurd with stop-motion animation by Toronto-based Cuppa Coffee (www.cuppascoffee.com) and edgy comedy writers, including head writer Glenn Eichler of BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD and DARIA, as well as A.D. Miles of GIRL GO BOOM.

The weekly series, produced by Blueprint Entertainment in association with Curious Pictures, features the voice talent of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in STAR WARS, Hobgoblin in SPIDER-MAN). This animated takeoff on a Hollywood magazine show, a la ACCESS HOLLYWOOD or ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, features movies and TV shows that are just a bit off center. The show's main focus is spirited parodies of what-if movie and TV concepts (SIX FEET UNDERCOVER BROTHER, AMERICAN BOOTY, DOGGIE NIGHTS and M. NIGHT SHAMALYN'S DEAD AND DEADER), coupled with the requisite star interviews, film premiere coverage and tours of the garbage cans of the famous. Between these segments, the show will delve into the on-air and off-screen antics of the hosts and the crew.

"This series is about as much fun as we can legally have at the expense of today's movies and obsession with celebrity culture," said Rob Sorcher, svp of programming and production at AMC. "It's the visual equivalent of sitting around and riffing on Hollywood, but it's so much funnier when visualized with animated parodies. This collaboration is truly a breath of fresh air in a sketch series that could never happen with a live cast."

"We're thrilled to be working with AMC on THE WRONG COAST," said John Morayniss, co-founder of Blueprint Ent. "This series allows us to bring to animated life Hollywood's biggest stars, including Robin Williams, Tom Hanks, J. Lo and Drew Barrymore. This is truly an off-kilter and twisted world realized through the unique look of stop-motion animation, the talent of our writing team and the incredible voice work of Mark Hamill." Morayniss is exec producer, along with his partner, Noreen Halpern.

AMC is a 24-hour, movie-based network, dedicated to the American movie fan. The network, which reaches more than 84 million homes, offers a comprehensive library of popular movies and a critically-acclaimed, slate of original programming. AMC is part of Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc., which, in turn, is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corp. Rainbow (www.rainbow-media) owns and manages national networks AMC, IFC (The Independent Film Channel), WE (Women's Entertainment) and Fuse, as well as MAG RACK, a collection of on-demand video magazines.

Blueprint is a Canadian television production company established in January 2002, with offices in Los Angeles and Toronto, involved in the development, production, financing, packaging and exploitation of programming for the North American and international marketplace. The Los Angeles phone number is 310-358-3081.

Curious Pictures (www.curiouspictures.com) is an international entertainment company producing comedy, live-action, special effects, graphics and animation of all types. Some of its TV programming includes CODENAME:KIDS NEXT DOOR, SHEEP IN THE BIG CITY and AVENUE AMY. Blueprint and Curious recently collaborated on HEY JOEL, with CHUM Television and Calibre Digital Pictures, an adult animated series airing on Bravo! NewSyleArtsChannel.

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