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Horror Legends Team for Showtime Series

Showtime Networks has joined with IDT Ent.s New Arc Ent., Industry Ent. and Nice Guy Prods. to present a new anthology series entitled MASTERS OF HORROR. For the first time, the most prominent directors of the horror film genre have joined forces to produce a series of new original horror films that promises to shock, terrify and captivate even the most discriminating horror film fans. Slated to direct are Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA, OPERA), John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN, THE THING), Larry Cohen (ITS ALIVE), Roger Corman (LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS), Don Coscarelli (PHANTASM, BUBBA HO-TEP), Joe Dante (THE HOWLING, GREMLINS), Mick Garris (RIDING THE BULLET, THE STAND), Stuart Gordon (RE-ANIMATOR), John Landis (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON), Tobe Hooper (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, POLTERGEIST) and George Romero (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) for a minimum of 13 one-hour films.

While some of the masters will be directing from their own screenplays, an equally impressive roster of writers will be contributing to the anthology, including Richard C. Matheson (TALES FROM THE CRYPT); celebrated horror comicbook creator Steve Niles (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, ALEISTER ARCANE); noted horror writer David Schow (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 5); Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (2 FAST 2 FURIOUS); and renowned horror screenwriters Lawrence D. Cohen (CARRIE, STEPHEN KINGS IT) and Matt Greenberg (1408).

MASTERS OF HORROR grew out of an informal bi-monthly dinner attended by many of the horror genres most highly regarded directors. Mick Garris transformed their collective desire to work together into reality, and will serve as the series showrunner.

Showtime is thrilled to be working with this roster of filmmakers, all of whom have contributed significantly to the horror and suspense genre. The title is truly appropriate since Mick Garris and his fellow directors simply are the masters of horror, said Robert Greenblatt, Showtimes president of entertainment. Its hard to really scare the audience these days, but I guarantee that these guys will really do just that.

These are the stories the directors have always wanted to tell; but until now, the right venue had not existed. Showtime is the perfect partner given the filmmakers belief that, in order to deliver something truly terrifying, they need as much creative freedom as possible and for their films to be free of commercial interruption, said Andrew Deane, partner, Industry Ent. We are thrilled that Showtime Networks will enable us to reach its important premium cable audience. Through IDT Entertainment, its Anchor Bay distribution, and IDT Ent. Sales licensing overseas, we can also look forward to a successful launch of MASTERS OF HORROR throughout the world.

For its high profile directors, writers and producers, MASTERS OF HORROR is a labor of love which we hope will become a classic, said Morris Berger, ceo of IDT Entertainment. We are delighted to work alongside Showtime Networks, Industry Entertainment and Mick Garris as we enter the production phase of this exciting project.

The exec producers of MASTERS OF HORROR are Mick Garris, Andrew Deane and Keith Addis. Reunion Pictures Lisa Richardson and Tom Rowe are serving as producers. Adam Goldworm and Ben Browning are associate producers on the series. Principal photography will begin in Vancouver in late April. The first six directors have been scheduled as follows:

John Landis will direct Deer Woman, starring Brian Benben, which he co-wrote with his son Max Landis; Dario Argento will direct Jenifer, based on the comicbook by Bruce Jones and Bernie Wrightson which was adapted by and will star Steven Weber; Don Coscarelli will helm Incident On and Off A Mountain Road, adapted by Coscarelli and Stephen Romano from Joe Lansdales short story; Mick Garris is set to film Chocolate, adapted from his own short story; Stuart Gordon will direct Dreams in the Witch House, adapted from the H.P. Lovecraft classic; and John Carpenter will shoot Cigarette Burns, an original teleplay by Drew McWeeny and Scott Swan.

IDT Ent. Sales will provide worldwide distribution of the series and Anchor Bay Ent. will handle all video releases.

New Arc Ent., IDT Ent. Sales and Anchor Bay Ent. are units of IDT Ent. A division of IDT Corp., IDT Entertainment is a vertically integrated entertainment concern that develops, produces and distributes proprietary and licensed entertainment content, with a particular focus on high-quality animation.

Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks Showtime, The Movie Channel and FLIX.

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