NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CANADIAN CORPORATE NEWS
FOR: ALLIANCE ATLANTIS COMMUNICATIONS INC.
TSE SYMBOL: AAC.A AAC.B
NASDAQ SYMBOL: AACB
JANUARY 19, 2000
LES CHAINES TELE ASTRAL AND ALLIANCE ATLANTIS PRESENT A
NEW FRENCH LANGUAGE SPECIALTY CHANNEL
MONTREAL, QUEBEC and TORONTO, ONTARIO--
* SÉRIES+ launches January 31 at 6 p.m. ET
Les Chaînes Télé Astral and ALLIANCE ATLANTIS are set to launch
SÉRIES+, the new French-language specialty channel on January 31
at 6 p.m. ET. The channel will offer the best drama from around
the world to French-speaking Canadian audiences.
"With distinctive, high-quality programming, SÉRIES+ will enhance
Canadian production and strengthen the industry year after year,"
says Pierre Roy, President of Les Chaînes Télé Astral. "On SÉRIES+
you will see the very best series, mini-series, TV movies and
full-length feature films. These Australian, German, French, UK
and American programs will all have their French-language
television premieres in Canada."
"Based on the popularity of Showcase, which ranks in the top four
Canadian English specialty channels, we are confident SÉRIES+ will
be a success," says ALLIANCE ATLANTIS BROADCASTING President
SÉRIES+ will be available to more than 1.8 million Quebec cable
homes and nationally by satellite from Star Choice and ExpressVu.
The channel will offer more than 1200 hours of drama programming
per year (25 per cent Canadian and 75 per cent non-Canadian,
including up to 20 per cent American).
Les Chaînes Télé Astral and ALLIANCE ATLANTIS are equal partners
in SÉRIES+. Operations for SÉRIES+ will be headquartered in
Montreal and run by managing partner Les Chaînes Télé Astral.
Les Chaînes Télé Astral is a subsidiary of Astral Communications
Inc., a leading Canadian media company whose core areas of growth
are in specialty, pay and pay-per-view television, radio, outdoor
advertising and new media.
ALLIANCE ATLANTIS COMMUNICATIONS INC. is a leading creator,
producer, distributor and broadcaster of filmed entertainment with
significant ownership interests in seven Canadian specialty
television networks: Showcase, Life Network, History Television,
HGTV (Home & Garden Television) Canada, Headline Sports, Historia
and Séries+. The Company's principal business activities are
conducted through three operating groups: Television, Motion
Pictures and Broadcasting. Headquartered in Toronto, ALLIANCE
ATLANTIS operates offices in Los Angeles, Montreal, Vancouver,
London, Sydney, and Shannon. The Company's common shares are
listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange - trading symbols AAC.A,
AAC.B and on NASDAQ - trading symbol AACB. The Company's website