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SPACE CHIMPS Save the Day!

July 14, 2008

Space Chimps, a new animated family film opening July 18 from Vanguard Animation and Starz Animation, about a trio of primates sent to deep space on a heroic mission, has a new assignment closer to home: rescue the chimps!

Space Chimps is partnering with Animal Planet to raise money to help rescue and rehabilitate chimpanzees. Proceeds from the effort will benefit Chimp Eden, a South African sanctuary for rescued chimps. Chimp Eden, managed by Eugene Cussons, rescue director of the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa, is featured in Animal Planet’s popular series Escape to Chimp Eden. Cussons travels throughout Africa to rescue abused and neglected chimps and bring them to a safe haven at Chimp Eden where the chimps can experience lives as close as possible to how they’d live in the wild. The public can support this endeavor by personally adopting a chimp via www.spacechimpspower.com, as well as via www.animalplanet.com/spacechimps.

To kick off the fund-raising effort, Starz Animation, the feature animation division of Starz Media, and will donate $10,000.

“When we were looking into cause-related partnerships for Space Chimps, we immediately thought of Animal Planet’s Escape to Chimp Eden,” says Amorette Jones, EVP Worldwide Marketing for Starz. “Besides it being an easy fit for the movie, the work Eugene is doing with these chimpanzees is extraordinary. We’re thrilled to raise money and awareness for this very worthy and rewarding cause.”

“We are fortunate and grateful that Animal Planet has the opportunity to partner with Starz Media on this animated film in bringing the plight of chimpanzees to the forefront,” says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. “It’s heartwarming and vital that efforts are being made to save chimps throughout the world and give them the sanctuary and hope that they can find at Chimp Eden.”

About Escape to Chimp Eden

In South Africa, there’s a sanctuary for chimpanzees rescued from the horrors of human captivity – physical abuse, malnutrition, abandonment and drug and alcohol abuse. Now, for the first time ever, these chimps find a community and sanctuary at the hands of conservationist Eugene Cussons, South African rescue director at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Chimpanzee Eden. Here, the chimps finally experience safety, nurturing and a loving environment – all necessary conditions for them to become healthy, rehabilitated primates poised for the return to the wild.

About Space Chimps

In Space Chimps, blasting off in theaters everywhere July 18, a $5 billion space agency probe disappears into an intergalactic wormhole. The space agency recruits Ham III, grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, to help retrieve the wayward craft. But Ham is a free-spirited circus performer more interested in zero gravity high jinks than living up to his illustrious heritage. The simian slacker becomes a reluctant hero and learns the true meaning of courage as he and his crewmates, the plucky Lieutenant Luna and their by-the-book commander, Titan, risk everything in an effort to save the peaceful inhabitants of a distant planet from an evil dictator.

Space Chimps features the voices of Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”), Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”), Kristin Chenoweth (“The West Wing”), Stanley Tucci (Robots), Kenan Thompson (Snakes on a Plane), Jane Lynch (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet), Zach Shada (Ice Age: The Meltdown), Patrick Breen (“Boston Legal”), Kath Soucie (“The Replacements”) and Omid Abtahi (“Sleeper Cell”).

A Vanguard Animation film, Space Chimps is presented by Starz Animation. It will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox in North America and by Odyssey Entertainment internationally.

About Starz Media:

Starz Media, LLC, is a programming production and distribution company operating worldwide. It includes the Film Roman, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment brands. Its units create animated and live-action programming — including theatrical films — and programming created under contract for other media companies. It distributes that programming, and programming acquired from outside producers, through home video retailers, theaters, broadcasters, ad supported and premium television channels, and Internet and wireless video distributors in the US and internationally. Starz Media (www.starzmedia.com) is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation attributed to the Liberty Capital Group.

About Animal Planet:

Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the world’s only entertainment brand that immerses viewers in the full range of life in the animal kingdom with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 93 million homes in the US; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond; Petfinder.com, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.

About Fox Filmed Entertainment

One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, Fox Filmed Entertainment produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units of FFE: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Atomic, and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.