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Starz’ New Series ‘Crash’ Makes Pit Stop at Denver NAMIC Event

November 12, 2008

ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ — NAMIC-Denver, in cooperation with Starz Entertainment, will present a premiere episode of “Crash,” a new original drama series from Starz on Wednesday, November 19 at the Cable Center (2000 Buchtel Blvd.), it was announced by Chelsye J. Burrows, vice president of corporate communications, Starz and NAMIC-Denver president. The reception and screening will be held at 6:00 p.m. followed by a Q&A with cast members Jocko Sims, Arlene Tur and Brian Tee. The evening is sponsored by The Cable Center, Disney and ESPN Networks, The Sportsman Channel, WOW! Internet, Cable and Phone and TV One. The Urban Spectrum is the event’s media sponsor. Talent will be made available to Denver media. Please contact Steve Belgard or Chelsye Burrows to set up interviews.

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“We are thrilled to be presenting the premiere episode of ‘Crash,’ our first original drama,” said Burrows. “The film certainly has an amazing pedigree, and the people responsible for it, such as Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco and Don Cheadle have come on board to make our series as emotional and hard-hitting as the movie. We’re also delighted that members of the cast, Jocko, Arlene and Brian are able to come to our event and support both NAMIC and Starz.”

From the producers of the 2005 Academy Award(R)-winning Best Picture Crash, the series “Crash” stars an ensemble cast led by film icon Dennis Hopper. “Crash” explores the complexities of social and racial tolerance in America as it follows the lives of these varied characters and the stories of how they connect with each other.

In “Crash,” Maverick record producer Ben Cendars (Dennis Hopper) hires streetwise driver Anthony Adams (Jocko Sims). Impulsive cop Kenny Battaglia (Ross McCall) and his partner Bebe Arcel (Arlene Tur) crash into the car of bombshell Inez (Moran Atias), and Korean-American immigrant EMT Eddie Choi (Brian Tee) gets drawn back into a gang war while trying to leave his old life behind.

About Jocko Sims (Anthony Adams)

Jocko Sims plays street-smart chauffer Anthony Adams, who evolves into hip-hop artist Panic during season one of “Crash.” Sims appeared in the war drama Jarhead, and played Elvis Kelly, a Deejay who accepts payola in Bill Condon’s Oscar-winning musical drama Dreamgirls. On television, Sims has guest starred in “Private Practice,”"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,”"Cold Case,”"Yes, Dear,” and “The Shield.” He also does voiceover work and has guest starred on FOX network’s animated series “American Dad.”

About Arlene Tur (Bebe Arcel)

Arlene Tur plays the ambitious LAPD cop Bebe Arcel in “Crash” — confident on the job, but conflicted in her personal life about her affair with a coworker. A hot young emerging actress, Tur garnered network attention for her performance as a paralegal in the ABC/Paramount pilot “Harry Green and Eugene,” which led to a holding deal with ABC Network and Touchstone Television. She guest-starred on the series “Grey’s Anatomy” in 2006, and was seen in the TV pilot “Haskett’s Chance.” In 2007, she starred in the independent action film Final Engagement.

About Brian Tee (Eddie Choi)

Brian Tee plays EMT Eddie Choi, who is caught between the Korean gang world he left behind and the mainstream medical world where he wants to fit in, in “Crash.” Tee is best known for his starring role as DK, the Drift King, in Universal Pictures’ action-thriller The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, directed by Justin Lin. The third installment in that hit franchise was released in 2006 with a $157 million worldwide gross. Afterwards, Tee gave a standout comic performance in Lin’s next film, Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee. He also produced and starred in the independent feature Deadland, post-apocalyptic thriller.

About NAMIC

NAMIC is the premier organization focusing on ethnic diversity in the communications industry. Founded in 1980 as a non-profit trade association, today NAMIC comprises nearly 2,000 professionals belonging to a network of 17 chapters nationwide. Through initiatives that focus on education, advocacy and empowerment, NAMIC champions equity and inclusion in the workforce, with special attention given to ensuring that the leadership cadres of our nation’s communications industry giants reflect the multi-ethnic richness of the populations they serve.

For more information about NAMIC log onto http://www.namic.com/.

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie service provider operating in the United States. It offers 16 movie channels including the flagship Starz(R) and Encore(R) brands with approximately 17.4 million and 31.6 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs more than 1,000 movies per month across its pay TV channels and offers advanced services including Starz HD, Encore HD, Starz On Demand, Encore On Demand, MoviePlex On Demand, Starz HD On Demand, Encore HD On Demand, MoviePlex HD On Demand, and Starz Play. Starz Entertainment (http://www.starz.com/) is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation, and is attributed to Liberty Entertainment Group, a tracking stock group of Liberty Media Corporation.

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CONTACT: Chelsye Burrows, +1-720-852-5838, chelsye.burrows@starz.com, orSteve Belgard, +1-720-852-5843, steve.belgard@starz.com, both of StarzEntertainment, LLC

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