Journey to the Center of the Earth, New Adaptation of Jules Verne Classic, Makes...

Tue Jan 8, 2008 9:15am EST

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Journey to the Center of the Earth, New Adaptation of Jules Verne Classic, Makes Its Network Television Debut

      RHI Original Movie Starring Ricky Schroder and Peter Fonda
           Premieres on ION Television on Sunday, January 27
NEW YORK--(Business Wire)--RHI Entertainment announced today that the two-hour telefilm
"Journey to the Center of the Earth," a dynamic new adaptation of the
classic tale by Jules Verne, will make its premiere during the RHI
Movie Weekend on the ION Television Network Sunday, January 27 (9/8c).

   The new production stars Ricky Schroder (Crimson Tide, Lonesome
Dove, NYPD Blue, 24) and Peter Fonda (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold, The
Laramie Project, 3:10 to Yuma) as well as Victoria Pratt (Daybreak,
Brotherhood of Blood), Steven Grayhm (Taken, White Chicks, Mitch
Albom's: The Five People You Meet in Heaven) and Mike Dopud (Kaya,
Smallville, Stargate SG-1).

   Set in the late 1800's, Journey to the Center of the Earth is the
story of the noted anthropologist Jonathan Brock, who accepts a risky
proposition to lead an expedition to find the missing Edward Dennison.
Brock and his party re-trace Dennison's last known tracks to a
mysterious passage in Alaska, rumored to be the secret gateway to the
center of the earth. As they descend deeper and deeper into the
unknown, the group finds a vast world undergoing an evolutionary
process unto itself, complete with prehistoric creatures, primitive
tribes and amazing discoveries.

   Shot on location in and around Vancouver on high definition video
during the summer of 2007, the spectacular scenery and dramatic
weather are an integral part of the production. Journey to the Center
of the Earth is directed by the award-winning TJ Scott (Xena: Warrior
Princess, La Femme Nikita). Robert Halmi, Sr., Robert Halmi, Jr., Lisa
Richardson and Matthew O'Connor are executive producers of the

   "We have taken one of literature's greatest adventures and turned
it just enough to make it even more fresh and compelling for today's
audiences," said Robert Halmi, Jr., President and CEO of RHI
Entertainment. "This tale of action, fantasy and the unexpected will
send viewers of all ages onto their own epic journey of exploration
and discovery."

   "ION Television continues to build new levels of awareness and
viewership with each new production from RHI Entertainment," said
Brandon Burgess, President and CEO, ION Media Networks. "Journey to
the Center of the Earth keeps the momentum going, and is a great way
to start the New Year."

   About RHI Entertainment

   RHI Entertainment, LLC develops, produces and distributes new
made-for-television movies, miniseries and other television
programming worldwide, and is the leading provider of new long-form
television content in the U.S. Under the guidance of Robert Halmi, Sr.
and Robert Halmi, Jr., RHI has produced and distributed thousands of
hours of quality television programming, and RHI's productions have
received more than 100 Emmy Awards. During 2007, RHI developed,
produced and distributed approximately 43 new television movies and
miniseries to broadcast and cable networks around the world. In
addition to the development, production and distribution of new
content, RHI owns rights to approximately 1,000 titles, or over 3,500
broadcast hours of long-form television programming, which are
licensed to broadcast and cable networks and new media outlets

   About ION Media Networks

   ION Media Networks, Inc. owns and operates the nation's largest
broadcast television station group and ION Television, reaching over
94 million U.S. television households via its nationwide broadcast
television, cable and satellite distribution systems. ION Television
currently features popular TV series and movies from the award-winning
libraries of Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Television and CBS
Television, among others. ION Media has also partnered with RHI
Entertainment, which owns over 4,000 hours of acclaimed television
content, to provide weekend primetime programming consisting of
exclusive original programming and quality library titles. Utilizing
its digital multicasting capability, the company has launched several
digital TV brands, including qubo, a television and multimedia network
for children formed in partnership with several leading media and
entertainment companies, and ION Life, a television and multimedia
network dedicated to health and wellness for consumers and families.
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Beth R. Nussbaum
For ION Media Networks
Nancy Zakhary

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