MOVIE NEWS: RLJ Entertainment Inks Deal With Fox for New Adaptation of Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express.'

After a highly competitive bidding process, Fox has acquired film
rights to the iconic mystery novel "Murder on the Orient Express" from
Acorn Productions Ltd/Agatha Christie Ltd, the UK based rights holding
production arm of RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE). With more
than two billion books sold, Agatha Christie is the best-selling
novelist of all time, and "Murder on the Orient Express"is one of her
most popular novels. The 1934 novel features her internationally
renowned detective, Hercule Poirot, investigating a murder on the
Orient Express.

Though no decision on writers or casting have been confirmed yet,
Ridley Scott (Black Hawk Down, Gladiator), Mark Gordon (Saving Private
Ryan) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes) will be
producing the film.

Miguel Penella, CEO of RLJ Entertainment, said, "Since acquiring a
majority share of Agatha Christie's literary estate in February 2012,
we have worked closely with Mathew Prichard, Agatha's grandson, to
find the right studio and filmmakers to grow the Christie brand. We
are excited to be working with Fox as well as Ridley Scott, Mark
Gordon and Simon Kinberg to produce a new, star-studded adaptation of
one of the most well-known mystery novels of all time."

Founded by Robert L. Johnson, RLJ Entertainment owns a 64% share in
Agatha Christie Ltd, which manages Christie's extensive literary works
including more than 80 novels and short story collections, 19 plays, a
film library of nearly 40 TV films, and iconic characters Hercule
Poirot and Miss Marple. Agatha Christie's grandson, Mathew Prichard,
is Chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd.

"Murder on the Orient Express" was previously made into a 1974 film
directed by Sidney Lumet. The film received six Oscar nominations,
including best actor for Albert Finney as Poirot, and winning best
supporting actress for Ingrid Bergman. The all-star cast of suspects
also featured Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Bisset, Colin Blakely, Sean
Connery, John Gielgud, Anthony Perkins, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael

Additionally, David Suchet portrayed the popular Belgian detective in
all 70 television adaptations of Christie's Poirot stories, including
"Murder on the Orient Express" in 2010. The final five Poirot
television mysteries aired in the U.K. in 2013 and will debut in the
U.S. in 2014. In Sept. 2013, Agatha Christie Ltd and RLJ Entertainment
announced the first fully-authorized new Agatha Christie novel to be
released in September 2014. Bestselling author Sophie Hannah is
writing the novel featuring Hercule Poirot.

Hilary Strong, Managing Director of Acorn Productions, and WME
negotiated the deal for RLJ Entertainment.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent
licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in
North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300
exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned
and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature
films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness),
Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art films) and
Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats
including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast
television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and

Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE
owns 64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing
rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including
stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its
direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing
relationships with millions of consumers.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and
monetize existing and original content for its many distribution
channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels,
and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly
to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web
sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched
Acorn TV digital subscription service.

Acorn Productions Ltd is the UK based rights holding production arm of
RLJ Entertainment, Inc (Nasdaq:RLJE) a premier independent licensee
and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North
America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive
titles. Acorn Productions Ltd manages the rights to Foyle's War and
the Agatha Christie estate.

Agatha Christie is known throughout the world as the Queen of Crime.
Her books have sold over a billion copies in English with another
billion in foreign languages. She is the most widely published author
of all time and is outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. She is
the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays,
and six novels written under the name Mary Westmacott.

Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was
written towards the end of the First World War, in which she served
the VAD. In it she created Hercule Poirot, the little Belgian
detective who was destined to become the most popular detective in
crime fiction since Sherlock Holmes. It was eventually published by
Bodley Head in 1920.

In 1926, after averaging a book a year, Agatha Christie wrote her
first masterpiece. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was the first of her
books to be published by Collins and marked the beginning of an
author-publisher relationship that lasted for 50 years and well over
70 books, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd was also the first of Agatha
Christie's books to be dramatized -- under the name Alibi -- and to
have a successful run in London's West End. The Mousetrap, her most
successful play of all, opened in 1952 and is the longest-running play
in history.

Agatha Christie was made a dame in 1971. She died in 1976.

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