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01.15.2003

SHOWTIME GREENLIGHTS LATEST ORIGINAL PICTURE FOR ALL AGES ENTITLED "JACK"

Film Starring Stockard Channing, Ron Silver And Anton Yelchin
Is Slated To Begin Production In February 2003
 
New York, NY, January 15, 2003 -- Oscar® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Stockard Channing ("The West Wing," "Six Degrees of Separation" and SHOWTIME's upcoming "Behind The Red Door") and Tony Award® winner and Emmy® nominee Ron Silver ("West Wing," "Veronica's Closet," "Reversal of Fortune" and SHOWTIME's "Ratz") have been cast in the Showtime Original Picture For All Ages JACK, based on the novel by A.M. Homes. Anton Yelchin ("Hearts in Atlantis," "Along Came A Spider") has been cast as the title character Jack. Slated to begin production in February 2003, the film is about a 15-year-old boy who must come to terms with his parents divorcing, his own puberty and the revelation that his father is gay. JACK will be directed by Lee Rose ("A Mother's Prayer," "The Truth About Jane" and SHOWTIME's "A Girl Thing" and "What Girls Learn").
 
For high school freshman Jack, dinners with his dad, Paul (Silver), are getting more unusual by the week. To make matters worse, his mom, Anne (Channing), is smothering him by trying to play both mother and father. Jack can't stop comparing his own fractured family to the Norman Rockwell life of his best friend Max, who somehow seems to be growing more immature by the day. He also secretly suffers the ache of unrequited love for the most popular girl in school, someone light years out of his league.
 
During a special Saturday outing with Jack, Paul confides that his relationship with his friend Bob is more than platonic and the delicate balance of Jack's dysfunctional world is completely thrown out of whack. Not only does he have to reconcile himself with the fact that his father is gay, but Jack must also deal with his lingering anger about the divorce, the hateful graffiti and rumors that have spread like wildfire through his school and finally the fear that his father's sexuality might mean that he is gay, as well. But struggling through his atypical life is teaching Jack that there is no perfect situation, and that sometimes even the most broken families can heal into something singular but just as strong.
 
Author A.M. Homes ("Music For Torching," "The Safety of Objects" which was developed into a film) serves as screenwriter. The film is executive produced by two-time Emmy Award®-winner Ellen Krass ("Sweeney Todd In Concert," "A Lesson Before Dying," and the upcoming "Gin Game" starring Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke ), Susan Rose ("Custody of the Heart" and the SHOWTIME films "A Cooler Climate" and "Mr. & Mrs. Loving") and Bob Chmiel ("Custody of the Heart," and the SHOWTIME films "Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story," "By Dawn's Early Light" and "A Cooler Climate") and produced by Emmy® nominee Dan Paulson (the Showtime films "Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story," "A Cooler Climate" and "By Dawn's Early Night"). JACK is a Danel L. Paulson/Susan Rose/Ellen M. Krass production. John Moser serves as the creative executive for Showtime Networks.
 
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Viacom Inc., owns the premium television networks SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME TOO, SHOWTIME SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME, SHOWTIME BEYOND, SHOWTIME NEXT, SHOWTIME WOMEN, SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE and TMC xtra.  SNI operates and manages the premium television network SUNDANCE CHANNEL, which is owned by SNI, Robert Redford and Universal Studios.  SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SET (Showtime Event Television) Pay Per View.  Additionally, the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME EXTREME is available in Spain through a joint venture with Media Park and the advertiser-supported television network SHOWTIME is available in Turkey through a joint venture with UK-based Zone Vision.