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Paris, June 25, 2012

People are never more human as when they're on a team - A fresh look at sports

Europe Images International, a film and television distribution subsidiary of Lagardère Entertainment managed by Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, is delighted to announce the launching of ‘Play', (1x75' & 1x52' - HD).

The film is directed by Manuel Herrero, and produced by Bonne Pioche, Red Bull Media House, Canal +, Sylicone with the participation of RTBF and the CNC. It has been transmitted on Canal + on June 20.

The original score composed by Laurent Garnier is his first soundtrack!

Play is a portrait of the human spirit through sports.
Everywhere, people play sports. They play to get together, to entertain, to test their limits and go beyond them. They play to achieve excellence. It is one of the few things that connects every person on the planet. It levels the playing field while raising the bar.
From the first primitive impulse to the greatest show on earth, from the most obscure, unheard of sport to the most broadcast, from the dry plateaus of Ethiopia to stadiums pulsing with cheering fans, PLAY travels to the heart of this universal activity that transcends barriers of class, cultures, and even time.

PLAY unfolds like an opera, combining dazzling high-definition sports scenes with high-quality images from recent archives, and drawing on the voices of the world's greatest champions interlaced with those of its most anonymous athletes.

A spectacular story of our diversity, but also of what binds us together.

As of today's date, it has been sold in Australia (SBS), South Korea (EBS), India (AETN), Flemish Belgium (VRT), Canada (Explora), Lithuania (LTV), Poland (TVP), Portugal (RTP), Qatar (Al Jazeera), Czech Republic (Ceska TV), Serbia (RTV), Slovakia (Slovak TV), inflight rights, and negotiations are ongoing with China and Japan.

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About Europe Images International
Europe Images International - a Lagardère Entertainment distribution company (Lagardère is the number 1 producer of fiction in France) - managed by Emmanuelle Bouilhaguet, is one of Europe's largest distributors of television programs. EII's catalogue of 7,000 hours of television spans every genre: fiction (‘Julie Lescaut', ‘Josephine Guardian Angel, ‘Justice Street, ‘Un Gars, une Fille'); documentary (‘Life Before Life, ‘The Destiny of Rome', ‘the Cousteau catalogue'); animation (‘My Giant Friend, ‘Mini-Wolf', ‘Scary Larry'); and feature films (‘Cyrano de Bergerac', ‘The Horseman on the Roof, ‘Evening Dress').

About Lagardère Entertainment:
Founded in 2008, Lagardère Entertainment is a Lagardère Active company, and manages all of Group Lagardère's film and television production.
Lagardère Entertainment is France's leading film and television producer (fiction, entertainment programming, animation) with GMT, DEMD, Image & Compagnie, Merlin, Aubes, and Ango for productions in French; Atlantique and Genao Productions for international productions; Maximal, Carson, Angel, 909 Productions, Electron Libre, Telmondis Productions, Léo Vision, and Add-On Factory for non-scripted programming; and Europe Images International, Telmondis Distribution, and les Editions Musicales François 1er for rights and distribution. Lagardère Entertainment is now a major player in the production and management of artistic content.
Its leading programmes are Julie Lescaut, Josephine Guardian Angel, C dans l'air, Mafiosa, Borgia, Clem, Stars du Rire, the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, le Concert pour la Tolérance, C politique, Flics, Foster Family, Fish'n Chips and the series The Transporter.

Europe Images International