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May 11, 2009

CBS FILMS ANNOUNCES RIGHTS DEAL FOR BOOM! STUDIOS’ “STATION”

“I, Robot” Writer Jeff Vintar And Producer Laurence Mark Reunite For Big Screen Adaptation CBS Films announced today that it has optioned the feature film rights to comic book publisher BOOM! Studios’ “Station” series by creator/writer Johanna Stokes. The announcement was made by Amy Baer, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Films, the feature film division of CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS). Laurence Mark will produce along with BOOM! Studios co-founders Andrew Cosby and Ross Richie, and the studio has signed Jeff Vintar to write the screenplay. David Blackman will serve as Executive Producer. In the “Station” comic book mini-series, five nations have sent their finest astronauts to operate Earth’s first multinational space station, but one of them turns up dead. Is it sabotage, an accident or murder? The remaining personnel race against time to solve the mystery that may expose one of their own as a killer. “Johanna Stokes has created an exciting property that offers a new layer of intrigue to the enigmatic space setting,” said Baer. “‘Station’ delivers as both an exhilarating thriller and a riveting mystery. We are excited to have the opportunity to bring it to movie audiences.” “This feels a bit like a Hitchcock movie in a James Cameron setting, and Jeff Vintar is ideally suited to adapt this graphic novel for the screen, just as he was a superb choice to re-interpret Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi classic ‘I, Robot’ for film,” notes producer Mark. “CBS Films is an exciting company launching an arresting slate of films. We’re honored to be in business with them,” said BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie. “And to have a chance to do this with one of the smartest, classiest, and best producers in the business like Laurence Mark was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.” Under the agreement, CBS Films will hold feature film rights to all material produced by Boom! Studios under the “Station” title, which to date encompasses four 2008-published comic books and a graphic novel. The big screen adaptation, which will be titled “The Station,” reunites writer Jeff Vintar and producer Laurence Mark (the 81st Academy Awards, “Dreamgirls,” the upcoming “Julie & Julia”) who worked together in the same capacities on “I, Robot,” the international hit starring Will Smith. BOOM! Studios is managed by Peter Golden by Golden Entertainment West. About CBS Films CBS Films, established in 2007, plans to develop and produce four to six movies a year spanning all genres, with production budgets up to $50 million per film. CBS Films is currently in production on two films: “The Untitled Crowley Project,” an inspirational drama starring Harrison Ford and Brendan Fraser, and co-starring Keri Russell, under the direction of Tom Vaughan; and the romantic comedy “The Back-Up Plan,” starring Jennifer Lopez and Alex O’Loughlin, under director Alan Poul. The company is in pre-production on the edgy teen romance “Beastly,” written and to be directed by Daniel Barnz, and based on the Alex Flinn novel of the same name. The company’s development slate includes such titles as “Permission,” written by Karen McCullah Lutz; “Consent To Kill,” an action-thriller based on the Mitch Rapp character from the best-selling Vince Flynn novels; “The Eternals” from writer Chris Hauty and director Jeff Wadlow; and a remake of “My Fair Lady,” based on the classic musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, which is being co-developed with Columbia Pictures. About CBS Corporation CBS Corporation is a mass media company with constituent parts that reach back to the beginnings of the broadcast industry, as well as newer businesses that operate on the leading edge of the media industry. The company, through its many and varied operations, combines broad reach with well-positioned local businesses, all of which provide it with an extensive distribution network by which it serves audiences and advertisers in all 50 states and key international markets. It has operations in virtually every field of media and entertainment, including broadcast television (CBS and The CW – a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), cable television (Showtime and CSTV Networks), local television (CBS Television Stations), television production and syndication (CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution), radio (CBS Radio), advertising on out-of-home media (CBS Outdoor), publishing (Simon & Schuster), interactive media (CBS Interactive), music (CBS Records), licensing and merchandising (CBS Consumer Products), video/DVD (CBS Home Entertainment), in-store media (CBS Outernet) and motion pictures (CBS Films). For more information, log on to http://www.cbscorporation.com. About BOOM! Studios Graphic novel and comic book publisher BOOM! Studios (http://www.boom-studios.net) has Tag, Talent, and Two Guns set up at Universal Studios with Marc Platt Productions and North Wind in development with Davis Entertainment. Paramount made a pre-emptive bid for BOOM! graphic novel The Foundation and Ice Cube’s CubeVision is adapting big-screen version of the BOOM! graphic novel 10 at Dimension as a starring vehicle for the actor. BOOM! co-founder Andrew Cosby’s hit TV series EUREKA enters its fourth year on the Sci-Fi Network in 2009. Press Contacts: Flo Grace 310-553-4477 flo@gracepr.net Maggie Schmidt 310-575-7027 maggie.schmidt@cbs.com