01 November 2004

Reuters: Fahrenheit 9/11 to air on eve of election

Reuters: Fahrenheit 9/11 to air on eve of presidential election: "LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Filmmaker Michael Moore and distributors behind 'Fahrenheit 9/11' have clinched last-minute deals to bring his anti-Bush documentary to pay-per-view television and the Internet on the eve of the U.S. presidential election.

Moore's scathing critique of President Bush and his conduct of the war in Iraq will be offered on Monday night to the 10 million-plus subscribers of the satellite-based Dish Network.

The film also will be available for online streaming Monday night to more than 30 million households with broadband Internet access through video-on-demand service CinemaNow.

The Dish and CinemaNow deals add to an agreement reached last week for two Monday night pay-per-view showings of the film by Los Angeles-based TVN Entertainment, which reaches about 1 million homes through various cable systems.

"The potential audience out there is quite large for this," said Mark Benoit, a spokesman for Moore told Reuters.

The two-hour film will be priced on all three platforms at $9.95 per showing. Moore and the Fellowship Adventure Group, which holds rights to the movie, will donate their portion of the profits to a veterans charity, Benoit said.

Fellowship Adventure was formed by Miramax cho-chairs Bob and Harvey Weinstein to buy back rights to "Fahrenheit 9/11" and distribute it after corporate parent the Walt Disney Co. declined to release the documentary.

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