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Park City, UT (January 28th, 2016) - WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions announced today that they have acquired all worldwide rights to the Sundance film SLEIGHT.  BH Tilt, a division of Blumhouse run by John Hegeman, will oversee the release and marketing of the film. WWE Studios will leverage WWE®’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw® and SmackDown®, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the film.

SLEIGHT, which premiered as part of the festival’s NEXT section, is a dramatic thriller that blends science fiction and street magic in a tale set in Los Angeles.  The film is JD Dillard’s directorial debut, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer, co-starring Jacob Latimore (Maze Runner), Dulé Hill (Ballers), and Seychelle Gabriel (Falling Skies).  The film is produced by Diablo Entertainment's Eric B.Fleischman formerly of Blumhouse, Sean Tabibian and Alex Theurer.

"SLEIGHT is a smart, fresh and ambitious movie that was different from anything else we saw at the festival," said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President. "We are thrilled to be working again with Jason and the team at Blumhouse, and now John and BH Tilt, to bring JD Dillard's compelling first feature to audiences worldwide."

“We love low budget filmmaking because it allows directors to take creative risks and that is exactly what JD Dillard did with SLEIGHT, a truly original and unique movie,” said Blumhouse Founder and CEO Jason Blum.  "We are excited to once again collaborate with Michael and WWE Studios, and to have BH Tilt continue to take advantage of the evolution in digital marketing.”

Bradley Buchanan handled negotiations on behalf of WWE Studios, and CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Diablo and newly-signed clients Dillard and Theurer.

WWE® Studios develops and produces feature films, as well as television and digital content. Its diverse slate is released theatrically, direct to home, and/or across digital platforms, and is co-produced & distributed through partnerships with premier global entertainment companies. WWE’s film division, led by President Michael Luisi, is headquartered in Santa Monica, CA. WWE® Studios recently launched genre label EREBUS PICTURES with KISS Icon Gene Simmons. Films from WWE® Studios include The Call with Halle Berry and WWE Superstar David Otunga®, Oculus directed by Mike Flanagan starring Karen Gillan and Katee Sackhoff, and Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell and WWE Superstar Wade Barrett®. Upcoming films from WWE® Studios include Incarnate starring Aaron Eckhart and featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry®, Brother’s Blood starring Trey Songz and WWE Superstar R-Truth, Killing Hasselhoff starring Ken Jeong and David Hasselhoff, and The Resurrection of Gavin Stone starring Brett Dalton, Anjelah Johnson-Reyes and WWE Legend Shawn Michaels®.

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WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all 12 live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 175 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.

Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com andcorporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go tohttp://www.wwe.com/worldwide/

Blumhouse Productions is a multi-media production company that has pioneered a new model of studio filmmaking: producing high-quality micro-budget films. Blumhouse has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures and has produced the highly profitable The PurgeInsidious, Ouija and Paranormal Activity franchises which have grossed more than $1.4 billion worldwide. Blumhouse’s award winning films include Whiplash and in television Jason Blum won Emmys for his producing roles on HBO's The Normal Heart and The Jinx: The Life and Death of Robert Durst. Blumhouse recently launched Blumhouse.com, a new online destination for all things scary.

Diablo Entertainment was formed in 2014 with the sole purpose of developing, financing, and producing character-driven, high concept genre films. No stranger to green lighting first-time filmmakers, Diablo has built a reputation for going against the norm in Hollywood by choosing projects that encompass a bold, stylistic and truly original concept that challenges not only how stories are told, but how films are produced.  With a keen eye focused on ushering in the new wave of young Hollywood talent both in front of and behind the camera, Diablo's mission is to change the way the entertainment industry views independent productions by coupling commercially viable ideas with unconventional budgets to allow for greater profits and quality films. Diablo is run by its' two producers/founders: Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian.


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