Premium movie channel EPIX is becoming the lead sponsor, broadcaster and streaming partner of the Los Angeles Times' annual Envelope Screening Series.
The series, created by the news organization, showcases at least a dozen films that are in contention for the Oscars and other awards. Select movies are screened by guild members and Academy Award voters at the ArcLight Cinemas Sherman Oaks. Question-and-answer sessions and roundtable discussions with the casts and filmmakers, moderated by Times journalists, will be featured on Epix.
This fall's Envelope Screening Series kicks off Oct. 25 with the Sundance hit, "The Sessions," with director Ben Lewin and stars John Hawkes and Helen Hunt. Video from the event, and others in the series, will be made available on the Epix network, which is distributed by Cox Communications, Dish Network, and Charter Communications, among others, as well as part of the company's on-demand offering and Internet site.
EPIX is a three-year old service owned by three movie studios: Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The Times is owned by Tribune Co.