Gene Autry Films Renewed on Starz ENCORE WESTERNS
Posted August 15, 2013
Gene Autry Entertainment and Starz ENCORE are pleased to announce that ENCORE WESTERNS will continue to be the exclusive home for Gene Autry's classic B Western films through 2018. Earlier this year, 45 of Gene Autry's fully restored films were renewed for an additional five years on the popular satellite service. Full of music, comedy and action, Gene Autry's movies have entertained generations of families, first in theaters and now via satellite in their own homes. Films included in the deal are The Big Show (1936), Git Along Little Dogies (1937), Western Jamboree (1938), South of the Border (1939), Melody Ranch (1940), Back in the Saddle (1941) , Home in Wyomin' (1942), Twilight on the Rio Grande (1947), The Cowboy and the Indians (1949), Mule Train (1950), Wagon Team (1952), Texans Never Cry (1951), and Apache Country (1952).
To celebrate Gene Autry's Birthday, ENCORE WESTERNS will showcase a marathon of 42 Gene Autry films, back-to-back, all weekend-long, beginning Friday, September 27th at 11:15pm.
Gene Autry Entertainment and Starz had previously joined forces in 2001 to restore all 89 Autry's feature films to their original running theatrical length and digitally clean both the picture and sound. The restoration elements are from Gene Autry's personal film collection of original 35mm and 16mm material housed at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles and the restoration work was done by RPG Productions in Burbank, CA.
Gene Autry is recognized as one of the greatest entertainers of the Twentieth Century, and the only entertainer to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one each for records, radio, movies, television and live performances. Starting his career in the late 1920s, Autry was voted America's 4th biggest box office attraction by 1940 with success in every endeavor. His entertainment career was interrupted only by voluntary service in the US Army Air Corps during World War II. As the original “Singing Cowboy,” Gene Autry introduced the format of the musical western on screen and later on television. As a top recording star Autry charted more than two dozen gold and platinum awards bringing Western music into the popular culture. He was a generous philanthropist and successful businessman who owned hotels, television and radio stations, and a major league baseball team. Gene Autry's dream of a world-class educational and historical center saluting the history of the American West became a reality in 1988 with the founding of the Autry Museum of Western Heritage.
Gene Autry's Birthday Weekend Celebration
Movie Marathon on ENCORE WESTERNS
|Friday, September 27 - Saturday, September 28|
|11:15pm||Tumbling Tumbleweeds||11:40am||Riders in the Sky|
|12:15am||Sagebrush Troubadour||12:55pm||Beyond the Purple Hills|
|1:15am||The Singing Vagabond||2:10pm||Cow Town|
|2:15am||Rovin' Tumbleweeds||3:25pm||Mule Train|
|3:20am||Gaucho Serenade||4:40pm||Valley of Fire|
|4:30am||Melody Ranch||5:45pm||Apache Country|
|6:00am||The Big Show||6:50pm||Texans Never Cry|
|7:15am||Boots and Saddles||8:00pm||The Strawberry Roan|
|8:15am||Western Jamboree||9:20pm||South of the Border|
|9:15am||Twilight on the Rio Grande||10:35pm||The Cowboy and the Indians|
|10:30am||Indian Territory||11:50pm||Mexicali Rose|
|Sunday, September 29|
|12:50am||Bells of Capistrano||1:00pm||Whirlwind|
|2:05am||Sioux City Sue||2:15pm||The Blazing Sun|
|3:15am||Sierra Sue||3:30pm||Barbed Wire|
|4:20am||Heart of the Rio Grande||4:35pm||Night Stage to Galveston|
|5:30am||Home in Wyomin'||5:40pm||The Old West|
|6:40am||Down Mexico Way||6:45pm||Silver Canyon|
|8:00am||Saddle Pals||8:00pm||The Big Sombrero|
|9:15am||Gene Autry and the Mounties||9:20pm||Back in the Saddle|
|10:30am||Sons of New Mexico||10:35pm||On Top of Old Smoky|
|11:45am||Hills of Utah||11:40pm||Last of the Pony Riders|
The ENCORE WESTERNS premium channel is carried throughout the United States by cable, satellite, and telco providers.
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.
Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies. As of June 30, 2013, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 56.9 million subscribers, including 21.8 million at STARZ, and 35.1 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S. STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks' third network MOVIEPLEX®, air over 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television. Starz Distribution's home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties. Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.