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DIRECTV GREENLIGHTS “THINGS YOU SHOULDN’T SAY PAST MIDNIGHT” FROM ACCLAIMED WRITER PETER ACKERMAN

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 1, 2014 – DirecTV announced today that it has ordered ten episodes of the original comedy, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight, from award-winning writer Peter Ackerman. Production on the series is set to begin in Los Angeles in May of 2014. The latest exclusive from DirecTV will air on Audience Network later in the year and will be executive produced by Ackerman and Nick Hamm for Momentum TV.

Based on Ackerman’s critically-acclaimed play of the same name, Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight examines a variety of modern-day relationships through the conceit that nothing good happens after midnight. Set against the distinctly unique backdrop of Los Angeles, the fictional comedy series takes the viewer on a ten episode, twelve-hour collision course that begins at dusk and explodes at dawn.

Ackerman’s writing credits for TV and film include The Americans, Muncle Trogg for Sony Pictures Animation, and the Ice Age movies. On Broadway, his adaptation of The Pajama Game won a Tony Award for Best Musical Revival.

“As DirecTV continues to bolster the slate of original programming on Audience Network, we are thrilled to present Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight as our first foray into comedy,” said Chris Long, SVP Original Content and Production DirecTV. “We have always placed a high premium on working with talented, prolific writers like Peter Ackerman, who challenge us to raise the bar creatively.”

“We are really proud that our creative partnership with DirecTV allows us to push boundaries and produce truly original content,” said Hamm. “Peter Ackerman has a unique comedic vision and on Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight he’s created a fabulous world of distinct characters and hilarious situations.”

“Television these days feels like the Wild West, with new players arriving all the time to stake their claim and create their own programming in fresh, new ways,” said Ackerman. “Momentum TV and DirecTV are at the forefront of this landscape and I couldn’t be more proud to participate.”

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About Audience: Audience is a unique and exclusive television experience available only to DirecTV subscribers. The channel first made its mark in 2008 (as The 101 Network) by partnering with NBC to produce and air three additional seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series Friday Night Lights and in 2010 it became the exclusive home of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning drama Damages, starring Glenn Close. DirecTV continues its commitment to original content with series including ROGUE, an exclusive suspense-drama starring award-winning actress Thandie Newton, and Full Circle, the television debut of acclaimed writer Neil LaBute, starring Kate Walsh, Julian McMahon, Minka Kelly and David Boreanaz. The network has become the premier destination for smart, innovative and critically acclaimed TV fare as we search the globe for the best new series such as Hit & Miss (United Kingdom), Rake (Australia), Call Me Fitz and Less Than Kind (Canada). The Dan Patrick Show, and its companion series The Box Score, keep sports fans up to date with the latest sports talk. Viewers also enjoy the Guitar Center Sessions series and major events such as the annual DirecTV Celebrity Beach Bowl. For more info, please visit http://www.DirecTV.com/audience

About DirecTV: DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV) is one of the world’s leading providers of digital television entertainment services delivering a premium video experience through state-of-the-art technology, unmatched programming and industry leading customer service to more than 36 million customers in the U.S. and Latin America. In the U.S., DirecTV offers its over 20 million customers access to more than 190 HD channels and Dolby-Digital(R) 5.1 theater-quality sound, access to exclusive sports programming such as NFL SUNDAY TICKET(TM), Emmy-award winning technology and higher customer satisfaction than the leading cable companies for 13 years running. DirecTV Latin America, through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, andother Latin American countries, leads the pay TV category in technology, programming and service, delivering an unrivaled digital television experience to more than 16 million customers. DirecTV sports and entertainment properties include two Regional Sports Networks (Rocky Mountain and Pittsburgh), and minority ownership interests in Root Sports Northwest and Game Show Network. For the most up-to-date information on DirecTV, please visit http://www.DirecTV.com

About Momentum TV: Momentum TV is run by BAFTA award-winning Director and Executive Producer, Nick Hamm and his head of development Sabrina Eisenstadt. They develop and produce engaging drama for both film and television in the US, the UK and internationally. Empowered by diverse international partnerships Momentum TV works to produce high-end programming for a global audience. Most recently Momentum TV produced `Full Circle’ its second collaboration with DirecTV and Neil LaBute’s television series debut. With shows in development at Participant Media’s new network Pivot and Warner Brothers digital, Momentum TV utilizes its unique expertise in digital content, network television and foreign financing.

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