Quebec invests $5.4 mil in Lionsgate shoot

Second season of Spike TV's 'Blue Mountain State'

TORONTO -- The Quebec government has poured another $5.4 million in Lionsgate's tank as it shoots the second season of Spike TV's "Blue Mountain State" in the French-speaking province.

The cash injection comes from the Societe generale de financement du Quebec (SGF), which invests in Quebec film and TV projects on behalf of the provincial government.

The sophomore season of "Blue Mountain State" will be top-lined by Ed Marinaro, Alan Ritchson, Page Kennedy and Darin Brooks.

The Canadian coin first started flowing to Lionsgate when it signed in 2007 a four-year, $400 million financing pact with Quebec's provincial government to make movies and TV series in the province.

As part of their pact, the Quebec investment arm will finance up to 35% of production costs for a film and TV slate in the province -- an aggregate investment of $140 million.

Lionsgate in turn is to cover the remaining $260 million in possible local production over the four-year period.

SGF president and general manager Pierre Shedleur said the second-season "Blue Mountain State" subsidy will lead to $15 million in expenses being spent locally by Lionsgate.

The four-year financing deal with SGF has covered mostly TV series production.

Lionsgate shot the sixth season of the USA Network's "The Dead Zone" in Montreal after shifting the series from Vancouver.

Blue Mountain State is produced by Varsity Pictures and Lionsgate, with Brian Robbins and Sharla Sumpter Bridgett executive producing.

The comedy will debut on Spike TV this fall, and is distributed worldwide by MTV.
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