Santa Monica, CA -- Landmark Theatres, co-owned by Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, and Arthouse Marketing Group (AMG) today announced the formation of a new cinema advertising sales company. The new company, Spotlight Cinema Networks, represents more than 400 cinema screens in the top media markets across the United States.

Spotlight's initial focus is providing marketers unique access to the desirable Adult 18+ demographic, which are educated professionals, with expansion to other specific audience segments in the coming months. Spotlight will offer on-screen advertising, custom digital content, online extensions, screenings and events targeting this niche audience primarily in the Top 25 DMAs.

Michael Sakin, SVP of Sales from Landmark, will lead sales, marketing and industry relations for the new organization as its Executive Vice President. Jerry Rakfeldt, Managing Director at AMG, will assume the role of President of Spotlight Cinema Networks.

"Spotlight Cinema Networks is the first major cinema advertising organization focusing on niche audiences within the greater cinema space," Sakin said. "Cinema is a highly effective medium and has experienced tremendous growth during the past five years. While other cinema vendors have done an excellent job focusing on providing opportunities to reach the general cinema audience, Spotlight will be the first niche platform to enable marketers to target their brand message to their specific customers."

Spotlight Cinema Networks corporate headquarters will be located in Santa Monica, California.


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Los Angeles -- One of the most talked about films of 2010, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, will be released on a Two-Disc Special Edition DVD, Single Disc Blu-ray, Single Disc DVD, and Blu-ray/DVD Combo on December 4, 2010 - a Saturday street date that will allow fans across the nation to celebrate at retailer's midnight release parties before taking home the film at 12:01 am.

Already a worldwide literary phenomenon, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, filled with action, suspense and the supernatural, took in over $300 million domestically at the box office and set the record for the widest theatrical release of all time.

A perfect holiday gift, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Two-Disc Special Edition DVD has a suggested retail price of $32.99, while the Single Disc Blu-ray is set at $34.99, the Single Disc DVD is set at $28.99 and the Blu-ray/DVD Combo is $40.99. The Two-Disc Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo are packed with bonus features that are sure to please even the most-hard core fans, including two different audio commentaries with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and author Stephanie Meyer and producer Wyck Godfrey; a mesmerizing 6-part "Making Of" documentary that takes you behind the scenes; deleted and extended scenes; a comprehensive photo gallery; music videos and more.

It all begins... with a choice. In the third chapter of Stephenie Meyer's phenomenal Twilight series, Bella Swan is surrounded by danger as Seattle is hit by a string of murders and an evil vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love, Edward Cullen, and her friend, Jacob Black-knowing that her decision may ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf.

SPECIAL FEATURES (2-Disc DVD & Combo SKUs only)
• Audio Commentary by Robert Pattinson & Kristen Stewart
• Audio Commentary by Stephanie Meyer & Wyck Godfrey
• Deleted & Extended Scenes
• Photo Gallery
• Six-Part Making Of Documentary (PIP mode on Combo only)
• Edward Fast Forward
• Jacob Fast Forward
• Music Videos
• And more!


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Los Angeles -- A federal judge entered a $400,000 judgment in favor of Disney Enterprises, Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., affiliates of two member studios of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), in their suit against Arizona-based Triton Media LLC. The lawsuit charged that Triton Media engaged in contributory copyright infringement and inducement of copyright infringement of the studios' motion pictures and television shows by operating and providing material assistance such as advertising consulting and referrals and other services engineered to drive traffic to and generate revenue for ("FreeTV"). FreeTV is a website that posts and indexes links to infringing copies of the studios' works found elsewhere on the Internet. Triton Media provided similar services to other infringing websites, including and

The judgment also bars Triton Media from engaging in any further activity that would infringe the studios' copyrighted works.

"Triton Media was a key participant in the profit-making endeavors of a number of pirate sites and served a vital role in facilitating copyright infringement by working to provide a stream of revenue for those sites through advertising referrals," said Daniel M. Mandil, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Content Protection Officer for the MPAA. "This judgment underscores that those who knowingly facilitate the infringing activities of pirate websites and who profit from these illegal businesses are equally responsible and will be held accountable for their actions."

The lawsuit arose out of a copyright infringement lawsuit against the operators of FreeTV. That lawsuit resulted in entry of a judgment for $1.5 million dollars against the individual and corporate owners and operators of FreeTV: Mohy Mir and Supernovatube, Inc.

The major motion picture studios and the technology industry are working together to deliver to consumers a variety of legal choices for enjoying movies, whether they are at home or on the road. There are more than 275 legal websites around the world that provide high quality, digital content online to consumers. These sites make available all types of legal consumer offerings, including: ad-supported viewing, rental viewing, download-to-own, and subscription viewing.


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Tom Cruise has revealed that the fourth Mission: Impossible film will be titled Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Ghost Protocol is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2011. Brad Bird is directing, and Jeremy Renner and Paula Patton co-star.

The last Mission: Impossible film was able to rake in just shy of $400 million worldwide.

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LOS ANGELES -- China Lion Film Distribution is set to release the blockbuster movie Aftershock (Tangshan Dadizheng) across select AMC Theatres in North America on October 29th. The North American theatrical release comes after its success in China where the movie broke box office records becoming the highest grossing domestic film in China. Directed by acclaimed director Feng Xiaogang, the movie is based on the Tangshan earthquake of 1976 that killed more than 240,000 people in China.

Aftershock is the first North American movie release for China Lion Film Distribution that earlier announced an exclusive partnership with AMC Entertainment Inc., a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, to introduce mainstream Chinese movies in the United States and Canada. This deal will see China Lion supply up to 15 films per year exclusively to AMC in the United States and to AMC in Toronto and Ottawa. Most films are expected to release the same date as in China.

Aftershock has grossed $100 million (USD) in China domestically, making it the biggest local film in Chinese box office history. China recently announced that the film will be its official selection for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2010 Oscars leading to its increased popularity nationally and internationally. The movie release marked the 34th anniversary of the Tangshan earthquake.

Aftershock's director Feng Xiaogang has become the most successful commercial film director in China with movies like If You Are the One, the Chinese romantic comedy film that grossed $53.7 million in box office sales in 2008 and Assembly the Chinese war drama film that won the 2008 People's Hundred Flowers Award and the 2009 Golden Rooster Award, the two most prestigious film Awards in China, established by the China Film Association. Feng Xiaogang has been better known for directing romantic comedies but with the record breaking success of Aftershock the director has shown his mastery in directing drama movies that appeal to the Chinese audience globally.

Aftershock is adapted from Zhang Ling's novel by the same name and shows the story of a family torn apart by the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. When both her son and daughter are stuck beneath the same cement slab, the mother is forced to choose whom to save. Her agonizing decision shapes the fate of her family for 32 years to come. The movie stars Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Lu Yi, Zhang Guoqiang, Zhang Zifeng and Zhang Jiazhun.

Aftershock will be released in 24 AMC Theatres across USA and Canada in regions with significant Chinese population including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Seattle, Toronto and Ottawa. Release schedules are being finalized for the rest of 2010 and early 2011, with China Lion expected to announce significant acquisitions at this year's America Film Market, which opens November 3.
Commenting on the deal and Aftershock's release in the North American market, CEO Milt Barlow said, "We are delighted to partner with such a U.S. theatrical powerhouse as AMC. After a long absence, Chinese, Asian and European audiences will have access to the very best of Chinese theatrical releases in most cases screening the same day as in China." AMC President of Programming Robert J. Lenihan said, "We are excited to be the exclusive primary partner with Milt and his team at China Lion. For AMC this is another step in embracing ethnic programming in the United States."

Details on the Aftershock movie and complete theatre listings for USA and Canada are available on the movie website at


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