Centennial, CO - National CineMedia LLC (NCM) has entered into network affiliate advertising agreements with Cobb Theatres, Galaxy Theatres, LLC and Storyteller Theatres Corporation for the presentation of pre-show advertising. Under the terms of the exclusive multi-year agreements, select Cobb, Galaxy and Storyteller movie theaters in eight states including Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming will exclusively present NCM's pre-feature cinema advertising program, FirstLook.

The cinema advertising affiliate agreement with Cobb Theatres represents an extension of the movie theater chain's current relationship with NCM as a network affiliate for NCM Fathom entertainment events. Cobb has been presenting NCM Fathom's live and pre-recorded in-theater events including the critically acclaimed opera series The Met: Live in HD since January of 2009. The new cinema advertising affiliate agreements with Galaxy Theatres, LLC and Storyteller Theatres Corporation are also effective immediately.

These three exhibitors represent the most recent expansion of the NCM cinema network, which is the largest digital in-theater video and satellite distribution network in North America. Cobb Theatres, Galaxy Theatres, LLC and Storyteller Theatres Corporation currently operate a combined 23 theaters and 268 screens. The three theater circuits together represent an additional 9.1 million attendees for NCM.

"The additions of these theater circuits furthers our strategic goal of building a national digital theater network that can compete more effectively with existing national media networks," said Kurt Hall, NCM's president and chief executive officer. "In particular, Cobb, Galaxy and Storyteller have improved our coverage in key markets, allowing us to better compete for the advertising budgets of clients who require more ubiquitous reach."

NCM currently has exclusive, long-term cinema advertising agreements in place with its founding member exhibitors, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), as well as network affiliate pacts with theater circuits such as Carolina Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Georgia Theatre Company, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, MJR Theatres, Picture Show Theatres, ShowBiz Cinemas, LLC and Starplex Cinemas, among others.

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Orlando, Florida - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), through its Technicolor Business Group, has aligned with entertainment industry leaders Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, Eastman Kodak Company, and Fujifilm to provide financial assistance to exhibitors seeking an immediate 3D solution. The Silver Screen Fund defers costs associated with the purchase and installation of silver screens by providing financial assistance to exhibitors who deploy the Technicolor 3D solution. The fund will be managed by Technicolor, which last week announced broad studio support for the Technicolor 3D solution.

The Silver Screen Fund will finance up to 500 silver screens to be installed at theatres in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Funding is available immediately for qualified exhibitors. When exhibitors complete the terms of the Silver Screen Fund agreement, they will own the silver screen, a necessary component for future digital 3D projection.

"Technicolor is committed to delivering high-quality, affordable 3D solutions, and the creation of the Silver Screen Fund accelerates our promise to our exhibition partners by helping them defer upfront costs associated with the purchase and installation of silver screens," said Lanny Raimondo, head of Technicolor. "Thanks to overwhelming studio and industry support, we expect to sign up these first 500 screens in the coming weeks, keeping us on track to reach our target of more than 1,000 Technicolor 3D screens by mid-2010."

"Deluxe is proud to have a long history of supporting our customers by providing whatever format they choose for their content. This technology bridge for 3D exhibition is a cost effective way to help our customers maximize their theatrical release schedules," said Cyril Drabinsky, President and CEO of Deluxe.

"Right now, there are not enough 3D screens to accommodate major releases and the screen shortage becomes compounded when you consider issues of overlapping 3D releases," said Kim Snyder, President, Entertainment Imaging, and Vice President, Eastman Kodak Company. "The industry desperately needs additional screens to satisfy demands by studios and movie fans, who consistently vote for 3D with their box-office dollar. The Silver Screen Fund levels the playing field so all exhibitors can realize the benefits of 3D presentations."

"With the Digital 3D roll-out slowed significantly by the economy, and because of the prohibitive cost associated with digital cinema conversion, we believe Technicolor's film-based 3D innovation is the right solution," said Graeme Parcher, Group Vice President, FUJIFILM North American Motion Picture Group. "We are excited to partner with our industry colleagues to introduce this significant advance in film 3D technology."

Technicolor 3D Motion Picture Support
Multiple major motion picture studios are supporting the Technicolor 3D solution. DreamWorks Animation, Lionsgate, Paramount, Overture, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., and The Weinstein Company are working with Technicolor to deliver content for presentation in Technicolor 3D.

Seventeen 3D titles have already been announced for 2010 release, with more expected from several distributors. The studios noted above account for the majority of these titles, including How to Train Your Dragon, Piranha 3D, Shrek Forever After, Despicable Me, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Friday the 13th: Part 2; Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Alpha and Omega, Burst, Oobermind, and Yogi Bear.

How the Technicolor 3D Solution Works
The Technicolor 3D Solution employs a proprietary "production to projection" system that leverages 35mm (or film) projectors already in use by the majority of U.S. and international theatres today to deliver high-quality 3D content to moviegoers. A patent-pending lens system assembles the left and right eye images as the film runs through the projector and delivers a 3D-ready image onto a silver screen. The solution works with circular polarized glasses-identical to the ones used for existing digital 3D cinema-to "translate" the film's content into an image that is perceived by the viewer as being three dimensional. The silver screen can be used for the projection of both Technicolor 3D as well as digital 3D content. The Technicolor 3D Solution can be installed nearly immediately. No build-out or significant modifications of the projection booth are required.

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SAN DIEGO - Sony Electronics' Digital Cinema Solutions and Services Group has finalized a virtual print fee agreement with Overture Films. Under this non-exclusive arrangement, Overture will release its titles in digital format for playback in U.S. theaters equipped with Sony 4K projection systems.

The agreement marks the latest alliance for the Sony DCSS group with a motion picture distributor, following recent announcements with Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

"The Sony digital cinema team has the right resources in place to give exhibitors the strongest foundation for digital cinema," said Kyle Davies, executive vice president, theatrical distribution at Overture Films.

The Sony DCSS group was formed to provide turn-key solutions for exhibitors, enabling them to efficiently convert their operations to digital technology. In addition to digital projection system deployment, the DCSS group will offer installation and maintenance services, customized solutions, delivery of alternative content programming, and high-level service and support.

"Our agreement with Overture expands our efforts to give exhibitors the ability to provide their patrons with the highest-quality experience in theaters," said Mike Fidler, senior vice president of Sony's Digital Cinema Solutions and Services Group. "We will continue to forge and strengthen relationships with studios in order to increase the pipeline of digital and, ultimately, 4K, content for theatrical presentations."

Overture's first film under this new agreement is the box-office hit Law Abiding Citizen, about a brilliant sociopath seeking revenge for his wife and daughter's murder. Released nationwide October 16, the movie stars Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. Up next on November 6 is the highly anticipated The Men Who Stare at Goats, a quirky dark comedy that follows the U.S. Military's attempts to harness paranormal abilities to combat its enemies, starring an ensemble cast that includes George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges.

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Los Angeles, CA - IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) and Sony Pictures Releasing today announced that the highly-anticipated motion picture Michael Jackson's This Is It will open in digital IMAX theatres on October 28, 2009. The limited IMAX release will run domestically during evening show times in 96 IMAX digital theatres. In addition, the movie will run a full show schedule in 27 of the Company's international digital locations.

Michael Jackson's This Is It has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR (Digital Re-mastering) technology. A key part of the IMAX DMR process includes re-mastering the soundtrack to take advantage of IMAX's 14,000 watt digital audio system. IMAX sound has 10 times more dynamic range than systems in conventional theatres, eliminates distortion and provides a sound quality that feels more immersive, especially with added acoustic paneling that absorbs sound and removes echo. This unparalleled sound experience combined with IMAX's crystal-clear images and customized theatre geometry create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are actually attending a Michael Jackson performance.

"There is already significant buzz surrounding the film and we're so pleased that moviegoers in domestic and international markets will now have the chance to experience it in IMAX," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment is growing, as is the IMAX theatre network, and we're looking forward to continued success with Sony as we open more theatres and release more films."

"Moviegoers will be able to hear the talent of Michael Jackson, with the film's digitally re-mastered soundtrack pumping through IMAX's powerful audio system," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The IMAX release cranks up the event status of this unique film even more."

Michael Jackson's This Is It will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the performer as he developed, created and rehearsed for his sold-out concerts that would have taken place beginning this past summer in London's O2 Arena. Covering the months from March through June, 2009, the film is produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson and drawn from more than 120 hours of behind-the-scenes footage, featuring Jackson rehearsing numerous songs for the show. Audiences will be given a privileged and private look at Jackson as he has never been seen before. In raw and candid detail, Michael Jackson's This Is It is the last documentation of Michael Jackson in action, capturing the singer, dancer, filmmaker, architect, creative genius, and great artist at work as he and his collaborators move toward their goals of London, the O2, and history. Kenny Ortega, who was both Michael Jackson's creative partner and the director of the stage show, is also directing the film, which is being produced by Randy Phillips, Kenny Ortega and Paul Gongaware. Executive producers are John Branca and John McClain. The film will be distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Releasing. For more information about the film please visit www.thisisit-movie.com.

Michael Jackson's This is It: The IMAX Experience is scheduled to play day-and-date at the following IMAX Theatres beginning October 28th.

Mesa - Dickinson Gateway 12 IMAX Theatre
Phoenix - AMC Deer Valley 30 with IMAX

Little Rock - Dickinson Chenal 9 IMAX Theatre

Aliso Viejo - Edwards Aliso Viejo Stadium 20 & IMAX
Arcadia - AMC Santa Anita 16 & IMAX
Burbank - AMC Burbank 16 & IMAX
Camarillo - Edwards Camarillo Palace Stadium 12 & IMAX
Covina - AMC Covina 30 with IMAX
Cupertino - AMC Cupertino 16 & IMAX
El Dorado Hills - Regal Cinemas El Dorado Hills Stadium 14 & IMAX
Emeryville - AMC Bay Street 16 & IMAX
Escondido - Regal Escondido Stadium 16 & IMAX
Fairfield - Edwards Fairfield Stadium 16 & IMAX
Long Beach - Edwards Long Beach 26 & IMAX
Los Angeles - AMC Century City 15 & IMAX
National City - AMC Plaza Bonita 14 & IMAX
Rowland Heights - AMC Puente Hills 20 with IMAX
San Diego - AMC Palm Promenade 24 & IMAX
San Diego - Edwards Mira Mesa Stadium 18 & IMAX
San Jose - AMC Eastridge Mall 15 & IMAX
Santa Clara - AMC Mercado 20 & IMAX
Simi Valley - Regal Civic Center Plaza 16 & IMAX
South Gate - Edwards South Gate Stadium 20 & IMAX
Stockton - Regal City Centre Stadium 16 & IMAX
Torrance - AMC Del Amo 18 & IMAX
Woodland Hills - AMC Promenade 16 & IMAX

Highlands Ranch - AMC Highlands Ranch 24 & IMAX
Westminster - AMC Orchard 12 & IMAX
Westminster - AMC Westminster Promenade 24 & IMAX

Altamonte Springs - AMC Altamonte Mall 18 & IMAX
Aventura - AMC Aventura 24 & IMAX
Fort Myers - Regal Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16 & IMAX
Jacksonville - AMC Regency 24 & IMAX
Orange Park - AMC Orange Park 24 & IMAX
Orlando - Regal Waterford Lakes Stadium 20 & IMAX
South Miami - AMC Sunset Place 24 & IMAX
Tallahassee - AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 with IMAX
Tampa - AMC Veterans 24 & IMAX
West Palm Beach - Muvico Parisian IMAX

Augusta - Regal Augusta Exchange Stadium 20 & IMAX
Kennesaw - AMC Barrett Commons 24 & IMAX
Morrow - AMC Southlake Pavilion 24 & IMAX

Honolulu - Regal Dole Cannery 18 & IMAX

Hodgkins - Loews Quarry Cinemas 14 with IMAX
South Barrington - AMC Barrington 30 & IMAX

Indianapolis - Kerasotes ShowPlace 16 & IMAX

Olathe - AMC Studio 30 & IMAX

Newport - AMC Newport On The Levee 20 & IMAX

Harahan - AMC Elmwood Palace 20 & IMAX

Saco - Cinemagic & IMAX in Saco

Baltimore - AMC Loews White Marsh 16 & IMAX
Columbia - AMC Columbia 14 & IMAX

Danvers - AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 & IMAX
Methuen - Loews Methuen 20 with IMAX

Auburn Hills - Star Great Lakes 25 with IMAX
Livonia - Livonia 20 with IMAX
Sterling Heights - AMC Forum 30 & IMAX

Roseville - AMC Rosedale 14 & IMAX

Independence - AMC Independence Commons 20 & IMAX
Kansas City - AMC BarryWoods 24 & IMAX

Henderson - Regal Sunset Station Stadium 13 & IMAX
Las Vegas - Regal Red Rock Stadium 16 & IMAX
North Las Vegas - Regal Aliante Stadium 16 & IMAX

New Hampshire
Hooksett - Cinemagic & IMAX in Hooksett

New Jersey
Cherry Hill - AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 & IMAX
Hamilton - AMC Hamilton 24 & IMAX
New Brunswick - Loews New Brunswick 18 with IMAX

New York
Albany - Regal Crossgates Mall 18 & IMAX
Brooklyn - UA Sheepshead Bay Stadium 14 & IMAX
Deer Park - Regal Deer Park Stadium 16 & IMAX
New York City - AMC Loews 34th Street 14 & IMAX
Stony Brook - AMC Stony Brook 17 & IMAX

North Carolina
Charlotte - Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen Stadium 22 & IMAX
Concord - AMC Concord Mills 24 & IMAX

Columbus - AMC Easton Town Center 30 & IMAX
Columbus - Lennox Town Center 24 with IMAX

Tigard - Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18 & IMAX

Bensalem - AMC Neshaminy 24 & IMAX
Homestead - AMC Waterfront 22 & IMAX
Reading - RC Reading Movies 11 + IMAX

South Carolina
Charleston - Citadel Mall IMAX Stadium 16

Knoxville - Regal Pinnacle Stadium 18 at Turkey Creek

Frisco - Stonebriar 24 with IMAX
Garland - AMC Firewheel 18 & IMAX
Houston - AMC Gulf Pointe 30 & IMAX
Mesquite - AMC Mesquite 30 & IMAX
Sugar Land - AMC First Colony 24 & IMAX

Alexandria - AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAX
Hampton - Hampton Towne Centre 24 with IMAX
Midlothian - Regal Commonwealth 20 & IMAX
Virginia Beach - AMC Lynnhaven 18 & IMAX
Woodbridge - AMC Potomac Mills 18 & IMAX

Bellevue - Lincoln Square Cinemas IMAX Theatre
Kent - AMC Kent Station & IMAX
Lacey - Regal Martin Village Stadium 16 & IMAX

Wauwatosa - Mayfair Mall 18 with IMAX

Melbourne - Highpoint Hoyts IMAX
Perth - Carousel Hoyts IMAX
Sydney - Entertainment Quarter Hoyts IMAX

Graz - Cineplexx 8055 Graz
Vienna - Cineplexx Apollo Das Kino

Curitiba - Palladium Shopping Center IMAX
Sao Paolo - Bourbon Shopping Center Espaço Unibanco Pompéia IMAX

Beijing - Shijingshan Wanda Cinema
Changchun - Changchun IMAX Theatre
Changsha - Changsha IMAX Theatre
Kunming - Kunming Broadway IMAX Theatre

Mumbai - Big Cinemas IMAX Theatre

Kanagawa - 109 Cinemas Kawasaki
Minoh - 109 Cinemas Minoh
Saitama - 109 Cinemas Shobu

Gwangju - CGV Gwangju

Juarez-Chihuahua - Cinepolis Las Misiones Ciudad Juarez
Toluca - Cinepolis Galerias Metepec IMAX Theatre

Manila - SM City North Edsa Mall IMAX

Lodz - Orange IMAX Manufaktura

Doha - Villagio Shopping Mall IMAX Theatre

Moscow - KinoStar City @ Mega Belaya Dacha

Taipei - Vieshow Cinemas Taipei Sun IMAX

Greenwich - ODEON Greenwich IMAX
Wimbledon - ODEON Wimbledon IMAX

Kiev - Utel IMAX Theatre

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Building on the strong relationship Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ:CIDM) and Overture Films have shared since Overture's inception in 2007, the companies announced today an agreement through which Overture will support Cinedigm's Phase Two Digital Cinema Deployment Plan. The ten-year agreement commits Overture to release its feature movies in digital cinema format and to pay virtual print fees (VPFs) to Cinedigm when those features run on Cinedigm exhibitor partners' digital screens.

Cinedigm's Phase Two Digital Cinema Deployment Plan is designed to aid in the deployment of as many as 10,000 digital screens nationwide. Overture signed a similar agreement to participate in Cinedigm's Phase One Deployment Program and is a customer of both Cinedigm's distribution software and its satellite delivery services.

"Cinedigm continues to be a great partner for Overture Films in our effort to take advantage of the growing demand for digital features," said Kyle Davies, Executive Vice-President, Theatrical Distribution at Overture. "Digital cinema represents the industry's future. Overture is proud to work closely with Cinedigm to help make that future a reality."

"This agreement reinforces Overture's commitment to digital cinema," said Chuck Goldwater, President of Cinedigm's Media Services Group. "Overture has become a major player in the industry highlighted by movies from ambitious, creative moviemakers. It naturally follows that the Overture would continue to play a leadership role in the digital era."

To date, Cinedigm has contracted for and completed the rollout of nearly 4,000 systems in forty-one states with exhibitors including Atlas Cinemas, Allen Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Celebration! Cinema, Cinema West, Cinetopia, Dickinson Theatres, Emagine, Galaxy Cinema, Georgia Theatre Company, Great Escape Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Krikorian Premiere Theatres, MJR Theatres, Neighborhood Cinema Group, Premiere Cinema Corp., Rave Motion Pictures, Showplace Cinemas, UltraStar Cinemas, and Cinedigm's own Pavilion Digital Showcase Theatre. Its Phase Two plan aims to provide networked, turnkey Digital Cinema systems, in conformance with DCI specifications, for up to an additional 10,000 screens.

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