Washington, D.C. and North Hollywood, Calif.- The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has hired Mitch Neuhauser as Show Manager of its official movie theater industry convention slated to begin in March 2011. The veteran convention manager takes up his new duties September 14, 2009.

Currently Vice President of Nielsen Film Group, where he oversees all aspects of industry conventions ShoWest, ShowEast, Cinema Expo and CineAsia, Neuhauser began his career in 1981 with the Sunshine Group Worldwide, which operated ShowEast, Cinema Expo and CineAsia until it was purchased by Nielsen (then VNU). ShoWest was added to his responsibilities when it was purchased by Nielsen in 2001. Neuhauser is also assistant executive director of NATO of New York State.

"I truly look forward to working with NATO and its members and the rest of the motion picture industry to produce the very best convention imaginable, " said Neuhauser. "Personally, I owe a debt of deep gratitude to Bob Sunshine and The Nielsen Film Group for their tremendous support over the past 28 years and I leave on good terms and with great pride in what we have accomplished together."

NATO will continue to support ShoWest as its official convention through 2010.

NATO and Cinemark chairman Lee Roy Mitchell stated "As NATO takes the reins of its official convention, our board of directors and conventions task force have considered how best to build on the long history of our successful partnership with ShoWest. We are confident we have taken an important first step by hiring a man who has been so critical to that success."

Georgia Theatre Company CEO and NATO conventions task force co-chair Bill Stembler noted "Mitch is an individual with integrity and experience, clearly the best choice to lead NATO's new convention."

Fellow task force co-chair and Signature Theatres president Phil Harris said, "Mitch is trusted and respected by theater owners, the studios and the vendors on the trade show floor. NATO had to have him for its official convention."

Bruce Snyder, president of domestic distribution, 20th Century Fox Film Corp., said, "That's a no brainer, get Mitch Neuhauser to run the show for NATO and you can't go wrong. He gets two thumbs up from this office."

"On all points: strategy, planning and execution," Mark Zoradi, president of Walt Disney Motion Picture Group said, "Mitch has done an outstanding job, he has my full support in leading your new team."

Andrew Cripps, Paramount president of international distribution said, "Mitch has excellent communication skills, is a very good manager, works with us tirelessly and never lets anything faze him, despite seemingly odd requests that we do throw his way."

Neuhauser is a member of the Board of Directors of The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation and a Board Member of The Salah M. Hassanein Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens. In 2006 he was singled out by Variety Clubs International with a Presidential Citation for his dedicated work on behalf of children in need. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Neuhauser currently resides in Woodbury, New York with his wife Elyce, daughter Molly and son Jacob.

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Centennial, Colo. - NCM Fathom, in association with Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions, will bring live world championship boxing to the big screen in high definition for the first time ever with the showing of the highly anticipated 12-round welterweight fight between six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd "Money" Mayweather and five-time world champion in three weight divisions Juan Manuel "Dinamita" Marquez and televised undercard on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 8:30 p.m. ET/ 5:30 p.m. PT in select movie theaters nationwide.

Tickets for Mayweather vs. Marquez: "Number One/Numero Uno" Fight LIVE are available at participating theater box offices and online here. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit here (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Fathom into the Golden Boy family of sponsors as their interest in the Mayweather vs. Marquez mega-fight is another indication of the sheer magnitude of the fight itself," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. "Having the fight in high definition in movie theaters throughout the country is unprecedented and gives boxing fans another outlet to watch the compelling action of a big-time fight."

Mayweather vs. Marquez: "Number One/Numero Uno" Fight LIVE will take boxing fans ringside to experience every jab and hook thrown during this ultimate showdown from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The historic match marks the return of boxing to movie theaters for the first time in nearly three decades.

"Watching fights at the movies goes back to the 1940s," said boxing historian Bert Sugar. "It's the next best thing to being there. Seeing a fight at a movie theater is the ultimate virtual experience. You pretty much get everything but the sweat."

The first boxing match publicly shown in movie theaters was the Eric Boon vs. Arthur Danaher fight in London seen in only three theaters on Feb. 23, 1939. The first boxing match shown in U.S. movie theaters was the Joe Louis vs. Lee Savold bout from Madison Square Garden in New York on June 15, 1951. The last fight to be widely shown in movie theaters was Sugar Ray Leonard's victory over Roberto "Fists of Stone" Duran in the famous "No Mas" fight on Nov. 25, 1980.

A 1996 Olympic Bronze medalist for the United States, Floyd Mayweather (39-0, 25 KO's) has since gone on to strike gold in the professional ranks, firmly establishing himself as the best fighter of his era. Mayweather won his first world title - the WBC Super Featherweight World Championship - at the age of 21 in 1998. The Grand Rapids, Mich. native defended that title eight times before moving up to lightweight and taking the 135-pound belt in 2002. He went on to win the junior welterweight and welterweight world titles, respectively. Mayweather defeated Oscar de la Hoya in May of 2007 for the World Junior Middleweight Championship in a record-setting pay-per-view super-fight and in his last fight in December 2007, knocked out Ricky "Hitman" Hatton in the tenth round, handing the British superstar his first professional defeat. Mayweather announced his retirement from boxing soon after that fight. He went on to achieve crossover fame as a contestant on the hit show "Dancing with the Stars" and as a participant in WWE's "Wrestlemania XXIV."

"I can't wait to get back into the ring to reclaim my rightful place as boxing's pound-for-pound king while fans in movie theaters across the country experience it all live in high definition on 40-foot-screens," said Mayweather. "If you can't be ringside, this is another great way to see my return to the ring."

Mayweather vs. Marquez: "Number One / Numero Uno" will take place on what is historically considered boxing's biggest weekend - Mexican Independence Day or El Grito de Independence.

"Floyd has always wanted to appear on the big screen so this is just great," said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. "It's going to be a great night of boxing and watching it in high definition on such a large screen will be a great treat for the fans who go to theaters to watch it."

Mexico City's Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KO's) has long been revered by boxing purists as one of the best in the sport, having won 29 of his first 30 pro bouts before finally getting a world title shot in 1999. Following a loss in that fight, he didn't lose again for the next seven years. Marquez won the IBF Featherweight World Championship in 2003 and in the same year, also captured the WBA Featherweight title. Marquez would lose his belt via controversial decision in 2006, but he returned to win the WBC Junior Lightweight World Championship in March 2007. Marquez moved up to the 135-pound weight class in September of 2008 and won the Ring Magazine Lightweight World Championship. The 36-year-old added the WBA and WBO World Lightweight belts to his trophy case in his most recent fight on February 28, 2009.

"This fight against Floyd Mayweather is undoubtedly the biggest in my professional career," said Márquez. "The fact that this long awaited battle will be on the big screen in movie theaters across the United States is fantastic. I invite the fans everywhere to go to movie theaters so they can see everything live and in high definition on the big screen."

Mayweather vs. Marquez: "Number One/Numero Uno" Fight LIVE appears on the big screen in high-definition with Cinema Surround Sound in select AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Cobb Theatres, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Malco Theatres, Marcus Theatres, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), The Carolina (Asheville, NC), Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA), through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

"NCM Fathom continues to offer something for everyone on the big screen and it does not get bigger than this," said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. "This is the first boxing event offered through Fathom's network to a select number of theaters across the country and fight fans won't want to miss being ringside to see two of the greatest fighters of this era battle in a larger-than-life experience on the big screen."

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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, the world leader in digital cinema projection, has earned the prestigious 2009 International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) Teddy Award as Manufacturer of the Year. The annual award is voted by dealers in the motion picture industry who are active members of ICTA. It praises Christie for its "progressive principles of product development, providing dealers with services and up-to-date technical and sales information, while supporting the status of its products without qualification." Christie won from a field of nearly 100 industry manufacturers.

ICTA was founded in 1971 and represents more than 180 manufacturers and cinema-related businesses worldwide. It is the second time that Christie has won the award.

"It is a great privilege to be acknowledged as the best in the industry, especially when it comes from your peers," commented Robert Sunshine, executive director of ICTA. "Christie has earned that distinction for their achievements in digital cinema, their exceptional service in the market place, and for being on the cutting-edge of new technologies."

Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN), whose revolutionary DLP Cinema technology powers Christie's celebrated projectors, congratulated Christie for its achievement. It noted in a full-page ad of the Hollywood Reporter (July 29th 2009), "Incredible reliability, rock-solid performance and amazing service are just a few reasons why Christie is the Manufacturer of the Year and the much-deserved winner of the ICTA's Teddy Award."

Christie President and COO Jack Kline, who accepted the award at the recent ICTA convention, expressed great pride in the recognition given to Christie. He remarked, "It is a great honor to win this award. Christie's success is a direct result of the efforts of our highly dedicated staff, which continuously reaches out to its dealers to provide unparalleled support, service and technological expertise that always exceed expectation. Programs such as Christie's Factory Certified training, which dealers consistently rate as one of the best in the industry, are the hallmark of our customer-focused approach. Backed by our passionate and experienced staff, our programs help set the standards of excellence in the industry."

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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, continues to meet the increasing demands for 3D digital cinema with the delivery of Christie CP2000-SB DLP Cinema projectors to Malco Theatres, Inc., a leading exhibitor in the mid-South for over 90 years. The Christie CP2000-SB projectors include Brilliant3D technology and motorized lens mounts, offering a high-brightness, single lens solution that meets the needs of the audience and the exhibitor, respectively.

Malco Theatres Inc., a fourth generation, family owned movie exhibition company headquartered in Memphis, Tenn., was founded in 1915. Serving movie-going audiences in Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee, Malco Theatres first opened as a multiplex cinema in 1987. With more than 320 screens in over 30 locations, Malco Theatres is nationally recognized as a leader in the industry for its innovative techniques and special attention given to sight, sound and patron comfort.

"As an advocate of digital cinema technology from the very beginning, we currently have more than 130 digital screens across the mid-South. With digital 3D gaining in popularity, we wanted our largest screens to have the brightest image possible for our Dolby 3D systems. Christie was able to deliver the performance and reliability we needed," noted Mike Thomson, vice-president of Technology, Malco Theatres.

Thomson also added, "At this time we found that the CP2000-SB projectors are the brightest projectors on the market. Their 1.2" full-chip triple-flash technology allows us to have 5-6 foot lamberts of light on 50-foot wide Harkness Purlux 220 screens using Dolby 3D technology. They arrived when we needed them and have been operating flawlessly since their installation."

Christie CP2000-SB with Brilliant3D triple-flash technology significantly boosts projector performance and image brightness, delivering the industry's best single lens solution for 3D. It utilizes the entire reflective surface of the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) from Texas Instruments (TI), enabling 3D content to be projected in full 2K resolution.

"Christie's CP2000 series projectors continue to set the standards for 3D, in both resolution and brightness," remarked Brian Claypool, senior product manager, Christie Entertainment Solutions. "For the largest screens, such as those at Malco Theatres, the CP2000-SB is the best solution on the market. In addition, the motorized lens mount allows theater operators to easily and reliably change between any format with a single lens set-up, making it the most accurate and fastest lens solution available.

It reflects Christie's ongoing commitment to provide the best performing, easiest to use projection systems in the industry."

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Centennial, Colo. - You won't believe your eyes and ears on this brand new magical journey down the yellow brick road with Dorothy, her dog Toto, The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. On September 23rd, NCM Fathom, Warner Home Video and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will give theatergoers the opportunity to experience this family classic for the first time in high definition on the big screen.

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event, a special one-night only, nationwide in-theater presentation, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at 7:00 p.m. local time. The unforgettable cultural icon has been entirely re-mastered and will be shown in movie theaters for the first time ever in high definition in an historic big-screen event that celebrates the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. The event will also feature the specially created To Oz! The Making of a Classic, an exclusive look inside Oz featuring behind-the-scenes footage, home movies and archival interviews with the cast and crew.

Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online here. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the web site (theaters and participants are subject to change).

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event will be introduced by Robert Osborne, classic film historian and host of Turner Classic Movies, who will share facts and stories about this ageless classic. The exclusive cut of To Oz! The Making of a Classic will offer audiences a unique peek into the Land of Oz through interviews with original Munchkin actors; an audio outtake of "If I Only Had a Brain" with Ray Bolger and July Garland, complete with stills and home movie footage; and a look at how the MGM artists and craftsmen created the music, costumes and amazing special effects for The Wizard of Oz in the 1930s.

"Warner Home Video is proud to be part of the year-long celebration of this cinematic treasure. We're also delighted to be bringing it into the digital age with this new painstakingly re-mastered Blu-ray, which makes it seem like you're seeing these endearing characters and hearing the unforgettable Oz songs for the first time," said Jeff Baker, Warner Home Video's executive vice president and general manager, Theatrical Catalog.

Adapted from L. Frank Baum's timeless children's tale about a Kansas girl's journey over the rainbow, The Wizard of Oz opened on Aug. 15, 1939 and is ranked among the top 10 best movies of all-time. The Wizard of Oz received five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and captured two Oscars-Best Song ("Over the Rainbow") and Best Original Score-plus a special award for Outstanding Juvenile Performance by Judy Garland.

"NCM Fathom continues to bring communities together in local movie theaters and we are proud to be the first to present this much-loved story to audiences in a way they're sure to remember," said Dan Diamond, vice president of Fathom. "Fans-young and old -will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Dorothy's journey come to life on the big screen in a high definition experience that will include an exclusive look inside the making of this masterpiece."

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Hi-Def Event appears on the big screen in high definition with Cinema Surround Sound in 449 select AMC Entertainment Inc., Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark Holdings, Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Georgia Theatre Co., Goodrich Quality Theaters, Hollywood Theaters, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, Malco Theatres, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theaters, as well as Arlington Theatre (Santa Barbara, CA), The Carolina (Asheville, NC), El Raton Theatre (Raton, NM), Palace Cinema 9 (South Burlington, VT) and Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA), through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

Warner Home Video's re-mastered Blu-ray and DVD release, The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition, debuts September 29. With six times higher resolution than standard DVD, along with the sonic excellence of Dolby TruHD, the film will be at its pristine best, marking an historic benchmark in the Blu-ray format. The limited and numbered Ultimate Collector's Editions will feature 16 hours of bonus features-four hours of which have never been available before now. Every package will bear a silver label containing a specific numbered version; once these packages are sold out, they will never again be available to consumers.

Visit the official website here for more information on events and products.

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