Paris, France -- SmartJog, the global leader in managed digital delivery services, announced new additions to its Digital Cinema sales team in Europe and North America. SmartJog is also pleased to unveil that during the last year it doubled the number of theatres connected to its satellite network in Europe and now delivers DCPs to 309 cinemas in 9 different European countries. Over the next few weeks, SmartJog plans to deploy an additional 80 sites throughout France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal. European distributors will benefit from a true Pan-European delivery platform.

Digital Cinema Sales Team expands in Europe
The new three team members will concentrate efforts on promoting the growth of SmartJog's digital cinema solutions in Germany, Spain, France, Benelux to theatrical distributors, exhibitors and service providers and are reporting to Nicolas Dussert, Director of European Theatrical Sales for SmartJog.

In charge of promoting SmartJog in German-speaking territories, Ursula Reber has joined the SmartJog team as Theatrical Sales Manager, DACH. Ursula will be based in Berlin. Before joining SmartJog, Ursula published market studies on the economics of digital cinema in Europe and the roll-out in Germany. She was a consultant for various companies globally specializing in digital cinema and digital production in Europe.
Responsible for expanding digital cinema services in Spain and Portugal, Anna Fernandez joins SmartJog as Theatrical Sales Manager and will be based in Madrid. Before starting at SmartJog, Anna has spent years working in the audiovisual sector, from production to exhibition, concentrating in all types of genres. Anna later went on to consult in the field of audiovisual marketing and financing for multiplatform European coproduction projects.

Melodie Hoppenot joins SmartJog as Theatrical Sales Executive and will be based in Paris. She will concentrate on building lasting relationships between SmartJog and its customers in France and Benelux. After working as production assistant for audiovisual production companies, Melodie spent a few years working for Pan-Europeenne as marketing and communication manager in charge of developing promotion tools dedicated to distributors, co-producers and financial partners for French and foreign territories.

"We are excited to welcome new staff to our expanding Digital Cinema team. They all have an extensive background in the Cinema industry in their respective countries which will help us build strong relationships with key players in the industry," says Nicolas Dussert, Director of European Theatrical Sales for SmartJog.

Digital Cinema Sales Team expands in North America
The Digital Cinema and Theatrical sales team is also growing in North America with the addition of Ruby Dease to the newly created position of Senior Account Manager. Ruby will be responsible for key Studio and post-production accounts in Los Angeles, with a focus on expanding the use of SmartJog for the transfer of digital cinema content from the US to certain key international territories including South America, Asia, Australia, India, Canada. Dease was Global Account Manager at Ascent Media prior joining SmartJog. She started her career in the entertainment industry at Technicolor Creative Services, where she became an Account Manager, Studio Services, overseeing post-production deliverables for 3 major Studios for international markets. Ruby will report to Christiane Ducasse, Senior Director of Sales for SmartJog USA.

Over 200 feature films and thousands of trailers have been transmitted via satellite to cinemas via SmartJog since 2009. The number of connected digital cinema service providers, mastering facilities and distributors connected and sending DCPs through the SmartJog network has grown to 109 companies in 29 countries.

SmartJog has over 1000 clients who are across the media value chain, including broadcasters, distributors, post-production companies, advertising agencies, new media (VOD, IPTV) platforms, in-flight entertainment and home entertainment service providers,


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Source: Variety

Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in Snow White and the Huntsman, a retelling of the classic fairy tale which examines the relationship between the young girl and the man who is ordered to kill her. Viggo Mortensen is signed already to play the titular Huntsman, while Charlize Theron has been rumored as a possible candidate for the role of the Evil Queen.

Interestingly, neither director Rupert Sanders nor screenwriter Evan Daugherty have any significant previous screen credits, but Universal acquired the script after winning a bidding war last fall. The film is currently scheduled to be released on December 21, 2012. In the meantime, it follows in the footsteps of two other recent fairy tale-themed productions, Tarsem's The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, and Disney's Snow White and the Seven.


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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Jonathan Glickman has been named MGM's President, Motion Picture Group, it was announced today by Co-Chairmen and Chief Executive Officers Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum.

Glickman is the current President of Spyglass Entertainment, responsible for the development and production of all Spyglass films. His MGM appointment is effective immediately.

"Jonathan represents the best in the business. We recognized his talent, taste and acumen when we first hired him 12 years ago at Spyglass and can't wait to continue the journey with him here at MGM," said Barber and Birnbaum.

"Between MGM's storied history, the promise of the new leadership team and the chance to continue working directly with Gary and Roger, I can't wait to get started," said Glickman.

Glickman's role at MGM will include the oversight of development and production for all feature films, as well as helping to identify co-financing opportunities with other studios. He will report to Barber and Birnbaum, and will begin forming the motion picture group immediately.

Jonathan Glickman joined Spyglass Entertainment as President of Production in 1998. In 2003, he was promoted to President of the company. At Spyglass, along with Barber and Birnbaum, he produced such worldwide hits as "Four Christmases", "27 Dresses", "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy", "The Pacifier", "The Count of Monte Cristo" and "Shanghai Noon". His duties at Spyglass also included the acquisition of co-finance opportunities, such as recent international hits "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Star Trek," and "Get Him to the Greek." Most recently, Glickman served as executive producer on the Paramount/Spyglass co-financed film, "No Strings Attached" and he is currently producing the romance "The Vow," starring Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.

Glickman started his career in 1993 as an intern at Birnbaum's Caravan Pictures rising to President of the company in 1997. While there, he brought in such projects as "While You Were Sleeping" and executive produced "Grosse Pointe Blank" and "Inspector Gadget." In 1998, he and Birnbaum produced the global smash hit "Rush Hour," as well as the franchise's sequels.


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Time Warner chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said Wednesday that his company will "enable consumers to watch movies in their home 60 days after theatrical release" during the second quarter of 2011.

The announcement is bound to cause an uproar in the exhibition industry. The theatrical release window that movie theaters depend on to keep their businesses alive could end up being compromised in a major way.

NATO president and CEO John Fithian recently wrote an editorial for Boxoffice stating that, "NATO has long maintained that a robust windowing system provides optimal results for the entire movie industry. The primacy of theatrical release enables feature films to demonstrate their appeal in the best platform of the big screen social experience. Success in a theatrical run drives success in the ancillary home markets. Consumers understand that a movie released in cinemas is different than product made for television, or for release solely on DVD or the Internet." Read the full editorial here.

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