New York, N.Y. -- Screenvision, a leading innovator in cinema advertising, has hired two seasoned sales management executives, Al Connor and Tony McIlwain as Vice Presidents of National and Regional Sales. Connor heads up National and Regional Sales, Central Region, and McIlwain leads National and Regional Sales, Western Region. Both will report to Loren Venturi-Miller, Senior Vice President, National and Regional Sales.

Connor and McIlwain will plan, direct, and coordinate all advertising sales activities within their respective regions. The two sales executives will also develop sales and advertising strategies, oversee the development and integration of new account acquisitions and enhance current client partner relations.

"Al and Tony bring invaluable experience to our sales divisions, and we're confident they will prove themselves to be indispensable assets to Screenvision and our advertiser and exhibitor partners," said Venturi-Miller.

Connor joins Screenvision with a strong television background and over 16 years of sales management experience. He most recently held sales management positions with Akoo International, Inc. and WBBM-TV, CBS 2 in Chicago. McIlwain, a long-time Telemundo employee, began his career in local sales at Telemundo's flagship station in Los Angeles, KVEA-TV eventually landing as Director of Sales for Telemundo National Sales Organization in 2004. He also served as Director of Marketing and Business Development for the West Coast and Texas Regions at NBC from 2002 through 2004.


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CHICAGO -- Ebert Productions is proud to announce that Ignatiy Vishnevetsky has joined the team at Ebert Presents At the Movies. Vishnevetsky will accompany the previously announced Christy Lemire of The Associated Press as co-host on the new weekly program. The show is scheduled to debut on January 21st on public television stations across the country, representing almost 90% national coverage and will be produced in Chicago at WTTW, where Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert began taping the legendary "Sneak Previews" some 35 years ago. It will be distributed by American Public Television (APT).

Fans of the original shows will be pleased to find that in addition to serving as co-producer of the show, Roger Ebert will also host a special segment each week and had direct input into the selection of the show's host critics including Chicago-based Ignatiy Vishnevetsky (Ig.nah.tee) ( Hearing him discuss films in the Lake Street Screening Room used by Chicago critics, Ebert said, "I was struck by the depth and detail of his film knowledge, and by how articulate he was." After reading his work online, Ebert was sold.

Vishnevetsky is a critic and essayist for, a new multi-national streaming online cinematheque. Ignatiy moved to America from Russia when he was not quite 9. He graduated from high school in Milwaukee and then moved to Chicago, "because I could find more films to see here." He is a co-founder of the acclaimed, and continues to write criticism for it on a weekly basis. He is also a contributor to The Chicago Reader, and helps program the current Cine-File Selects series at the University of Chicago's Doc Fims, the nation's oldest film society. Prior to becoming a film critic, Vishnevetsky, who is multi-lingual, worked as a translator for Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, Russia's premier literary journal.

Vishnevetsky will go head to head each week with Christy Lemire, who has been reviewing movies for The Associated Press for 12 years and was named the first full-time film critic in the news organization's history in 2004. Christy filled in for Roger Ebert several times on "At the Movies" in 2007 and has appeared on "The Charlie Rose Show," "Good Morning America" and "The View," to name a few. She also covers the Oscars, Golden Globes and many other awards shows each year. A third-generation L.A. native, Christy is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Of Lemire, Ebert says, "I admired the way she reviewed with Richard Roeper when she co-hosted our show," Ebert said, "and I respect her criticism. On television, Christy is a natural."

Ebert Presents At The Movies, marks the rebirth of a dream for both Roger and Chaz Ebert, who will serve as executive producer of the show. Chaz Ebert says she is happy to have this rare opportunity in television to bring back a show that started 35 years ago at WTTW, had a successful run at Tribune Entertainment and Disney, and is now once again being embraced by public stations nationwide.

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Morristown, NJ and Los Angeles, CA -- The Board of Directors of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ:CIDM), the leader in the digital cinema industry, today announced that Chris McGurk has been named Chief Executive Officer, effectively immediately. Mr. McGurk was also elected Chairman of the Company's Board of Directors.

Mr. McGurk, 53, has had a long and successful career in the film and television industry. Mr. McGurk was the founder and CEO of Overture Films from 2006 until 2010 and was also CEO of Anchor Bay Entertainment, which distributed Overture Films' product to the home entertainment industry. From 1999 to 2005, McGurk was Vice Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. ("MGM"), acting as the company's lead operating executive until MGM was sold for approximately $5 billion to a consortium of investors. McGurk joined MGM from Universal Pictures, where he served in various executive capacities, including President and Chief Operating Officer, from 1996 to 1999. From 1988 to 1996, McGurk served in several senior executive roles at The Walt Disney Studios, including Studios CFO and President of The Walt Disney Motion Picture Group. McGurk currently serves as a director of BRE Properties, Inc. and has previously served on the boards of DivX Inc., DIC Entertainment,, LLC and MGM Studios, Inc.

"Having closely watched the rollout of the Cinedigm platform, I am honored and excited to join the exceptional team at Cinedigm Digital Cinema," said Mr. McGurk. "The industry is fast approaching 20,000 screens converting to digital, and this rapid transformation is largely a consequence of Cinedigm's foresight and leadership. Cinedigm has extraordinary prospects to further grow its business and I look forward to assisting in the Company's ongoing development and success."

Mr. McGurk continued, "I am very comfortable with and committed to the mission of Cinedigm. The Company will continue to rapidly expand its comprehensive digital cinema technology and service platform and leverage it with industry leading software applications as well as through the marketing and distribution of alternative entertainment content, including 3D films, live special events such as concerts and major sporting events, and regularly scheduled programming. Cinedigm's platform will also be an increasingly important conduit for the distribution of independent films. Our primary goal will remain to provide our exhibitor, studio and content partners with the platform, services and tools to capture the potential created by the digital conversion of theaters."

"We are extremely pleased to have Chris McGurk lead our Company going forward," commented Ned Gilhuly, founder of Sageview Capital, and a member of Cinedigm's Board of Directors and Search Committee. "He has an ideal mix of relevant industry experience, strategic insight and demonstrated leadership ability to help drive Cinedigm to the next level. As a Board, we are confident he has the industry stature and the skills to accelerate Cinedigm's progress in its mission to become a leading provider of comprehensive digital cinema technology and services, and compelling alternative entertainment content."

"I am impressed with the progress Cinedigm has made in the past six months, under the leadership of co-Chief Executive Officers Adam Mizel and Gary Loffredo," Mr. McGurk continued. "The significant advances the Company has made during this period have positioned Cinedigm well for the future. I greatly appreciate their commitment to continue their outstanding contributions at Cinedigm, and look forward to working closely with all of the management team in the pursuit of our strategy."

"Finally, I am looking forward to working with our newest board member, Peter Brown, who is widely acknowledged as an exhibition industry leader through his prior long term role as Chairman and CEO of AMC Entertainment. This further demonstrates the Company's commitment to attracting the best and most experienced talent to support its solid growth opportunities."

Mr. McGurk will be located in the Company's Los Angeles office. In addition to a significant personal purchase of common stock in Cinedigm, he will receive an option grant to align his interests with those of our shareholders. Under the terms of his employment agreement, pursuant to NASDAQ listing Rule 5635(c)(4), Mr. McGurk will receive an inducement grant of non-statutory options to purchase 4,500,000 shares of the Company's Common Stock (the "Options"). The Options are grouped in three tranches, consisting of Options for 1,500,000 shares having an exercise price of $1.50 per share, Options for 2,500,000 shares having an exercise price of $3.00 per share and Options for 500,000 shares having an exercise price of $5.00 per share. One-third of the Options in each tranche vest on January 3 of each of 2012, 2013 and 2014 and all of the Options have a term of ten (10) years.

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Olivia Wilde, costar of TRON: Legacy, was just cast in Dreamworks' upcoming film Welcome to People. Wilde joins a cast that includes Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), and will play the Pine character's girlfriend. Directed by Alex Kurtzman from a script he co-wrote with Jody Lambert and regular collaborator Roberto Orci, the film follows a business man (played by Pine) who after the death of his father discovers for the first time that he has an alcoholic sister (Banks) with a 12-year-old son.

Wilde's profile has steadily risen over the last few years. In addition to her current role in TRON: Legacy, for which interviewed her last month, she will appear in Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens, which was adapted for the screen by Kurtzman and Orci, as well as The Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, and Now with Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried and Justin Timberlake.

Meanwhile, Welcome to People marks a significant departure for Kurtzman and Orci, whose previous work has primarily focused on genre fare, such as Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III, and the first two Transformers films.


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