March 10, 2011 -- Continuing to push the boundaries of what digital cinema can deliver at the local multiplex, Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM) has teamed with Exclusive Media Group, RCA Records and Spitfire Pictures to bring the yet to be released music documentary "FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH," followed by a live concert from the band, to over 80 theatres across the U.S. for one night only on April 5th. The live performance, broadcast directly into theatres, will feature the Foo Fighters playing their upcoming album "Wasting Light" front to back a week in advance of the album's street date of April 12th.

Following the theatrical broadcast, the documentary will air as a VH1 Rock Doc on VH1, VH1 Classic, and Palladia on April 8th at 10PM ET/PT.

Produced by Nigel Sinclair ("No Direction Home: Bob Dylan", "Amazing Journey the Story of the Who", "The Last Play at Shea") of Exclusive Media's Spitfire Pictures, the documentary chronicles the entire history of the Foo Fighters, from the cassette demos Grohl recorded during his tenure as Nirvana's drummer through their ascent to their Grammy-winning, multi-platinum, arena and stadium headlining status as one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Sinclair is also the CEO and co-chairman of Exclusive Media Group. Executive Producers are Jeanne Elfant Festa, Glen Zipper, Michele Farinola, John Silva, Gaby Skolnek, John Cutcliffe, Alex Brunner and Chris Miller.
Oscar® and Emmy® winner James Moll produced and directed the documentary film which culminates with the making of the new album: a process in which the band pushed itself forward by going fully back to basics and recording in Grohl's garage completely on analog tape. No computers, no software - just a band recording an album to tape in a garage. The new record also marks the Foos' first full-length effort with legendary producer Butch Vig, with whom Grohl worked on Nirvana's classic album Nevermind. Former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic will also return along with other surprise guest artists.

The theatres presenting "FOO FIGHTERS: BACK AND FORTH" will be announced in the coming days at www.cinedigm.com/foofighters.

The film was co-financed by Exclusive Media Group and RCA Records and produced by Spitfire Pictures in association with Allentown Productions. VH1 and Sony Music Entertainment acquired domestic and international television rights respectively.

 

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MORRISTOWN, NJ, and LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, today announced the deployment of 43 Cinedigm-CertifiedTM screens across 3 existing Cinemaworld of FL, Inc. locations in Florida and Rhode Island. Utilizing NEC digital cinema projectors & GDC servers provided by Ballantyne-Strong, the installations are anticipated to be completed by the end of March 2011.

"We have taken our time in reviewing all of the available choices in the market. Cinedigm's integration program allowed us to negotiate our own equipment deals, and provided us with the best opportunity to recoup our investment," said Rick Starr II, VP/COO of Cinemaworld of FL, Inc. "Cash flow was a major concern, and Cinedigm gave us many choices to meet our needs. We look forward to many years of partnership with them."

With Cinedigm's turnkey suite of digital cinema technologies, Cinemaworld will offer consumers all-new digital entertainment options. From 3D movie extravaganzas to live sports programming and 3D theatrical concerts to event programming, Cinemaworld will deliver enhanced digital cinema entertainment well into the future.

"We are thrilled and proud that after extensive research and due diligence Cinemaworld selected Cinedigm as their digital cinema integrator partner," said Chuck Goldwater, President, Cinedigm's Media Services Group. "We look forward to working with Rick and the Cinemaworld team to help them take full advantage of the operational and the programming applications made available by Cinedigm's digital cinema platform."

Since the beginning of digital conversions, Cinedigm has been the leader in digital cinema. In Phase 1, Cinedigm deployed 3724 screens at 348 sites for 18 exhibitors in the United States. In the current Phase 2, Cinedigm has signed contracts with 70 exhibitors to deploy 3,200 Screens. Such theatres are fully networked, turnkey systems - simple and cost-efficient to operate.

Digital cinema enables theatres to program high quality live and alternative content programming. Recent releases by Cinedigm include the ground-breaking, worldwide LIVE 3D broadcast of the FIFA World Cup Championship, the BCS Championship in LIVE 3D, the Dave Matthews Band 3D concerts, and the sold out 3D PHISH concerts. Cinedigm has also released the KIDTOONS series for the past six years, a weekly family friendly matinee series that runs in over 165 theatres across the country.

Cinedigm's Digital Cinema division is the industry-leading deployment program for Digital Cinema. It facilitates the funding, installation support and administration for the company's studio-supported Digital Cinema rollout plans. Cinedigm is also the digital cinema integrator of choice for the CBG, a buying program of the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) for small and independent theatre operators in United States and Canada.

 

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BURBANK, CA -- Warner Bros. Pictures' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 has become the highest grossing installment in the Harry Potter franchise in international markets. With just months to go before the release of the finale of the record-breaking film series based on the beloved books by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 has earned a staggering $657.24 million and counting, soaring past the previous record-holder, 2001's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, which grossed $657 million. The announcement was made today by Veronika Kwan-Rubinek, President of International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

"It's tremendously gratifying to reach this benchmark as we enter the final stretch of this remarkable journey," said Jeff Robinov, President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. "We share this achievement with Jo Rowling, whose books are the foundation of this rich and vibrant world, as well as the talented people who brought her vision to life on the screen."

"We are also incredibly proud of our teams around the world who have brought a consistent level of excellence, passion and ingenuity to the campaigns for these films," said Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures. "And, of course, we're thrilled that longtime fans and new audiences alike have continued to champion each film, resulting in the huge success of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1."

Kwan-Rubinek added, "These numbers speak to the phenomenal and enduring strength of this property, which has captivated audiences across all borders, regardless of age or culture. We're looking forward to releasing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 this summer, which will be a fitting way to bring to a close the movie event of a generation."

With the success of its first six of seven titles, the Harry Potter series had already achieved the distinction of being the top-grossing film franchise of all time, with a combined worldwide gross of $6.37 billion. This benchmark for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1-which has earned $951.8 million worldwide-as well as the anticipation for Part 2, opening globally on July 15, 2011, should ensure its place in film history for years to come.

 

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- Relativity Media, LLC announced today it has significantly increased its digital footprint with the addition of ScreenRant.com, one of the fastest growing sites focused on movies and television, to The Movie Network. ScreenRant.com focuses on the movies and TV shows that people want to read about and has seen significant traffic growth, now reaching 800,000 unique users per month (ComScore).

Publishers like ScreenRant.com sign on with TheMovieNetwork to grow their brand exposure with entertainment media buyers, and to forge direct relationships with studio partners, like Relativity Media. The Movie Network, (www.themovienetwork.net) is a premium group of movie properties, built by Relativity Media and managed exclusively by Q1Media.

Screen Rant had its start by covering sci-fi, superhero and fantasy films, and then branched out into action, comedy, horror and indie films. While the site covers an array of movie content, their focus is on films that are generating buzz. In addition to providing movie news, ScreenRant.com also hosts and encourages healthy movie discussion. Vic Holtreman, owner of ScreenRant.com, contributes movie reviews to the site.

The Movie Network, part of the larger entertainment branded advertising and promotional network, The Rogue Network, presents enormous content syndication and marketing opportunities for brands searching to reach an entertainment-savvy audience. The Movie Network is represented exclusively in the US by Q1Media http://www.Q1Media.com and by Redux in Canada.

 

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WASHINGTON - President Obama today nominated Commerce Secretary Gary F. Locke as the next American Ambassador to China. The following is a statement by Bob Pisano, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) in support of the nomination.

"Secretary Locke has a strong record in support of American workers and businesses whose livelihoods are dependent on exports. And, he has an outstanding record of championing intellectual property rights.
As Ambassador to China, he will be an important advocate in a nation where the theft and illegal distribution of American movies, television shows, music, software and other forms of intellectual property is a major threat to American competitiveness. Likewise, he will help lead efforts to ensure that the Chinese marketplace is opened up to American products that face far too many restrictions.

We look forward to working with Secretary Locke in his new role on these issues that are so critical to the film and television industry and its 2.4 million employees."

 

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