Colorado Springs, Colo. -- U.S. Figure Skating announced today that the cinematic feature RISE has been named an "Official Selection" at the 2011 Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). The film festival, one of the largest in North America with more than 130,000 attendees, will take place Jan. 6-17, in Palm Springs, Calif.

Commissioned by U.S. Figure Skating, RISE celebrates American figure skating while commemorating the 50th anniversary and legacy of the 1961 U.S. World Team tragedy. An inspirational story about the power of the human spirit, RISE will take audiences on a journey that honors a group of individuals who through their loss inspired the hopes, dreams and successes of some of the most iconic names in Olympic sports history.

Serving as storytellers in RISE are Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, Scott Hamilton, Brian Boitano and Michelle Kwan. Throughout the feature, these skating luminaries will interweave the stories behind some of the biggest names and moments in the history of the sport with those of the 1961 U.S. World Team members who lost their lives in the crash of Sabena Airlines Flight 548 en route to the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

Produced and directed by 16-time Emmy Award winners Lookalike Productions, RISE will debut at the 22nd PSIFF on Saturday, Jan. 8 at 12:30 p.m. PT, with a repeat showing Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. PT. The film festival will feature 193 films from 68 countries, including 59 premieres.

"We are honored that RISE has been selected to be part of such a prestigious film festival," said David Raith, executive director of U.S. Figure Skating. "U.S. Figure Skating has a rich and interesting history, and through this project we have the opportunity to share that history with audiences around the country, and the world."

RISE will make its national debut Feb. 17 as part of a one-night Fathom event that will be seen in approximately 500 theaters across the country through National CineMedia's (NCM) exclusive Digital Broadcast Network-North America's largest cinema broadcast network. The historic evening, hosted by Matt Lauer, co-anchor of the NBC News "TODAY Show," will be broadcast live from the Best Buy Theater in New York City's Times Square. The Feb. 17 live red-carpet event will also feature uniquely choreographed figure skating performances, including a piece by 2010 Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek; interviews with RISE storytellers; and appearances by other American figure skating legends broadcast to movie theaters nationwide. Tickets for the Feb. 17 event are available at participating theater box offices and online at (Theaters and participants are subject to change.)

Proceeds from RISE will be used to further the mission of U.S. Figure Skating's Memorial Fund, which was established Feb. 23, 1961, as a living tribute to the 34 athletes, officials, judges, coaches and family members who lost their lives in the crash. The Memorial Fund awards approximately $300,000 annually in grants and scholarships to skaters in need, recognizing excellence both on and off the ice.

More details about RISE, including a list of participating theaters, can be found at


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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Rentrak Corporation (Nasdaq: RENT), the leader in multi-screen media measurement serving the advertising, television and entertainment industries, today announced the company has acquired Media Salvation Inc., a provider of sales and financial reporting systems and services to major studio and independent film companies active in the electronic, mobile and physical distribution channels. The acquisition secures an additional major studio to Rentrak's roster of entertainment clients for its Studio Revenue Share Essentials, Digital Download Essentials and Mobile Essentials services.

With this acquisition, Rentrak will be able to integrate all of its existing products with TV network and studio financial and distribution systems such as JD Edwards, SAP and other financial packages. The acquisition also strengthens Rentrak's world class management team with the appointment of David Cortese as Senior Vice President of Digital Studio Services. Prior to launching Media Salvation in January, 2009, Mr. Cortese spent eight years at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, most recently as the division's worldwide CIO.

"As consumers continue to shift their entertainment consumption from physical formats (discs) to electronic (downloads/streams), this acquisition further strengthens Rentrak's ability to provide our studio and network clients with the sales and financial reporting and intelligence they need to effectively manage this transition," said Marty Graham, President of Home Entertainment at Rentrak.

"I am thrilled to be joining the Rentrak team as we work to add the complementary components of Media Salvation's technology into Rentrak's existing reporting systems and operational capabilities in order to create a best-in-class service offering for our studio, broadcast and cable network clients," said David Cortese, Senior Vice President of Digital Studio Services at Rentrak.


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thesocialnetworknews3.pngOver the last ten years, the winner of the Darryl F. Zanuck award has gone on to win the Best Picture Oscar six times. The four exceptions are Moulin Rouge!, The Aviator, Brokeback Mountain and Little Miss Sunshine.

The PGA's awards ceremony will be held Jan. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures:

127 Hours

Producers: Danny Boyle, Christian Colson

Black Swan

Producers: Scott Franklin, Mike Medavoy, Brian Oliver


Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas

The Fighter

Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Mark Wahlberg

The Kids Are All Right

Producers: Gary Gilbert, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Celine Rattray

The King's Speech

Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin

The Social Network

Producers: Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin, Michael De Luca, Scott Rudin

The Town

Producers: Basil Iwanyk, Graham King

Toy Story 3

Producer: Darla K. Anderson

True Grit

Producers: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Scott Rudin


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Despicable Me

Producers: John Cohen, Janet Healy, Christopher Meledandri

How to Train Your Dragon

Producer: Bonnie Arnold

Toy Story 3

Producer: Darla K. Anderson


The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures:

Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Producer(s): Awaiting final credit determination

Earth Made of Glass

Producers: Reid Carolin, Deborah Scranton

Inside Job

Producers: Charles Ferguson, Audrey Marrs

Smash His Camera

Producers: Linda Saffire, Adam Schlesinger

The Tillman Story

Producer: John Battsek

Waiting for 'Superman'

Producer: Lesley Chilcott


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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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