HOLLYWOOD, CA - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), through its Technicolor Business Group, today announced that it is now offering both digital cinema image detection watermarking solutions available on the market, Cinefence and Nexguard, both offered by Civolution.

"By providing our customers with the only two digital cinema watermarking detection services available on the market, we enable them with full flexibility when it comes to protection and analysis of digital cinema pirated material," said Curt Behlmer, head of Technicolor's digital cinema business.

Digital watermarking solutions make video content easily and precisely identifiable by embedding specific data such as the rights holder's or recipient's ID or user number. The image watermark, totally invisible to the naked eye may be embedded at various points in the content preparation and distribution process.

In addition to digital cinema watermarking, Technicolor also offers forensic image watermarking embedding and detection services for video and film prints, as well as audio watermarking across Dolby SR, SRD and DTS formats, and file and tape based watermarking.

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Los Angeles, CA - Metropolitan Theatres announced Timothy Spain has been appointed Vice President of Operations.

"We are proud to have someone of Tim's caliber join our management team and believe his presence will further advance our company's goals and performance," said David Corwin, Metropolitan's President.

With nearly thirty years of industry experience, Spain most recently served Southern Theatres as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he was Vice President for Harkins Theatres during a major growth phase, 1998-2006; Spain started his career with AMC in 1980.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity David has provided me, and am excited to join Metropolitan Theatres Corporation, with its rich heritage in the exhibition industry," said Spain.

Metropolitan Theatres is a fourth generation family owned theatre circuit with twenty-one locations and 104 screens in California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and British Columbia. For additional company information, please click here.

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Ede, Holland - The CineMec complex in Holland is a state-of-the-art Cineplex which doubles as a conference centre. Housed in a contemporary building with striking architecture, the award-winning enterprise, owned by Gerben Kuipers, is located in Ede, just 50 minutes from Amsterdam.

This summer the operation made its boldest statement yet with the opening of the new 3D CineMec XL - the largest 3D screen in Holland - with 20,000 watts (RMS) of purpose-designed QSC cinema surround sound helping to build the atmosphere.

The auditorium can host over 1,000 visitors and some seats can be lifted to the ceiling to convert the cinema into a multi-purpose hall for concerts, congresses or similar events.

Dutch-based specialists FTT Filmtronics B.V. (FTT) based their audio specification around a matched system from QSC Audio, using no fewer than 44 loudspeakers.

This includes a combination of their SR-46 4 x 6.5in two-way surround speakers, SB-7218 dual 18in subwoofer, SC-444 four-way (4 x 15in) screen channel speakers. These are powered by ten QSC DCA2422 and four QSC DCA1222 two-channel digital cinema amplifiers, controlled through an advanced DCM30 processor.

This device provides signal processing and monitor functions in a single integrated system, optimising loudspeaker performance and covering cinema systems ranging from three to five screen channels, 5.1 and 7.1 systems. DCMs are also compatible with all cinema processor formats including Dolby Digital Surround-EX and DTS-ES.

Thomas Ruettgers, General Manager of FTT's head office Film Ton Technik in Germany, says: "There are quite a number of special features that have to be taken into account when implementing such an extraordinary project. QSC products are perfectly designed to meet all these special requirements - that is why we decided to install their audio systems at CineMec in Ede."

Danny Pickett, Key Accounts Manager QSC Audio Products LLC, stated that it had been a pleasure to work with FTT to satisfy the client's unique needs.

"Working in this exciting space has really paid off for all involved - especially the audiences attending shows there."

With a seating capacity for 1050 people, 160m2 (20m x 8.10m) of silver screen and two Christie digital projectors, CineMec XL has immediately established itself as the leading digital 3D cinema in Holland.

Having also been the first company in Holland to go digital (back in 2003) CineMec today has no less than eight modern digital theatres.

It is also proving to be an important venue for hosting key conferences for national corporations - offering facilities ranging from live satellite transmissions in high definition format on the big screen to infinite digital sound and image potential for audio-visual presentations. In fact part of the ICTA (International Cinema Technology Association) seminar took place there in June.

CineMec XL kicked off this summer with a specially-constructed 3D programme - including U2 3D to coincide with the band's concert in Amsterdam Arena on July 20-21. It is using its new 3D system with passive 3D glasses (each eye served by its own projector, each equipped with a circular polarisation system). This means that both the left and the right eye receive only the images provided by its respective projector.

The demand for 3D films in Holland is increasing rapidly they say, and spread over a seven week period, CineMec registered 3836 visitors to the film Bolt in 2D as opposed to 5168 to the 3D version of the same film. This developing worldwide trend was confirmed during this year's International Cannes Film Festival, when the latest 3D animation film Up from Pixar opened the festival to positive press reviews.

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NATO Elects New Officers

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Washington, D.C. and North Hollywood, Calif.- The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) announced today the election of new officers ¬- the first chosen by the Executive Board of Directors under a recently enacted board restructuring at the association's annual meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif.

Elected to two-year terms were - Tony Kerasotes, Chairman and CEO, Kerasotes Showplace Theatres, as Chairman; Aubrey Stone, President, Georgia Theatre Company, as Vice-Chairman; Amy Miles, CEO of Regal Entertainment Group as Treasurer; and re-elected as Secretary, Mark O'Meara, President, University Mall Theatres.

The association's two-day meeting came at the end of a record-breaking summer at the box office amidst a troubled economic climate in which box office and attendance continue to exceed the previous year. 118 members celebrated the robust state of the movie theater industry while discussing issues of common importance to theater owners, such as camcorder theft, digital cinema and 3D projection. Universal Pictures chairman Marc Shmuger keynoted a private dinner for exhibitors.

NATO's outgoing Board of Directors recently enacted sweeping changes to the association's governing structure, creating a streamlined 17-member Executive Board intended to be more efficient, more representative of the makeup of NATO's membership, and more directly responsible for the association's governance. The Board of Directors now becomes a 97-member Advisory Board, charged with consideration of the broader issues facing theatrical exhibition.

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BURBANK, Calif. -- 3ality Digital, LLC, and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (Nasdaq: CIDM - News) announced they plan to collaborate on a series of alternative 3D entertainment projects that should arrive in theatres nationwide over the course of the next two years.

The companies, which earlier this year joined forces on the first live 3D sports broadcast available to consumers, plan to introduce a minimum of eight projects in the next 24 months. Strong ticket sales for their previous effort -- the live 3D broadcast of college football's national championship game to 80 Cinedigm theatres in 31 states -- confirmed the growing consumer demand for pixel-perfect 3D entertainment experiences.

The game between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Oklahoma Sooners was broadcast live in 3D on Jan. 8, 2009; Cinedigm reported its partner theatres grossed more than four times the best per-screen movie gross that evening.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to build on the success we enjoyed with the FedEx Bowl Championship Series event," said 3ality Digital CEO Sandy Climan. "The millions of moviegoers who have been drawn to recent animated 3D film releases will be astonished by the power of digital 3D technology to transform live-action content as well. The various sports leagues, music producers and other industry executives we are speaking with share our belief that digital 3D will continue to change the way people think about everyday entertainment."

3ality Digital will produce the projects and Cinedigm will distribute and market them through its state-of-the-art CineLive satellite network. Production will be managed by 3ality Digital professionals who are at the forefront of the medium, having contributed not only to the BCS broadcast but also the first live 3D broadcast of an NFL game, the first 3D commercial to air during Super Bowl halftime (SoBe's "Lizard Lake") and the groundbreaking concert film U2 3D.

"This series of 3D productions will create a highly immersive entertainment option that traditional 2D fare simply can't match," said Jonathan Dern, President of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. "Expanding our 3D content offerings allows us to maximize the investment we have made in our industry leading digital cinema network, and to deliver an unparalleled customer experience."

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