New York - It was announced today that Clark Woods, President, Domestic Theatrical Distribution for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (MGM), will receive the 2008 Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award at this year’s ShowEast convention. Woods will be awarded this distinguished honor on Thursday evening, October 16, 2008 at the Orlando World Center Marriott as part of the Final Night Banquet and Awards Ceremony at ShowEast, announced Mitch Neuhauser, Co-Managing Director of the annual convention.

“It is with great pride that we announce Clark Woods as the 2008 recipient of the Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award,” noted Neuhauser. “It is absolutely amazing to think, that in addition to providing oversight of all aspects of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s expansion into theatrical distribution in North America, that he has the time and drive to champion charitable and philanthropic causes within the industry. This is an honor that is truly deserved.”

Woods joined MGM as President, Domestic Theatrical Distribution, in March of 2006. As a result of the revitalization and expansion initiative put forth under MGM Chairman Harry Sloan, MGM is in the process of transitioning from a third party distribution organization to a full fledged production entity capable of developing, producing, marketing and distributing a slate of superior content. As MGM currently ramps up production on new feature films under the supervision of Mary Parent, Chairman, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, Woods is charged with distributing the Studio’s new titles in the North American marketplace. Since joining MGM, Woods’ contributions include recruiting a new team of experienced distribution executives and guiding the successful release of MGM’s Rocky Balboa, the sixth and final Rocky film.

Prior to his current position, Woods was the Executive Vice President at Paramount Pictures. Woods served as a vital part of Paramount’s distribution team for over 25 years prior to joining MGM. In his career, Woods has spearheaded the distribution of such blockbuster and award-winning films as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Titanic, and War of the Worlds.

In addition to a stellar career in theatrical distribution, Woods has been a tireless volunteer for several industry charities. He is the past President of the Variety Club of Southern California, Tent 25 and a member of the Variety Lifeline Board.

Woods is also the current Treasurer of the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers and Vice President of Variety Club International and a member of the advisory board of his alma mater, the American University’s School of Communications.

Previous Salah M. Hassanein Humanitarian Award recipients include: Shari E. Redstone, John Lundin, Jeff Goldstein, Erik Lomis, Peter Brown, Travis Reid, Barrie Loeks, Tom Sherak, Daniel Crown, Allen Karp, Stanley Durwood, Carl Patrick, Lee Roy, Tandy Mitchell and Salah Hassanein.

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San Francisco — Dolby Laboratories, Inc. announced today that shipments of Dolby® 3D Digital Cinema units have reached more than 500 in 24 countries since its market debut less than a year ago in October 2007. Dolby continues to add new 3D screens in North America and has emerged as a leading 3D solution in Europe and Asia.

“Dolby 3D has been recognized as the premium 3D digital cinema image presentation by the filmmaking industry—exhibitors and patrons alike. Theatres around the world are selecting our system to present the optimal viewing experience for digital 3D movies,” said John Carey, Vice President of Worldwide Sales, Products, and Services, Dolby Laboratories. “We are delighted with the success of Dolby 3D in regions such as China, Japan, and South America, as well as Eastern Europe. Our numbers continue to grow steadily in North America and we welcome the many new exhibitors around the world to the Dolby 3D family.”

“Hollywood Theaters prides itself on providing the best experience for our patrons and Dolby 3D is the premium viewing experience we were looking for in a 3D system,” said Clyde Cornell, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Hollywood Theaters. “Dolby has been a reliable and trusted brand in the cinema industry for over 35 years, which gives us confidence that they will provide us with the support we need in making the transition to 3D and digital cinema playback.”

Global Expansion

Dolby is a leading 3D provider in the global market. In Europe, the company has increased the total number of Dolby 3D system shipments to 280 in countries such as Germany, Italy, Poland, and Russia. Similarly, in Asia, Dolby has shipped approximately 100 Dolby 3D systems, leveraging its network and distribution outlets in the Far East. The anticipation of 3D movies to be released in Asia has led to a number of deals, including T-Joy of Japan and Gateway Cineplex in the Philippines, among others.

“Gateway Cineplex 10 is proud to be associated with Dolby Laboratories, the global leader in entertainment technology. We are also pleased to announce that Gateway Cineplex 10 is the first cinema in the Philippines to showcase both the Dolby Digital Cinema Server and Dolby 3D system,” said Manuel M. Atacador, Chief Operating Officer, Uniprom Inc. “Plus, with all 10 theatres equipped with the vaunted Dolby sound, Gateway Cineplex 10 promises to deliver only the premium cinema entertainment experience to moviegoers.”

Since its introduction in 2007, the number of Dolby 3D system installations in North America has grown to about 150. Dolby 3D has seen growth in key US markets in the west, mid-west, and southern regions, bringing Dolby 3D to large and independent chains including ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood Theaters, Malco Theatres, Marcus Theatres, and Warren Theatres.

“Malco Theatres continues to be impressed with the quality and reliability of the Dolby 3D solution and due to the success we’ve experienced and the growing list of 3D content being developed, we have installed additional Dolby 3D systems,” said Mike Thomson, Vice President Operations and Technology, Malco Theatres. “As Dolby 3D is a huge draw for our audience, providing an unmatched 3D viewing experience, it’s no wonder that Dolby has seen such tremendous growth in such a short period of time.”

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NEW YORK - Nancy Klueter, vice president of Exhibitor Relations for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, will receive the 2008 “Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award," it was announced today by ShowEast Co-Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. The award presentation will take place at the Final Night Banquet hosted by The Coca-Cola Company on October 16, 2008 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

“I can’t think of a more deserving individual in our industry to receive this award than Nancy.” noted Mitch Neuhauser. “Her dedication to Variety’s Tent 25 charitable efforts has lead to unprecedented amounts of money having been raised to help children in need in Southern California, not to mention her involvement with Variety International. Simply put, Nancy truly has a heart of gold.”

In 1989 Buena Vista Pictures Distribution recruited Klueter as Senior Marketing Coordinator in its newly formed In-Theatre Marketing department. She rose to manager a year later, director in 1992, and vice president of Exhibitor Relations in 1995. The distribution unit changed its name in 2007 to Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

In 1992, Disney’s Dick Cook asked Nancy to join the Variety board of Tent 25. Her first major project for this worthy organization was marketing the Gold Heart Program in 2000 and 2001. In addition to securing permission to use a Mickey Mouse design on the 2001 Gold Heart pin, Nancy expanded the program by launching an unprecedented wide rollout to all exhibitors in the United States and Canada.

In 2004 Variety’s Tent 25 elected Nancy as its Chief Barker. During her 3-year term, Tent 25 saw its net income rise from $1.2 million in 2004, to $2.0 million in 2006. She was instrumental in launching the eBay auction site (www.ebay.com/varietyskids), which grew from $27,000 revenue in its first year to $229,000 in 2006 and to date has raised in excess of $500,000. She arranged for one of the Herbie prop cars seen in “Herbie: Fully Loaded” as one of the first big-ticket items to be offered on the site. This high profile auction raised the profile of the site, and of Variety. Nancy’s tenure as Chief Barker culminated in leading the campaign for the Lifetime Achievement Award Journal presented to Dick Cook in 2006. This journal smashed all records, raising more than $1,000,000 in support of the children served by Variety.

Tent 25, the Southern California Chapter of Variety - The Children’s Charity, was formed in 1941 and has raised over $60 million for children in Southern California.

In addition to her duties in Tent 25, Nancy was appointed an Ambassador for Variety International in 2005 and was elected a vice president of its Board in 2007.

Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers appointed Nancy to their Advisory Board in 2004 and elected her to the Board of Trustees in 2007.

The “Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award” each year honors an executive who best represents the ideals and standards that the late Al Shapiro helped set during his distinguished career. It epitomizes his dedication, care and concern for the betterment of the motion picture industry. Last year Scott Forman of Warner Bros. Pictures received the “Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award.” Previous recipients include Patricia Gonzalez, Bud Stone, John Lundin and Steve Bunnell.

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Los Angeles, CA - IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience has crossed the $55 million mark in worldwide gross box office receipts after its seventh week of release. As of Friday, the film reached a total of $43.2 million from 101 IMAX screens domestically and $12 million from 41 IMAX screens internationally.

“The exceptional box office performance of The Dark Night in IMAX theatres is contributing to the film’s very strong legs and fantastic summer theatrical run,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Many repeat customers are experiencing the film in IMAX theatres.”

“Chris Nolan’s innovative vision is taking IMAX’s format to new heights, and his film’s impact on ticket sales is unprecedented,” said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “The ability to cross this milestone so quickly shows us that more people are visiting IMAX theatres than ever before, underscoring the real potential and appetite for The IMAX Experience.”

“There’s no stopping The Dark Knight,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Thanks to a strong marketing campaign and release strategy from Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as an exceptionally well-made movie from Chris Nolan, IMAX theatres have been selling out shows all summer long. We’re grateful to our partners, for incorporating IMAX into the design of this extraordinary film.”

The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience features six sequences filmed with IMAX cameras, which marks the first time ever that a major feature film has been even partially shot using IMAX cameras, marking a revolutionary integration of the two film formats.

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San Francisco - Dolby Laboratories, Inc. announced today that it is providing technical services as well as cinema technology solutions to the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for the 15th year in a row. By using Dolby® Digital Cinema and Dolby E technologies this year, TIFF transitions into the digital age, allowing filmmakers the ability to showcase their digitally developed movies in an immersive digital audio and video environment for attendees.

"Digital technology is now prevalent throughout the entire ecosystem of moviemaking-from shooting and editing to postproduction, making digital playback an ideal solution for festivals and theatres alike," said Bill Allen, Senior Director, Production Services, Dolby Laboratories. "We are proud to offer our support and solutions to the Toronto International Film Festival, ensuring that filmmakers can more accurately share their creative vision and audiences get the best possible experience."

TIFF will outfit all of the Toronto video-capable venues with Dolby E decoding, thus providing emerging filmmakers the flexibility to showcase their 5.1-channel mixes before engaging in the complex film postproduction process. Dolby E is a professional digital audio coding technology that optimizes the delivery of multichannel audio through a two-channel infrastructure, enabling festival filmmakers who use Dolby E to present their six-channel mix directly from a HDCAM tape.

In addition, the Festival will outfit four venues with Dolby Digital Cinema, a complete digital system for storing, managing, and playing digital movies, for the presentation of movies that have gone through digital cinema packaging (DCP) in postproduction. Dolby is a leader in DCP packaging, providing both services and encoding equipment. Unlike traditional film, digital movies maintain pristine quality and a rock solid image for every presentation, eliminating film scratches and screen dust that distract from the moviegoing experience.

"We are thrilled to have Dolby engineers David Berti and Paul Sacco on site and to use Dolby's technologies at the festival to ensure that our movie screenings look and sound the best they possibly can," said Andrei Gravelle, Technical Manager, Toronto International Film Festival. "We believe that Dolby's quality and standards provide a professional level of playback and give filmmakers the flexibility they look for when showcasing their art. Dolby truly advances the festival into the digital moviemaking age."

The 33rd TIFF will be conducted from September 4-13 at venues throughout Toronto, Canada.

 

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