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Dolby Theatre™ to be Home of the Academy Awards® and World’s Stage for Entertainment Sound on May 01, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) today announced that the Dolby TheatreTM, the iconic Hollywood landmark known to the world as the home of the Academy Awards®, will be the world's stage for entertainment sound. Dolby will enhance the sound system of the theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, owned by CIM Group, to create a world-class showcase for Dolby's current and future technologies, beginning with the company's revolutionary new Dolby® AtmosTM sound technology released last week.

The Dolby TheatreTM amplifies Dolby's commitment to innovation and ongoing role as leader and creator of the most realistic and immersive entertainment experiences. Dolby will start its enhancement of the 180,000-square-foot, 3,400-seat theatre first by installing Dolby Atmos - a break-through audio technology that delivers the most natural, life-like sensory experience. The company will continue to update the Dolby Theatre with the newest technologies, making it a coveted host for the world's top premieres and launch events.

"Dolby is a brand recognized around the world for creating the best, most life-like entertainment sound experiences in any environment," said Kevin Yeaman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dolby Laboratories. "This partnership with CIM allows the Dolby Theatre to be not only the world-stage for the Academy Awards, but for Dolby innovations for decades to come."

From the cinema to the living room, Dolby has transformed the entertainment experience and is recognized as the standard for high-quality audio. Today Dolby technologies can be found in theatres, Blu-ray, video games, DVDs, mobile media, digital broadcast TV, digital cable, professional recording studios, and satellite systems.

For 34 consecutive years, films released with Dolby audio technologies have earned Academy Award nominations for outstanding sound quality. The Dolby Theatre will be the host of the annual Academy Awards program.

"Dolby Laboratories has a long history in Hollywood and has made significant contributions to the entertainment industry. It is a respected international brand and technology innovator. We are proud to welcome them as our partner on the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center," said Shaul Kuba, Co-Founder, CIM Group.

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MPAA’S SENATOR CHRIS DODD COMMENDS USTR REPORT ON INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION on April 30, 2012

WASHINGTON - The office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released its annual Special 301 report, which evaluates the state of intellectual property rights protection worldwide. The report highlights the ongoing challenge that online content theft poses to the continued growth of American creative industries.

While this report reminds us of the challenges the U.S. creative industries confront in overseas markets, it is notable that Spain, which was removed from the 301 list this year, as well as some other countries, are taking steps to protect and promote their creative industries.

Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), commended the USTR for documenting the content theft and market access barriers that negatively impact American creative industries' ability to compete in the global marketplace:

"This report highlights content theft and barriers in foreign markets that pose threats to the continued growth of U.S. creative industries and the U.S. economy. Strong copyright protection and enforcement are vital to our industry's ability to create U.S. jobs, grow our own economy, and expand U.S. exports. We thank Ambassador Ron Kirk, the USTR and their colleagues across the interagency team who work tirelessly to enhance the protection of U.S. intellectual property rights overseas."

A copy of USTR's Special 301 Report can be found here.

 

International Box Office: 'The Avengers' Dominates on April 29, 2012

avengersreview.pngMarvel's The Avengers: $178.4 million international cume from 39 territories representing 70% of the international marketplace.

Battleship: $22.5 million from 9,604 locations in 50 territories. International cume = $170 million.

Titanic 3D: $18.5 million from 5,724 locations in 70 markets. International cume = $260.9 million.

American Reunion: $14.5 million from 3,426 locations in 41 territories. International cume = $75.2 million.

The Hunger Games: $7.4 million. International cume - $228.5 million

Wrath of the Titans: $3.2 million from nearly 3,300 locations in 62 markets. International cume = $209.1 million.

Safe: $2.4 million from 578 locations in Russia. International cume = $2.4 million.

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $2.1 million from 2,924 locations in 52 territories. International cume = $87.7 million.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: $2 million from 1,197 locations in 21 territories. International cume = $69.9 million.

 

'The Avengers' Builds Momentum On MovieTickets.com on April 26, 2012

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Official data released by MovieTickets.com:

• MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS is pre-selling more tickets for the upcoming release than the online ticketing company sold for CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER, THOR, IRON MAN 2, and IRON MAN combined at the same point in the sales cycle for each film. In fact, pre-sales of MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS is over one and a half times that of these past Marvel films combined sales at the same point in the sales cycle.
• MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS is selling 3,995% more tickets than CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER at the same point in the sales cycle.
• MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS is selling 1,034% more tickets than THOR at the same point in the sales cycle.
• MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS is selling 114% more tickets than IRON MAN 2 at the same point in the sales cycle.
• MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS is selling 1,406% more tickets than IRON MAN at the same point in the sales cycle.
• 56% of pre-sales for MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS are from fans wanting to see the film in 3D.
• Nearly 37% of pre-sales for MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS are from moviegoers buying tickets to see the film in IMAX 3D.


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