WASHINGTON-MPAA President and Interim CEO Bob Pisano joined lawmakers today in unveiling the five countries on the 2010 priority watch list of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IAPC), calling on governments around the world to develop and enforce remedies to deal with the mounting global problem of intellectual property theft. The five countries placed on the IAPC's 2010 watch list are Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, and Spain.

"I sincerely appreciate the work of the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus and its recognition of the problems posed by global piracy. These members' efforts are essential to motivating governments to take action. I look forward to our continued work together to promote copyright protection and the enforcement of intellectual property rights," Pisano said.

The bipartisan and bicameral IAPC, created in 2003 and now led by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), is committed to protecting American intellectual property and reducing the scourge of piracy abroad.

"More than 2.4 million people work in the US motion picture and television industry all across the nation, earning over $41 billion in wages," Pisano said. "These are creative, good-paying jobs - including costume designers, truck drivers, stage crews, actors, architects, directors and accountants, who face the relentless challenge to their livelihoods from IP theft. Overseas markets are vital to the motion picture industry's continued strength and success. The industry has a $13.6 billion trade surplus."

"As the industry is continually seeking new and innovative ways to deliver creative content to consumers, particularly over the Internet, it is especially critical that U.S. trading partners have effective legislative frameworks for protecting creative content online and that they enforce intellectual property rights in the digital environment.

"A high level of piracy, especially as seen in the countries on the watch list, is detrimental to any country's economic growth. The increasing scourge of online copyright theft underscores the need for all governments to develop and vigorously enforce effective legislative solutions to address online piracy and to encourage greater inter-industry cooperation in the fight against it. In today's digital marketplace, the theft and illicit online distribution of creative content in these major markets affects and health and viability of creative industries around the world.

"For instance, Canada lacks the basic protections for the digital environment and is a safe haven for Internet pirates. Amendments to Canada's Copyright Act to implement the WIPO Internet treaties and clarify ISPs role in discouraging copyright infringement are vital to the development of new business models and to fostering legitimate electronic commerce.

"In Spain, Internet piracy has reached an epidemic level, damaging both US and Spanish creators. Legislation is currently pending in Spain that would address Spain's rampant online piracy problem and I hope that the government continues to press forward and that the legislation is not weakened during the forthcoming Parliamentary journey.

"An environment that fosters new business models entails not only the establishment of adequate rights and remedies under copyright law, but also rules that compel all entities involved in the transmission of copyright materials to implement reasonable practices.

"The United States is a world leader in producing creative products and the integrity and development of our cultural industries is dependent upon effective legislative and enforcement regimes that protect intellectual property.

"Our challenge is to convince those other trading partners that continue to allow piracy to fester unchecked that their economies are being hurt, that their creative industries are suffering, and that their GDP and job growth is stunted by their failure to take this issue seriously.

"For this, we are extremely appreciative of the help and support of the International Anti-Piracy Caucus."

 

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New York, NY - Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, has partnered with Hannover House, the entertainment distribution division of Target Development Group, to support the May 21st theatrical release of Racing Dreams. Racing Dreams is an award-winning documentary that offers a poignant look into the lives of two boys and a girl who dream of one day racing in NASCAR®.

Through the deal, Screenvision will help Hannover House expand the film's distribution by making it available to its exhibitor partners through the Screenvision digital in-theater network. Additionally, Screenvision will offer marketing support for the film through its pre-show programming and other in-theatre assets. Racing Dreams marks the second time that Screenvision has been involved in a film's theatrical release and the initiative serves as a further extension of the partnership between Screenvision and NASCAR®.

For the May 21st release, Screenvision will digitally distribute the film to theatres owned by Rave Motion Pictures and Malco Theatres in Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, Texas, Alabama and Florida. Wider distribution is planned subsequently.

"Screenvision is committed to expanding the alternative programming offerings we bring to exhibitor partners and theatergoers alike," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations for Screenvision. "We are excited to partner with Hannover House to release Racing Dreams and believe our extensive digital network will allow the film to be delivered to more theatre locations in a cost-effective way."

Racing Dreams is the award-winning coming-of-age story about three kids who aspire to one day race in NASCAR®. Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry takes us into the lives of Annabeth, Josh, and Brandon as they compete for the championship in the World Karting Association's National Series - widely considered the Little League for professional racing. Clocking speeds of up to 70 mph, these young drivers race their way through the year-long National Series that spawned many of NASCAR's® top drivers, all while they simultaneously navigate the treacherous road between childhood and young adulthood.

The film, which won the Best Documentary Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival and went on to win Best Documentary Awards at the 2010 Indianapolis International Film Festival and the Jacksonville Film Festival, also took home the Silver Hugo Award at the 2010 Chicago Film Festival. Racing Dreams was executive produced by Jack Turner, Dany Garcia and actor Dwayne Johnson.

 

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Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the rights to Mike Leigh's Another Year. The drama stars Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville, Ruth Sheen and Peter Wight.

Leigh is no stranger to Cannes. His 1996 film Secrets & Lies won the Palm d'Or.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced its participation in the following media conferences:

Barclays Capital 2010 Global Communications, Media and Technology Conference
Crowne Plaza Times Square - New York, NY
May 26, 2010 @ 4:15 PM ET

Thomas Weisel Partners Second Annual Baltimore One-on-One Conference
TWP Offices - Baltimore, MD
May 27, 2010

A webcast of Regal's presentation at the Barclays conference and other pertinent statistical and financial information are available in the investor relations section of the Company's Web site.

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CYPRESS, CA - Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema, announced that it is Cannes International Film Festival's Technical Partner for the fourth year in a row, digitizing a record 22 theatres with the latest generation Christie DLP Cinema® projectors. Installations include the next-generation Series 2 projector, the Christie SolariaTM Series, highlighted by the Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, which feature Academy Award*-winning DLP Cinema technology from Texas Instruments (TI) (NYSE: TXN). Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, presented out of competition, opened Cannes with its world premiere on a Christie CP2230.


"It is a huge privilege to see our digital projectors playing such a critical role in this key event in international cinema," remarked Christie EMEA Vice President, Dale Miller. "As a pioneer in the film industry for more than 80 years, Christie is proud to make available again its expertise and experience to the world of cinema."

Pascal Gervais, Director of Development for Christie France, observed: "Following three successful years alongside our partner XDC, Christie has signed a three-year agreement with the Cannes Film Festival. The agreement covers the technical and logistical aspects of 2D and 3D digital projection, and is proof of the trust and respect that cinema professionals have for Christie."

Gervais noted that the agreement with France's most prestigious and world-renowned festival comes into effect at a time when the country is speeding up its switch to digital cinema. To date, France counts more than 1,000 digitally equipped theatres, representing nearly 20% of all screens in use. Of these, 75% are enhanced with 3D digital technology.

Fully compliant with DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) specifications, the 4K-ready Christie Solaria Series features Christie's "15 minutes to 4K," the industry's fastest upgrade path to 4K digital cinema. They also include Christie Brilliant3DTM technology for the brightest 3D projection on the market, with the top-of-the-line Christie CP2230 delivering 32,000 ANSI lumens of illumination to power screens up to 100 feet wide.

"Christie manufactures the most widely used digital cinema projectors on the market today. The company has reached the historical milestone of 11,000 active digital cinema installations around the world," said Miller. "With 62% of the global market in digital installations and a vote of confidence in its projectors from the biggest international film event, Christie continues to lead the way as the most cutting-edge technology brand for 2D and 3D digital projection."

As a Technical Partner, Christie is screening all of the digital movies at the 63rd Cannes International Film Festival. For the complete Official Selection, Out of Competition and Marché du Film elements, click here.

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