COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that John A. Lundin has been appointed Vice President-Film, responsible for Carmike's relationships with motion picture production companies. The appointment is effective January 25th and Mr. Lundin will report to Chief Operating Officer Fred Van Noy.

Lundin, a 37-year theatrical exhibition and film industry veteran, most recently served as District Manager for Sony Pictures Distribution, which he joined in July 2009. Prior to his tenure at Sony, he was VP Film/Head Film Buyer at one of the world's leading theatre exhibitors for 14 years. Lundin has also held management positions at Cannon Pictures, Litchfield Theatres/United Artists Theatres, Columbia Pictures and United Artists Pictures. He began his career in the industry in 1972 at Buena Vista Distribution following his college education.

Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman, stated, "John brings an extensive track record of relevant industry experience to Carmike, and we are delighted that he will be joining our team. He has a unique background, having sat on both sides of the negotiating table at various organizations throughout his career. For Carmike and all exhibitors, film selection and determining the best markets for a given motion picture is a critical element of success, while film rental is an important piece of our cost structure. We are confident that John is well suited to represent Carmike as its lead film buyer, overseeing these key areas for us."

Mr. Lundin is a Director of the Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers Foundation and also serves on its Neonatal Committee. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hillsdale College in Michigan.

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Screenwriter Michael R. Perry and director Kevin Greutert have been tapped to put together a sequel to Paranormal Activity for Paramount. The project will go up against Saw VII this coming October. The first Paranormal Activity was able to grab the top spot at the box office over Saw VI this past October.

No plot details have been released at this time.

Paranormal Activity turned into one of the biggest surprise hits of all time thanks to a worldwide haul of more than $150 million.

 

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BURBANK, Calif. -- Rich Ross, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios (TWDS), announced today that Sean Bailey has been named President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production as the segment continues to restructure its operation. In his new role, he will oversee all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures. Additional changes to international theatrical distribution, multicultural initiatives, publicity, communications and Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment were made as part of the business' new strategic direction.

"Building upon a strong foundation with the company, Sean brings great creative instincts and considerable filmmaking experience to his new role at The Walt Disney Studios. His close relationships throughout the creative community and industry at large make him an ideal leader to set the direction of TWDS' future film slates," said Ross. "Sean's talent, energy, and commitment to delivering quality content will help us achieve our goals of producing and distributing Disney-branded movies that entertain audiences worldwide."

"I am honored and thrilled to join a company with the history and tradition of The Walt Disney Studios," said Bailey. "Working with the strong team that has been assembled under Rich's leadership, I look forward to working with the Studios' impressive array of talented filmmakers to create entertaining, inspiring films that uphold the legacy and quality of classic Disney movies and capture the imagination of our global audiences."

Bailey's feature film producing credits include Matchstick Men, Gone Baby Gone and the upcoming Disney film, Tron Legacy. He is the founder and president of the production company, Idealogy, Inc. He also co-founded the integrated media firm, LivePlanet, with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore and was the executive producer of several high profile television programs including LivePlanet's three-time Emmy-nominated Project Greenlight. Sean wrote the screenplay Liberty for The Walt Disney Company and co-wrote the screenplay Solace.

Sean has created, packaged and developed film, television and new media concepts for Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, New Line Cinema, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., and all of the major television networks.

To further streamline the distribution of future TWDS' theatrical content, Ross also announced today that 23-year Disney veteran Chuck Viane, President, Distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, will take on all aspects of international sales and distribution across 70 countries, in addition to his on-going responsibilities overseeing domestic sales and distribution operations. Viane will report directly to Bob Chapek, President of Distribution for The Walt Disney Studios.

Other executives will take on new assignments as part of the Studios' restructuring. Christine Cadena, currently Senior Vice President, Marketing, Synergy and Franchise Development, will become Senior Vice President, Multicultural Initiatives, leading all diversity and multicultural efforts. Michelle Sewell has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Publicity, overseeing the domestic and international publicity departments, and is responsible for formulating and executing worldwide publicity campaigns for all live-action and animated motion pictures. She will report to the head of marketing.

The Studios' communications team will also transition as John Nicoletti becomes Vice President, Global Communications and Paul Roeder moves to Director, Global Communications. Heidi Trotta, Senior Vice President of Studio Communications, will stay on as a consultant for a transitional period.

Cadena, Nicoletti and Trotta will report directly to Ross.

"I'm fortunate that I have been able to access the deep talent pool within the Studio and throughout The Walt Disney Company," said Ross.

In addition to the executive level changes, the Studio will also continue its reorganization of the workforce at Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

"Our industry is evolving rapidly and in order to remain at its forefront, we are adapting our organization to be more agile, creative and responsive," said Ross.

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Los Angeles - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, is helping film fans prepare for the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Oscars with a special awards show feature presented by Acura and available at www.fandango.com/awardswatch.

As an exclusive feature of the Fandango Awards Watch section, moviegoers can vote online for their favorite film of 2009. The winning film will be presented the "ShoWest Fan Choice Award" during the ShoWest awards ceremony on March 18. Voters can also participate in a sweepstakes for a chance to attend the awards ceremony live in Las Vegas on a free four-day/three-night getaway.

Film fans can also get a behind-the-scenes look at the season's biggest film awards with Fandango. Features include Red Carpet coverage from fashion editor, blogger and TV commentator Sydne Summer, humorous commentary by Fandango columnist Sarah McLaughlin, weekly polls, and much more.

"We're pleased to offer this one-stop destination to help film fans keep track of news, gossip, fashions and trends surrounding Hollywood's top honors," says Ted Hong, Chief Marketing Officer for Fandango.

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