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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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, the world leader in digital cinema projection installations, announced the recent installation of Christie CP2000-ZX digital projectors with Christie Brilliant3DTM triple flash technology in Cinema Centers' multiplex theatres in central Pennsylvania. The installations were completed in time to premiere the highly anticipated "Avatar" from visionary director James Cameron.

The community-focused Cinema Centers, serving rural areas of Pennsylvania, features five multiplexes with a total of 55 screens, plus one single-screen drive-in theatre. All can be found within a 2-hour radius and include 9 to 12 screens per complex. They feature stadium seating, high back rocker seats and the latest, state-of-the-art projection and sound equipment.

Entrepreneurs Marvin and Doris Troutman, who launched successful careers in exhibition in 1955, opened their first Cinema Centers brand multiplex in 1993. Gina T. DiSanto, CEO of the organization, is part of the second-generation ownership and management, along with her parents, sister and brother. DiSanto spent most of her life in the movie theatre business. As a teenager, she worked at the family owned drive-in during the summer seasons and a former, single-screen theatre in the winter.

"After much due diligence, analyzing all the specifications, talking directly to both installers and other exhibitors, it all came down to one company - Christie - without a doubt. Word of mouth was also extremely positive, which made them the best choice," remarked DiSanto. "Christie has a first-class reputation and a superior product that ensures our customers always experience the brightest images for 3D showings."

DiSanto was extremely enthusiastic about Christie service and support. "The Christie team was fabulous. They were there every step of the way as we made our conversion to digital cinema. We are very excited with the results of our decision and plan to buy more Christie digital projectors in the very near future," she said.

"With the introduction of digital cinema technology, Cinema Centers takes their audiences into the 21st century of entertainment," noted Craig Sholder, vice-president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "They continue a tradition of leadership built upon the entrepreneurial spirit of its founders, by redefining the movie viewing experience for every new generation of customers. To help bring world-class entertainment to audiences everywhere, Christie supports independent exhibitors like Cinema Centers, offering them the widest range of cost-effective digital solutions at the lowest cost of operation."

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LOS ANGELES, CA -- MovieTickets.com, the worldwide leader in advance movie ticketing, today announced a strategic relationship with Mobiqa, world leader in mobile barcode ticketing solutions. Together they will launch a paperless, mobile ticketing pilot program that will allow consumers to send their movie tickets directly to their mobile devices.

During the pilot, moviegoers who purchase tickets at MovieTickets.com for show times at participating Classic Cinemas theaters in Chicago will have a bar code sent to their mobile phones via SMS WAP Link, MMS or email WAP Link. The bar code, acting as a mobile ticket, will then be scanned at the theaters and will replace the existing paper tickets.

"The results of this program could certainly impact the future of movie going options," said Joel Cohen, executive vice president and general manager, MovieTickets.com. "The paperless system will streamline the ticket redemption process by making it easier for both moviegoers and theater staff."

"Classic Cinemas specializes in providing outstanding guest service at a value in our classic themed state-of-the-art theatres," stated Chris Johnson, vice president, Classic Cinemas. "We're thrilled to partner with MovieTickets.com to create a mobile ticketing process that incorporates the latest technologies for an efficient ticket buying process."

Mobiqa currently offers mobile movie ticketing at locations across Europe and Australasia.

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COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC), a leading digital cinema and 3D motion picture exhibitor, today announced that it is pursuing a refinancing of its senior secured term loan facility that matures in May 2012. The existing term loan facility had a balance of $250.8 million outstanding at December 31, 2009. The term loan facility is being launched with an interest rate of LIBOR plus 400 basis points, with a LIBOR floor of 2.0%. The potential refinancing is being led by J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., Citigroup Global Markets and Macquarie Capital (USA) as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners.

Carmike also announced plans to replace its $50 million revolving credit facility maturing in May 2010 with a new, $30 million revolving credit facility expected to bear interest at a rate of LIBOR plus 400 basis points, with a LIBOR floor of 2.0%, and to mature in January 2013. The existing revolving credit facility was undrawn as of December 31, 2009. Expected participants in the new revolving credit facility include JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Citibank, N.A., and Macquarie Capital.

Consummation of the refinancing is expected by late January/early February but is subject to market and other conditions. Carmike will file a copy of the new credit agreement with the Securities and Exchange Commission upon completion of the new term loan and revolving credit facilities.

Carmike Cinemas Chief Financial Officer, Richard B. Hare, stated, "With the nearing expiration of our revolving line of credit and the potential for rising interest rates over the next two years, it made sense to address the revolver and term loan at this time. We believe the refinancing would provide Carmike with flexibility to fund our long-term growth and success."

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