SAN FRANCISCO -- Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB) today announced that Ioan Allen, Senior Vice President at Dolby Laboratories, will be presented with the Silver Medal Award at the 127th Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention at the Javits Center in New York. Allen is receiving the award in recognition of his "outstanding contributions, sustained over four decades, to motion picture sound, including audio recording and playback technology, operational standards, equipment, and the acoustics of cinemas."

Established by the Society in 1953--and originally called the Emile Berliner Award in honor of audio pioneers Alexander Graham Bell, Emile Berliner, and Thomas Edison--the AES Silver Medal honors professionals whose work represents exceptional developments or achievements in the field of audio engineering. Prior recipients in the area of film sound engineering include John Frayne, Ray Dolby, and Tomlinson Holman.

"I would like to personally congratulate Ioan Allen on this accomplishment and thank him for his contributions in advancing audio for the motion picture industry," said Wieslaw Woszczyk, Audio Engineering Society Awards Committee Chair. "Year after year, we continue to recognize members who have dedicated time and effort to the advancement of knowledge and professional practice in audio engineering. Today we are pleased that Mr. Allen is amongst the coveted list of Silver Award recipients."

Allen's list of accomplishments in the audio industry extends back to 1969, the year he joined Dolby Laboratories. Allen was in large part responsible for the origination and development of all the major audio advancements emanating from the Dolby film program and has been a fellow of the AES since 1980. Often recognized for his work in the film industry over the years, Allen has been the recipient of awards from the National Association of Theatre Owners and the BKSTS, and was honored with the Samuel L. Warner Award from the SMPTE. He is an adjunct professor in film sound at the University of Southern California, and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Allen received Scientific and Engineering Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1979, 1987, 2001, and 2004, and was awarded an Oscar in 1989.

"It is a great honor and pleasure to be named a recipient of this prestigious award," said Allen. "I would like to thank the Society for recognizing my work in the advancement of motion picture audio."

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SAN FRANCISCO - More than 100 million users of Yahoo! will now have direct access to Flixster, from the new Yahoo! homepage.

Flixster's unique combination of movie information and social networking has led it to become the fastest-growing movie site, and Yahoo's integration of third-party apps means users can now have the full Flixster experience directly on their personalized homepage.

Utilizing the Flixster app, users will be able to look up showtimes, see nearly 2 billion movie ratings, read reviews from other users and national critics, rate and recommend movies, all without leaving their Yahoo! homepage.

"Movie information has always been one of the most popular features on Internet homepages," said Joe Greenstein, founder and CEO of Flixster. "Flixster is making that experience a social one, enabling millions of movie fans to connect with their friends to share and discover new movies through Yahoo!"

Yahoo! users will join with the more than 20 million people each month who already use Flixster's services on www.flixster.com, and on Flixster's apps for the iPhone, Palm Pre, Android, Facebook and MySpace.

Launched in Janaury 2006, Flixster now offers its users access to nearly 2 billion movie reviews written by users, as well as to more than 19,000 movie trailers, plus quizzes, games, photos and details about more than 75,000 movies in the Flixster database. Visit Flixster for more details and to join the fast-growing Flixster community of movie lovers.

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CYPRESS, CA - Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, announced that Supercines, the largest and most modern cinema chain in Ecuador, selected Christie CP2000-SB digital cinema projectors to equip its newest 15-screen multiplex in Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Headquartered in Guayaquil and owned by Corporación El Rosado S.A., one of the region's most important industrialist groups, Supercines has theaters in all of the country's major cities. It has earned a reputation for revolutionizing the cinema-going experience in Ecuador through the introduction of innovations such as stadium seating, tri-amplified Dolby® digital sound, and high resolution wall-to-wall screens.

Martin Schwartz, general manager of the Entertainment Division for Corporación El Rosado S.A., observed, "Supercines' audiences enjoy the latest releases shown on equipment that represents the state-of-the-art in image and sound. We have had excellent results working with Christie; the Company has played an important part in our success over the years. Christie digital projectors are extremely reliable and very easy to maintain and service. In our conversion to digital technology, we have been getting exceptional technical support from Christie's expert technicians and from our supplier, Cinema Equipment and Supplies, based in Miami, Florida. We have plans on the drawing board for many more digital cinemas in the near future, and look forward to continuing our working relationships with them."

The newest Supercines, a 15-screen multiplex in Quito with 7 exclusive VIP areas, features the Supercines Giant Theater, GT-MAX. It has the biggest screen in the world, more than 77ft x 44ft (23.5m x 13.5m) and provides an overwhelming viewing experience, especially in 3-D. Christie CP2000-SB projectors are used to project exceptionally large, bright 3-D images on the giant screen.

"We installed two Christie CP2000-SB digital cinema projectors with Christie Brilliant3D triple-flash technology, providing full 2K resolution for 3-D, the most light output, and maximum lamp efficiency," said Guillermo Younger, president of Cinema Equipment and Supplies. "We plan to install another CP2000-SB projector for that multiplex in the next few months. All the digital projectors in the Supercines chain are Christie. Along with Dolby 3D servers, QSC amps and speakers, and Christie CDXL and CXL lamps, they project the best picture possible on the screen. Supercines plans to install a total of 19 Christie CP2000-SB digital projectors and Dolby 3D by the end of the year."

Jaime Sanchez, sales manager, Cinema Equipment and Supplies, added, "Over the years, Supercines has demonstrated its dedication to entertaining its customers with the highest quality equipment and facilities. Our decision to work with Christie was based on previous experience with their projectors, which have proven to be highly reliable, cost-effective and perform consistently. We know the show will always go on with Christie digital projectors."

Ecuador, located in the center of South America, has a population of close to 14 million. It is home to Corporación El Rosado S.A, whose diverse commercial activities include entertainment such as cinemas, shopping malls and radio stations.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), through its Technicolor Business Group, today announced that it is now offering both digital cinema image detection watermarking solutions available on the market, Cinefence and Nexguard, both offered by Civolution.

"By providing our customers with the only two digital cinema watermarking detection services available on the market, we enable them with full flexibility when it comes to protection and analysis of digital cinema pirated material," said Curt Behlmer, head of Technicolor's digital cinema business.

Digital watermarking solutions make video content easily and precisely identifiable by embedding specific data such as the rights holder's or recipient's ID or user number. The image watermark, totally invisible to the naked eye may be embedded at various points in the content preparation and distribution process.

In addition to digital cinema watermarking, Technicolor also offers forensic image watermarking embedding and detection services for video and film prints, as well as audio watermarking across Dolby SR, SRD and DTS formats, and file and tape based watermarking.

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Los Angeles, CA - Metropolitan Theatres announced Timothy Spain has been appointed Vice President of Operations.

"We are proud to have someone of Tim's caliber join our management team and believe his presence will further advance our company's goals and performance," said David Corwin, Metropolitan's President.

With nearly thirty years of industry experience, Spain most recently served Southern Theatres as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he was Vice President for Harkins Theatres during a major growth phase, 1998-2006; Spain started his career with AMC in 1980.

"I am thrilled with the opportunity David has provided me, and am excited to join Metropolitan Theatres Corporation, with its rich heritage in the exhibition industry," said Spain.

Metropolitan Theatres is a fourth generation family owned theatre circuit with twenty-one locations and 104 screens in California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and British Columbia. For additional company information, please click here.

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