Paris, France - Palme D’Or winner Entre les murs (The Class), a Laurent Cantet film released in France on September 24th, is the first film in Europe to be exclusively delivered to digital cinemas via an electronic network, thanks to SmartJog, the global leader in managed file delivery, and cinego.net, a digital film release management tool.

In order to efficiently manage the digital release, Haut et Court, the French distributor of the film, selected the tool, cinego.net, which was developed by CN films as part of a pilot project. As an online platform, cinego.net enabled Haut et Court to start and manage deliveries of the film to cinemas, but also to supervise the creation and delivery of the digital cinema packages (DCPs)’ key delivery messages (KDMs).

In the past, delivering films to digitally-equipped cinemas was done by duplicating and sending hard disks. For the first time in Europe, Haut et Court decided to digitally deliver the film exclusively via a network. The SmartJog service, directly integrated with cinego.net has thus allowed the electronic delivery to more than 30 screens, including the theater chains: CGR, Kinepolis, Gaumont/Pathé, and independent theaters. SmartJog operates a fully managed distribution and file transfer platform which includes the ability to send digital cinema packages (DCPs) and associated contents (keys and trailers) to digital cinemas, eliminating the time-consuming logistics typical of a release. Currently over 90% of French digital screens are connected to the SmartJog network.

This digital release is made possible by the D-Platform pilot project supported by the European Union MEDIA program. The European Union seeks to expand the digital availability and circulation of European films.

Haut et Court is distributing the film in France, while Sony Pictures Classics is handling the film distribution in the United States under the title The Class. The North American premiere of the movie is in New York City at the New York Film Festival on September 26.

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LOS ANGELES — MovieTickets.com, the world’s most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, announces that it has signed an agreement with Connection III Entertainment Corp., to sponsor its weekly TV entertainment news magazine series, “Made in Hollywood.” The deal will integrate MovieTickets.com branded segments into each “Made in Hollywood” episode, while cross-promoting “Made In Hollywood” branded content with MovieTickets.com.

Currently in its fourth hit season in national syndication, “Made in Hollywood” features exclusive celebrity interviews and star profiles, on-set coverage with directors, writers and producers and previews of upcoming motion picture and DVD releases, focusing on “how” movies are “Made In Hollywood.” MovieTickets.com will center its branded segments around new theatrical releases. In addition, both brands will cross-promote each other on their respective Web sites at www.movietickets.com and www.madeinhollywood.tv.

“MovieTickets.com seeks to align ourselves with properties that are relevant and appropriate to our audience, and we’ve found that with ‘Made in Hollywood,’ said Walt Borchers, senior vice president, sales and marketing, for MovieTickets.com. “We look forward to the added exposure and cache that ‘Made in Hollywood’ will bring to our brand.”

“Made in Hollywood’ reaches 78.9 million homes with a Gross Average Audience of 4.4 million viewers. Connection III has sold its weekend series in over 75% of US television households, including 55 of the top 60 markets with stations in the CBS, ABC, Hearst-Argyle, Belo, McGraw Hill, Gannett, and Sinclair broadcast groups.

“We’re excited about ‘Made In Hollywood’s’ upcoming new season and the launch of our broadcast & online partnership with MovieTickets.com,” says Cleveland O’Neal, Founder, President & C.E.O. of Connection III Entertainment Corp. “Our brands complement each other perfectly, offering unlimited cross promotion, brand integration and strategic marketing potential."

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Hollywood, CA - Terry Curtin, a marketing executive whose contributions have been an integral part of some of the motion picture industry’s most successful marketing campaigns, is joining the Cimarron Group as its new President of Theatrical Marketing, the company announced yesterday.

“Terry is an incredible talent, whose knowledge, imagination, and creativity are much admired across the industry,” says Robert Farina, founder of Cimarron Group. “Her record speaks for itself, with dozens of successful campaigns for major studios under her belt. Her world-class understanding of integrated marketing solutions for motion pictures makes her a perfect fit here at Cimarron and our clients will reap the benefits. We are incredibly excited to bring her aboard.”

With over 25 years in the movie business, Curtin has accrued a diverse portfolio, particularly in the area of entertainment marketing on the agency and studio side, including roles in the successful marketing departments for Universal, Disney, and 20th Century Fox. In 2002, she was named President of Marketing and Distribution for Revolution Studios, overseeing marketing campaigns for such critical and box office successes as Punch-Drunk Love, Maid in Manhattan and Anger Management. During her time at Revolution, she was named #36 on Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 List of most powerful female executives. In 2004, she moved to Intralink Film Graphic Design where, as CEO/Creative Director, she contributed to such well respected creative campaigns as American Gangster, The DaVinci Code and Iron man, as well as campaigns for such critical acclaimed films as The Namesake, Young at Heart and The Kite Runner.

“I was initially attracted to The Cimarron Group because it well respected among its peers and has broad global capabilities across every conceivable marketing avenue, “ says Curtin, who will be working closely with Farina in planning the company’s future expansion and growth, “but what really sold me was meeting the talented group of people here and seeing their love for what they do. Their energy is infectious and shows in the high quality of work that comes out of Cimarron.”

The move coincides with a number of other promotions within the company, reflecting Cimarron’s continuing growth throughout the global marketplace. In February, Cimarron founded The Traffic Agency, an independent ad agency led by industry veteran John Powers, and the new firm has quickly won major accounts with Mitsubishi and Toyota Financial Services. Cimarron has also made major strides in international clients, acquiring clients most recently in Las Vegas and Singapore.

Among recent promotions, George Anderson has been named President of Home Entertainment. Now in his 10th year with the company, Anderson oversees over fifty employees in diversifying the home entertainment division. His work, including all aspects of the Star Wars worldwide marketing campaign, has earned him numerous Key Art Award nominations in the past, including a win for Best Packaging in 2004. In addition, four year Cimarron veteran Geoff Calnan has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Domestic Theatrical AV. Calnan is a well respected veteran of both film and television advertising and will work closely with Terry Curtin to expand the theatrical AV department while also working directly with Cimarron CEO Bob Farina to establish a foothold for the company in Singapore, Dubai, and emerging international markets. And Onna Frye, after 13 years with the company, has been named the Senior Vice President of Production Finance. She will oversee the billing department, which handles finances for the entire company.

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. -- Access Integrated Technologies, Inc.'s (AccessIT) subsidiary UniqueScreen Media, Inc. (USM) and Screenvision completed an agreement for Screenvision to sell national advertising on behalf of USM and its exhibitor customers. Under the agreement, Screenvision will hold exclusive national on-screen advertising sales rights for all of USM's advertising customers, including several thousand screens across 111 U.S. DMAs.

"We are delighted to expand our long standing relationship with Unique Screen Media and to be working with the Digital Cinema leader, AccessIT," said Darryl Schaffer, executive vice president of exhibitor relations for Screenvision. "This partnership will create more revenue opportunity for USM, Screenvision, and our respective exhibitor customers."

"We are always looking for new ways to enhance our offerings to exhibitors. Bringing national advertising revenue opportunities to them via Screenvision is a terrific way to do this. We have been working together with Screenvision and a number of exhibitor customers already, and this agreement will expand our relationship to a level both companies can be excited about," said Bill McGlamery, President and COO of Unique Screen Media, Inc.

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Toronto, ON - Cineplex Entertainment is inviting you to rock on at The Fall Concert Series presented on the big screen in High Definition (HD) and digital surround sound exclusively at participating Cineplex Entertainment theatres. Beginning Wednesday October 1st through Wednesday November 19th, guests can enjoy five fantastic and unique concerts featuring many of the hottest bands and artists in music today.

“We are excited to present our first-ever Fall Concert Series exclusively to our guests across the country,” said Pat Marshall, Vice-President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. “Watching the great line-up of bands and artists perform on the big screen in HD and digital surround sound will be an experience like no other. We are also offering our guests the opportunity to purchase individual tickets or in packages and either choice can be purchased in advance ensuring guests get the concerts they want.”

Beginning Friday September 19th, individual tickets are available online at www.cineplex.com as well as at participating theatre box offices. General Admission is $10.95 + tax. Guests can purchase tickets to all five concerts for $39.95 + tax or any three concerts for the package price of $24.95 + tax. Concert ticket packages can be purchased in person only at any of the participating theatres and cannot be purchased online at this time.

From the Basement, the first three concerts in the series, features 17 different bands shot without an audience in a private setting to capture them at their most relaxed and engaged performances, including Radiohead, The White Stripes and Beck. It’s as if you’re attending a private recording session. inDEF Sessions, the remaining two concerts in the five concert series is the first-ever Canadian Independent Concert Series produced in HD and features two one hour concerts from two different artists and bands.

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