NEW YORK - Nancy Klueter, vice president of Exhibitor Relations for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, will receive the 2008 “Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award," it was announced today by ShowEast Co-Managing Director, Mitch Neuhauser. The award presentation will take place at the Final Night Banquet hosted by The Coca-Cola Company on October 16, 2008 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

“I can’t think of a more deserving individual in our industry to receive this award than Nancy.” noted Mitch Neuhauser. “Her dedication to Variety’s Tent 25 charitable efforts has lead to unprecedented amounts of money having been raised to help children in need in Southern California, not to mention her involvement with Variety International. Simply put, Nancy truly has a heart of gold.”

In 1989 Buena Vista Pictures Distribution recruited Klueter as Senior Marketing Coordinator in its newly formed In-Theatre Marketing department. She rose to manager a year later, director in 1992, and vice president of Exhibitor Relations in 1995. The distribution unit changed its name in 2007 to Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

In 1992, Disney’s Dick Cook asked Nancy to join the Variety board of Tent 25. Her first major project for this worthy organization was marketing the Gold Heart Program in 2000 and 2001. In addition to securing permission to use a Mickey Mouse design on the 2001 Gold Heart pin, Nancy expanded the program by launching an unprecedented wide rollout to all exhibitors in the United States and Canada.

In 2004 Variety’s Tent 25 elected Nancy as its Chief Barker. During her 3-year term, Tent 25 saw its net income rise from $1.2 million in 2004, to $2.0 million in 2006. She was instrumental in launching the eBay auction site (www.ebay.com/varietyskids), which grew from $27,000 revenue in its first year to $229,000 in 2006 and to date has raised in excess of $500,000. She arranged for one of the Herbie prop cars seen in “Herbie: Fully Loaded” as one of the first big-ticket items to be offered on the site. This high profile auction raised the profile of the site, and of Variety. Nancy’s tenure as Chief Barker culminated in leading the campaign for the Lifetime Achievement Award Journal presented to Dick Cook in 2006. This journal smashed all records, raising more than $1,000,000 in support of the children served by Variety.

Tent 25, the Southern California Chapter of Variety - The Children’s Charity, was formed in 1941 and has raised over $60 million for children in Southern California.

In addition to her duties in Tent 25, Nancy was appointed an Ambassador for Variety International in 2005 and was elected a vice president of its Board in 2007.

Will Rogers Motion Pictures Pioneers appointed Nancy to their Advisory Board in 2004 and elected her to the Board of Trustees in 2007.

The “Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award” each year honors an executive who best represents the ideals and standards that the late Al Shapiro helped set during his distinguished career. It epitomizes his dedication, care and concern for the betterment of the motion picture industry. Last year Scott Forman of Warner Bros. Pictures received the “Al Shapiro Distinguished Service Award.” Previous recipients include Patricia Gonzalez, Bud Stone, John Lundin and Steve Bunnell.

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Los Angeles, CA - IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience has crossed the $55 million mark in worldwide gross box office receipts after its seventh week of release. As of Friday, the film reached a total of $43.2 million from 101 IMAX screens domestically and $12 million from 41 IMAX screens internationally.

“The exceptional box office performance of The Dark Night in IMAX theatres is contributing to the film’s very strong legs and fantastic summer theatrical run,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “Many repeat customers are experiencing the film in IMAX theatres.”

“Chris Nolan’s innovative vision is taking IMAX’s format to new heights, and his film’s impact on ticket sales is unprecedented,” said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. “The ability to cross this milestone so quickly shows us that more people are visiting IMAX theatres than ever before, underscoring the real potential and appetite for The IMAX Experience.”

“There’s no stopping The Dark Knight,” added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. “Thanks to a strong marketing campaign and release strategy from Warner Bros. Pictures, as well as an exceptionally well-made movie from Chris Nolan, IMAX theatres have been selling out shows all summer long. We’re grateful to our partners, for incorporating IMAX into the design of this extraordinary film.”

The Dark Knight: The IMAX Experience features six sequences filmed with IMAX cameras, which marks the first time ever that a major feature film has been even partially shot using IMAX cameras, marking a revolutionary integration of the two film formats.

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San Francisco - Dolby Laboratories, Inc. announced today that it is providing technical services as well as cinema technology solutions to the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) for the 15th year in a row. By using Dolby® Digital Cinema and Dolby E technologies this year, TIFF transitions into the digital age, allowing filmmakers the ability to showcase their digitally developed movies in an immersive digital audio and video environment for attendees.

"Digital technology is now prevalent throughout the entire ecosystem of moviemaking-from shooting and editing to postproduction, making digital playback an ideal solution for festivals and theatres alike," said Bill Allen, Senior Director, Production Services, Dolby Laboratories. "We are proud to offer our support and solutions to the Toronto International Film Festival, ensuring that filmmakers can more accurately share their creative vision and audiences get the best possible experience."

TIFF will outfit all of the Toronto video-capable venues with Dolby E decoding, thus providing emerging filmmakers the flexibility to showcase their 5.1-channel mixes before engaging in the complex film postproduction process. Dolby E is a professional digital audio coding technology that optimizes the delivery of multichannel audio through a two-channel infrastructure, enabling festival filmmakers who use Dolby E to present their six-channel mix directly from a HDCAM tape.

In addition, the Festival will outfit four venues with Dolby Digital Cinema, a complete digital system for storing, managing, and playing digital movies, for the presentation of movies that have gone through digital cinema packaging (DCP) in postproduction. Dolby is a leader in DCP packaging, providing both services and encoding equipment. Unlike traditional film, digital movies maintain pristine quality and a rock solid image for every presentation, eliminating film scratches and screen dust that distract from the moviegoing experience.

"We are thrilled to have Dolby engineers David Berti and Paul Sacco on site and to use Dolby's technologies at the festival to ensure that our movie screenings look and sound the best they possibly can," said Andrei Gravelle, Technical Manager, Toronto International Film Festival. "We believe that Dolby's quality and standards provide a professional level of playback and give filmmakers the flexibility they look for when showcasing their art. Dolby truly advances the festival into the digital moviemaking age."

The 33rd TIFF will be conducted from September 4-13 at venues throughout Toronto, Canada.

 

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Cineplex Entertainment is launching an online social networking movie and entertainment community, mycineplex. Users will be able to utilize the following features:

- Cineplex Entertainment is inviting movie fans to join mycineplex to “review, discuss and share” their thoughts and ideas with other movie fans
- Membership is free and anyone can join by registering at cineplex.com.
- Part of cineplex.com, mycineplex gives users the ability to rate, review and comment on movies, become fans of members and theatres, tag and bookmark interesting content, upload photos and participate in user-generated contests
- mycineplex members will have access to a number of exciting and unique services including exclusive contests, promotions, entertainment blogs and e-newsletters as well as online and mobile ticketing
- mycineplex and moncineplex, the French version site, launch in Canada simultaneously in both English and French
- By way of social bookmarks, mycineplex members will have the ability to share content from Cineplex.com and mycineplex.com on other social networks they are members of such as Facebook, Digg and Del.icio.us
- Future expansion to mycineplex will include video upload capabilities, a Facebook Fan Page and an enhanced e-commerce site that will make cineplex.com even more dynamic and interactive

“Cineplex Entertainment is very pleased to introduce our vibrant new online social networking community, mycineplex," said Pat Marshall, Vice President, Communications and Investor Relations, Cineplex Entertainment. “Movie and entertainment news are a central part of the social experience and mycineplex provides entertainment and movie lovers with a new community to exchange their views. Mycineplex is really a community built by movie fans for movie fans.”

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NEW YORK - ShowEast will honor Griselda Fortunato, Managing Director of Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox Argentina, with its “International Achievement in Distribution” award at the 2008 convention, announced Mitch Neuhauser, Co-Managing Director of the event. Ms. Fortunato will receive this honor as part of the International Day programming, to be held on Monday, October 13th at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

“It is a great honor for ShowEast to be able to single out the achievements of Griselda Fortunato by presenting her with the ‘International Achievement in Distribution’ Award at this year’s event,” noted Neuhauser. “In the world of distribution, you couldn’t ask for a more dedicated and respected professional who has done so much for their company, or in this instance, companies, in bringing film into the hearts and minds of so many moviegoers internationally”.

Griselda Fortunato joined the business in 1997 as Managing Director of Warner Bros and Twentieth Century Fox in Argentina. During this more than 10 years in this position, she handled distribution for very successful films and sagas such as: Titanic, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings trilogy, X-Men trilogy, the first three episodes of the Star Wars franchise, “Batman Begins” and “The Matrix”. More recently she has overseen films such as “Ice Age 2”, The Dark Knight, The Simpsons Movie, I Am Legend and Get Smart. Being the head of two of the most important studios in Argentina enables her to work more efficiently by combining sales initiatives with marketing activities.

Before Warner and Fox, Fortunato spent more than 10 years working in the Petroleum business for Exxon Corporation and, before that, in the Banking sector for Bank of America and The Chase Manhattan Bank with designations in Argentina and also abroad.

Fortunato always says that this is the best job she has ever had where creativity and common sense are part of every day decisions to face new challenges in an ever changing business.

Previous recipients of the “International Achievement in Distribution” award at ShowEast include: Rodrigo Saturnino of Buena Vista Filmes do Brasil, Horacio Altamirano of Gussi, Eduardo Echeverria of Twentieth Century Fox Int’l and Redo Farah of Warner Bros. Pictures International.

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