LOS ANGELES - Zack Snyder will receive the ShoWest 2009 Director of the Year Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Snyder will be presented with the ShoWest Director of the Year Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2nd, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Since breaking onto the scene in 2004 with the box office hit Dawn of the Dead, Zack Snyder has developed a bold, distinctive moviemaking style that has received critical acclaim and has generated box office success around the world," said Neuhauser. "His continued dedication to providing audiences with groundbreaking films is unparalleled and we could not be more thrilled to honor Zack Snyder as the ShoWest 2009 Director of the Year."

Snyder's most recent project is set for release on March 6. Watchmen is the highly anticipated, multi-layered mystery adventure, based on the award-winning graphic novel. A complex, multi-layered mystery adventure, the film is set in an alternate 1985 America in which costumed superheroes are part of the fabric of everyday society, and the Doomsday Clock - which charts the USA's tension with the Soviet Union - is set at five minutes to midnight. When one of his former colleagues is murdered, the washed-up but no less determined masked vigilante Rorschach sets out to uncover a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his former crime-fighting legion - a ragtag group of retired superheroes, only one of whom has true powers - Rorschach glimpses a wide-ranging and disturbing conspiracy with links to their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the future. Their mission is to watch over humanity...but who is watching the Watchmen?

Snyder made his feature film directorial debut with the 2004 horror thriller Dawn of the Dead, which topped the box office on its opening weekend. The film brought Snyder widespread acclaim from critics and audiences and was nominated for the Camera d'Or Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Snyder followed up this success with the Warner Bros. 2007 worldwide blockbuster 300. Snyder is the co-president of Cruel and Unusual Films, formed with his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder. In addition to Watchmen, Cruel and Unusual films projects include the drama The Last Photograph, the fantasy-adventure Sucker Punch, and the animated 3D film The Guardians of Ga'Hoole.Other films in development include a feature film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic The Illustrated Man, the zombie film Army of the Dead and the apocalyptic thriller Cobalt 60.

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Los Angeles - Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a division of Comcast Corporation dedicated to developing and operating online and cross-platform entertainment and media businesses, announced today that it is appointing entertainment media and digital advertising industry veteran Scott Schiller as its Senior Vice President of Advertising Sales, overseeing sales for Fandango, Fancast, Movies.com and Plaxo.

A co-founder of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), and its first vice-chairman, Schiller has more than 25 years of advertising, sales management and start-up media experience, in leading positions at worldwide entertainment brands including Disney, AOL, Sony, Prodigy and MTV Networks.

As a key member of the CIM executive team, Schiller will be based in New York City, but he will staff and manage CIM sales offices throughout the country. Schiller will report directly to Chuck Davis, Executive Vice President of Comcast Interactive Media and Chief Executive Officer of Fandango.

"We are pleased to welcome Scott to the Comcast Interactive Media family" says Chuck Davis, Executive Vice President of Comcast Interactive Media and Chief Executive Officer of Fandango. "CIM has a growing number of trusted brands, and Scott has a long track record of building highly motivated advertising sales teams. We think his experience, combined with our highly-trafficked sites create a winning formula."

Schiller joins CIM from Glam Media, Inc., one of the fastest-growing women's Web properties, where he was the Executive Vice President of Global Marketing and its original Chief Revenue Officer. Earlier in his career, Schiller served as Senior Vice President of Interactive Marketing for America Online; Senior Vice-President of Strategic Partnership Marketing for the Walt Disney Internet Group (where he ran advertising sales and sponsorship for such Disney-branded sites as ABC.com, ABCNews.com, Disney.com, Family.com and ESPN.com); Vice President of Advertising and Partnership Marketing for Sony Online Ventures; Vice President of Advertising Sales for Prodigy; and account director for MTV Networks, during the cable network's earliest days.

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New York, N.Y. - Screenvision, a leading cinema advertising sales, services and content distribution company, has announced today the hiring of media sales veteran Alan Brittain as its new Vice President of Sales, Direct Sales Eastern Division.

In his new position, Brittain will be responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all Direct Sales Eastern Division activities including sales strategies, new account acquisitions and client partner relations. Reporting to Rebecca Hartman, Senior Vice President, Direct Sales, Brittain will be based in the company's New York headquarters.

Brittain joins Screenvision with over 10 years of media sales experience. Prior to joining Screenvision, Brittain was the Vice President/General Sales Manager for Fox Station Sales where he was responsible for the national sales strategies to achieve the revenue and share goals of each station.

"With Alan Brittain joining Screenvision, we have added a true media sales veteran and talent with a notable track record of driving revenue," said Hartman. "We are confident that Alan will bring a new wave of knowledge to our core cinema advertising business, while also being a driving force behind new sales strategies for our Eastern Division."

Prior to Fox Stations, Brittain was Senior Vice President NBC Station Sales for NBC Universal where he developed and implemented national sales strategies to achieve revenue and share goals for the 14 NBC owned stations. Brittain also served as Sales Manager, NBC National Sales. Brittain started his career with 10 years at Blair Television, where he worked his way up to Vice President/Director of Sales, American Red Division.

Alan Brittain graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Alabama.

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National Amusements, Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement in principle for the restructuring of its existing indebtedness. The agreement was reached with representatives of National Amusements' lenders and is subject to the execution of definitive agreements.

The agreement would extend the maturity of National Amusements' existing debt, which would total approximately $1.46 billion after a repayment at closing, to December 31, 2010, with certain repayments due in late 2009 and in 2010. The restructured debt would be secured by substantially all of National Amusements' assets. National Amusements would be permitted to satisfy the indebtedness with cash flow from its operations and through tax refunds and the sale of assets as determined by National Amusements.

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St. Simons Island, GA -- Georgia Theatre Company is pleased to announce it has selected Dolby 3D Digital Cinema as its 3D system of choice, bringing premium 3D presentations to select theatres in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

The company has installed Dolby® 3D Digital Cinema in multiple theatre locations and has plans to increase its screen count over the next 12-18 months in selected locations throughout its circuit.

"We have been extremely impressed with the Dolby 3D Digital Cinema system since beginning our digital cinema and 3D testing a few years ago. Not only does the Dolby 3D system provide excellent picture clarity and incredible color quality it also doesn't require a silver screen, providing our patrons with a great viewing experience from every seat in the house," said Aubrey Stone, President of Georgia Theatre Company.

Dolby 3D Digital Cinema uses a unique color filtering technology to provide realistic color reproduction and sharp images. By inserting the filter into the light path before the image is formed by the Texas Instruments Digital Light ProcessingTM engine, the projector delivers crystal clear images that pop off the screen with an amazing sense of depth, detail and color.

"As the growth of digital cinema continues Dolby looks to work with exhibitors like Georgia Theatre Company who want to provide an uncompromised, premium 3D viewing experience to its customers," said Page Haun, Senior Director Marketing, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories, "We are honored that the Georgia Theatre Company has chosen Dolby 3D and recognizes the superior quality the solution brings to its circuit."

Georgia Theatre Company is a family owned business specializing in motion picture exhibition. Currently, Georgia Theatre Company is one of the 20th largest theatre circuits in the USA, operating 287 screens at 29 locations in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia and is a pioneer in the film industry with the roots in the early days of film exhibition.

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