SOURCE: Hollywood Studios International

December 20, 2007 14:53 ET

Russ Lyster Joins Artist International as Partner, New York

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - December 20, 2007) - Hollywood Studios International (PINKSHEETS: HYWS) CEO Steven Saxton announced today that Russ Lyster has joined Artist International as a partner in the New York office. Russ brings many years of experience and a plethora of talented clients including Joe Perrino ("The Sopranos," "Assassination of a High School President," "The Sophomore"), Amelia Alvarez ("Veronica Mars"), Nigel Havers ("Empire of the Sun," "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," "Penelope"), and Sir Tom Courtenay ("The Golden Compass," "Flood," "Nicholas Nickleby"). Russ will focus on expanding the Artist International brand on the East Coast while developing new talent and managing his current client list.

"We are very excited to bring Russ on as a Partner at Artist International. Russ brings years of experience as both an agent and a manager and his knowledge and insight is immeasurable," said Steven Saxton at the announcement.

About Russ Lyster

Russ was a highly successful talent agent for over twenty years in Los Angeles. He began his career as an agent at Charles Feldman, and has worked with other top agencies including Hal Stallmaster, The Artists' Group, Metropolitan Talent, and Don Buchwald and Associates. He then became President of Prism Management. Russ has represented major talent such as John Rhys-Davies ("Indiana Jones," "Lord of the Rings," "Aladdin"), John Ratzenberger ("Cheers," "Toy Story," "Monster's Inc."), Christopher Lee ("Star Wars," "Lord of the Rings," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"), David Warner ("Titanic," "The Time Machine"), Nigel Havers ("Empire of the Sun," "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," "Penelope"), and Sir Tom Courtenay ("Doctor Zhivago," "Nicholas Nickelby," "The Golden Compass"). Along with his years of experience Russ also brings a collection of incredible new talent including Joe Perrino ("The Sopranos," "Assassination of a High School President") and Amelia Alvarez ("Veronica Mars," "The Distance from Here").

About Artist International

Artist International (www.artistint.com) provides professional representation to actors, models, writers, directors, athletes, music performers, artists, and other entertainment properties. Its four divisions -- music, literary, sports, and talent -- operate with the singular focus of understanding the goals and talents of clients and maximizing their potential.

About Hollywood Studios International

Hollywood Studios International (www.hsifilms.com), an entertainment holding company, exists to create award-winning entertainment which succeeds both artistically and commercially through the inherent synergies of combining elements of a traditional studio system with the structure of artist management. The Company has recently completed a financial audit and is filing the appropriate paperwork to begin trading in the US (PINKSHEETS: HYWS). Current subsidiaries and divisions include Artist International Management, Doc Hollywood Kidz, Doc Hollywood Records, and Bop City Records. The Company has recently signed a Letter of Intent to acquire feature film production and distribution company Foresight Unlimited.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Although Hollywood Studios International believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any assumption could be inaccurate, and therefore, there can be no assurance that the forward-looking statements included in this press release will prove to be accurate. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included herein, the inclusion should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the objective and plans of the Company will be achieved.

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