SOURCE: Thomson

October 22, 2009 01:49 ET

THOMSON : Technicolor renews and expands its program production contract with FRANCE 24

PARIS--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - Technicolor renews and expands its program production contract with FRANCE 24

Paris (France) - October 22, 2009 - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), a worldwide leader of services to content creators, today announced it has won, through its Technicolor Business Group, a new contract with FRANCE 24 for the operation of content production technical facilities.

Up to 2013, Technicolor will be in charge of the production of FRANCE 24 international programs in English, French and Arabic thanks to its team of more than one hundred technicians. This team will be organized according to the needs of the channel:

- 3 live news production teams (French, English, Arabic)

- 2 recorded broadcasts production teams

- 1 editing - audio mixing - computer graphics team

- 1 team in charge of traffic (reception, transmission, processing and control of all signals).

Technicolor will also transversely handle the management and planning of this service.

Frédéric Rose, Chairman and CEO of Thomson, stated: "We are delighted that FRANCE 24 has renewed its confidence in Thomson. The fact that we have won this contract underlines the relevance of Thomson on the production market, and its overall ability to provide services tailored to the needs of its content creator clients. All the teams have been mobilized to make this partnership with FRANCE 24 a success. "

Jean-Yves Bonsergent, Deputy Manager of FRANCE 24, added, "Thomson is a long-time provider that perfectly knows the technical environment and challenges of our channel. We therefore have complete confidence in the group to provide the production services we need in real time, today and tomorrow. We are pleased to be continuing our collaboration in the coming years. "



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About Thomson

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is a global leader in services for content creators.

About FRANCE 24:

FRANCE 24 is the first French international news channel that offers a French perspective and sensibility on world events. It broadcasts on a 24/7 basis on three channels, in French, English and Arabic, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and on the East Coast of the US. FRANCE 24 can be accessed by cable, satellite, DSL and on mobile. The website is available in three languages (English, French, Arabic).

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FRANCE 24 contacts :

Nathalie Lenfant - Tel : 00 33 1 73 01 24 11 -

Damien Amadou - Tel : 00 33 1 73 01 24 31 -

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