SOURCE: Thomson

January 24, 2006 11:43 ET

Technicolor to Receive Prestigious Technical Achievement Award From Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Technicolor Awarded for Its Patented Real Time Answer Print System

PARIS, and BURBANK, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2006 -- Thomson (Euronext 18453) (NYSE: TMS) today announced that its Services division, through its Technicolor business, will receive a coveted Technical Achievement Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on February 18, 2006, at the annual pre-Oscar® ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, Calif. The Academy's Technology branch will honor Technicolor for its patented real time answer print system which has been used on over 50 films in the last three years, including Million Dollar Baby, the 2004 Best Picture Oscar winner from director/producer Clint Eastwood, and The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese and winner of multiple Oscars.

Launched in 2003 to serve both live-action and animated features, the real time answer print system provides filmmakers with a safe, efficient process to protect their original camera negatives, while serving as an economical and robust tool for answer and release printing. Further, the technology is employed by animation studio customers to pre-grade computer-generated (CG) animation as it will appear at the end of the production and postproduction processes prior to final release printing. Animated feature titles to use the proprietary system include The Incredibles, Madagascar, Shark Tale, Shrek 2, and Cars, the upcoming release from Disney and Pixar.

The Technicolor team receiving the Technical Achievement Award includes engineer and lead inventor Harold Rattray, Terry Claborn, Steve Garlick, Bill Hogue, and Technicolor North Hollywood general manager Tim Reynolds. The group also worked closely with Technicolor's world-renowned film color timers, led by head color timer Terry Haggar. Recent live-action features to employ the technology include Glory Road, Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, The Greatest Game Ever Played, Just Like Heaven, and The Interpreter.

"We are honored that the Academy's Scientific and Technical committee appreciated the achievements our engineers, management, and film-timers created to respond to industry interest in this solution," stated Mary Ann Fialkowski, president of Technicolor Entertainment Services. "With all of the attention deservedly paid to the industry's digital future, it is nice to know that Technicolor's continuing innovations in film and digital are equally receiving the attention of both the Academy, and the filmmaking community at large."

Having recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, Technicolor remains the most distinguished company in motion picture history in the field of color science development and deployment. Over the course of Technicolor's illustrious history, the company, along with its CFI independent lab, has received over 20 Technical Achievement Awards and Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its continuous innovations in these important fields.

About Thomson - Partner To the Media & Entertainment Industries

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides services, systems and technology to help its Media & Entertainment clients - content creators, content distributors and users of its technology - realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA, and Thomson brands. For more information: http://www.thomson.net.

About Technicolor

Headquartered in Camarillo, California, Technicolor is part of the Services division of Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS). Along with being the world's largest film processor, Technicolor has evolved to become the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of DVDs, CDs, and videocassettes, and a leading provider of production, postproduction, and visual effects services to film studios and cable and television networks. On an annualized basis, Technicolor processes more than five billion feet of motion picture film, and has the capacity to produce over 1.5 billion DVDs, 300 million CDs, and 330 million videocassettes. The company is also a principal developer and supplier of services for comprehensive, end-to-end digital cinema distribution, channel origination and broadcast playout, and cinema advertising. Technicolor serves an international base of entertainment, software, game manufacturing, promotional, direct marketing, OEM, and corporate customers with its manufacturing and postproduction facilities worldwide. Major Hollywood clients include The Walt Disney Co., DreamWorks SKG, New Line Cinema, Universal, Paramount, and Warner Bros. Software publishing clients include Microsoft, Vivendi Universal Games, Electronic Arts, and Atari. For more information: http://www.technicolor.com.

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