Quebecor Inc.

Quebecor Inc.

May 07, 2007 11:01 ET

Quebecor to Spend $2.5 Million to Preserve, Promote and Provide Access to Quebec's Film Heritage

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 7, 2007) - Quebecor (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B) announced today that it will spend $2.5 million ($0.5 million per year for five years) to preserve, promote and provide access to Quebec's film heritage.

Quebecor's Elephant : memoire du cinema quebecois project will gradually make all Quebec feature films available on Videotron's illico on Demand digital television platform. The movies will be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All revenues from the broadcast of the films will be turned over to the rights holders, except for a nominal fee to cover operating costs. Quebecor will make no profit from the project. Access to the catalogue will be free for film students and researchers.

The project involves digitalizing the 800 feature films made in Quebec to date. In addition to making the films more readily available, digitalization will preserve them for future generations. At present, many of the movies exist only on the original film stock and are therefore at risk.

Preserving, promoting and showing Quebec movies

In addition to preserving Quebec feature films and making them accessible, Quebecor will help bring them to a wider audience. The largest online database on Quebec movies will be created on the Canoe website, with input from movie industry players and organizations. The database will include synopses, photos from the sets, interviews, movie posters and reference materials. Movie buffs around the world will be able to read, watch and listen to the online content. The site will be a source for information about Quebec movies and a powerful tool for promoting Quebec's cinematographic heritage.

"Quebec cinema is an original, high-quality body of work which deserves to be better known and needs to be cared for," said Pierre Karl Peladeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quebecor at the announcement of the Elephant : memoire du cinema quebecois project. "We are very proud of this initiative. This project will give Quebecers a chance to rediscover their own movies and learn more about the people who made them."

The project will be coordinated by Quebec cinema experts Marie-Jose Raymond and Claude Fournier. After the first phase has been completed, short films, documentaries and animations, another important part of Quebec's cinematographic heritage, will also be made available on illico on Demand.

Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B) is a communications company with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia. It has two operating subsidiaries, Quebecor World Inc. and Quebecor Media Inc. Quebecor World is one of the largest commercial print media services companies in the world. Quebecor Media owns operating companies in numerous media related businesses: Videotron Ltd., the largest cable operator in Quebec and a major Internet Service Provider and provider of telephone and business telecommunications services; Sun Media Corporation, Canada's largest national chain of tabloids and community newspapers; TVA Group Inc., operator of the largest French-language over-the-air television network in Quebec, a number of specialty channels, and the English-language over-the-air station Sun TV; Canoe Inc., operator of a network of English- and French-language Internet properties in Canada; Nurun Inc., a major interactive technologies and communications agency with offices in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia; companies engaged in book publishing and magazine publishing; and companies engaged in the production, distribution and retailing of cultural products, namely Archambault Group Inc., the largest chain of music stores in eastern Canada, TVA Films, and Le SuperClub Videotron Ltd., a chain of video and video game rental and retail stores. Quebecor Inc. has operations in 18 countries.

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  • Quebecor Inc.
    Luc Lavoie
    Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs
    514-380-1974 / Mobile: 514-947-6672