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April 02, 2015 13:15 ET

Sports & Entertainment Group Announces Strategic Partnership with AEG Facilities for Quebec City Arena

AEG Facilities will provide global expertise in programming and promoting shows and events, and in managing sports and performance venues

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - April 2, 2015) - (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B) - Benoît Robert, President and CEO of Quebecor's Sports & Entertainment Group, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with AEG Facilities, the world leader in venue operations, in which the international sports, entertainment and venue management organization will provide comprehensive venue operations and programming services for the Québec City Arena. This partnership immediately places the Québec City Arena in the world's most elite arena network, spanning five continents, and includes industry-leading venues including the The O2 (London, England), STAPLES Center (Los Angeles), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), and Bercy Arena (Paris, France).

As part of an eight-year agreement, AEG Facilities will provide venue services, including event programming, purchasing, vendor management services and event-day operations to the arena, while AEG Live, AEG's live-entertainment division, will also support Sports & Entertainment Group on booking opportunities to events, shows and tours for the 20,000-seat sports and entertainment arena set to open in September 2015.

"Working with a firm such as AEG Facilities on the programming, promotion and management of the Québec City Arena means having the support of nothing less than the best in the industry," said Benoît Robert. "This is a big-league partnership which places the Québec City Arena in the company of the world's most prestigious sports and performance venues, something of which we are immensely proud! This partnership follows through on the promise we made to Quebecers: to do everything in our power to make the Québec City Arena a world-class destination."

"We are very pleased for AEG Facilities to be associated with Quebecor's Sports & Entertainment Group in the promotion and operational management of the Québec City Arena, which will set the highest standards for design, technology and guest comfort for all future arenas in the world," said Bob Newman, President of AEG Facilities. "We are excited for the opportunity to work with Sports & Entertainment Group and the entire greater Quebec community to make the Québec City Arena the region's must-play arena and look forward to great success in the days and years ahead."

Sports & Entertainment Group had retained the consulting services of AEG Facilities in the preliminary phases of the project. The new agreement builds on the solid business relationship between the two partners. It covers marketing, maintenance, security and backstage technical services for road crews. Due to AEG Facilities expertise, Sports & Entertainment Group will be able to train and manage hundreds of Quebecers in the specialized practices developed by AEG Facilities, which are responsible for the success of some of the best-known international venues across the globe.

Expertise of AEG and its AEG Facilities subsidiary

AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults on more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents. Its venues host 10,000 events per year, welcome more than 50 million guests and are home to 60 professional sports teams playing in major leagues such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA) and others.

AEG is also the owner of many sports and performance centers around the world and the owner of prestigious sports franchises in the U.S. and Europe, including the two-time and defending Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings, who play at the AEG-owned and operated STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the five-time defending MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy, who play at the AEG-owned and operated StubHub Center, and the seven-time German League Champion Eisbären Berlin who are based in the AEG-owned and operated O2 World Berlin.

About Quebecor's Sports & Entertainment Group

Quebecor's Sports & Entertainment Group produces, distributes and promotes diverse cultural and entertainment content featuring Québec and international talent. Sports & Entertainment Group is a fully integrated suite of companies dedicated to delivering the best possible customer experience: the Québec City Amphitheatre, Armada de Blainville-Boisbriand, Remparts de Québec, Gestev, Musicor and Distribution Select offer a wide variety of high-quality, multiplatform, convergent content, shows and sporting events.

About Quebecor

Quebecor, a Canadian leader in telecommunications, news media, entertainment and culture, is one of the best-performing integrated communications companies in the industry. Driven by their determination to deliver the best possible customer experience, all of Quebecor's subsidiaries and brands are differentiated by their high-quality, multiplatform, convergent products and services.

Quebecor (TSX:QBR.A)(TSX:QBR.B) is headquartered in Québec. It holds a 75.36% interest in Quebecor Media, which employs nearly 14,000 people in Canada.

A family business founded in 1950, Quebecor is strongly committed to the community. Every year, it actively supports people working with more than 400 organizations in the vital fields of culture, health, education, the environment and entrepreneurship.

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Development, AEG 1Earth, AEG Encore and AEG Creative to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world's most elite venues, including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.), Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Ky.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Barclays Arena (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), BBVA Compass Stadium (Houston, Texas), Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum (Oakland, Calif.), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Rabobank Arena (Bakersfield, Calif.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), O2 World Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil), Allianz Parque (São Paulo, Brazil), Maracanã Stadium (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ülker Sports Arena (Istanbul, Turkey), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.

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