SOURCE: Thomson

September 12, 2005 14:39 ET

Technicolor Digital Cinema Reaches Industry MilestoneWith Release of 100th Digital Cinema Title

Boulogne -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2005 -- Leader in Digital Cinema Services and Technologies Prepares and Distributes International Digital

Version of Warner Bros. Pictures' Summer Blockbuster Hit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

PARIS, France and BURBANK, Calif., — September 12, 2005 — Reinforcing its global leadership in the provision of digital cinema services and technologies to major film studios and exhibitors, Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS) today announced that Technicolor Digital Cinema, part of the Services division of Thomson, has reached an unparalleled industry milestone with the release of its 100th digital cinema title, the international version of the Warner Bros. Pictures' summer blockbuster film, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. With the global introduction of the digital version of the film, Technicolor Digital Cinema has now managed over 285,000 digital cinema screenings worldwide to date for eight studios, more than any other provider in the marketplace today.

The international distribution of the digital cinema version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will begin in Singapore, with a planned rollout to other markets in North America, Europe, and Asia later this month. In addition to managing the worldwide physical and electronic distribution of the title, Technicolor Digital Cinema also assisted Warner Bros. Pictures with content preparation, release booking and order management with exhibitors, generation of encryption and compression protocols, and key management for unlocking and uploading the film to digital projection systems. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is being released in a MFX interoperable file format, resulting in reduced production costs for the studio and ensuring interoperability across the various digital cinema server platforms.

"The international release of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory marks a significant achievement for Technicolor Digital Cinema and Thomson, and a major step forward in the ongoing evolution of digital cinema today," said Ahmad N. Ouri, president of Technicolor Digital Cinema. "This milestone serves as yet another demonstrative proof point of Thomson's leadership in and commitment to digital cinema as a viable entertainment vehicle now, and for years to come."

Technicolor's investment in digital cinema dates back to 1999, when the company partnered with The Walt Disney Company, Texas Instruments, and several exhibitors to demonstrate the concept of digital cinema in 11 countries across North America, Europe, and Asia. Today, Technicolor manages more than half of the digital cinema system installations in North America, and its portfolio of services includes content preparation, compression, encryption, distribution, and key management for digital cinema titles on a worldwide basis. The division also installs and services systems in theaters, supports all studio-approved compression formats, and maintains open standards for the digital delivery of movies to theaters.

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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 Digital Cinema

Since its inception in 1999, Technicolor Digital Cinema has been a pioneer in the enabling and advancement of digital cinema initiatives. By actively working side-by-side with key digital cinema stakeholders as a technology enabler and service provider, Technicolor Digital Cinema is utilizing its breadth and depth of valuable industry knowledge and expertise to develop solutions for technologies and standards that will ultimately facilitate the global commercialization of digital cinema. Headquartered in Burbank, California, Technicolor Digital Cinema offers the most comprehensive set of digital cinema services and solutions, including compression, encryption, key management, secure distribution, storage, scheduling and playback, and maintenance and support. Additionally, the division is working closely with studios to support current digital cinema releases. Technicolor Digital Cinema is an operating unit of Technicolor Electronic Content Distribution Services, part of the Services division of Thomson. Since 2000, Technicolor Digital Cinema has managed and distributed 100 titles for eight studios, covering more than 280,000 digital presentations worldwide. For more information: http://www.technicolordigital.com.

About Technicolor Electronic Content Distribution Services

Technicolor Electronic Content Distribution Services, part of the Services division of Thomson, is a leader in the preparation, distribution, and exhibition of digital theatrical content for customers worldwide. Its operations include those of Technicolor Digital Cinema. In addition, Technicolor Electronic Content Distribution Services provides managed services to enable content distribution over Internet protocol (IP) networks that allows customers to deliver a differentiated content offering. For more information: http://www.technicolor.com.

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