SOURCE: Thomson

December 04, 2007 05:05 ET

Thomson and the Singapore Government Partner to Establish Digital Cinema Hub and Network Operations Center

PARIS and BURBANK, CA and SINGAPORE and MACAU--(Marketwire - December 4, 2007) - Thomson and the Singapore Government Partner to Establish Digital Cinema Hub and Network Operations Center

An Emerging Digital Cinema Platform: Thomson, through its Technicolor Digital Cinema business to Support Studios and Exhibitors through a new facility in Singapore

PARIS, BURBANK, Calif., SINGAPORE, and MACAU -- December 4, 2007 -- Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), through its Technicolor Digital Cinema business, and the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore today announced a partnership to establish a digital cinema hub and network operations center (NOC) in Singapore.

"Thomson recognizes Singapore's commitment to the digital media and entertainment industry and believes there will be tremendous value in utilizing their robust infrastructure to expand our digital cinema service offerings into the Asia-Pacific region," said Curt Behlmer, VP, COO of Technicolor Digital Cinema, within Thomson Services division. "Digital cinema is growing at a very rapid pace, and we look forward to supporting studio and exhibitor customers as they begin to roll out digital cinema in Singapore and Asia-Pacific."

Thomson, with the support of the IDA, plans to construct an efficient and secure digital cinema hub and NOC in Singapore to offer digital cinema service and related management solution capabilities to the motion picture industry for the Singaporean territory and other Asia-Pacific regions.

"IDA is delighted to support Thomson-Technicolor's first digital cinema hub in Asia to cater to the digital media and entertainment industry. This strategic partnership furthers Singapore's efforts to be the leading trusted digital cinema hub outside North America and Europe for the processing, management and distribution of digital cinematic content", said Ms Tham Ai Chyn, Assistant Chief Executive, Industry and Cluster Development, Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

Thomson's Singapore facility is expected to have the capability to support the following digital cinema services: physical and electronic forms of content delivery; Thomson's key distribution and management systems; equipment monitoring; and 24/7/365 multi-lingual call-center support, fully integrated with its premier operations in the U.S.

The build-out of the new digital cinema hub and NOC in Singapore is slated to begin in mid-2008.

About Thomson − Leader In Digital Video Technologies

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, services, and systems 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 and entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA, and Thomson brands. For more information: http://www.thomson.net.

About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing info-communications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programs and schemes for both local and international companies. For more news and information, visit www.ida.gov.sg.

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