SOURCE: Thomson

October 21, 2009 17:44 ET

THOMSON : Technicolor and Paramount Renew DVD Services Contract

PARIS--(Marketwire - October 21, 2009) - Technicolor and Paramount Renew DVD Services Contract

Paris (France) - October 21, 2009 - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), a worldwide leader of services to content creators, today announced that Technicolor has extended its existing multi-territory DVD replication and distribution services agreements with Paramount Home Entertainment.

As part of this newly extended multi-year agreement, for both SD DVD and Blu-ray, Technicolor will continue to provide core services such as mastering, replication, packaging, distribution and returns processing, as well as freight management services in North America.

Frederic Rose, Chairman and CEO of Thomson, stated: "We are pleased to extend our existing DVD service agreements with Paramount, a long-time customer. This contract is a clear sign of Technicolor's strength and market leading position in the industry. This agreement also serves to further confirm our expanded partnership with Paramount which was strengthened earlier this year with our announcement to create a state-of-the art post-production facility on Paramount's Hollywood lot."

Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, commented: "Technicolor has been and remains a strategically important service partner to Paramount and we are happy to continue our relationship. As we navigate the changing home entertainment environment, this new deal is a forward-looking redesign of how we work together, allowing Paramount Home Entertainment and Technicolor to globally maximize efficiencies while still providing our customers with the highest quality product and service."

Thomson, through its Technicolor brand, is the worldwide leader in physical media manufacturing, distribution and related supply chain services and a leading player in the electronic delivery of film and other media content. Technicolor replicates all DVD formats, including Blu-ray Disc, and provides complete supply chain management for film studios, game publishers, and independent rights holders.

Technicolor has been providing DVD replication and supply chain services to Paramount since 2002. Major DVD titles presently being supported by Technicolor include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Monsters vs. Aliens, Star Trek, and GI Joe.


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Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is a worldwide leader of services to content creators. .

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution

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