SOURCE: Thomson

June 17, 2009 12:11 ET

THOMSON : Thomson Launches its Scientific Council

PARIS--(Marketwire - June 17, 2009) - Thomson Launches its Scientific Council

Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), worldwide leader of services to content creators, announced today the creation of its Scientific Council. Its purpose is to reinforce technology leadership and drive innovation in the design of future products and services. The Scientific Council will issue recommendations regarding the Group's technology strategy and help optimize the research projects portfolio.

The Scientific Council operates under the authority of Vince Pizzica, Head of Thomson Strategy, Technology and Marketing. Its members have been selected among the top experts worldwide in Thomson's areas of excellence:

- Internet security: Vern Paxson, Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

- Content coding and compression: Bernd Girod, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University

- Internet architecture: Jim Kurose, Professor of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

- Internet applications and content search: Serge Abiteboul, Senior researcher, Institut National de la Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA)

- Security: David Naccache, Senior researcher, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS) and Professor of Computer Science, University of Paris II Pantheon-Assas

- Content production: Jim Mainard, Head of Production Development, DreamWorks Animation

This initiative marks a new phase in Thomson's recent refocus on key Media & Entertainment industry technologies through three strategic research programs: Intelligent Media, Media Production and Media Distribution.


Certain statements in this press release, including any discussion of management expectations for future periods, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the future results expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements due to changes in global economic and business conditions, "media and entertainment" markets, and regulatory factors. More detailed information on the potential factors that could affect the nancial results of Thomson is contained in Thomson's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


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