SOURCE: Thomson

March 25, 2008 14:34 ET

Thomson's Technicolor Services Division Launches DVD Compression & Authoring Operation in Bangalore, India

PARIS and BURBANK, CA and BANGALORE, INDIA--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Thomson's Technicolor Services Division Launches DVD Compression & Authoring Operation in Bangalore, India

Paris (France), Bangalore (India) and Burbank (California) -- March 25, 2008 - Thomson (Euronext 18453; NYSE: TMS), through its Technicolor Services division, today announced the launch of a new DVD compression and authoring (C&A) operation in Bangalore, India, to be co-located within Thomson's new, 100,000 square-foot Paprikaas Animation and Game Design facility. The new C&A facility will open in May and will be based upon Thomson's industry-leading research and development efforts for high-definition Blu-ray Disc and standard-definition DVDs.

The new C&A facility will be a central production hub connected to Technicolor's worldwide DVD operation through its secure, high-speed production network. Thomson's Technicolor Services Division provides C&A services on hundreds of Blu-ray Disc and standard definition DVDs monthly, specializing in theatrical high-concept, collector's editions double-disc sets, as well as television episodic series and music videos. Technicolor's proprietary BD JiveÔ authoring tools and our Tiger AVCÔ encoder are just two examples of industry-leading innovations that separate Thomson from the competition.

Technicolor has been recruiting top talent to its Bangalore operation, and it currently is seeking a broad range of technical engineers, compression experts, java programmers, interactive graphic designers, quality control (QC) technicians, project coordinators and client account managers.

Technicolor also announced today that Sumit Malik has been appointed as general manager, C&A for Technicolor in India. The Technicolor Services Division's Bangalore operation will focus on serving the domestic Indian market, and it also will serve as an off-shoring location to augment the division's capacities for worldwide DVD services.

Ahmad Ouri, president of Technicolor Content Services, said, "As part of our expanding role in the Indian market, we feel the time is opportune to grow our C&A offering in Bangalore, especially in light of the increased demand for Blu-ray authoring now that the market has settled on a single format. I am delighted to have Sumit join our team. He brings deep experience with DVD production and strong relationships in the US and India."

"This move is another step in Thomson's initiative to expand its offering from its Bangalore strategic platform. This will enable us to tap into the local gifted talent base and to address the fast growing Indian media & entertainment market. The execution of our India road-map is well underway." adds Thierry Pasquet, Vice President India of the Services Division.

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