SOURCE: VeriSign, Inc.

April 18, 2007 08:30 ET

".TV Showcase" to Serve as Media and Entertainment Model for the Future of Digital Content Distribution

VeriSign and Lionsgate Announce Launch of the Beta Version of New Online Showcase

LAS VEGAS, NV and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 18, 2007 -- NAB 2007 -- VeriSign (NASDAQ: VRSN), the leading provider of digital infrastructure for the networked world, and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, have teamed to produce an online showcase to demonstrate the next generation of entertainment distribution, tying together a seamless consumer experience across TV, online and mobile devices.

Featuring quality motion picture and television content produced by Lionsgate, the new showcase is powered by VeriSign's highly scaleable and secure digital infrastructure. In addition, another VeriSign partner, Organic, Inc., a digital communications agency, produced the creative and compelling user interface. A beta version of the showcase is available for viewing at the VeriSign NAB booth (C2546) and at

"Our partnership with VeriSign is another example of our commitment to remain at the cutting edge of content innovation for a digital world," said Jon Ferro, Executive Vice President, Television Distribution, Lionsgate. "By combining our filmed entertainment with VeriSign's state-of-the-art technology, we can explore a wide range of opportunities in the networked digital environment of the future."

Lionsgate noted that it now has over 10 active digital delivery agreements for its content and welcomed the opportunity to utilize VeriSign's technology for its filmed entertainment product as a first step in exploring a continuing partnership with VeriSign in digital distribution.

"VeriSign is actively engaged with some of the leading media and entertainment companies in the world, and they all face the same challenge -- how to reach their audience in this rapidly changing marketplace," said Scott Sahadi, Vice President, Media and Entertainment, VeriSign. "We are excited to collaborate with Lionsgate to showcase the next-generation distribution model for media and entertainment companies."

The .tv domain is closely associated with dynamic video content, making this domain a unique destination for consumers demanding rich-media online. Like .com and .net, .tv is a top-level domain managed by VeriSign.

About Lionsgate

Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio, winning the 2006 Best Picture Academy Award® for "CRASH," generating two consecutive years of $300 million-plus domestic theatrical box office, operating a $500 million-plus home entertainment business and producing a broad slate of prime time television series for fiscal 2007. It is a premier producer and distributor of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, and video-on-demand content. Its prestigious and prolific library of more than 10,000 titles is a valuable source of stable, recurring revenue and a foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), operates digital infrastructure services that enable and protect billions of interactions every day across the world's voice and data networks. Additional news and information about the company is available at

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