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Who's behind the screen ?
 

Thomson cinema technologies and services featured at Cannes International film festival this week.

Paris - May 21, 2002 - From providing critical Technicolor theatrical and post-production technologies for upcoming motion picture releases to detailing new digital acquisition technologies, Thomson (Paris Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), a leading provider of video and cinema content services and technologies is at the heart of this week most prestigious productions at the Cannes International Film Festival.

Thomson services and technologies were used for a number of high-profile films being featured at Cannes, including the Steven Soderbergh/George Clooney production, "Welcome to Collinwood;" Martin Scorsese’s "Gangs of New York;" "Demonlover", directed by Olivier Assayas; "Irréversible," directed by Gaspar Noe; and "The Pianist," directed by Roman Polanski.

Thomson also played key role in the processing of other major upcoming films scheduled to screen at the festival such as; "Punch Drunk Love", "City of God", "The Kid Stays in the Picture", "Sunshine State", "Divine Sisters of the Ya-Ya", "Full Frontal", and "Assassination Tango".

The activities of Thomson at Cannes 2002 are emblematic of its new, integrated role as a leading content services, cinema services and video technology provider, from creation and production through distribution. In addition to film-imaging products, high definition camera systems, and digital-cinema technologies, the Group provides critical services for content creators, exhibitors, and home-entertainment providers through Technicolor Content Services, a Thomson Digital Media Solutions business. In Cannes, Thomson Broadcast Solutions, another Thomson Digital Media Solutions business, will host panel discussions about the latest digital advances in cinema technologies.

Last week, the Group further extended its lead in the cinema industry with the announcement, together with Carlton Communications Plc., of the acquisition from UGC of Circuit A and interests in the RMBI screen advertising network.

"At Thomson, we are investing in a portfolio of world class brands, such as Technicolor, and cinema technologies that enable boundless creativity and, simultaneously drive the utmost in workflow and cost efficiencies," said Lanny Raimondo, Senior Executive Vice President, Thomson’s Digital Media Solutions. "We have developed a truly unique set of skills to position Thomson as the premiere partner of the cinema and video industries and our strong behind-the-screens presence at Cannes is an evidence of this increasing role".


Technicolor completes Anthony and Joe Russo’s "Welcome to Collinwood", which screens the closing day of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, along with a string of other major upcoming releases

Consolidated Film Industries (CFI), Technicolor’s Hollywood film laboratory operating under the Technicolor Content Services umbrella, completed film laboratory work on the highly anticipated motion picture "Welcome to Collinwood," which is scheduled to screen at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24th. The screening will be part of the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight Section of the festival.

Produced by Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney for Soderbergh’s Section Eight in Burbank, "Welcome to Collinwood" is scheduled for a September release. The picture was written and directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. A film processor with more than 75 years of service to a wide range of customers, CFI has handled film work for numerous Soderbergh productions, including "Erin Brockovich," "Traffic," "Sex, Lies and Video Tape," and "Ocean’s Eleven."

Spirit, Specter Transfer Film Material for Latest Movie Releases

The Thomson Spirit DataCine and Spectre Virtual DataCine systems were used by the Paris-based LTC Scanlab to transfer material for several new movies released at the Cannes Film Festival this week. These include "Demonlover", directed by Olivier Assayas, "Irreversible", directed by Gaspar Noe, and "The Pianist", directed by Roman Polanski.

The Spirit DataCine has become the industry standard for high-resolution film transfers. From commercial post production and feature film masters to digital cinema, this system delivers outstanding results. Its 2K data scanning functionality is feeding the growing demand for digital intermediate feature productions. Whatever the film transfer needs-SDTV, HDTV, 2K data from 35mm, 16mm, and now Super 8mm film formats-the Spirit can deliver.

New Acquisition Technologies for Cinema Industry Featured This Week

In addition to its other efforts in the cinema industry, Thomson is also developing and delivering critical acquisition technologies.

This work includes the recent announcement of the Viper FilmStream Camera system for high-end image capture. Designed for theatrical release motion pictures, episodic television, and commercial production, the camera’s 27.6 million pixels capture the quality of images required for true film-like digital cinematography. The Viper FilmStream Camera provides directors of photography with a product that can capture true film-like images in their purest electronic form, eliminating the filtering and processing typically required to boost the quality of those images for post-production

The Viper Filmstream Camera system will be featured during a series of panels and receptions which the Group is hosting this week during the Cannes Film Festival.

Strategic relationships with UGC and acquisition of Circuit A screen advertising network

The Group announced last week, at the opening of the Film festival, the expansion in Europe of its 50/50 screen advertising venture with Carlton Communications plc. in the US to serve European cinema exhibitors and advertisers. Subject to regulatory approvals, the acquisition will provide Carlton and Thomson with cinema advertising assets in 13 European countries, including France, Belgium, Italy and Spain, a strategic relationship with UGC, as well as partnership with key European exhibitor chains such as Kinepolis, Warner Village, AMC and Ster Century.

Panels, Events

Held at the Palais Des Festivals, the Thomson-sponsored panel discussions in Cannes 2002 include:

· "Uncompressed Transparent Capturing; What Does it Mean for Post-Production?" May 22: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Discussing the capture of uncompressed images and what it means for post production · "Cinecittá Digital 2000" May 23 from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

To launch a new digital era, Cinecittà, the Rome-based film company associated with director Frederico Fellini and film-music composer Enio Moricone, held a competition to find the most promising up-and-coming young filmmakers using Thomson high-definition camera technology and the VooDoo high-definition tape recorder.

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About Thomson
With sales of 10.5 billion Euros (U.S. $ 9.3 billion) in 2001 and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia (Paris Euronext: 18453) (NYSE: TMS), provides a wide range of video (and enabling) technologies, systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals in the entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media transition, Thomson has five principal activities: Digital Media Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, Patents and Licensing, and New Media Services. The Group distributes its products under the THOMSON, RCA and TECHNICOLOR brand names. For more information: http://www.thomson-multimedia.com


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