Thomson Extends Worldwide DVD Replication and Secures Distribution Agreement with Paramount
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services Extends Existing Agreements for U.S. and International Replication and UK Distribution, and Wins New Business for U.S. and Canadian Retail Distribution
CAMARILLO, Calif. — November 30, 2006 — Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) through its Technicolor Home Entertainment Services business, today announced it has extended its worldwide DVD replication agreements with Paramount Home Entertainment. Territories covered by the agreements are the United States, Canada and all international territories excluding Japan and Russia. In addition, Technicolor’s existing distribution services agreement was extended in the United Kingdom and Technicolor was awarded new business to provide retail distribution and returns processing services in the United States and Canada. These new multi-year agreements include DVD replication and distribution services for all Paramount titles.
“As the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of DVDs, we are exceptionally pleased to be continuing and expanding our support for Paramount both in North America and International territories,” said Quentin Lilly, president of Technicolor Home Entertainment Services. “With the industry’s most comprehensive portfolio of mastering, replication, printing, custom packaging, anti-piracy, technology development and supply chain management services for standard definition and next-generation formats, we remain uniquely positioned to fully support the critical needs of Paramount in the global home entertainment market.”
Paramount Home Entertainment is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of a vast array of home video titles for prestigious, internationally-recognized labels including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, MTV, CBS, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, DreamWorks SKG, DreamWorks Animation, PBS, PBS Kids, Hasbro, Peanuts and Spike TV. Recent releases include Failure to Launch, M:I:III, Nacho Libre and DreamWorks Animation’s Over the Hedge.
“Technicolor has demonstrated to us that it has the capabilities of meeting and exceeding the myriad demands of today’s home entertainment marketplace,” said Kelley Avery, President, Worldwide Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures. “We have been very pleased with the company’s service and look forward to expanding our partnership as we continue to develop and grow our business worldwide.”
In addition to its worldwide DVD replication capabilities, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services is the leading provider of turnkey fulfilment and distribution services for DVD and CD projects. Backed by a proven track record, the company delivers high-quality, cost-effective distribution and fulfilment services, and manages all facets of retail distribution. In addition, Technicolor has the world’s most extensive returns operation in North America with its facility in Memphis, Tennessee. Currently, the facility offers the industry-leading capability to process more than one-half million units per day.
About Paramount Home Entertainment
Paramount Home Entertainment (PHE) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation, a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA - News, VIA.B - News), a global entertainment company that produces and distributes filmed entertainment through the Paramount Motion Picture Group. PHE is responsible for the worldwide sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment products on behalf of various parties including: Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, CBS, PBS and Hasbro and for providing home entertainment fulfillment services for DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment. For more information: http://www.paramount.com.
About Technicolor Home Entertainment Services
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services, part of the Services division of Thomson, provides complete DVD and CD manufacturing and distribution services, ranging from compression and authoring through to packaging, shipping, and returns processing for leading Hollywood studios, video game publishers and manufacturers, independent rights holders, software developers, OEMs, record labels, promotional agencies, direct marketers and more. Recognized as an optical industry pioneer, and the world’s largest manufacturer and distributor of DVDs and CDs, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services has the high-volume replication capabilities and superior technologies to produce all major DVD formats, including HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc, quickly and efficiently. A leader in the development and implementation of DVD anti-piracy technologies designed to protect content for customers, Technicolor Home Entertainment Services has the worldwide capacity to produce 1.7 billion DVDs and 175 million CDs on an annual basis. Major Hollywood studio clients include DreamWorks SKG, MGM, Paramount Home Entertainment, The Walt Disney Co., Warner Home Video, and Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Major software publishing customers include Atari, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, THQ, and Vivendi Games. For more information: http://www.technicolor.com.
About Thomson — Leader In Digital Video Technologies
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, services, and systems to help its Media & Entertainment clients — content creators, content distributors, and users of its technology — realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly-changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA, and Thomson brands. For more information: http://www.thomson.net.
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