NEW YORK - Academy Award winner Edward Zwick has been selected to receive “The Kodak Award for Excellence in Filmmaking” at the 2008 ShowEast convention in Orlando, it was announced by Mitch Neuhauser, Co-Managing Director of the convention. Zwick will be on hand to receive this honor at the ShowEast Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, October 16th at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida.

“Edward Zwick is one of the most talented and respected multi-hyphenates working in the film industry today,” noted Neuhauser. “Not only is he an accomplished filmmaker in American cinema, but he is also a veteran of television, responsible for some of the most groundbreaking shows of our generation, and he frequently juggles movies with television as he works. From a film standpoint, Edward Zwick’s body of work is diverse, accomplished and acclaimed and to be able to honor him at ShowEast this year is truly a great privilege.”

Zwick most recently wrote, directed and produced Defiance for Paramount Vantage, which will be released this December. Defiance is based on a true story of family, honor, vengeance and salvation in World War II. Managing to escape certain death, three brothers take refuge in the dense woods they have known since childhood. There they begin their desperate battle against the Nazis. At first it is all they can do to stay alive. But gradually, as whispers of their daring spreads, they begin to attract others - men and women, young and old - willing to risk everything for the sake of even a moment’s freedom. The film stars Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and Jamie Bell.

After graduating from the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, California, Zwick found work on television in 1976 as a producer, writer and director. His work on the television movie Special Bulletin (as director, producer and co-writer) marked the beginning of his collaboration with Marshall Herskovitz, with whom he then created the Emmy Award winning television series, thirtysomething. Together Herskovitz and Zwick created The Bedford Falls Company as their home for film and television projects, including the critically acclaimed television series My So-Called Life, Relativity and the Emmy Award® and Golden Globe Award winning series Once and Again.

Zwick began his feature film career directing About Last Night. He went on to direct the Academy Award winning films Glory and Legends of the Fall. Zwick also directed the films Courage Under Fire, The Siege, The Last Samurai and Blood Diamond. Zwick co-produced the films I am Sam, as well as Traffic with Herskovitz which won two Golden Globes and four Academy Awards.

Zwick has been honored with three Emmy Awards, the Humanitas Prize, the Writer’s Guild of America Award, two Peabody Awards, a Director’s Guild of America Award, and the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Award from the American Film Institute. He received an Academy Award as a producer of 1999’s Best Picture Shakespeare in Love.

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NATO has released a statement on the heels of today's official announcement that Digital Cinema Implementation Partners has reached a deal with Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal and Lionsgate that will lead to the rollout of at least 14,000 digital systems in the U.S. and Canada over the next three years:

Los Angeles, Calif. — We congratulate the major studios and exhibitors on concluding this milestone agreement in the rollout of digital cinema. Digital cinema is the future of theatrical exhibition and vital for the success of exciting new theatrical experiences like digital 3D.

With a deal in place for the largest U.S. theater chains, it is time to conclude a similar digital cinema agreement for the hundreds of independent cinemas and thousands of screens not covered by this agreement. It is imperative for the health of the industry and for the millions of moviegoers in small towns and cities that the benefits of digital cinema be spread as widely as possible.

NATO, through the Cinema Buying Group (CBG) and its selected digital cinema integrator Access Integrated Technologies, Inc. (AIX), continues to work with the studios to ensure that CBG members, who are smaller and independent exhibitors, often in small towns, are not left behind.

Any questions about the specifics of the agreement between DCIP and the studios should be addressed to DCIP or the individual exhibitors.

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COLUMBUS, Ga.-- Carmike Cinemas, Inc. today announced it has made a voluntary $10 million pre-payment to reduce its bank debt. During the trailing twelve months, the Company has made approximately $33 million of payments against its outstanding debt. The Company continues to focus on operating performance improvements and selling surplus property in order to deleverage its balance sheet.

In light of the continuing challenging conditions in the credit markets and the wider economy, the Company’s Board of Directors has suspended Carmike’s quarterly dividend. Over the past four quarters Carmike’s dividend payments amounted to approximately $9 million. Going forward the Company plans to allocate its capital primarily to reducing its overall leverage.

Reflecting the $10 million payment, Carmike’s bank debt at September 30, 2008 declined to approximately $285 million compared to $295 million and $302 million at June 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007, respectively. Reflecting the anticipated 2008 third quarter operating results and recent debt reduction payments, the Company remains in compliance with all credit facility covenants at September 30, 2008.

Michael W. Patrick, Chief Executive Officer of Carmike, commented, “Given current economic and capital market uncertainties, our Board has determined that the most prudent use of our free cash flow at this time is in deleveraging our balance sheet. Debt reduction will further reduce interest expense and support our goal of creating long-term shareholder value.

“In addition to our focus on debt reduction as an avenue to enhance shareholder value, as the industry’s leader in digital cinema and 3-D, we are well positioned to benefit from the growing slate of upcoming 3-D film releases. 3-D has already demonstrated its ability to stimulate higher attendance, per patron revenue and margins. Importantly, we believe the films being produced in 3-D, which are predominantly in the family, action or animated genres, are ideally suited for our markets. While our digital and 3-D readiness has delivered initial financial benefits in 2008, we look forward to an increasingly active 3-D release schedule, with a growing slate of titles and the release schedule accelerating in the second half of 2009 and beyond. With an industry-leading base of 428 3-D screens, Carmike is uniquely positioned to benefit from the 3-D trend.”

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Paris, France - Palme D’Or winner Entre les murs (The Class), a Laurent Cantet film released in France on September 24th, is the first film in Europe to be exclusively delivered to digital cinemas via an electronic network, thanks to SmartJog, the global leader in managed file delivery, and, a digital film release management tool.

In order to efficiently manage the digital release, Haut et Court, the French distributor of the film, selected the tool,, which was developed by CN films as part of a pilot project. As an online platform, enabled Haut et Court to start and manage deliveries of the film to cinemas, but also to supervise the creation and delivery of the digital cinema packages (DCPs)’ key delivery messages (KDMs).

In the past, delivering films to digitally-equipped cinemas was done by duplicating and sending hard disks. For the first time in Europe, Haut et Court decided to digitally deliver the film exclusively via a network. The SmartJog service, directly integrated with has thus allowed the electronic delivery to more than 30 screens, including the theater chains: CGR, Kinepolis, Gaumont/Pathé, and independent theaters. SmartJog operates a fully managed distribution and file transfer platform which includes the ability to send digital cinema packages (DCPs) and associated contents (keys and trailers) to digital cinemas, eliminating the time-consuming logistics typical of a release. Currently over 90% of French digital screens are connected to the SmartJog network.

This digital release is made possible by the D-Platform pilot project supported by the European Union MEDIA program. The European Union seeks to expand the digital availability and circulation of European films.

Haut et Court is distributing the film in France, while Sony Pictures Classics is handling the film distribution in the United States under the title The Class. The North American premiere of the movie is in New York City at the New York Film Festival on September 26.

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LOS ANGELES —, the world’s most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, announces that it has signed an agreement with Connection III Entertainment Corp., to sponsor its weekly TV entertainment news magazine series, “Made in Hollywood.” The deal will integrate branded segments into each “Made in Hollywood” episode, while cross-promoting “Made In Hollywood” branded content with

Currently in its fourth hit season in national syndication, “Made in Hollywood” features exclusive celebrity interviews and star profiles, on-set coverage with directors, writers and producers and previews of upcoming motion picture and DVD releases, focusing on “how” movies are “Made In Hollywood.” will center its branded segments around new theatrical releases. In addition, both brands will cross-promote each other on their respective Web sites at and

“ seeks to align ourselves with properties that are relevant and appropriate to our audience, and we’ve found that with ‘Made in Hollywood,’ said Walt Borchers, senior vice president, sales and marketing, for “We look forward to the added exposure and cache that ‘Made in Hollywood’ will bring to our brand.”

“Made in Hollywood’ reaches 78.9 million homes with a Gross Average Audience of 4.4 million viewers. Connection III has sold its weekend series in over 75% of US television households, including 55 of the top 60 markets with stations in the CBS, ABC, Hearst-Argyle, Belo, McGraw Hill, Gannett, and Sinclair broadcast groups.

“We’re excited about ‘Made In Hollywood’s’ upcoming new season and the launch of our broadcast & online partnership with,” says Cleveland O’Neal, Founder, President & C.E.O. of Connection III Entertainment Corp. “Our brands complement each other perfectly, offering unlimited cross promotion, brand integration and strategic marketing potential."

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