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Saturday, May 31, 2008

Black Music Month, 2008

Black Music Month, 2008

by the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

WASHINGTON, May 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's diverse musical heritage exemplifies the creativity and optimism of our Nation. During Black Music Month, we celebrate the extraordinary talents and creativity of African-American singers, musicians, and composers whose achievements have enriched our culture and enhanced our lives.

For generations, African-American artists have created music that communicates across racial boundaries and expresses both joy and sorrow. When facing the cruelty of slavery and injustice, African Americans lifted spirituals to the heavens, bringing comfort to troubled souls. These timeless declarations of hope and faith evolved into the more modern genres of gospel, blues, ragtime, and jazz, and they are given voice in the musical genius of Scott Joplin, Marian Anderson, Eubie Blake, and Mahalia Jackson. During the Civil Rights era, African-American musicians such as Duke Ellington, Muddy Waters, and Ruth Brown conveyed the struggles of their communities while bringing people of all backgrounds together. Today, this music continues to inspire America's citizens and advance its creative spirit.

Throughout the course of American history, black musicians have used their great talents to share the richness of the African-American experience and to develop a uniquely American style of music enjoyed throughout the world. This month, we honor the pioneers of African-American music and today's contemporary artists who have enriched the lives of people everywhere.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2008 as Black Music Month. I encourage all Americans to learn more about the history of black music and to enjoy the great contributions of African-American singers, musicians, and composers.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.


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Friday, May 30, 2008

Spike TV Announces 2008 'Guys Choice' Winners

Spike TV Announces 2008 'Guys Choice' Winners






Show Features Performances And Appearances By Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black, Cameron Diaz, Ben Stiller, Anne Hathaway, Steve Carell, LeBron James, Marisa Miller, Eva Mendes, Tila Tequila, Eli Manning, Snoop Dogg, Disturbed, Katy Perry and Many More

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LOS ANGELES, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners were announced last tonight during the second annual Spike TV "Guys Choice" ( held at the Sony Studios in Los Angeles. Hosted by stars John Cho and Kal Penn, the show that pays homage to the best in "guydom" premieres on Spike TV ( Sunday, June 22 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

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Matt Damon netted two of the night's top honors as he was voted "Guy of the Year" by Spike TV viewers, and his portrayal of Jason Bourne in "The Bourne Ultimatum" earned him "Best Ass Kicker" bragging rights.

Box office smash hit "Iron Man" garnered the "Guy Movie of the Year" honor. Star Robert Downey, Jr. and director Jon Favreau were on hand to receive the award.

Playboy editor-in-chief and chief creative officer and American icon, Hugh Hefner, was given the first ever "Alpha Male Award" for his pioneering vision and ground-breaking achievements that forever changed the face of entertainment for men.

The show also honored one of the most successful comedies of all time, as "There's Something About Mary" was inducted into the "Guy Movie Hall of Fame" with Bobby and Peter Farrelly, as well as castmembers Ben Stiller, Cameron Diaz, Lin Shaye and Markie Post on hand to accept the honor. Diaz was also there to receive the "Decade of Hotness" award.

In addition, fresh off winning Super Bowl XLII, Eli Manning took home two awards, "Most Unstoppable Jock" and sharing "Badass DNA" with his brother Peyton. Spike TV's "GUYS CHOICE" also included a house-shaking performance by Disturbed, and appearances by Chuck Liddell, Harrison Ford, Marisa Miller, Robert Downey, Jr., Anne Hathaway, Steve Carell, Kim Kardashian, LeBron James, Eva Mendes, Tila Tequila, Snoop Dogg, and Jeremy Piven, among others.

In addition to honoring the sexiest women and coolest guys from the past year, the show featured unforgettable tributes to legendary entertainers, rockers and babes, as well as edgy stand-up comedy and ground breaking musical performances.

   A full list of winners is included below:    GUY OF THE YEAR     ALPHA MALE            GUY MOVIE OF THE YEAR   Matt Damon          Hugh Hefner           "Ironman"    BRASS BALLS         NEXT BIG THING        HOTTEST GIRL ON THE PLANET   Harrison Ford       Megan Fox             Jessica Biel    BALLSIEST BAND      FUNNIEST M.F.         GUY MOVIE HALL OF FAME   Linkin Park         Steve Carell          "There's Something About Mary"    BIGGEST ASS KICKER  SEXIEST SIREN         MOST UNSTOPPABLE JOCK   Jason Bourne        Rihanna               Eli Manning    KING OF COMEDY      MOST DANGEROUS MAN    DECADE OF HOTNESS   Chris Rock          Anderson Silva        Cameron Diaz    HOT N' FRESH        PLAY OF THE YEAR      OUTSTANDING LITERARY ACHIEVEMENT   Marisa Miller       David Tyree           Slash    REAL SPORTS MIRACLE BADASS DNA            TOP FANTASY LEAGUER   Kevin Everett       Eli/Peyton Manning    LeBron James    HOTTEST EVA         SO HOT THEY'RE FAMOUS PRESIDENTIAL VOTING CATEGORY   Eva Mendes          Tila Tequila          Barack Obama    FEMME FATALE        HOT & FUNNY           FIERCEST FEMALE   Jessica Simpson     Sarah Silverman       Milla Jovovich ("Resident Evil")    VIRAL VIDEO         LUCKIEST BASTARD      HILARIOUS DOT COM AWARD   I'm F**king Ben     Brian Austin Green    Funny or Die    Affleck    SICKEST RHYMES      KILLER QUOTE          FOXIEST PRESIDENTIAL GROUPIE   Kanye West          "Don't taze me, bro." Hillary Hottie    

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The official sponsors of Spike TV's "Guys Choice" ( are Cingular, now the new AT&T, Corona, Degree Men, Pizza Hut, Sega: "The Incredible Hulk Video" Game, SoBe and the U.S. Army.

Casey Patterson, Spike TV's senior vice president, event production & talent development, Carol Donovan and Beth McCarthy-Miller are executive producers.

Spike TV is available in 96.1 million homes and is a division of MTV Networks. A unit of Viacom (NYSE:VIA) (NYSE:VIA.B) , MTV Networks is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. Spike TV's Internet address is

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Attention: Los Angeles Premiere of DreamWorks' 'KUNG FU PANDA'

Attention: Los Angeles Premiere of DreamWorks' 'KUNG FU PANDA'

 LOS ANGELES, May 30 /PRNewswire/ --    WHAT:   LOS ANGELES PREMIERE OF DREAMWORKS "KUNG FU PANDA"    WHEN:   Sunday, June 1st, 2008           Press Check-in begins at: 8:30AM           Arrivals begin at 9:30AM           Screening begins promptly at 11:00AM    WHERE:  GRAUMAN'S CHINESE THEATRE           6801 Hollywood Blvd.           Hollywood, CA 90028    WHO:    Cast members and filmmakers attending include: Jack Black (Po),           Dustin Hoffman (Shifu), Lucy Liu (Viper), Seth Rogen (Mantis),           Michael Clark Duncan (Commander Vachir), James Hong (Mr. Ping),           John Stevenson (Director), Mark Osborne (Director), Jon Aibel           (Writer/Co-Producer), Melissa Cobb (Producer), Kristina Reed           (Associate Producer), Hans Zimmer (Composer)            Other celebrities attending include: Cee-Lo, Wayne Brady, Brooke           Shields, Teri Hatcher, Melina Kanakaredes, Jenny McCarthy, Maria           Bello, Brandon T. Jackson, Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Andy           Richter, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor, Heather Thomas               LIST WILL BE REDISTRIBUTED AS ADDITIONS ARE MADE     ABOUT "KUNG FU PANDA":  

Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, Po is the biggest fan of kung fu around ... which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of kung fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five-Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey-under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a kung fu master into reality? Po puts his heart -- and his girth -- into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths.


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NAMI Blog: PBS, MTV and Jane Pauley

NAMI Blog: PBS, MTV and Jane Pauley

WASHINGTON, May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will honor television journalist Jane Pauley for her contributions to public education about mental illness at NAMI's annual convention in Orlando, Florida, June 13-16, 2008.

NAMI executive director Mike Fitzpatrick made the announcement today in the NAMI Blog, in which he discussed the premiere of two television documentaries that NAMI was closely involved with.

Both documentaries featured individuals living with mental illness who shared personal stories, much like Pauley, who has publicly discussed her own experience with bipolar disorder.

On May 21, Pauley moderated a PBS discussion by a panel of experts, including NAMI medical director, Ken Duckworth, M.D. following the broadcast of the PBS documentary, "Depression: Out of the Shadows."

On May 22, MTV profiled NAMI member, Amber Main, 19, in an episode titled "True Life: I Have Schizophrenia," part of the award-winning documentary series that explores issues affecting young people. Duckworth later answered questions about schizophrenia on MTV's production blog.

At the NAMI convention in June, people from across the country will meet in Orlando to share their own stories and work towards making recovery real for all Americans.

   Resources:    NAMI newsletter (hot off the press also today!)   PBS: Depression: Out of the Darkness   MTV True Life episode on schizophrenia   MTV production blog with Ken Duckworth   Depression fact sheet   Schizophrenia fact sheet  

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Lionsgate Reports Record Revenues of $1.36 Billion for Fiscal 2008, Up 39% From Previous Year; Net Loss Is $74.0 Million

Lionsgate Reports Record Revenues of $1.36 Billion for Fiscal 2008, Up 39% From Previous Year; Net Loss Is $74.0 Million

Company Reports Best Revenue Quarter In Its History With $511.5 Million In Fourth Quarter Revenues

Company Reports Positive Free Cash Flow of $137 Million For Fiscal 2008

SANTA MONICA, Calif., and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lionsgate (NYSE:LGF) , a leading next generation filmed entertainment studio, continued its growth momentum for fiscal 2008, reporting revenues of $1.36 billion and a net loss of $74.0 million for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2008, the Company announced today. The Company noted that revenue growth of 39% from the prior year was driven by strong theatrical box office, increased home entertainment sales, growth in library revenues, continued strength in television production revenues and burgeoning digital revenues. The Company reported $511.5 million in fourth quarter revenues, its best quarterly revenue performance.

Lionsgate reported a net loss for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2008 of $74.0 million. Diluted net loss per common share was $0.62 on 118.4 million adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding. The loss was primarily attributable to increased theatrical distribution and marketing expenses in association with the planned growth of the Company's motion picture slate. Theatrical distribution and marketing expenses of $326.3 million increased 118% from $149.7 million in the previous year.

"Every division of the Company made contributions to our tremendous revenue growth, and they have positioned us for continued double-digit revenue growth in fiscal 2009," said Lionsgate Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer. "We continue to leverage our vast array of content for large niche audiences into a fast-growing channel business, digital distribution platforms and emerging international opportunities that, in addition to the continued successful operation of our existing core businesses, all set the foundation for long-term profitability and enhanced global recognition of the Lionsgate brand."

The Company reported that cash and cash equivalents grew to $371.6 million at March 31, 2008, its strongest cash position ever after three consecutive years of positive free cash flow in excess of $100 million. The Company's filmed entertainment backlog also grew to a record $437.4 million at fiscal year-end. Filmed entertainment backlog represents the amount of future revenue not yet recorded from the licensing of films and television product for television exhibition and in international markets.

Overall motion picture revenue for the year was a record $1.15 billion, an increase of 34.1% from $858.2 million in fiscal 2007, including revenues generated by the September 2007 acquisition of Mandate Pictures. Within the motion picture segment, theatrical revenue was $191.7 million, an increase of 78% from $107.9 million the previous year, propelled by a string of hits including Saw 4, 3:10 To Yuma, Good Luck, Chuck, The Bank Job, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, The Eye, Rambo, Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns and War.

Lionsgate's home entertainment revenue was a record $623.5 million in the fiscal year, an 18% increase from $528.3 million in fiscal 2007, reflecting strong sales of 3:10 To Yuma, Good Luck, Chuck, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Saw 4, War, The Condemned, Delta Farce, Bratz: The Movie, Daddy's Little Girls, Pride and Happily N'Ever After as well as the initial impact of strong BluRay high-definition disc sales. Another major catalyst for strong home entertainment revenue performance was continued strong library sales as Lionsgate reported record catalogue revenues of $263.7 million in fiscal 2008.

Television revenue included in the motion picture segment was $115.9 million in the fiscal year, a 6% increase from $109.3 million in fiscal 2007, led by titles such as Crank, Daddy's Little Girls, Employee of The Month, Saw III and The Descent.

Lionsgate also had the strongest international revenue performance in its history, reporting $158.7 million in international revenue in the fiscal year from such titles as 3:10 To Yuma, Saw IV, Saw III, Good Luck, Chuck, The Condemned, War and the special edition DVD release of Dirty Dancing by Lionsgate U.K. Lionsgate U.K. contributed $64.6 million in revenue in the fiscal year.

Television production revenue was $210.1 million in the fiscal year, an increase of 77% from $118.5 million in fiscal 2007, driven by a mix of deliveries of episodes of in-house productions such as the Golden Globe (R)- winning drama series Mad Men (AMC), Weeds Season 3 (Showtime), Wildfire Season 4 (ABC Family), and the Dead Zone Season 5 (USA Network) and domestic series licensing of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, South Park and Family Feud from the Company's television syndication subsidiary, Debmar-Mercury.

As more fully described in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements in the Company's 2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on May 30, 2008, the Company made a change in the presentation of certain components within its Statement of Cash Flows to conform the Statement of Cash Flows to be in accordance with technical requirements of the FASB's FIN 46R. The change in presentation of the Statement of Cash Flows reflects certain production obligations as a component of cash flows from financing activities rather than as a component of cash flows from operating activities. This change in the GAAP-based presentation had no impact on the Company's cash balances, overall cash flows or the changes in the balances of the Company's cash and cash equivalents.

The Company will continue to use the free cash flow metric and amounts presented as such will continue to reflect the same amounts as were previously reflected as free cash flow as presented in the attached free cash flow reconciliation.

The aforementioned changes do not affect Lionsgate's current, previous or anticipated free cash flow results.

Lionsgate senior management will hold its analyst and investor conference call to discuss its fiscal 2008 financial results at 9:00 A.M. ET/6:00 A.M. PT, Monday, June 2, 2008. Interested parties may participate live in the conference call by calling 1-800-230-1085 (1-612-234-9959 outside the U.S. and Canada). A full digital replay will be available from Monday afternoon, June 2, through Monday, June 9, by dialing 1-800-475-6701 (1-320-365-3844 outside the U.S. and Canada) and using access code 920448.

Lionsgate is a leading next generation filmed entertainment studio with a major presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company is leveraging its content leadership and marketing expertise through a series of partnerships that include the operation of the highly successful FEARNet branded VOD and Internet horror channel with Sony and Comcast, the recent announcement of the fall 2009 launch of a new premium entertainment channel with partners Viacom, Paramount Pictures and MGM, investment in the leading young men's digital distribution platform, ownership of the premier independent television syndication company Debmar-Mercury LLC and an alliance with independent filmed entertainment production and distribution company Roadside Attractions. Lionsgate also has forged partnerships with leading content creators, owners and distributors in key territories around the world, including Televisa in the U.S. and Latin America, StudioCanal in the UK, Hoyts and Sony in Australia and Eros International in India..

The Company generated approximately $450 million at the North American theatrical box office in the past year and has released a string of hits including The Forbidden Kingdom, Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns, The Bank Job, Rambo, The Eye, Saw IV, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?, Good Luck Chuck, 3:10 To Yuma and War, most of which have opened at #1 or #2 at the box office. The Company has also forged leadership positions in television and home entertainment with the production of such critically-acclaimed television series as Weeds and Mad Men, the distribution of Tyler Perry's House of Payne, Family Feud, South Park, Trivial Pursuit and The Dead Zone, among others, and approximately 9% market share and the industry's leading box office-to-DVD conversion rate in home entertainment. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with entrepreneurial innovation and original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the globe.

                     For further information, contact:    Peter D. Wilkes    Lionsgate    310-255-3726    

The matters discussed in this press release include forward-looking statements, including those regarding the timing of our upcoming film slate, the expansion of our television business and the success of our fiscal 2009. Such statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results in the future could differ materially and adversely from those described in the forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the substantial investment of capital required to produce and market films and television series, increased costs for producing and marketing feature films, budget overruns, limitations imposed by our credit facilities, unpredictability of the commercial success of our motion pictures and television programming, the cost of defending our intellectual property, difficulties in integrating acquired businesses, technological changes and other trends affecting the entertainment industry, and the risk factors as set forth in Lionsgate's Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 30, 2008. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect any future events or circumstances

                       LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS                                                  March 31,         March 31,                                                   2008              2007                                                   (Amounts in thousands,                                                    except share amounts)                      ASSETS   Cash and cash equivalents                     $371,589           $51,497   Restricted cash                                 10,300             4,915   Investments                                      6,927           237,504   Accounts receivable, net of reserve    for video returns and allowances of    $95,515 (March 31, 2007 - $77,691) and    provision for doubtful accounts of    $5,978 (March 31, 2007 - $6,345)              260,284           130,496   Investment in films and television    programs                                      608,942           493,140   Property and equipment                          13,613            13,095   Goodwill                                       224,531           187,491   Other assets                                    41,572            18,957                                               $1,537,758        $1,137,095                 LIABILITIES   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities      $245,430          $155,617   Participation and residuals                    385,846           171,156   Film and production obligations                278,016           167,884   Subordinated notes and other    financing obligations                         328,718           325,000   Deferred revenue                               111,510            69,548                                                1,349,520           889,205    Commitments and contingencies            SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   Common shares, no par value, 500,000,000    shares authorized, 121,081,311 and    116,970,280 shares issued at March    31, 2008 and March 31, 2007,    respectively                                  434,650           398,836   Series B preferred shares (10 shares    issued and outstanding)                           -                 -   Accumulated deficit                           (223,619)         (149,651)   Accumulated other comprehensive loss              (533)           (1,295)                                                  210,498           247,890   Treasury shares, no par value,    2,410,499 shares at March 31, 2008            (22,260)              -                                                  188,238           247,890                                               $1,537,758        $1,137,095                          LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS                                            Year         Year        Year                                           Ended        Ended       Ended                                          March 31,    March 31,   March 31,                                            2008         2007        2006                                            (Amounts in thousands, except                                                  per share amounts)    Revenues                              $1,361,039    $976,740    $945,385   Expenses:     Direct operating                       662,450     436,818     458,990     Distribution and marketing             635,666     404,410     399,299     General and administration             119,080      90,782      69,936     Depreciation                             3,974       2,786       1,817       Total expenses                     1,421,170     934,796     930,042   Operating income (loss)                  (60,131)     41,944      15,343   Other expenses (income):     Interest expense                        16,432      17,832      18,860     Interest rate swaps mark-to-market         -           -           123     Interest and other income              (11,276)    (11,930)     (4,304)     Gain on sale of equity securities       (2,909)     (1,722)        -       Total other income, net                2,247       4,180      14,679   Income (loss) before equity    interests and income taxes              (62,378)     37,764         664   Equity interests loss                     (7,559)     (2,605)        (74)   Income (loss) before income taxes        (69,937)     35,159         590   Income tax provision (benefit)             4,031       7,680      (1,030)   Income (loss) before discontinued    operations                              (73,968)     27,479       1,620   Income (loss) from discontinued    operations (including gain on sale    in 2006 of $4,872), net of tax    of $2,464                                   -           -         4,476   Net income (loss)                       $(73,968)    $27,479      $6,096   Basic Per Share Data:   Basic Income (Loss) Per Common    Share From Continuing Operations         $(0.62)      $0.25       $0.02   Basic Income (Loss) Per Common    Share From Discontinued Operations          -           -          0.04   Basic Net Income (Loss) Per Common    Share                                    $(0.62)      $0.25       $0.06    Diluted Per Share Data:   Diluted Income (Loss) Per Common    Share From Continuing Operations         $(0.62)      $0.25       $0.02   Diluted Income (Loss) Per Common    Share From Discontinued Operations          -           -          0.04   Diluted Net Income (Loss) Per    Common Share                             $(0.62)      $0.25       $0.06    Weighted average number of common    shares outstanding:     Basic                                  118,427     108,398     103,066     Diluted                                118,427     111,164     106,102                          LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS                                            Year        Year        Year                                           Ended       Ended       Ended                                          March 31,   March 31,   March 31,                                            2008        2007        2006                                                    (restated)  (restated)                                              (Amounts in thousands)   Operating Activities:   Net income (loss)                      $(73,968)    $27,479      $6,096   Income (loss) from discontinued    operations                                 -           -         4,476   Income (loss) from continuing    operations                             (73,968)     27,479       1,620   Adjustments to reconcile income    (loss) from continuing operations    to net cash  provided by operating    activities - continuing operations     Depreciation of property and      equipment                              3,974       2,786       1,817     Amortization of deferred financing      costs                                  3,581       3,756       3,804     Amortization of films and      television programs                  403,319     241,640     253,279     Amortization of intangible assets       1,526         884       2,004     Non-cash stock-based compensation      13,934       7,259       1,881     Interest rate swaps mark-to-market        -           -           123     Gain on sale of equity securities      (2,909)     (1,722)        -     Deferred income taxes                  (1,087)      6,780         297     Equity interests loss                   7,559       2,605          74   Changes in operating assets and    liabilities:     Restricted cash                          (228)     (4,095)      2,093     Accounts receivable, net             (128,876)     79,704     (33,459)     Investment in films and television      programs                            (445,714)   (297,149)   (284,711)     Other assets                           (2,985)      7,448      (7,892)     Accounts payable and accrued      liabilities                           67,791     (38,509)     49,155     Unpresented bank drafts                   -       (14,772)     14,772     Participation and residuals           209,806       3,261      68,676     Film obligations                        1,387      (6,079)     10,762     Deferred revenue                       32,040      38,451     (31,643)   Net Cash Flows Provided By Operating    Activities - continuing operations      89,150      59,727      52,652   Net Cash Flows Provided By Operating    Activities - discontinued    operations                                 -           -         2,580   Net Cash Flows Provided By Operating    Activities                              89,150      59,727      55,232   Investing Activities:   Purchases of investments - auction    rate securities                       (229,262)   (865,750)   (307,031)   Proceeds from the sale of    investments - auction rate    securities                             466,641     795,448     139,950   Purchases of investments - equity    securities                              (4,836)       (122)     (3,470)   Proceeds from the sale of    investments - equity securities         24,155         390       2,945   Acquisition of Mandate, net of    unrestricted cash acquired             (41,205)        -           -   Loan to Mandate - preacquisition         (2,895)        -           -   Acquisition of Maple, net of    unrestricted cash acquired               1,753         -           -   Acquisition of Debmar, net of    unrestricted cash acquired                 -       (24,119)        -   Acquisition of Redbus, net of    unrestricted cash acquired                 -           -       (27,138)   Investment in equity method    investees                               (6,460)     (5,116)        -   Loan to equity method investee           (3,000)        -           -   Cash received from disposition of    assets, net                                -           -        34,860   Purchases of property and equipment      (3,608)     (8,348)     (5,555)   Net Cash Flows Provided By (Used In)    Investing Activities - continuing    operations                             201,283    (107,617)   (165,439)   Net Cash Flows Provided By Investing    Activities - discontinued    operations                                 -           -           105   Net Cash Flows Provided By (Used In)    Investing Activities                   201,283    (107,617)   (165,334)   Financing Activities:   Exercise of stock options                 1,251       4,277       1,408   Amounts paid to satisfy tax    withholding requirements on options    exercised                               (5,319)        -           -   Repurchases of common shares            (22,260)        -           -   Borrowings under financing    arrangements                             3,718         -           -   Financing fees                              -           -          (546)   Borrowings under production    obligations                            162,400      97,083      92,605   Repayment of production obligations    (111,357)    (48,993)    (24,825)   Repayment of subordinated notes             -           -        (5,000)   Repayment of mortgages payable              -           -       (16,224)   Net Cash Flows Provided By Financing    Activities - continuing operations      28,433      52,367      47,418   Net Cash Flows Used In Financing    Activities - discontinued    operations                                 -           -        (2,703)   Net Cash Flows Provided By Financing    Activities                              28,433      52,367      44,715   Net Change In Cash And Cash    Equivalents                            318,866       4,477     (65,387)   Foreign Exchange Effects on Cash -    continuing operations                    1,226          42        (628)   Foreign Exchange Effects on Cash -    discontinued operations                    -           -           154   Foreign Exchange Effects on Cash          1,226          42        (474)   Cash and Cash Equivalents -    Beginning Of Year                       51,497      46,978     112,839   Cash and Cash Equivalents - End Of    Year                                  $371,589     $51,497     $46,978                          LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT CORP.                 RECONCILIATION OF NET CASH FLOWS PROVIDED BY                   OPERATING ACTIVITIES TO FREE CASH FLOW                                                           Year Ended                                                           March 31,                                                             2008                                                     (Amounts in thousands)   Net Cash Flows Provided By Operating Activities            $89,150      Purchases of property and equipment                      (3,608)      Net borrowings under and repayment of       production obligations                                  51,043   Free Cash Flow, as defined                                $136,585     

Free cash flow is defined as net cash flows provided by operating activities, less purchases of property and equipment and plus or minus the net increase or decrease in production obligations. The adjustment for the production obligations is made because the GAAP-based cash flows from operations reflects a non-cash reduction of cash flows for the cost of films associated with production obligations prior to the time the Company is obligated to acquire and pay for the films. The Company believes that it is more meaningful to reflect the impact of the payment for these films in its free cash flow when the payments are actually made.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined in Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. This non-GAAP financial measure is in addition to, not a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Management believes this non-GAAP measure provides useful information to investors regarding cash that our operating businesses generate whether classified as operating or financing activity (related to the production of our films) within our GAAP based statement of cash flows, before taking into account cash movements that are non-operational. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure commonly used in the entertainment industry and by financial analysts and others who follow the industry. Not all companies calculate free cash flow in the same manner and the measure as presented may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

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Nick Cannon and Macy Gray to Host VIP Events at Time Supper Club During Montreal F1 Grand Prix Weekend

Nick Cannon and Macy Gray to Host VIP Events at Time Supper Club During Montreal F1 Grand Prix Weekend

TIME to enjoy GRAND PRIX in Style

MONTREAL, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Time Supper Club celebrates six years as master of Montreal Nightlife with four nights of VIP events to kick off the 2008 Montreal F1 Grand Prix weekend from June 4th through 7th. Star power will reign beginning with Time Supper Club's 6-year anniversary on the 4th presented by Moet & Chandon, where corks will be popping for celebrity host Macy Gray. Critically acclaimed group The Pinup Saints also take center stage that night with an exclusive live performance. The weekend continues with Belvedere Vodka presenting the highly anticipated appearance of Hollywood's hottest newlywed, Nick Cannon, on June 6th, host and DJ for the night. Throughout the festivities, the supper club's 4,000 square-foot outdoor terrace will serve as the ultimate finish line after a day of crowd watching at the track.

"We always try to go above and beyond for our guests, especially during Grand Prix weekend," says Stevie B, co-owner of Time Supper Club. "Nick Cannon, Macy Gray and all of our VIP invitees will push this year's festivities over the top. We're really excited about it."

Time's winning formula for success has included previous event hosts Angelina Jolie, Nicole Richie, Tara Reid, Tommy Lee and Elisha Cuthbert. Last year's red-hot events were highlighted by Fergie's first Canadian solo concert, which drew an impressive crowd of 3,000 in front of the supper club.

   TIME SUPPER CLUB ANNIVERSARY DATEBOOK   -- WEDNESDAY JUNE 4th:      - Moet et Chandon presents special guest Macy Gray, featuring DJ        Nemesis Jaxson      - Live performance by the Pinup Saints   -- THURSDAY JUNE 5th:      - Mumm Champagne presents "Superficiel"      - Kill Magazine's summer edition release      - With guest DJ Dirty South   -- FRIDAY JUNE 6th:       - Belvedere Vodka presents Nick Cannon (DJ/MC/Host)       - With special guest DJ Tito       - Hosted by Toronto's elite VIP club "Century Room"   -- SATURDAY JUNE 7th:       - Moet & Chandon presents "House of Wax"       - Featuring guest DJ David Waxman       - Hosted by New York City's hottest venue 1 Oaks    

Everyone who's anyone knows that Grand Prix weekend marks the unofficial launch of summer and of the festival season in Montreal. As the Grand Prix of Montreal's nightlife, Time Supper Club will no doubt deliver the ultimate week of partying and excitement.


TIME SUPPER CLUB, located in downtown Montreal, is a Mecca for celebrities, jet set, and young professionals to congregate. Time Supper Club was catapulted to international recognition with its Don't Tell My Booker and Music Loves Fashion events that occur around the globe in trendy locations and at festivals such as California's Coachella music festival.

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As You Read Scott McClellan's New Book, Watch this Film Online!

As You Read Scott McClellan's New Book, Watch this Film Online!

LEADING TO WAR's historical TV clips let you actually watch the events referred to in White House Press Secretary's memoir on Bush's marketing of the War in Iraq

As you read Scott McClellan's new tell-all book about the White House, you should also be watching online the new documentary film, LEADING TO WAR. The film along with a deeply researched website, serves as a stunning reminder of the 14 months of manipulation by the Bush Administration leading to the invasion of Iraq. This collection of powerful television footage, presented in the Administration's own words, parallels the former White House press secretary's book, "What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington's Culture of Deception." This film, in conjunction with the book, provides a potent new resource on Bush's march to war in Iraq.

You may use LEADING TO WAR as a video sidebar to illustrate your coverage of the McClellan book, free of charge, and without seeking further permission. The filmmakers have already purchased full rights to this original historical footage so that the film can be reused by anyone on any website or television broadcast.

"What a refreshing moment, thank God that Scott told the truth about the propaganda campaign that led the nation to war," said Barry J. Hershey, award-winning director. "Watch our film while you're reading Scott's book if you want to really see what happened."

The film and thematic compilation videos drawn from the film can be viewed for free at In addition, free DVD copies of the film can be requested by journalists and will be sent by messenger or overnight delivery for immediate use. To speak with the filmmakers, contact Aaron Lavallee at 301-887-1060 w., 808-375-1235 c.,

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- May 30/

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USA Network to Surf Digital Wave This Summer With New Series IN PLAIN SIGHT

USA Network to Surf Digital Wave This Summer With New Series IN PLAIN SIGHT

Marketing of USA's new original series IN PLAIN SIGHT focuses on digital promotional extensions to immerse viewers in the world of the Witness Protection Program

NEW YORK, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- USA Network will kick-off a summer of scripted originals by launching its new drama series IN PLAIN SIGHT with an aggressive interactive marketing campaign developed in conjunction with digital innovators Big Spaceship, Electric Artists and The Hyperfactory. The multiplatform effort will feature robust interactive, viral and mobile elements focused on aggressive promotional extensions to immerse viewers in the world of the witness protection program. IN PLAIN SIGHT, a new original series, premieres Sunday, June 1 at 10/9c on USA Network.

"One of the most compelling aspects of IN PLAIN SIGHT is the show's promise to offer an unprecedented and accurate depiction of the Federal Witness Protection Program (WITSEC). Because this is a world with which people are not intimately familiar our challenge was how to make WITSEC, as accessible and relatable as possible for our viewers," said Alexandra Shapiro, senior vice president, brand marketing & digital. "We knew digital solutions offered the easiest and most effective way to give our audience first hand experience of what its like to play the role of a US Marshal working in Witness Protection."


USA partnered with Big Spaceship (the creators of "The Ultimate Search for Bourne") to develop WITSEC Confidential, a multi-media campaign that brings the intriguing world of Witness Protection to life by giving each viewer the opportunity to work alongside the lead characters of the show as the newest U.S. Marshal in the Albuquerque WITSEC office.

Starting in episode two, each week users/fans will be able to login to the WITSEC Confidential microsite at to participate in a new interactive case. Each of these cases will include original video briefings featuring Marshall Mann (Frederick Weller), and will require monitoring, protecting and in some cases tracking down federal witnesses. To solve these challenges, players will need to use the tools provided, call witnesses and colleagues, and visit a wide range of locations to search for evidence and conduct interviews.

"WITSEC Confidential enables users to learn more about the show's premise, spend more time with the show's unique and compelling characters, and access exclusive content that extends the series narrative beyond its 12 week run -- all in a fun experiential way," Shapiro added.


USA Network has partnered with online marketing, PR and promotion agency, electricArtists to launch a new Facebook application promoting the new USA Network series, IN PLAIN SIGHT at called "How Well do you know your Facebook friends?" If their faces were hidden and all you had were facts to identify them, could you do it? Take on the role of a U.S. Marshall in the new IN PLAIN SIGHT Facebook game that hides your friends in Witness Protection and challenges you to find them! The game dynamically pulls information from a friend's profile (any content that is not set to private) and delivers it into the game as "clues" to see how quickly the player can guess the friend's identity. The game consists of four rounds with each round giving less time to guess the friend's identity. The newsfeed with show the "friends" that a person has discovered.


USA Network partnered with The Hyperfactory to bring members of the IPS Mobile Fan Club a rich, interactive mobile experience. The mobile player must take on the role of a U.S. Marshall by choosing one of six witnesses to protect. The player must keep his or her witness happy, safe and alive by answering weekly challenges correctly. The wrong answers could put the witness in harms way or get him or her killed. If he or she answers incorrectly, the witness will not survive and the player will lose.


In addition to its digital efforts, USA Network has an aggressive traditional campaign in place including but not limited to, IN PLAIN SIGHT street teams, print, radio, aerial banners, airport presence (terminals and planes) and out-of-home in ten markets including a "Grand Central Station Domination" in New York City. Further, motion-activated IN PLAIN SIGHT audio-enabled posters have been placed throughout the New York metro area with messages such as "Welcome to witness protection. Now get lost."

IN PLAIN SIGHT stars Mary McCormack ("The West Wing," "Private Parts") as Mary Shannon, a U.S. Marshal working in the highly secretive branch of the witness protection program (WITSEC) who relocates Federal Witnesses -- many of them who are career criminals, and many who are innocents that had the misfortune of witnessing a crime. They all have one thing in common -- someone wants them dead. Mary's job is to see that doesn't happen, while at the same time attempting to manage her own dysfunctional family. IN PLAIN SIGHT also stars Frederick Weller ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "The Shape of Things"), Lesley Ann Warren ("Desperate Housewives," "Will & Grace"), Nichole Hiltz ("The Riches," "Strong Medicine"), Paul Ben-Victor ("The Wire," "Entourage"), Cristian de la Fuente ("Dancing with the Stars," "Ugly Betty") and Todd Williams ("Tilt," "Third Watch"). The series was created and written by David Maples ("Home Improvement," "Huff"), who serves as executive producer alongside Paul Stupin ("Dawson's Creek," "Beautiful People"). IN PLAIN SIGHT was shot entirely on location in and around Albuquerque, NM. In Plain Sight comes from Universal Media Studios.

Big Spaceship is an innovation-led digital creative agency. We partner with brands to create and evolve deeply engaging experiences, products and relationships. Big Spaceship clients include 20th Century Fox, Coca-Cola, HBO, Glaceau, Adobe Systems, Nike, Royal Caribbean, Target and Gucci. For more information on Big Spaceship, visit

electricArtists is recognized as the leading agency for strategic branding, online marketing, PR and promotion in the media and entertainment sectors. electricArtists has a diverse base of clients including USA Network, WWE, History, A&E Network, Netflix and Food Network. USA Network and electricArtists have been partnership for four years building creative online campaigns and promotions for USA's tentpole programs including In Plain Sight, Psych, Monk and Burn Notice. Most recently, electricArtists is handling the comprehensive online marketing and promotion campaign for USA Network's Character Arcade, a premiere casual gaming destination and community at For more information, please contact Howie Kleinberg at (212) 354-2142 or

The Hyperfactory is the leading full-service mobile ideas, media and execution company, responsible for the most award-winning innovative mobile campaigns and Websites seen anywhere in the world. Founded in 2000, the company creates, executes and analyzes long-term mobile strategies for global brands, agencies, content publishers and mobile application companies, regardless of the technology. The Hyperfactory is trusted by a portfolio of notable brands that include Toyota, Motorola, Vodafone and Coke, all of whom rely on The Hyperfactory as an essential part of their mobile marketing strategies. The Hyperfactory has a U.S. Headquarters in New York, International Headquarters in Auckland and sales and operations offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Shanghai, Hong Kong and India. For more information, visit:

USA NETWORK is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports and entertainment events, off-net television shows, and blockbuster theatrical films. The #1 network in basic cable, USA Network is seen in nearly 94 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at Characters Welcome.

USA Network is a program service of NBC Universal Cable a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience.

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CONTACT: Lynn Weiss, +1-818-777-6682,, or Kristin
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Israel@60: A Capital Celebration to be Held on National Mall

Israel@60: A Capital Celebration to be Held on National Mall

Internationally-Acclaimed Singer-Song Writer Regina Spektor to Headline Event

Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actor Mandy Patinkin to Emcee Free Community-Wide Festival

Sesame Street Muppets Oscar the Grouch and his Israeli cousin Moishe Oofnik to Participate

WASHINGTON, May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Israel@60: A Capital Celebration will take place on Sunday, June, 1, 2008, from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the National Mall in the Nation's Capital. This free, community-wide celebration will feature internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Regina Spektor (who wrote and recorded a song in the new "Narnia" movie); Tony and Emmy award-winning actor on both the television and the stage, Mandy Patinkin, who will emcee the program; Sesame Street Muppets Oscar the Grouch and his Israeli cousin Moishe Oofnik; and the Israeli rock band Mashina. The event is sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in partnership with the Embassy of Israel and other community organizations.

Regina Spektor, an emerging young Jewish artist whose music resonates among a diverse age group and wide variety of audiences, brings her personal sound and story to all of her performances. Spektor and her family emigrated from the former Soviet Union when she was a child and settled in the New York City area. Praised by such magazines as People Magazine, USA Today, Alternative Press, Spin, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Blender, and many others, Spektor is one of those rare talents who manage to outrun the trends and force the rest of the world to keep up. Rolling Stone raves Spektor breathes as much heartbreaking meaning and inflection into individual syllables as most singers give entire words.

Since his Broadway debut in 1980, Mandy Patinkin has extensive credits on and off Broadway, including Evita (TONY AWARD), Sunday In The Park With George (TONY AWARD), Mandy Patinkin in Concert: Dress Casual, The Secret Garden, Enemy of the People (Williamstown Theater Festival), Henry IV, Part I, Winters Tale, The Knife, and Leave It to Beaver is Dead. He has appeared in over 20 films and has starred in numerous television shows, recently including Criminal Minds on CBS. Patinkin is also famously known for his role as Inigo Montoya, in The Princess Bride (1987), where he delivered the oft-quoted line: "Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Spektor and Patinkin will be joined by other performers and entertainers, including acclaimed Israeli rock band Mashina and Sesame Street Muppets. Sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.

WHAT: National celebration of Israel's 60th birthday on National Mall

Multiple festival happenings, hands-on exhibits and activities for all ages: music, dance, theater performances, Israeli food, children's activities and family workshops.

WHO: Greater Washington celebration to include headline performer singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, actor Mandy Patinkin, Sesame Street Muppets Oscar the Grouch and his Israeli cousin Moishe Oofnik, Israeli rock band Mashina, and others. Free and open to the public.

WHEN: Sunday, June 1, 2008; 12:00 Noon-5:00 P.M.

WHERE: Israel@60: A Capital Celebration will take place on the National Mall, in front of The National Gallery of Art and The National Air and Space Museum, between Archives-Navy Memorial and L'Enfant Plaza metro stops. Parking is limited; take Metro.

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SpongeTech(R) Delivery Systems, Inc. to be Sponsor on 'Mike and the Mad Dog Radio Show' Today

SpongeTech(R) Delivery Systems, Inc. to be Sponsor on 'Mike and the Mad Dog Radio Show' Today

SpongeTech(R) Will be a Sponsor of the Joe Girardi Report on the 'Mike and the Mad Dog Radio Show' on WFAN-AM

NEW YORK, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SpongeTech(R) Delivery Systems, Inc. (BULLETIN BOARD: SPNG) announced that they will be a sponsor of the Joe Girardi Report on the Mike and the Mad Dog Radio Show on WFAN-AM beginning today. The Mike and the Mad Dog Radio Show broadcasts daily Monday through Friday from 1:00 to 6:30 p.m. EDT. Joe Girardi, the New York Yankees Manager, does a weekly segment on the show where he gives updates on the team and their stats.

SpongeTech(R)'s COO, Steven Moskowitz said, "Our 60-second commercial will air either before or after the Joe Girardi Report which is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. EDT today. SpongeTech(R) will continue to sponsor reports on The Fan, as well as continued sponsorship of the Yankees, throughout the season. It is exciting to be part of the Mike and the Mad Dog Radio Show, which is considered to be one of the premiere sports talk shows in America."

The Mike and the Mad Dog Radio Show can also be accessed live on the web at

For more information, please contact Investor Relations at 1-877- SPONGE-T, and/or visit the Company's website at:

About SpongeTech(R) Delivery Systems, Inc.

SpongeTech(R) Delivery Systems is a development stage company, which designs, produces, and markets a unique line of reusable cleaning products for the automotive aftermarket parts industry. These sponge-based products utilize SpongeTech's(R) proprietary, patent (and patent-pending) technologies involving hydrophilic (liquid absorbing) foam and polyurethane matrices. The Company's sponges are specially configured with an outer contact layer and an inner matrix, the latter of which comes pre-loaded with specially formulated soaps and wax that are released when the sponge is wetted and applied to a surface with minimal pressure. The Company's primary product line has been designed specifically for automotive/vehicle applications, however, SpongeTech(R) is currently exploring additional applications for its technology including an anti-bacterial, kitchen and bath cleaner, as well as a unique 'foaming' bath sponge for children.

"Safe Harbor Statement" Under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statements in the press release that relate to the Company's expectations with regard to the future impact on the Company's results from new products in development are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The results anticipated by any or all of these forward-looking statements may not occur. Additional risks and uncertainties are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-KSB for the year ended December 31, 2005, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-QSB for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly release the result of any revisions to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in the Company's plans or expectations.

   Contact:   SpongeTech(R) Delivery Systems, Inc.   Investor Relations   (877) 776-6438  

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In the news release, Animal Planet and Comcast Invite Boston-Area Residents and Their Pets to Join in Free Fun When ANIMAL PLANET EXPO Rolls into Town Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15 at Marshfield Fair Grounds issued yesterday, May 29, by ANIMAL PLANET EXPO over PR Newswire, we are advised by the company that the second paragraph, first sentence, should read "Marshfield Fairgrounds" rather than "Mansfield Fairgrounds" as originally issued inadvertently. Complete, corrected release follows:

Animal Planet and Comcast Invite Boston-Area Residents and Their Pets to Join in Free Fun When ANIMAL PLANET EXPO Rolls into Town Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15 at Marshfield Fair Grounds

- A Free Event with Interactive Exhibits and Games Offers Excitement for the Whole Family, Including the Furry Companions! -

BOSTON, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal lovers of all ages have been flocking to ANIMAL PLANET EXPO, now in its 11th year, to celebrate and support the connection between people and animals. The award winning traveling summer tour has entertained, educated and inspired over one million people; stopping in cities all across the country and this year is no different! Animal Planet and Comcast, plus national sponsors the makers of Fresh Step(R) litter and Purina(R) and local sponsors George Washington Toma TV and Appliance, South Shore Savings Bank and Saturn invite everyone in the family, including the family pet, to explore the wonder of wildlife, celebrate the important role animals play on this planet and to enjoy the experience that is ANIMAL PLANET EXPO. ANIMAL PLANET EXPO comes to Boston on Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15, from 10 AM to 4 PM at Marshfield Fairgrounds, 140 Main Street, Marshfield MA 02050.

"Comcast is thrilled to bring the ANIMAL PLANET EXPO to the Marshfield Fairgrounds for area animal lovers to enjoy a fun-filled safari experience in their own backyard," said Tom Coughlin, Vice President for Comcast's Southeastern Massachusetts Region. "Comcast is focused on delivering entertainment and connecting people to what's important in their lives. We look forward to welcoming thousands to this family-oriented event."

This year's EXPO will showcase exciting new attractions like the 30 foot long inflatable "King Croc" slide, all the while promoting animal welfare. Also coming along for the ride is Steve Thomas, who will be available for autographs on Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM.

ANIMAL PLANET EXPO enchants and entertains people nationwide, featuring such spectacular attractions as fur-raising stunts from high-flying Frisbee dogs, breathtaking exotic live animal presentations, and twists on classic games such as Pin the Tail on the Puppy and Plink-o. Held in the center of the venue, Frisbee dog show times are 11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM and 3:30 PM, but make sure to get there early to participate in the Planet Green Frisbee toss! Also held in the center of the grounds are live exotic animal presentations on the R.O.A.R Stage, bringing some of the world's most striking animals, including pythons, vultures, and kinkajous, will take place at 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1 PM and 2:30 PM.

Making its debut at this year's ANIMAL PLANET EXPO is Planet Green Experience, an engaging eco-friendly exhibit designed to inspire better living for people and animals. Planet Green Experience will bring to life the mission of the first and only 24-hour eco-lifestyle network, Planet Green, through an interactive trivia game and by showing Expo guests just how fun going green can be by letting them take an eco-photo or hopping on an eco-bike for a ride. Planet Green Experience seeks to educate and inform people about the power of being part of a movement that will have a lasting and powerful impact on the future of the planet. In the Planet Green Experience are several eco-friendly elements including the geodesic dome, solar-powered fans and aluminum fencing. Planet Green Experience is sponsored by Saturn and SC Johnson.

New to this year's EXPO, are some pet-friendly features so Fido can join in on the fun too! Take some time to play with your furry friends at the Purina(R) Dog Park full of fun activities for dogs of all kinds.

ANIMAL PLANET EXPO is bringing back R.O.A.R with a new twist. This summer EXPO invites all guests to R.O.A.R. for Saving the Planet, a simple yet effective way for event attendees to show their support and help be a spokesperson for the well being of animals and our planet. R.O.A.R is Animal Planet's nonprofit animal advocacy partnership with leading animal organizations that encourages people to Reach Out, Act, and Respond in helping to make the world a better place for animals. Promises can be as simple as putting aside time everyday to play with the family pet, promoting conservation, or supporting a favorite wildlife foundation. Also back by popular demand is the impressive R.O.A.R Stage boasting a 16'x19' LCD video screen giving all event attendees the chance to watch anything and everything going on at EXPO no matter where they are on the grounds.

Also returning to this year's tour is the Pet Den, a wonderland of information sponsored by the makers of Fresh Step(R) litter. The makers of Fresh Step(R) litter and Animal Rescue League of Boston will provide pet adoption opportunities and helpful information on how to find the perfect pet for your family in addition to hosting "Ask the Vet" sessions, where pet owners can meet one-on-one with local veterinarian to ask pet-related questions.

Another not-to-be-missed attraction at this year's EXPO is the HD Dome giving visitors the opportunity to experience firsthand the clarity of high-definition programming from Discovery's family of HD networks including Discovery Channel HD, TLC HD, Animal Planet HD, Science Channel HD, Planet Green HD and HD Theater.

Other activity pavilions to go wild for at ANIMAL PLANET EXPO include the following:

   -- Animal House - Get to know even more live animals, while animal experts      introduce exotic species from around the world.   -- Safari Snaps - Download the ultimate digital photo of you with a      virtual version of Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin and Dave Salmoni.   -- Bug House - Find out what all the buzz is about.  Discover the world of      bugs and butterflies, and check out the incredible life-size ant farm.   -- Kids' Zone - Transform your kids into animals with wildlife face      painting, try the "Happy Gator" obstacle course, or brave a new      addition to this year's EXPO, "King Croc," an inflatable crocodile      slide that is over 30 feet long.   -- Heroes of Animal Planet - Protect your pet just as the stars of ANIMAL      PRECINCT do by creating your own personalized pet tag.   -- Connection Zone - Spin the wheel or toss a bean bag for prizes, as well      as experience the latest products and take advantage of special offers      from Comcast.   -- Spider Mountain - Climb to new heights on one of EXPO's most popular      attractions, the 20 foot high eco-friendly attraction is one of a kind.   -- Pet Misters and Watering Holes - Let your pets "chill out" and quench      their thirst on a hot day at the Pet Misters and Watering Holes      provided by    

Comcast will also be on-site to provide valuable information about their most innovative new products available to consumers.

Check your local listings for Animal Planet on Comcast. Go to to find more information on ANIMAL PLANET EXPO.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) (NASDAQ:CMCSK) ( is the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communications products and services. With 24.7 million cable customers, 14.1 million high- speed Internet customers, and 5.2 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.

Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten Comcast SportsNet networks and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.

About Purina(R)

Nestle Purina PetCare promotes responsible pet care, community involvement and the positive bond between people and their pets. A premiere global manufacturer of pet products, Nestle Purina PetCare is part of Swiss-based Nestle S.A., the world's largest food company.

About Fresh Step(R) litter

Fresh Step(R) litter is a part of The Clorox Pet Products Company, a subsidiary of The Clorox Company, headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Clorox is a leading manufacturer and marketer of consumer products with fiscal year 2007 revenues of $4.8 billion. With 7,600 employees worldwide, the company manufactures products in two dozen countries and markets them in more than 100 countries. For more information about Clorox, visit For more information about Fresh Step(R) litter, visit

About Animal Planet Media Enterprises

The world's leading animal entertainment brand, Animal Planet reaches 300 million households in more than 160 countries worldwide with programming customized in 24 languages. In the United States, Animal Planet Media (APM), a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, connects humans and animals with rich, deep content via multiple platforms and offers animal lovers and pet owners access to a centralized online, television and mobile community for entertainment, information and enrichment. APM consists of the Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US; online assets, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; the 24/7 broadband channel, Animal Planet Beyond;, the #1 pet-related Web property globally that facilitates pet adoption; PetsIncredible, a major producer and distributor of pet-training videos and includes web service; and other media platforms including a robust Video-on-Demand (VOD) service; mobile content; and merchandising extensions.


CONTACT: Jennifer Abbrecht of ANIMAL PLANET EXPO, +1-240-662-3821, or
Jim Hughes of Comcast, +1-617-562-4340

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David Cully Appointed President, Baker & Taylor Retail

David Cully Appointed President, Baker & Taylor Retail

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Baker & Taylor, the world's largest book and entertainment distributor, today promoted David Cully to President, Retail Markets. In his new role, Mr. Cully will add domestic and international retail book and entertainment sales to his merchandising, purchasing and Baker & Taylor Marketing Services responsibilities. "David's retail and merchandising experience will ensure that we continually adapt to changes within the industry and that excellent customer service remains our primary focus," said Arnie Wight, President of Baker & Taylor. Bill Preston, Sr. V.P. Books, and Frank Wolbert, Sr. V.P. Entertainment, will now report to Mr. Cully.

Mr. Cully joined Baker & Taylor in January 2008 as Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Baker & Taylor Marketing Services. Since joining Baker & Taylor, he has re-engineered the company's approach to merchandise buying and supply chain management and worked closely with both customers and vendors. Cully has extensive experience in the book and retail industry, as well as in merchandising, marketing and distribution. Before joining Baker & Taylor, he held various management positions at industry leaders, including Barnes & Noble, Inc., Simon & Schuster, Inc., Waldenbooks, Inc., and Putnam/Berkley Publishing Company. Most recently, he was the CEO/Co-Founder of Blue Tulip Corporation in New York.

About Baker & Taylor, Inc.

Baker & Taylor, Inc. ( is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music, games and services to libraries, educational institutions, and retailers. Based in Charlotte, N.C., the company has been in existence for over 180 years, developing long-term relationships with major suppliers, including book publishers, movie studios, and music labels. Baker & Taylor maintains one of the largest combined in-stock book, video and music inventories in the United States, and services the broadest customer base in the industry. Baker & Taylor is majority owned by Castle Harlan Partners IV, L.P., a leading private equity investment firm.

About Castle Harlan

Castle Harlan, founded in 1987, invests in controlling interests in the buyout and development of middle-market companies in North America, Europe and, together with CHAMP Private Equity, Australasia. Since inception, Castle Harlan has invested in companies representing over $9 billion in enterprise value. Castle Harlan's current portfolio companies, which employ more than 42,000 people, include AmeriCast Technologies, a leading designer and manufacturer of large, complex steel castings used in mining trucks, locomotives and energy equipment and Ames True Temper, a leading manufacturer of lawn and garden tools and accessories.

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Starz Entertainment's Weekly Hot Items List June 9-15

Starz Entertainment's Weekly Hot Items List June 9-15

                                     (All times listed are ET/PT.)    Tuesday, June 10   Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound     A Starz Originals' look at the evolution and revolution of Hollywood's     adaptations of famous and infamous comic book characters and storylines.     Hosted by Richard Roeper.     10 p.m. on Starz     --  Spider-Man(TM) 3 (7:40 p.m.) and Ghost Rider (11 p.m.) and will be         shown leading up to and following the premiere of Starz Inside:         Comic Books Unbound on Starz    Robocop Triple Feature     All three Robocop movies stacked on Encore Action.     --  Robocop at 8:10 p.m. - (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Ronny Cox)     --  Robocop 2 at 10 p.m. - (Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Dan O'Herlihy)     --  Robocop 3 at 12 a.m. on June 11 - (Robert John Burke, Nancy Allen,         Rip Torn)    Friday, June 13   Things to Do on Friday When You're Dead     A 24-hour Friday the 13th spooky movie marathon on Encore Action.     --  4 a.m. Mimic 3: The Sentinel (Karl Geary, Alexis Dziena, Rebecca         Mader)     --  5:20 a.m. Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight (Billy Zane,         William Sadler, Jada Pinkett)     --  7 a.m. Bats (Dina Meyer, Lou Diamond Phillips, Leon)     --  8:35 a.m. John Carpenter's They Live (Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg         Foster)     --  10:15 a.m. Poltergeist II: The Other Side (Jobeth Williams, Craig         Nelson, Julian Beck)     --  11:50 a.m. Poltergeist III (Tom Skerritt, Nancy Allen, Heather         O'Rourke)     --  1:30 p.m. The Amityville Horror (James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod         Steiger)     --  3:30 p.m. Pulse (Kristen Bell, Ian Somerhalder, Christina Milian)     --  5 p.m. The Frighteners (Michael J. Fox, Trini Alvarado, Peter         Dobson)     --  6:50 p.m. The Covenant (Steven Strait, Sebastian Stan, Toby         Hemingway)     --  8:30 p.m. Stay Alive (Sophia Bush, Jon Foster, Frankie Muniz)     --  10 p.m. Army of Darkness (Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus         Gilbert)     --  11:30 p.m. Scream (Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox         Arquette)    Saturday, June 14     --  1:30 a.m. Child's Play (Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex         Vincent)     --  3 a.m. The Believers (Martin Sheen, Helen Shaver, Robert Loggia)     --  5 a.m. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Robert Englund, Heather         Langenkamp, Miko Hughes)    Summer of Stars     A summer-long programming event featuring the biggest, star packed     movies that Starz offers.     Spider-Man(TM) 3 (Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco)     9 p.m. on Starz     The second Green Goblin, the malevolent Sandman and a mysterious alien     micro-organism that transforms Peter Parker all find a way to confront     Spider-Man in the epic third chapter.    Saturday, June 14   Starz Saturday Premiere     I Know Who Killed Me (Lindsay Lohan, Clint Johnson, Spencer Garrett)     9 p.m. on Starz     A young college student survives a kidnapping and torture at the hands     of a suspected serial killer. But when reunited with her parents, she     claims to be someone else -- a drugged-out exotic dancer -- deepening     the mystery!    Altar'd States     An all-day marathon of wedding-related movies on Encore Love, hosted by     Finesse Mitchell from "Saturday Night Live."     --  12:40 a.m. Conversations with Other Women (Aaron Eckhart, Helena         Bonham Carter, Nora Zehetner)     --  2:10 a.m. The Wedding Banquet (Winston Chao, May Chin, Mitchell         Lichtenstein)     --  4 a.m. Once Around (Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, Danny Aiello)     --  6 a.m. Jump Tomorrow (Tunde Adebimpe, Hippolyte Girardot, Patricia         Mauceri)     --  7:40 a.m. Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy         Davis)     --  9:50 a.m. Forget Paris (Billy Crystal, Debra Winger, Joe Mantenga)     --  11:35 a.m. Come See the Paradise (Dennis Quaid, Tamlyn Tomita, Sab         Shimono)     --  1:50 p.m. 3 Men and a Little Lady (Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg,         Ted Danson)     --  3:40 p.m. Prelude to a Kiss (Alec Baldwin, Meg Ryan, Kathy Bates)     --  5:30 p.m. Mr. Wrong (Ellen Degeneres, Bill Pullman, Joan Cusack)     --  7:10 a.m. The Bachelor (Chris O'Donnell, Renee Zellweger, James         Cromwell)     --  9 p.m. Four Weddings and a Funeral (Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell,         Kristin Scott Thomas)     --  11:05 p.m. The Marrying Man (Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, Robert         Loggia)    

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Ratings Jump 26 Percent for 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Ratings Jump 26 Percent for 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards

Strong Performance Drives Record Sales, Underlines Consumer Demand for Country Music & Country Music-Themed Television Programming

LOS ANGELES, May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards drew 11.7 million viewers and was the second-highest rated program throughout the full three hours it aired on Sunday, May 18th on CBS -- an increase of 26 percent from the previous year.

The show reversed the trend of declining awards show ratings and posted across-the-board increases during a week in which total viewership of the five major networks was 13 percent less than the same time a year ago, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards also had a positive impact on record sales for artists who performed at the event. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Carrie Underwood's sales increased 58 percent, Rodney Atkins' sales increased 73 percent, Miranda Lambert's sales increased 52 percent, Garth Brooks' sales increased 33 percent and Brooks & Dunn's sales increased 19 percent, among others. Sugarland had a 72 percent increase and notched the highest country chart debut of their career at #27 with their current single "All I Want To Do," which they performed live during the show. Their previous best was #36 with "Want To."

The strong performance of the show and increased consumer appetite for country is good news for Dick Clark Productions and the Academy of Country Music, which recently announced an exclusive partnership agreement to develop new concert specials, multiple country music-themed reality and competition series, as well as artist profiles and other programming initiatives that will air on both music-oriented networks and other broadcast and cable networks. The partnership is also developing both repurposed and original country music-themed programming for new media platforms.

"This is a terrific accomplishment, particularly when you consider the current television environment," said Bob Romeo, Executive Director of the Academy of Country Music. "If viewer erosion from the writer's strike was taken out of the scenario, I think our ratings increase would have been even more significant. At the end of the day, the success of our show this year really demonstrates the appeal of country music and viewer's investment in the format."

Romeo credits the ratings success to the growing popularity of country music, and points to the first-ever fan-voted Entertainer of the Year category as one reason consumers were potentially more engaged this year.

Orly Adelson, President of Dick Clark Productions, added "CBS's strong support of the program and the contributions made by our partners, such as Great American Country (GAC), Westwood One, The Home Depot and Six Flags, all provided added exposure to millions of consumers through advertising, signage and promotions. We have a lot of people to thank for this success."

In fact, media partner GAC's exclusive "ACM Orange Carpet Live" pre-show special in conjunction with the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards reached more than 1.1 million viewers on show day, an increase from last year of 82 percent for viewers ages 25-54 and 24 percent for female viewers ages 25-54.

"The incredible line-up of performances is a tribute to the Academy of Country Music's unique access and support in the country music world," said Adelson. "The ratings performance is a shot in the arm for our partnership with the Academy of Country Music. We are very excited about what lies ahead and are accelerating development of country themed original programming."

Romeo added, "Dick Clark Productions has always known how to put together first-rate television programming and we're enthusiastic about the ideas being developed for our partnership -- we all believe that further success is right around the corner."

About the Academy of Country Music

Founded in 1964, the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC is an artist and industry-driven organization, that provides the financial resources to ensure the on-going philanthropic work of its Charitable Fund. The Academy of Country Music Charitable Fund promotes and supports music education and humanitarian programs that transform the human spirit. Through its charitable donations, the ACMCF works towards promoting Learning Through Music and Healing Through Music. The Academy is comprised of more than 4,500 professional members and more than 40,000 associate members and is headquartered in Encino, Calif.

For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, please visit For more information on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC CHARITABLE FUND, please visit

About Dick Clark Productions, Inc.

Founded in 1957, Dick Clark Productions, Inc. ("DCP") is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and the Academy of Country Music Awards. DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including So You Think You Can Dance, and owns and maintains one of the world's most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of American Bandstand, among other things. For additional information, please visit

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TV Choice and Competition Near for Residents of Taunton, Mass.

TV Choice and Competition Near for Residents of Taunton, Mass.

City Approves Video License for Verizon; Residents Soon Can Get FiOS TV

TAUNTON, Mass., May 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of Taunton are a major step closer to having a real choice for their cable television services, thanks to a newly approved agreement authorizing Verizon to offer its FiOS TV service via the most advanced all-digital, fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes.

Taunton Mayor Charles Crowley has granted a cable franchise to Verizon, authorizing video choice for thousands of households here.

The mayor's authorization brings to 71 the total number of Massachusetts communities where Verizon's FiOS TV is or will soon be available.

"We are thrilled to be able to bring FiOS TV to residents in Taunton," said Donna Cupelo, Verizon region president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "Since the launch of FiOS TV in Massachusetts last year, we are continuing our efforts to meet the consumer demand for cable TV choice."

Crowley said, "The signing of this agreement will mean that the citizens of Taunton will have a choice for their cable TV needs, and the competitive environment that will exist here in Taunton will ensure that our families will realize competitive prices as well. This is a significant advantage for Taunton consumers because competition often results in new features, improved service and competitive rates. The license also provides additional funding for our public, education and government cable-access channels, and ensures that all parts of the city will be served."

Crowley added: "The Verizon representatives have conducted themselves in a highly professional manner as we worked together to ensure that quality service will be provided to our citizens."

FiOS TV is the company's new fiber-optic television service, which offers a better-quality picture, more high-definition and on-demand programs, and more reliable service at competitive prices.

Verizon currently offers FiOS TV in 70 Massachusetts communities (see list below) as well as other locations in New York, New Jersey, California, Delaware, Texas, Florida, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Rhode Island and Virginia.

"As a result of this new franchise, consumers in Taunton will be able to choose their cable provider as easily as they choose their phone company," said Cupelo. "Competition drives innovation, value and service quality, and it puts the consumer in control."

Verizon is currently in negotiations with several other communities in Massachusetts to obtain additional franchises. For more information on the Verizon franchise process in the state, log onto

Verizon research indicates 87 percent of Massachusetts residents favor more competition and choice for video services. Independent studies have shown that competition in the video market brings enormous benefits to consumers in the form of reduced prices, better packages and improved service.

Verizon's license agreement with the city of Taunton is for a 10-year term. The agreement contains provisions for the network's future growth; financial support and capacity for educational and government access channels; cable service to government buildings; and other important benefits to the city, including insurance, indemnification and enforcement protections.

"Verizon will compete aggressively for subscribers in Taunton with our FiOS services, which are fueled by our lightning-fast fiber-optic network," Cupelo said. Verizon soon will begin its door-to-door sales campaign in Taunton, explaining the many advantages of FiOS TV to local consumers.

Verizon is the first company to offer a fiber-to-the premises (FTTP) network, connecting homes and businesses directly to fiber optics on a widespread scale.

FiOS TV offers a broad collection of all-digital programming, 30 high-definition channels, video on demand and more. Fiber delivers amazingly sharp pictures and sound, and has the capacity to transmit a wide array of high-definition programming that is so clear and intense it seems to leap from the TV screen.

In addition to FiOS TV, Verizon's fiber network also allows the company to offer consumers and businesses high-speed FiOS Internet service at download speeds up to 50 Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds up to 20 Mbps.*

* NOTE: actual (throughput) speeds will vary.

[FiOS TV is available in Abington, Acton, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Boxborough, Boxford, Braintree, Burlington, Canton, Dedham, Dunstable, Framingham, Franklin, Georgetown, Hamilton, Hingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Ipswich, Lakeville, Lawrence, Lincoln, Littleton, Lexington, Lynn, Lynnfield, Malden, Marion, Marlborough, Marshfield, Mattapoisett, Medfield, Medway, Melrose, Methuen, Middleborough, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, North Reading, Norfolk, Norwood, Reading, Rochester, Rockland, Rowley, Sherborn, Southborough, Stoneham, Sudbury, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Wareham, Wayland, Wellesley, Wenham, West Newbury, Westborough, Westwood, Wilmington, Winchester and Woburn, as well as other locations in New York, New Jersey, California, Delaware, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia.]

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) , headquartered in New York, is a leader in delivering broadband and other wireline and wireless communication innovations to mass market, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America's most reliable wireless network, serving more than 67 million customers nationwide. Verizon's Wireline operations include Verizon Business, which delivers innovative and seamless business solutions to customers around the world, and Verizon Telecom, which brings customers the benefits of converged communications, information and entertainment services over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network. A Dow 30 company, Verizon employed a diverse workforce of approximately 232,000 as of the end of the first quarter 2008 and last year generated consolidated operating revenues of $93.5 billion. For more information, visit

VERIZON'S ONLINE NEWS CENTER: Verizon news releases, executive speeches and biographies, media contacts, high-quality video and images, and other information are available at Verizon's News Center on the World Wide Web at To receive news releases by e-mail, visit the News Center and register for customized automatic delivery of Verizon news releases.

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