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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Snoop Dogg & The Game Join Forces and Hit the Road for a US Tour: How the West Was One

Snoop Dogg & The Game Join Forces and Hit the Road for a US Tour: How the West Was One

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Snoop Dogg hits the road with The Game on what could be the hottest hip-hop tour this year; How The West Was One Tour.

Snoop Dogg continues to back the platinum selling Geffen Records release R&G: (Rhythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece. The set features guest appearances from 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Lil Jon, Trina, Bootsy Collins, Charlie Wilson, and The Neptunes. Snoop's talents know no bounds; his notoriety and instantly recognizable persona and voice have garnered him numerous other opportunities and successes. In addition to being an icon in hip-hop, Snoop is accomplished as an actor, MTV Show Host, and sneaker designer launching the line, doggy biscuitz by pony.

Joining Snoop is Compton, California rapper The Game. The Game released his first CD, The Documentary, in early 2005 giving us the smash singles "How We Do" and "Hate It or Love It." The Game is hitting the road behind his debut solo effort, "The Documentary," which surfaced in January with the biggest opening week of any January since Nielson Soundscan began tracking sales. The set sold about 587,000 copies during its first week out, which earned it a No. 1 debut on The Billboard 200 album chart.

Both rappers are known to be from the West coast and both were influenced early on in their careers by the guiding hand of Dr. Dre, Compton's own and one of the founding members of NWA.

Complete listing of Snoop Dogg & The Game tour dates:

April 15 Salt Lake City, UT E Center
April 16 Vail, CO Vail Village
April 17 Denver, CO Magness Arena
April 19 Wichita, KS Kansas Coliseum
April 20 St Louis, MO Savvis Center
April 21 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
April 22 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena
April 23 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
April 24 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
April 26 Columbus, OH Jerome Schottenstein Center
April 29 Hartford, CT Meadows Music
April 30 Buffalo, NY U of Buffalo/Alumni Arena
May 5 Boston, MA DCU Center
May 6 Ithaca, NY Cornell University
May 7 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Spectrum
May 8 Washington DC Patriot Center
May 10 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
May 12 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre
May 13 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Music Centre
May 14 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless
May 15 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
May 18 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
May 19 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Pavilion
May 20 San Diego, CA RIMAC Arena
May 21 Los Angeles, CA Arrowhead Pond
May 24 Las Vegas, NV Skin
May 25 San Francisco, CA HP Pavilion
May 26 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
May 28 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheatre
May 29 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum

Source: Geffen Records

CONTACT: Meredith O'Sullivan of BWR, +1-310-248-6187,; or Jim Merlis of Geffen Records, +1-212-841-8218,; or Tiffany Youhanna of Geffen Tour Publicity,
+1-310-865-8905,, all for Snoop; or Yvette Gayle
of Interscope Records, +1-310-865-6278,; or Greg
Miller of Interscope, +1-310-865-7632,, all for The

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Neighbors Give Life(TM) Campaign Challenges Neighbors Across the Country to Give the Gift of Life Through Blood Donations

Neighbors Give Life(TM) Campaign Challenges Neighbors Across the Country to Give the Gift of Life Through Blood Donations

State Farm(R), the American Red Cross and Tim McGraw Band Together to Raise Public Awareness of the Need for Blood Donations

BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Grammy-winning music sensation Tim McGraw, State Farm and the American Red Cross are challenging neighbors across the country to give blood by making an appointment to donate or by visiting their local blood drive.

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From March 31 to September 5, the Neighbors Give Life campaign will raise awareness about the importance of giving blood and the difference that even one donation can make. Visit to learn more about the program, how to schedule an appointment and how giving blood makes a strong impact in local communities.

"As part of the Neighbors Give Life campaign, I'm encouraging people to donate blood and donate often," said Tim McGraw. "With State Farm and the American Red Cross, I challenge all people to give the gift of life and make a difference in their community and communities across the country by donating blood this year."

Something to Sing About

In 2005, State Farm is donating $1 million to the American Red Cross. The Neighbors Give Life campaign challenges people across the country to support the American Red Cross and the ongoing need for blood donations.

In addition to the blood donation challenge, State Farm is sponsoring the Neighbors Give Life Sweepstakes, so visit to enter for a chance to win. Prizes include:

-- Trip for two to the Country Music Association Awards
-- Trip for two to a Tim McGraw concert
-- Tim McGraw tour jackets (some autographed)
-- Tim McGraw "Live Like You Were Dying" CDs (some autographed)
-- Collectible Neighbors Give Life T-shirts (some autographed)
-- Collectible Neighbors Give Life wristbands

Winning participants will be notified instantly of their prizes. (No purchase or blood donation is required to participate in the sweepstakes.)

"We admire the American Red Cross and its continued efforts to make a difference in its local communities," said Edward B. Rust, Jr., State Farm Chairman and CEO. "State Farm and its 17,000 agents across the country are committed to building stronger neighborhoods. Neighbors Give Life does just that."

Small Donation, Big Impact

People commonly underestimate the need for blood and the difference that even one donation could make to ensure blood is available when and where it's needed. Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood. The blood donation process only takes about one hour to complete. This small time commitment has a big impact since one donation can save the lives of up to three people.

To donate blood, individuals must meet the following general guidelines:

-- Be in good health
-- Be at least 17 years old, and
-- Weigh at least 110 pounds

"As much as 60 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood; unfortunately, only five percent of those eligible to donate blood actually do in any given year. The Neighbors Give Life Campaign is helping educate people about the regular and ongoing need for blood," said Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross. "Every blood donation can help make a difference for someone in need of blood."

For more information about Neighbors Give Life or donating blood, visit

About State Farm(R)

State Farm(R) insures more cars than any other insurer in North America and is the leading U.S. home insurer. State Farm's 17,000 agents and 76,000 employees serve nearly 73 million auto, fire, life and health policies in the United States and Canada. State Farm also offers financial services products. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 18 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit or in Canada .

About The American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by community donations, the American Red Cross is a nationwide network of nearly 900 field units dedicated to saving lives and helping people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Led by 1 million volunteers and 35,000 employees, the Red Cross annually mobilizes relief to families affected by more than 70,000 disasters, trains almost 12 million people in lifesaving skills and keeps U.S. military families connected worldwide. The American Red Cross provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply (collecting more than 6 million units a year from volunteer donors) to patients in 3,000 hospitals across the country through its national network. Every two seconds, someone in America needs blood. The Red Cross must collect blood donations each and every day to meet the needs of accident victims, cancer patients and individuals with blood disorders, and the organization works to accomplish this through its 36 Blood Services regions. Please call today to make your appointment to give the gift of life. Call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE to schedule your donation or to sponsor a blood drive. Marsha J. Evans is the President and CEO of the American Red Cross.

For more information about this promotion, please call the American Red Cross at 1-800-797-8022, or email the American Red Cross at The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company or individual.

About Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw has been a member of the American Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet since its inception in 2002. He set new sales standards with his recent Live Like You Were Dying album. It debuted with sales nearing 770,000, the fifth highest debuting album in country music history. McGraw re-wrote chart history when the title track spent a record setting 10 weeks atop the country singles chart and has established himself as a triple threat entertainer. He's maintained his stature as one of the most dominating performers in music, wowed audiences with his film debut in Friday Night Lights, gave NBC Television 2 highly rated concert specials (2002 & 2004) and his duet with R&B artist Nelly on "Over And Over" sat atop Billboard's Top 40 Chart for over 12 weeks. And with all of these career accolades he holds his relationships with his wife and three daughters as the true accomplishments of his life. For more information, visit .

Contacts: Melissa Ristau
(312) 729-4224

Mia Jazo-Harris
State Farm Insurance
(309) 766-5242

Michelle Hudgins
American Red Cross
(202) 303-5643

Jessie Schmidt
Schmidt Relations for Tim McGraw
(615) 846-3878

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Source: State Farm

CONTACT: Melissa Ristau of GolinHarris, +1-312-729-4224,
Umristau@golinharris; Mia Jazo-Harris of State Farm Insurance,
+1-309-766-5242,; Michelle Hudgins of
American Red Cross, +1-202-303-5643,; Jessie Schmidt
of Schmidt Relations for Tim McGraw, +1-615-846-3878, all for State Farm

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Private Media Group Comments on Full Year Results for 2004

Private Media Group Comments on Full Year Results for 2004

Net Income Up 0.8 Million euro in 2004, Hit by One-Off Restructuring Costs in Q4

BARCELONA, Spain, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Private Media Group Inc. (NASDAQ:PRVT) a worldwide leader in premium-quality adult entertainment products, services and Internet content, today announced its full year results for 2004.

The company reported a decrease in sales of 7% to 35.6 million euro for 2004. Net income was 0.2 million euro for 2004, compared to a net loss of 0.6 million euro for 2003, an increase of 0.8 million euro. Net income suffered from the effects of the reorganization of the Company's US distribution in the fourth quarter and a significant fall in video sales. In addition management took the decision to write down videocassette inventory by 1.5 million in the fourth quarter.

As part of the group-wide review initiated in 2003, the Company's US subsidiary outsourced its distribution of physical products, inclusive of Internet shop fulfillment, to a third party. The restructuring started September 30, 2004 and the impact has initially been a temporary loss of revenues from the US during the fourth quarter transition period. The loss of revenues had a significant impact on gross profit. However, during the first quarter of 2005 distribution reached normal levels and we expect the impact of the restructuring to increase contribution of gross profit from the US and reduce selling, general and administrative expenses by approx. 1.0 million euro in 2005 compared to 2004.

The decrease in Video sales by 70% to 2.1 million euro, was primarily the result of a combination of an industry-wide decrease in Video sales and 40% less titles being released by the Company as a result of fewer new movie productions available for sale on Video in 2004 compared to 2003.

DVD sales, which increased 6%, to 19.5 million euro, were also affected by the US reorganization and the reduction in new movie productions available for sale. However, the Company managed to offset the negative effect from fewer new titles by opening additional distribution channels, thereby increasing DVD sales on a per title basis. Magazine sales decreased 4% to 5.1 million euro, while Internet sales increased 1% to 4.9 million euro. Broadcasting sales increased 41% to 4.0 million euro spearheaded by the broadcasting launch of our own TV channel PRIVATE FANTASY in the United States in February 2004.

In 2003 and the first half of 2004, investment in new movie productions was cut back due to reduced cash-flow as a result of overspending in 2002 and 2003. Improvements in cash-flow during 2004 have allowed the Company to increase its investment activity in its movie library by more than 70% during the second half of the year compared to the first and the impact on sales is expected to show in the first half of 2005.

Gross profit as a percentage of sales was down 1% for 2004 compared to 2003. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of sales was the result of a 1.5 million euro write-down of videocassette inventory made in the fourth quarter and detailed above to reflect the change in market conditions for videocassettes.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were 18.0 million euro for 2004 compared to 19.9 million euro for 2003. Despite increases in bad debt provision and depreciation of 0.9 million euro and 0.9 million euro, respectively, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by 1.9 million euro, or 10%. The increased bad debt expense in 2004 related primarily to one specific receivable which was written off completely as collection attempts failed. The decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses reflects the effect of a program started in 2003 to review and reduce all controllable selling, general and administrative expenses in low or non-profitable areas. We expect lower bad debt expenses and reduced depreciation going forward. We also expect selling, general and administrative expenses in low or non-profitable areas to continue to decrease in 2005.

We reported an operating loss of 0.4 million euro for 2004 compared to an operating loss of 0.5 million euro for 2003. The operating loss was primarily the result of the write down of 1.5 million euro in videocassette inventory.

During 2004 the Company reduced its debt by 4.0 million euro, or 29%. Working capital as of December 31, 2004 increased by 4.9 million euro compared to December 31, 2003.

Berth Milton, President and CEO of Private Media Group, said: "We are pleased with the restructuring of our operations, particularly in the US, and we expect our increased investments in the library as from the second half of 2004 to begin paying off in the first half of 2005.

"In 2004 we also signed an exclusive Agreement with US-based Pure Play Media, Inc. for content distribution in Europe. Under the agreement, we will distribute between six to ten newly produced movie titles per month in Europe, our main market for DVDs. The arrangement is based on a split of gross profit and does not require any up-front or future investment in content by Private. We will start releasing titles on DVD under the agreement in the second quarter of 2005.

"Following the launch of the Private Fantasy Pay-Per-View Channel in the US, and as the US market for Video on Demand services evolves, we expect to further exploit our content in this market which should impact on broadcast revenue.

"Looking forward, this year saw the launch of our own TV channel, PRIVATETV, an internet based proprietary 24/7 adult TV offer, that thanks to the latest technological developments means that content providers such as ourselves are now able to close deals at fair margins with a much wider spectrum of delivery networks while providing a unique and totally 'Private' consumer experience.

"All in all, I am confident that we can look forward to substantially improved results this year thanks to increased revenues from DVDs, Internet and broadcasting, coupled with better margins and reductions in SG&A," Mr. Milton concluded.

Year-end 2004 Financial Highlights
(In thousands of euro,
except per share amounts) Year ended
December 31,
2004 2003
Revenue 35,612 38,491
Net Income (loss) 238 (570)
Weighted average common and common equivalent
shares outstanding:
Basic 50,136,203 43,493,163
Diluted 52,377,163 n/a
Net income per common and common equivalent
Basic 0.00 (0.02)
Diluted 0.00 (0.02)

About Private Media Group

With its 40 year track record, Private is a leading global adult entertainment company that distributes its content over a wide range of media platforms, including narrow and broadband Internet, DVD and video, magazines, broadcasting and wireless technologies. It owns the worldwide rights to the largest archive of high quality adult content in the world, which it physically distributes in over 40 countries.


This release contains, in addition to historical information, forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which reflect the Company's current judgments of those issues. However, because those statements are forward-looking and apply to future events, they are subject to such risks and uncertainties, which could lead to results materially different than anticipated by the Company.

For further information please contact
Alejandra Moore Mayorga
Tel +34 91 531 23 88
www. private .com

Source: Private Media Group Inc.

CONTACT: Alejandra Moore Mayorga of Private Media Group Inc.,
+34 91 531 23 88,

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'DukesFest' Reunites Cast Members and Fans for 2005 Celebration of the Original Hit Series 'The Dukes of Hazzard'

'DukesFest' Reunites Cast Members and Fans for 2005 Celebration of the Original Hit Series 'The Dukes of Hazzard'

Ben Jones, Catherine Bach, John Schneider and Shooter Jennings to Appear

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- When the folks from Hazzard County put on a shindig, they don't mess around. An annual gathering for "Dukes of Hazzard" lovers, CMT DukesFest 2005 could bring as many as 50,000 folks to Tennessee's Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway over the weekend of June 4-5, 2005.

Ben Jones, who played "Cooter," Hazzard County's ace mechanic, says that the show is having "a phenomenal resurgence of popularity."

"When CMT brought the show back on the air in February, it took off like the General Lee. We have become a hit among the youngsters again. The kids think it is a new show, and they love it as much as their parents did," adds Jones.

CMT will sponsor this year's festivities, billed as "A Celebration of America's Family Show." Jones will co-host the event, along with Catherine Bach (aka "Daisy Duke"), John Schneider, who starred as "Bo Duke," and other members of the original cast. In addition to appearances of the show's stars, DukesFest will feature stunt shows performed by the original "Dukes" stunt drivers, two days of country music, a major Mopar show featuring two days of world class drag racing at the Bristol Dragway and a cruise-in featuring scores of "General Lees."

Special features will include a parade of the "General Lees" around the famed Bristol Motor Speedway half-mile track, and an attempt by stuntman Corey Eubanks to top his record jump in 2004. Fans will be able to cruise the Speedway in a General Lee by making a contribution to Special Olympics. There will also be a special children's activity area.

A musical tribute to the show's narrator, the late Waylon Jennings, will be headlined by his son Shooter Jennings.

"We feel that CMT has done America's families a great service by bringing the 'Dukes of Hazzard' to their network," Jones says. "And DukesFest will have fun for the whole family. Y'all come!"

"The Dukes of Hazzard" airs weeknights on CMT at 7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT (repeats at 11:00 PM-12:00 Midnight).

Advance tickets for DukesFest are $15 for a single day or $25 for a two- day pass. Children under 10 and military personnel with ID are admitted free of charge. Tickets for DukesFest are available online at or by calling Cooter's Place 865-430-9909 or the BMS ticket office at 423-764-1161.

About DukesFest

DukesFest was established by Ben "Cooter" Jones in 2001. Originally held in Sperryville, VA, unprecedented success forced the event to move to Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway in Bristol, TN in 2004. Since its inception, DukesFest has hosted more than 65,000 enthusiasts and become the annual gathering for "Dukes of Hazzard" lovers.

About CMT

CMT, America's No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 77.1 million households in the United States. Go to country music's biggest web site at

Source: DukesFest

CONTACT: Sarah Margulies, +1-703-534-4600,, for
DukesFest; or Amanda Murphy of CMT, +1-615-335-8408,

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GE Television Commercial Presented First Ever Award for Advertising From the Anthology Film Archives

GE Television Commercial Presented First Ever Award for Advertising From the Anthology Film Archives

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- "Images," the latest television commercial created by BBDO New York as part of GE's "imagination at work" campaign, was presented the first ever award for advertising at the Anthology Film Archives' 14th Annual Film Preservation Honors Dinner, held earlier this week. The commercial highlights an image produced by a revolutionary 3-D medical imaging device from GE Healthcare and modestly adds it to the list of the most extraordinary images ever captured.

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"The decision to place the CT scanner in the context of the moving image was inspiring," said Robert Haller, Director of Special Projects for the Anthology Film Archives. "These are more than pictures of the world; they are pictures of the mind, and the heart." The evening's honorary committee was co-chaired by film director Martin Scorsese and Loews Cineplex President, Travis Reed.

"Images" showcases the revolutionary LightSpeed Volume CT scanner from GE Healthcare that captures images of the heart in astonishing detail and at a remarkable speed -- without the need for invasive diagnostics. In just five heartbeats, doctors get valuable information to help them diagnose heart disease.

The award-winning commercial features some of the most iconic images in history and graphically represents man's greatest achievements in making pictures. These images include the first kiss on film, famous photos by stop- motion pioneer Harold Edgerton and what is thought to be the first x-ray. Many of the images were created by breakthrough technologies of the day including the time-lapse camera, the microscope and the satellite telescope. Also featured were pictures of some of the devices themselves, such as the camera obscura and the camera with which French chemist Joseph Niepce captured the first photographic image on metal in 1826.

Every television commercial in GE's 'imagination at work" campaign highlights a breakthrough product or service from one of GE's 11 businesses. The "Images" commercial debuted in January, during NBC's telecast of "The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards." GE's long-time agency, BBDO New York collaborated with Corbis visual solutions, Crew Cuts editing, Grasshopper digital imagery, David Horowitz Music Associates, Buzz editorial and photographer Dennis Manarchy in the production of this commercial.


Anthology Film Archives began awarding its Film Preservation Honors in 1992 to recognize the dedication and work of individuals and institutions who are the leaders of film and video preservation, and in promoting understanding of our film heritage.


GE (NYSE:GE) is a diversified technology, media and financial services company dedicated to creating products that make life better. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, television programming, and plastics, GE operates in more than 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at


BBDO New York is the headquarters of BBDO Worldwide, the second largest global agency network and the most awarded agency network in the world over the past six years according to The Gunn Report.

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PRN Photo Desk,
Source: GE; BBDO New York

CONTACT: Laurie Ben-Haim of BBDO New York, +1-212-459-6507,; or Jonathan Klein of GE, +1-203-373-2241,

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/K I L L K I L L K I L L -- Sean John/

/K I L L K I L L K I L L -- Sean John/

We are advised by Sean John that journalists and other readers should disregard the news release, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Sean John Take Canada By Storm, issued Tuesday, March 29 over PR Newswire, as it contained some erroneous information. Sean John said a revised release will be issued later today.

PRNewswire -- March 31

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OpenTV Appoints Technology Veteran Arata Hirao as General Manager, Representative Director of OpenTV Japan

OpenTV Appoints Technology Veteran Arata Hirao as General Manager, Representative Director of OpenTV Japan

SAN FRANCISCO and TOKYO, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- OpenTV Corp. (NASDAQ:OPTV), one of the world's leading interactive television companies, today announced the appointment of technology and broadband veteran Arata Hirao as general manager and representative director of OpenTV's Japanese operations. Drawing from his industry knowledge and experience, Hirao will help drive OpenTV's business growth in Japan.

Hirao brings nearly 30 years of experience to OpenTV from a wide variety of technology sectors including cable, broadband, mobile and internet computing, software and applications. Most recently, he served as president and representative director at Critical Path Japan, Inc. where he lead sales, streamlined operations and drove profitability for the hosted service solution company. Hirao also held key sales and management positions with Openwave Systems Japan Co. Ltd., Invisix Asia Pacific, Inc. and Nortel Networks Japan. At Nortel Japan, he developed the product marketing organization, served as vice president of technology services where he created a respected customer service organization, developed a channel program and was in charge of technology assessment for broadband on cable.

"It is with enthusiasm that we welcome Arata Hirao to OpenTV," said Michael Ivanchenko, OpenTV's senior vice president & managing director Asia Pacific. "His wealth of experience will help us immensely in further developing and realizing the full potential of our suite of digital TV products and services, and better serve the business needs of the Japanese technology, broadband and cable markets. Arata-san will be instrumental in driving OpenTV sales and partnerships throughout Japan."

About OpenTV

OpenTV is one of the world's leading interactive television companies. Deployed in over 50 million digital set-top-boxes in 96 countries, the company's software enables a wide array of functionality, including enhanced television, interactive shopping, interactive and addressable advertising, games and gaming, personal video recording, and a variety of consumer care and communication applications. For more information, please visit

Cautionary Language Regarding Forward-Looking Information

The foregoing information may contain "forward-looking statements" -- that is, statements that relate, in some way, to future events or that could possibly lead a reader to infer certain facts. There are many uncertainties associated with these statements, and we do not intend to suggest any inferences based simply on the information in this release. We discuss many risks associated with our business in documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which readers are urged to obtain and review. We do not undertake to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

Source: OpenTV, Inc.

CONTACT: Marc McCarthy of OpenTV, +1-415-962-5111, or

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It's All Shiny And New

It's All Shiny And New

VH1 Premieres/Encores For The Week Of April 1 - April 7 2005

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Check out all of the brand new premieres headed to VH1 and VH1 Classic this week:

On Friday, April 1

"VH1 Blender Present: The 40 Hottest Rock Star Girlfriends...and Wives" Carmen Electra. Heidi Klum. Liv Tyler. They're some of the hottest, sexiest women around-and you can't date them. Why not? Because you're not a rock star. Everyone knows guys become musicians for one reason-hot women. And everyone knows the hottest of the hot women end up becoming rock star girlfriends ... or wives. In this two-hour special, VH1 will countdown the hottest of the rock star girlfriends and wives, from sizzling Pam Anderson to legendary Bebe Buell.

(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

"Best Week Ever"

This week in pop culture: McDonald's rap, 5 Good Reasons to Watch Wrestle- Mania, Madonna and Guy Ritchie dress up and more.

(Premieres at 11:00 p.m.)

On Saturday, April 2 "Green Day Storytellers American Idiot: Uncut"

The punk trio of Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tre Cool perform all 13 songs from their Grammy Award winning album American Idiot. The band also fields questions from a group of devoted fans and tells the stories behind their songs.

(Premieres at 10:00 p.m.)

On Sunday, April 3
"Surreal Life"

After an afternoon trip to the racetrack, where Chyna Doll experiences her own version of "Pretty Woman" with Marcus, the cast returns to the house and discovers that they've walked into the set of Dirty Laundry. Personal laundry is aired, like Chris and Adrianne's romance, Da Brat's views on Jane's career, and the Chyna Doll/Sean debacle.

(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

On Sunday, April 3
"Strange Love"

Vegas. They arrive at the Hard Rock and discover a suite full of gifts. They go gambling and to a strip club, but they bicker over flirting with other people. Brigitte gives a guy chips. Flavor gets a lap dance. The next morning, they have breakfast in the room and then a couple's massage. They have a conversation about their relationship where Flav tells her that Mattia is only after her for her money. At dinner, Flav tells Brigitte to move to Vegas. He wants to have a child with her. They go gambling; Flav snaps at Brigitte (he doesn't like to be touched while gambling) and she goes to bed alone. He stays up and loses all his money.

(Premieres at 9:30 p.m.)

Monday, April 4
"All Access: Celebrity Showdown 2"

You know them; you love them and now you can witness the battle between the rich and notorious in a wild hour of celebrity showdowns.

(Premieres at 9:00 p.m.)

"Love Lounge"
Today's topic is A Girl's Guide To Getting It On.
(Premieres at 11:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, April 5
"All Access: Paris' Most Shocking"

Paris was born stinking rich. Nothing wrong with that. She's also beautiful, famous and a hell of a lot smarter than you think. But Paris' greatest skill is her uncanny ability to shock the pants off of just about everyone, including herself. From her infamous sex video to the mysterious bruises all over her body, the only thing predictable about Paris is her unpredictability. It's time to sit back and explore all the outrageous things that make Paris the kind of girl you can't get enough of.

(Premieres at 10:00 p.m.)

"Love Lounge"
Today's topic is High Fidelity.
(Premieres at 11:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, April 6
"Love Lounge"
Today's topic is Love For Sale.
(Premieres at 11:00 p.m.)

Thursday, April 7
"Love Lounge"
Today's topic is Bedroom Etiquette.
(Premieres at 11:00 p.m.)


VH1 Classic's two-hour "ROCK AND ROLL FANTASY CAMP" block premiering Saturday, April 2 at 9:00 pm, captures artist interviews at this now annual event that lets grown-ups act out their rock star dreams for a week by learning the basics of rock and roll performing from some of the music industry's masters.

VH1 Classic's two-hour presentation includes sage advice from this year's world-class "camp counselors" including: Roger Daltrey, Nils Lofgren (E Street Band), Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band), Jane Wieldin (The Go Go's), Bret Michaels (Poison), Jon Anderson (Yes), Simon Kirke (Bad Company), Jack Blades (Night Ranger), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Colin Hay (Men At Work) and Bruce Kulick (former KISS guitarist).

*all times ET/PT

Contacts: Michelle Clark/VH1

Ariana Urbont/MTVN

Source: VH1

CONTACT: Michelle Clark of VH1, +1-212-846-5576, or Ariana Urbont of
MTVN, +1-310-752-8079

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Weekly Guide to New Episodes of 'The Surreal Life' and 'Strange Love'

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome to your weekly guide to new episodes of "The Surreal Life" and "Strange Love."

"The Surreal Life" -- The worlds of seven pop culture originals collide as they learn to live too close for comfort in a plush Hollywood mansion.

Episode #409: "Dirty Laundry" Sunday 04/03 @ 9PM*

After an afternoon trip to the racetrack, where Chyna Doll experiences her own version of "Pretty Woman" with Marcus, the cast returns to the house and discovers that they've walked into the set of Dirty Laundry. Personal laundry is aired, like Chris and Adrianne's romance, Da Brat's views on Jane's career, and the Chyna Doll/Sean debacle.

"Strange Love" -- A "surreal" affair grows into "strange love" as VH1 reunites Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav to rekindle their love in their very own series.

Episode #109: "Flav Can't Lose" Sunday 04/03 @ 9:30PM

Vegas. They arrive at the Hard Rock and discover a suite full of gifts. They go gambling and to a strip club, but they bicker over flirting with other people. Brigitte gives a guy chips. Flavor gets a lap dance. The next morning, they have breakfast in the room and then a couple's massage. They have a conversation about their relationship where Flav tells her that Mattia is only after her for her money. At dinner, Flav tells Brigitte to move to Vegas. He wants to have a child with her. They go gambling; Flav snaps at Brigitte (he doesn't like to be touched while gambling) and she goes to bed alone. He stays up and loses all his money.

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Buena Vista Moves Release Date for Touchstone Pictures' 'Dark Water' Up One Month to July 8th

Buena Vista Moves Release Date for Touchstone Pictures' 'Dark Water' Up One Month to July 8th

LOS ANGELES, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Touchstone Pictures' chilling new psychological thriller, "Dark Water," will now open on July 8th, one month ahead of its previously scheduled release date, it was announced today (March 31) by Chuck Viane, president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution. The film, starring Academy Award(R)-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, and helmed by acclaimed director Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries"), is produced by Bill Mechanic, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison. Based on a film by the creators of the Japanese version of "The Ring," "Dark Water" also stars Oscar(R) nominees John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Pete Postelthwaite, along with Dougray Scott, and Camryn Manheim. Rafael Yglesias wrote the screenplay. Angelo Badalamenti ("Mulholland Drive," "A Very Long Engagement") composed the score.

Commenting on the announcement, Viane said, "After viewing a recent cut of 'Dark Water,' we were completely blown away by this amazing and powerful film. We felt that it had tremendous across-the-board appeal, and every potential to become one of the big summer films. A July release date seemed like the ideal time to reach the widest possible audience. This film stands apart from the competition, and Jennifer Connelly gives a terrific performance. It has an engaging and intelligent script, great direction, and performances that set it apart from most other films in this genre. Summer moviegoers from teens to adults are going to love 'Dark Water' and July 8th is the perfect playdate."

Directed by acclaimed director Walter Salles, "Dark Water" is a psychological thriller about a young mother who goes to extreme lengths to solve a mystery and protect her daughter. Dahlia Williams (Jennifer Connelly) is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment. She's determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation disintegrates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new apartment -- dilapidated, cramped, and worn -- seems to take on a life of its own. Mysterious noises, persistent leaks of dark water, and strange happenings cause her imagination to run wild, sending her on a puzzling and mystifying pursuit to find out who is behind the endless mind games. As Dahlia frantically searches for the links between the riddles, the dark water seems to close in around her. But one thing trumps all others in Dahlia's world: no matter what it is that's out there, she'll stop at nothing to find it.

For More Information
Dennis Rice
Senior Vice President, Publicity
Buena Vista Pictures Marketing

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Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Sean John Taking Canada by Storm

Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs and Sean John Taking Canada by Storm

Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs launched Sean John in Montreal and Toronto, bringing the hottest clothing line to the Canadian Man

TORONTO, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Sean John, the world's fastest growing line of sportswear for men, has officially invaded Canada. Aided by appearances by Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Sean John hit Montreal, Quebec, on March 28th and Toronto, Ontario, on March 29th. In both cities, Mr. Combs conducted several interviews with various media outlets, appeared on local television programs, and met with key retailers in the area.

The Canada tour was meant to bolster sales in the region. Sean John currently sells mostly at independent boutiques and at many of the best athletic chains in the country, such as Athlete's World, Footlocker, and the premiere men's store, The Sporting Life.

While in Canada, Mr. Combs appeared on Musique Plus and Much Music, the region's equivalents to MTV's "TRL." He also spoke with several key Canadian publications, such as Macleans Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and Flare Magazine. In the retail area, Mr. Combs met with David Margolis, President of department store Les Ailes de la Mode. Additionally, two lucky contest winners received a chance to meet with Mr. Combs.

To conclude the Canada tour, Mr. Combs threw a party for over 500 lucky guests, including celebrity Joy Bryant and many others at Toronto hot spot Rosewater Supper Club. The action then moved on to Metro, where over 2000 locals showed up to party with Combs until the wee hours of the morning.

"Sean John's taking over Canada!" exclaimed Mr. Combs. "We've had the U.S. conquered for a while, now it's time for Canada."

About Sean John

Sean John, a privately held company, was created by music icon and producer Sean "P. Diddy" Combs and made its fashion debut with a men's sportswear collection for the Spring 1999 season. In 2004 Sean "P. Diddy" Combs for Sean John was honored by the Council of Fashion Designers of America as Men's Wear Designer of the Year. With annual retail sales in the United States of over $450 million, Sean John is sold in better department and specialty stores across the country as well as select retailers around the world. Recently, Combs partnered with Weld Wheels Industries and Weld Racing to introduce the Sean John Wheel Collection - a high-end, quality alternative to mainstream custom wheels.

About Sean "P. Diddy" Combs

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was recently declared "One of the Most Influential Businessmen in the World" by Time Magazine and CNN. As Chairman of Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group (BBWEG), he oversees one of the world's preeminent urban entertainment companies, encompassing a broad range of businesses including recording, music publishing, artist management, television and film production, recording facility, apparel and restaurants. With a collection of businesses whose annual sales are quickly approaching $500 million annually and an employee base of over 300, Mr. Combs is largely responsible for the popular appeal of urban entertainment. Formed in 1994, the flagship company of BBWEG is Bad Boy Records. In 2005, there will be releases from P. Diddy, Black Rob, and Biggie Duets. Other artists include B5, Boyz N Da Hood, Mase, Carl Thomas, 8Ball & MJG, Mario Winans, and promising up-and-coming artists such as Choppa from Da Band and Cheri Denis. Bad Boy recently moved to 1710 Broadway, New York, which will become the corporate headquarters housing all Combs' business entities.

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CONTACT: Hampton Carney, or Cullen Conly, both of Paul Wilmot
Communications, +1-212-206-7447; or Rob Shuter of Dan Klores PR,
+1-212-981-5235, all for Sean John

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We are advised by a representative of blinkx that journalists and other readers should disregard the news release, Reuters Signs Partnership With blinkx TV, issued yesterday, March 30, over PR Newswire.

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Jonathan D. Krane, Acclaimed Hollywood Producer, to Launch Eye-Opening Seminar On Film Production

Jonathan D. Krane, Acclaimed Hollywood Producer, to Launch Eye-Opening Seminar On Film Production

Event to Focus on Putting Attendees on the Right Track to a Successful Career In the Film Industry

PALM BEACH, Fla., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning Hollywood Motion Picture producer Jonathan D. Krane will conduct an in-depth seminar April 23 & 24 in Palm Beach County, Florida, that will go above and beyond the curricula of traditional educational institutions. Attendees will learn the five stages of film production and how they work together to achieve a successful production.

"What I teach in this seminar will bring an eye-opening understanding of the film industry," states Krane, a veteran producer of more than forty motion pictures with 25-plus years' experience. "It is the kind of information most learn after they attempt to get a film produced and realize they really don't have the necessary tools or know the ropes on how to be successful," Krane elaborates.

The seminar is open to members of the film industry, students and their parents, those aspiring to enter this exciting profession, and film buffs of all ages. Krane says, "All elements of the arts such as writing, producing, directing, acting, graphics, photography and associated disciplines come together in a motion picture. My seminar in South Florida," Krane adds, "will leave those attending the two-day event on a much enlightened path on how to achieve their goals, in an industry that embraces those who are 'hot' and is very unkind to those who are not."

The Krane Academy of Motion Pictures seminar will be held April 23-24 at Kravis Center and Muvico in West Palm Beach. The first 25 registrants will be invited to chat one-on-one with Krane for a 30-minute session. The first 100 registrants are invited to an exclusive wrap party at Resort Lounge. Limited scholarships and student discounts are available. Those interested may register by calling 888-JDKRANE.

About Krane Academy: The Krane Academy of Motion Pictures is based in Palm Beach County, Florida, and is dedicated to educating individuals with a passion for the movie industry. Jonathan D. Krane is a recipient of the Hollywood Visionary Award and Peoples' Choice Award. Krane has produced more than forty motion pictures in his illustrious career and managed many of the biggest stars in Hollywood.

For more information, contact: Reg Miller, Media and Public Relations Officer, at 561.622.5995,, .

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Entertainment Weekly to Feature Promosquad HitPredictor Information as New Music Chart

Entertainment Weekly to Feature Promosquad HitPredictor Information as New Music Chart

NEW YORK, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Entertainment Weekly, one of the nation's foremost sources for entertainment news and information, will feature promosquad HitPredictor's proprietary chart information in the magazine's expanded monthly music section, Listen2This. Promosquad HitPredictor, the music industry's leader in predictive song research, lists up-and-coming new music with hit potential. Their chart will run every month in Listen To This.

According to Jason Adams, a Senior Editor of Entertainment Weekly, "We'd been hearing from our readers that they were tiring of the same old charts and would be interested in one that predicted what's going to be hot. We're glad to be running Promosquad HitPredictor's chart and expect it to be a big hit with Listen To This readers."

"We are thrilled to be working with the staff at Entertainment Weekly and to be featured in their magazine," say HitPredictor's Guy Zapoleon and Rick Bisceglia. "It's a natural fit, having music fans determine what will be hot by participating in our research, and then being able to publish it for millions of their peers to see through a magazine as popular as Entertainment Weekly."

Promosquad HitPredictor has become the undisputed #1 brand of predictive music research in the nation, with charts also featured in Billboard magazine and the Billboard Radio Monitor. HitPredictor performs online predictive music research at their website with a huge nationwide database of music fans who rate songs, with results determining their "Hit" potential before they are released to the radio and retail.

Promosquad HitPredictor has predicted hundreds of hits over the past few years, with some of the most recent examples being "Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams", by Green Day, "That's What I Love About Sunday" by Craig Morgan, "Mr. Brightside" by the Killers, "Let Me Go" by 3 Doors Down, "Ordinary People" by John Legend, and "Let Me Love You" by Mario.

Many major and independent record companies, artists, and artist managers now utilize promosquad HitPredictor's music research as a regular and essential part of their rollout of new music. HitPredictor's results are incredibly accurate, and are used to guide labels in picking which singles to release to radio, and even on which artists to sign to record deals.

Entertainment Weekly, a winner of four National Magazine Awards (two for General Excellence, one for Design and one for Special Interest) is America's leading consumer magazine of entertainment and popular culture. The magazine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Time Inc., and has a guaranteed circulation rate base of 1.7 million reaching an audience of 10 million readers.

Source: Promosquad HitPredictor

CONTACT: Sarah Garvey, Entertainment Weekly, +1-212-522-6045; or Doug
Ford, promosquad HitPredictor, +1-518-792-8900

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Pathe Arena IMAX(R) Theatre in Amsterdam opens strong

Pathe Arena IMAX(R) Theatre in Amsterdam opens strong

First Multiplex-Based IMAX Theatre in The Netherlands Outperforms All Other Screens in the Country for Robots

TORONTO, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IMAX Corporation (NASDAQ: IMAX; TSX: IMX) today announced that the newly opened IMAX(R) theatre in Amsterdam, operated by Pathe Netherlands, the leading commercial exhibitor in The Netherlands, posted impressive box office performance in its first week of operation. The theatre has the top-performing screen in the country for Twentieth Century Fox's Robots, surpassing the second highest grossing screen by approximately 43 per cent. Robots: The IMAX Experience has been converted into IMAX's format with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology, and during Pathe Netherlands' opening week, its single IMAX theatre grossed approximately 8.6 per cent of the total box office receipts for the film in The Netherlands.

"We are very encouraged by the early performance of our new IMAX theatre and impressed by the great consumer response to The IMAX Experience(R)," said Lauge Nielsen, Managing Director of Pathe Netherlands. "The new IMAX theatre has considerably increased attendance at our Amsterdam multiplex this past week, with moviegoers happy and willing to pay an extra four dollars to experience Robots in IMAX's format. We look forward to the weeks ahead and offering audiences future digitally re-mastered IMAX releases."

The Pathe ArenA IMAX theatre features IMAX(R) MPX(TM) technology, which was specifically designed to make it easier and more cost effective for commercial exhibitors to enter the IMAX business. The retrofitted IMAX theatre opened to the public on March 24th, a mere seven weeks after the agreement was signed. Preliminary exit poll research shows that audiences are very satisfied with the high quality of The IMAX Experience and perceive it as an added value. Additionally, more than 73 per cent of those surveyed indicated they came to the Pathe ArenA multiplex especially to visit the IMAX theatre.

"We are very pleased with the successful debut of the first IMAX theatre in Amsterdam and excited to be working with Pathe Netherlands, the leading commercial exhibitor in the country," said IMAX Co-CEOs and Co-Chairmen Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "Moviegoers around the world are turning out in large numbers to experience blockbuster movies in IMAX's format, which is driving incremental revenues for both Hollywood studios and IMAX theatre operators. The Pathe ArenA IMAX theatre is one of our most important locations in Europe, and we believe its strong opening bodes well for further development of the commercial IMAX theatre network on the continent."

Robots: The IMAX Experience has posted solid box office returns and been well received by moviegoers since being released in the United States on March 11th. The film has now grossed more than $4.3 million in 58 North American IMAX theatres, for a cumulative per screen average of nearly $75,000. In total, Robots has now grossed more than $90 million domestically.

About Pathe Netherlands

Pathe Netherlands is part of EuroPalaces, Europe's leading cinema exhibition company. In the Netherlands, Pathe operates 12 cinemas with 100 screens. Over the years, Pathe has established itself as a very strong brand with consumer awareness levels of over 90%. Consistent quality in product, projection and service has made Pathe the market leader.

About IMAX Corporation

Founded in 1967, IMAX Corporation is one of the world's leading entertainment technology companies and the newest distribution window for Hollywood films. IMAX delivers the world's best cinematic presentations using proprietary IMAX, IMAX(R) 3D, and IMAX DMR technology. IMAX DMR (Digital Re- mastering) makes it possible for virtually any 35mm film to be transformed into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The IMAX brand is recognized throughout the world for extraordinary and immersive entertainment experiences. As of December 31, 2004, there were 248 IMAX theatres operating in more than 35 countries.

IMAX(R), IMAX(R) 3D, IMAX DMR(R), IMAX(R) MPX(TM) and The IMAX Experience(R) are trademarks of IMAX Corporation. More information on the Company can be found at

This press release contains forward looking statements that are based on management's assumptions and existing information and involve certain risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from future results expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Important factors that could affect these statements include the timing of theatre system deliveries, the mix of theatre systems shipped, the timing of the recognition of revenues and expenses on film production and distribution agreements, the performance of films, the viability of new businesses and products, and fluctuations in foreign currency and in the large format and general commercial exhibition market. These factors and other risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2003 and in the subsequent reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Source: IMAX Corporation

CONTACT: Media: IMAX Corporation, New York, Romi Schutzer,
(212) 821-0144,; Pathe: Publicity Company,
Amsterdam, Trix van Alphen, 020-6127000,; Entertainment
Media: Newman & Company, Los Angeles, Al Newman, (310) 278-1560,; Analysts: IMAX Corporation, New York, Cheryl Cramer,
(212) 821-0121,; Business Media: Sloane & Company, New
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Autodesk Launches Toxik: New Creative and Collaborative Software for Feature Film Visual Effects

Autodesk Launches Toxik: New Creative and Collaborative Software for Feature Film Visual Effects

Groundbreaking Solution for Multi-Artist Film Studio and Post-Production Pipelines

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Autodesk(R) Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) today announced Autodesk Toxik(TM), collaborative compositing software for the creation of digital visual effects. Featuring advanced creative tools as well as integrated, enterprise-level collaboration, Toxik brings new capabilities to feature film production -- a market that is demanding increasingly sophisticated levels of creativity, collaboration and image processing quality. Redefining the way visual effects are created, managed and shared, Toxik will be shown publicly at the National Association of Broadcasters' Convention (NAB) in Las Vegas, April 18-21, 2005.

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"Sophisticated film pipelines are the technological backbone through which filmmakers can realize their most creative and complex ideas," said Carl Bass, COO of Autodesk. "With Toxik, Autodesk is charting a new course for the creativity behind film visual effects, and is designing a new way for digital artists to work together on film post-production."

In essence, a visual effects film pipeline is a finely tuned assembly line in which teams of specialized artists create individual elements that are amassed into the final scene. Toxik's collaborative engine offers a way to manage this complexity and automate time-consuming data management tasks to quickly deliver superior digital imagery.

Martin Vann, vice president of Autodesk's Media and Entertainment Division, said, "Our goal is to enable filmmakers to turn their most creative ideas into reality. For this reason, we've developed Toxik from the ground up, with extensive input from industry leaders around the world. The growing complexity of filmmaking clearly indicates the need for an integrated, procedural, multi-user compositing technology that complements our single-user, Academy Award(R)-winning visual effects systems like Discreet(R) Inferno(R) and Discreet Flame(R). Toxik fulfills this need."

Toxik software has been shaped by feedback from 28 beta sites, including: Weta Digital (New Zealand) -- best known for its Academy Award(R)-winning visual effects work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Condor (Amsterdam), Moving Picture Company (UK), Lumiq Studios (Italy), Eclair Laboratoires (France), Imagica Corp. (Japan) and Asylum (USA). Toxik is ideal for film studios and post-production facilities that require an efficient production pipeline in which multiple compositors work together on projects that call for high-resolution, high bit-depth and procedural advanced compositing capabilities.

Matteo Eleni, Inferno artist at Lumiq Studios, said, "With Toxik, Autodesk has once again put together the useful and the creative; the result is collaboration. Collaboration is at the very heart of creativity."

Dr. Jon Peddie, principal analyst at Jon Peddie Research (Tiburon, CA) -- the leading multimedia market research firm, said, "The demands for increased complexity and creativity have fueled a shift in the last 30 years from physical 'in-camera' visual effects to post-production based digital effects. For example, the original 1977 Star Wars had only one-fifth the technical credits compared to last year's blockbuster Spider-Man 2. Autodesk Toxik software is pioneering technology that tackles the new realities for filmmaking head on by providing a creative toolset in a no-compromise software architecture."

Jeroen Schulte, head of 2D systems at Condor (Amsterdam), said, "Advanced systems such as Flame have always provided a powerful core to our business. They're tuned systems that let us work interactively with clients to produce stellar imagery. Toxik solves some of the new challenges we've been facing at Condor, like having the flexibility to deal with large scale projects for which the facility processes mass amounts of content in a short period of time. Autodesk is unique in being able to provide both the 'hero seat' and the multiple-user compositing software necessary for our business to grow."

Since Toxik is a software-based product, it can be rapidly deployed on a number of standard PCs to augment interactive systems. Toxik's centralized project management enables users to be immediately productive, eliminating the delays associated with sequential compositing.

Phil Brennam, Asylum's lead compositing artist, said, "Toxik is the most innovative new compositing product to hit the market in many years. Toxik's project structure allows the artist to remain focused on the creative while the database tracks your every change." Tommy Hooper, director of technology at Asylum, elaborated, "Until Toxik, no compositing software had addressed the problems of versioning -- the tracking of dependencies between multiple elements that change over time. This used to be such a time consuming, error-prone process, but Toxik's powerful embedded database takes care of that, so projects get done faster. With its extensive Python-based scripting, we can easily integrate Toxik into our pipeline, functioning as a powerful, distributed software pipeline."

Designed with a creative user in mind, Toxik's image processing capabilities are built around its Ultra-High Resolution Interaction and High Dynamic Range Imagery (HDRI) core, allowing users to work interactively and intuitively with virtually any visual media, regardless of bit-depth or image size. Toxik also features: Reaction, Autodesk's next-generation 3D environment for interactive compositing; Suave, a high-quality software renderer; and an entirely new user interface (UI) paradigm called "Touch UI." The advanced, patent-pending components of the Touch UI's gestural interface keep the artist's focus on the creative task at hand by providing creative tools and options in context, and optimizing flow through the various UI elements. The Touch UI scales to even the highest-resolution modern displays.

Key Features in Toxik

-- Creative tools: Advanced compositing toolset for visual effects creation, including tracking, keying, HDRI and standard color correction and rotoscoping tools

-- Enterprise collaboration: Simultaneous multi-user access to centralized media and meta-data; composition versioning

-- Ultra High-Resolution Interaction: Fast display and fluid manipulation of extremely large images (4K, 8K, even 21K+)

-- Reaction: Autodesk's next-generation 3D compositing environment

-- Suave: Reaction's 32-bit float, high-quality, HDR-capable software renderer

-- Touch UI: A unique gestural user interface for fast on-screen compositing interaction

-- Highly-optimized, 32-bit float and 16-bit half-float HDR processing pipeline

-- Efficient, node-based procedural compositing system with advanced animation capabilities

-- Flexible, modular software architecture, comprehensive API and full Python scripting capabilities for superior facility integration, process automation and workflow customization

Configuration, Pricing and Availability

Toxik is designed to extract the maximum performance from Intel(R)-based workstations and the NVIDIA(R) Quadro(R) FX series of graphics cards for Windows-based operating systems. North American pricing for one Toxik creative seat with supporting collaboration infrastructure is $9,000 USD. Toxik 1.0 begins shipping worldwide in mid-April 2005 (at NAB). For further information visit

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With six million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, digital media, and wireless data services fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage, and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency, and maximizing profits.

Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California. For additional information about Autodesk, please visit

* In 1998, Gary Tregaskis, Dominique Boisvert, Philippe Panzini and
Andre Leblanc were awarded the Scientific and Engineering Award from the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the design, development
and implementation of Autodesk's Discreet Inferno and Discreet Flame

NOTE: Autodesk, Discreet, Inferno, Flame and Toxik are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. Academy Award is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

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New Basic Tier from Canal Digital

New Basic Tier from Canal Digital

FORNEBU, Norway, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Canal Digital's cable TV customers will receive five more channels in their basic tier. The newcomers are: Disney Channel, The Voice, Star!, Showtime and BBC World.

"Our cable TV customers have told us what they would like to see in the new basic tier. Canal Digital Kabel TV has conducted comprehensive surveys to form the basis for the wide selection of TV channels in the basic tier. The surveys indicate that the Norwegian channels are the most essential, with Swedish channels also figuring prominently, while interest in specialist channels focusing on documentary, nature and culture appears to be increasing. With these five new channels Canal Digital is strengthening the cable TV market's best basic tier," says Svein Erik Davidsen, Managing Director of Canal Digital Norway.

The Disney Channel, catering for children and families, is entirely commercial-free and broadcasts classic and new films as well as series. The Voice is a music channel that promotes Norwegian artists and pop music and international hits from all over the world. Star! is an entertainment channel that follows the stars of the fashion, music and film worlds, both on stage and backstage. The film channel Showtime broadcasts action movies, thrillers and science fiction movies from the big film studios. BBC World, the international news channel, will no longer be limited to the Bergen area, it will now be available for all of Canal Digital's approximately 400,000 cable TV customers in Norway.

Canal Digital has developed a new method for channel selection. Direct selection from content categories, which was used in 2002, has been replaced by comprehensive surveys among a representative cross-section of Canal Digital's customers, an approach that Canal Digital will continue to use in the foreseeable future.

Previously, channel selection was conducted every 2-3 years, and all customer households were given the opportunity to respond. Participation in this selection process dropped dramatically, and during the last selection round only 27 per cent of the households took part. Those who did respond were only to a limited degree representative of the customer group.

The new basic tier is the result of a number of initiatives that together make up the channel selection. Last autumn, several surveys were conducted to chart the popularity of the various categories and TV channels. This year new channels have been broadcast and tested. Based on customer response from different market surveys, Canal Digital Kabel TV has drawn up a recommended basic tier, which was tested in a comprehensive study conducted by MMI Univero. 77 per cent of the participants in this survey said they were satisfied with the recommended basic tier.

The recommended basic tier now consists of NRK1, NRK2, TV2, TVNorge, Local TV, TV3, SVT1, SVT2, TV4, Showtime/Star!, Animal Planet, The Voice, BBC World, Eurosport, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel and the Disney Channel. In addition, customers will also receive an information channel showing news, programming information and other useful information from Canal Digital Kabel TV and Visningskanalen, which broadcasts new TV channels.

Based on feedback from customers, the above-mentioned channels will now be invited to join the new basic tier, which is due for launch on 1 July. Disney Channel will not be available until 1 August, due to rights issues. Star! and Showtime will share a channel between them, with Showtime broadcasting action movies in the evenings. National Geographic will be available in the areas where TVNorge and local TV share the same frequency.

For more information please contact:

Ingrid Schiefloe, Information Officer, Canal Digital, tel.: (+47) 951-56-977


Canal Digital Norge AS is Norway's leading TV distributor and a subsidiary of Canal Digital AS, a holding company, which is a wholly-owned Telenor company. All of Telenor's TV distribution via cable, satellite and smaller independent cable networks are gathered under one organisation. Approximately 1 million Norwegian households, directly or indirectly, receive TV signals from Canal Digital Norge. Canal Digital distributes 80 TV channels and 20 music channels, as well as games and interactive services. Canal Digital Norge has its headquarters at Fornebu, Norway.

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Milagro Entertainment Acquires the Film and Television Rights to 'Mail Order Murder'

Milagro Entertainment Acquires the Film and Television Rights to 'Mail Order Murder'

LAS VEGAS, March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Milagro Entertainment, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Milagro Holdings, Inc. (MLGH) is pleased to announce that it has acquired the Film and Television rights to the book titled "Mail Order Murder" from the writer Patricia Springer.

This is the continuance of a well-developed plan for Milagro in acquiring rights and building assets that will ultimately be the platform that will give Milagro a strong foothold within the Film and Television Industry. We feel that this Novel is a strong candidate to be developed into a Feature Film and feel privileged that such an established author like Patricia Springer would choose Milagro to adapt her writings into a Feature Film said Stephen Brown, Pres/CEO.

Mail Order Murder is based upon the true story of Jack Reeves who for seventeen years this rogue killer -- a man his own father called "a killing machine" -- had been getting away with murder. Now, because two detectives went above and beyond the call of duty, a jury would hear the horrific story of mail-order marriages and dead wives...before sending a remorseless wife killer to prison for ninety-nine years.

About Milagro Entertainment, Inc.

Milagro Entertainment, Inc. is dedicated to producing quality product for Television and Film. Milagro Entertainment is constantly seeking out new projects while developing existing projects and leveraging rights to literary and real-life adaptations.

About Patricia Springer.

Patricia Springer is a critically acclaimed Novelist and has had Eight Novels published.

This press release does in no way constitute a reason to purchase the stock of MLGH as the company cannot predict the outcome to be a success. Forward-looking statements and comments in this press release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements relating to, among other things, the prospects for the companies to complete the transactions and enhance the operating results, are necessarily subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which are significant in scope and nature. These risks may be further discussed in periodic reports and registration statements to be filed by the company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission in the future.

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Veteran Newsman Terry Ruggles Named Co-Anchor of 'NBC 10 News Today'

Veteran Newsman Terry Ruggles Named Co-Anchor of 'NBC 10 News Today'

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- NBC 10 is proud to announce that Terry Ruggles, the man who has been reporting stories for thirty years, will now co-anchor NBC 10 News Today (Monday-Friday, 5 to 7 AM). He joins the morning news team with co-anchor Dawn Timmeney and Meteorologist Bill Henley. Ruggles replaces long-time colleague and news anchor Steve Levy who plans to leave the station in June to pursue new opportunities. Besides his anchor duties, Ruggles will continue to contribute reports on NBC 10 News at 4, 5 and 6 PM.

"While I love street reporting, we live in a fast-paced world where it's important for people to be prepared with today's news, and as an anchor, I'm happy to have the opportunity to present it to them," says Ruggles.

In his long tenure in the Philadelphia market, Ruggles has covered a variety of stories from local politics, the infamous MOVE event, and the 9/11 tragedy. Ruggles has traveled to England, Germany, Haiti and Saudi Arabia to get the local angles to international stories. In 1993, Ruggles was named the WCAU-TV New Jersey reporter. During that time, he was responsible for covering the Garden State from Trenton to the shores of Cape May Point.

He joined WCAU in 1974 as a general assignment reporter. Shortly after that, he co-anchored the weekend news and reported the weather. After his tour of duty in the Army, Ruggles began his television career at WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, reporting news and sports. In 1972, he joined WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he co-anchored the news and hosted a weekly news program. While serving in the Army from 1968 to '71, he was chief of the television division at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indiana where he managed all video facilities on the post. In 1965, he worked in radio at WTVN-AM in Columbus, Ohio. He landed his first radio broadcast position in 1963 at WCUE-AM in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where he was a sports reporter and worked in production.

"Through his years of delivering journalistic excellence, Terry has gained the reputation of being trustworthy and well-respected by his peers and viewers alike," says News Vice President Chris Blackman. "He'll be a great addition to the morning news team - giving viewers another reason to turn to NBC 10."

Ruggles graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in education.

He and his wife Mary Jane reside in South Jersey and are the parents of two children.

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Buzztime(R) to Debut Multiplayer Billiards Game for Cable ITV at the National Cable Television Association Show

Buzztime(R) to Debut Multiplayer Billiards Game for Cable ITV at the National Cable Television Association Show

Buzztime(R) Billiards Uses Buzztime's Enhanced Play-Along TV(R) Technology With Virtual Game Tables for Real-Time Head-to-Head Competitions.

CARLSBAD, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Buzztime Entertainment, Inc., the Play-Along Television(TM) community and a subsidiary of NTN Communications, Inc. (AMEX:NTN), announces the debut of multiplayer Buzztime(R) Billiards .- its second iTV game offering to use the enhanced Buzztime Play-Along TV(R) Technology. With virtual game tables for real-time head-to-head competitions, Buzztime Billiards offers players three classic pool game format options: "8-Ball", "9-Ball" and "Cutthroat". The new multiplayer game allows pool sharks to play in real-time against other digital cable subscribers within their home, across town and across the country(TM), using only their digital cable set-top box and remote control to play along. Buzztime will demonstrate multiplayer Buzztime Billiards in their booth (#40, GameNET Pavilion) at the National Cable Television Association Show April 3-5 in San Francisco.

The Company intends for Buzztime Billiards to be a fee-based product offering on digital cable TV where the operator and Buzztime share in the consumer subscription revenue. Buzztime will support the game's marketing launch through cross-promotion to its millions of players on the NTN iTV Network of over 3,600 restaurants and sports bars in North America.

"We believe that multiplayer games are one of the best ways to create loyal communities among cable customers and differentiate two-way cable from satellite," said Tyrone Lam, president and COO, Buzztime Entertainment. "Sitting on a couch playing 8-Ball on your TV against another digital cable subscriber while waiting for your show to begin represents what iTV gaming is all about."

Buzztime Billiards follows Buzztime Texas Hold'em as the second multiplayer game application to use Buzztime's enhanced Play-Along TV(R) Technology which places individual players at pool tables and forms new tables as needed. The player room technology is also designed to support future Buzztime multiplayer games. As with Buzztime Texas Hold'em, Buzztime Billiards is built on Scientific-Atlanta's PowerTV(R) with plans to port to other platforms.

Buzztime Billiards follows standard pool rules and asks players to call each shot. Buzztime's technology allows the maximum flexibility for aiming the pool cue, setting the "English," and creating a realistic, mathematically accurate simulation of ball collisions. Buzztime Billiards players can play against one other player in "8-Ball" or "9-Ball" and play against two other players in a game of "Cutthroat". All games have realistic sounds affects to enhance game play.

Besides playing head-to-head against other cable subscriber homes, players may play against others in their own home using Buzztime's Pass-the-Remote(TM) approach. Using their digital cable remote control to play along, players navigate the onscreen menus to access game functions, review individual win/loss records and access other performance statistics. A high scores board lists top player names with their rank and respective win percentages. A shot time clock and navigational shortcuts, such as pressing "0" at any time to reset the shot, help to move the game along.

About Buzztime Entertainment

Buzztime Entertainment, Inc., a subsidiary of NTN Communications, Inc. (AMEX:NTN), is the developer and distributor of Play-Along Television(TM) technology and programming. Buzztime Entertainment, Inc. develops Buzztime(R), the Play-Along TV(R) community for multiplayer games and competitions on digital cable featuring six channels of trivia games for players of all interests and ability levels. Buzztime's trivia and Play-Along TV sports games have been available to millions of players in restaurants and sports bars via the NTN iTV Network for almost 20 years. The company owns one of the world's largest databases of iTV trivia and operates an interactive broadcast studio where it produces multiplayer trivia game shows, live sports prediction games -- such as QB1(R) Predict the Play(R) football -- popular arcade and classic games across iTV, mobile and PC platforms. Buzztime Entertainment has agreements with Media General, Inc., Liberate Technologies, ICTV, Cadaco, Airborne Entertainment, DTI Software, the National Football League and others. Buzztime Entertainment's iTV studio and broadcast operations center are headquartered in Carlsbad, California. The company website is located at

This release contains forward-looking statements which reflect management's current views of future events and operations, including, but not limited to, statements pertaining to the availability of Buzztime Billiards on digital cable, the ability to deploy multiplayer products, technology and features, the ability to launch additional games as a premium service, are all based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks and uncertainties include the risk of changing economic conditions, failure of product demand or market acceptance of both existing and new products, delays in closing of sales or agreements, unforeseen and uncontrollable increases in expenses or costs and the impact of competitive products and pricing. Other important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements are discussed in the "Risk Factors" section and other sections of NTN's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2004, which is on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based on information available to us on the date hereof. These statements speak only as of the date hereof, and NTN does not undertake to publicly update or revise any of its forward-looking statements even if experience or future changes show that the indicated results or events will not be realized.

For further information, please contact:

Tyrone Lam, Buzztime Entertainment, 760-930-1159 or

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Sirenza Microdevices Announces Production Release of New High Performance LDMOS Power Modules

Sirenza Microdevices Announces Production Release of New High Performance LDMOS Power Modules

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sirenza Microdevices (NASDAQ:SMDI), a leading designer and supplier of high-performance radio-frequency (RF) components for communications equipment manufacturers, today announced the production release of the SDM series of LDMOS power modules for wireless infrastructure applications. These LDMOS power modules operate in the frequency range of 800 and 900 MHz. The SDM08120 and SDM09120 both have gain of 15 dB and power handling capability of 120 Watts. Both modules use Sirenza's patented LDMOS semiconductor technology to provide outstanding performance characteristics. Each module also features internal electro-static discharge (ESD) protection.

John Pelose, vice president and general manager of Sirenza's Amplifier division, stated, "These high performance LDMOS power modules operate as drop-in power gain blocks in 50 ohm systems continuing Sirenza's tradition of leading-edge designs while maintaining rugged, reliable and robust operation as demanded by our customers." Pelose adds, "This set of LDMOS power modules also offer a cost competitive and highly repeatable power gain block solution."

The SDM Series is available for immediate shipment. More detailed information on these modules is available on our web site at

Sirenza Microdevices, Inc.

Headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., with design centers throughout the U.S., Sirenza Microdevices is a leading designer and an ISO 9001:2000 Quality Management System and ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System certified (registered by QMI) supplier of high performance radio frequency (RF) components for the commercial communications and aerospace and defense (A&D) equipment markets. Sirenza's integrated circuit (IC) and multi-chip module (MCM) product lines include amplifiers, power amplifiers, transceivers, tuners, discrete devices, RF signal processing components, signal source components, government and military specified components, and antennae and receivers for satellite radio. Detailed product information may be found on Sirenza's website at

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events. We wish to caution the reader that such statements are, in fact, predictions, and that actual events or results may differ materially. In particular, there is no assurance that Sirenza's release of these products will result in any significant revenue to Sirenza. Other risks are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission; particularly our most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K filed in March 2005.

NOTE: Sirenza Microdevices(R) and the Sirenza logo are trademarks of Sirenza Microdevices, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.


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Xinhua Finance Launches Japanese Financial News Radio Show on RADIO NIKKEI Network

Xinhua Finance Launches Japanese Financial News Radio Show on RADIO NIKKEI Network

TOKYO, March 31 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Xinhua Finance (TSE Mothers: 9399), China's premier financial services and media company, today announced that it will launch a weekly financial news radio show in Japanese on the prestigious Nikkei Radio Broadcasting Corporation (RADIO NIKKEI) network on April 3.

The 30-minute program, to be called "Xinhua Finance Information" and broadcast Sunday mornings at 9am with re-broadcast each Monday at 6:30am, will feature the latest financial news and commentary on China business as well as interviews with top China and Japanese business people on the situation in the China markets.

The news and commentary to be included in the show will be provided by Xinhua Finance's Finance News, Credit Ratings and Index Divisions. Xinhua Finance News has more than 150 financial journalists and analysts in China and across the world.

The show will be hosted by Professor You Senei of Tokai University, a respected commentator and journalist.

RADIO NIKKEI is a popular radio station in Japan, operated by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei) Group, with very high listener ratings amongst Japanese retail investors. The Xinhua Finance show will be broadcast over four media: 1st Channel of RADIO NIKKEI (Shortwave service), the RADIO NIKKEI channel by BS broadcasting service, on-demand basis through the RADIO NIKKEI website and the mobile satellite network, "MobaHO!"

Xinhua Finance CEO Fredy Bush said she is delighted to expand Xinhua Finance's cooperation with the Nikkei Group through the medium of radio.

"This program provides us with an opportunity to explain developments in China's fast-moving financial markets more fully to Japanese investors," Ms Bush said. "The program is also in line with Xinhua Finance's plans to move into the financial media space over the next year."

"It makes sense for Xinhua Finance to move into the media space, in order to leverage our products and services onto new platforms," Ms Bush added.

About Xinhua Finance Limited

Xinhua Finance Limited is China's premier financial services and media company, listed on the Mothers Board of the Tokyo Stock Exchange (symbol: 9399). The Company provides financial news and information, as well as a broad array of financial products and services unique to the China markets. Xinhua Finance provides real time coverage of Chinese and Asian equity markets, delivering an integrated platform of China-specific indices, financial news feeds, credit ratings, and investor relations services to global financial institutions and re-distributors via leased line, Internet, and satellite technology.

Founded in 1999, the Company is headquartered in Hong Kong and has 21 offices and 19 news bureaus across Asia, Australia, North America and Europe. For more information, see .

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Mr Sun Jiong
Tel: +81-3-3500-5328

Ms Joy Tsang
Tel: +852-3196-3983 or +852-9486-4364

The Ruth Group (PR Contact in the US)
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Source: Xinhua Finance

CONTACT: Ms Hu Ying of Xinhua PR Newswire, +86-10-6515-9449, or,; in Japan, Mr Sun Jiong, +81-3-3500-5328, or, in HK, Ms Joy Tsang, +852-3196-3983, or, +852-9486
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