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Thomson Adds AVI Systems to List of Product Resellers

To carry Grass Valley professional audio-visual (ProAV) equipment (December 17, 2004)

Broadening access to its expanding portfolio of Grass Valley brand equipment, Thomson, the world leader in integrated solutions (technologies, equipment and services) for the entertainment and media industries, today announced that AVI Systems, one of the largest U.S. system integrators and equipment dealers will now carry Grass Valley professional audio-visual (ProAV) equipment. The company will also install Grass Valley equipment as part of its system integration business.

The reseller agreement, which expands an existing pact between AVI and Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions in the traditional broadcast market, supports Thomsons initiative to bring to ProAV facilities such as corporate board rooms, educational production facilities, government training studios, and independent production companies a full line of cost-effective Grass Valley digital production equipment.

The total available market for ProAV products is more than 13 billion according to company estimates.

The Grass Valley ProAV products to be represented and marketed by AVI Systems include the M-Series intelligent video digital recorder (iVDR); KayakDD production switcher; PVTV integrated production systems; CameraMan 3-CCD Robotic Camera System; Acappella (16x4) and Concerto Series (64X64) routing switchers; WebSTATION video streaming system, and a full range of Gecko and Kameleon modular products.

?As a systems integrator, adding the Grass Valley product line broadens our access to the world-class products for which Thomson is known, and gives us the ability to offer a more robust solution to our clients, said Jeff Stoebner, vice president, sales and marketing, AVI Systems. ?We see a steady demand for Grass Valley technology across the country and are happy to be able to offer this comprehensive product line as an authorized reseller.

?Thomson is pleased to announce the addition of AVI Systems to our dealer channel network in the U.S., which will substantially increase our presence among professional A/V companies and in-house corporate video departments that want to produce high-quality events in the most cost-effective way, said Marc Valentin, president of Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions. ?We value our relationships with dealers around the world and this agreement with AVI Systems is one of the first to target the ProAV marketplace specifically. We are looking forward to a long and profitable partnership with them.

About AVI Systems
AVI Systems has 11 regional offices across the U.S., and has been in business since 1974 and is expecting to generate over $80 million in sales in fiscal year of 2004from combined operations of AVI Systems, AVI Midwest, and Televideo SD.

About Thomson
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) is the leading provider of technology and service solutions for integrated entertainment and media companies. By capitalizing on and expanding its leadership positions at the intersection of entertainment, media and technology, Thomson provides end-to-end solutions to content creators, video network operators, manufacturers and retailers through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, THOMSON and RCA brands. For more information:

Thomson's Video Network Solutions division develops video and film technologies, products and services sold to all major Hollywood studios, all major television, satellite, and cable broadcasters under the Technicolor and Grass Valley brand-names for the delivery of analog and digital entertainment. The division also includes Thomson's Broadband Access Products Business, which develops technologies and products for broadband and telecommunication networks to deliver digital entertainment and data to consumers and businesses.

For information about Grass Valley products from Thomson please visit


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