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Thomsons Grass Valley Shines During Academy Awards

Multi-format broadcast products play key roles in high-definition ABC event (February 28, 2005)

Grass Valley brand digital equipment from Thomson once again played a major supporting role in the Academy Awards presentation. Grass Valley acquisition and production product helped deliver last nights high-definition (HD) telecast on ABC. Grass Valley post-production products also enabled several high-profile films to look their best.

With the broadest line of acquisition, production, digital post-production, and networking technologies available, no other company touches more points of todays digital workflows than Thomson.

Handling last nights graphics-intensive 720p HD Oscar telecast was the veteran mobile truck company NEP Supershooters which used four 52-ft. multi-format production trucks to cover the event. The trucks were equipped three Grass Valley Kalypso HD Video Production Center switchers, four GVeous HD digital video effects systems, two PVS 2000 Profile XP Media HD servers, several PVS 1000 Profile XP Media SD servers, and at least 20 LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam multi-format digital cameras. Another dozen Grass Valley LDK 6000 mk II WorldCam cameras were used to cover the evenings outdoor ?red carpet pre-show events, being switched through the trucks.

Also supporting the Academy Awards broadcast was audio-video specialist ProQue, which used six PVS 2000 servers and half a dozen Profile SD servers to provide random-access playback for the shows pre-taped segments, lower-third graphics, commercials and billboard packages, as well as the dozens of film clips that appeared on screen during the telecast. ProQue has used the Profile server to support both the Academy Awards and Grammy telecasts each year for the last nine years.

?This years Academy Awards telecast provided a great look at the breadth and scope of Thomsons Grass Valley technology and the impact it is having on the Hollywood and television production communities, said Marc Valentin, executive vice president of Thomson Broadcast & Media Solutions. ?Were proud to be providing the tools to bring Hollywoods biggest night into the homes of millions of viewers around the world.

About Thomson - Partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries
Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS) provides technology, systems and services to help its Media & Entertainment clients content creators, content distributors and users of its technology realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group intends to become the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA and Thomson brands.

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Thomson's Systems and Equipment 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.

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