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VIACOM TELEVISION STATIONS DIGITAL MEDIA GROUP PARTNERS WITH MOVIETICKETS.COM TO PROVIDE ONLINE MOVIE TICKETING SERVICES TO ITS CBS STATION WEBSITES
Online Ticketing and Local Showtimes Among New Features As Part of Viacom's "Always On" Digital Media Initiative
Partnership Announced in Conjunction with the Recent Launch of Philadelphia's Website (kyw.com) with Boston, Sacramento and More to Follow
Previous Launches in Salt Lake City, Minneapolis, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, Baltimore and New York Already Featuring MovieTickets.com's Customized Content
(September 15, 2005) – The Viacom Television Stations Digital Media Group has partnered with MovieTickets.com to bring online movie ticketing services to its newly designed CBS station websites as part of the previously announced "Always On" digital media initiative. MovieTickets.com, the most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, provides site visitors with local showtimes, film synopsis', reviews, trailers and online ticketing for 60 theater chains associated with MovieTickets.com at each of the Viacom Television Station's websites.
Visitors to each of the newly designed and re-launched websites will now have access to the movie listings feature on the local station's homepage customized for that particular market. Users will have seamless access to advance tickets through this link, where they will enter their zip code for a listing of nearby theaters, select a movie and showtime and buy their tickets with a credit card. To pick up their tickets, consumers can visit the theater's box office or automated ticketing station with the credit card used for purchase for verification. MovieTickets.com also offers moviegoers the convenience of printing tickets at home in a wide array of markets.
"Through our partnership with Viacom, consumers and exhibitors will benefit from both the increased access to MovieTickets.com ticketing inventory and extensive reach the CBS network of sites provides," said Mitchell Rubenstein, Co-CEO MovieTickets.com. "As movies and entertainment are an integral part of a localized portal, MovieTickets.com is thrilled to be an anchor partner -- launching with the newly-designed sites and offering movie ticketing services to CBS users out of the gate."
"The combination of our local stations entertainment reports and movie reviews with the online services that MovieTickets.com contributes provides an interactive movie portal for site visitors," said Jonathan Leess, President and General Manager, Viacom Television Stations Digital Media Group. "We are pleased to be able to provide this convenience service for consumers in our local station markets."
The group plans to re-launch websites for all of its CBS stations, including cbs4boston.com (Boston) later in September. The station websites in Salt Lake City (kutv.com), Minneapolis (wcco.com), Denver (cbs4denver.com), San Francisco (cbs5.com), Chicago (cbs2chicago.com), Baltimore (wjz.com), New York (cbsnewyork.com) and most recently, Philadelphia (kyw.com) have already launched. In total, 17 CBS stations will re-launch their websites in 2005, followed by UPN stations in 2006.
MovieTickets.com exhibitors currently include:
All Star Entertainment, AMC Theatres, Ashbrie Cinemas, Atlantic Theaters, Atlas Cinemas, Baederwood Movie Theatre Co., Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bryn Mawr Movie Theatre Co., Camera Cinemas, Celebrity Theatres, Channelside Cinemas, Cinema Centers, Cinema Four-Quad, Cinemagic Movies, Cinemall, Classic Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas, Consolidated Theatres, Cornelius Cinemas, Crown Theatres, Dickinson Theatres, Eastern Shores, Entertainment Retail (Hollywood Hits), Famous Players, Film Forum, Greater Huntington Theatres, Greenville Cinemas, Hallett Cinemas, Harkins Theatres, Hollywood Premier Cinemas, Hoyts Cinemas, Kew Gardens (Cobble Hill), Krikorian Premiere Theatres, Landmark Theatres, Malco Theatres, Mann Theatres, Marco Movies, Marcus Theatres, Marquee Cinemas, Metropolitan Theatres, Narberth Theatre, National Amusements, New York 1 & 2, O'Neil Theatres, Pacific Theatres, Paris Theater, Pavilion Theatre, Phoenix Theatres, Rave Motion Pictures, Reading Cinemas USA (City Cinemas), Ritz Theatres, Riviera Cinemas, Rocky Mountain Cinemas, Roxy Theatres, Santikos Theaters, Sayville Theatre, Spotlight Theatres, UltraStar Cinemas, Watson Theatre, and Westates Theatres.
MovieTickets.com, the most powerful Internet movie ticketing service, provides consumers with the ease of a virtual box office from the convenience of their home or office. Formed in spring 2000, MovieTickets.com is a joint venture between AMC Entertainment, Hollywood Media Corp. (NASDAQ: HOLL), National Amusements, Famous Players, Marcus Theatres (NYSE:MCS), Viacom (NYSE: VIA), and America Online, and leverages the collective exhibitor expertise to deliver consumers a premium movie ticketing experience. MovieTickets.com enables consumers to buy tickets online for movie screens across the United States and Canada, and in the U.K. Its elite collection of partner theaters consistently represents over 50% of the top 50 and over 50% of the top 100 grossing theaters in North America on any given weekend.
About The Viacom Television Stations Group
The Viacom Television Stations Group consists of 40 stations, including 21 CBS, 16 UPN and three stations not affiliated with major networks.
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