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Written by: 3D Entertainment
Date: September 2, 2008

IMAX® industry executive Luc Blouin joins company as VP, Film Development & Partnerships.

  

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IMAX® Industry Executive Luc Blouin Joins Company as VP, Film Development & Partnerships

Los Angeles (CA) and London (UK), September 2, 2008 / PRNEWSWIRE / 3D Entertainment, a leading company focusing on the production and distribution of high quality documentary films for IMAX® Theatres and Digital 3D cinemas, announces today the addition of a new key executive to its team in the newly created position of Vice President, Film Development and Partnerships. Effective Sept. 1st, Luc Blouin is now responsible for developing strategic business partnerships and sponsorship opportunities for current and future film projects. He remains based in Canada and reports directly to Francois Mantello, 3D Entertainment's Chairman.

"Luc has been instrumental in the development and production of two successful IMAX® theatre documentaries in the last four years. His dedication to this motion picture business and inherent creativity make him a perfect match for our fast-growing company," states Francois Mantello. "His addition to our expanding executive team following last week's appointment of Patricia Brandino as VP Film Sales for North America above all reflects the company’s commitment to the IMAX® industry and our firm belief in the importance of delivering outstanding ‘edutainment’ documentaries for the 3D medium."

"I am delighted to be joining 3D Entertainment and their dynamic team," says Luc Blouin. "I envision tremendous growth opportunities for equity partners and corporate sponsors associated with 3D Entertainment and their new strategy for accelerating the funding, production and release of new, innovative and inspiring underwater films."

3D Entertainment is currently in post-production on its first feature-length film, Oceans 3D: Voyage of a Turtle (85 minutes), slated for release at Digital 3D cinemas in 2009. The company also announced earlier this year that it had begun actively developing a new 42-minute film about sea turtles that is scheduled to hit IMAX® 3D theatres in spring 2010.

Blouin brings significant business development and sales expertise to his new role. His most recent position was with Canada’s Sky High Entertainment, where he acted as VP Film Sales & Marketing and was an associate producer on the documentary films Vikings (2004) and Dinosaurs 3D: Giants of Patagonia (2007). He began his career in the early nineties in the business development and sales sectors at pharmaceutical companies Biogen Canada Ltd., Schering Canada Inc. and Leo Laboratories Canada Ltd.

3D Entertainment Distribution’s portfolio of films includes the IMAX® theatre releases Ocean Wonderland (2003), Sharks 3D (2005) and Dolphins and Whales 3D (2008) narrated by actress and environmentalist Daryl Hannah. The first two titles have grossed over $56 million theatrically and continue to play in the US, while the newly released Dolphins and Whales 3D has already generated $8.5 million in gross receipts in its first six months.

About 3D Entertainment
Founded in 2001, 3D Entertainment is a fast-growing company focused on the production and distribution of unique and innovative underwater-themed 3D films for IMAX® theatres and Digital 3D cinemas worldwide. Its mission is to immerse audiences of all ages in original 3D story-driven experiences that inspire and educate on the vital need to protect the oceans and their inhabitants. The company has developed an original growth strategy based on the overall control of all production- and post-production-related aspects of its Digital 3D film adventures. In 2007, a separate business unit, 3D Entertainment Distribution, was created to oversee all non-production-related activities from IMAX theatrical rights sales, film marketing, promotional events and educational outreach programs, to the development of ancillary markets. For more information, visit the company’s corporate website at http://www.3DEfilms.com.

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