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Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment Selects WAM!NET

Press release from the issuing company

EAGAN, Minn. – May 30, 2002 – WAM!NET announced today that Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment (CTHE), a business unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has selected WAM!NET's fully managed networking and data storage services to seamlessly connect CTHE's operating and authoring centers in Culver City, California, to its DVD replication facility in Terre Haute, Indiana. CTHE is a worldwide leader in the marketing, sales and distribution of DVDs and videocassettes. Among the more than 2,500 titles distributed by the company are BLACK HAWK DOWN (as of June 11), ALI, A KNIGHT'S TALE, AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (the fastest-selling DVD in CTHE history), STUART LITTLE, CHARLIE'S ANGELS and THE PATRIOT; and such film classics as BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, DR. STRANGELOVE and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA. Initially, CTHE will be sending DVD content for approximately 30 titles per month for duplication at the Sony Disk Manufacturing Plant in Terre Haute, Indiana. With WAM!NET services, CTHE has the only viable alternative to today's costly analog process of moving and sharing a project's myriad elements via removable media and physical couriers. Given the proprietary nature of CD/DVD content as well as the up to 9-gigabytes or more of data that makes up a single disc image, WAM!NET is the only digital content transmission and storage service suitable to provide fast, secure and guaranteed delivery of these data files. Remarking on the service, Scott Partridge, CTHE's vice president of DVD Business Development, stated, "In order to maintain our leadership position in the industry, CTHE strives for the best operating procedures and is intent on squeezing more time into our production environment. We looked deeply at the functional workflow and determined significant time savings with using WAM!NET's services." "We expect the intermediary time to transmission of content will be reduced by two to five days which will enable us to have more time for manufacturing and distribution. Ultimately this will expedite the goals of our sales and marketing group. Simply by removing the physical element of transportation, we gain more time in our already stressed environment," continued Mr. Partridge. "We are extremely pleased to help expedite CTHE's workflow. When we conduct a return on investment analysis, removable media and couriers represent costs. But what's most important is the value of getting a product to market two to five days sooner. CTHE places significant value on compressing DVD production time, especially given that deadlines are inflexible," notes Tom Van Sickle, managing director of WAM!NET's Optical Media Segment. "Also, using WAM!NET's services to move their production content through a secure network takes physical media out of the hands of third parties who may not have CTHE's best interests in mind."