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Deluxe to Open EFILM Facility at Industrial Light & Magic

EFILM Digital Laboratory at the new Letterman Digital Arts Center (December 09, 2005)

Deluxe Laboratories today announced an agreement with Industrial Light & Magic, a Lucasfilm Ltd. company, to open an EFILM Digital Laboratory at the new Letterman Digital Arts Center (LDAC) located in San Francisco's historic Presidio. LDAC serves as headquarters for Industrial Light & Magic (ILM). This pairing of the industry's leading visual effects company and the industry's leading digital lab on one campus presents outstanding digital filmmaking solutions for studios and directors.

"We have always had a strong relationship with Lucasfilm and ILM and we are extremely pleased to be part of this phenomenal new digital facility," said Cyril Drabinsky, President & CEO of Deluxe.

The new EFILM facility, scheduled to open in early 2006, will become a preferred provider for ILM's digital imaging services, including digital intermediate. The initial staff includes colorists, technicians and producers served by a scalable computer based infrastructure as well as high speed fiber connectivity between LDAC, Skywalker Sound and EFILM Hollywood. EFILM specializes in award-winning digital intermediates, digital cinema, digital mastering and 2K & 4K scanning and recording on projects such as Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, Jarhead and Rent.

"We're thrilled to have EFILM join us at our new campus in the Presidio," commented Chrissie England, President of ILM. "We have a long history with EFILM and believe the proximity and relationship between our companies will be attractive to our mutual customers. Filmmakers and Studios will have access to a more efficient integrated workflow including visual effects, digital intermediates and of course, Skywalker Sound. We are proud to endorse EFILM as a preferred vendor for digital imaging related services."

"We hear consistently from filmmakers that they want the ability to work on the DI for their film and the sound mix simultaneously and seamlessly," said Glenn Kiser, Vice President and General Manager of Skywalker Sound. "Our new relationship with EFILM accomplishes that goal, and will allow a filmmaker working at Skywalker Ranch to monitor a DI being made at either of EFILM's facilities, in Hollywood or at the Presidio."

"The decision to pair with ILM was easy and the opportunity was flattering," said Joe Matza, President & CEO of EFILM. "They are an incredible organization run by terrific people. I believe when we collaborate on projects filmmakers will enjoy an exceptional level of imagery and productivity. In addition, being at the Letterman Digital Arts Center with fiber connectivity between ILM, Skywalker Sound and EFILM Hollywood will eliminate distance boundaries between the three companies and support the creative workflow of filmmakers who need to be three places at one time."

About Deluxe/EFILM

EFILM, a subsidiary of Deluxe Laboratories, is the leading provider of digital lab services including digital intermediates, digital cinema and mastering, data dailies and digital laboratory services like 2K & 4K scanning and recording and color management. Deluxe is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Rank Group Plc (London Stock Exchange:RNK.L), offering a broad range of entertainment industry services and technologies to an international client base. Services include motion picture film processing, printing and distribution; theatrical distribution and marketing fulfillment services; DVD compression, encoding and authoring; data based content distribution and digital asset management. For more information, please visit and

About Industrial Light & Magic

Industrial Light & Magic is a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects. ILM has been awarded 14 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects and received 17 Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards.

About Skywalker Sound

Skywalker Sound is a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for audio post-production. Skywalker Sound has been honored with 18 Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.


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