Dynamic new marketing technology used on Canadian DVD release of Sex and The City: The Movie



    
    DYNAMIC DISC-INITIATED, WEB MARKETING CAMPAIGN OFFERS UNIQUE AND ONGOING
    BRAND TIE-IN OPPORTUNITIES
    

    MONTREAL, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - The first of its kind in Canada, Alliance
Films Inc., Canada's leading motion picture distributor, announces that they
have utilized Sony DADC's eBridge(TM) technology to create a more dynamic
marketing campaign for their latest DVD release - Sex and The City: The Movie.
    The eBridge enabled Sex and The City DVDs will go on sale nationwide on
September 23, 2008 and will allow consumers the ability to access a website
filled with exclusive offers and marketing content by placing the DVD into an
internet-ready PC.
    Confirmed promotional partners include: SKYY Vodka, SellOffVacations.com
and HarperCollinsCanada. Through this technology these participating partners
have the ability to communicate directly with owners and renters of the DVD
for up to 12 months. Sony DADC's eBridge technology makes the migration from
disc to internet material seamless and works behind the scenes as a uniquely
trackable all-access pass to bonus marketing material that can be
ever-changing.
    "eBridge allows home entertainment companies to upgrade their DVDs beyond
being merely a means of media storage, but rather making them into a digital
marketing tool," said Geoff Campbell, Sony DADC Vice President of Business
Development. "Alliance Films is the Canadian front-runner in recognizing that
using eBridge technology to bring their consumers online will give them a
unique and ongoing opportunity to provide increased value to their customers."
    "DVD consumers are used to static bonus content, like extra footage or
director interviews on their special edition discs. Though Sex and The City:
The Movie has those too, this is something different. With the dynamic power
of a web-based marketing campaign, we can feature revolving offers for special
products and other fun and exciting material related to the film that is only
available if you've purchased the DVD," said Noah Segal, Executive Vice
President, Alliance Films.
    For Alliance Films' first wave of offerings in the online Sex and The
City: The Movie marketing campaign, DVD consumers will receive access to the
following promotions:

    
    - Sample chapters of the Sex and the City: The Movie Hardcover book by
      Amy Sohn from HarperCollinsCanada for free download.

    - Downloadable recipe cards featuring cocktails based on the Sex and the
      City characters from SKYY Vodka.

    - A $100 Roots Gift Card with any SellOffVacations.com Holiday booking
      made with SellOffVacations.com between October 1st, 2008 and November
      11th, 2008 courtesy of SellOffVacations.com.
    

    Alliance Films is also catering to the needs of the Sex and the City
consumer by offering unique DVD packs that are geared specifically for the Sex
and the City fan through an e-commerce site accessible through the DVD. They
are also offering opportunities to win advance screening passes to upcoming
Alliance Films releases across the country. Future deals will include a
high-end fashion retailer, a jewelry retailer and a major packaged goods
company, all designed to cater to the needs of the hardcore fans of the genre
and the movie.
    A dynamic area built into the interface of the DVD when placed into a
web-enabled PC will encourage the film's fans to check back for added
exclusive freebies and offers. Alliance Films expects that loyal fans will
return to see what new offer or experience will be available. Thanks to the
addition of Sony DADC's eBridge technology, Alliance Films has not only added
more opportunity for brand sponsorship, but they have also extended the
experience of enjoying the film and the lifestyle of its characters to its
wide fan base. As an additional feature, eBridge will allow Alliance Films to
see what areas of its marketing campaign receive the most traffic and adjust
their campaign to highlight the most heavily trafficked offers as the Sex and
the City campaign continues.

    
    About Alliance Films Inc.
    -------------------------
    
    Alliance Films is a leading distributor of motion pictures in Canada,
with motion picture distribution operations in the United Kingdom and Spain.
The Company distributes filmed entertainment to theatres, on DVD, online and
to television broadcasters. Alliance Films holds the Canadian distribution
rights to the productions of leading independent studios, including New Line
Cinema, Focus Features, The Weinstein Company, Overture Films, A Bigger Boat,
Grosvenor Park and Relativity Media.

    
    About Sony DADC
    ---------------
    Sony DADC is a leading disc and digital solution provider for the
entertainment, education and information industries, offering world-class
optical media replication services, digital and physical supply chain
solutions and software services. Sony DADC has more than 20 facilities
worldwide and operates within the Sony Corporation of America corporate group.

    About Sony DADC eBridge
    -----------------------
    Sony DADC eBridge is a unique suite of digital services that bridges the
gap between the physical and digital space allowing the consumer to engage
across a range of on-line communities. It harnesses the power of optical media
combined with personalized content, customized website access, enhanced
metrics and digital media content management.

    About HarperCollins Publishers
    ------------------------------
    
    HarperCollinsCanada publishes fiction, non-fiction, and books for
children, as well as religious and reference books. HarperCollins imprints in
Canada include HarperCollins, Perennial, HarperTrophyCanada, Collins, and
Phyllis Bruce Books. These imprints publish many of Canada's finest writers,
including Barbara Gowdy, Jack Granatstein, Charlotte Gray and Kenneth Oppel as
well as great writers and leading authorities from around the world, such as
Tim Flannery, Lawrence Hill, Barbara Kingsolver and Alan Weisman.
    HarperCollinsCanada also distributes America's Test Kitchen, TokyoPop,
Zondervan, and HarperCollins, Collins, Perennial and Harper Paperbacks from
the US and the UK. HarperCollins is also the first publisher to digitize its
content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its
authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities.
Visit the HarperCollinsCanada website at www.harpercollins.ca.

    
    About SKYY Vodka
    ----------------
    
    Founded in 1992, SKYY Vodka began as a tiny San Francisco startup and
emerged virtually overnight as the hottest spirit brand in the United States.
Based on his singular vision to create an exceptionally smooth vodka, founder
Maurice Kanbar pioneered an innovative, state-of-the-art quadruple
distillation, triple filtration process that redefined industry quality
standards. The San Francisco Examiner, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal
spread the word about the incredible new product with the captivating name and
cobalt blue bottle. SKYY was quickly recognized as the brand of quality, style
and innovation. SKYY Vodka was an official sponsor of Sex and the City: The
Movie and was featured in various scenes throughout the film.

    
    About SellOffVacations
    ----------------------
    
    SellOffVacations is the first and largest online discount travel retailer
in Canada, supported by a call centre and 35 shops. With a catchy jingle and
the "Lowest Price Guaranteed", SellOffVacations.com is the first stop for
Canadian's seeking great value on vacation packages, airfares, cruises, tours,
and car rentals.






For further information:

For further information: Shelley Klingerman, Marketing Manager, Sony
DADC, Phone: (812) 462-8260, Shelley.klingerman@sonydadc.com; Julius Comia,
Director, Marketing & Promotions, Alliance Films. Inc., Phone: (416) 309-4167,
Julius.Comia@Alliancefilms.com

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