With Film Industry Awards Season Heating Up, Verizon Customers Get Access to Exclusive Movie-Insider Discussions

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES - Film industry insiders attending this year's Variety Screening Series in New York and Los Angeles will be among the first to use their mobile phones as tickets to gain entrance to the movies.  For the first time ever, invited guests at Variety's award season Screening Series who are Verizon Wireless customers can receive their screening series tickets directly on their mobile devices for 10 Verizon-sponsored screenings.

This year's 6th annual screening series, which is open to voting members of select guilds including SAG, DGA, PGA and WGA, will spotlight at least 40 of the award show season's most critically acclaimed and anticipated films from major and independent studios through the end of the year.  Mobile ticket holders will receive an MMS video greeting from Peter Bart, Variety's editor-in-chief, prior to each of the 10 Verizon-sponsored screening sessions.  Immediately after each of the Verizon screenings, select directors, writers, producers and actors associated with the featured film will participate in a Q&A session live with the movie's audience. 

Verizon FiOS and V CAST Customers Get Exclusive Coverage

Verizon customers across the nation can become film industry insiders themselves, as the Q&A discussions following each of the 10 Verizon-sponsored screenings will be available on Verizon Wireless V CAST and Verizon FiOS TV's FiOS1 and video-on-demand (VOD) services.  The Q&A discussions, which will be held in November and December at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood and Landmark's Sunshine Theatre in New York, are tied to films that range from an epic journey during World War II in "Australia," to the story of a man who starts aging backwards with bizarre consequences in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

"Verizon's TV and wireless customers get the special content that comes from movie industry insiders talking about the hot films of the year, while industry insiders themselves get to see the benefits of Verizon's technology in enhancing the movie-going experience," said Suzy Deering, executive director of media and sponsorships at Verizon.  "Variety Screening Series is an excellent showcase for technology and powerful content." 

Neil Stiles, president and publisher of Variety, said, "Variety is excited to have Verizon's technologies help expand the success and impact of the Screening Series. Verizon provides a powerful and unique way to not only reach attendees at the screenings but consumers as well." 

Verizon's mobile tickets and industry insider Q&A discussions will be available at the following screenings:

Nov. 20Arclight Theatre, Los Angeles"Australia"
Nov. 24Arclight Theatre, Los Angeles"Milk"
Dec. 1Arclight Theatre, Los Angeles"Doubt"
Dec. 1Sunshine Theatre, New York"Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Dec. 8Arclight Theatre, Los Angeles"Defiance"
Dec. 9Arclight Theatre, Los Angeles"The Reader"
Dec. 11Arclight Theatre, Los Angeles"The Wrestler"
Dec. 11Sunshine Theatre, New York"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"
Dec. 14Fine Arts Theatre, Los Angeles"Revolutionary Road"
Dec. 15Arclight Theatre, Los Angeles"Seven Pounds"

Q&A discussions will be made available to Verizon customers as follows:

Dec. 6"Australia," "Milk," "Doubt," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"
Dec. 18"Defiance," "The Reader," "The Wrestler"
Dec. 20"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Revolutionary Road," "Seven Pounds"

FiOS TV is delivered over the nation's most advanced fiber-optic network straight to customers' homes and businesses, providing stunning picture-and-sound quality, more and more HD and VOD choices, a broad spectrum of content diversity, and interactive features that create the ultimate home-entertainment experience.  The service offers a broad collection of programming, with more than 400 all-digital channels and 11,000 VOD titles each month - 8,500 are free of charge.  The VOD library also includes more than 1,000 HD titles per month.  FiOS TV is currently available to more than 8.2 million homes in 14 states.

FiOS1, a local TV channel that features local weather, traffic, news, sports and community features, is offered on FiOS TV in Northern Virginia and parts of Maryland.

Customers with select V CAST-enabled phones can check out V CAST whenever they want for just $3 for 24-hour use or by signing up for the $15 V CAST VPak monthly subscription, which also includes access to Verizon Wireless' ESPN MVP, Get It Now(r) and Mobile Web services.  Customers get unlimited basic video, but application download fees may apply for 3D games and premium video. There are no airtime or megabyte charges to download, stream or watch V CAST content with any V CAST subscription. 

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