Cinema Entertainment Group Enlists Industry Elite To Its Advisory Board for Interactive TV Channel

Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Cinema Entertainment Group

    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Elizabeth B. Bruce, Gareth C.C. Chang
 and A. Robert Pisano are among the first prominent industry leaders to reside
 on the Advisory Board for Cinema Entertainment Group's (CEG) new interactive
 television venture.  The announcement was made today by James J. Meyers, chief
 executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of CEG.  Additional members will be
 announced in the near future.
     CEG's Advisory Board consists of professionals from broadcast, motion
 pictures, digital media and high technology industries.  "CEG is honored to
 have gathered behind our interactive television channel such an influential
 team of advisors," said Meyers.  "The contributions of our advisors are
 significant in CEG's continued progress."  CEG plans to launch its channel
 later this year.
 
     CEG ADVISORY BOARD
 
     Elizabeth B. Bruce's experience in entertainment spans more than 20 years
 in new business and brand development, consumer marketing, new product
 launches, cable and video distribution, strategic partnerships and
 entertainment licensee acquisition.  In the early 1990s, Bruce was recruited
 as President for the $85M revenue division of Time-Life Video and TV, which
 produces and licenses programming for its domestic and international direct
 marketing video channels.  Her many significant achievements in the industry
 include the launch of new operating divisions and products for HBO, Time-Life
 and Hallmark-Henson.
     Bruce has held various senior executive posts with Crown Media.  She
 served as general manager of the Kermit Channel and her most recent role was
 senior vice president, strategic programming and research for the Odyssey
 Network.
 
     Gareth C.C. Chang has more than three decades of experience having
 developed international businesses in high technology, ranging from aerospace
 and telecommunications to digital technology and multi-media content creation
 for Internet and television broadcast.
     Chang is currently the managing partner of GC3 and Associates
 International LLC, a private investment and consulting company.  He is also
 the executive chairman of Click2Asia.com and chairman/chief executive officer
 (CEO) of PingPong.com, two Internet ventures dedicated to the Asian culture.
     Chang was formally chairman and chief executive of STAR TV Group, a multi-
 channel satellite television network that reaches more than 300 million
 viewers across Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East in seven
 languages. Chang was also an executive director of News Corporation Board of
 Directors and a member of the executive committee.
     Before joining STAR TV in 1998, Chang was corporate senior vice president
 of Hughes Electronics Corporation, and president of Hughes Electronics
 International, responsible for worldwide operations in Europe, Middle East,
 Latin America and Asia/Pacific.  In addition, Mr. Chang was president of
 DirecTV International, executive chairman of DIRECTV Japan and chairman of
 Hughes-JVC Technology.
 
     A Robert Pisano, a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry in
 business and legal practice, is currently a private investor/entrepreneur.
 Prior to his resignation in 1999, Pisano served as Vice Chairman of Metro-
 Goldwyn-Mayer, with the duties and responsibilities of chief operating
 officer, in charge of all business activities and operations.
     He ushered MGM through its private ownership by a French-owned bank to its
 management-led buyout, and ultimately to its IPO.  During his tenure, Pisano
 oversaw the acquisition of Orion Pictures and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment,
 thereby creating the world's largest (4,100 titles) and most honored (205
 Academy Awards) film library.
     Prior to joining MGM, Mr. Pisano was Executive Vice President of Paramount
 Pictures, serving as general counsel and a member of the Office of the
 Chairman.  He was responsible for all legal, legislative and regulatory
 affairs and business development.  In addition, Pisano was a member of the
 Operating Committees of various Paramount joint ventures, including those in
 international theatrical, video and pay television.
     Pisano was a partner of the law firm O'Melveny & Myers, where he
 specialized in business litigation and entertainment matters.
 
     Cinema Entertainment Group (CEG) is an entertainment company that is
 launching a new interactive television channel especially suited for delivery
 via upgraded Pay TV platforms.  CEG's strategic partners include New Line
 Cinema, Microsoft Corporation and Liberate Technologies.  The company's new
 channel is designed to honor film and celebrate cinema, while capitalizing on
 new and advanced technologies to deliver interactive shopping services to
 subscribers.  Inspired by an anticipation of the future of television
 technology and television viewing, CEG is working to launch one of the
 industry's first services to change the traditional model for subscription and
 cable television networks.  CEG was formed by partners who have more than four
 decades combined experience in launching television networks, interactive
 services and platforms worldwide.
 
     For further information, please contact Kathleen Nitting of Cinema
 Entertainment Group, 310-899-1058, kathleen@cinemaentertainment.com
 
 

SOURCE Cinema Entertainment Group
    LOS ANGELES, April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Elizabeth B. Bruce, Gareth C.C. Chang
 and A. Robert Pisano are among the first prominent industry leaders to reside
 on the Advisory Board for Cinema Entertainment Group's (CEG) new interactive
 television venture.  The announcement was made today by James J. Meyers, chief
 executive officer (CEO) and co-founder of CEG.  Additional members will be
 announced in the near future.
     CEG's Advisory Board consists of professionals from broadcast, motion
 pictures, digital media and high technology industries.  "CEG is honored to
 have gathered behind our interactive television channel such an influential
 team of advisors," said Meyers.  "The contributions of our advisors are
 significant in CEG's continued progress."  CEG plans to launch its channel
 later this year.
 
     CEG ADVISORY BOARD
 
     Elizabeth B. Bruce's experience in entertainment spans more than 20 years
 in new business and brand development, consumer marketing, new product
 launches, cable and video distribution, strategic partnerships and
 entertainment licensee acquisition.  In the early 1990s, Bruce was recruited
 as President for the $85M revenue division of Time-Life Video and TV, which
 produces and licenses programming for its domestic and international direct
 marketing video channels.  Her many significant achievements in the industry
 include the launch of new operating divisions and products for HBO, Time-Life
 and Hallmark-Henson.
     Bruce has held various senior executive posts with Crown Media.  She
 served as general manager of the Kermit Channel and her most recent role was
 senior vice president, strategic programming and research for the Odyssey
 Network.
 
     Gareth C.C. Chang has more than three decades of experience having
 developed international businesses in high technology, ranging from aerospace
 and telecommunications to digital technology and multi-media content creation
 for Internet and television broadcast.
     Chang is currently the managing partner of GC3 and Associates
 International LLC, a private investment and consulting company.  He is also
 the executive chairman of Click2Asia.com and chairman/chief executive officer
 (CEO) of PingPong.com, two Internet ventures dedicated to the Asian culture.
     Chang was formally chairman and chief executive of STAR TV Group, a multi-
 channel satellite television network that reaches more than 300 million
 viewers across Asia, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East in seven
 languages. Chang was also an executive director of News Corporation Board of
 Directors and a member of the executive committee.
     Before joining STAR TV in 1998, Chang was corporate senior vice president
 of Hughes Electronics Corporation, and president of Hughes Electronics
 International, responsible for worldwide operations in Europe, Middle East,
 Latin America and Asia/Pacific.  In addition, Mr. Chang was president of
 DirecTV International, executive chairman of DIRECTV Japan and chairman of
 Hughes-JVC Technology.
 
     A Robert Pisano, a 30-year veteran of the entertainment industry in
 business and legal practice, is currently a private investor/entrepreneur.
 Prior to his resignation in 1999, Pisano served as Vice Chairman of Metro-
 Goldwyn-Mayer, with the duties and responsibilities of chief operating
 officer, in charge of all business activities and operations.
     He ushered MGM through its private ownership by a French-owned bank to its
 management-led buyout, and ultimately to its IPO.  During his tenure, Pisano
 oversaw the acquisition of Orion Pictures and PolyGram Filmed Entertainment,
 thereby creating the world's largest (4,100 titles) and most honored (205
 Academy Awards) film library.
     Prior to joining MGM, Mr. Pisano was Executive Vice President of Paramount
 Pictures, serving as general counsel and a member of the Office of the
 Chairman.  He was responsible for all legal, legislative and regulatory
 affairs and business development.  In addition, Pisano was a member of the
 Operating Committees of various Paramount joint ventures, including those in
 international theatrical, video and pay television.
     Pisano was a partner of the law firm O'Melveny & Myers, where he
 specialized in business litigation and entertainment matters.
 
     Cinema Entertainment Group (CEG) is an entertainment company that is
 launching a new interactive television channel especially suited for delivery
 via upgraded Pay TV platforms.  CEG's strategic partners include New Line
 Cinema, Microsoft Corporation and Liberate Technologies.  The company's new
 channel is designed to honor film and celebrate cinema, while capitalizing on
 new and advanced technologies to deliver interactive shopping services to
 subscribers.  Inspired by an anticipation of the future of television
 technology and television viewing, CEG is working to launch one of the
 industry's first services to change the traditional model for subscription and
 cable television networks.  CEG was formed by partners who have more than four
 decades combined experience in launching television networks, interactive
 services and platforms worldwide.
 
     For further information, please contact Kathleen Nitting of Cinema
 Entertainment Group, 310-899-1058, kathleen@cinemaentertainment.com
 
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