DALLAS, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI, BBI.B) welcomed the recommendation from a leading independent proxy advisory firm, Glass, Lewis & Co., that stockholders vote for all seven of Blockbuster's 2010 director nominees – Edward Bleier, Kathleen Dore, Gary Fernandes, Joseph Fitzsimmons, Jules Haimovitz, James Keyes, and Strauss Zelnick – on the WHITE proxy card for the Company's 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will be held on June 24, 2010. Glass Lewis further recommended that Blockbuster stockholders vote "For" each of the Company's other proposals as well.
In its analysis, Glass Lewis stated:
"...we believe the Dissident has largely failed to provide shareholders with a cogent, practicable plan... and, by extension, has failed to establish that his plans are superior to those disclosed and undertaken by the board."
Regarding the dissident's suggested removal of director Gary Fernandes, who sits on a special board committee tasked with reviewing efforts to reduce the Company's debtload:
"In our view, such a committee would be in a considerably better position, with greater access to key information and parties, including Blockbuster's debtholders, to determine the best possible strategic alternative available to the Company."
Glass Lewis concludes:
"...based on a lack of concrete plans and adequate support, we find the election of the Dissident to the board to be unwarranted at this time."
Jim Keyes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blockbuster Inc. stated, "We are pleased to receive the support of Glass Lewis. We respect their thorough analysis and candid report, and appreciate their confidence in finding that the incumbent board and management are in the best position to evaluate and implement strategic options for the Company."
Blockbuster strongly encourages its stockholders to support the Company by voting the WHITE proxy card and discarding any Gold proxy card provided by Gregory Meyer. Even if a vote on a Gold proxy card has previously been cast, it is not too late to change that vote by voting a WHITE proxy card as only the latest dated proxy card will be counted.
If you have any questions on how to vote your shares, please call our proxy solicitor: MORROW & CO., LLC AT (800) 969-2372
Stockholders are urged to read Blockbuster's definitive proxy statement because it contains important information regarding Blockbuster's annual meeting of stockholders to be held on June 24, 2010. Stockholders and other interested parties may obtain, free of charge, copies of the proxy statement, and any other documents filed by Blockbuster with the SEC, at the SEC's Internet website at http://www.sec.gov/. The proxy statement and these other documents may also be obtained free of charge by contacting Morrow & Co., Inc., the firm assisting Blockbuster in the solicitation of proxies, toll-free at 1-800-607-0088.
Blockbuster and certain of its directors and executive officers may, under the rules of the SEC, be deemed to be "participants" in the solicitation of proxies from Blockbuster's stockholders in respect of the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders. Information regarding the interests of such persons, including such persons' beneficial ownership of Blockbuster common stock is set forth in Blockbuster's definitive proxy statement, filed with the SEC on May 21, 2010, with respect to the 2010 annual meeting of stockholders.
Note: Permission to use quotations from Glass, Lewis & Co. was neither sought nor obtained.
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About Blockbuster Inc.
Blockbuster Inc. is a leading global provider of rental and retail movie and game entertainment. The company provides customers with convenient access to media entertainment anywhere, any way they want it - whether in-store, by-mail, through vending kiosks or digitally to their homes and mobile devices. With a highly recognized brand and a library of more than 125,000 movie and game titles, Blockbuster leverages its multichannel presence to serve nearly 47 million global customers annually. The company may be accessed worldwide at www.blockbuster.com.
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