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New Senior Appointments for The VTR Group

30 June 2005


New senior appointments for The VTR Group

VTR plc, parent company of The VTR Group, has announced the appointment of Neil Lane to the main board as Group Operations Director, with immediate effect. Wendy Saunders, previously Operations Director of TMR, has been appointed as Neil’s successor and is now managing director of TMR.

Neil, formerly Managing Director of The VTR Group’s division, TMR (previously The Machine Room), will have overall responsibility at main board level for operating divisions VTR, blue, TMR and K<Post. He joins Managing Director, Paul Tracey, Finance Director, Peter Samengo-Turner and four non-executive directors on the board of VTR plc, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Neil, whose appointment to the board of VTR plc is the first for 8 years, has worked within the VTR Group for over 17 years. He has held roles at VTR, Clipstream and TMR. He is also the initiator, and will remain responsible for eTITLE, The VTR Group’s project to create an automated subtitling workflow system for broadcasters, subtitling companies and corporate users.

“I believe that the VTR plc board is greatly strengthened by Neil’s detailed operational knowledge of all parts of the Group,” said Paul Tracey. “Neil has a strong grasp of the way in which our industry is developing and we expect him to make a significant contribution to the group’s strategic direction. His understanding of business models and his ability as a communicator will also greatly assist him in his new role.”

Wendy Saunders has taken on responsibility for the strategic direction and growth of the division, and the development of TMR’s staff in her new role as MD. Wendy joined TMR as Operations Manager in June 2002. Her time at TMR included setting up and running the production department for feature film and delivery, before being promoted to Operations Director in 2003.

Paul Tracey commented, “Wendy has demonstrated strong leadership qualities during her time at TMR and I am delighted that she has now accepted the role of Managing Director. I am confident that TMR will move forward and take full advantage of new opportunities under Wendy’s guidance.”

About The VTR Group

The VTR Group is part of the publicly quoted VTR plc, one of Europe’s top media services groups. Based in the heart of Soho its three divisions - VTR, blue and TMR - span the media spectrum and can handle any size or type of post-production project – from a commercial, promo, title sequence or TV series to a feature film, DVD and multimedia website.

The group is involved in all aspects of film and television post-production - including high-end digital effects work and editing for cinema, television commercials, broadcast promos and programming, 2D and 3D animation and pop promos. The division also provides specialist services such as sound design and mixing and film restoration.

The group’s digital media services team designs, builds and implements online interactive communications solutions for a wide variety of clients. Its portfolio includes digital content management systems, encoding, website design, website hosting, DVD authoring and graphics.

About TMR

Established in 1991, TMR has over 14 years’ experience of providing specialist restoration, digitisation, DVD authoring and telecine services to the film, television, corporate and entertainment markets. It offers clients highly experienced operators with cutting edge technology.

Within TMR there are two key divisions. TMR is the archive and restoration specialist, providing a full suite of optical and digital video and film restoration services at either SD or HD resolutions. It also includes London’s most advanced film treatment centre, as well as full feature film mastering and duplication facilities.

TMR Digital (formerly Clipstream) provides full DVD authoring and encoding facilities to media companies. It also reaches out into the wider corporate and blue chip market through its design, build and integration of customised digital asset management and website services.

Clients include bfi, IWM, TWI, Pathé, Shed, HIT Entertainment, BBC Worldwide, BUFVC, British Movietone News, Getty Images and Walt Disney.

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