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June 2002
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TOP 5 U.S.
DISTRIBUTORS

   The top 5 domestic distributors to date are as follows (Dollar figures in millions.):

SONY
grossed: $665.3
18.25%

20TH CENTURY FOX
grossed: $542.6
14.88%

UNIVERSAL
grossed: $445.4
12.22%

BUENA VISTA
grossed: $373.6
10.25%

NEW LINE
grossed: $367.9
10.09%



DP, MICHAEL JACKSON AND HANDPRINT INK DEAL

MDP Worldwide Entertainment, Inc. together with its producing partner, Michael Jackson's Neverland Entertainment, have closed an exclusive "first-look" production and development deal with Handprint Entertainment, whereby MDP - Neverland will have "first- look" at all Handprint Entertainment theatrical feature film projects. Additionally, the two companies will enter into a joint venture partnership on all feature films produced through this new entity. The announcement was made by MDP Worldwide Chairman and CEO, Mark Damon and Handprint Entertainment principal Jeff Pollack. The first major theatrical film project to go into development under this new deal is "The Sixteen Pleasures," slated to star Handprint client Nicole Kidman. Handprint manages some of the biggest and hottest talent today including Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Lopez.


BUENA VISTA NAMES EPSTEIN SR.VP.

Veteran production executive Brad Epstein has been named senior vp at the Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group. Epstein, who most recently was production president at New York-based Tribeca Prods., will now be based in Los Angeles, where he will report to BVMPG president Nina Jacobson. He will oversee all aspects of development and production of films for the Touchstone, Hollywood and Disney labels.



UNIVERSAL BUYS GOOD MACHINE

In conjunction with the integration of the USA Entertainment Group and the Universal Studios Group, Universal Studios has entered into an agreement to acquire Good Machine as part of the ongoing reorganization of Universal's specialty film unit. Stacey Snider, chairman, Universal Pictures made the announcement. The new unit will be called Focus and will operate under the leadership of Good Machine principals David Linde and James Schamus, who will serve as co-presidents. Scott Greenstein, currently chairman, USA Films, will step down to pursue other opportunities. In its new incarnation, Focus will operate as a fully independent motion picture company, combining the existing assets of USA Films' production, marketing and distribution operations with Good Machine's management team and international sales organization. Good Machine International, to be renamed Focus International, will continue to represent third party producers for international sales, along with representing Focus and Universal Pictures on their international sales activity.