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BARCO To Play Leading Role in the 72nd Annual Academy Awards Ceremony

Seligman Entertainment Inc. chooses BARCO to showcase the movie industry’s most prestigious event

Los Angeles, CA - BARCO has been selected to provide high performance display technology for the Academy AwardsÒ ceremony, which will take place in Los Angeles. The celebration will be held in the Shrine Auditorium and hosted by renowned actor and comedian Billy Crystal. ABC will air the event nationwide on Sunday, March 26, 2000 starting at 5:30 p.m. (live PST/delayed EST). Presenters include Mel Gibson, Cameron Diaz, Tommy Lee Jones, and Uma Thurman, to name a few. Musical entertainment will include a special song medley to be performed by top recording artists Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Isaac Hayes, Whitney Houston, and Queen Latifah. BARCO will provide five, Extreme Light Machine (ELM) R12 projectors to project spectacular video images onto the main stage. Three ELM R12 projectors will be used in a side-by-side configuration to project brilliant images with amazing light output of 36,000 ANSI lumens onto the 40' x 22.5' main stage screen. Two additional ELM R12 units, each with light output of 12,000 ANSI lumens, will be used to project brilliant images onto two 16' x 12' screens for audience viewing.

Michael B. Seligman, renowned producer and CEO of Seligman Entertainment Inc., will be the executive producer for the Oscar broadcast. Seligman has produced spectacular events including previous Oscar telecasts, the Emmy's, and America's Millennium Celebration, presided by President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington, DC on December 31, 1999. "DLP Technology was our only choice for the Academy Awards due to the brightness and high resolution we needed for one of the movie industry's biggest events. BARCO's ELM R12 provides the DLP technology and a very bright image that is necessary for this event. The audience in the Shrine Auditorium and the television audience will see the best images possible," said Seligman, "DLP technology is the future."

BARCO will provide five ELM R12 Extreme Light Machine projectors to the Academy Awards for the event. The projectors, equipped with high resolution Digital Light Processingä (DLPä) technology from Texas Instruments, will be used on the main stage screen, as well as two additional side stage screens. "We are honored to have been chosen to provide projection systems for this prestigious engagement" said Steven Barlow, Marketing Manager for BARCO Projection Systems America. "We are confident that the audience in the Shrine Auditorium and the millions of viewers across America will be impressed with the rich image quality delivered by our ELM Series projectors."

BARCO introduced the ELM R12 and ELM G10 high performance, high brightness large screen projectors in Orlando, FL during the INFOCOMM International Trade Show in June of 1999. The projectors combine the state-of-the-art DLPä (Digital Light Processing) technology from Texas Instruments with BARCO's knowledge in mechanics, optics, and electronics design. The extreme brilliance, exceptional video performance and ease-of-use of BARCO's ELM Series make these projectors brilliant solutions for rental, staging, electronic cinema, and other large venue applications.

BARCO Background

The BARCO Group, headquartered in Kuurne, Belgium, operates six major lines of business: Projection Systems, Display Systems, Automation, Machine Vision, Graphics, and Communications. BARCO Projection Systems is an ISO 9001 registered world leader in developing and manufacturing large screen projection systems for a broad range of applications, from entertainment, presentations and training to process control and simulation. Its U.S. subsidiary, BARCO Projection Systems America, is based in Kennesaw, Georgia.

For more information, please contact:

Steven Barlow, Marketing Manager

Tel. (770) 218-3200
Fax (770) 218-3250
E-mail: steven.barlow@barco.com

Ellyce Entrekin, Public Relations Manager

Tel. (770) 218-3200
Fax (770) 218-3250
E-mail: llyce.entrekin@barco.com

http://www.barco.com