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From: Steve Elzer[selzer1@mac.

Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2009 10:26 AM
To: Blake, Jeff; Elzer, Steve; Gumpert, Andrew; Weil, Leah; Kennedy, Jim; Schlessel, Peter; Pascal, Amy; Lynton, Michael
CC: Weinstock, Marc; Van Galder, Valerie
Subject: Revised Jackson Draft
I was asked by Branca to come up with quotes for the Estate (Branca & McClain) so this draft incorporates your
request for a stronger Sony United narrative as well as some minor additional tweaks and those quotes, which
have not been reviewed or approved outside of the studio. As soon as we sign off internally, I will share this
version with Sony Music, AEG, and The Estate. Please let me know your thoughts.



-Film Drawn From Legendary Entertainer's Last Rehearsals and Behind-The-Scenes Footage Will Be
Released October 30th in High Definition with Digital SoundCULVER CITY, Calif., July xxxx, 2009 - On October 30th, the world will have a front-row seat for Michael
Jacksons final concert, as Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment release Michael
Jackson's This is It TitleTBD.
The film will be drawn from hundreds of hours of rehearsal and behind-the-scenes footage, captured in high
definition with state of the art digital sound as the late singer was preparing for his concert series. The film, which
will also offer a unique career retrospective and feature interviews with some of Jackson's closest friends and
creative collaborators, is being produced with the full support of the Estate of Michael Jackson.
The announcement was made by Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Pictures
Entertainment, Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of the studio, and Rob Stringer, Chairman of Columbia/Epic Label
Group, a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment. The two companies serve as the entertainment arm of Sony
The rights to the exclusive footage were acquired from AEG and The Estate of Michael Jackson. Sony Pictures
and Sony Music will co-produce with AEG and the Estate, and Sony Pictures will distribute the film worldwide.
The majority of the film's footage was shot in June, 2009 at Staples Center and the Forum in Los Angeles,
California, as Jackson prepared for "This Is It," the series of fifty concerts Jackson planned to present at
London's O2 Arena.
"This Is It TBD" will offer Jackson fans and music lovers worldwide a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the
performer, his career, and the stage spectacular that would have been. Director Kenny Ortega and
Choreographer Travis Payne, will create an unforgettable front row experience compiled from hundreds of hours
of footage that shows Jackson's meticulous preparation for his 2009 London shows. The film will also include
footage that was shot in 3-D especially for O2 audiences.
Michael Jackson was completely committed to this show and he was extraordinarily proud of what Kenny, Travis
and the entire cast was planning as they rehearsed for this event. We believe the remarkable footage that was
captured in the weeks and hours before he left us show Michael at his finest. We couldnt be more supportive of
this motion picture as we believe it will provide his fans worldwide with an opportunity to see the final
performance of a master entertainer, said John McClain, co-executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson.

"People who have seen this footage are astounded by the amazing quality of Michael Jackson's performance,"
said Lynton. "This historic recording of the last time he sang and danced on stage shows the legendary artist in
an incredibly powerful way, with crystal clear images and sound. We understand the importance of producing a
film that pays tribute to Michael as an artist, and are honored to work with AEG, the Estate of Michael Jackson
and Kenny Ortega to give audiences the gift of his final performances. I know this film will serve as further proof
that Michael Jackson is one of the greatest entertainers who ever graced a stage."
"Michael lives on through his songs, his creative genius, his body of work and his passion for his art," said
Stringer. "He was a perfectionist on stage and through this unique film, audiences will be able to see, many for
the first time, how much Michael poured into making his performances as special as they were perfect."
Added John Branca, executor of the Estate of Michael Jackson, we feel completely confident that Sony Pictures
Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment are the right partners to help The Estate of Michael Jackson
present this film. Sony and Michael have a long and mutually beneficial history together and its only fitting that
the relationship continue in this unique and special way.

Peter Schlessel, President of Worldwide Affairs negotiated for the footage on behalf of the Sony Pictures. David
Weil served as chief negotiation on behalf of AEG. Branca represented The Estate of Michael Jackson.
Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and profoundly influential artists of all-time, leaves
an indelible imprint on popular music and culture.
Five of Jackson's solo albums - "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic Records,
a Sony Music label - are among the top-sellers of all time and Thriller holds the distinction as the largest selling
album worldwide in the history of the recording industry with more than 70 million units sold.
During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles
and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness
Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the
Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's
Artist of the Century Award.
Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5.
In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean,"
"Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of
pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.
Ortega Quote?
In the coming weeks, additional information about the upcoming event will be available at
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