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BLOCKBUSTER PROMOTES THOMAS W. HAWKINS TO VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL

 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation (NYSE: BV) today announced that Thomas W. Hawkins has been promoted to vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of the diversified entertainment company.
 Hawkins joined Blockbuster in 1989 and most recently served as the company's associate general counsel and secretary. During that period, he has been responsible for the legal matters relating to many of the company's acquisitions and other transactions, including Blockbuster's purchase of the Sound Warehouse and Music Plus retail music chains, the company's investment in Republic Pictures Corporation and Blockbuster's joint venture with the Virgin Retail Group.
 In announcing the promotion, Steven R. Berrard, vice chairman and acting president and chief operating officer, said: "Tom has been an outstanding member of the Blockbuster team and this promotion recognizes his contributions to our growth and diversification in the entertainment industry."
 Prior to joining the company, Hawkins was associated with the Chicago-based law firm of Bell, Boyd & Lloyd where he worked on matters for many large corporations including Blockbuster Entertainment, Deere & Co. and Waste Management Inc.
 A native of the Detroit area, Hawkins received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Northwestern University.
 Hawkins resides in Fort Lauderdale.
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