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UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Williams- Jones will retire as President and Chief Operating Officer of United International Pictures, it was announced jointly by Jonathan Dolgen, Chairman, Viacom Entertainment Group; Frank G. Mancuso, Chairman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.; and Ron Meyer, President and Chief Operating Officer, MCA INC. He will continue to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of UIP until a successor is found and will assist in the search process. He will work with the successor in a phased transition period which is expected to last until the end of the year.

"Michael has led the UIP joint venture with great distinction for many years, said Messrs. Dolgen, Mancuso and Meyer. He has consistently provided the insight, skill and expertise needed to help us plot a course through the rapidly changing international distribution business which is so vital to each of our companies. We extend our deepest appreciation to Michael for his exceptional contributions to the success of UIP. He has more than earned the right to move on, and we wish him and his family well in the future."

"I treasure my years with UIP," said Mr. Williams-Jones. "The remarkable symbiosis between the partnership, the filmmakers and the UIP worldwide family has contributed enormously to the success of the company. The dedication, energy, enthusiasm and talent of UIP employees all over the world has made my job as CEO a pleasure, and I know the team will continue to excel under new leadership."

Mr. Williams-Jones has been President and CEO of UIP since 1984, overseeing the release of such international blockbusters as "GoldenEye" and "Rain Man" from MGM/UA, "Forrest Gump" and "Ghost" from Paramount Pictures and "Jurassic Park" and "Apollo 13" from Universal Pictures. He previously served for one year as President of UIP's Motion Picture Group and joined the newly formed venture in 1981 as Senior Vice President.

Mr. Williams-Jones previously spent well over a decade with United Artists Pictures, joining the company in the late 1960s as a management trainee. He was named Managing Director - South Africa in 1969, Managing Director - Brazil in 1972 and Managing Director - United Kingdom in 1977. He was promoted to Vice President for Europe in 1978. A year later, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President International, overseeing all international theatrical and non- theatrical matters as well as United Artists cinema interests.

Mr. Williams-Jones is widely credited with opening new markets such as Korea, Turkey and Eastern Europe to Hollywood Studios. He has introduced numerous innovative marketing strategies and built one of the finest distribution teams in the industry. He was the recipient of the first International Distributor Award and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Locarno Film Festival.

Mr. Williams-Jones is a member of both the British and American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is presently a Governor of Britain's National Film and Television School. He serves on the Council of the British Film and Television Screen Advisory Board. He is actively involved in various charities, including the Variety Club and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund. He is a Lifetime Governor of the British Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

United International Pictures is a joint venture of MCA INC., Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Paramount Pictures. With more than 900 employees in 44 countries, UIP distributes the theatrical releases of its member companies in territories throughout the world, outside of the United States and Canada.
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/CONTACT: Hy Smith of UIP, 011-44-1-81-563-4113; or Anne Corley of MGM, 310-449-3660; or Cheryl Boone Isaacs of Paramount, 213-956-5504; or Iris Gelt of MCA, 818-777-9775/

CO: United International Pictures; MCA Inc.; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.;

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