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PictureTel Makes Movie Debut in Ransom

Videoconferencing industry leader appears in blockbuster starring Mel Gibson

ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- When filmmakers at Touchstone Pictures wanted to include the latest cutting-edge technology in their new blockbuster, Ransom, they turned to the world leader in videoconferencing technologies, PictureTel Corporation (Nasdaq: PCTL). PictureTel is featured in one of the drama's pivotal scenes -- a science fair in New York City's Central Park.

Ransom, which stars Mel Gibson and Rene Russo and was directed by Ron Howard, is the story of how wealthy parents work to rescue their kidnapped son and bring the kidnappers to justice.

"When the Ransom producers wanted to show videoconferencing in their film, who else would they turn to but PictureTel, the industry leader," said Rick Faulk, vice president of Corporate Marketing for PictureTel. "We are pleased to be involved in such a successful film."

PictureTel Corporation is the world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing a full range of videoconferencing technologies. The company's products serve videoconferencing needs from the desktop to the boardroom. PictureTel also markets network conferencing products and a comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-wide services. Additional PictureTel information is available at www.picturetel.com on the Internet. PictureTel -- Anywhere Now(TM).

NOTE: PictureTel is a registered trademark of PictureTel Corporation. Anywhere Now is a trademark of PictureTel Corporation.

Recent PictureTel news releases are available on our Web site at www.picturetel.com or by calling 1-800-716-6000, extension 4 (U.S. and Canada only).

SOURCE PictureTel Corporation
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