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The Hollywood Stock Exchange



The Hollywood Stock Exchange® (www.hsx.com) is an integrated marketing, research and technology company driven by its patented entertainment stock market. At HSX.com, visitors buy and sell virtual shares of celebrities, movies and music with a currency called the Hollywood Dollar®.The Company's Virtual SpecialistTM technology allows an unlimited number of consumers to trade thousands of virtual entertainment securities in a fair and orderly, supply-and-demand-based market. HSX syndicates the data collected from the Exchange as market research to entertainment, consumer product and financial institutions and as original programming to radio, television and print media. Founded in 1996, HSX is now a subsidiary of Cantor Index Holdings, L.P. and an affiliate of Cantor Index Limited, a leading online financial spread trading firm. HSX is headquartered in West Hollywood, California.

ABOUT CANTOR INDEX

  eSpeed

Cantor Index offers a wide range of retail equity derivative products, based on exchange-traded futures and shares. These products have quickly become one of the most exciting and efficient retail equity derivatives available. Cantor Index's real time, online trading has become a focal point of its development thanks to the contribution of eSpeed's technology (www.espeed.com). For more information about Cantor Index visit www.cantorindex.co.uk.

ABOUT CANTOR FITZGERALD

 Cantor Fitzgerald

Cantor Fitzgerald L.P. is a financial services firm with operating units that are involved in a variety of market-baseds business initiatives. From its position as a leading financial intermediary in both the equity and fixed income markets, Cantor has expanded the scope of its business to include portfolio trading, investment banking, financial spread betting, market advisory, energy brokerage, CO2 emissions trading and electronic trading technology. Cantor brings its experience and expertise in the financial markets and its legacy of innovation in technology to benefit institutional investors and traders around the world. Whether it's creating new products and services or enabling its clients to trade more efficiently and effectively through cutting edge technological solutions, Cantor is re-inventing markets everyday. For more information about Cantor Fitzgerald visit www.cantor.com.

May 2003:
The Hollywood Stock Exchange crosses the one million mark in registered trades.

January 2003:
A live IMX television show, supporting the new music market, begins airing weekdays on muchmusic usa.

December 2002:
HSX launches IMX, the Interactive Music Exchange, a Virtual Specialist ASP solution.

October 2002:
Alexander Costakis is appointed the new Managing Director of Hollywood Stock Exchange.

March 2002:
HSX secures sale of its research product to legendary motion picture studio, MGM.

Winter 2002:
Cantor Index and HSX roll-out the UK launch of a special, real-money trading market for the Academy Awards.

July 2001:
With Cantor Index, HSX launches the first online movie trading product, allowing UK users to wager real money on the box office results of Jurassic Park III and Planet of the Apes.

May 2001:
Cantor Index Holdings, a leading online financial trading firm, acquires the Hollywood Stock Exchange.

March 2001:
Launched HSX Research (www.hsxresearch.com), a subscription-based market research application which strives to become the leading provider of information to the entertainment research market

October 2000:
Launched Virtual Producer (www.virtualproducer.com), an immersive online experience that allows consumers to participate in every aspect of the production of a film

June 2000:
Deal signed with Pacific Century CyberWorks' (Now.com) to create content based on HSX Market

May 2000:
Daily web show, Buy, Sell or Hold, launched on HSX.TV

March 2000:
O2K (Oscar 2000) at House of Blues featuring Moby and Earth Wind & Fire and hosted by Rob Schneider

January 2000:
HSXpresso Cafe opens at Sundance Film Festival

December 1999:
Second round of capital raised from Citigroup Ventures, National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and XL Ventures

September 1999:
Patent received for Virtual Specialist Technology

July 1999:
Weekly radio show launched on 97.1 FM in Los Angeles

June 1999:
Music Market Launched in NYC at Jupiter Plug.In Conference

March 1999:
Oscar Party at House of Blues featuring Beck and Crystal Method

July 1998:
First round of venture capital raised from Keystone Venture Capital

December 1997:
Hollywood Stock Exchange commercially launched

April 1996:
Founded by Max Keiser and Michael Burns

HOLLYWOOD STOCK EXCHANGE CROSSES THE ONE MILLION MARK IN REGISTERED TRADERS
May 4, 2003

LOS ANGELES (May 4, 2003) - On a weekend when moviegoers across the country set records with the release of mega-blockbuster X2: X-Men United, traders on the Hollywood Stock Exchange® (www.hsx.com) made history of their own. For seven years, HSX has provided the world's online community with the only 24 hours-a-day/seven-days-a-week virtual entertainment market. And now, that community has grown to include more than one million registered users.

On this historic occasion, a few other remarkable HSX numbers merit mention:

  • Since 1997, the Hollywood Stock Exchange has traded more than $25 trillion Hollywood Dollars® (H$) on the Movie Market™.
  • In that same time, the Movie Market has brokered over 133,000,000 transactions/trades.
  • The total number of film securities traded on HSX has exceeded 3.25 trillion shares.
  • To date, the largest single portfolio holder on the Hollywood Stock Exchange is worth nearly H$3.4 billion.

About the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX)

The Hollywood Stock Exchange ('HSX') is a leading interactive gaming technology and research company, acquired by Cantor Index Holdings in May 2001. Through its patented virtual specialist technology and licensing agreements with third parties, HSX is able to provide consumers with an unrivalled interactive experience. Virtual stock exchanges, such as www.hsx.com, allow users to buy and sell virtual shares of entertainment and other assets using virtual currencies, such as 'Hollywood Dollars' ('H$'). Trading data derived from the virtual stock market is collected and delivered as market research for entertainment, consumer product, and financial institutions

HSX AND MUCHMUSIC FUSE INTERACTIVE GAME PLAY WITH LIVE TV, 16 December 2002

NEW YORK, NY, December 16, 2002 - muchmusic usa, the nation's only viewer-driven all music network, will take live television and the interactive game play to an unprecedented level when it fuses the two together and premieres IMX: Interactive Music Exchange on Monday, January 20 at 6 PM EST.



In development for almost a year, IMX is a fully converged music industry simulation game. Through the power of muchmusic usa's web site, www.mmusa.tv and utilizing the proven interactive technology of the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX), a leading interactive gaming technology and research company, viewers will be empowered to become real-life music executives, investing 'IMX dollars' to buy, hold or sell the stock of their chosen artists, albums, and songs. With each investment, participants can make or break artists as they look to increase their overall portfolio, enabling them to redeem valuable prizes, such as, the latest CDs to Sony PlayStations. The valuation of each artist and their securities will constantly fluctuate depending on the Billboard charts, radio airplay, soundscan, concert sales and other real market variables. In conjunction with the interactive game, muchmusic usa will premiere a daily live IMX show on Monday, January 20th at 6 PM EST, which will air each weekday. The show will be hosted by Juliya, of mmusa's heavy metal showcase URANIUM; Marianela, who previously hosted Latin television's MHz HOT; and Steven Smith, formerly a VH-1 personality. The one-hour program will help recap the day's trading, the value of each featured artist and song, and speculate on the future of the market. Joining the trio each day will be a wide variety of music industry insiders, from the day's hot hitmakers to record company executives to music journalists. A market style ticker on the bottom of the screen will update viewers on how each artist did during the day's trading.

'muchmusic usa's mission is to provide its viewers with a real voice. What better way for a viewer's voice to be heard than by investing in an artist he or she loves?' muchmusic usa President Marc Juris stated. 'Our success and growth over the last year has occurred because we recognize that viewers want ownership and control of what they listen to and watch. We have developed technology that empowers our audience to create their own videos, select our video rotation, and even to host the shows we broadcast. Both the IMX program and game is the next step in this endeavor, by encompassing the technological advances of the web, the popularity of online games, and the potential of live television.'

Like all muchmusic usa programming, IMX is driven by dynamic online content that fosters repeat traffic. The IMX online game will feature music video previews, music downloads, and a wide range of market research tools for the individual portfolios of game participants, including airplay stats and sales charts. Once registered, each player will be given 'IMX dollars', an individual account, and the ability to make trades and recoup investments. And as with all mmusa content, users gather as a community and voice their opinions on bulletin boards, which will also be included in real time on the daily on-air show. 'IMX is like fantasy football, but with rock stars,' continues Juris. 'The applications it can embrace are infinitely broad - from broadband and the digital set-top box to wireless devices and e-commerce. It's a new kind of entertainment experience that will captivate our tech-centric young viewers, and also cable operators who are eager to drive the demand for digital set-top boxes and high-speed services.'

The technology that powers the interactive music game was developed with HSX. Like other HSX games, web users will be able to invest in real time. Just as box office results guide share prices of HSX interactive games such as MovieStocks and StarBonds, HSX will provide IMX with the technology for constantly updated real market measure, such as Billboard chart data to underline all music trading.

The IMX program will air Monday - Friday at 6:00 PM. Encores air Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Midnight, Saturdays at 1:00 PM and 1:30 AM and Sundays at 11:00 AM and 10:00 PM. All times Eastern Standard.

About muchmusic usa


muchmusic usa is the nation's only viewer-driven all music network, featuring music videos and live concerts in an all-music-all-the-time format. The network programming is viewer influenced and generated. On muchmusic usa, viewers voice their opinions, influence what's on the air, participate in discovering new music and even create music video programming to air on the network. For more information about muchmusic usa, please visit our Web site at www.mmusatv. muchmusic usa is owned and managed by Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. A subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) and NBC, Rainbow has been at the forefront of innovation in programming for more than 20 years. Rainbow also manages AMC, WE: Women's Entertainment, The Independent Film Channel, Mag Rack, Rainbow Sports Networks and News 12 Networks as well as the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. In addition, Rainbow is a fifty-percent partner in FOX Sports Net.

About Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX)


Hollywood Stock Exchange ('HSX') is a leading interactive gaming technology and research company, acquired by Cantor Index Holdings in May 2001. Through its patented virtual specialist technology and licensing agreements with third parties, HSX is able to provide consumers with an unrivalled interactive experience. Virtual stock exchanges, such as www.hsx.com allow users to buy and sell virtual shares of entertainment and other assets using virtual currencies such as the 'Hollywood Dollar H$'. Trading data derived from the virtual stock market is collected and delivered as market research for entertainment, consumer product and financial institutions.

HOLLYWOOD STOCK EXCHANGE LAUNCHES HSX RESEARCH

World's Largest Entertainment Focus Group Will Provide Most Comprehensive, Accurate Consumer Data

LOS ANGELES (February 28, 2001) - As the U.S. market research business continues to experience rapid growth with revenues estimated at $5.4 billion for 2000*, Hollywood Stock ExchangeÒ (www.hsx.com) today announced the launch of its first subscription-based market research applications. HSX Research, a separate business division of HSX, will strive to leverage the community and technology of hsx.com to become the leading provider of information to the entertainment research market.

HSX Research's primary application, HSX Trader Insight, consists of six dynamic reports that provide clients with long-lead estimates of audience awareness, intention and box office projecting for all film projects. Future applications, such as advertising effectiveness analysis, product placement analysis, entertainment product indexing and other value-added market research services will be available later this year.

Brian Dearth, the company's recently named CEO, will oversee the new division. Prior to his appointment, Dearth served as HSX's VP Market Research. He also served as a senior vice president for VNU's Entertainment Group and managed marketing for Claritas Inc. Melissa Perrot has been named Vice President, Market Research for the company.

'HSX Research is the only market research application that provides accurate, unbiased, real-time insight into the minds of the most influential entertainment consumers,' said Brian Dearth, CEO of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. 'Our clients will be able to rely on hundreds of thousands of active respondents to provide them with continuous, accurate data. HSX Research will be an open gateway into the opinions and desires of our community comprised of trend-setting, early adopting entertainment consumers.'

HSX Research expects to serve clients across several industries, including entertainment, consumer products/packaged goods and financial institutions. Such clients can look forward to the following benefits from the company's various applications:

  • Real time Results:

Basic research information can be pulled off of the Exchange in minutes - and deeper market research questions will be answered without having to do long-lead planning.

  • Cost Efficiency through Long Lead Tracking:

Because HSX tracks films and music from early development through release, clients will have the long lead-time needed to create more efficient and cost-effective marketing campaigns.

  • Unbiased and Unobtrusive Methodology:

Through the use of HSX's patented Virtual SpecialistTM technology, the Exchange generates an unparalleled depth of real-time consumer data that will allow HSX to provide its Research customers with detailed, actionable marketing information.

  • Large sample size of influential entertainment enthusiasts:

HSX Research allows major marketing decisions to be made based on hundreds of thousands of respondents, instead of the much smaller samples used in the past.

HSX Research customers will also have the advantage of the site's valuable community of more than 730,000 traders, strong demographics and the division's leadership & research industry expertise.

'The business of Market Research has been in HSX's plan since the beginning,' said HSX co-founder and chairman Michael Burns. 'Our customers in the entertainment, packaged goods and financial industries will soon see that, with these revolutionary research applications, it has been worth the wait.'

For more information please visit www.hsxresearch.com.

*Source: Inside Market Research

About Hollywood Stock Exchange

The Hollywood Stock Exchange® (www.hsx.com) is an integrated marketing, research and technology company driven by its patented entertainment stock market. At HSX.com, visitors buy and sell virtual shares of celebrities, movies and music with a currency called the Hollywood Dollar®. HSX syndicates the data collected from the Exchange as market research to entertainment, consumer product and financial institutions and as original programming to radio, television and print media. Founded in 1996, HSX is headquartered in West Hollywood, California.

(from PC Magazine, March 25, 2003)

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by: PC Magazine

So you wanna be a Hollywood player? This survivor from the good ol' days of the Web still lets you get all Gordon Gekko with your favorite (or most hated) actors and their movies. Like Tom Cruise? Buy his stock and watch it rise and fall like the NASDAQ. Greed is definitely good.

 

The Box Score

The Box Score
Neo topped the weekend box office, but Spidey is still the all-time champ.

                  

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May 20, 2003

 

 

Although The Matrix Reloaded (MTRX2) didn't top the all-time opening weekend take of Spider-Man, its $91.8 million Friday-to-Sunday tally was out of this world for Warner Bros. (WBDX). From Wednesday through Sunday, the R-rated actioner earned a massive $134.3 million.

 

FILM

SECURITY

WEEKEND GROSS

TOTAL GROSS

1. The Matrix Reloaded

(MTRX2)

$91,774,413

$134,282,716

2. Daddy Day Care

(DADDC)

$18,880,185

$51,057,257

3. X2: X-Men United

(XMEN2)

$17,301,287

$174,172,025

4. Down with Love

(DWNLV)

$7,001,906

$7,066,077

5. The Lizzie McGuire Movie

(LIZIE)

$4,755,225

$32,314,438

6. Identity

Cashed Out

$3,662,843

$45,070,821

7. Anger Management

Cashed Out

$3,554,771

$128,278,321

8. Holes

Cashed Out

$3,160,190

$55,960,305

9. A Mighty Wind

(MWIND)

$1,692,463

$12,097,256

10. Bend It Like Beckham

(BECKH)

$1,372,198

$15,040,183

The opening frame is the second largest in film history, trailing Spidey, but topping the $90 million bow of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001.

Rating a distant second was Daddy Day Care (DADDC), which racked up another $18.9 million in its sophomore outing. The family-friendly comedy has grossed more than $51 million in its first ten days of release.

In third place, X2: X-Men United (XMEN2) scored another $17.3 million. After dipping another 56.8 percent from a week ago, the comic adaptation has tallied $174.2 million at the domestic box office.

New opener Down With Love (DWNLV) opened to a soft $7 million from 2,123 theaters. The film's per venue average was a modest $3,298.

Rounding out the top five, The Lizzie McGuire Movie (LIZIE) earned another $4.8 million for Hilary Duff (HDUFF) and friends. The big screen spin-off of the Disney (DISDX) television series has a cume total of $32.3 million.

Account History

Are you the type of trader who likes to stroll down memory lane and relive your big conquests? Or did you just lose your shirt and you need to find out where you went wrong? Your account history keeps track of all of the trades you have made so you can either gloat over your triumphs or learn from your mistakes. It also tracks the amount of Hollywood Dollars that are credited to your account through sweepstakes, open orders, and cancelled orders.

Hollywood Dollars

Hollywood Dollars are the official currency of the Hollywood Stock Exchange. When you join the Hollywood Stock Exchange, you are given two million Hollywood Dollars. Your job is to use the money to the best of your abilities on the Exchange and profit from it. There are traders on HSX that have taken their initial two million Hollywood Dollars and turned them into over a billion Hollywood Dollars! That has given them the chance to become leaders in the HSX community. If you play your dollars wisely, you too can become the next HSX mogul.

Hollywood Stock Exchange

Welcome to the Hollywood Stock Exchange -- where Wall Street meets Hollywood! The Hollywood Stock Exchange is a simulated entertainment stock market where you can trade movies, stars, and more, just as you would stocks and bonds. You can trade for FREE, earn Hollywood Dollars, check out the latest news, chat with other entertainment buffs, and more!


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