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Roger Ebert Web site to install Publicus
SAXoTECH’s Web CMS will power high-traffic movie review site

Rockville, MD

SAXoTECH, a recognized leader in providing content management and online production systems for media companies, is pleased to announce that Roger Ebert LLC, in cooperation with the Chicago Sun-Times has signed a contract to implement the Publicus Online Publishing System for the popular Roger Ebert movie Web site. The site is operated by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Publicus will be used to publish Roger Ebert’s Web site, which includes full-length movie reviews, Roger Ebert’s Little Movie Glossary, new release listings, box office data, and more. The site receives significant page view traffic.

“We are excited about working with SAXoTECH to install Publicus as the Web content management tool for the Roger Ebert site,” said John Cary, Vice President of New Media at the Chicago Sun-Times. “Roger Ebert has been on the cutting edge of Internet-delivered content, and Publicus allows us to continue with Roger’s forward-looking vision.”

The Sun-Times’ contract includes the Publicus Base System, as well as the following add-on modules:

  • Security Module:Captures user registration information and provides a way to restrict access to content based on registration and/or paid subscriptions

  • Guides Module:Will be used by the Roger Ebert site to create a categorized, searchable database of movie reviews

  • Multi-Channel Module:Automatically publishes editorial content in a variety of electronic formats, such as email newsletters, and wireless phone and handheld computer

Publicus will be integrated with the Sun-Times’ editorial front-end system.

“Publicus will allow Roger Ebert to expand his site’s content and functionality, without requiring him, or the Chicago Sun-Times, to expand their New Media technical staff,” said Mark Prokosch, President of SAXoTECH, Inc. “This will be our most high-profile Publicus customer to date, and we are thrilled that we’ll be able to demonstrate our system’s abilities with such a well respected content provider.”

The contract includes training, consulting services, support and software maintenance. SAXoTECH will host and manage Roger Ebert’s site at the company’s datacenter in northern Virginia.

The implementation process has already begun. The Roger Ebert site is expected to go live with Publicus in early 2004.

About the Chicago Sun-Times
One of the 10 largest daily newspapers in the United States, the Chicago Sun-Times has won eight Pulitzer Prizes and is home to such renowned journalists as film critic Roger Ebert, political commentator Robert Novak, and sports writer Rick Telander. The newspaper is available throughout the city and suburbs. The Sun-Times Online, launched in October 1995, was recipient of the prestigious John C. Dvorak Award as Outstanding Online Newspaper of 1996. In 2000, suntimes.com won a Peter Lisagor Award for Layout/Graphics/Design in the online category for its Sydney Olympics special section.

About SAXoTECH
SAXoTECH is a recognized leader in the development of cross-media news publishing solutions. Our integrated applications give journalists a complete suite of print and online tools to plan, create, publish and archive the news. Our products include the multi-platform SAXoPRESS Publishing System (editorial print production), and the award-winning Publicus Online Publishing System (dynamic, automated Internet publishing). Over 200 clients worldwide depend on our software and services to help them meet their multi-channel deadlines and lower their production costs.

For additional details, contact:
Robert A. Laszlo,
V.P. Customer Fulfillment
SAXoTECH, Inc.
Phone: (941) 447-6662
E-mail: rlaszlo@saxotechonline.com


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