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The estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil to develop Michael Jackson shows


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

 Estate of Michael Jackson
Jim Bates
Sitrick And Company

Cirque du Soleil
Tim Choy
Davidson & Choy Publicity
323-954-7510 ext 13

Jenn Michaels


First arena touring show slated for late 2011
Las Vegas permanent show to open in 2012

Los Angeles (April 20, 2010) – Two great forces in entertainment have combined with the announcement of an unprecedented arrangement between The Estate of Michael Jackson, represented by Executors John Branca and John McLain, and Cirque du Soleil for the creation, development, production and promotion of Michael Jackson projects,
featuring touring and permanent shows, based on the music and songs of
Michael Jackson.  Special lifestyle projects, including a nightclub to
open with the Las Vegas production, will also be developed.

The first of these projects will be an arena-touring show in which
fans will experience the excitement of a Michael Jackson concert, expected
to debut in late Fall 2011. That arena show is anticipated to enjoy an
extended run in Las Vegas in conjunction with longtime Cirque du Soleil partner MGM MIRAGE. The Las Vegas permanent show, also in partnership with MGM MIRAGE,
is expected to open in late 2012. MGM MIRAGE will announce the location
and plans for the permanent theatrical venue at a later date.

John Branca, Co-Executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson,
commented, “This will not just be a tribute to Michael’s musical
genius, but a live entertainment experience that uses the most advanced
technology to push every creative boundary as Michael always did.
Having attended Cirque du Soleil performances with Michael, I know he was a huge fan. We are excited to be partners with Cirque du Soleil to give Michael’s fans a truly unique way to hear, see and feel Michael’s music.”

Guy Laliberté, Founder of Cirque du Soleil,
commented, “Michael Jackson is the King of Pop and an all-time
phenomenal artist, both timeless and contemporary. As a creative
challenge, this project is the ultimate. Through the use of cutting
edge technology, we will produce a Cirque du Soleil
experience not only worthy of Michael but unlike any other we have
created before. We are also so pleased that our longtime partner MGM
MIRAGE has once again joined us in presenting another unique creative
experience in Las Vegas. ”

John McClain, Co-Executor for The Estate of Michael Jackson, commented,
“There will never be a multi-faceted entrepreneur, humanitarian and
innovator like Michael and it is only befitting that this partnership
be with Cirque du Soleil. No artist electrified the stage more than Michael did. We expect that his fans will come away from these Cirque du Soleil performances feeling the exhilaration of a Michael Jackson experience and with an even greater appreciation of his legacy.”

Daniel Lamarre, President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil
added “We are honored and thrilled to be in partnership with the
ultimate and most important record selling artist of all time. This
association between two international entertainment brands promises to
deliver to fans of both Michael and Cirque du Soleil unique artistic experiences”

Bill Hornbuckle, Chief Marketing Officer of MGM MIRAGE said
“Las Vegas is known worldwide for its unparalleled entertainment
offerings, many of which have been developed by the creative geniuses
at Cirque du Soleil. We have been honored to call Cirque our
partner for many years and are humbled now by the opportunity to work
with them to create a show that will commemorate one of the most
legendary forces in entertainment in our lifetime.”

Katherine Jackson, mother of Michael Jackson commented. “Our family is thrilled that Cirque du Soleil will pay tribute to my son in such an important way.”

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil will
each own 50 percent of each Michael Jackson project, sharing equally in
the cost of creating, developing, building and producing the projects
and in the profits from each project.  The Estate of Michael Jackson
will also receive royalty payments on various aspects of its
intellectual property used in the Michael Jackson projects.

About Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson, one of the most widely beloved entertainers and
profoundly influential artists of all time, leaves an indelible imprint
on popular music and culture.  Five of Jackson’s solo albums, "Off the
Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "HIStory," all with Epic
Records, are among the top sellers of all time and “Thriller” holds the
distinction as the largest selling album in the history of the
recording industry with more than 90 million units sold worldwide.
Additionally, singles released from the “Thriller” album sold more than
100 million copies worldwide, another all-time record. During his
extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records
worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of
artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  The
Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most
Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest
Selling Album of All Time.  Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received
the American Music Award’s Artist of the Century Award.  Michael
Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his
brothers as a member of the Jackson 5.  In the early 1980s, he defined
the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie
Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller."  Jackson’s sound, style and
dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and
hip-hop artists.

About Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil is primarily a creative content provider
for a wide variety of unique projects.  In addition to live shows, the
Montreal based company extends its creative talent to other spheres of
activity. Since its beginnings in 1984, over 100 million spectators in
more than 300 cities on five continents have been thrilled by Cirque du


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