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Hollywood Media Corp. Reports 2009 Second Quarter Results

Thursday, July 29, 2009

BOCA RATON, Fla., July 29, 2009 – Hollywood Media Corp. (Nasdaq: HOLL), a leading provider of online ticketing services, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009.  Results for the 2008 second quarter reflect the divestment of the Company’s Hollywood.com business in August 2008, which has been accounted for as discontinued operations.

Highlights:

•           Income from operations for the Company as a whole of $260,703, despite lower net revenues;
•           75% year-over-year increase in Broadway Ticketing EBITDA*; and
•           Year-over-year reduction of 28% in SG&A and payroll and benefits expenses; total year-over-year operating cost and expense reduction of 19%.

For the 2009 second quarter, Hollywood Media reported net revenues of $30.3 million, primarily attributable to Broadway Ticketing revenues.  This compares to net revenues of $35.5 million in the second quarter of last year.  The year-over-year decline in net revenues primarily reflects lower group sales as a result of the economy as well as lower ancillary sales for hotels and other tourism-related services.    Advertising sales from Broadway shows, which are not recorded as revenues but rather as a reduction to cost of revenues-ticketing, increased by more than $0.3 million, or 206%, in the second quarter 2009 period versus the prior year.

Net loss for the 2009 second quarter was $4.8 million, or $0.16 per share, which includes a $5.0 million non-cash impairment charge related to the Ad Sales segment. This compares to a 2008 second quarter net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.02 per share, which included a loss from discontinued operations of $0.7 million and a $1.3 million cash dividend related to the Company’s 26.2 percent equity interest in MovieTickets.com. There was no dividend in second quarter 2009.  EBITDA loss in the 2009 second quarter for the Company as a whole was $4.4 million, which includes the $5.0 million impairment charge mentioned above.  This compares to EBITDA (Modified)* of $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2008, which included the $1.3 million cash dividend mentioned above.   

Mitchell Rubenstein, CEO of Hollywood Media, commented, “We drove significant improvement in profitability from operations in the second quarter, highlighted by income from operations for the Company as a whole and a 75% increase in Broadway Ticketing EBITDA versus the prior year.   The results reflect significant decreases in operating expenses coupled with increases in gross margin percentage and ad sales on Broadway.com.”

Cash and cash equivalents was $8.4 million as of June 30, 2009, compared to $10.8 million as of March 31, 2009.  The change reflects $1.3 million in purchases of Broadway ticketing inventory, capital expenditures of $0.4 million in connection with a redesign of the Broadway.com site and payment of $0.3 million in audit fees that had been accrued in the 2008 fourth quarter.  The  Company also has approximately $1.2 million in its restricted cash balance, which was transferred by the Company during the first quarter of 2009 to secure a bond for future ticketing purchases.

Teleconference Information

Management will host a teleconference to discuss the Company’s 2009 second quarter financial results. The conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  To access the teleconference, please dial 877-407-8293 (U.S.) or 201-689-8349 (international) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.  The teleconference will also be available via live webcast on the investor relations portion of Hollywood Media’s website, http://www.hollywoodmedia.com/conference_calls.htm

If you are unable to listen to the live teleconference, a replay will be available through August 7, 2009, and can be accessed by dialing 877-660-6853 (U.S.) or 201-612-7415 (international).  Callers will be prompted for replay account number 342# followed by conference ID number 328715#.   An archived version of the webcast will also be available on the investor relations section of Hollywood Media’s website at http://www.hollywoodmedia.com.

About Hollywood Media Corp.
Hollywood Media is comprised primarily of Internet businesses focused on online ticketing, which include Broadway.com and Hollywood Media’s minority interest in MovieTickets.com. Hollywood Media also owns the UK-based CinemasOnline and its Intellectual Property division.

*Note on EBITDA
BITDA and EBITDA (Modified) are non-GAAP financial measures.  EBITDA is defined as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA (Modified) is defined as net income from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization on continuing operations. Hollywood Media has presented EBITDA in this release because it considers such information an important supplemental measure which management utilizes as one of its tools in evaluating performance and believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation and comparison of companies in our industry as well as our results of operations from period to period. EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for Hollywood Media’s financial results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are: (a) EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Hollywood Media’s working capital needs; (b) EBITDA does not reflect interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, if any; and (c) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such capital expenditures. Because of these limitations, EBITDA should not be considered as a principal indicator of Hollywood Media’s performance. Hollywood Media compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on Hollywood Media’s GAAP results and using EBITDA only supplementally. Hollywood Media has provided a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA (Modified) in the attached tables.

Note on Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release may be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of federal securities laws. The matters discussed herein that are forward-looking statements are based on current management expectations that involve risks and uncertainties that may result in such expectations not being realized. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous potential risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the need to manage our growth, our ability to realize anticipated revenues and cost efficiencies, the impact of potential future dispositions or other strategic transactions by Hollywood Media, our ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships, our ability to compete with other online ticketing services and other competitors, technology risks, the volatility of our stock price, and other risks and factors described in Hollywood Media Corp.’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our Form 10-K for 2008. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made.

Attached are the following financial tables:

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
    SEGMENT SUMMARY FINANCIAL DATA AND EBITDA RECONCILIATION