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Hollywood Media Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results
Wednesday, November 05, 2008

BOCA RATON, Fla., November 5, 2008 -- Hollywood Media Corp. (Nasdaq: HOLL), a leading provider of online ticketing services, today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008.  Results reflect the divestment of the Company’s business in August 2008 and its Showtimes data business unit in August 2007, which have been accounted for as discontinued operations.

For the 2008 third quarter, Hollywood Media reported net revenues of $25.5 million compared to $26.8 million in the prior-year period. Broadway Ticketing represented 94% of net revenues with the balance attributable primarily to Ad Sales from the Company’s U.K.-based CinemasOnline business.  The decline in net revenues was mainly due to a decrease of $0.8 million in revenue from the Company’s London West End ticketing operation,, and a decrease of $0.3 million in revenue from sales of hotel packages. As previously reported, has transitioned from handling its own sales to an arrangement with a third party ticket agency.  As a result, now recognizes an agency commission based on ticket price, which reduces revenue while also lowering operating expenses. 

The loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2008 was $1.9 million, or $0.06 per share, which includes approximately $0.4 million of non-recurring severance expense following the divestment of the business and compares to a $1.7 million loss from continuing operations, or $0.05 per share, in the same period last year.  Net loss for the 2008 third quarter, which includes a loss from discontinued operations of $4.4 million, was $6.3 million, or $0.20 per share, compared to net income of $8.1 million, or $0.24 per share, in the prior-year period which includes a gain from discontinued operations of $9.8 million.

The Company narrowed its EBITDA (Modified)* loss in the 2008 third quarter to $1.5 million, which, as noted above, includes approximately $0.4 million in severance costs, and compares to an EBITDA (Modified) loss of $1.6 million in last year’s third quarter. had EBITDA of $1.1 million in the 2008 third quarter compared to $0.9 million in the corresponding period of 2007.

Mitchell Rubenstein, Chief Executive Officer of Hollywood Media Corp., commented, “Despite a more challenging market environment, we grew sponsorship revenues on from both strategic sponsors as well as the shows themselves.  By reducing and realigning staff in the third quarter as a result of the divestitures, we expect nearly $1.5 million in annualized savings.  These savings should drive meaningful improvement in EBITDA performance.”

“As we move into our busy fourth quarter holiday season, we expect that prevailing economic conditions may impact overall demand for Broadway entertainment.  While we are not immune to broader market trends with advanced orders for the fourth quarter off to a slower start, we are anticipating some positive effect in the quarter from new Broadway shows, including the hit show, Billy Elliot, which opens November 15th, and Shrek, based on the popular animated films.  We also believe that we have the right ticket inventory levels to meet anticipated demand during the holiday period.”  Mr. Rubenstein concluded, “We have taken important steps to position our business for long-term performance.  With the divestment of our non-core businesses, we are now largely a pure play provider in online ticketing and related services.  This concentrated focus should enable us to more aggressively pursue compelling opportunities to accelerate growth while managing costs.”

At September 30, 2008, cash and cash equivalents were $14.3 million, compared to $20.9 million at June 30, 2008.  The cash position at quarter end reflects the purchase of increased ticketing inventory to meet anticipated demand during the fourth quarter holiday period for Broadway’s most popular shows as well as the loss related to the sale of the business.

Teleconference Information

Management will host a teleconference to discuss Hollywood Media’s third quarter 2008 financial results on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the teleconference, please dial 888-562-3654 (U.S.) or 973-582-2703 (international) approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The reference passcode for the call is 71189453. The teleconference will also be available via live Web cast on the investor relations portion of Hollywood Media’s Web site, located at  Following prepared remarks, management will take questions from the audience via phone and e-mail.

If you are unable to listen to the live teleconference at its scheduled time, a replay will be available through November 24, 2008 and can be accessed by dialing 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291 (international), passcode 71189453. An archived version of the Web cast will also be available on the investor relations portion of Hollywood Media’s Web site at

About Hollywood Media Corp.
Hollywood Media is a leading provider of online ticketing services, which include and Hollywood Media’s minority interest in  Hollywood Media also owns the UK-based CinemasOnline and its Intellectual Property division.  For more information, please visit the Company’s corporate Web site,

*Note on EBITDA
EBITDA 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 loss 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 and integrate new businesses, our ability to realize anticipated revenues, cost efficiencies and sources of capital, 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 media, data and internet companies, 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 2007.  Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and Hollywood Media undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement except as required by law.
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