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CMG Announces New Partnership Agreement with Kodak

Media Contacts:
Lida Jalali Marschke, CMG, +1 408-779-7858, lida@colormanagement.com
Nancy Carr, Kodak, +1 585-781-9121, Nancy.Carr@kodak.com

CMG Announces New Partnership Agreement with Kodak

SAN JOSE, CA, / CHICAGO, IL, Sept. 15th, 2009 - The Color Management Group (CMG) Announces a New Partnership Agreement with Kodak. CMG's relationship launch team, "Team Kodak" will kick off the relationship and premiere the new CMG/Kodak product/service offerings in Booth #1463, South Hall at Print09.

A new Channel Partnership agreement between Kodak and the Color Management Group (CMG) focuses on the sales and support of proofing systems in the United States. CMG will offer bundled proofing and color management solutions built around Kodak’s state-of-the-art KODAK Proofing Software 4.0 and Color Management Group’s expert certified services and solution integration offerings.

“Kodak values its relationships with our resellers and distributors here in the U.S. and worldwide,” said Don Whaley, Director, Channel Development, Commercial & Consumer US&C, and Vice President, Americas, Kodak. “These agreements extend Kodak’s market reach, but more important, they give print and marketing service providers even broader access to our solutions to help them grow their business.”

Marc Levine, CMG Director of Business Development remarks "We are excited to launch our new relationship with Kodak. Kodak is a technology powerhouse, with products that span the full spectrum of graphic arts products. Kodak's latest software solution for inkjet contract proofing - KPS (Kodak Proofing Software) v4.0 - ensures high quality and long-term precision color repeatability. Kodak is a legend in graphic arts and CMG is confident that our knowledge depth and global expertise in color will be a great fit with Kodak technology."

Through the agreement, Kodak color management and proofing solutions will be available to a broader audience and will be enhanced by CMG’s color management expertise, knowledge and experience. CMG is a consortium of premier independent consultant-based resellers and their Silicon Valley-based distributor who provide pre-sales assistance, product sales, integration, training, and technical support of color management solutions and G7-related technologies.

"It is great to have a product that gives out of the box results as a stand alone, but also gives the install base of Prinergy users a top notch, integrated and a brand loyal proofing product" comments Peter Furnee, President, Stochast and CMG Certified Expert. "KPS 4 provides great integration with Kodak's portfolio of workflow products. It's ability to interface directly with Prinergy and Evo increases throughput and eliminates both file and color errors. In addition, KPS is a mature and stable platform with a strong set of features that addresses customers needs" states Son Do, VP, Rods and Cones and CMG Founding Member.

“The demand for reliable color proofing solutions continues to increase, and by working closely with CMG, Kodak dramatically extends its reach,” noted Kevin Barton, Vice President and Regional Business Manager, Prepress Solutions, Americas, Kodak. “This relationship will benefit our customers by adding an additional level of expertise. We look forward to a long and productive relationship with CMG.”

"This is truly an exciting announcement for CMG - CMG Certified Experts engaged with the world's foremost imaging innovator equals unprecedented value. We look forward to working with Kodak, a partner that has proven to value technological superiority, marketing and customer relationships" exclaims Lida Jalali Marschke, Founder and Marketing Director for the Color Management Group.

About CMG

The Color Management Group, founded in 2003, is a growing worldwide “think tank” consortium of premier independent consultant based resellers and their Silicon Valley Distributor who share technical information and work together to conduct marketing activities. Members provide pre-sales assistance, product sales, integration, training, and technical support of color management solutions and G7 related technologies. The groups’ alliance companies bring copious years of experience supporting clients across continents and industries while maintaining direct relationships with leading vendors. CMG members hold myriad technical certifications and host a broad array of educational WebEx sessions, seminars and events that provide knowledge and insights into the newest techniques and technologies on an ongoing basis – thus providing a technical beacon and watchdog to our industry. Learn more at www.colormanagement.com.

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