April 24, 2013
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STEVE MARTIN AND SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS JOIN
NPR NEWS QUIZ 'WAIT WAIT… DON'T TELL ME! - LIVE' CINEMA EVENT

WEEKLY PUBLIC RADIO SHOW MAKES CINEMATIC DEBUT
IN SELECT MOVIE THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON THURSDAY, MAY 2

Presented by NCM Fathom Events, NPR, WBEZ-Chicago and BY Experience

After spray-tanning away their Chicago winter complexions, the cast of NPR's Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! is ready for its close up with comedy's "Wild and Crazy Guy." The public radio sensation announced today that comedian Steve Martin and musical guest Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will join host Peter Sagal and official judge and scorekeeper Carl Kasell on Thursday, May 2 in the show's big screen debut, Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! - Live.

The event, broadcast to more than 600 select movie theaters across the country LIVE from New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at 8PM ET / 7PM CT and tape delayed at 7PM MT / 8PM PT, also features panelists Paula Poundstone, Mo Rocca and Tom Bodett in a larger-than-life version of its comic review of the week's news. Select theaters nationally will present an encore on Tuesday, May 7, at 7:30PM (local time).

In this live special of the weekly radio show, Sagal and Kasell test the current events knowledge of Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! panelists and listener contestants. Multi-talented entertainer Steve Martin jumps down the Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! rabbit hole and plays "Not My Job," the show's segment where famous people are asked questions completely outside their purview. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings kick up the fun atmosphere with live jams between segments.

Presented by NCM Fathom Events, NPR, WBEZ-Chicago and BY Experience, the event will be broadcast to select movie theaters across the country through NCM's exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com (theaters and participants are subject to change).

"We're incredibly excited to do a live broadcast from New York City with Steve Martin and a live band," says Sagal. "It'll be just like 1978, except instead of sitting in my pajamas watching, I'll be on stage with everybody."

In addition to a funky soundtrack and "Not My Job," the live cinema event will include other favorite Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! segments, including "Who's Carl This Time?" where contestants guess what newsmakers Kasell is impersonating, and "Bluff the Listener," challenging players to select the one true story out of three unlikely tales from the panelists. All along, contestants vie for the most coveted prize in all of public radio: a custom-recorded voicemail greeting by Kasell.

A trailer starring Sagal and produced by NPR's Wait Wait… Don't Tell Me! team is available online now.

Now in its 15th season, the Peabody award-winning Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! has an audience of 3.3 million listeners weekly on more than 640 NPR Member public radio stations. The radio show is produced by NPR and WBEZ. To find local stations and broadcast times, get the free podcast and digest the culinary courageousness of Sandwich Monday, visit www.npr.org/waitwait.

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About National CineMedia (NCM)
NCM operates NCM Media Networks, a leading integrated media company reaching U.S. consumers in movie theaters, online and through mobile technology. The NCM Cinema Network and NCM Fathom Events present cinema advertising and events across the nation's largest digital in-theater network, comprised of theaters owned by AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK), Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC) and other leading regional theater circuits. NCM's theater advertising network covers 183 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50) and includes over 19,300 screens (over 18,400 digital). During 2011, approximately 680 million patrons (on an annualized basis) attended movies shown in theaters in which NCM currently has exclusive, cinema advertising agreements in place. The NCM Fathom Events live digital broadcast network ("DBN") is comprised of over 720 locations in 170 Designated Market Areas® (including all of the top 50). The NCM Interactive Network offers 360-degree integrated marketing opportunities in combination with cinema, encompassing 41 entertainment-related websites, online widgets and mobile applications. National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 48.6% interest in and is the managing member of National CineMedia LLC. For more information, visit www.ncm.com or www.FathomEvents.com.

About BY Experience
BY EXPERIENCE kicked off the digital revolution of live events to movie theaters and other locations globally with David Bowie's 2003 Reality album launch and since then, over 17 million tickets have been sold worldwide for cinema events BY Experience has distributed globally. Credits: Worldwide HD Distribution Representative, The Met: Live in HD series (2006 to present); International (ex-UK) Distribution Representative, the U.K.'s National Theatre Live series (2009 to present); Executive Producer for Cinema Leonardo Live (February 2012), the public radio shows This American Life - Live! with Ira Glass (2008, 2009, 2012) and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (February and October 2010), the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of The Importance of Being Earnest (June 2011), Red Hot Chili Peppers Live: I'm With You (August 2011); The Big Four: Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax (June 2010), St. Olaf Christmas Festival (2007 and 2011), the New York Times speaker's series TimesTalks LIVE (2009), David Gilmour: Remember That Night - Live from the Royal Albert Hall (September 2007), Distributor to Cinema Westlife: The Farewell Concert (June 2012), the classic music celebration BBC Last Night of the Proms (2009 - 2012), BBC Electric Proms: Robbie Williams (October 2009). BY Experience distributes to over 60 countries, to 2,000 movie screens. For more information, visit: www.byexperience.net

Artwork and photos related to Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! - Live
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Theater Poster Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! - Live
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Promotional Photo, Peter and Carl
(credit: Anthony Naglemann)

Headshots:
Peter Sagal
(credit: Stephen Voss)

Carl Kasell
(credit: Anthony Naglemann)

Mo Rocca
(credit: Thom Kaine)

Paula Poundstone
(credit: Michael Schwartz)

Tom Bodett
(credit: Debi Bodett)

Steve Martin