U rewards ‘Park’ exhibs

Universal Pictures Distribution has issued cash rewards to six film exhibitors who provided information regarding illegal camcording in theaters of “Jurassic Park.”

The studio initiated a reward program for theater employees in cooperation with police to confiscate copies of the hit film.

In June, New York police and U officials seized 1,000 bootlegged copies of the film from street vendors in N.Y. and Philadelphia.

U’s reward program for theatre employees who witness camcorder piracy was initiated with a note enclosed in film cans delivered for the June 11 bow of the pic.

Those rewarded are Pete Jioiello, UA Movies 10 manager, Staten Island; Bob Moch and Mike Czepieo, manager and assistant manager of the Showcase Cinemas in East Hartford, Conn.; Al Neilson and Kevin Cruise, manager and projectionist of the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland; and Adam Sands, Cineplex Odeon Kingsway 5 Theatres manager, Brooklyn.

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