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RR Donnelley Awarded $550 Million Multi-Year Agreement by American Media Inc.


To Provide Premedia, Magazine Production, Variable Digital Printing, TransPromo Communications, Logistics, International Services and More

CHICAGO, Oct. 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company (Nasdaq:RRD) today announced that it has been awarded a $550 million multi-year agreement by American Media Inc. (AMI). Under the terms of the agreement RR Donnelley will provide a broad array of products and services in North America and the U.K., including premedia, magazine production, variable digital printing, TransPromo communications as well as new digital and electronic communications services through its CustomPoint® Solutions Group. During the multi-year agreement, which extends and expands the companies' relationship, RR Donnelley will produce all new AMI launches and will also begin to print and bind the popular weekly titles OK! and Star Magazine.

AMI owns and operates leading celebrity and health and fitness media brands. Its magazines, which include titles such as Star, OK!, National Enquirer, Shape, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Natural Health, and Country Weekly reach more than 54 million men and women each month.

"RR Donnelley is at the forefront of production technology for both print and the increasingly critical digital distribution, which makes it the ideal partner for AMI to help grow our already popular brands," said David Pecker, Chairman, President and CEO of AMI. "The company's unique ability to manage and deliver content in a variety of ways will continue to provide superior value to AMI."

John Paloian, RR Donnelley's Chief Operating Officer stated, "For almost a quarter of a century we've been working to deliver value to AMI. We are very proud to continue this expanding relationship. The platform that we have built offers exceptional flexibility, with offset, gravure and variable digital printing and a host of related services. More than that, it offers the resources to help take our customers to the future of content creation, management and delivery, with capabilities for faster electronic composition, custom publications, e-delivery, multi-channel marketing and revenue enhancement."

About RR Donnelley

RR Donnelley (Nasdaq:RRD) is a global provider of integrated communications. Founded more than 147 years ago, the company works collaboratively with more than 60,000 customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance ROI and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector.    

For more information and for RR Donnelley's Corporate Social Responsibility Report, visit the company's web site at

About American Media, Inc.

American Media, Inc. owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and health and fitness media brands in the United States. AMI's titles include Star, OK!, National Enquirer, Globe, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, Pixie, Shape, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health. AMI also manages 18 different digital sites including and AMI's magazines have a combined total circulation of almost 7 million and reach more than 55 million men and women each month. AMI's digital properties reach an average of 10 million unique visitors and 80 million page views monthly.

AMI also operates a Publishing Services business unit which includes Distribution Services, Inc. (DSI), the No. 1 in-store magazine sales and merchandising marketing company in the U.S. and Canada. DSI places and monitors AMI's publications and third-party publications to ensure proper displays in major retail chains and national and regional supermarket chains. DSI also provides marketing, merchandising and information gathering services to third parties including non-magazine clients. Publishing Services also provides print and digital advertising sales and strategic management direction in the following areas: manufacturing, subscription circulation, logistics, event marketing and full back office financial functions. Playboy is one of many publishers who have taken advantage of these additional services. 

Use of Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and any such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the following cautionary statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this news release and are based on current expectations and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause the actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. Readers are strongly encouraged to read the full cautionary statements contained in RR Donnelley's filings with the SEC. RR Donnelley disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

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