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Dublin—Mar 3, 2011

Blitz-Cinestar Select Unique Digital TMS and Accord Backoffice for Full Digital Rollout

Blitz-CineStar has selected the complete suite of TMS and VPF backoffice solutions developed by Unique Digital Ltd as an integral part of their conversion to a full digital cinema network in Croatia. Blitz-CineStar currently operates a total of 12 cinemas and 90 screens and have commenced a full digital deployment.
 
Unique Digital will supply their Cinema Accord back office system to manage the VPF financed deployment. Cinema Accord is a key component for Exhibitors to centrally administer their estate of digital screens. The system communicates with other essential third party systems such as box-office and financial systems to allow advanced forecasting and reporting. With a secure web based interface Blitz-CineStar will manage each Cinema TMS, integrate with theatre booking systems and have secure management of KDM delivery and VPF reporting.
 
Unique Digital will supply a RosettaBridge TMS for each site providing Blitz-CineStar management and staff with an unrivalled suite of tools to manage film and advertising content within each location through an intuitive and easy to use interface. Key features include a scalable library server, agnostic player and projector interface, automation control and content distribution with all elements being managed using a simple drag and drop GUI.
 
The complete package of Unique Digital’s solutions and services will be supplied through local integrator Audio Video Consulting (AVC) who has overall responsibility for the digital deployment.
 
“Following detailed testing and evaluation of a wide range of solutions on the market, Blitz-CineStar were impressed by the level of integration offered by Unique Digital linking our cinema site operations with our back-office and advertising business” commented Damir Milinić, member of the board for Blitz-CineStar, adding “the RosettaBridge and Accord systems will play an integral role in the operational viability of our digital network.”
 
“Our client Blitz-CineStar were clear from the start that they needed a fully integrated solution to manage their digital cinema deployment” said Zlatko Jelacic, Project Manager for AVC adding “We are very pleased they have selected Unique Digital and we look foward to working together on this exciting project in Croatia”
 
Rod Wheeler, Sales and Marketing Director of Unique Digital Ltd commented, “Following detailed discussion with both Blitz-CineStar and AVC on their requirements this anouncement is validation of Unique Digital’s experience in managing and supporting full digital deployments. We are proud to support Blitz-CineStar in ensuring the success of their full conversion to Digital Cinema”
About Unique Digital Ltd.:
Unique Digital, based in Dublin and London, with sister company Unique Cinema Systems in Bergen, kick-started the digital cinema advertising revolution in Europe. Following the conversion of all Norwegian screens for digital advertising in 2002, the company's technology has been installed in many cinema networks throughout Europe, the US and Far East, comprising of over 10,000 screens.  In 2006 Unique Digital headed the extensive digital cinema interoperability trial called the NORDIC project in Norway, and has developed a suite of leading software solutions for the management of digital cinema content, including a full featured Theatre Management System (RosettaBridge TMS) and Advertising back office system (Advertising Accord), KDM delivery solution (Basekey) and VPF management software (Cinema Accord).   In 2012 Unique launched the world’s first complete nationwide terrestrial distribution network in Norway, delivering full feature, trailers and pre-show DCP content (MovieTransit). Unique Digital develops software and network solutions dedicated to delivering, managing and supporting cinema and advertising content for the exhibition industry in Europe, the US and Far East.
Unique Digital Ltd. Directory page Unique Digital Ltd. Web Site About Blitz-Cinestar:
Blitz-CineStar is the largest theatrical exhibitor in the region of former Yugoslavia. It was founded in 2003 as a Joint Venture between the leading Croatian film distributor - Blitz Film & Video Distribution, and Kieft & Kieft Cinestar Group. Blitz represents the film slates of Warner Bros Pictures International, United International Pictures – UIP (Universal, Paramount, DreamWorks) and 20th Century Fox. At the same time, they are the exclusive video distributor for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Paramount Home Entertainment Global (a division of Viacom Global), DreamWorks Animation Home Entertainment LLC and DreamWorks LLC, and they are intensifying collaboration with independent companies and distributors, such as Icon Entertainment, Europa Corp, Lakeshore Entertainment, Morgan Creek International, Summit Entertainment, Pathe Distribution, Studio Canal / Canal-plus and Lionsgate. Kieft & Kieft Cinestar Group, founded in 1948, is responsible for the creation of CineStar multiplex chain, one of Europe's largest exhibition chains, which includes 700 screens in Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland and other European countries. Driven by the desire to raise the quality of theatrical exhibition facilities in Croatia to match the quality in European countries, in 2003, Blitz-CineStar opened its first Croatian multiplex (CinesStar Zagreb), which was followed by CineStar Novi Zagreb, CineStar Rijeka, CineStar Zadar, CineStar Šibenik and Cinestar Split.). By the end of 2012 Blitz Cinestar will open another six multiplexes in Croatia: Cinestar Osijek, Cinestar Arena Zagreb, CineStar Dubrovnik, CineStar Varaždin, CineStar Slavonski Brod and second CineStar Split. The aforementioned multiplex theatres will comprise of a national CineStar chain of 12 multiplexes with 90 screens and a total seating capacity over 15 000.
Blitz-Cinestar Directory page About AVC Group: Audio Video Consulting (AVC) was founded by Leo Rahelić in Zagreb / Croatia on 30th May 1990. Having continuously expanded in the course of its 21 years of successful business, AVC has become a group of companies which are guided by mutual ideas. The power of the group lies with sharing resources, know-how and logistics while building up strong relations with their partners. Today, AVC Group has got offices in Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, New Zeeland, Australia, India and Qatar, as well as the logistic centre in Austria. The synergies of various skills and experience of the team is the basis for the professional achievement of AVC Group as a whole in different vertical markets such as theatres, concert halls, cinema, event audio and light systems, conference and interpretation systems for hotels and parliaments, audio / video equipment for recording studios, broadcasters, post production studios, the medical sector, courts, education systems and museums. AVC Group Directory page
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