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New York / Düsseldorf—Mar 19, 2013

ICTA Announces Representative for European Office

The International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) announced today that it has appointed Thomas Rüttgers as the representative for ICTA Europe.  Joe DeMeo, President of ICTA, made the announcement and stated: “Our main goal is to strengthen the position of our European members within the association.”  He added that ICTA is also planning to extend its co-operation with other European bodies such as EDCF, UNIC and Mediasalles for seminars, trade events and publications. 
 
Thomas Rüttgers will make his office at European Cinema Consulting (ECCO) in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Vice President and Managing Director of ECCO, Mr. Rüttgers stated: “I am delighted that ICTA has chosen ECCO and myself to support their team and am convinced that this is the right step to raise interest in ICTA in Europe.”  He went on to say that one of the next steps of ICTA Europe will be to put the European Seminar Series on a new level and make it a networking event for all European players of the cinema industry, involving as many other European and international trade associations as possible.
 
Thomas has been in the cinema industry for over 25 years. From 1996 till 2011 he was Managing Partner of the cinema outfitter FTT in Düsseldorf, a company founded by Hannes Rüttgers, a cousin of Thomas’ father Hannsdieter Rüttgers, back in 1960. Under his management, the family-run business expanded its international business and opened a series of joint ventures throughout Europe.  In 2011, he was appointed Senior Vice President Sales of dcinex group (formerly XDC, FTT and Bewegte Bilder) and took care of business development and sales activities of all European branch offices of the group. In 2012 he founded ECCO. – European Cinema Consulting. The company acts as a link between manufacturers, system integrators and exhibitors aiming at building relationships between all major players in the industry.
 
The upcoming ICTA Seminar Series will take place in Barcelona on June 22nd/23rd.  Details on the program to be announced shortly.  Those interested in the seminar or in becoming a member of ICTA are invited to contact Angela Bünger at angela.buenger@ecco-online.eu or +49 (0) 211 522 875 14.

About International Cinema Technology Association: The International Cinema Technology Association is a global network of professionals in the motion picture industry. Members of the ICTA are those companies that manufacture, service and create the equipment that goes into movie theatres. Our members are on the cutting edge of new technologies and have been the driving force in digital, 3D, immersive sound systems, high frame rates and lasers. The ICTA promotes technological advancements in the motion picture industry through educational seminars and programs. The ICTA logo stands for excellence and professionalism and when on a member’s letterhead signifies that the company is reliable, competent and committed. International Cinema Technology Association Directory page About ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH: For more than 25 years Thomas Rüttgers has been active in the cinema industry in Germany and worldwide. From 1996 to 2011 he was Managing Partner of FTT in Düsseldorf. In 2011 he was appointed as Senior Vice President Sales of dcinex group (previously XDC, FTT and Bewegte Bilder). In 2012 he founded European Cinema Consulting which has been renamed to ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH since August 4th, 2015. The detailed and group-independent consulting services for exhibitors are now complemented by the distribution and integration of cinema technology innovations and systems. ECCO Cine Supply and Service GmbH Directory page
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