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GDC Technology is a leading manufacturer and provider of cinema equipment and solutions including cinema automation systems, cinema servers, cinema enterprise software, cinema storage, cinema audio solutions, and cinema projectors that meet the highly demanding performance, security and reliability requirements established by motion picture studios.





USHIO manufactures the highest-quality digital cinema projection bulbs available. USHIO xenon short-arc lamps boast a spectrum that is closer to natural sunlight than that of any other artificial light source. In addition to commercializing products for search and spot lights, which demand precise, powerful white beam lamps, USHIO became the first in the world to develop a xenon short-arc lamp exclusively for large scale, theater-use movie projectors.



DTS:X transports you into a new dimension of sound immersion by delivering truly captivating entertainment experiences. Be prepared -- this improved lifelike immersion and heightened realism makes horror movies scarier, comedies more laugh-out-loud, and car chase scenes even more intense. Movies are being shown with DTS:X sound at an ever-growing number of theaters in the U.S., China and Europe.





SHARP NEC Display Solutions’ Digital Cinema Projector Series offers the most comprehensive digital cinema solution on the market today. These 3D-capable models enable theaters to deliver stunning digital images regardless of screen size, while simplifying theater management and reducing costs. All of SHARP NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. SHARP NEC also offers full digital signage solutions, highlighted by its award-winning 32”-98” LCD displays, multimedia projectors and desktop monitors for lobbies, concessions and concourses.



Strong Cinema, a segment of Ballantyne Strong, Inc., consists of:

Strong Technical Services (STS) that offers a comprehensive suite of cinema-focused services, including installation, maintenance, and technical support, to exhibitors throughout the United States.

Strong/MDI Screen Systems Inc. one of the world's leading cinema screen manufacturers that produces and sells specialty screens, screen support structures, and other film exhibition equipment for customers globally.  





QSC is the global leader in cinema signal processing, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers for all applications within today's modern cinema entertainment center. Our “SystemSynergy” design approach ensures that the entire system, from source to sound, delivers an audio experience as intended by the filmmakers. Beyond cinema audio for the movies, QSC also provides complete audio systems with network control and monitoring for other areas in the cinema entertainment complex, such as lobbies, concession, food service, arcades, and bowling centers.



Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments.



Dolby Laboratories has been a leader in developing many groundbreaking technologies and advancing the science of sight and sound for more than 50 years. Based in San Francisco with offices around the world, Dolby, through industry-leading research and engineering innovation, is expanding creative possibilities and enhancing collaborative relationships spanning musicians, filmmakers, and other artists as well as with businesses and consumers globally. Along with its partners, Dolby creates and delivers incredibly vivid experiences transforming entertainment and communications at the cinema, at home, on the go in mobile devices, and at work. Dolby Laboratories develops and delivers products and technologies that make entertainment experiences more realistic and immersive. By giving everyone the power to see, hear and feel the spectacular, Dolby is ideally positioned to transform the future of audio, voice, and imaging experiences worldwide.



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These days, it’s no longer just about technology, it’s about experiences – WOW experiences. We are a team of cinema and technology experts from around the globe – Barco, ALPD, and CGS – who help you in creating surprising experiences.  We combine innovative cinema technologies with our unique and comprehensive service models to guarantee your peace of mind. So you can focus on new ways to surprise and delight your customers for years to come. Together, we engage to deliver a world-class cinema experience - the one you’ve been waiting for.



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The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc. promotes interactive dialogue and information exchange between cinema-related entities with the goal of resolving issues affecting the overall cinema presentation. Founded in 1978 by Eastman Kodak VP Ken Mason, membership is composed of its four charter trade organizations - International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) - along with over 40 member companies, made up of trade organizations, motion picture studios, exhibition companies, manufacturers, technical consultants, and other industry stakeholders.
 




The EDCF is a not-for-profit voluntary organisation that aims to act as a "Forum" to discuss key issues surrounding Digital Cinema in Europe. The purpose of EDCF is to provide a basis of common understanding across all European territories of the business and technical matters of digital cinema. 



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.



For more than a century, the people of SMPTE (pronounced “simp-tee”) have sorted out the details of many significant advances in media and entertainment technology, from the introduction of “talkies” and color television to HD and UHD (4K, 8K) TV. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has received an Oscar® and multiple Emmy® Awards for its work in advancing moving-imagery engineering across the industry. 



The Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) represents the interests of cinema trade associations and cinema operators covering 37 countries in Europe and neighboring regions.​ ​



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CinemaCon 2022 has been scheduled for April 25 - 28, 2022 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Check the links below for the latest information. 




CineEurope 2021, has been re-scheduled for October 4-7 in Barcelona.  CineEurope promises to bring you another year with the very best in exclusive studio screenings and product presentations, cinematic technologies and innovations and educational seminars to keep your business on top of industry trends.



-- cancelled --  CineAsia 2021 has been scheduled for Dec 6-9th 2021 in Bangkok.  Check links for the latest  information. 



ShowEast 2021 -- cancelled --,  scheduled to be held in Miami from Nov 8-11, 2021 at Loews Miami Beach, features a range of exclusive product presentations and screenings from both Independent and Major Hollywood studios to help you make important programming decisions for the 4th quarter box office.  Powerhouse seminars offer valuable insight from top executives on the latest industry trends and concerns; while our EXPO experience offers delegates a glance at the latest and best technologies, entertainment, services, comforts, and conveniences to make their theatres must-attend destinations.  ShowEast’s International program draws a large contingency of Latin and South American delegates – more than any other convention of its kind. A one and a half day program dedicated to the latest content and concerns and within this rising region.


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London, UK—Dec 10, 2008

Arts Alliance Media Secures 43 Million Euro Financing and Partnership with Arqiva for Conversion of European Cinemas to Digital, Satellite and 3D

Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe’s leading provider of digital cinema technology, deployment and content today announced that it has signed agreements for 43 million euros of funding from pan-European services company Econocom and various private investors, together with a long term strategic partnership agreement with Arqiva Satellite & Media for the satellite distribution of films and alternative content live events into European cinemas.

Econocom Financial Services, will provide financing of 20 million euros for the purchase of equipment to complete the Circuit George Raymond’s (CGR Cinémas) digital cinema deployment in France. CGR Cinémas, based in La Rochelle, have already installed 126 digital screens to date via its virtual print fee-based rollout agreement with AAM and is aiming to complete the digital conversion of 100% of the circuit’s 400 screens by Spring 2009. This confirms CGR’s position as the European leader of digital cinema roll-out. The CGR deployment will complete in time to play next year’s highly anticipated 3D movie releases, such as My Bloody Valentine (Lionsgate), Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks), Up (Pixar/Disney), Ice Age 3 (Twentieth Century Fox), Planet 51 (Sony Pictures), Toy Story 3D (Pixar/Disney) and Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox).  Currently, there are thirteen 3D movies scheduled for theatrical release in 2009.

The additional 23 million euros (of the total 43m) has been raised from private investors and will fund the continued growth of AAM, with particular focus on building up the group’s infrastructure and support network for its European digital cinema deployment business, as well as developing new and emerging revenue streams.  The new investors will have a minority shareholding in the AAM group.

Howard Kiedaisch, AAM’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We are delighted to announce this fantastic news, especially in today’s challenging economic climate.  The significant investments and new partnerships with Econocom and Arqiva are a tremendous boost, and strengthen us to forge ahead with building the largest digital cinema delivery network in Europe, to which we can deliver digital content – films, alternative programming and live events.”

Christian Levie, Chief Funding Officer, Econocom, said, “Digital cinema is transforming the moviegoing experience and taking film exhibition and distribution into a new and exciting future.  We are proud to be a part of this revolution and to be joining forces with Arts Alliance Media, a proven leader in this business.  The digitisation of CGR’s screens in France is the first step for us and we look forward to a long and successful partnership with AAM throughout Europe.”

Jocelyn Bouyssy, General Manager of CGR Cinémas, added, “We are delighted to see that, in the current market, the VPF model is clearly validated and supported by financial partners. We hope that the completion of our digital roll-out in Spring 2009 will convince all French distributors to jump on board and seize the tremendous opportunities of digital cinema and 3D.”

Chantal De Vrieze, Country Manager Belux, Econocom, said, “Econocom Financial Services was chosen for its flexible approach towards the digital cinema roll out needs and VPF model as well as for its ability to find an appropriate financial structure in those turbulent markets.”

Barrie Woolston, Commercial Director at Arqiva Satellite & Media, added, “We’re thrilled to partner with Arts Alliance Media and move into the cinema business, which is going through a huge digital transformation.  Satellite transmission of films to cinemas is the future of film distribution and exhibition and our extensive international satellite infrastructure together with AAM’s proven digital cinema expertise is a strong proposition for European cinema exhibition and distribution.”

Patrick Foley, AAM’s Chief Financial Officer, concluded, “To be able to attract investors and partners of this calibre further verifies our digital cinema business and will open up great opportunities for AAM.”

The Arqiva/AAM partnership agreement sets out an action plan for the development of a content delivery platform and network for film distribution via secure satellite.  Extensive research, development and testing has already been completed.  In October 2008, AAM and Arqiva successfully distributed the 2008 Palme d'Or winning film, Entre Les Murs, to CGR Cinema's megaplex site in Villenave d'Ornon, Bordeaux, France. The full digital cinema package, a 216 GB file, was transmitted via the Intelsat 905 satellite direct to the library server at the cinema, without any operator intervention.  Arqiva and AAM have also been working together recently on the live HD transmissions of the opera and ballet performances from the Royal Opera House and other leading venues to cinemas across Europe.

To date, AAM has a European footprint of 402 installed and operated digital cinema screens and its in-house digital cinema lab has mastered over 422 digital cinema titles.   AAM was the first digital cinema provider in Europe to sign up studios and exhibitors to its digital cinema rollout plan. AAM has digital cinema deployment agreements, utilising the virtual print fee model, with Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures International, Paramount Pictures International, Sony Pictures Releasing International and Walt Disney Studios International and various independent film distributors.  The VPF business model is a means of financing the conversion to digital cinema, where both distributor and exhibitor contribute over time towards the total cost of the digital projection and server equipment, funded up front by the rollout entity (AAM).

Widespread commercial digital cinema rollout across Europe will enable exhibitors, distributors and the entertainment industry at large to reap the substantial benefits of digital cinema: consistently high quality non-degradable prints, new programming opportunities - premium ticket shows and alternative content, notably 3D films and live satellite events (opera, concerts, sports, etc), as well as vastly reduced print production and logistics costs. 


About Arts Alliance Media:
Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is the global leader in digital cinema software and services. AAM offers a wide range of solutions to exhibitors which enable them to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve the cinematic experience for their customers.
AAM software touches over 45,000 digital screens globally, while their network operations centre (NOC) supports several thousand screens.  AAM is part of the Luxin-Rio Group, the world’s foremost cinema technologies provider, alongside Volfoni, a global leader in 3D technology.
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About Arqiva:
Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company, operates at the heart of the broadcast, satellite and mobile communications markets.   The company is at the forefront of network solutions and services in the digital world. Arqiva provides much of the infrastructure behind television, radio, satellite and wireless communications in the UK and has a significant presence in Ireland, mainland Europe and the USA. Customers include major broadcasters such as the BBC, ITV, BSkyB and the independent radio groups, major telco providers including the UK's five mobile network operators, and the emergency services.
Arqiva Directory page

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