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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.

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.

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.

Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is the global leader in digital cinema software and services, offering a wide range of solutions which help exhibitors to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve the cinematic experience for their customers.

AAM’s extensive portfolio, including Producer, Screenwriter, Lifeguard, MX4D, and HeyLED, touches over 42,000 screens worldwide, 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.

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.

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.  

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.

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.

Industry Partners

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 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 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.

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.​ ​

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. 

Shows & Events

CineAsia 2022 has been scheduled for Dec 5-8, 2022 in Bangkok.  Check links for more information.  The CineAsia trade show is where cinema exhibition and distribution professional come to do business and network. The convention will also feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, and seminars relating to current and future trends happening across the industry.  Additional information on CineAsia can be found at

CineEurope 2022, has been scheduled for June 20-23, 2022 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.

CinemaCon 2023 has been scheduled for 24-27 April 2023 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Check the links below for the latest information. 

ShowEast 2022 scheduled to be held in Miami from Oct 17-20, 2022 at Fontainebleau 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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New York /Atlanta—Sep 23, 2009

Former Leaders of GE Capital’s Entertainment Group Form Financial Advisory Firm Dedicated to the Film and Leisure Sectors

Offering creative financial consulting services for the Entertainment Industry
EFA Partners LLC, a specialized financial advisory firm, announced its formation to provide a wide array of strategic advisory services to companies in select entertainment industries.  EFA (Entertainment Financial Advisors) provides a unique combination of a broad network of relationships, in-depth entertainment industry expertise and high quality financial transaction execution capabilities for entertainment companies, primarily in the film and leisure sectors.  EFA was founded by Ralph Willis, Brandt Gully and Kenny Favre, three former executives of GE Capital’s entertainment group, who collectively have over 40 years of experience in the field and have closed and/or managed more than $3 billion in entertainment transactions.

EFA’s focus is to provide middle-market and emerging entertainment companies with financial advisory services to assist with raising capital, merger and acquisition recommendations, restructuring alternatives, industry research and general business plan development.  The principals of the firm have been successful providing financial solutions across a wide-variety of entertainment sectors.  The team has strong backgrounds across the entire spectrum of sectors that comprise the film industry including film exhibition, digital cinema, film services, and film production as well as the a variety of leisure industries including video games, theme parks, ski resorts, sports, and music. 

EFA’s initial focus will be on film-related services.   “We believe that our firm will fill a void in the film industry as we feel there is no other advisory firm with specialized expertise across the entire film chain from production to distribution to exhibition,” says Willis, a founder of entertainment finance groups at both GE Capital and Heller Financial.  “Having worked for years with film producers, studios, film service companies, theatre circuits and digital cinema companies, we have the unique perspective of truly understanding every facet of our clients’ businesses.”

The EFA team has been immersed in the industry’s ongoing conversion to digital for several years during which time they’ve built relationships with digital cinema integrators, hardware and software providers, theatre circuits and film studios.  While with GE Capital, they were instrumental in structuring and closing Cinedigm’s $217 million financing for its conversion of over 3,700 screens.  “All of us at Cinedgm have worked with the EFA team for years in proving that our VPF model works and is now the worldwide standard,” said Bud Mayo, Chairman and CEO of Cinedigm.  “We look forward to working with Ralph, Kenny and Brandt on creative ways to advance our leadership in digital cinema.”
The principals at EFA have strong relationships and understanding of the film exhibition industry having executed finance transactions totaling in excess of $600 million for many theatre operators.  “The EFA team brings significant industry knowledge and insightful judgment that operators greatly value when seeking guidance and financial partners to grow their business,” commented Bobby Cobb, President of Cobb Theatres. 

For the leisure industry, the EFA principals have been involved in closing and managing finance transactions totaling almost $2 billion.  EFA will continue its efforts in the theme park, ski resorts and sports sectors plus it will have a special focus for video game companies as that sector continues to be comprised of many small to mid-sized firms seeking financial advisory services to grow their businesses.  “I’ve worked with the principals of EFA for almost a decade and have seen them take the time to really understand a variety of leisure sectors,” stated Jerry Merola, CFO of industry consulting firm, Amusement Entertainment Management.  “They have been dedicated financial specialists in the leisure markets for years and are responsible for bringing creative financial structures to the industry.”

EFA Partners LLC Web Site
About EFA Partners LLC: EFA Partners is a specialized financial advisory consulting firm focused on the various entertainment and media industries including film exhibition, digital cinema, film services, television, radio, publishing and various leisure sectors.  Through its network of financing sources, EFA provides capital placement services as well as a variety of transactional needs including strategic consulting for acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings.  Senior members of the firm have over 60 years of industry experience and have been involved in transactions valued at over $5 billion.  Since its formation in early 2009, EFA has represented over 50 clients and successfully raised capital for growth, acquisitions, recapitalizations and equipment, and has advised on numerous business and marketplace strategies.  EFA’s offices are located in New York and Atlanta. EFA Partners LLC Directory page

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