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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

Industry Partners

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 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 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.​ ​

Shows & Events

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

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.

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

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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Portland, Oregon—Jul 14, 2010

Hinge Digital Officially Launches Full-service 3D Animation and VFX Facility

Highly Talented Studio Offers Superior Pre- and Post-production Visual Effects for Film, Commercial and Interactive Media
Answering the demand for customized high-quality CG services, Hinge Digital today announces its official debut as a premier full-service 3D animation and visual effects studio. Founded by Roland Gauthier, Michael Kuehn and Alex Tysowsky, Hinge Digital offers over four decades of combined experience in high-quality photo-real CG and character animation at renowned studios including Walt Disney Fea.ture Animation, Sony Imageworks and Laika Entertainment.

Based in the burgeoning creative mecca of Portland, Ore., Hinge Digital has operated under strategic development since 2009. During this time, the company has produced commercial campaigns and interactive projects for clients and advertising agencies including Target, Nike, Microsoft Bing, AKQA/SF and Razorfish Inc. In collaboration with Zimmerman Advertising, Hinge Digital created the fully 3D animated Sales Guide "hh," for home appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg. To date, the team has produced more than 20 commercials for the campaign, now in its second year.

Extending its presence throughout the entertainment industry, Hinge Digital also specializes in the development of film and television properties based on original content from graphic novel and creature-feature genres.

Roland Gauthier, Founder and Executive Producer 
Roland Gauthier provides a wealth of experience both as a supervisor and a solutions-oriented production artist within the commercial and film industries. With over 10 years of VFX experience, he has worked on prominent projects and brands including M&M's, Honda, Microsoft and Henry Selick's award-winning animated short, Moongirl. A founder of Hinge Digital, Gauthier serves as the company's Executive Producer, focusing his talents on business development, budget maintenance and creative direction. Additionally, he stays current with tools and techniques through regular involvement in hands-on production.

Joining the ranks of Will Vinton Studios' Commercial Division, now Laika/house, he began as a Character Technical Director, quickly advancing to Senior Technical Director and taking lead on dozens of commercials for companies including Wrigley's, Cheerios and Cox Communications. Gauthier was promoted to CG Department Manager of Laika/house where he oversaw a crew of twenty regular and project staff, managed departmental budgeting and resource allocation, and directed the development of new tools, techniques and internal projects. In collaboration with in-house producers and directors, he developed bids and helped determine the scope of commercial projects.

Michael Kuehn, Founder and Visual Effects Supervisor 
Showcasing a diverse background in digital content creation for the commercial, feature film and video game industries, Michael Kuehn offers nearly 20 years of expertise ranging from previsualization to asset development and animation. A founder of Hinge Digital, Kuehn's creative sensibility, technical proficiency, and managerial skill fuel his ability to serve as the company's Visual Effects Supervisor. Additionally, he performs a variety of tasks from creative direction and pipeline creation to team management and business development.

Since establishing his career as a Senior Animator at Simex Digital Studios, Kuehn has held multiple high-ranking roles at studios including Walt Disney Feature Animation, Sony Pictures Imageworks and Laika Entertainment. Combining an in-depth understanding of design with end-to-end production knowledge, Kuehn has established himself as a trend-setting visionary within the industry. With an extreme passion for compelling animation and visual effects, he has lent his talents to many titles including Armageddon, Dinosaur, Reign of Fire, Chicken Little and Surf's Up.

Alex Tysowsky, Founder and Animation Director 
A true veteran within the visual effects and animation industry, Alex Tysowsky has created stunning animation for over a dozen feature films including the Academy Award-winning projects Spiderman 2 and The Chubbchubbs! As a founder of Hinge Digital, Tysowsky utilizes his remarkable skill set to serve as the company's Animation Director. He additionally maintains a hand in all business aspects ranging from client relations to industry research and development.

With nearly two decades of professional experience, Tysowsky began his career as an animator with Walt Disney Feature Animation, working with studio classics Fantasia 2000, Dinosaur and The Emperor's New Groove. Later, he joined the Sony Pictures Imageworks team as a Senior Animator to help in the early stages of production, defining animation styles and developing character personality tests for the animated features Harry Potter, Open Season, and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

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