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Liège-Ougrée, Belgium—Dec 16, 2004

EVS Spin-out XDC raises 9 millions Euros to deploy the first European digital cinema network

XDC S.A., the 60% spin-out of EVS Broadcast Equipment, has increased yesterday its capital by € 9,000,000 with 10 new partners from Belgium, France and Luxembourg who will have a 40% holding in the company when the operation is completed: BGL Investment Partners S.A., Audiolux S.A., Beaufagne S.A., Compagnie du Bois Sauvage S.A., G.Consulting S.A., Meusinvest S.A., Partners @ Venture N.V., Vivium Life S.A., Pierre Rion and Laurent Minguet. XDC has been advised by Delwaide Lawyers for the legal work.

XDC aims to digitise 500 cinema screens over the next two years to create the first European digital cinema network. Europe has more than 30,000 screens and XDC is positioning itself as a third party investor between distributors and exhibitors, controlling the digital technology which has made EVS successful. At the same time, XDC is continuing its developments in Asia and America through its subsidiary XDC Inc., based in New York and Hollywood.

Today, XDC includes the whole of the EVS Digital Cinema division which covers research & development, production and sales of the "CineStore" servers. This division was set up 5 years ago and has a team of 30 people who develop technological solutions for replacing projectors and 35 mm films with digital systems. Amongst other benefits, these systems offer better picture and sound quality, lower distribution costs and simplified logistics as films will be eventually distributed via satellite. The digital technology also makes it easier to prevent films piracy. Most of the content providers, among which some of the Hollywood Majors and many independent are interested in digital distribution and projection. Up to date, there have already been more than 60,000 digital cinema screenings on the hundred + CineStore servers which XDC has already sold throughout the world. XDC represents today a market share of around 30%.

XDC is also working in partnership with several European companies on this project. These include: Studio l’Equipe, Cast4all, UCL… (Belgium), Astra, BCE (Luxembourg), Denmark (VLL), Mikrom, FTT… (Germany), Filmteknik, Display It, Public Entertainment (Sweden), MarinaStudios, Elsacom (Italy), CST, AFNOR, Digimage (France), Bell Theater Services and British Telecom (UK). XDC has also developed some preferred business relationships in the US and in Asia.

Laurent Minguet, CEO of XDC: "The new financial resources we have now will enable XDC to become a leader for services in the digital cinema industry. XDC's aim is to become a trusted partner for distributors and exhibitors.

About CinemaNext:
CinemaNext is the Ymagis Group’s business unit dedicated to exhibitor services. Founded in 2007 and managed by professionals from the motion picture and high-tech industries, Ymagis Group is a European leader in advanced digital technology services for the cinema industry. Through CinemaNext and Eclair, the Group provides smart, comprehensive solutions to movie exhibitors, distributors (feature films & event cinema), producers, rights holders, cinema/TV advertising networks, broadcasters, OTT channels and video publishers. Over the years, Ymagis Group has significantly expanded its portfolio of solutions & services and further developed its geographic footprint in Europe with permanent offices in 26 countries. The company’s core business is structured around three main units: CinemaNext (exhibitor services: sales and field services, software solutions, customer service/NOC and consulting), Eclair (content services: post-production, theatrical delivery, digital distribution, versioning and accessibility, restoration and preservation) and Ymagis (VPF & financial services). A publicly-traded company listed on Euronext, Ymagis Group is headquartered in Paris (France) and has close to 750 employees.
CinemaNext Directory page About EVS Broadcast Equipment sa: EVS Broadcast Equipment designs media servers, with the associated control software and production networks, for the international television and motion picture communities. EVS Broadcast Equipment sa Directory page

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