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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.

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.

Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is a global leader in digital cinema software and services,  offering cutting-edge solutions in software as well as installation, maintenance and support across the cinema ecosystem.

DCIP is the largest digital cinema integrator in the world and provides industry leading software and management solutions to exhibitors and distributors. 

Cinergy is an enterprise suite of tools that helps you track, monitor, and efficiently manage cinema operations in one centralized platform.

Bardan Cinema has been a leader in cinema equipment sales in Latin America and the Caribbean for over 40 years. With a well-established reputation and broad customer base that spans independent boutique theaters to large multiplexes, Bardan provides total solutions and services ranging from cinema design, equipment sales, installation, monitoring and VPF implementation. In collaboration with D-Cinema NOC, Bardan now offers comprehensive 24/7/365 proactive monitoring and remote support to exhibitors throughout the region.

CES+ is the premier partner in cinema solutions. For the past 35 years has been a pioneer delivering innovative first-in-market technology and will revolutionize the industry with his one-of-a-kind Cinema-as-a-Service solution offering to become the disruptive facilitator of the evolution of the modern movie theater operation. CES+ is headquartered in Miami, Florida, and serves clients globally.

QSC Cinema is the global leader in signal processing, power amplifiers, and loudspeakers for all cinema applications. 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.

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 NEC's digital cinema projectors meet DCI specifications for performance and reliability, meeting the requirements of today’s cinema industry. 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.

Unique X, Based in the UK, is a new brand for the future of digital cinema, providing intelligent autonomous solutions and content services.  Unique X operates in 65 countries globally. To date, more than 70 million GB of data have been transferred, and over 60 million advertising playlists have been delivered. Solutions include RosettaBridge TMS, RosettaNet Estate Management System, Movie Transit (DCP Content Delivery Network), Basekey (KDM management), RosettaPOS (Point of Sale), RosettaLive (Event Streaming) and our pre-show products of Advertising Accord, Ad Transit and Smart Trailering.

Cielo is true proactive monitoring and support. Customers can access Cielo from any device connected to the internet, giving them the freedom to manage the customer experience outside the confines of their offices. Customers have circuit wide visibility into their theater operations so they are able to solve problems more efficiently.

Cinionic is transforming cinema, providing comprehensive WOW entertainment solutions to movie exhibitors across the globe. We help turn imagination into reality and ensure peace of mind for our customers by offering innovative services and flexible use of capital for a new era. Combining the technology expertise and heritage of our partners, Cinionic powers exceptional experiences across the entire theater to engage visitors at multiple touchpoints in their cinema journey. 

Moving Image Technologies manufacturers and markets a full complement of cinema exhibition equipment and services to support the industry’s transition to digital cinema, including: custom engineering, systems design, integration, digital technology solutions for 3D, digital cinema, pre-feature on-screen advertising and components. Moving Image Technologies’ mission is to have the most talented, passionate people in cinema working to provide the best presentation tools for the cinema exhibition industry.

Sony Digital Cinema 4K gives audiences an entertainment experience they’ll never forget in 2D or 3D. There’s a complete family of Sony 4K projection systems to suit every cinema operator, from small boutique screens to the largest multiplex. All our easy-to-use projectors deliver 4K resolution images that viewers love, bursting with rich colour and industry-leading 8000:1 average contrast ratio. Sony’s SRX-R500 series of projectors are also HDR-ready, meeting brightness and contrast requirements for screening the latest 4K movies mastered for High Dynamic Range presentation. Spectacular 4K images are matched by impressively low running costs. The long-lasting HPM multi-lamp array in all our SRX-R500 Series projectors is more energy efficient than traditional Xenon lamps, reducing routine maintenance and cutting the risk of revenue-threatening dark screens. A compelling choice for the big screens, our Premium Large Format (PLF) projection solution outshines costly first generation laser systems, with unrivalled 4K picture quality at light levels up to 60,000 lumens.


GDC Technology Limited is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. In addition, GDC is the appointed worldwide certification services agent, with exclusivity in Asia to certify DTS:X immersive sound auditoriums for DTS, Inc. GDC also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

Qube Cinema is committed to creating a seamless world of Digital Cinema with products that are innovative, powerful, reliable and cost-effective. Qube Cinema is a company with a passion for cinema and a thorough understanding of film, video, audio and computer technology along with vast experience in the production, post-production and exhibition industries - a unique combination of expertise that has helped in the development of the company's digital cinema technology.

Dolby Laboratories develops and delivers products and technologies that make the entertainment experience more realistic and immersive. For four decades Dolby has been at the forefront of defining high-quality audio and surround sound in cinema, broadcast, home audio systems, cars, DVDs, headphones, games, televisions, and personal computers. Based in San Francisco with European headquarters in England, the company has entertainment industry liaison offices in New York and Los Angeles, and licensing liaison offices in London, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.


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 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.

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.

Shows & Events

CinemaCon, held April 1-4 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, is expected play host to more than 6,000 motion picture theater industry professionals. Since taking its first step in 2011, CinemaCon has evolved and grown to become the largest and most important gathering for the worldwide motion picture theater industry. CinemaCon is truly a global event attracting attendees from more than 80 countries.

CineAsia 2018, held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre on December 10-13, 2018.  Attendees will get the chance to hear about the current trends and new state-of-the-art technologies in the motion picture industry. Nowhere else in Asia can you accomplish as much in a short period of time to sustain, and help grow, your business in the year to come. Join your cinema exhibition, distribution, and motion picture industry colleagues to network; and see product presentations and screenings of major Hollywood films soon to be released in Asia. Attendees will also get the opportunity to visit the Trade Show where you will find the latest equipment, products, and technologies to help make your theatre a must-attend destination.

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Paris—Jul 21, 2014

Ymagis Announces It Has Reached an Agreement to Acquire the dcinex Group

To create the European leader in digital technologies for the cinema industry
This transaction will be submitted to YMAGIS shareholders’ meeting approval and an information document will be  issued in accordance with article 212-34 of AMF General Regulations
  • Formation of the largest pan-European player in the supply of digital services and equipment for the cinema industry
  • A wide geographic presence with subsidiaries in 16 countries
  • Pro forma (1) 2013 revenue of the combined entity of €139.0m, pro forma (1) 2013 EBITDA of €46.8m, pro forma (1) 2013 profit before tax of €7.0m
  • Pro forma (1) shareholder’s equity of €38.3m as at 31.12.2013 and pro forma (1) net debt of €149m as at 31.12.2013 (of which €132.3m linked to VPF contracts)
  • Significant operational synergies
  • Acquisition paid partly in cash and partly throughout the issue of shares and bonds with equity warrants
YMAGIS (ISIN: FR0011471291, mnemonic: MAGIS), the specialist in digital technologies for the cinema industry, today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire 100% of the share capital and voting rights of dcinex from its shareholders. 

The acquisition price of €26.1m will be paid as follows:
  • €5m in cash, 
  • €5.7m throughout the issue in the hands of dcinex shareholders of 699,379 new YMAGIS shares, i.e. 9.79% of the 7,145,071 shares currently making up the company’s share capital, at a price of €8.15 and, 
  • for the balance, i.e. €15.4m, throughout the issue in the hands of dcinex shareholders of bonds with YMAGIS equity warrants (obligations à bons de souscription d’actions YMAGIS – OBSA), with a maximum maturity of 5 years, of which repayment in cash will start after a 15-month period following the issue. These OBSA could be repaid, in total or partly, at any time by YMAGIS without penalty. Bondholders will have the possibility to exercise their warrants proportionally to the bonds that would not be repaid after a 15-month period following their issue, at a price of €8.15 per share (the exercise period will be limited to 15 days). The bonds will bear an interest rate of 3.5% during this first 15-month period. Beyond that period, the interest rate will be increased to 7.5%. Bond and the related warrants will not be listed on a regulated or harmonised market.
On the transaction date, dcinex will also repay most of the subordinated loans granted to dcinex by its current shareholders for a total amount of approximately €12.9m. The remainder will be repaid during the year following the transaction date. Repayment will be financed partly by YMAGIS own cash and partly by dcinex cash.

Approval of final documentation, and completion of the acquisition, which will take the form of a contribution in kind, are expected to take place, subject to the usual conditions precedent (including approval from YMAGIS shareholders’ meeting and agreement from all corporate and investment banks of dcinex), in the following weeks. An information document will be issued in accordance with article 212-34 of AMF General Regulations and registered by AMF, and will be made available to YMAGIS shareholders within the legal timeframe.

The three largest YMAGIS’ shareholders, Ymagis Holdings, Odyssée Venture and OTC Asset Management, reprenting 68.01% of the share capital and 79.39% of the voting rights, have already decided to vote in favour of the resolutions that will be submitted to the extraordinary general meeting that will approve the transaction.

In addition, Serge Plasch, CEO and Managing Director of dcinex, has decided to leave the group following completion of this transaction to take up a new challenge within the PRG group, the world leader in event technology. As a result, Jean Mizrahi, current Chairman of YMAGIS, will become the Managing Director of dcinex once the operation is finalised.

Commenting on this deal, Jean Mizrahi, Chairman of YMAGIS, said: “We are very pleased to announce our association with dcinex. This highly strategic operation for YMAGIS enables us to substantially increase in size and create the European leader in the supply of digital services and equipment for the cinema industry, just one year after our IPO. The many complementary attributes contributed by each of the two companies will result in a new stronger group, benefiting from key positions in each of its business lines and now spanning more than 20 countries in Europe.”

“The tie-up with YMAGIS will enable dcinex to boost its European footprint in terms of services provided to cinema exhibitors as well as delivery of digital content. Drawing on highly complementary profiles, the new group’s management will be a key asset in positioning the Group as the leader in its industry,” added Serge Plasch, CEO and Managing Director of dcinex.

Creation of a European leader
Following the creation of a joint venture with SmartJog (TdF group), SmartJog Ymagis Logistics, and the purchase of Arqiva’s network of connected cinemas to create the world’s largest network for the digital delivery of cinema content, YMAGIS’ acquisition of dcinex will create the European leader in the provision of digital services and equipment to the cinema industry.

Formed in 2004 by EVS Broadcast Equipment and following the acquisition of FTT and Bewegte Bilder, XDC became dcinex in 2012, as one of the leading European specialists in financing solutions and digital equipment for the cinema industry. Like YMAGIS, dcinex is organised around two business divisions: VPF (2) management and the provision of services to cinema exhibitors and producers/distributors (covering the sale and installation of digital equipment, maintenance and facilities management of projection equipment, post-production of content and delivery of DCP (3)).

The tie-up between YMAGIS and dcinex will give YMAGIS key positions in each of its business divisions.

At the VPF (2) division, dcinex’s assets will complement those of YMAGIS – 2,785 VPF screens spread across 6 countries – by significantly enhancing positions in the countries in which the company is already present and by adding strong positions in 7 new countries: UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Portugal, Ireland and Denmark. All in all, at 31 December 2013, the new group had almost 5,800 screens in 15 countries in Europe under VPF contracts. With this acquisition, YMAGIS will own the largest network in Europe of cinemas operated under VPF contracts.

At the Services division, which represented 60% of dcinex’s revenue in 2013 (vs. 39% for YMAGIS in 2013), the combination of the two companies’ services activities will mean that YMAGIS’ pro forma (1) 2013 revenue would be split as follows: 53% for the Services activity and 47% for the VPF activity.

With the acquisition of dcinex, YMAGIS is strengthening its positions in services in Europe by becoming:
  • the European leader in the sale of cinema equipment to cinema exhibitors and its installation, with an estimated European market share of 20%; 
  • the largest European network for the delivery of digital content, with more than 3,200 connected cinemas in 15 countries in Europe;
  • the largest network of cinemas in Europe benefitting from NOC (Network Operating Center) services and maintenance contracts, with almost 7,200 screens under contract in 21 countries in Europe.
Significant potential savings over the short and medium term 
Dcinex’s activities are extremely complementary with those of YMAGIS, facilitating the implementation, immediately and over the medium term, of significant synergies and economies of scale, notably by: 
  • drawing on the two groups’ existing commercial infrastructures and networks for the marketing of new services as well as the software developed in-house; 
  • optimising the digital labs’ production capacity;
  • planning for rationalisation of the satellite transmission activities in Europe;
  • sharing R&D and marketing resources;
  • optimising the two groups’ purchasing capacity and their supply chain;
  • minimising the two groups’ expenditure: insurance, telecommunications, etc.
An investors’ meeting will be held by YMAGIS’ and dcinex’s management team on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 2:30 pm CET. A presentation will be available in French of the company’s website, following the meeting.


(1) The pro forma 2013 accounts of the combined entity assume that dcinex is acquired on 1 January 2013. dcinex adjusted accounts take into account the adjustment of dcinex account methods to those of YMAGIS

(2) VPF: Virtual Print Fee, remuneration paid to YMAGIS by the supplier of digital format content, mainly distributors of feature-length films, so as to facilitate the projection of this content in a cinema under a VPF contract with YMAGIS, regardless of the equipment funding model used by the cinema exhibitor and YMAGIS: Third Party Investor – funding carried by Ymagis – or Third Party Collector – funding carried by the cinema exhibitor. The receipt of VPF covers a significant portion of the digital projection equipment funding, the balance being borne by the cinema exhibitor under contract with YMAGIS.

(3) DCP: Digital Cinema Package, the series of computer files comprising the feature-length film, trailer and commercials, or any other content projected via a digital projector.

(4) KDM: Key Delivery Message. This is the electronic message used by the distributor to provide the cinema exhibitors with the key that will enable him to read and thus project the digital copy (or DCP).

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.
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About Ymagis Group: The Ymagis Group is a leader in advanced digital technology services for the cinema industry. Through CinemaNext and Eclair, the Group provides innovative solutions to movie exhibitors, distributors (feature films & event cinema), producers, right-holders, cinema/TV advertising networks, rights holders, broadcasters, VOD/S-VOD platform operators and video publishers.

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