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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 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.​ ​

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

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.

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.

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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 largest cinema exhibition services company in EMEA, providing smart, comprehensive solutions across the board, from projection equipment, audio systems, central systems, premium cinema solutions, cinema outfitting, content management, 3D projection systems & glasses, TMS, digital signage, screens to consulting services. Clients enjoy the highest level of reliability and lowest cost of ownership through our various services: consulting, design & project management, equipment sales and financing, installation, maintenance, support (NOC), online monitoring, content management, spare and consumables, service agreements and supply chain & logistics. 13,000 screens have been installed by our technicians to date. 9,500 screens in Europe currently avail of service contracts with our company. CinemaNext's main office is located in Liège-Blegny (Belgium). Regional offices can be found in 26 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. For more information, please connect to CinemaNext Directory page
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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