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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.



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.



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. 



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.

 





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.




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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




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 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.



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.



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.

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 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. 

Shows & Events



Emerging Cinema Markets Conference, to be held November 20 -22, 2018 at the Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul. The Emerging Cinema Markets Conference will focus on Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans and Africa and will include key speakers and presenters to outline opportunities and issues for the industry. The Emerging Cinema Markets in Turkey, Central Asia, the Middle East, Balkans and Africa are at an early stage in their growth and development, but in combination they offer a significant opportunity for investors, studios, distributors, exhibitors and the specialist supply chains to the industry



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.





ShowEast 2018,  held in Miami from October 22-25, 2018 at the Loews 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.



The MENA Cinema Forum will be held October 28-29, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 
The MENA region is one of the fastest growing markets for the cinema industry.  The MENA Cinema Forum will bring together the entire spectrum of stakeholders involved within the cinema sector including but not limited to local and international governments, investment companies, mall owners, cinema operators and exhibitors, suppliers and industry leaders, to address the growing requirements of the cinema market within the region.




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.


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Auckland, NZ and Johannesburg, SA—May 23, 2016

Vista Group’s Vista Entertainment Solutions and Movio Sign Agreement with Primedia Group Company, Ster-Kinekor Theatres, the Largest Cinema Exhibitor in Africa

In a first for Vista Group International (VGL), its companies Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES) and Movio have won a joint proposal to provide their cinema industry-leading software to Ster-Kinekor Theatres, the largest cinema exhibitor on the African continent.

Ster-Kinekor Theatres is a wholly-owned business of the Primedia Group.  To most South Africans, the word ‘movies’ is synonymous with the name ‘Ster-Kinekor’.  The company is the pre-eminent name in cinema across the African continent operating 57 commercial cinema complexes in South Africa, six international sites based in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe and 3 additional sites in development. 

The cinema chain’s sites house more than 480 large-scale screens and boast South Africa’s largest 3D footprint. It has pioneered cinema concepts such as Cinema Nouveau, one of the world’s largest dedicated art-house multiplex circuits, and the luxurious Cine Prestige theatres, the first ‘business class’ cinema experience in South Africa. It has also spearheaded the return of The IMAX® Experience to the country, with the opening of seven IMAX® Theatres across the country since 2013.

Preferred partner to hundreds of exhibitors worldwide including 17 of the world’s top 30 chains, VES is the leading global supplier of cinema management software to the cinema industry’s Large Circuit Market (LCM: cinema exhibitors operating more than 20 screens); VES software is installed at more than 4,000 sites in over 70 countries. With Ster-Kinekor’s 66 (licensed) sites and 480 screens across the four African countries, VES market share in Africa and the Middle East increases to an estimated 60% (LCM).  Ster-Kinekor will utilize VES software products spanning Vista Cinema, Head Office and Customer Sales Channels, enabling for the first time, a fully inter-connected suite that delivers the chain a single and total solution for optimising cinema management.

 “Ster-Kinekor Theatres will be operating nearly all of Vista’s modules,” says Mischa Kay, VES’s managing director, EMEA. “This represents Vista’s broad and inter-connected suite of products focused on the exhibition industry. By moving to Vista Cinema products SKT will enter a new era, using a single software system to manage their extensive circuit of cinemas in Africa, replacing a disparate and complex network of systems from multiple vendors. We look forward to supporting their ongoing commitment to innovation in the marketplace.”
 
Ster-Kinekor is already a customer of VGL’s MACCS International for its film distribution business, which means the company will hold contracts with three Vista Group companies.  By the end of 2016, VES and Movio offerings will be implemented in all of Ster-Kinekor’s cinema complexes in South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 

“Establishing this deep relationship with such a valuable customer has tremendous meaning for us,” says Mr. Murray Holdaway, CEO of Vista Group International.  “Signing a joint arrangement for VES and Movio alongside Ster-Kinekor’s existing engagement with MACCS International further validates our effort to build synergistic software solutions for film industry customers throughout the world.” 
 
“Vista Group International’s rich and robust stable of companies, all catering to movie distributors and cinema exhibitors, is particularly attractive to us,” says Mr. Wanda Matandela, CEO, Ster-Kinekor Theatres.  “We take our position as the leader in the African cinema market very seriously and appreciate that Vista is an expert at every facet of our operation. Innovation is at the core of our brand and providing a constantly improving and superlative experience for our guests is a corporate mandate.  This partnership will support all our existing initiatives and help take our customer service and communication to an even higher level of performance.” 

Movio maintains real-time, authoritative data on the loyalty activity and transactions for many of the world’s biggest cinema chains and captures the behaviour of over 34 million active cinema loyalty members worldwide. This deal enables Movio to collect moviegoer loyalty data for over 60% of the screens in South Africa. Ster-Kinekor is recognized as a digital marketing leader in the cinema space with comprehensive customer loyalty, social and mobile strategies.  Movio will integrate data from the SK Club Loyalty Programme utilising Movio Cinema, Movio’s analytics and targeted marketing Software-as-a-Service solution for cinema exhibitors. By capturing the behaviour of over 700,000 SK Club members, Movio Cinema will enhance the movie-going experience for Ster-Kinekor guests and increase customer engagement through targeted campaigns delivered across the moviegoer’s preferred communication channels.
 
According to Mr. Darren Hampton, General Manager, Loyalty, Social and Online at Ster-Kinekor Theatres, “At the heart of our business is the art of delivering a world class customer experience. A key enabler for us is the ability to gain real customer insights to better tailor our offering thus ensuring ‘great moments at their greatest’. We believe that the ability to accumulate data isn’t the main challenge for the cinema industry.  Translating that data into meaningful insights and an actionable business strategy is the real goal. Movio’s state-of-the-art expertise in accruing and interpreting moviegoers’ behaviour will add immeasurably to our own methodology and innovation initiatives.” 
 
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Ster-Kinekor as our premiere client in Africa,” says Ms. Sarah Lewthwaite, Movio’s Strategic Partnerships Director for the EMEA Region.  “Our two companies share a common vision in shaping the ultimate guest experience. Our immediate objective is to provide Ster-Kinekor with a better understanding of their SK Club members and enable targeted communications that hit the mark.”
 




About Vista Group International: Vista Group International (Vista Group) is a public company, listed on both the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges (NZX & ASX: VGL). Vista Group provides cinema management, film distribution and customer analytics software to companies across the global film industry. Cinema management software is provided by Vista Entertainment Solutions, the core business of the Group. Movio (authority in moviegoer data analytics), Veezi (cloud-based SaaS software for the Independent Cinema Market), Maccs (film distribution software), Numero (box office reporting software for film distributors and cinemas), Cinema Intelligence (business intelligence solutions), POWSTER (creative studio and marketing platform for movie studios) and Flicks (moviegoer ‘go to’ portal for movie information) provide products that leverage the success of this platform for  other parts of the film industry, from production and distribution, to cinema exhibition through to the moviegoer experience. Vista Group has more than 500 staff across offices in New Zealand (Auckland headquarters), Sydney, Los Angeles, Dallas, London, South Africa, the Netherlands, Romania and China. Vista Group International Directory page
About Movio: Movio is the global leader in marketing data analytics and campaign management solutions, revolutionizing the way the film industry interacts with moviegoers. With a global database of over 100 million moviegoers, 750 million behavioral and transactional records and more than 5000 movie titles, Movio is the world’s most comprehensive source of moviegoer data. A company of Vista Group International Ltd (NZX & ASX: VGL), Movio’s investment in data science and machine learning has produced market-leading technologies that redefine the possibilities of movie marketing. Movio empowers marketers to connect moviegoers with their ideal movie via online and offline channels, and link campaign data with actual ticket purchases to close the loop and measure campaign effectiveness. Movio Directory page
About Ster-Kinekor Theatres:
Ster-Kinekor Theatres is a wholly-owned business within the Primedia Group and is the largest movie exhibitor on the African continent. To most South Africans, the word 'movies' is synonymous with the name 'Ster-Kinekor'. The company operates 57 commercial cinema complexes in South Africa, with six international sites based in Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The cinema chain's sites house more than 480 large-scale screens, over 87 264 seats and the largest 3D footprint featuring more than 140 state-of-the-art 3D screens across the country.  As the industry leader, Ster-Kinekor has pioneered cinema concepts such as Cinema Nouveau, one of the world's largest dedicated art-house multiplex circuits, and the luxurious Cine Prestige theatres, the first 'business class' cinema experience in South Africa. It boasts the only cinema on the continent that is fitted with the advanced Dolby Atmos sound system (at Gateway in Durban); and has headed the return of The IMAX® Experience, with the opening of seven IMAX® Theatres across the country.  As one of South Africa's most loved brands, it is Ster-Kinekor's ongoing mission to become synonymous with the unrivalled magic of the cinema experience, by providing 'Great Moments at Their Greatest'. During 2013, the company embarked on a massive roll-out project to convert and equip every cinema with the very latest in digital projection and sound technology. The result of this upgrade is that every cinema now boasts state-of-the-art cinema technology that encompasses 2K and 4K digital projection and 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound systems.  The award-winning SK App, which is downloadable on all smart phone operating systems, is interactive, user-friendly and feature-rich, and recently recorded over 1.9-million downloads. The SK Club loyalty programme rewards members with redeemable points when they swipe their card when buying movie tickets or catering. Combined with industry leading loyalty programmes from Edcon and Discovery Vitality, these give Ster-Kinekor a strong consumer value proposition and competitive advantage.   As the market leader, Ster-Kinekor aims to spearhead the advancement of cinema across both South Africa and the rest of Africa, to ensure that consumers continue to experience movies as they were made to be seen – on the big screen.  
Ster-Kinekor Theatres Directory page
About Vista Entertainment Solutions: Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd (VES) is the world leader in cinema management software solutions with installations in more than 80  countries around the world  and an estimated 38% global market share in the Large Cinema Circuit market. The VES software product line comprises multiple modules  both integrated and scalable, suited to cinema exhibitor’s operating 20+ screens and up to 100s of cinemas. VES is head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand and has subsidiaries incorporated in Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, Beijing and Cape Town. Vista Entertainment Solutions Directory page

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