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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.

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.  

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Industry Partners

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 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 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 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. 

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.

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.

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

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Istanbul, Turkey—Oct 28, 2019

Spotlight on Nigeria & West Africa –To Be A Key Focus at the Emerging Markets Conference 2019

DCS Events, organisers of the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul (19th – 21st November) have announced further details of the dedicated Africa sessions and speakers at the conference - Spotlight on Nigeria and West Africa. 
Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent. It covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.3 billion people and a median age of 19.7 years as of 9th October 2019 (and set to double by 2050), it accounts for 16.72% of the world's human population, but currently a nominal amount of the global box office. 
Nigeria is the key regional player in West Africa, with an English-speaking population of approximately 197 million, which accounts for about 47% of West Africa’s population, and has one of the largest populations of youth in the world. 
Nigeria and West Africa is a vastly under-screened area, with only 1 screen per 1.5 million people. 
Ghana sits on the Atlantic Ocean and borders Togo, Cote d'Ivoire, and Burkina Faso. It has a population of about 30.6 million (2019). Ghana consistently ranks in the top three countries in Africa for freedom of speech and press freedom, with strong broadcast media, and radio the medium with the greatest reach. Factors such as these provide Ghana with solid social capital. 
Liberia is one of the youngest countries in the world with a median age of 18.9 years and a total population of 4.9 million (2019). With only 1 cinema and 4 screens, Liberia is greatly under-screened. George Weah, the former Chelsea, AC Milan player named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995, is the current president of Liberia. 
·         The Big Picture have focused on twenty of the fifty-four African countries with significant prospects for growth and a current population of 961m people
·         421 million of these are English speaking; 193 million French; 188 million are Arabic and 60 million speak Portuguese.
·         By 2050 as much as 40 per cent of the population in the world could be African, and the continent already has the second largest population on earth.
·         10% of all births worldwide are projected to be in Nigeria.
·         There is only 1 screen per 1 million people Africa currently
·         Just 1 IMAX cinema (Nigeria) for 394 million people in West Africa 
With 70% of worldwide economic growth is forecast in Emerging Markets, ECM2019 will explore opportunities, the challenges (including technical and political) and how cinema suppliers, operators and producers can innovate and grow their businesses across the continent.
At the #AFSIC Conference in London earlier this year former Minister, Rory Stewart MP from the UK Dept for International Development said, “It’s going to be about people. It’s going to be about people on the ground. It’s going to be about people with experience of a particular country…and it’s on making sure that we trust those people, making sure we have the right type of trust”.
Rob Arthur, Founder and Director of DCS Events and Senior Consultant at The Big Picture says, “Cinema in Africa is the new frontier. It is critically important that the industry stakeholders work as a team to best manage the growth opportunities cross the continent. Transparency, Integrity, Trust and Compliance are key areas which will enable the development of cinemas in Emerging Markets and with all of the key industry stakeholders participating and attending ECM2019 it will enable a far greater understanding of the need for support and development.”
Olayemi Anyanechi, Managing Partner, Sefton Fross says,
“Nigeria has a large youthful population with a burgeoning cinema culture. In July and August 2019 alone, the Cinema Exhibitors Association of Nigeria reports a spend of approximately $3.33m in cinemas. This is despite the fact that there are a little above 200 screens to serve this large population. Clearly, there are significant opportunities for both local and foreign investment in cinemas in Nigeria. 
Furthermore, there has been concerted campaign against piracy and other infringements of intellectual property rights by relevant stakeholders across the industry, and Nigeria continues to work assiduously to enhance the ease of doing business in the country, thereby creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. This is the time to take advantage of the opportunity to invest, and enjoy considerable returns”
Jared Murray-Bruce, Chief Executive Officer of Silverbird Film Distribution says, “Nigeria and West Africa as a whole are at a crucial inflection point, where we are ready to showcase ourselves on the world stage with growing Box Office success and rising admissions. With amazing local content and greater access to Hollywood hits we are proud to be on the forefront of the growing African Cinema market.”
Opeyemi Ajayi, Executive Vice President, Genesis Pictures says, “The Cinema Industry is evolving everyday with new innovation across the globe, Nigeria and West Africa are key players contributing to growth in the global market. We are continuously expanding and enhancing the cinema going experience with a range of great local and international content, leveraging latest technology and working with global partners. We believe there are massive untapped markets across West &Central Africa despite the rise of alternative platforms. This is in addition to improving current movie-going experience in major cities. Our aim is to continue to uncover such markets, delivering exceptional movie experiences for our audience. We look forward to showing our market to the world and are thrilled to be one of the major players in the Emerging African Cinema market”. 
Moses Babatope, Co-Founder, Group Executive Director /Managing Director FilmOne FilmHouse Cinemas and FilmOne Distribution and Production, Nigeria added, "As a key player in one of the most dynamic emerging cinema markets, we always look forward to sharing our insights. The Nigerian (West African) market is growing rapidly from a very small base, so we believe that there is still huge potential for expansion and opportunities for filmmakers, exhibitors and other players across the industry. The Emerging Cinema Market conference gives us a great platform to articulate this potential to interested parties." 
The Emerging Market Pioneers recognise the extent of the challenges as well as the opportunities, such as government policies, piracy, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the lack of highly valued relationships within the industry at large – Challenges which are shared by counterparts across other Emerging Markets. 
ECM2019 is a platform for the Emerging Cinema Markets to meet the International Stakeholders who are able to share in depth their knowledge and experience. Spotlight on Nigeria and West Africa will be hosted by Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie on Thursday 21st November as part of the #ECMIstanbul Conference.

About Emerging Cinema Markets Conference:
The Emerging Cinema Markets conference (ECM2019) will be hosted from the 19th - 21st November in Istanbul at the stunning 5 star hotel - The Grand Tarabya. ECM2019 will focus on the current and future potential theatrical industry in the continent of Africa, Turkey, New Europe (the Balkans and former Soviet states), Central Asia and the GCC. 

Building on the huge success of last year's inaugural event, this conference will feature a mix of keynote speakers, in-depth panel discussions and presentations from industry experts in the film, cinema, leisure and property sectors.
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