LOS ANGELES—Mar 12, 2007
Twentieth Century Fox Announces Worldwide Print Agreement with Deluxe Entertainment Services Group
Deal includes global release printing and historic first contract for Digital Cinema distribution services
Twentieth Century Fox, a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, today announced the signing of a worldwide print services agreement with Deluxe Laboratories a unit of Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. The deal marks the return of international 35mm printing to Fox’s historic roots at Deluxe, which began as the film and camera department of Fox in 1915 until its divestiture in 1989. The agreement includes the duplication of both celluloid and digital prints as well as Digital Cinema delivery and logistics services.
“We are very pleased to be working with Deluxe for both 35mm prints and Digital Cinema," said Bruce Snyder, President of Domestic Distribution. “With the complexities inherent in the transition to Digital Cinema and 3D, we are thrilled to be the first studio with an all-purpose worldwide agreement that encompasses not only our current business but positions us for the future.”
Cyril Drabinsky, CEO of Deluxe, added: "For over 90 years, the Fox team has treated us like family, and we look forward to continuing to provide them worldwide services across all distribution channels." Ken Biggins, Managing Director of Deluxe Europe, will oversee international delivery.
The deal brings together the worldwide box office success of Twentieth Century Fox’s film slate and the post-production expertise of Deluxe, currently the world’s largest processor of film for the motion picture industry.
“We look forward to working with Ken Biggins and the entire international team at Deluxe in serving our film printing needs as well as developing the servicing infrastructure required to accommodate the digital transition around the world,” said Paul Hanneman, Co-President of Twentieth Century Fox International.
The Deluxe Digital Cinema unit has been working behind the scenes for several years to make digital cinema a practical reality. This is the first worldwide contract of its kind signed between a major Hollywood studio and a provider of Digital Cinema distribution services. The Digital Cinema deal was led by Julian Levin, Executive Vice President, Digital Exhibition for Twentieth Century Fox and Steve Bergman, Executive Vice President & GM of Deluxe Digital Media.