WOKINGHAM, UK - Christie, a leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been selected to fit 68 Christie 2K DLP Cinema® projection systems in the exclusive agreement between the Amsterdam Booking Company B.V. (ABC), a buying group representing Dutch independent cinemas, and Arts Alliance Media (AAM), Europe's leading digital cinema provider. Christie digital cinema projectors will be deployed in 68 screens within 20 cinemas across The Netherlands. The deal also covers the installation of a professional satellite network for the transmission of live events and encrypted content.

"We are very pleased that ABC has chosen to invest so strongly in digital cinema for its future development. We are also delighted that Arts Alliance Media has secured another success in Europe, a testimony of their leadership in digital and 3-D digital cinema," says Richard Nye, Senior Market Development Manager, Cinema, Christie. He adds, "We have been working with AAM for five years now, and this agreement will further strengthen the excellent relationships we have with them in what is now four European countries."

ABC acted quickly to equip screens for the Dutch release of Disney's 3D movie Bolt on February 11th, making it the first wide 3-D release in the Netherlands. Seven Christie CP2000-S 2K DLP Cinema projectors have already been installed in Heerenveen, Heerlen, Schagen, Spijkenisse, Venray, Weert and Zutphen, in time for Bolt. The remaining projectors will be a mixture of CP2000-S and Christie CP2000-ZX models.

ABC's roll-out will permit the screening of other upcoming 2009 3-D movies such as Monsters vs. Aliens (Dreamworks/Paramount), Up (Pixar/Disney), Ice Age 3 (Twentieth Century Fox), Planet 51 (Sony Pictures), Toy Story 3D (Pixar/Disney) and Avatar (Twentieth Century Fox). Digital 3-D screens generate higher box office than standard screens.

Rich Phillips, Head of Technical Operations, AAM says, "We have chosen Christie's projectors because of their performance and flexibility offered for a variety of screen sizes in existing theatre infrastructure. Our commitment is to help all cinemas convert to digital, regardless of size or location and having Christie on board is incredibly valuable from this point of view."

The Christie projectors and Doremi servers were jointly selected by AAM and ABC for the deployment. The satellite equipment will be provided by Arqiva Satellite and Media. Under the conditions of the agreement, AAM will create a fully integrated digital cinema and satellite network within the ABC group of cinemas. The agreement requires AAM to procure, service and maintain all digital cinema systems deployed, including the projectors and servers, central storage servers and a theatre management system. FTT Filmtronics, a subsidiary of Christie partner FTT in Germany will carry out the installations, as well as provide maintenance and local support. Thomas Rüttgers, General Manager of FTT, testifies, "We are delighted to be working again with Christie for this exciting project, as previous installations such as the major deployment of D-Cinema systems in Austria, already proved to be a success. We are also very pleased to be working jointly with Arts Alliance on this project."

To date, AAM has a European footprint of 507 installed and operated digital cinema screens in the UK, France, Spain and Norway. Successes of Christie with AAM include the UK Film Council funded project - the Digital Screen Network (DSN) and Circuit George Raymond (CGR Cinémas) in France. The company is currently completing the 400-screen rollout in CGR Cinémas with the help of Christie projectors. AAM was the first digital cinema provider in Europe to sign VPF-based deployment agreements with studios and exhibitors.

With 80 years of experience in cinema, Christie is today manufacturing the most actively used projectors in digital cinema, designed to fulfil the requirements as specified by DCI for a superior cinematic experience. To date, Christie surpassed an historic 5,500 active 2K digital cinema installations worldwide, less than four years after launching the world's largest digital cinema deployment plan.

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New York, N.Y. - Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, has forged a deal with Marcus Theatres®, significantly expanding its Network with an addition of 675 screens. This agreement, including newly finalized deals with United Entertainment Corporation and Studio Movie Grill, highlight Screenvision's 2009 network growth

"These deals open new revenue streams and demonstrate Screenvision's leadership in the cinema industry," said Matthew Kearney, President and CEO of Screenvision. "By continuing to grow the Screenvision Network we deliver on our promises to our exhibitor partners, marketers and moviegoers. We continue to remain at the forefront of digital cinema advertising maximizing new revenue opportunities for our exhibitor partners, presenting marketers with engaging advertising opportunities and providing moviegoers with wonderfully entertaining content."

The agreement with Marcus Theatres, the nation's 7th largest exhibitor, increases Screenvision's on-screen advertising network to more than 15,300 - giving the company 48% market share of the industry, and enhancing its position as the only national cinema advertising network covering 194 DMAs, with a 92% penetration. Under the terms of the deal, Screenvision will have exclusive local, regional and national selling rights to the entire on-screen pre-show. Screenvision will also provide the necessary digital technology and equipment for all Marcus Theatre screens. Marcus Theatres owns or operates 55 locations with a major presence in two of the top DMAs -- Chicago and Minneapolis. Marcus Theatres had previously been represented by NCM for national sales.

Bruce Olson, President, Marcus Theatres added, "Screenvision provides an excellent preshow program that audiences will enjoy. They have a pulse on what consumers want and have been creating exciting new platforms that allow advertisers to present an entirely integrated theatre experience for moviegoers. We look forward to a fruitful relationship with Screenvision as our exclusive cinema advertising vendor. We feel Screenvision's experienced and innovative team will help us drive increased ad revenue as well as provide additional entertainment to the moviegoing experience. They have a superb sales force, technological expertise, entertaining programming and a very flexible approach to meet our needs."

"Marcus Theatres will join Screenvision's roster of growing national exhibitor partners that have seen tremendous revenue enhancements through our digital network and entertainment pre-show," said Darryl Schaffer, Executive Vice President, Exhibitor Relations, Screenvision. "Marcus Theatres will benefit from our advertising innovations that offer marketers true cutting-edge digital solutions both on screen and in their lobby environments."

In addition to Marcus Theatres, Screenvision has also added two other exhibitors with strength in top DMAs, United Entertainment Corporation (UEC) and Studio Movie Grill. Under the Premiere Theatres moniker, UEC operates more than 100 screens, including a presence in two of the top 25 DMAs - Cleveland and Indianapolis. Studio Movie Grill, the cinema-eatery, operates 46 screens in two of the top 10 DMAs - Dallas and Houston. In addition, Screenvision recently announced a new long term deal with Rave Motion Pictures last week.

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HONG KONG - GDC Technology (GDC), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce that it has won a contract to deploy 100 digital cinema projection systems for China Film Group Corporation (CFGC), the largest and most influential state-run film enterprise in China. The deployment of all 100 digital cinema projection systems in major cities of China is expected to be completed within the next three months. The DCI-2000 Digital Cinema Integrated Projection System, which consists of GDC's SA-2100 Digital Cinema Server and Barco's DLP Cinema® Projector, will be adopted in this deployment.

"We have a long history of working with GDC dated back to 2002," said Han Sanping, Chairman and CEO of CFGC. "We are more than satisfied with the reliable performance of the 700 GDC servers that are already installed in the cinemas. This new contract is just another show of our confidence in GDC as our trusted partner for digital roll out in China."

"We feel honored to have won yet another major deployment contract from China Film Group," said Dr Man- Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "The signing of this contract will further enhance the already high level of cooperation and partnership between GDC and CFGC. We hope to maintain this strong tie and benefit together as the digital cinema market grows in China."

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LOS ANGELES -Two-time Academy Award winner, Michael Caine, will receive the ShoWest 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, co-managing director of the event, which will be held March 30-April 2, 2009, in Las Vegas. Caine will be presented with the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award at ShoWest's Final Night Banquet and Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, at Bally's and Paris Las Vegas.

"Where does one begin when referring to Michael Caine," said Neuhauser. "With over five decades of films to his credit, Michael Caine has quietly commanded the screen in well over 100 roles. He simply does it all, and he does it all so incredibly well be it comedy, drama or action. With such films as Alfie, Funeral in Berlin, Sleuth, The Man Who Would Be King, Educating Rita, Hannah & Her Sisters, The Cider House Rules, The Quiet American, and of course, The Dark Knight, Michael Caine's diversity has accorded him this incredible ability to draw movie audiences in worldwide throughout his career. We could not be more honored to present this brilliant actor with the ShoWest Lifetime Achievement Award."

Set in 1980s seaside England, Is Anybody There? (Caine's latest film) tells the story of ten-year-old Edward (Bill Milner) whose parents have turned their house into a retirement home. While his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat and his father copes with the onset of a mid-life crisis, Edward becomes increasingly obsessed with the ghosts and afterlives of the residents when they die. Edward's is a lonely existence until he meets Clarence (Michael Caine), the latest arrival at the home, a retired magician and grieving widower who refuses to give in gracefully to old age. Their relationship begins at odds until Clarence notices that the boy is growing up even more fitfully than he is growing old. As they begin to face life together, Clarence comes to terms with his past, Edward tames his obsession with the unknown and they are both reminded of what magic is possible when life is lived to its fullest. Is Anybody There? was directed by John Crowley, produced by David Heyman, Marc Turtletaub, and Peter Saraf and also stars Bill Milner (Son of Rambow), Anne-Marie Duff (Notes on a Scandal), and David Morrissey (The Other Boleyn Girl). Is Anybody There? was screened at the Toronto Film Festival and was produced by Big Beach, Heyday Films, and BBC Films. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on April 17, 2009 before expanding wider.

Born in South London, Michael Caine's childhood fascination for cinema, along with his performances in school plays and directing drama in a youth club, all stimulated his imagination and belief that he would one day be an actor. Caine landed his first job, in theater, as an assistant stage manager in Horsham, Sussex, before joining the Lowestoft Repertory Theater in Suffolk as juvenile lead. Caine then moved to London where he obtained a few roles in plays as well as a minor role in the film A Hill In Korea. After a brief move to Paris, Caine returned to Britain touring with one repertory company after another and appearing in more than 100 television dramas. The 1966 Alfie catapulted him to stardom and earned him his first Academy Award nomination and the New York Critics Prize for Best Actor. Caine has gone on to star in over 100 films and has received six Academy Award Nominations winning two for Best Supporting Actor in Hannah and Her Sisters, and Cider House Rules. Caine continues to entertain audiences having most recently appeared in box office hit The Dark Knight, as well as; The Prestige, Batman Begins, The Quiet American and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Caine was honored with a knighthood in 2000 by Queen Elizabeth II; and also released his autobiography, What's It All About?, in 1992.

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New York, N.Y. - Screenvision, the leading innovator in cinema advertising, has just announced that it has finalized a deal with Rave Motion Pictures, a key exhibitor partner with an inventory of 473 screens.

"We are very pleased to announce our continued long-term partnership with a cutting edge partner such as Rave Motion Pictures," says Darryl Schaffer, EVP of Exhibitor Relations. "Their continued support of the Screenvision Network is both exciting and a great signal of our continued momentum in 2009. We are always looking at innovative ways to grow and extend our business, and this deal allows us to do both!"

Under the agreement, Screenvision will have exclusive local, regional and national selling rights to Rave's entire on-screen preshow. The deal also provides Screenvision with the rights to sell in lobby screens and promotions. Rave Motion Pictures owns and operates 30 locations, with major presence in five of the top 20 DMAs: Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Houston, and Orlando. Rave represents the nation's largest exhibitor chain to have a fully digital network; its state-of-the-art multiplexes and 3D capabilities strengthen Screenvision's 3D technology initiatives.

"Screenvision's partnership with Rave Motion Pictures is a clear indicator of our commitment to continually grow our national network for our many advertisers and partners alike," says Mike Chico, EVP Sales & Marketing. "We continue to see that the Screenvision preshow is one of the best ways for brands to truly connect with today's consumers. In fact, research shows that 75% of all moviegoers enjoy our unique blend of entertainment content and advertising messaging"

Tom Stephenson, President and CEO of Rave added, "Screenvision has been able to maximize our digital technology to drive advertising revenue. They have been a terrific partner for the past seven years and we look forward to a long relationship that will allow us to bring the next generation of cinema innovations to advertisers and moviegoers alike. Screenvision's enthusiasm in exploring new technologies in this space aligns with our strategies for future growth."

 

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