vistaentertainmentsolutions.pngApril 07th, 2014, Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand and MACCS International, Ubbena, The Netherlands Vista Entertainment Solutions, the global leader in cinema exhibition software, is expanding into the wider film industry sector with agreement to acquire a stake in MACCS International, the global leader in film distribution software.

Vista will buy an initial 25% stake, with an option to increase to 50%, in a deal that Chief Executive Murray Holdaway described as the New Zealand-based company's first serious move to become a major global provider of all software solutions to the film industry.

"We've been quite aggressive in our strategy for growth and acquisition and have made no secret of our intent to build our 35% global market share of the modern cinema market to 50%," says Holdaway. "We're now expanding vertically, through acquisition and organic growth, to provide our innovative package of software solutions to distributors and movie-makers. The MACCS purchase will be our first serious step on that path," he says.

MACCS, which stands for Movie ACCounting System, is a Dutch company founded by Bert Huls and Mathieu Van As; it is a major supplier of distribution software outside of the US.

The MACCS business includes:

 MACCS - a fully integrated ERP system developed specifically for film distributors.

 MaccsBox - an electronic data exchange that fully automates the process of reporting and invoicing box office returns between exhibitor and distributor.

 DCinemaHub - a universal platform that fully automates the ordering and delivery of digital content from distributors to exhibitors.

 VPF Hub - an independent clearing system for VPF settlements.

 

MACCS founder and chief executive, Bert Huls said: "I have long admired Vista's significant global growth and the quality of their executive team and we're tremendously excited to have them coming on board as we grow our market share, particularly in America." Holdaway says Vista will share some of the company's Los Angeles-based infrastructure with MACCS and will provide important introductions to key US players.

"They are a profitable and successful business; Vista already has integration with MACCS because our customers have to speak to their customers, in terms of computer systems - so this will be a seamless integration of the two world-leaders in the provision of end-to-end film industry software. They're already a market leader in Europe and now we are going to help them to grow to become a major supplier in other world markets where Vista is already a significant supplier. Initially we see great opportunities in the USA".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Vista Entertainment Solutions:

Vista Entertainment Solutions is the world leader in cinema management software solutions with installations in 63 countries across all continents and an estimated 35% global market share in the large cinema circuit market. The Vista software product line is both integrated & scalable, suited to cinema exhibitor's operating 20+ screens and up to 100's of cinemas. Vista software comprises multiple software modules required to deliver optimal Box Office returns, total cinema management and both internal and external analysis and reporting. Vista is head- quartered in Auckland, New Zealand and has subsidiaries incorporated in Los Angeles, London and Shanghai.

 

About MACCS International:

MACCS International is the largest independent developer of software for the international film industry. MACCS provides software to over 100 film distributors in more than 36 territories. This includes smaller independent distributors as well as major studios. MACCS has offices in Holland, Germany, Australia and Los Angeles.

 

For further information, contact: Kirk Senior, Chairman, Vista Entertainment Solutions, kirk.senior@vista.co.nz

 

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movieticketscom.pngLeading Advance Movie Ticket Seller Also Signs Nine New Exhibitors as it Continues to Expand its Network of Theaters

Boca Raton, FL April 9, 2014 -MovieTickets.com, a leading destination for the purchase of advance movie tickets, announced that it has renewed its long-term agreement to provide remote ticketing to Premiere Cinema Corporation. Premiere is one of the largest independently owned motion picture exhibitors in the country and currently has 22 state-of-the-art theaters totaling 254 screens. MovieTickets.com also announced that it has expanded its network with the recent addition of nine new exhibitors. The announcement was made today by Joel Cohen, CEO of MovieTickets.com.

The nine new exhibitors for which MovieTickets.com will start ticketing immediately include UK's Lymington Centre Cinema; Big Cinemas/Jass Entertainment in Iselin, New Jersey; Bombay Theatre in Flushing, New York; Atlantic Cinemas in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey; Reel Cinemas Anthony Wayne in Wayne, Pennsylvania; Parisian Theatre in Paris, Tennessee; South Bay Cinemas in West Babylon, New York; Kent Theatre in Brooklyn, New York; and the MGN Five Star Cinema, an opulent restaurant and theater opening in Glendale, California. Cohen stated, "We hold the relationship with Premiere in very high regard. They are a circuit that has fully embraced the latest technologies and theater amenities, all of which help entice the public to embrace the theater going experience. Our network of theaters is especially strong in the growing markets of Texas where Premiere is based. With the other partnerships announced today, we add to additional key markets of New York and the United Kingdom."

Joel Davis, COO of Premiere Theaters commented, "Working with MovieTickets.com has been a great experience through the years. Offering Advance Ticketing online and mobile will only expand in the future and we look forward to offering our patrons easy pre-purchase options. At Premiere, we love movies. And our goal is to make sure every visit to Premiere is fun and exciting for you and your family."

About MovieTickets.com

MovieTickets.com is a leader in advance movie ticketing with over 250 theater chains in its group, offering moviegoers a quick and convenient way to purchase tickets online, via mobile devices and at 877-789-MOVIE. The company currently enables remote ticketing for consumers across 22 countries/ territories including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Argentina, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean. Fans can stay connected with MovieTickets.com through Facebook (facebook.com/MovieTicketscom), Twitter (twitter.com/movietickets) and YouTube (youtube.com/MovieTicketsTrailers).

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mpaa.pngVice President Joe Biden and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte to deliver remarks; experts from across sectors examine local and global influence of creativity, confluence of entertainment and technology, and their power as an economic engine and driver of innovation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - At the second annual Creativity Conference on May 2nd, leaders from the worlds of entertainment, technology, media, business, and politics will engage in a direct dialogue on the critical and growing role creativity plays in our global economy today and looking forward.

On the eve of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the Creativity Conference, presented by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in partnership with Microsoft and ABC News, addresses how creativity strengthens and shapes the U.S. and global economy, and how policymakers, educators, business leaders, entrepreneurs and artists can support and expand the creative community to continue the economic growth fostered by business sectors devoted to innovation. This year's conference will be held at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

"Our industry's success is predicated on compelling storytelling, transporting audiences into an alternative universe and creating an experience unique to our entertainment products," said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. "But the industry itself has its own compelling story to tell, which is one of significant economic, cultural and technological achievement. I look forward to our second Creativity Conference where thought leaders from across industries will engage on the important role of creativity and innovative thinking as we look toward the future."

Topic will include a discussion on how entertainment and technology companies are bridging the gap between technology, innovation, and creativity to maximize the audience experience. From seamless access to entertainment to binge watching and live-tweeting-new technology has given the audience more power than ever before, and the industry the opportunity to consistently meet and beat their needs. Further discussion will address and celebrate the changes that increase creativity's impact on U.S. and global markets including new partnerships, advancements in technology and reduced barriers to entry. Featured panelists will come from creative industries - from software to film - to discuss how the modern workforce is evolving and the resulting global economic growth. The event also features a keynote address from Vice President Joe Biden.


"Creativity and innovation are the driving forces behind our country's economic growth and momentum," says Microsoft Vice President of Government Affairs Fred Humphries. "According to experts, more than 80 percent of real U.S. output per person over the 20th century was a product of innovation and technological progress. As a leading technology company and researcher, we are committed to addressing how to increase and foster this innovation today."

Additional information on the event can be found on http://www.thecreativityconference.com/ or on Twitter at @Creativity_Con and #CreativityCon. Additional media logistics are forthcoming.

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About the MPAA
The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members are: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; Paramount Pictures Corporation; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios LLC; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

About ABC News
ABC News delivers a big picture understanding of the world to empower and inspire viewers to make confident decisions for themselves and their families. More people get their news from ABC News than from any other source. ABC News is responsible for all of the ABC Television Network's news programming on a variety of platforms: television, radio, and the Internet. With an average television and radio audience of 180 million people in a given month, ABC News surpasses the competition. More than 2,400 affiliate stations broadcast ABC News Radio's global news coverage. In addition, ABC News NOW is a 24-hour news and information network currently available to 44 million users across cable, broadband, and mobile platforms. NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, provides live and packaged news, sports, and weather reports, as well as footage of news events, to 200 ABC affiliates and more than 30 domestic and international clients.

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By Daniel Garris

Captain America: The Winter Soldier comfortably remained in first place on Monday with $6.22 million. In the process, the 3D superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel surpassed the $100 million domestic milestone yesterday. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was down 73 percent from Sunday's performance. It should be noted that the marketplace in general took a bit of a hit on Monday from the NCAA Basketball Championship. With a strong four-day start of $101.24 million, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently running 5 percent ahead of the $96.16 million four-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World.

Paramount's Noah placed in a distant second place with $1.26 million. The Darren Aronofsky directed biblical epic starring Russell Crowe was down 75 percent from Sunday and down a sharp 60 percent from last Monday. Noah has grossed $73.64 million in eleven days, but has clearly lost a lot of momentum once Captain America: The Winter Soldier entered the marketplace. Noah is currently running 8 percent behind the recent $80.14 million eleven-day gross of 300: Rise of an Empire.

Lionsgate's Divergent claimed third with $0.803 million. The young adult adaptation starring Shailene Woodley fell 74 percent from Sunday and 52 percent from last Monday. Divergent has grossed $114.81 million through 18 days of release. That places the film just 18 percent behind the $139.34 million 18-day start of 2008's Twilight.

God's Not Dead took fourth place with $0.655 million. The faith-based drama from Freestyle and Pure Flix was down 74 percent from Sunday and down a very slim 10 percent from last Monday. With a stronger than expected 18-day take of $33.21 million, God's Not Dead is now on the verge of surpassing the $34.52 million final gross of 2011's Courageous.

Fox Searchlight's The Grand Budapest Hotel rounded out the day's top five with $0.505 million. The critically acclaimed Wes Anderson directed film fell 68 percent from Sunday and 27.5 percent from last Monday. The Grand Budapest Hotel has grossed $33.70 million in 32 days.

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Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema Auditorium Features Powerful Combination of Auro 11.1 by Barco and Christie's Immersive Line Array Technology

Cypress, Calif. (April 7, 2014) -Christie®, a dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced that Cinemark Theatres has installed the Christie Vive AudioTM cinema sound system in its state-of-the-art Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium at the Cinemark StarCreek 16 in Allen, Texas. The 282-seat premium auditorium, which includes Auro 11.1 by Barco audio platform, features a huge, wall-to-wall screen and plush seating for maximum comfort; and now, Christie's leading-edge immersive line array technology that makes every seat the best seat in the house.

"We applaud Cinemark for adding a critical piece of the cinema experience with the decision to install our Christie Vive Audio solution in their premium XD Auditoriums," said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. "We believe the performance of our line array speaker technology provides a great audio experience to their XD guests, in every seat."

The innovative Christie Vive Audio system unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Auro 11.1, Dolby® AtmosTM, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. It is comprised of wall and ceiling surround speakers that use unique ribbon driver technology in a line array design, purpose-built for cinema environments. Christie Vive Audio speakers featured at the Cinemark XD: Extreme Digital Cinema auditorium include the Christie LA3 series for screen channels, wall and ceiling surrounds and the Christie S218 subwoofer.

"We are excited to add the Christie Vive Audio solution to our Cinema XD auditorium," said Damian Wardle, SVP Theatres Technology & Presentation at Cinemark. "Offering the ultimate in immersive cinema sound is part of Cinemark's commitment to bringing the highest quality movie-going experience to all our guests."

Phil Hacker, director of Presentation at Cinemark added, "We continue to seek out and bring the latest technology to our guests and the new generation of immersive sound is the differentiating factor. For Cinemark, Christie Vive Audio continues that objective and allows us to take full advantage of powerful immersive technology such as Auro 11.1, to bring our guests a movie-viewing experience that is also unmatched for its audio clarity."

Recognized for their exceptional timbre matching, enhanced voice intelligibility, and low distortion, the Christie Vive Audio speakers' unique line array design increases the optimal-listening area up to four times that of the standard point source systems. The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds, screen channel speakers, subwoofers, and Class D amplifiers. The system is ideal for traditional and premium large-format auditoriums, as well as postproduction studios and screening rooms.


For more information on Christie's new audio initiatives, visit www.viveaudio.com .

About Cinemark Holdings, Inc.
Cinemark is a leading domestic and international motion picture exhibitor, operating 482 theatres with 5,563 screens in 40 U.S. states, Brazil, Argentina and 10 other Latin American countries as of December 31, 2013. For more information go to investors.cinemark.com .

About Christie®
Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. is a global visual technologies company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ushio Inc., Japan (JP:6925). Consistently setting the standards by being the first to market some of the world's most advanced projectors, complete system displays, and entertainment audio solutions, Christie is recognized as one of the most innovative visual technology companies in the world. From retail displays to Hollywood, mission critical command centers to classrooms and training simulators, Christie display solutions and projectors capture the attention of audiences around the world with dynamic and stunning images, accompanied by awe-inspiring sound. Visit www.christiedigital.com.

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