harkness.pngCINEMACON (BOOTH #2411A), LAS VEGAS, MARCH 26TH 2014 - Harkness Screens the world's leading screen technology company and thought-leaders in on-screen brightness has announced that its suite of apps designed to aid in the process of screen lifecycle management recently passed 2,500 downloads.

"The response to the apps since we launched the suite just under a year ago has been nothing short of phenomenal, says Richard Mitchell, Worldwide Marketing Manager at Harkness Screens. "The download numbers alone are quite staggering, especially for a niche and focused market like cinema. These figures don't include those using the tools via our website so the true size of the user base is likely to be far more significant. We're truly delighted that these tools have gained industry-wide recognition and become part of architects, exhibitors and installer workflows," he adds.

Harkness Screens launched the range of screen lifecycle management tools at CinemaCon 2013 on the Apple iOS platform to critical acclaim releasing the Digital Screen Modeller (a real-time 3D modelling simulation tool for examining light on screen in an auditorium) and the Digital Screen Archiver (a secure database system designed to aid cinema operators in the process of on screen brightness management). In October 2013 both apps were launched on the Android platform.

In January 2014 Harkness Screens announced the launch of its third utility the Digital Screen Calculator released on both Apple iOS and Android. The Digital Screen Calculator is a tool designed to enable cinema operators or installers to quickly ascertain capability in terms of brightness levels based on equipment choices.

Mitchell explains, "We've seen many examples of how the apps are enabling our user base to make more informed decisions on design, build and equipment specification, all aimed at providing the public with the best possible 2D and 3D viewing experience. One of the key successes for our registered user base has been the free e-Consultancy service provided by our Technical Team. The service has provided detailed advice and support to exhibitors seeking to optimise their operating environment through equipment choice and screen optimisation (curving and tilting)."

Since release Harkness has continued to update content and add new functionality to its apps, culminating with a new release of both the Digital Screen Modeller and Digital Screen Calculator at CinemaCon 2014. The latest releases include constant height screens, multiple projectors and the new Clarus XC screen family launched by Harkness Screens. In the Digital Screen Modeller, the new DCI/SMPTE light measurement standard has been added to allow exhibitors to simulate light measurement more accurately in a 3D environment.

"These apps have real value and the key is to keep building on their success by adding more relevant and useful content. We have some quite impressive development plans in place for all three apps and we're working on a significant update to the Modeller to include some of the key requests from our users. We're also working on a fourth screen lifecycle management app which is currently in testing and we hope to release both this and the Modeller update in late June. We want to help exhibitors globally to realise the full potential from their auditoria and equipment in terms of brightness levels and we believe the apps are key tools in achieving this," Mitchell concludes.

For more information on the Harkness Suite of apps visit www.harkness-screens.com/

About Harkness Screens

Harkness ScreensTM is the world's leading screen technology company, specialising in the design and manufacture of projection screens and supporting technologies.

From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.  With truly global reach, Harkness is regarded as the world leader in cinema and today has screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. With its industry leading 2D and 3D screen brands (Perlux and Spectral) along with its innovative range of tools and iOS/Android apps, Harkness continues to lead the way in screen technology for cinema.

Founded in 1929, Harkness has manufacturing facilities in the USA, UK, France, India and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company's key markets worldwide.  For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at www.harkness-screens.com.

 

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gdctech.jpgCINEMACON, Las Vegas (March 27, 2014) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, has sealed VPF agreements with two premier cinema chains in Peru, Cinestar Multicines and UVK Multicines, for their digital cinema conversion. GDC Technology will deploy its digital cinema servers to the two theatre chains in partnership with Cinema Equipment and Supplies ("CE+S"), a professional digital cinema service provider in America.

 

CE+S as the system integrator, will provide Cinestar Multicines and UVK Multicines with GDC Technology's SX-3000 Standalone IMB®, as well as installation and Network Operations Center (NOC) services with their remote monitoring service product Cinevise for 24/7 proactive monitoring of UVK Multicines' entire circuit. CE+S will spearhead the conversion of Cinestar Multicines' 54 screens in 13 theatres and UVK Multicines' 37 screens in 13 theatres.

 

Cinestar Multicines, part of the Kapur Media Group, is the second largest domestic exhibitor in Peru. "We're delighted to partner with GDC Technology and CE+S to handle our conversion to digital," commented Varun Kumar Kapur, Operations Manager of Kapur Media Group. "We have witnessed how their expertise in VPF programs is advancing digital conversion throughout Latin America and we look forward to unlocking the benefits of digitalized cinemas."

 

"As a leading cinema in Peru, it is our focus to provide our customers with the best quality in digital cinema," commented Monica Ubillus-Verdeguer, General Manager of UVK Multicines, "GDC Technology delivers flexible VPF terms while CE+S provides us comprehensive service support, which are both essential to driving our plan for rapid digitalization. Our passion for cinema motivates us to look always for the very best for our clients and we are happy to say we have achieved our goals."

 

"We are proud that Cinestar Multicines and UVK Multicines have chosen CE+S as the system integrator for their digital deployment," said Alex Younger, Vice President of CE+S. "We believe that with our exceptional service support coupled with GDC Technology's VPF management capabilities, the two cinema chains will be able to offer moviegoers an incomparably compelling and thrilling cinema experience."

 

"We are pleased to work with CE+S to roll-out the digital conversion for Cinestar Multicines and UVK Multicines," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "With our years of experience in managing VPF programs in North America and Asia, GDC Technology is committed to providing the most transparent and efficient VPF programs to the exhibitors in Central and South America."

 

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About GDC Technology Limited (www.gdc-tech.com)

GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology") is a leading global digital cinema solutions provider with the largest installed base of digital cinema servers in the Asia-Pacific region and the second largest globally. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers that meet the highly demanding performance, security and reliability requirements established by Hollywood studios. GDC Technology also provides a comprehensive suite of digital cinema products and services providing exhibitors and distributors with a one-stop solution for exhibiting digital cinema content, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. It's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, has 6 years of VPF experience and manages over 4,600 screens across 600 VPF agreements with worldwide content distributors and exhibitors. Founded in Singapore in 1999 and headquartered in Hong Kong, GDC Technology has established a global market presence and strong brand recognition with 11 offices and 28 local service centers around the world. GDC Technology is a portfolio company of The Carlyle Group.

 

About Cinestar Multicines (www.cinestar.com.pe )

Cinestar is the first theater chain with multiplex facilities in Peru. The idea came up 35 years ago from an Indian investor, who decided to back up Peru and revolutionize the market by dint of perseverance and work with new trends in both construction and customer service. Part of the Kapur Media Group, Cinestar Multicines is the second largest domestic theater chain in the country with cinemas in India.

 

About UVK Multicines (http://uvkmulticines.com/)

UVK Multicines was created to bring the best of cinema technology to Peru, bringing digital sound, 99% perfect accoustic sound and the first VIP theater to our country in 1998 with the opening of its first theater. Throughout the years UVK Multicines has maintained its position in the market as a top leader in innovation, working to bring the quality of presentation as the best possible in the world. For its tenth anniversary, UVK Multicines was one of the first chains to bring 3D digital projection to Peru. Innovation is not limited to equipment in UVK Multicines, since It offers exclusively almost all of the treasures of alternative content such As the acclaimed Live Met Opera seasons, the marvellous bolshoi ballets, live concerts and thrilling sports events like the Wimbledon tennis tournament. 2 years ago, we opened the first arthouse theater in our country, bringing the best of classic movies, and arthouse and independent films from around the globe.

 

About CE+S (www.cinemaequip.com)

Cinema Equipment and Supplies offers a full range of state-of-the-art cinema products and services to outfit movie theaters with the latest and greatest in the most cost-effective manner. Founded in 1982, with its headquarters in Miami and offices in São Paulo, CE+S has more than 30 years of providing exceptional service to its clients. A global leader in the industry, CE+S has installed over 1,000 digital cinema systems in over 17 countries. As industry innovators, CE+S was the first provider to offer remote monitoring services in Latin America with the launch of Cinevise in 2009. Cinevise's Global Network Operations Center in Miami, FL links directly to the exhibitor's premise to provide a complete 24/7 minute by minute monitoring and remote support solution. Cinevise's Managed Services support a wide array of manufactures, platforms and solutions. With over 1,000 screens under Cinevise remote monitoring service and over 350 TMS systems deployed, CE+S continues bringing its market-leading expertise in digital solutions and technology to the cinema industry.

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mpaa.pngNEW YORK - As audiences flock to theaters this weekend to see Paramount Pictures' NOAH, the movie's production has already left a lasting impact on the state of New York. New statistics released today by the studio show the film is responsible for $60.5 million in spending and almost 2,000 jobs in New York State alone. This includes $30.2 million in wages paid to local employees, who contributed $3.6 million in taxes back to the state's government. Principal photography for NOAH began in 2012 and was primarily based in Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Upper Brookville and Long Island's Oyster Bay.

Overall, the production utilized hundreds of local vendors in a variety of industries, such as post-production services, lodging, car rental facilities, catering businesses and many others. For example, the production spent nearly $650,000 at Lenoble Lumber Company based in Long Island on materials for the shoot. Another beneficiary was Bay Crane, Inc, an upstate crane and transportation solutions company that saw $1.1 million in business from the production.

"Today's announcement is another great example of how the State's production tax credit program is making New York the place to be for major films and television shows," Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. "The program enabled us to attract NOAH to New York State, and with millions of dollars in spending for local vendors and small businesses in New York City and on Long Island. The new New York is open for business, and we are pleased that a growing number of film, as well as television, producers are contributing significantly to the State's momentum in creating jobs and our economic recovery."

"Film and television production provides an enormous boost to state and local economies," said Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. "The numbers released today demonstrate once again that when a production comes to town, with it follows increased spending at local businesses and jobs for the local workforce. Thanks to support from Governor Cuomo, the Assembly and the Senate, NOAH is one of many productions choosing to film in New York and take advantage of the state's attractive and reliable production tax incentive."

Key figures released today as a result of the production of NOAH are:

· $60,518,031 in local community expenditures. This includes hotels, car rentals, catering, hardware, local wages, rental fees, permit fees, and other expenses

· $30,261,759 in wages paid to local New York residents

· $3,631,411 in taxes paid by employees to New York State

· 1,966 local direct jobs created by the production

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 include: 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.

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