Kortrijk, Belgium -- Barco, a global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that it has been selected for a complete digital cinema deployment by XDC, a leading digital cinema service company in Europe, and Palace Cinemas, the leading exhibitor in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary following. Following a successful demo, Palace Cinemas has chosen to install Barco's DP2K series in both XDC screens and new sites to be opened over the next two years.

Palace Cinemas (Central Europe) currently operates 21 sites with 180 screens. After a very successful test last year, Palace Cinemas decided to exclusively install Barco's digital cinema projectors for their transfer to digital. The projectors are being installed in all Palace Cinemas' existing and upcoming multiplexes. The DP2K-C series is a line of compact digital cinema projectors, based on Texas Instruments' 0.98" DLP Cinema® chip, developed for small and mid-size theaters with screens ranging from 12 to 20 meters.

Serge Plasch, Chief Executive Officer XDC, says: "Palace Cinemas is the most dynamic exhibitor in Central Europe, and we are excited to be able to deliver Barco's DP2K projectors for their sites. The new series offers one of the brightest and most cost-effective projection solutions available on the market today."

V.J. Maury, Chief Executive Officer of Palace Cinemas, states: "At Palace Cinemas, we are dedicated to creating the very best entertainment destination so that our customers can have a great night out at the movies. We decided on Barco after a very successful test with 12 projectors. We were looking for extremely bright digital cinema projectors - especially for the upcoming 3D releases. During the test period, we learned that they can meet all our technological requirements, and the DP2K series is even better."

"The digital cinema market in Central Europe is growing rapidly and Barco is pleased to be part of it," comments Wim Buyens, Vice President of Barco's digital cinema division. "Palace Cinemas is just one of the ongoing installations in this region, and we are confident many more will follow."

Supporting 2D and 3D projection, Barco's six new DP2K projectors represent, by far, the most complete projector family available today. In addition to advances in software, diagnostics and patented cooling technology, all DP2K projectors include enhanced security features as mandated by the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI). All of Barco's digital cinema projectors are based on the pioneering DLP Cinema® technology from Texas Instruments, guaranteeing perfect reproduction of film, time and time again, and ensuring that movie-goers enjoy the highest quality film experience with consistent picture brightness, contrast and vibrant colors.

 

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Toronto, Ontario -- June 17, 2010 (CGX.UN): Cineplex Entertainment Limited Partnership ("Cineplex Entertainment") announced today its agreement to acquire DDC Group International Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Digital Display & Communications Inc. ("DDC"), a leading implementer of digital signage networks and associated products and services. DDC is a Waterloo-based digital signage company that designs, installs, maintains and operates digital signage networks on numerous software platforms in retail, financial, hospitality and entertainment markets across North America. The transaction value is approximately $3.5 million.
DDC's services include consulting, system design, technology sourcing, creative production, project management and ongoing network operations for a number of Canada's top brands. DDC has received prestigious awards in the North American digital signage industry including Best Content, Advertising and Best Content, Corporate Communications at the 2009 Digital Signage Expo in New York. Most recently, DDC was the recipient of four awards for experiential, advertising and informational content at POPAI's 2010 Digital Signage Awards Gala in Las Vegas.

"DDC is a recognized leader in designing, implementing and maintaining service-based digital signage networks across North America," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Entertainment. "Acquiring DDC enables us to further expand our existing Cineplex Digital Media business. DDC's solutions-focused expertise coupled with their award-winning services allows us to expand our services to clients and puts us in a great position to significantly grow our digital media business."

"We are thrilled to become a part of the Cineplex Entertainment family," said Stuart Kirkpatrick, President, DDC. "By joining forces with Cineplex Digital Media, we unite with a company that shares our passion for digital signage whose strength, national reach and immense expertise positions us to deliver even greater growth and success to our clients and their networks."
The acquisition is expected to close on or about July 2, 2010.

 

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Source: Empire

Veteran thesps Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, David Thewlis and Benedict Cumberbatch will support newcomer Jeremy Irvine in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of War Horse, a novel that focuses on a boy and his horse during World War I. Niels Arestrup, Celine Buckens, Nicolas Bro, David Kross, Leonard Carow, Rainer Bock, Robert Emms and Patrick Kennedy have also signed on.

The project comes as something of a surprise considering that Spielberg has been kicking around such high profile projects as a Lincoln biopic.

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