MPAA CEO and Chairman Chris Dodd and NATO President and CEO John Fithian gathered with members of the press at CinemaCon this afternoon to release the 2013 theatrical market statistics.


- Box office grows 1.2% domestically, 4.6% internationally.

- NATO's John Fithian calls for year-round calendar diversity, freeing up space in packed summer and Christmas seasons.

- Substantial growth in admissions figures from minority audiences in the United States and Canada. A 2013 release slate with principal roles featuring African-American actors helps boost box office .

- Strongest growth in frequent movie-goers comes from viewers ages 2-11.

- China is the first overseas market to surpass $3 billion in annual box office.

- Possible changes coming for U.S. ticket pricing

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uniquedigitalcinema.pngDublin - Mar 25, 2014 - Digital Cinema Media (DCM) is deploying its new DCM Cinematic advertising toolacross its entire independent cinema estate of more than 150 sites across the UK. DCM Cinematic delivers a completely automated scheduling and distribution solution for all pre-show content, which has been designed and delivered by DCM's technology partner Unique Digital.

DCM Cinematic has been designed specifically for DCM's independent cinema clients to complement existing systems and makes full use of the completely integrated suite of Unique Digital's latest digital solutions, namely their newest browser based Theatre Management System (TMS), RosettaBridge v4TM, Digital Advertising AccordTM sales and scheduling application, and MovieTransit TM content distribution platform. The main features of DCM Cinematic include a template playlist builder, macro function mapping, realtime monitoring, projector, server and audio status and auto device detection.

Following the completion of the DCM Cinematic rollout, DCM's entire digitised estate, which represents 80% of the cinema advertising market in the UK, will be fully automated. This not only makes life easier for DCM's exhibitor partners but also ensures that advertisers and agencies can fully maximise the dynamic planning opportunities that cinema now offers.

Since DCM became the only fully digital cinema media owner in the UK, brands have taken advantage of the new power of cinema to flexibly plan by time of day, film, showing, cinema, genre or audience. A recent campaign for VW for example was given a local spin with the final frame directing audiences to their nearest VW retailer. DCM was also able to help congratulate the Arctic Monkeys on their recent Brit Awards double by changing the creative before certain films and showings following the ceremony.

According to DCM's Head of Exhibition, Steve Davis: "DCM's adoption of digital technology has enabled cinema advertising to be faster, more flexible and more creative than ever before. The DCM Cinematic TMS is a great example of DCMs market leading Exhibitor strategy, as it ensures we remain at the forefront of the industry. DCMs Exhibitor strategy is focused on growing cinema advertising revenue, and at the same time, making life easier for our Exhibition partners. The DCM Cinematic rollout and our ongoing partnership with Unique Digital further reinforce our ongoing investment in and commitment to the Exhibitor sector.

Unique Digital Chairman, Chris Olsson-Hagan, added: "We are delighted and proud that DCM has chosen Unique Digital's Cinematic product for its independent customers. This key partnership with DCM helps emphasise Unique's position as the global leader in screen advertising and IP content delivery solutions, and will highlight the UK market as a showcase for digital screen advertising technology."

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sonydigitalcinema4k.pngLas Vegas, Cinemacon,- Mar 25, 2014 - Sony's David McIntosh is expanding his role in the company's digital cinema business, assuming the title of Vice President, Sony Digital Cinema 4K Solutions for Europe and the Americas.

Having a unified global presence and centralized sales and marketing management streamlines Sony's ability to respond to exhibitor needs in key international markets more rapidly and efficiently.

"David was instrumental in helping the leading European circuits convert to 4K digital cinema, managing projection system deployments, VPF administration and service and support networks," said Satoshi Yamaga, Senior General Manager, Visual Presentation Solutions, at Sony. "His experience and knowledge of the motion picture and commercial exhibition industries make him the ideal person to lead our digital cinema business on a global level."

McIntosh will oversee the direction of Sony's 4K digital cinema business, and its relationships with theater chains including AMC Entertainment, Regal Entertainment Group, Muvico Entertainment, National Amusements, Vue, Apollo, Everyman and Showcase Cinemas, among many others. Currently, more than 17,000 Sony 4K systems are installed at theaters worldwide.

"This is an exciting time for the motion picture industry and for digital cinema technology overall," said McIntosh. "Sony's 4K projection has revolutionized the movie-going experience, and our total system solutions approach has helped exhibitors increase their efficiency, deliver expanded programming options for customers and identify new revenue opportunities. I'm looking forward to continuing these efforts and playing a larger role in Sony's global cinema operations."
In 2010, McIntosh took on his most recent position of Vice President, Digital Cinema for Sony Europe, with overall responsibility for sales, marketing, customer support and new business development. Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer for Sony's professional business in Europe, managing a team of 200 professionals responsible for finance, business operations, service and engineering functions.

McIntosh is also a member of the board of directors of Sony's Professional business in Europe.


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fandango.pngLAS VEGAS/CINEMACON - March 25, 2014 - Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, announced today an exclusive partnership with Veezi, the fast and easy cinema management software designed and developed by Vista for independent theater operators. The deal will give thousands of independent movie theaters across the country the ability to offer their customers Fandango's convenient online and mobile ticketing options, as well as valuable exposure to Fandango's massive audience of more than 30 million moviegoers each month, according to comScore.

"We are very excited to partner with Veezi to provide independent theater owners a turnkey online and mobile ticketing option to help them increase their ticket sales," says Paul Yanover, President of Fandango. "It's also a big win for movie fans across the country who, with the convenience of Fandango, can now buy local theater tickets in advance online or from their mobile devices."

Veezi is a cloud-based cinema management system that enables cinema owners to run their business from a browser. It has a powerful Point-of-Sale configuration that allows the cinema owner to sell concessions and tickets all from one system; exhibitors can manage and monitor their business from any place that is connected to the Internet. By using Fandango and Veezi, the independent cinema community can now sell tickets to a whole new audience. For many moviegoers, the combination of Veezi and Fandango will increase their awareness of local theaters and make it even easier to see the latest showtimes and purchase tickets.

Veezi will know instantly when a customer buys a ticket for one of its independent theaters on Fandango. Customers simply need to arrive at the cinema with their Fandango confirmation numbers and their tickets will be issued.

"Veezi is all about building an empathetic community," says Matthew Preen, General Manager of Online for Vista Entertainment Solutions and head of Veezi. "We believe in giving the smaller theater owners the real tools they need, recognizing that they have unique challenges and different requirements from the larger theater chains. With Fandango, every U.S. exhibitor, regardless of size, will have the opportunity to sell tickets online and via mobile at the click of a button, and at the same time generate increased exposure for their theaters."

About Fandango
Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, sells tickets to 22,000 screens nationwide. Fandango entertains and informs consumers with reviews, commentary, celebrity interviews and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and conveniently buy tickets in advance. For many theaters, fans can print their tickets at home or receive them as a paperless Mobile Ticket on their smartphones. Fandango's top-ranking movie ticketing apps, with 39 million downloads, are available on the iPhone and iPad, Android, and many other platforms. Fandango is enjoyed by more than 30 million online and mobile visitors each month, according to ComScore. Film fans also find Fandango on Facebook at and on Twitter @Fandango.

About Veezi, engineered by Vista
Veezi is an innovative internet-based solution first released in 2012 after a two year period of research, design and development. Like Vista, it is designed to deliver optimal Box Office returns, total theater management and enable external analysis and reporting. It meets the specific and very different needs of the independent theater operator and its range of Features and Benefits is resulting in fast uptake. Along with Vista, Veezi is head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand and is supported by sales and support teams at Vista's offices in Los Angeles, London and Shanghai.

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doremi.pngBurbank, California - Mar 25, 2014 - Digital Cinema Technology leader Doremi today announced that its DCP line of servers (DCP2000 and DCP2K4) and integrated media block (IMB/ShowVault solution) now supports Dolby Atmos®.

Dolby Atmos unleashes the potential of sound in storytelling by giving filmmakers the creative freedom to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theater to create a lifelike, virtual reality of sound and the most engaging cinema experience ever.

For content creators, Dolby Atmos provides innovative support to the creative development process. Coupled now with Doremi media management and delivery, audiences around the world can be sure that the experience is faithful to the filmmaker's intent.

"Doremi has always strived to deliver a feature set that benefits the exhibitor," said Michael Archer, Vice President of Doremi. "Dolby Atmos has been demanded by our customers and we are happy to deliver this immersive audio technology."

Integration of Dolby Atmos into its comprehensive product line builds on Doremi's reputation in the cinema business to deliver high performance digital cinema technology.


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