MORRISTOWN, NJ, and LOS ANGELES, CA -- Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM), the global leader in digital cinema, today announced a successful deployment with Sun Theatres for the first Theatre Command Center "TCC" installation in Melbourne, Australia. This six screen complex also marks the first successful integration with Qube Cinema in a fully networked and automated DCI 2K digital projection environment.

"We converted to Digital in Mid 2009 but until now have still needed Mediaologists to operate and monitor our daily screenings. As an independent cinema, we want to provide the best experience for our loyal audience while seeking the efficiencies and operational benefits that Digital should deliver," said Michael Smith, owner, Sun Theatre. "Cinedigm, Qube and Venue Ticketing worked together collaboratively with our engineer and mediaologoist to ensure a smooth installation and commissioning. The system has run seamlessly over the last month and our staff love the ease of use and confidence in its reliability."
Cinedigm's state-of-the-art TCC software manages in-theatre digital cinema operations, including:

• Ingesting content automatically from any source: satellite, CRU, USB, network share
• Scheduling and transferring all content prior to showtime
• Automating mapping of content to POS titles
• Providing complete, hands-free management of DMS Theatre Command CenterTM creates your digital shows:
• Importing show schedules from any POS
• Automatically creating show playlists, including preshow advertising, trailers, features and alternative content
• Dynamically inserting automation cues from any device or manufacturer
• Creating and scheduling of trailer and advertising packages Theatre Command CenterTM monitors your workflow and digital systems:
• Providing flexible dashboard with real-time status of content, KDMs, shows and issues
• Providing robust messaging and alerts to dashboard,email, text and SNMP
• Monitoring system health, workflow and disk capacitie

 

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CYPRESS, Calif. -- Rave Motion Pictures, the fifth largest chain of movie theaters in the United States, has more time to focus on innovation in cinema technology, optimizing seating plans and other operational aspects, resulting from a services alliance with Christie Managed Services (CMS). A longtime user of Christie projectors, Rave is now entrusting CMS to service its entire Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN).

"As a large and decentralized operation, we were having a hard time finding a good outsourced provider for our digital signage needs," said Brad Wardlow, vice president of operations for Rave Motion Pictures. "We have 61 locations in 21 states, and all too often outages resulted in inoperable displays in the common areas of our lobby and concession spaces, with the resultant repairs being expense and taking a long time to complete. We needed find a worry-free solution so we could concentrate on our business, which is to deliver a total theater experience to our movie-patron customers."

In addition to movie projectors, Rave provides a Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN) air show display over concession areas, more than 500 digital menu boards, LED way-finder signage, and extensive LED signage in its box offices. A previous provider had often used distant, non-local technicians, causing high travel and accommodation costs and longer time frames to service and support these products. In contrast, CMS created a one-stop, manageable strategy that addresses ongoing preventive maintenance as well as immediate attention to any problems.

"This solution makes total sense for us operationally, financially and aesthetically," said Wardlow. "The only question we have been asking ourselves is ‘why did we take so long to make the decision?' We're getting faster service, more preventative/proactive management of our signage program, and all at lower costs."

"Christie and Rave collaborated to identify sites, create inventories of assets and to develop a more planned, life-cycle approach to managing these assets, versus a reactive approach to emergencies," said Sean James, vice president, Christie Managed Services. "The CMS approach is to provide a support strategy which minimizes the amount of down time and expense associated with deploying the technology cinema owners want to use. By leveraging our technology and national networks of people and parts, we are able to significantly improve the availability of displays and projection systems.

With expertise developed over 80 years serving the cinema industry, Christie Managed Services works with each customer to deploy, monitor and support their commercial displays. Christie's U.S. Network Operation Center (NOC) offers 24/7/365 monitoring, technical help desk and configuration management and preventive servicing as well as on-site emergency response. The program serves hundreds of organizations in the cinema and other industries.

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CINEMACON, Las Vegas -- GDC Technology ("GDC"), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce today that it won a server deployment contract with iPic Entertainment, a Florida-based entertainment company. A total of 59 units of GDC Digital Cinema Servers were deployed at 11 sites across Arizona, California, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Illinois, with 46 units already installed in 2010, and the remaining 13 will be installed by April this year. Ballantyne Strong, Inc. was responsible for the equipment installation and integration, and continues to provide a reliable support service through their Network Operations Centre (NOC).

iPic Entertainment, founded by visionary entertainment entrepreneur Hamid Hashemi, offers an innovative new luxury entertainment concept, bringing the next-generation dining and entertainment experience to neighborhoods across America. It is a developer and operator of entertainment venues that include premium movie theatres offering a selection of high-end food and beverage, with a mission to bring people together for an exceptionally entertaining experience at an inviting and unique location.

Creating premier venues requires the most cutting-edge digital cinema technology, for which GDC has remained committed to over the past 12 years. "iPic Entertainment is committed to bringing state-of-the-art technology in film presentation to iPic Theaters and Gold Class Cinemas properties," said Mark Mulcahy, VP of Marketing, iPic Entertainment. "By using GDC's digital servers, we are able to enhance movie lovers' cinema experience with the best in digital projection."

The iPic deal is GDC's latest success in the North American market following a plethora of deployment contracts secured there recently. "We are delighted to see another exhibitor joining our growing list of satisfied customers in the all important North American market where digital conversion is fast gaining momentum," said Dr. Man-Nang Chong, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. "iPic is an innovator who is sensitive to emerging market trends as is GDC. We feel excited to work with iPic in bringing the best in digital cinema entertainment to patrons."

"Working closely with one of our largest resellers - Strong provides iPic Entertainment the highest level of support and service required by a cinema of this calibre." Dr. Man-Nang Chong, added. Ray Boegner, Senior Vice President of Ballantyne Strong echoed Dr. Chong's enthusiasm, "GDC has been a great partner for Strong. We are pleased to work with iPic Entertainment, who owns prestigious cinema complexes and offers the movie-going public something very special. Furthermore, it is extremely satisfying to work with iPic. They understand the quality their customers have come to expect, and they have realized that Strong and GDC's products and services meet such expectations".

 

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NEW YORK, March, 29, 2011 - It was announced today at CinemaCon, by Bob Berney, President, Theatrical Distribution that FilmDistrict will release "The Rum Diary," based on the early Hunter S. Thompson novel that was ultimately published in 1998. It stars Johnny Depp and will be released on October 28, 2011. The film is directed by Bruce Robinson ("Withnail and I") from his own screenplay and also stars Aaron Eckhart, Amber Heard, Michael Rispoli, Richard Jenkins and Giovanni Ribisi. "The Rum Diary" is produced by Infinitum Nihil, the production company headed by Depp and Christi Dembrowski, along with Graham King and Tim Headington. Anthony Rhulen and Robert Kravis also produce.

"The Rum Diary" tells the increasingly unhinged story of itinerant journalist Paul Kemp (Depp). Tired of the noise and madness of New York and the crushing conventions of late Eisenhower-era America, Kemp travels to the pristine island of Puerto Rico to write for a local San Juan newspaper run by the downtrodden editor Lotterman (Jenkins). Adopting the rum-soaked lifestyle of the late ‘50s version of Hemingway's "The Lost Generation," Paul soon becomes entangled with a very attractive American woman, Chenault (Heard) and her fiancée Sanderson (Eckhart), a businessman involved in shady property development deals. It is within this world that Kemp ultimately discovers his true voice as a writer and integrity as a man.

"Hunter S. Thompson became close with Johnny Depp during the filming of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and showed Depp the unpublished manuscript for The Rum Diary," says producer and FilmDistrict co-founder Graham King. "I am extremely proud to bring this novel to film and to honor Hunter's legacy."

Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict and President of GK Films, says, "The Rum Diary" is a special project for all of us here, as it is a true collaboration between both of our entities. Depp gives an extraordinary performance in this remarkable adaptation."

"Robinson directed one of my favorite films, "Withnail and I" - combine that with Hunter S. Thompson and it's a match made in celluloid heaven," says Bob Berney, President of Distribution, FilmDistrict.

"The Rum Diary" is a GK Films, Infinitum Nihil and Film Engine production produced by Johnny Depp, Christi Dembrowski, Anthony Rhulen, Robert Kravis, Tim Headington and Graham King.

 

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CinemaCon/LAS VEGAS -- Christie®, a global visual technology company, is demonstrating a wide range of innovative cinema projection and digital signage lobby solutions, backed by its behind-the scenes monitoring and control services, at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, March 28 - 31, making Christie the "Exhibitor's Choice" for attendees of this preeminent gathering of movie theater owners from around the world.

"CinemaCon is about knowledge transfer and sharing, as much as it is about leading-edge solutions," said Jack Kline, president and chief operating officer, Christie Digital Systems, USA, "and in that spirit we're excited about our sponsorship of ‘An Afternoon with John Landau.'"

Kline also addressed delegates at the International Day luncheon on March 28, in the Palace Ballrooms. As well, Sean James, vice president, Christie Managed Services, will lend his expertise to the "Keeping Your Cinema Open on a Saturday Night" ICTA panel on March 30, Emperor's Level at Caesars Palace.

John Landau in exclusive Christie VIP Event
Christie is sponsoring an "invite-only" interactive presentation with Oscar-winner Jon Landau, producer of Titanic and Avatar on Tuesday, March 29. This will feature a one-hour dialogue on the exciting future of digital cinema and Landau's experiences in producing box-office blockbusters. The noted producer recently toured Christie's digital-cinema manufacturing facilities and praised the firm for "looking ahead to the future, not sitting on the laurels of today" in its quest to make the filmgoers' experience better.

What's in the Booth?
"Exhibitors touring Christie's booth will witness how the only single-source manufacturer of projector, lamps and managed services can deliver to them a range of optimized, digital cinema systems today," said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie.

With the topic of how to cost-effectively transition from film to digital projection still a major concern for exhibitors, Christie's booth will provide reassurance as the "Exhibitor's Choice" for digital conversions. In addition to displaying mainstream digital cinema solutions, the company's Entertainment Solutions group will display the latest in 4K digital cinema projectors with its Christie® CP4200 platform. Both sets of solutions use XenoliteTM lamps, which boast a 99.999 percent reliability rating.

Christie Managed Services (CMS) will be out in full force, demonstrating its array of essential post-installation remote management, monitoring and control solutions for cinema projectors and digital displays, to ensure that all exhibitor systems perform to their maximum ability, reliably, 365 days a year. Allure Global, a valued partner, will be joining CMS to demonstrate how Christie and Allure can support CinemaCon attendees at every stage of their digital signage projects, from strategy determination to equipment procurement, as well as staging, content development, installation, ongoing monitoring and business impact analytics.

As well, Christie's display at booth #1200A includes Christie® MicroTilesTM, which won "The Most InAVative Digital Signage Product" at Amsterdam's prestigious ISE 2011 show, Christie continues to break new ground with an unmatched menu of specialty displays and managed services, as well as innovative and cost-effective a la carte solutions.

 

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