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Kortrijk, Belgium, 25 June, 2015 - Barco, a global industry leader in digital cinema projection, announces that the theater management systems (TMS) of three key European system integrators are now compatible with the Barco Alchemy cinema projector range. Over 75% of the cinemas worldwide that use a TMS can now rely on their TMS to manage the Barco Alchemy projectors - a number that is growing month by month.
A major leap forward in digital cinema technology, Barco Alchemy projectors combine the functionalities of an integrated cinema Media processor (ICMP) and a media server into one, single projector. As seamless interaction between the ICMP module and third-party TMSs is key to creating a fully automated cinema experience, Barco is collaborating closely with TMS manufacturers around the world to expand the number of compatible systems. It is therefore happy that the TMS systems of the system integrators European Ymagis Group and French Cine Digital Service, as well as that of the Spanish Proyecson, now all operate with the Barco Alchemy projectors.

Trusted partners
Ymagis Group/dcinex is a long-standing Barco partner. "As a leading company in Europe in the area of advanced digital technology services for the motion picture industry, we aim to provide our customers with the most up-to-date and smart technologies available on the market," says Till Cussmann, VP Sales Exhibitor Services for Ymagis Group. "Our Melody TMS solution enables the centralized and remote management of cinema complexes' multiple projection systems by interacting with each auditorium's server from a single point of access. Integrating the Barco Alchemy range into our TMS is a logical choice to expand its deployment as we are servicing more than 7,200 screens across Europe."

Just like Ymagis Group, trusted Barco partner Proyecson, based in Spain, decided that its TMS should be compatible with Barco's Alchemy projectors. Vicente Soriano, Managing Director: "Our latest version of P-TMS4.0 fully supports Barco's Alchemy Projectors. It's only one of the many tokens of our long-term partnership with Barco. Today, Proyecson services over 600 digital projectors in Spain, hundreds of which are Barco DCI Projectors in Spain, and we cooperate with Barco in innovative projects like our P-SBOX14 Boothless Solution, thus shaping the future of digital cinema projection."

Inspired by the customers
The decision of French-owned Ciné Digital Service, a network of cinema system experts, to make its TMS compatible with Barco Alchemy projectors was inspired by its customers. "CinéDigital Manager®, our TMS, supports day-to-day operations in over 6,000 cinema theaters around the world," says Etienne Roux, Business Development Manager at Ciné Digital Service. "The software supports all the key servers, enabling our customers to use the digital cinema equipment of their choice. Upon request of many of our customers, mainly in Asia in fact, we were happy to make our system fully compatible with the Barco Alchemy projectors. Barco Alchemy is really very popular around the world and the success in Asia, where many cinema chains are being built these days, is impressive."

Future-proof digital cinema
Barco Alchemy projectors provide cinema-owners with a future-proof and complete platform for any type of projection, including 4K and high frame rate projection. By integrating playback and content management functionalities in one system, the Barco Alchemy technology offers an integrated and cost-effective solution. Tom Bert, Sr. Product Manager "We are delighted that the three TMS systems of these leading integrators now work seamlessly together with Barco Alchemy technology. In addition to having the best possible image technology, cinema exhibitors can now easily manage Barco Alchemy screens within their complex. In this way, we've come another step closer to our objective: making cinema operations increasingly simple and reliable, around the world."

 

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gdc.pngHong Kong (June 25, 2015) - GDC Technology Limited ("GDC Technology"), a world leading digital cinema solutions provider, is pleased to announce that it has entered into Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreements with six exhibitors in Argentina - Village Cines, CCA CinemaCenter, Cines Multiplex, Atlas Cines, CPM and Cinema la Plata Cinemas - to manage a financial subsidy that assists with costs involved in the chains' conversion to digital cinema. Collectively, the six converted a total of 241 screens, at 41 locations, to digital last year, reaching 100% digitization. Under the VPF program, these exhibitors will recoup a portion of their investment via their VPF agreements with GDC Technology.

Manuel Arana, General Manager of GDC Latin America said: "We are very happy that these six prominent exhibitors have trusted us for this important move. This agreement demonstrates once again the flexibility of our VPF program, which allows both big chains and independent exhibitors to benefit from our digital cinema financial subsidies."

With GDC Technology's reputable VPF services, it has managed to assist top exhibitors in Asia Pacific, North America and South America in converting from analog to digital in a professional and cost effective manner. GDC Technology has eight years of VPF experience and manages over 6,000 screens under more than 800 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 13 offices and 29 local service centers around the world.

 

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Kortrijk, Belgium, 25 June 2015 - Barco, global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce that Jan Daem, long-time board member at the Laser Illuminated Projector Association (LIPA), has been unanimously elected as chairman of the board.

"As the global leader in laser projection, we are very proud our colleague Jan Daem has been elected as chairman of LIPA," comments Wim Buyens, Vice President Entertainment at Barco. "Jan made a substantial contribution to LIPA and to the simplification of global laser regulation for performance projection."

A proven expert in a critical new field
"After years of development, we're excited that laser projection is finally here," continues Stijn Henderickx, Vice President Digital Cinema at Barco. "However, to accelerate the global adoption of laser projection, the industry needs to continue to support LIPA and its work to smooth the way for laser in cinema and other applications. Jan Daem will continue this important task as LIPA's new chairman."

Building on past success
Jan Daem's work at LIPA has exemplified the required balance between simplifying the regulation of lasers as light sources for projection, while preserving the industry's commitment to operator and end-user safety. Jan successfully led the European regulatory strategy and - together with his colleagues at LIPA and world-class laser safety experts - convinced the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) to evaluate laser-illuminated projectors as ‘lamps'. He did this by providing peer-reviewed scientific evidence that laser-illuminated projectors present no greater risk than lamp projectors of equivalent brightness.

Meticulous and methodical
"Jan has been meticulous and methodical, a combination that has been the key to his success," says Bill Beck, one of LIPA's co-founders, past chairmen, and currently The Laser Guy at Barco. "Jan's most recent contribution to LIPA was as head of the financial committee, providing an excellent foundation for his chairmanship." Jan was unanimously elected by his peer directors and began his term on 1 June 2015.

The road ahead
As chairman, Jan will face one more challenge - to complete LIPA's US regulatory strategy, bringing the US FDA/CDRH into alignment with the new IEC regulations he helped to develop. With this, LIPA's primary regulatory mission will be complete. After that, LIPA will shift emphasis to its other missions: to accelerate the global adoption of laser-illuminated projectors in both cinema and non-cinema applications and to provide guidance and best practices to its members and users of laser-illuminated projectors around the world.

 

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Leading in-theater dining chain donates ticket proceeds to children’s charity

What:   Studio Movie Grill Variety® Pin Days

When:   Every Tuesday beginning June 30, 2015 through the end of the summer series program, or while supplies last          

Where:  All Studio Movie Grill locations

             For locations, visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Locations.aspx.      

Why:    Each Tuesday this summer, Studio Movie Grill, the leader of in-theater dining, will donate 100% of all Children’s Summer Series ticket sales to Variety® - The Children’s Charity. For each Children’s Summer Series ticket purchased, guests will receive a limited-edition Variety® Gold Heart Minion pin, created to commemorate the charity’s 25th annual Gold Heart Pin Campaign while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit Variety® programs that serve children who are disabled and disadvantaged. For the full Children’s Summer Series schedule, visit https://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Movies.aspx.

 

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By Daniel Garris

Jurassic World held off Inside Out in a very close race on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office. The Chris Pratt led 3D blockbuster sequel from Universal and Legendary took in $13.13 million on Tuesday, which topped Inside Out by a very slim $91,652 for the day. Jurassic World has led the daily box office for eleven of the past twelve days. The film was up 13.5 percent over Monday and down a solid 46 percent from last Tuesday. The twelve-day total for Jurassic World stands at a massive $427.50 million. Without adjusting for ticket price inflation that already ranks the film as the 11th highest grossing film of all-time domestically. And by the end of today Jurassic World is set to move into tenth place on the all-time list. Jurassic World is currently running $38.03 million and 10 percent ahead of the $389.47 million twelve-day take of 2012's Marvel's The Avengers.

Inside Out placed in an extremely close second with $13.04 million. The critically acclaimed 3D computer animated film from Disney and Pixar increased a healthy 24 percent over Monday's performance. Inside Out has grossed a much stronger than expected $113.96 million in five days of release. Compared to previous blockbusters from Pixar, Inside Out is running an impressive 8 percent ahead of the $105.30 million five-day start of 2013's Monsters University and 19 percent behind the $141.04 million five-day take of 2010's Toy Story 3.

Fox's Spy held steady in third place with $1.69 million. The Melissa McCarthy led comedy was up an impressive 35 percent over Monday and down only 20 percent from last Tuesday. Spy continues to stabilize as of late thanks in part to strong word of mouth and strengthening summer midweek business. The film has grossed a respectable $78.05 million in 19 days.

Warner's San Andreas took in $1.20 million to remain in fourth. The Dwayne Johnson led 3D disaster film was up 26 percent over Monday and down a very slim 15 percent from last Tuesday. San Andreas continues to significantly exceed pre-release expectations with a 26-day take of $134.86 million.

Open Road's Dope rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.851 million. The critically acclaimed Rick Famuyiwa directed comedy drama was up 8 percent over Monday. That represented the day's softest daily percentage increase among wide releases. Dope has grossed $7.74 million in five days. That is slightly below expectations and places the film 11 percent ahead of the $6.95 million five-day start of last year's Beyond the Lights.

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