Digital Cinema Solutions Hosts UK Digital Cinema Conference

Leading media technology companies and industry experts to explore innovations, opportunities and challenges for cinema audience development

Leading industry companies and organisations including Sony Digital Cinema 4K (headline sponsor), Technicolor, Arqiva, Arts Alliance Media, dCinex, More2Screen, MyMovies, Rentrak, Sound Associates and Vista will be sponsoring and participating in the first UK Digital Cinema Conference being hosted by Digital Cinema Solutions on Thursday 7 February at the Vue Westfield in West London.

The theme for the one-day conference will be digital innovation and alternative content geared to be of interest specifically to film distributors, exhibitors and related services and suppliers.

Derek Cownty, Digital Cinema Solutions Director says: “We have had an outstanding response from sponsors and speakers signing up to this conference, underlining both the relevance and potential of digital to both the cinema business and to audiences as consumers. The discussion sessions within the conference will be looking in some detail at business facts and figures as well as programming case studies that exemplify shifts in consumer take-up.”

Supported by the key industry organisations, the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association and the Film Distributors’ Association, the line-up of speakers and presenters who will be sharing their experience and insight on the developing market for film at the cinema include:

Peter Buckingham, Director, SampoMedia
John Bullen, VPF & Premium Content Executive, Sony Digital Cinema
Tll Cussmann, Vice-President Exhibitor Services, dCinex
George Eyles, Head of Worldwide Business Development & Strategic Planning, Digital Cinema, Technicolor
David Hancock, Director, Head of Film and Cinema, I.H.S. Screen Digest
Lucy Jones, Director of Client Services, Rentrak
Melissa Keeping, Chairman , The Event Cinema Association
David Monk, European Digital Cinema Forum
Andrew Myers, Chief Executive Officer, Everyman Cinema Group
Nic Morris BSC, Director of Cinematography (Minotaur, Out of Season and TV’s Being Human, Robin Hood)
Oliver Pasch, Sales Director Europe, Sony Europe
Steve Perrin, Chief Executive Officer, Digital Funding Partnership
Rich Philips, Chief Technology Officer, Arts Alliance Media
Tim Plyming, Head of Digital, Publishing & Broadcast , The British Museum
Alastair Roberts, Managing Director, Royal Opera House Enterprises
Jan Runge, Chief Executive, International Union of Cinemas (UNIC)
Jim Slater, Editor, Cinema Technology
Graham Spurling, Director of Movies@
Marco Tinnirello, Head of Sales, Digital Cinema, Broadcast & Media, Arqiva
Don Ward, Owner and Founder of The Comedy Store venues
Richard Welsh, Head of Operations (Digital Cinema), Technicolor

The past, present and future of digital innovation will provide the foundation for the conference, headline sponsored by Sony Digital Cinema 4K. Oliver Pasch, Sales Director for Sony Europe, says: “We are excited to support the very first Digital Cinema Solutions Conference. Events like these are always a great opportunity for industry to come together and share thoughts on current trends and predictions for the future. The interactive sessions will be a chance to look at the innovative trends we’re seeing emerge at the moment – such as 4K – and to ensure the success of digital cinema over the coming months and years.”

Technicolor, the worldwide technology leader in the media and entertainment sector, is sponsoring and leading a leading a discussion on the cost efficiencies of digital technology for distributors and exhibitors, chaired by George Eyles, Head of Worldwide Business Development & Strategic Planning for Digital Cinema at Technicolor.

Steve Perrin, CEO of the Digital Funding Partnership will lead a discussion on developments in technology including laser, 3D, high frame rates and sound with Richard Welsh, Head of Operations for Technicolor Digital Cinema UK, Rich Philips from Arts Alliance Media, David Monk from the European Digital Cinema Forum and Jim Slater from Cinema Technology.

Steve Perrin says, “This conference could not come at a better time for the UK cinema sector. The UK led the advance internationally on digital with the result that to all intents and purposes, the UK commercial cinema is now fully digital – looking at where we are today and developments in the pipeline is relevant not only to distributors and exhibitors, but to any business involved in bringing film entertainment to audiences.”

Till Cussman from dCinex will be giving a presentation on the challenges and opportunities for commercial independent exhibitors; Jan Runge from UNIC will be giving an update on the forthcoming Cine Europe 2013 forum in Barcelona, and Melissa Keeping from the Event Cinema Association will looking at some of the most recent case studies of alternative content for cinemas with Marco Tinnirello, Don Ward, Alastair Roberts and Tim Plyming.

Pete Buckingham from SampoMedia will be looking at the audience response to the sound and screen technology advances.

David Hancock from IHS Screen Digest, will launch the conference with an overview of how digital and 3D are positioning cinemas for today and tomorrow’s audiences.

Ticket prices are as follows: £125 + VAT for CEA/DFP/FDA and ECA members and £150 + VAT for non-members.

www.digitalcinemasolutions.co.uk/conference/

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