Distribution & Exhibition

AAM: Creating the Path to Cinema’s Future

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 13:04 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media first opened its doors in London June 17, 2003. In those very early days of digital cinema, the new company and its ten employees carved out a space in technology and what was then called alternative content. The company divested itself of the alternative content business a few years ago to focus on what has long been its core strength: cinema technology. AAM launched its first theatre management system in 2007 and, in 2008, completed the first virtual print fee rollout in Europe with French chain CGR. Today AAM has more than 140 employees spread over three offices in London, Amsterdam, and Guangzhou, China. I recently spoke via email with AAM’s chief executive officer Patrick Foley, and chief technology officer Richard Phillips about those early days of the company and, more importantly, to get their thoughts about the future of digital cinema technology.

Arri Group Executive Board Adds Member

Tue, 07/24/2018 - 12:41 -- Nick Dager

The supervisory board of the Arri Group with headquarters in Munich, Germany, has appointed Dr. Michael Neuhaeuser, effective September 1, as its new executive board member responsible for technology. He succeeds professor Franz Kraus who, after more than 30 years work for the Arri Group, joins the supervisory board and will continue to be closely associated with the company.

Cinema’s Second Wave

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:24 -- Tom Bert

Cinemas worldwide are preparing for what is now commonly called the second wave: a technology renewal where they will install next-generation digital projection equipment. However, the journey ahead poses different considerations and challenges compared to the film-to-digital conversion of the first wave. Before we forge ahead, it’s important that we consider the old adage: To know where we’re going, we need first to know where we’ve been. So let’s take a look.

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