First UK Digital Cinema Conference Takes Place February 7

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Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Leading industry companies and organizations including Sony Digital Cinema 4K Technicolor Arqiva Arts Alliance Media dCinex More2Screen MyMovies Rentrak Sound Associates and Vista are taking part in the first UK Digital Cinema Conference which is being hosted by Digital Cinema Solutions on February 7th 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 organizations the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association the Film Distributors’ Association and the Digital Funding Partnership the conference will feature speakers and presenters who will be sharing their experience and insight on the developing market for film at the cinema. 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.” 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.  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 look 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 audiences. Detailed information is available at: