The International Cinema Technology Association has named Ellis Jacob, president and chief executive officer of Cineplex, the recipient of the Global Cinema Innovation Award. The award will be presented to Jacob at ICTA’s awards ceremony at Puro Beach, Hilton Diagonal, June 16 in Barcelona the day before CineEurope begins.
Recognizing that continuous change and investment into cinemas are key success factors for the global motion picture industry, ICTA’s European division established the award, which is presented for the first time this year, in order to honor industry leaders dedicated to innovating the cinema going experience as well as for their lifetime achievements.
Welcoming today’s announcement, ICTA president Alan Roe said, “We are thrilled to be presenting Ellis Jacob with this new award. Cineplex continues to transform the cinema going experience to the benefit of Canadian audiences and in parallel diversifies the company in incredibly creative ways. Cineplex drives innovation and puts the guests’ needs first, continuously being the first to adopt new technologies and enhanced experiences, underlining the values and objectives for which the ICTA stands. We are excited that Ellis Jacob will be with us on June 16thand invite the global exhibition industry to join us in celebrating his achievements.”
Upon receiving the news, Jacob said, “It is such an honor to be named as the very first recipient of the Global Cinema Innovation Award and I want to thank the ICTA for this wonderful recognition. The Cineplex team has a strong and long legacy of infusing innovation into every aspect of our business so while my name may appear on the award, I accept it as a testament to the strength, passion and dedication of our over 13,000 employees.”
Jacob was appointed president and CEO of Cineplex in 2005 and under his leadership has grown it into a leading entertainment and media company and top-tier Canadian brand. His more than 32 years of leadership experience in the motion picture exhibition industry has transformed the movie-going experience for millions of Canadians.
The country’s largest film exhibitor, Cineplex entertains more than 70 million people every year through its network of theatres and location based entertainment destinations across Canada. While film exhibition lies at the heart of the business, Cineplex also operates successful businesses in digital commerce (CineplexStore.com), food service, alternative programming (Cineplex Events), cinema media (Cineplex Media), digital place-based media (Cineplex Digital Media), amusement solutions (Player One Amusement Group) and an online esports platform for competitive and passionate gamers (WorldGaming.com). Additionally, Cineplex operates a location based entertainment business through Canada’s newest destination for ‘Eats & Entertainment’ (The Rec Room), and will also be opening new complexes specially designed for teens and families (Playdium) as well as exciting new sports and entertainment venues across Canada (Topgolf). Cineplex is a joint venture partner in Scene, Canada’s largest entertainment loyalty program.
In addition to the Global Cinema Innovation Award, Jacob has been honored with numerous prestigious awards and recognitions for his strong leadership, unparalleled contributions to the entertainment and movie exhibition industry, and volunteer and philanthropic endeavors. He currently serves as chairman of the National Association of Theatre Owners and is a member of NATO’s Executive Committee. He is a director of Cineplex Inc., the Movie Theatre Association of Canada and the Toronto International Film Festival, where he also serves as member of the Audit Committee.
An active philanthropist, Jacob is also a member of the Board of Directors at Toronto’s Baycrest Health Science hospital, where he opened the Jacob Family Theatre – a multi-use auditorium for residents, families, caregivers and staff. Ellis Jacob also helped construct similar auditoriums at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, Halifax’s IWK Health Centre and Mount Sinai Hospital, where he serves as a member of the Board of Governors.