Major Studios Sign Distribution Deal with DCDC

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Wed, 03/13/2013 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has reached agreements with Lionsgate Universal Pictures The Walt Disney Company Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Paramount Pictures to provide each with theatrical digital delivery services across North America. DCDC formed by AMC Theatres Regal Entertainment Group Cinemark Theatres Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. has created a network for satellite and terrestrial digital distribution capable of supporting feature promotional pre-show and live content distribution into theatres using the latest in digital distribution technologies. The network is designed to provide a reliable and cost effective distribution model for distributors and exhibitors alike. As digital distribution replaces the use of traditional physical media for content distribution users of the network will have access to a host of delivery options and resources. This is a crucial advancement in theatrical distribution and we're thrilled to be on board said Randolph Blotky on behalf of DCDC. DCDC's service platform is the state of the art for digital delivery of various kinds of content to theatres in North America. Its business model will assure long-term consistent low cost pricing to content providers and exhibitors across the industry. We are very excited to welcome Warner Bros. Entertainment Lionsgate The Walt Disney Company Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures to our service. Darcy Antonellis president technical operations and chief technology officer Warner Bros. Entertainment added The vision of creating a cross-industry distribution service to benefit distributors exhibitors service providers and consumers is becoming a reality. We're extremely pleased to be working with our colleagues to bring to fruition a powerful distribution network that is advantageous for us all. Nikki Rocco president Universal Pictures Distribution added With the majority of the domestic theatrical market now digital the ability to efficiently distribute films via satellite to a large subset of our exhibitor partners will further ensure moviegoers have access to the latest and highest quality theatrical entertainment. Universal is excited to work with DCDC in the satellite delivery of our films as it rolls out its satellite platform over the coming months. DCDC's new satellite service provides a seamless and secure system that will enable us to streamline and expedite access to our latest content said Dave Hollis executive vice president theatrical exhibition sales and distribution The Walt Disney Studios. This is a crucial advancement in theatrical distribution and we're thrilled to be on board. The wide-spread adoption of DCDC's platform is a game-changer said Dan Fellman president domestic distribution Warner Bros. Pictures. The service ensures that audiences have the most high-quality entertainment experience while exhibitors and content providers achieve a strategic secure and cost-effective new business model. We are very pleased to join DCDC and our partner studios in this initiative. We are pleased that Lionsgate can again be at the forefront of digital cinema and be part of the state of the art digital delivery system that will benefit the entire industry said Richie Fay Lionsgate's president of domestic theatrical distribution. All of us at Paramount believe the advancement of digital distribution technologies will help to further our goal to bring the finest entertainment to audiences in a seamless and secure manner and the DCDC will be a great partner for us to achieve that goal said Megan Colligan Paramount Pictures' president of domestic marketing and distribution. DCDC is creating a technological superhighway said Tim Warner CEO and president Cinemark Theatres. It's one port access to thousands of screens for both movies and alternative content from all content providers. DCDC is expected to complete the initial network roll out before the end of the year. Deluxe/EchoStar will be providing operations support for the DCDC network.