Finland’s Finnkino Adds New AAM Management Software

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Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:29 -- Nick Dager

Finland’s Finnkino has announced that its cinemas are being equipped with software from Arts Alliance Media to manage and automate the entire circuit. The deal covers AAM’s enterprise Circuit Management System, Producer, which is designed to make running the chain from one central point simple and intuitive.

Finnkino sites are already equipped with AAM’s Screenwriter Theatre Management System to manage content and playlists at each site, and the latest deal includes upgrades for all sites to Screenwriter Plus. Screenwriter Plus provides additional advanced TMS modules to make screen management even easier and more automated, including support for IP cameras to monitor each screen; intelligent CPL selection to automatically play the correct version of a film to match the screen capability (i.e. 2D/3D, aspect ratio, etc.); and enhanced advertising features to allow sites to build playlists templates with placeholders, into which pre-built ad packs are dynamically inserted.

Producer is AAM’s software to manage entire cinema circuits, and Finnkino will be using the software to control all its 14 sites in Finland, with the option to expand to an additional 11 Forum Cinema sites in the Baltic states. As well as monitoring all sites in the circuit centrally, and alerting users at head office whenever any show-threatening issues are likely to occur, Producer’s powerful advertising and trailer management function means packs of trailers and advertisements can be created at head office and electronically sent to each individual site. For each screen, the pre-show pack is automatically inserted into the correct position in the playlist, saving staff time at site and reducing the possibility of human error.

Eric Stevens, commercial director of Arts Alliance Media said, “Finnkino has been using our Screenwriter TMS for a while, and we’re delighted that they have chosen to extend the software capability with other products from AAM. Upgrading to Screenwriter Plus and adding Producer is going to allow them to experience the real benefits of digital – a truly seamless process that can be managed from head office and automate operations across all sites.”

Janne Uusi-Kölli, development manager of Finnkino added, “We’ve seen how Screenwriter makes operations more accurate and efficient at our sites, and further extending that benefit so we can run the whole chain from our head office is something that is going to help us manage our content, streamline our processes and reduce errors and missed shows.”

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