Lionsgate Signs Long-Term Digital Cinema Deal with AccessIT

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Tue, 06/10/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Lionsgate has signed an agreement to provide its movies in the digital cinema equipped theatres in AccessIT’s Phase 1 digital cinema program. Under the terms of the deal Lionsgate will pay virtual print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by all the other major studios. Lionsgate is already a long-time customer of AccessIT’s Software Division employing its industry-leading Theatrical Distribution System (TDS) which enables theatre bookings for screens in the U.S. and Canada. AccessIT and Lionsgate have begun negotiations on a Phase 2 agreement. Since October of 2006 Lionsgate has provided such movies as “The Forbidden Kingdom ” “Rambo ” “3:10 to Yuma ” and the “Saw” franchise to AccessIT’s Phase 1 network of exhibitors and paid VPFs. This agreement serves to formalize the distributor’s intent to supply movies in the future and to pay VPFs according to a set schedule. “Having worked with AccessIT on both the software side and the digital cinema side we are very pleased to formalize our commitment for their Phase 1 customers ” said Steve Rothenberg President of Domestic Distribution at Lionsgate. “Our experiences with them to date have been extremely positive and we are confident that their highly professional teams will continue to provide an excellent level of service. We look forward to finalizing our agreement with them for their Phase 2 deployment customers as well.” “Lionsgate has been a strong proponent of digital cinema having released 23 digital titles starting back in October 2006 with ‘Employee of the Month’ ” said Chuck Goldwater President of AccessIT’s Media Service Division. “With a full schedule of movies right up there with the other major studios we look forward to more digital releases from Lionsgate to continue to support exhibitors’ digital cinema installations and the industry demand for more digital screens. We are proud to build upon our long relationship with Steve Rothenberg Mike Polydoros and the entire Lionsgate team.” AccessIT Lionsgate