Director of Digital Cinema, Arts Alliance Media, UK
joined Arts Alliance Media (AAM) in September 2002 and am currently Director
of Digital Cinema, responsible for the growth and operations of the digital
cinema business in the UK and Europe. In particular I head up the rollout
and operation of the UK Film Council’s Digital Screen Network, Europe’s
largest 2k digital cinema network.
AAM is Europe’s largest digital cinema services
provider, with seamless end to end digital cinema solutions encompassing
equipment selection and integration, operator training, installation and
support, and content management and delivery.
In February 2005, we were selected to rollout the UK Film Council’s
Digital Screen Network (DSN), a $20m contract. We are responsible for
financing the rollout, installing and maintaining the equipment, and training
operators. We also offer distributors that use the circuit special rates
for content management and duplication services. We finished the rollout
of phase 1 of the DSN during February – ahead of schedule! - and
have shown over 25 films on the network to date. By Spring 2007, 240 screens
will be installed and operating.
This year we have started our expansion into Europe, beginning with Norway’s
first digital cinema network. 3 screens are installed and operating and
we plan to install another 7 screens in the next couple of months, together
with our partners in Norway, the Kristiansand D Kino Allianse.
Digital cinema brings together technology and film to transform the world
of movie-going. The benefits of improved and consistent quality, alternative
revenue streams, print cost savings and the flexibility to truly match
supply and demand represent a unique opportunity for the industry. Arts
Alliance Media is committed to delivering the best solution possible as
we meet the needs of the marketplace, serving the content owners, exhibitors
and the cinema goers.