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Christie Wins Project Innovation Award for Upgrade of Operational Flight Trainer

Christie®, a global leader in visual displays and audio technology solutions, is proud to announce that it is the recipient of the prestigious Project Innovation Award for retrofitting the visual system of the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer with stunning results. The award was presented during the Simulation Australia Annual Awards Dinner held August 26 in Adelaide, South Australia.

Christie Matrix StIM LED


The Project Innovation Award is part of the Simulation Australia 2014 Awards organized by Simulation Australia, the national body that promotes the use of simulation, training and modeling for the advancement of Australia’s economy and society. This national award recognizes and celebrates innovation and excellence in simulation by project teams in Australia and New Zealand that have achieved outstanding results in delivering a new simulation capability or utilizing a simulation capability in a new and improved way.

The Christie Matrix StIM™ LED illuminated simulation projection system was deployed to power the new upgraded visual system of the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer, which is used for training Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) flight crew. The retrofitted visual system resulted in an astounding improvement to the visuals of the flight simulator, and proved itself as a reliable operating platform by providing 100 percent uptime for over 16 months. This translated into continued availability round the clock and a lower lifecycle cost. This new visual system also enabled the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer to retain the FSD-1 Level 5 standard – the highest level of accreditation in Australia using LED technology, making it the first of its kind in the Australian simulation community.

Michael Bosworth, general manager, Christie Australia, and Jim Gray, business development manager, Christie Australia, were presented with the Project Innovation Award during the awards presentation ceremony held at the Adelaide Oval. This is the second national level award that Christie Australia has won this year, following its win of the DTC Annual Defence Industry 2014 Innovator Award for the Christie Matrix StIM™ WQ 1-chip DLP® projection system.

“This is an extremely proud moment for all of us at Christie Australia and we are very happy to be the recipients of this extraordinary award,” said Bosworth. “I would like to thank our partners from Thales Australia and Boeing whom we worked very closely with on this project, which brought significant improvements to the visuals and operational uptime of the Wedgetail E-7A Operational Flight Trainer through the use of our Christie Matrix StIM simulation system.”

The Christie Matrix StIM is the first projection system to provide independent control over both the visible and infrared spectrum and enable real-time balancing of both color and brightness levels. It is also the first simulation system equipped with solid state illumination –there are no consumables for a virtually maintenance-free system, providing years of continuous operation.

Designed and engineered with Christie expertise, the Christie Matrix StIM features a scalable environment display system that provides the unique capabilities of achieving eye-limiting resolution while simulating Night Vision Goggles. It is built on an inherently stable long-life platform that doesn’t fade over time, and offers a unique lampless illumination system for unprecedented stability and reliability.

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First Large-Scale Canadian Laser Projection Demo Highlights Toronto’s GSCA International Conference

In a special technical session of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) conference scheduled for September 23 at the Cineplex Cinemas Queensway in Toronto, Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, is teaming with Harkness Screens and Electrosonic to demonstrate a premium giant screen cinema experience.

Press and GSCA delegates from 20 countries will have an opportunity to learn all about the latest in cinema technology from a group of industry experts and will be treated to the ultimate cinema experience, with clips from educational documentary films as well as Hollywood blockbusters being projected at over 90,000 lumens (brightness) by the Christie laser projection system—which delivers more than three times the light output compared to current, lamp-based digital projectors. Coupled with an immersive array of Christie Vive Audio speakers, this session represents the best cinema technology available today.

“GSCA prides itself on showcasing the best films in their best possible light,” says Tammy Seldon, GSCA Executive Director. “We are very pleased to partner with Christie, Harkness Screens, and Electrosonic to show our members the latest in projection technology” she added.

“As a pioneer in the cinema industry, Christie is known for delivering the ultimate cinema experience, both in image and audio reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

Added Shaw, “As exhibitors realize the benefits of laser projection and advanced immersive audio systems, they will also realize the benefits of engaging leading integrators such as Electrosonic to take advantage of the oversight, detailed design assistance—for both hardware and software components—and system-level testing to perfection that only skilled integrators can deliver. We also can’t overlook the impact of matching the technology with the ideal screen surface, which has a tremendous impact on both the visual and audio experience in a cinema. Currently, we recommend Harkness Screens for all of our laser projection installations.”

“Electrosonic is proud to have shared 50 years with innovative partners and customers, pushing the limits of what audio-visual technology can do,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “It’s an incredible evolution across many markets including entertainment, which has been one of our top priorities for decades. Our work with visionary suppliers like Christie–who has led in laser projector development–reflects an important mutual commitment to technology and customers.”

The Christie laser projection system installed for the GSCA laser event uses a state-of-the-art,
6 primary (6P) color system that provides intense brightness, wider color gamut capabilities and higher contrast than traditional digital projectors, and delivers naturally simultaneous stereoscopic imagery with no 3D “crosstalk.” The result is the ultimate giant screen cinema experience for all 2D and 3D films. The system installed for this show will provide greater than 90,000 lumens of brightness, and images will be delivered at 4K resolution, to reveal stunningly clear details.

Film clips scheduled to be seen at the technical session include Antarctica’s Penguin Emperors, Dark Universe, The Life of Trees, NAYA Legend of the Golden Dolphin, Remnants, Star Spangled Banner: An Anthem of Liberty, The Turn of This Century, UFOTOG, as well as several shorter clips of the best of the Giant Screen clips.

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Siggraph 2014 Platinum Sponsor Christie Powers Up Screens and Award-Winning Visual Displays

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, will be powering the screens that are showing some of the visuals effects of several of the year’s biggest blockbuster films and advances in computer graphics at Vancouver’s 41st International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, SIGGRAPH 2014, August 10 – 14. Christie will also lead a discussion on the latest projection mapping techniques at the NVIDIA Visual Computing Theater. Titled, “Virtual Automotive: Projection Mapped Graphics for Automotive Design,” Christie will display its latest digital “sandbox,” a fully three dimensional visual pipeline designed to automatically calibrate and maintain a customized projection mapped display, such a Corvette or other template model of any size.

“Christie CP4230 Digital Cinema® projectors are essentially powering the amazing Computer Animation Festival (CAF), enabling the leading VFX and film studios to exhibit their best work in two large presentation halls, including AMPAS’ award-winning content in film and animation,” said Jeevan Vivegananthan, senior director of engineering, Christie. “The CP4230 projectors will also showcase cutting-edge, real-time interactive technologies and techniques in the CAF’s Production Sessions as well as three sold-out evening shows of the incredibly popular Electronic Theater which features the finest work in computer graphics from the past year. And our 4K projectors will display a special screening of DreamWorks Animation’s ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’.”

Christie's 3D projection mapping Corvette

The auditoriums for the CAF and the Production Sessions will each feature two auxiliary screens, flanking the main screen, which will show close-ups of event speakers to the audience. These will be powered by Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie Roadster HD14K-M projectors, respectively.

Christie will also illuminate the SIGGRAPH Studio and SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, each of which will feature two Christie G Series projectors and the Art Gallery, which will include a 65-inch LCD touch panel display.

Christie Offers Comprehensive End-to-End Digital Delivery with Global Professional Services

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, today announced the formal launch of Christie Global Professional Services, a new group whose integrated services expands Christie’s long-standing Managed Services’ offerings to a single, full-service delivery function capable of supporting diverse visual and experiential digital installations globally.

Sean James becomes Vice President of Global Professional Services responsible for the growth and personalization of this new global offering for Christie’s clients and partners. James has been with Christie for 17 years and will continue to report to Christie CEO Jack Kline.

“Since Sean started here 17 years ago he has played a key role in driving Christie’s expansion in the industry; enhancing Christie’s reputation as a leading systems integrator and service provider. I am confident that Sean and his expanded team will continue to advance Christie’s breadth of solutions to help our customers create the world’s best shared experiences,” said Kline.

Reporting to James include Denys Lavigne, senior director, Experience Strategy and Creative Services, who joins Christie from the newly acquired Arsenal Media; Larry Paul, senior director, Technology and Custom Solutions; Josh Kolbeck, director of Global Solutions Fulfillment; Tom Schwartz, senior director, Managed Services; Doug Cabell, senior manager, IT Systems Engineering; John King, training manager, and Kevin Romano, senior director, Ad-Based Networks, who will lead Christie’s media sales initiative.

The Global Professional Services unit will deliver Digital Strategy, Full Solution Design and Delivery, Creative Services, Interactive Development, Network Monetization, Monitoring and Customer Support. It encompasses three main groups:

1. Global Managed Services (GMS), which monitors more than 120,000 remote devices in more than 2,500 locations in North America, Mexico, Australia, Russia and China. From its Network Operations Center (NOC) in Cypress, CA, the GMS team provides industry leading services such as 24/7 remote monitoring, phone support, preventative maintenance and on-site emergency services.

2. The newly formed Global Solutions Fulfillment team, comprised of mechanical engineers, system architects, project managers and solution application engineers, who will provide project/system design, installation and other related services targeted at helping customers create the solutions they need to drive their businesses.

3. And, following the acquisition of award-winning experiential digital signage agency, Arsenal Media, Christie’s Creative Media Services (CMS), which completes the new Global Professional Services offering. CMS deepens the company’s digital expertise with project and content strategy services, end-to-end content production, sophisticated interactive experiences, out-of-the-box technology consulting and delivery, as well as media network monetization, innovative playback systems, and complete post-launch support to better serve customers choosing next-generation digital installations for their brand and environments.

Global Professional Services has been responsible for the development of digital projects for clients such as Barneys New York, Carmike, Caterpillar, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Cineplex, The Walt Disney Company, Miami Dolphins, Nielsen, Sun Life Financial and Viacom.

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Christie Velvet and Christie Brio Win ‘Best of InfoComm 2014’

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, was awarded three Best of InfoComm 2014 honors by rAVe Publications while 70,000 of the publication’s readers voted a Christie 4K product as Favorite Projector. Recognizing Christie for its innovative visual and collaboration technology solutions, rAVe Publications awarded Christie Velvet with Best New LED Wall, the Christie Brio Team + BYOD collaboration system with Best New Wireless Accessory and Christie’s Real-Time Projection Mapping Car App with Best Concept Product at InfoComm 2014.

Christie Velvet LED Wall


High Brightness and ‘Velvet’ Smooth – Best New LED Wall
Christie expanded its line of tiled displays with the introduction of Christie Velvet at InfoComm 2014. The high brightness indoor LED tiles are easy to install, seamless to integrate, and have wide-viewing angles, darker blacks, and low total cost of ownership. Configured according to customer needs, the tiles are built-to-order in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches. Built for 24/7/365 use, the smart design tiles with their exceptional image clarity are suitable for indoor video wall applications, such as retail, hospitality, corporate lobbies as well as control rooms. Backed by industry-leading warranty and trusted pre/post sales service, Christie’s family of display solutions include a full selection of professional LCD displays, some with tiled and touch options, Christie Entero rear projection cubes, the award-winning Christie® MicroTiles® and now the new Christie Velvet LED display. As a single source provider Christie’s display solutions can be bundled with many options.

Brio Supports BYOD – Best New Wireless Accessory
The Christie Brio presentation and collaboration system is a family of three product solutions that share similar interfaces and control protocols to provide an integrated user experience through one unit. Supporting the ‘Bring Your Own Device” or BYOD environment, the Christie Brio Team, the newest addition to the group, is a ‘plug and play’ unit that makes it easy for individuals to wirelessly stream content onto displays from devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones. Brio Team+ gives users all the features of Christie Brio Team as well as adding HD video sources to local meeting content, providing the advantage of displaying original video content at native resolutions through DVI-D wired video inputs. And, the Brio Enterprise allows collaborators to not only share and annotate content in the same room, but also enables secure collaboration and sharing of high-quality content between multiple locations as if there were in the same space.

Christie Design Studio: Real-time projection mapping – Best Concept Product
The Christie Design Studio, showcasing a one-fifth Hyphen-created scale model of a Corvette C7 Stingray at InfoComm 2014 demonstrated how imagination can become reality. Tools like projection mapping can be a catalyst to visual communications and the sharing of experiences. The C7 displayed at InfoComm was developed in collaboration with 3DXCITE and Ventuz, and built on top of RTT DeltaGen software – the same tool many automakers use for digital review of new car designs . To bring the car to life, the model rested within a diorama constructed of Christie® MicroTiles® , multiple combined Christie G Series 1-chip DLP® projectors with Christie Twist™ LT for warping and blending. Through projection mapped photorealistic graphics, and by interacting with a touch panel, users could explore design options instantly and customize their vehicle.

Easily deployed in any environment, the Christie Design Studio concept can be used in many settings beyond the auto industry, including retail where clothing can be mapped onto mannequins or where an infinite number of style choices can be mapped onto a shoe. An architectural firm could bring a proposed building model to a meeting and use projection mapping to show the customer how shadows and light will appear at different times of the day or year. A museum could have a large stock of 3D-printed copies of artifacts that could be brought to life by placing them into the projection field. Christie continues to make projection mapping more accessible and easy to use for customers and markets. The company’s new projection mapping resource, with scores of projects done around the world is available as a free downloadable app for iOS devices, Android devices, and as a PDF file.

Christie D4K35 – Readers’ Choice for Favorite Projector
At InfoComm, rAVe Publications surprised Christie senior product manager Mike Garrido on camera with rAVe’s Readers’ Choice award for Favorite Projector for the Christie D4K35, voted on by 70,000 readers. Live Design Magazine also awarded the Christie D4K35 Projector of the Year, with one judge stating, “The quality, color depth, and clarity of the picture created by Christie’s new 4K projector are mind-blowing” and another judge saying “Featuring unbelievable brightness, coupled with stunning resolution, the D4K35 brings vibrancy and detail to the largest events.”

Christie would like to congratulate two of its partners for their rAVE Publications awards. Premier Mounts won Best AV Cart for the PSD-MTC Mobile Cart and rp Visuals for Best AV Mount for its EZ-Louver Mount.

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New Farm Cinemas Chooses Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions for Brisbane Cineplex

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, today announced that its complete cinema solutions comprising the Christie Solaria™ Series projectors and Christie Vive Audio™ cinema systems have been installed in a newly opened cineplex located in New Farm, a trendy inner-city suburb of Brisbane.

Known as New Farm Cinemas, the complex houses six state-of-the-art auditoriums that are color-themed with each theater catered for different purposes and clientele. Meticulously rebuilt over a period of 18 months on the site of a former two-screen cinema known as the Village Twin, the 205-seat Purple Room and the premium Bronze Room with 70 seats are to open to the public on August 1. In particular, the Purple Room is the first theater in Australia to be furnished with Christie Vive Audio solution, which provides an impressive cinematic experience for movie-goers. The installation of this extensive range of cinema solutions was undertaken by Christie and its Australian partner EDGE Digital Technology.

“We applaud New Farm Cinemas for their decision to install Christie’s projection technologies and Christie Vive Audio solution in their refurbished auditoriums situated at this historically and culturally iconic location in Brisbane,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “We believe that the performance of our projection and line array speaker technologies provides a great visual and audio experience to every movie-goer and makes New Farm Cinemas one of the hottest destinations in the city.”

The innovative Christie Vive Audio, which offers truly rich, dynamic and detailed sound, unlocks the full potential of the DCI digital cinema audio format and supports leading formats such as Dolby® Atmos™, 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound. Combining the superior audio qualities of ribbon driver technology with the proven high quality performance of a line array speaker design – matched with powerful Class D amplification – Christie Vive Audio is the complete solution that envelopes audiences with dynamic, detailed and captivating sound.

The installation in the Purple Room comprises Christie Vive Audio speakers of varying combinations, including LA1 screen channel speakers, S215 subwoofers (for full range frequency response), S218 for Low Frequency Effects (subwoofers) channels, as well as LA1 and S115 for corner surrounds. Unlike most global Vive Audio installs to date, where surround speakers are mounted on the wall of the auditorium, a corner surround system is specially-designed for the Purple Room as its ceiling has been accorded local and state heritage protection due to its significance as an ongoing cinema since the 1920s.

New Farm Cinemas Chooses Christie’s Complete Cinema Solutions for Brisbane Cineplex

“We are committed in providing our patrons with the best movie-viewing experience by investing in the finest technologies such as Christie’s cinema technologies and equipping our theatres with the most modern facilities at this landmark cinema complex on Brunswick Street,” said Peter Sourris, owner of New Farm Cinemas. “On top of that, we want to extend the experience beyond just watching a film. It’s actually going to be a pretty trendy place to visit, even if you’re not watching a movie. People will come here just for a cocktail. It’ll be like a slice of Hollywood, in Brisbane.”

Besides the immersive aural experience brought about by Christie Vive Audio, audiences can expect nothing but the best visuals from the Christie Solaria CP2215 (equipped with Christie Integrated Media Block solution for seamless conversion and delivery of feature-film and alternative content) and the Christie Solaria One+ installed in the Purple Room and Bronze Room respectively, which utilize the latest generation DLP® Cinema electronics platform. The Solaria Series offers precise vivid color with superior contrast ratios and the light output necessary to light up even the largest auditoriums. The clear choice for any cinema exhibition environment, it is fully capable of providing the world’s most brilliant images, the highest level of content security, the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance.

Boasting retro carpets, bean bags at the front of each auditorium for couples, arcade games and vintage film memorabilia, New Farm Cinemas is a unique, boutique-style theatre complex that pays homage to the golden age of cinema. Originally constructed in 1921 as the open-air Merthyr Picture Palace, the cinema was remodeled in the 1930s to become the Astor, before transforming into the Village Twin in 1970. The site, bought over by the Sourris brothers in 2013 and rebuilt into a modern 535-seat cineplex, is poised to revitalize this landmark site and turn it into an epicenter of social activity and pop culture. The cinema’s second phase, comprising four extra screens including two Gold Rooms offering top-of-the-range amenities, is currently under construction and is expected to be opened later this year.

Movie Tavern 8 Theater in Covington, LA, Powered by Christie Vive Audio and Solaria Series Projectors

Christie®, the global leader in visual displays and audio technologies, is proud to announce that Southern Theatres has completed its second “all Christie” entertainment complex, at the new Southern Theatres Movie Tavern 8 in Covington, Louisiana. The eight-screen cinema eatery is powered exclusively by Christie Solaria® Series projectors and Christie Vive Audio™ cinema systems, comprised of Christie’s innovative line array wall and ceiling surround speakers, purposely crafted and built for the cinema environment. Christie’s Professional Services team provided complete design, integration and installation services and will continue to provide 24/7 remote monitoring and ongoing technical support through Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC).

Southern Theatres - Movie Tavern 8

The new complex includes a Movie Tavern Xtreme (MT-X), an enhanced entertainment auditorium featuring a large 3-story silver screen, 2D and RealD 3D capability, and the Dolby Atmos audio format. This includes Christie 4K DLP Cinema® projection, the Dolby® Atmos™ audio format, and Christie Vive Audio immersive cinema system, which unlocks the full potential of leading DCI digital-cinema audio formats. The set-ups feature the LA5S, LA3C and LA3S for wall and ceiling surrounds, the LA3 for screen channels, and the S215 subwoofer.

“We’re excited to continue to bring the latest developments in cinema projection and audio technology to our patrons at the Movie Tavern 8 in Covington, LA. The exclusive use of Christie digital projection was never in doubt, but we’ve also chosen to equip every auditorium with Christie Vive Audio because we believe its revolutionary speaker design provides the benefit of improved sound coverage to every seat in the house,” said Danny DiGiacomo, Director of Marketing, Southern Theatres.

“In our Movie Tavern Xtreme auditorium (MT-X) , the Christie Vive speakers unlock the full potential of Dolby Atmos sound technology playback and, combined with Christie’s 4K digital projection, allows us to deliver the ultimate movie viewing, listening, and dining experience for our guests,” noted DiGiacomo.

The remaining seven auditoriums are configured for the Dolby 7.1 audio format and will feature the LA1 and LA3 configuration for screen channels and the LS3S for wall surrounds. Complementing the impeccable immersive surround sound provided by Christie Vive Audio, the auditoriums will also be equipped with Christie CP2215, CP2220, and CP2230 DLP Cinema® projectors, members of Christie’s Solaria Series, which offer crisp, bright pictures on every screen.

“Within a year of launch, Christie Vive Audio has established a reputation for superior performance to meet the demands of today’s motion picture content, setting a new standard in immersive cinema sound,” said Patrick Artiaga, director, business development, Audio Solutions, Christie. “We’re pleased that Southern Theatres has again selected the complete Christie family of digital projection and cinema sound solutions to fill every auditorium with the most lifelike, realistic movie-viewing experience available today.”

Christie’s Global Professional Services team was involved exclusively from the beginning of the project to the end, providing unparalleled professional consultation, integration, installation, and design services for all eight of the auditoriums.

“Christie is truly a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all cinema needs. We created the layout, designed the technology floor plan, and installed and integrated all of the products in the auditoriums for Movie Tavern 8,” said Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services, Christie. “We will also continue to maintain the systems to ensure everything is running smoothly through ongoing technical support and 24/7 remote monitoring from our Network Operations Center.”

Added DiGiacomo, “An ‘all Christie’ cinema complex is best serviced by an ‘all Christie’ service and installation team. We knew we could trust Christie in every aspect of this project to deliver the ‘complete Christie experience,’ from superior projection to superior sound to superior installation and ongoing technical support.”

For more information on Christie’s new audio initiatives, visit www.viveaudio.com.

Christie Donates Technology and Services to USC School of Cinematic Arts

Christie®, a global leader in advanced cinema technologies and visual display solutions, continued its technology partnership recently with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (USC SCA) by launching a state-of-the-art cinema experience at USC’s showcase theater, the Eileen Norris Theatre. Christie, through a generous donation of equipment and installation services, will be the sole provider of all cinematic and audio equipment within the Eileen Norris Theatre, and will be working together with USC SCA in enhancing visual technologies, specifically cinematic ones.

USC Eileen Norris Theatre


The Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre is a 341-seat motion picture theater set within the campus of USC and adjacent to the Cinematic Arts Complex. It is home to some of the School of Cinematic Arts’ largest classes and is the primary theater often used for large guest movie premieres and screenings of major Hollywood and International films at USC.

The Norris Theatre has undergone a total renovation of its projection and audio equipment, and with the help of Christie’s Professional Services team, will now showcase movies with the most immersive projection and audio system available. Highlighting the theater will be the Christie Solaria Series DLP® CP4230 4K projector. This 4K series projector is prepared for the next generation of digital cinema, giving audiences the best visual experience possible. The theater is now also outfitted with a complete Christie Vive Audio system, utilizing over 40 different speakers, sub-woofers, and amps. The Vive S218 and S215 subwoofer, LA3 and LAC3 line array speakers, as well as the LA45 and LA4C speakers are all installed and complement the theater’s Dolby Atmos® installation.

Christie Vive is specially configured to meet Dolby Atmos® sound technology requirements. Filmmakers use Dolby Atmos to place and move sounds anywhere in the movie theater, including overhead, to make film audiences feel as if they are inside the movie and not merely watching. Altogether, Christie has delivered to USC a solution to drive a captivating and unique experience that will give theatrical viewers a unique and truly immersive movie experience.

Commenting on the Eileen Norris Theatre installation, Eric Furie, Senior Technologist, USC CSA, said, “Christie and our staff are to be congratulated on their support, input, and hard work in making the Norris Theatre into such an extraordinary space. The theater and the content displayed in it have never looked or sounded better; it’s truly impressive!”

Christie’s CEO Jack Kline had a vision to partner with the prestigious cinema school, located in Los Angeles, near Christie’s headquarters, and cultivate a relationship through generous giving. Always wanting to give back, Mr. Kline believes that USC is the perfect educational environment in which to do that. The students in the School of Cinematic Arts are using cutting-edge technology in the creation of current content, film and visual experiences, and Christie’s equipment will be the foundation for that.

“Christie’s innovative culture, manifested through the cinema services, audio and visual technologies donated to USC, will complement the already vast knowledge and experience of the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ educators,” said Christie CEO Jack Kline. “Combined, the tools and expertise will inspire and equip future film makers to recreate humanity’s stories in the most lifelike and engaging ways possible.”

“The USC School of Cinematic Arts is one of the top-ranked film schools in the world so it’s only fitting they have selected Dolby Atmos for the Eileen Norris Theatre,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Dolby Laboratories. “Now the entire USC community including student and Hollywood filmmakers, many of which have embraced Dolby Atmos, will benefit from the premium quality Dolby delivers.”

Christie has been working with USC SCA in a philanthropic effort to provide not only current cinematic projection equipment, but also cutting-edge technological visual solutions for the school’s recently constructed Interactive Media Building. Through the working relationship with the university, Christie plans to further its donation efforts and become the primary technology provider for the school.

Christie Poised For Continued Innovation with New Executive Appointments

Christie®, the global leader in helping customers create the world’s best shared experiences, today announced several senior management appointments for its product and solutions management, engineering and operations’ functions.
Jennifer Smith is promoted to executive vice president of Christie’s new Global Market Solutions group. In this new role, Smith is responsible for the identification of customer and market needs for Christie’s key areas of business and strategy to meet those needs. Her team brings a wealth of experience and will define the products, solutions and services needed to continue to maximize the value and benefit of these deliverables to Christie customers. Smith has been with Christie for 14 years and was most recently vice president, Global Engineering, prior to her promotion.

Succeeding Smith as vice president, Global Engineering for Christie, is Mike Esch, promoted from senior director of engineering. In his new position, Esch is responsible for the company’s global engineering team and will create ground-breaking products and solutions that meet the customer needs uncovered by Smith’s team. Esch has more than 15 years of engineering management experience, the majority of it with Christie.

In the new position of executive vice president, Operations, Ihor Stech is responsible for global operations, supply chain management, logistics and after-sale services. Working with Christie Professional Services and the Global Sales teams, Ihor will maximize Christie’s varied global service offerings, including such key areas as RMA, service inventory and service and repair locations. Stech has 14 years of Christie experience and nearly three decades of like-industry experience.

The company stated that it is recognizing and expanding the responsibilities of the same hi-level team that helped grow Christie from a small portfolio of projection products in 1994 to where it is today, with more than 150 display products and solutions specifically designed to help customers create the world’s best shared experiences. It added that the appointees have the vision and the experience to ensure that the company continues to exceed customer expectations with the best products, services and solutions possible.

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Christie Donates Projectors and Installation Services to San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts

Christie®, a global leader in visual display solutions, is pleased to announce its donation of high-performance projection technology and installation services to the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in San Diego. Installed by Christie’s Professional Services team, the Christie Solaria® Series® DCI-compliance based system will deliver outstanding digital cinema images via the Solaria One projector, as well as alternative content powered by the Christie SKA-3D cinema processor. The solution replaces a first-generation Christie digital cinema projector. It will light up the 226-seat Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater at the Museum of Photographic Arts, a professional quality, nonprofit theater venue in San Diego. Beloved by the local community, MOPA is host to diverse film festivals and screenings reaching over 10,000 people annually.

Founded in 1983, MOPA has established an international reputation of excellence through its presentation of high quality exhibitions, lectures, publications and films. Its mission is to inspire, educate, and engage broad audiences through the presentation, collection, and preservation of photography, film, and video. MOPA is one of the only museum facilities in the United States dedicated exclusively to lens-based media, with holdings of over 8,000 photographs by 700 artists and a 20,000 volume research library, making it a one-of-a-kind destination for scholars, researchers, and photography and film enthusiasts of all ages.

Museum of Photographic Art - San Diego

Christie’s CEO Jack Kline was inspired by MOPA’s educational role in the community, especially its desire to expand visual literacy for people of all ages. Driven by Christie’s commitment to good corporate citizenship and support of worthy causes in the community, the company’s generous gift will benefit local film festivals, film directors and producers, and community groups, who partner with MOPA to bring important local and international independent films to San Diego’s audiences.

“Community giving has always been a high priority for Christie, especially when it comes to the advancement of education and the arts,” said Kline. “Our acclaimed projection technology will ensure that MOPA will not only continue to be a one-of-a-kind destination for photography, but also serve as a resource where future generations of students can enjoy and appreciate the cinematic arts as well.”

Deborah Klochko, Executive Director at MOPA, said, “When our theater opened in 2001, we selected the finest projection and sound equipment available, including a Christie projector system. After more than a decade of near-constant operation, the current system was still serving the museum, a testament to the outstanding quality of Christie products. When the time came to replace our projector to meet current industry standards, it was only natural that we turned to Christie once again for their remarkable technology and reliability.

“The digital projection capabilities provided by Christie, combined with our ability to project 16mm, 35mm and other specialized formats, make MOPA one of the premier nonprofit venues for cinema in Southern California,” added Klochko.

Christie’s donation was joined with a $20,000 grant from Las Patronas, a philanthropic organization that has donated over $17 million to San Diego organizations since 1946.

The complete projection system includes a state-of-the-art Christie® Solaria® One projector, recognized as the brightest-in-class solution and a Christie SKA-3D cinema processor. The system also includes Christie® Xenolite® lamps, a series of high-quality, long-life lamps to help lower operating costs. Christie’s Professional Services team supplied complete technical support for this project, expertly working with the MOPA team to properly install, integrate, and maintain the site. They skillfully compensated for many spatial challenges typical of larger venues to create the optimum visual experience for museum visitors.

“Installing the equipment for the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theater involved the same technical and design challenges that many other multi-use facilities experience, where space is at a premium and the ability to project content from a wide variety of sources is paramount,” said Sean James, vice president, Global Professional Services. “The all-in-one nature of the Christie Solaria One projector, with built-in Christie® IMB™ Server, Touch Panel Controller and playlist software, helped meet the space requirements – while also providing a full-featured projection system.”

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