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Sonic Equipment Company Installs Its 1,000th Christie Projector

Christie®, a global leader in digital cinema technology, is proud to announce an impressive achievement from long-term partner, Sonic Equipment Company, which recently reached a milestone with the installation of its 1,000th Christie Solaria® Series DLP Cinema® projector.

Sonic’s reputation for providing current and future Christie customers with unparalleled technical support and maintenance has made them a popular and trusted provider of cinema sales, service and installation. The partnership has allowed the two companies to leverage each other’s strengths and resources in order to offer superior services to their customers, resulting in Sonic’s cumulative sale of more than 1,000 Christie projectors.

Christie Solaria 4K Digital Cinema Projector

“Our valued partnership with Sonic has proven to be integral to our objective of providing exhibitors with the breakthrough technology needed to create the bright, vivid images that movie-goers have come to expect,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions at Christie. “Sonic’s success is our success and helps strengthen our leadership in the exhibition industry. Our partnership continues to grow as we blaze new digital trails with technologies that include High Frame Rate and the Christie Duo ‘big screen’ premium products. We also look forward to working with Sonic to debut such ‘coming attractions’ as the ground-breaking Christie ‘6-Primary’ laser projector.”

Christie’s wide range of affordable and innovative digital cinema projectors mapped perfectly with Sonic’s mission to help smaller theatre circuits and individual screen owners make the film-to-digital conversion, providing the same care in designing, installing and servicing theatre venues as the nation’s largest chains were enjoying. The result is that Sonic has an exceptional industry reputation as the ‘one-stop shopping’ cinema sales provider for hundreds of locations across America.

“The close relationship and positive experiences we have had working with Christie is a testament to Christie’s exceptional customer-centric approach to business, with products and service that are second to none,” said Eric Olson, director of operations for Sonic. “Most importantly, our partnership has been tremendously beneficial to our customers, many of whom have facilities that presented installation challenges due to the older nature of the buildings. Together with Christie we helped them achieve best-in-class cinema for the ultimate benefit of their audiences.”

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Christie Vive Audio Helps Dolby Atmos Power Grupo Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo Auditoriums in Mexico

Christie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, announced that Grupo Cinemex, the sixth largest cinema chain worldwide, is installing Christie Vive Audio™ surround sound solutions in their current CinemeXtremo auditoriums powered by Dolby® Atmos™ sound technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the full potential of sound by allowing filmmakers to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theater with object-based audio to create a lifelike, virtual reality audio landscape. With these installations, Cinemex becomes the chain with the largest number of premium auditoriums in Latin America to feature the unrivaled combination of Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio.

Complete Christie Vive Audio System


Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo auditoriums feature giant screens, 100 percent digital cinema projection, and ergonomic seats for the ultimate in movie-viewing comfort. Christie Vive Audio, installed by Christie’s Managed Services team, features efficient ribbon driver technology and a unique parabolic line array design in a single compact cabinet to deliver exceptionally even coverage throughout the auditorium.

Each CinemeXtremo auditorium, specially configured to meet Dolby Atmos specifications, is being upgraded with varying combinations of Christie Vive Audio LA3 screen channel speakers, S215 subwoofers (for full range frequency response), S218 for Low Frequency Effects (subwoofers) channels, LA3S and LA5S for wall surround, and LA3C for ceiling surrounds.

“Cinemex is focused on continuous innovation, investing in the best technologies and most modern facilities. We are passionate about providing our patrons with the most memorable movie-viewing experience they have ever known,” said Rolando Maggi, director of infrastructure, Grupo Cinemex. “To that end, we are committed to opening new CinemeXtremo auditoriums throughout Mexico equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and we selected Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio for their exceptional power and performance that ensure our patrons experience the magic of immersive cinema sound.”

“Christie has always been a leader in Mexico’s move to digital cinema, and with the introduction of Christie Vive Audio, they again set the bar in immersive cinema sound,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager of Christie Mexico. “Christie Vive Audio is a premium sound solution at an attainable price point. In combination with Dolby Atmos, Christie Vive Audio provides exhibitors with a vibrant new point of differentiation.”

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes industry-first line array designs for ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds and screen channel speakers, integrated with unique subwoofers, and powered by Class D amplifiers.

“Christie Vive Audio brings a new level of realism to movies and represents the next evolution of cinema sound,” noted Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “The system easily integrated into any existing or new theater auditorium for a superior listening experience and gives exhibitors a competitive edge.”

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

Christie Delivers the Complete Cinema Experience at CinemaCon 2014

Christie®, the world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, will showcase a wide range of innovative cinema projection, management and audio solutions, backed by its remote monitoring and support services, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, March 24 – 28 at Booth #2103A. As well, Jack Kline, Chairman and CEO of all of Christie’s operating companies will receive the 2014 Ken Mason Inter-Society Award from the Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation, Inc., at the Inside the Cinema breakfast awards’ ceremony on March 25, in recognition of his outstanding long-term contributions to improving the motion picture experience.

Highlighting the trade show at CinemaCon will be daily demonstrations of Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors, using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, in the Christie Innovation Theater. Earmarked for mass production in early 2015, these projectors will show how 3D light levels, color fidelity, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced color separation technology like Dolby 3D®, versus the conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.

Christie Vive Audio System

“Christie is the world’s largest manufacturer, installer and servicer of DLP Cinema® projection solutions and once again has the show’s largest exhibit area, confirming our leadership position as the ‘go-to innovator‘ for attendees of this pre-eminent gathering of exhibitors and professionals, who are engaged in creating and displaying the best in movies and alternative content,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, Global and Corporate Marketing, Christie. “Complementing our visual solutions that form the cornerstone of today’s modern theater, and new to this conference, are our Christie® Vive Audio sound solution offerings, which deliver a complete, immersive audio experience to any auditorium.”

Cress also noted that Christie’s offerings span the needs of independent exhibitors, which encompass art houses, drive-ins, film festivals and post-production studios, as well as global cinema chains, to leverage cinema and alternative content across all sizes of cinema auditoriums, in 2K, 4K and in 3D, on standard and large-format, “premium screens”.

In addition to comprehensive solutions on display in Christie booth #2103A, the Christie CP2215, a compact digital cinema projector suited for theaters with screens up to 50 feet (15 meters), and the latest high-value addition to the Christie® Solaria™ Series of digital cinema projectors, will be in use in the Dolby Labs Milano 1 meeting room at the show, featuring the Christie Vive Audio solution powered by Dolby® Atmos™ sound technology. CinemaCon attendees can request a demo of the solution at the Christie booth.

Christie is sponsoring the International Day Luncheon and Awards Presentations on Monday, March 24 and, in concert with RealD Inc., will also sponsor the Paramount Opening Night Dinner Party that day. In addition, two Christie Solaria CP4230 DLP Cinema® projectors will be in use for selected event screening in the Colosseum.

Three ‘Must See’ Zones in Christie’s Booth Showcase Choices for Exhibitors

Zone 1 – The Future of 3D Cinema: 6P Laser Projection Demonstration
Christie brings you the first preview of 6-primary (6P) 4K laser projection at CinemaCon 2014, showing a variety of Hollywood 3D blockbuster clips at the dramatically increased 3D light levels of 14 foot lamberts (ft-L), combined with Dolby® 3D advanced color separation technology. This 3D cinema breakthrough will be demonstrated, on the hour, throughout the show in the Innovation Theater in Christie’s booth.

Zone 1 will also feature Christie’s cinema products and services that will engage the movie-going audience in a complete cinema experience with captivating sights and sounds, in the auditorium and throughout exhibitor lobbies. This content will be displayed on the rugged and versatile 55-inch Christie FHD551-W, a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution in the Christie® WeatherAll Series of outdoor LCD, flat-panel displays.

Zone 2 – A Complete Audio Solution with Christie® Vive Audio™
Christie has developed a complete audio solution for cinema sound leveraging, unmatched ribbon driver technology and articulated line array designs, enabling Christie customers to put leading-edge, immersive audio into any theater and/or auditorium size. Products on display in Christie’s booth (and some in use in the Innovation Theater) include the S215 (subwoofer) with LA3 line array speaker; S115 (subwoofer) with LA1 line array speaker; LA3S line array surround speaker; LA3C line array ceiling surround speaker and LA5 line array speaker. Their power and content will be delivered courtesy of the Christie Vive CDA2 (2000W) amplifier; the CDA3 (3000W) amplifier; the CDA5 (5000W) amplifier; the CDA 7.5 (7500W) amplifier and the Christie SKA-3D™ digital cinema processor.

Zone 3 – Christie Managed Services Exhibits Service Solutions for Cinema
Christie Managed Services offer a wide range of options for managing cinema equipment including projection/audio systems and lobby digital signage. Exhibitors partner with Christie at every stage –from system design to staging and testing, onsite maintenance, remote monitoring and transparent real-time reporting. Christie’s state-of-the-art Network Operations Center (NOC), monitors and services more than 112,000 remote devices for studio and exhibition customers in more than 2,800 locations in North America and several locations globally including Australia, China, Mexico and Russia. The NOC’s combination of around-the-clock remote monitoring and services help to safeguard customers’ visual technology.

On display showing content highlighting Christie Managed Services’ in-lobby digital signage will be the new LED edge-lit professional Christie FHD651-P 65 inch LCD flat panel, the ultra-high resolution Christie QuadHD84, capable of a native 60Hz refresh rate; Christie FHD461-X HD LCD panels with ultra-narrow bezel and the award-winning Christie® MicroTiles®.

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Christie Drills Into Data with Visualization Forum for Oil and Gas Industry in Houston

Christie®, a leader in projection display solutions is hosting Christie Vis University (Vis U), a free educational visualization forum March 18-20 in Houston, Texas, with the help of partners NVIDIA®, Halliburton, TSA and Dassault Systèmes. End-users, integrators and consultants in the oil and gas industry seeking seismic data evaluation improvement in a collaborative environment will discover the benefits of advanced visualization and multi-site collaboration solutions.

Marathon Oil Visionarium Education Training

In addition to helping attendees gain a better understanding of pixel density and resolutions in 4K and 3D at 120Hz performance, the educational forum is providing hands-on experience with industry-leading technologies including:

• The first 4K DLP® full resolution projector with 120Hz 3D will be part of the lineup. The Christie Mirage 4K 3-chip DLP® projector, with Christie Trulife™ for unprecedented image quality, will show a virtual training application using Dassault Systèmes 3D Composer software.

• A multi-projector blended array featuring the Christie Mirage WQ-L (with workstation provided by TSA and software creation of subsurface models for oil and gas exploration applications provided by Paradigm Geophysical).

• Live demonstrations of Christie AutoCal™ auto-calibration tools

• The Christie Brio™ multi-site presentation and collaboration solution, seamlessly integrated with the narrow bezel 55 inch Christie HD LCD flat panel.

Participants will learn more about the capabilities of visualization, with field experts presenting topics that include the benefits derived from high-resolution displays for the oil and gas industry, how to drive high resolution megapixel displays, image quality and trade-offs, and approaches to digital image warping.

“Keeping up with the latest, fastest, and brightest technology is challenging. When we bring together field experts, end-users, consultants and integrators, we expand the knowledge of not only those who need the solutions but also of those who provide them,” said Zoran Veselic, vice president, Christie Visualization Environments. “This forum is an opportunity for customers to gain a better understanding of technology advancements in their industry while we aim to stay ahead of our customers’ needs.”

Oil and gas companies who have applied visualization technologies for viewing technical data in the exploration of key geologic resource basins have gained a significant increase in the clarity of their data by using high resolution display technologies.

End-users, integrators and consultants interested in learning more about future VIS University events can email the VIS University team.

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Hyphen and University of Guelph to Share Technology, Innovations, and Services

Hyphen, the most comprehensive rapid prototyping and environmental testing facility open to the public in North America, has announced a partnership with the University of Guelph, one of Canada’s top universities. The partnership will provide Hyphen with access to the equipment, applications, and research at the university’s Digital Haptic Lab (DHL), a design and prototyping facility that focuses on the use of haptic devices which enable physical manipulation of digital information.

In exchange for the lab’s technology, researchers and students from the university will have access to Hyphen’s additive manufacturing technology and expertise at significantly-reduced pricing. This will make 3D printing and environmental testing processes more accessible for research projects and will support even further innovation, with a focus on bringing together art and technology.

Left to right - Mark Barfoot, John Phillips and Christian Giroux

The partnership is the latest to be cultivated by Hyphen with local educational institutions as the company looks to broaden the awareness of additive manufacturing among students and raise the profile of Canadian capabilities within the additive manufacturing industry at large. In addition to the use of the DHL, Hyphen’s partnership with the university also includes the placement of an interactive product shelf at the entrance to the DHL. Made of all printed parts, the shelf design will tell the story about the breadth of Hyphen’s technical and creative expertise, as well as the philosophy of innovation that characterizes how they approach each of their client’s projects.

“The DHL is predicated on collaboration and innovation – on top of Hyphen’s technical expertise, this is what stood out to us about them. Hyphen has an incredibly collaborative spirit and goodwill in sharing its resources with our lab. It’s a rare commodity among private sector companies,” said Christian Giroux, lead researcher at the DHL. “We’re very happy and excited about this partnership and what we’ll be able to achieve using Hyphen’s additive manufacturing processes to develop working prototypes and find solutions to our researchers’ design problems.”

The applications for Hyphen’s capabilities are endless. The Hyphen team can produce components with complex designs and intricate detail affordably and, in some cases, with similar functionality and finishing as production parts, enabling speed-to-market by reducing the design life cycle of a part. Designers and manufacturers can review prototypes of a design and make adjustments quickly and cost-effectively, contributing to a higher-quality end result.

Exploring 3D printing’s multiple uses
“The use of 3D printing is applicable across all of the research streams we work with at the university, including art, engineering, robotics, biology, horticulture, and aerospace,” said John Phillips, Design Engineer and Manager of the DHL. “Typically, you use the tools you have at your disposal to find solutions to design problems. With our new partnership with Hyphen, we now have access to a greater set of tools so we will be able to offer a greater variety of solutions to our researchers. This will dramatically change the way we approach and tackle problems and opens up new possibilities for how we combine the use of 3D printing with haptic technology.”

“Advances in rapid prototyping and 3D printing are opening up new ways of thinking and doing things within the manufacturing industry worldwide. People are starting to see the significant benefits, including speed and efficiency, of taking a computer generated model and turning it into a physical object as part of the design and review process,” said Hyphen Managing Director Mark Barfoot. “Our partnership with the University of Guelph will allow us to explore new applications for additive manufacturing within industries such as the arts, agriculture, veterinary and health care, while supporting research work through the university. This is a great way for Hyphen to educate others on the benefits of additive manufacturing, and to demonstrate the depth of Canadian knowledge and expertise within the additive manufacturing industry. We are excited to work with arts, science and engineering teams through this partnership and look forward to pushing the boundaries of rapid prototyping together.”

In addition to educational institutions, Hyphen also actively seeks out partnerships with large and small companies to further stimulate innovation and advances in industries that are progressively embracing the advantages of rapid prototyping.

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Cinemagic to Digitize National Chain with Christie Cinema Solutions

Cinemagic, a cinema chain focused on building cinemas in towns between 50 and 70 thousand inhabitants of Mexico, and Christie®, the dominant brand in the global digital cinema projection market, today announced the joint digitization of 70 screens currently operated by Cinemagic in Mexico.

Christie will supply an assortment of Christie Solaria® One+ and Christie CP2220 projectors to the Cinemagic complexes, facilitated by Scrabble Entertainment, an international deployment entity whose financing of DCI-compliant digital cinema projector conversions helps all manner of cinemas make the move to digital technology.

“With Christie supplying the highest quality of digital cinema equipment and technical support, Cinemagic will be able to offer to our audience the best quality in cinema projection in each of the cities we serve,” said Roberto Quintero, CEO, Cinemagic.

“Cinemagic is to be commended on its mission to bring cinema to the small communities without entertainment options in Mexico,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager for Christie Mexico. “We are honored to be part of its mission and are committed to supplying Cinemagic with the world’s leading digital projection hardware, software and services.”

Roberto Quintero said, “We are confident that with dedication, effort and together with our strategic partners, we will ensure the growth and consolidation of our project to successfully bring cinema to the small communities of our country.”

Christie to Demo Breakthrough 3D Cinema Technology For Premium Cinema Experiences with Latest ‘6-Primary’ 4K Laser Projector

Christie® today announced upcoming demonstrations of the world’s most advanced laser projection architecture and Dolby® 3D, to be held in the Christie Innovation Theaters throughout CinemaCon 2014 (Caesars Palace, March 24-27) and the National Association of Broadcasters NAB Show® (Las Vegas Convention Center, April 5-10). Christie DLP Cinema® laser projectors using 6-Primary (6P) color laser modules, earmarked for mass production in early 2015, will show how 3D light levels, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, especially when combined with advanced separation technology like Dolby 3D, versus conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today.

“Recent declines in domestic 3D movie attendance are a sign that the novelty is wearing off, with audiences less willing to pay a premium for what is all too often a mediocre experience. The lackluster quality of this experience results from a number of technical limitations with current 3D system architectures, the most serious one being restricted light levels that amount to only 10-30 percent of those levels achieved for 2D presentations,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie Entertainment Solutions. “Simply put, the movies are too dark, leaving audiences struggling to discern critical details that make up the image in front of them.”

“Christie’s latest laser projection technology, using 6 specific primary colors rather than filtered or polarized broad-spectrum white light, brings dramatically improved 3D efficiency to projection systems, regardless of the size of screen in premium movie theaters,” added Shaw. “We believe that this is the future of 3D cinema projection, that it is right around the corner, and that it will be a key element in boosting 3D box office revenues around the world. Our CinemaCon and NAB Show demonstrations will be the first 6P laser events available to the broad cinema community, from filmmakers to exhibitors, and reaffirms Christie’s 80-year commitment to cinema innovation, rather than ‘moving beyond digital cinema’ as some other industry players have promised.”

At least twice as efficient as today’s best 3D systems, Christie’s 6P laser projectors generate a proprietary mix of photoptically-optimized light wavelengths for each eye directly from the source, in effect eliminating the need for a highly inefficient stage of filtering or polarizing the light as it leaves the projector. The Christie demos will use Dolby® 3D glasses specifically engineered to exactly match the 6 primary laser light wavelengths to yield nearly 90 percent light efficiency. “Their color separation based technique for 3D is well regarded as the gold standard among industry professionals, especially for its true color reproduction, compatibility with low-gain white screens, and superior crosstalk performance – only now it can be part of a system that is tremendously more light efficient,” said Shaw.

“Dolby 3D’s advanced color separation technology is ideally suited for next generation laser projectors,” said Doug Darrow, Senior Vice President, Cinema, Dolby Laboratories. “With extremely high light efficiency, nearly no crosstalk and crisp images with vibrant colors, we believe Dolby 3D combined with laser projection produces the best possible 3D viewing experience for audiences.”

“Having had the opportunity to witness an early 6P laser demo at Christie’s worldwide center for engineering, research and development in Canada, I can confidently state that this is an exciting and important innovation in 3D cinema,“ said Matt Cowan, Co-founder & Senior Technical Advisor at Entertainment Technology Consultants. “I look forward to further refinement of this technology and upcoming installation in premiere theaters around the world.”

Consistent with efforts so far in developing 3-Primary (3P) laser projectors, which Christie sees filling important needs in several, non-cinema industries, Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness (up to 72,000 Lumens per projector head), wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications. As part of its largest research and development program ever, Christie will continue to develop superior 6P and 3P laser projection solutions for all of its global customers.

Specific to the development of cinema laser projectors, Christie leads the industry in this area, having announced last year that it would supply and install the world’s first commercial laser projection solution for the Seattle Cinerama Theatre, and that it was the first to receive a US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale and installation of laser projectors in movie theaters and other high performance projection venues.

Hoyts Chile Chooses Christie for their Conversion to Digital Cinema

Christie®, a world leader in digital cinema projection, is pleased to announce that it has been chosen by Hoyts Chile, the leading screening chain belonging to Grupo Chilefilms, to digitize its 127 35mm theaters distributed across 23 complexes throughout the country. The agreement includes the installation of digital cinema projectors from the Christie Solaria™ Series, the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System and select Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound systems.

To carry out the digital theater conversion process, Hoyts Chile released a private technology tender in which it invited the most distinguished suppliers in the industry to bid. “In the end we chose Christie because their business proposal was the most complete, attractive and aggressive,” stated Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, General Manager of Cinecolor Chile, Grupo Chilefilms division that provides technology services for all business units of the group.

“Christie knew how to interpret our planning, appreciated our apprehension with technological changes and financing needs and they pledged their commitment to a close, long-term relationship. Their offer was not limited to supplying projection equipment only, but they also guaranteed immediate access to spare parts, lamps, new technologies and financing in a long-term contract,” added Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons, Cinecolor Chile.

Hoyts Chile has a long business relationship with Christie. In fact, in mid-June of 2012, the color correction/projection theaters of Cinecolor –the post-production division for images, sound and cinematographic laboratory of Grupo Chilefilms with presence in Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Chile – was equipped with Christie CP2220 projectors.

Craig Sholder, VP, Entertainment Solutions at Christie, said “We are delighted that Hoyts Chile has once again put their trust in our projectors for their digital theater roll out, which is proof of the confidence and respect that theater professionals have for Christie. Today the digital cinema projectors that Christie manufactures have the largest worldwide market share because exhibitors recognize that our projectors, in addition to having exceptional image quality, offer the best light efficiency and the lowest operating costs”.

Christie will supply Hoyts Chile with a variety of DLP Cinema® projectors, such as Christie CP2215, Christie CP2220 and Christie CP2230, as well as the Christie Avias-TMS™ Theatre Management System (TMS), which allows the screen operators to centrally control and organize all projection operations from a multi-screen theater.

Furthermore, Hoyts Chile will equip three of their theaters with the innovative Christie Vive Audio™ cinema sound solution, which they will use along with a leading immersive audio platform, Dolby® Atmos™.

“Christie invited us to several demonstrations of the Vive Audio technology, where we were able to witness and systematically measure the extraordinary distribution of the sound pressure throughout the audience, which substantially improves the intelligibility of the dialogue (with respect to cone-based speaker systems) and the uniform distribution of sound in the theater, greatly decreasing the rebounding that causes interference,” said Juan Carlos Arriagada Mons.

Hoyts Chile’s roll out, which will take place through a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with GDC Technology, began in January of 2014 and it is expected to be completed by November of this year, including the digitalization by Christie of the new theaters that Hoyts Chile plans on opening in 2015 and 2016, which could number as many as 30 screens.

Christie Partners Honored with Top 2014 DSE Apex and Content Awards

At the 2014 Digital Signage Expo, Christie® not only featured its latest digital signage solutions and Managed Services offerings but walked away with a DSE Apex award while several Christie partners, applying Christie products for their installations, commanded top honors in their respective categories.

Scotiabank, with Cineplex Digital Solutions and rp Visual Solutions, earned a Gold Apex award in the Professional and Personal Services category for its 43 foot by 5 foot, three-dimensional mural installation, consisting of 80 Christie® MicroTiles® at Scotiabank in Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre. This installation is the first MicroTiles installation in the financial sector in Canada.

Christie MicroTiles in Christie's Cypress Lobby

Arsenal Media won the Silver Content award in the Business, Industry and Government category, for the Christie Cypress Lobby content strategy development of the 64-megapixel, 50 foot-wide curved media wall that welcomes visitors, dealers and employees at the company’s headquarters in California. The display solution of 108 Christie MicroTiles at native resolution projects presentations and educational training. Arsenal Media and rp Visual Solutions nominated Christie for a DSE Apex award for which it won Bronze.

Materials and Methods received a Gold Content award for the Interactive Art Video Wall at State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) in Raleigh N.C., which it produced and directed. Eighteen 55-inch Christie LCD flat panels were staggered at that site to exhibit animations and abstract art content created to engage and inspire visitors.

Kazakhstan Telecom/A+1 Productions, nominated by content provider Arsenal Media, received the Bronze Apex award in the Public Spaces category for its digital canvas of 100 Christie MicroTiles, real-time 3D content and interactive remote controller.

The DSE Apex awards honor innovation in the development and deployment of technology in the global digital out-of-home networks (DOOH) industry, while the DSE Content awards honor innovative and compelling content created for digital signage in the DOOH networks. Digital Signage Expo® (DSE) is the world’s largest and longest running International Conference and Tradeshow dedicated exclusively to digital signage, interactive technology and digital out-of-home networks (DOOH).

Christie Announces Executive Appointments

Christie today announced that Kenji Hamashima, Chairman, President and CEO of the Christie group of companies will step down from his current role effective April 1, 2014.

Jack Kline becomes Christie Chairman, President and CEO, effective April 1

Jack Kline, President and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. will assume the role of Chairman, President and CEO of all of Christie’s operating companies, worldwide.

Mr. Hamashima will remain as Chairman, President and CEO of the Christie holding company, Christie Digital Systems Inc., as well as Ushio America Inc.

“For the past 14 years I have had the pleasure and privilege of serving alongside the dedicated staff of Christie worldwide, in our Christie group of companies, for which I am very grateful,” said Mr. Hamashima. “It has been an exciting time to help Christie grow to become a global leader in cinema and digital display solutions.”

Mr. Hamashima added that “For almost 35 years, Jack has devoted himself to growing Christie’s business and reputation for innovation, and I am confident that in assuming leadership of our operating companies across the globe, he will lead them to new heights of success.”

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