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Hollywood Software Has Acquired Digital Cinema Systems Inc.

San Fernando Valley Business Journal

April 22, 2015 – Hollywood Software has acquired Digital Cinema Systems Inc., a Santa Monica firm that has developed a digital system that allows theater owners to stream multiple films simultaneously on different screens.

The Woodland Hills firm currently offers products for central servers at theaters that store digital files of movies being shown there. The acquisition adds FilmStore, a system made up of a server, a media player and software for individual screens.

“In a twenty-plex theater you cannot stream from a central server because you would be streaming 20 movies and that is not possible right now,” Hollywood Software Chief Executive David Gajda said.

Gajda founded Hollywood Software in 1997 as a service for movie theater owners and distributors for booking films and collecting box office receipts. He sold the business to Cinedigm Corp., in Los Angeles, in 2003 but bought it back last year with a group of investors.

Hollywood Software will relocate Digital Cinema’s operation from Santa Monica to the San Fernando Valley.

Terms of the deal were not announced.

By Business Journal staff

Hollywood Software Acquires DigiCine

LOS ANGELES, CA

Click Here to Set Up a DemoApril 20, 2015 – Woodland Hills-based Hollywood Software announced today that it has purchased Digital Cinema Systems, Inc. (DigiCine), with its world-class motion picture playback system and all of its patents. With this acquisition, Hollywood Software is now able to offer clients a completely integrated TMS and SMS solution with flexible, low-cost upgrade options.

“The industry is moving into the next stage of digital cinema now that virtual print fees are ending and equipment from the first installations is reaching end-of-life,” said David Gajda, Executive Chairman, Hollywood Software. “After working with DigiCine for two years and most recently having fully integrated DigiCine with our TMS, this acquisition leaves Hollywood Software poised to present exhibitors with the most flexible, low-cost options for new Series II installations and Series I migrations.”

DigiCine is a unique, full-featured digital cinema playback solution for theatres of all sizes. It offers exhibitors a premium, easy-to-use SMS with flexible choices in capability, servers and configuration. The installation and migration options Hollywood Software will be offering exhibitors worldwide include:

Series II Media Player Solution
  • A low-cost solution to satisfy your new installation, upgrade or replacement needs
  • The ONLY DCI-compliant software solution on the market that is hardware manufacturer agnostic
  • Pre-negotiated, proprietary pricing available via a world-class, pre-configured Dell system, available with 24/7 warranty and support
  • Includes remote-diagnostic capabilities and support
  • Continually meets operational and industry requirements through software updates
  • Flexible storage capacity configuration (2, 4, 6, 8, or 10 TB or greater)
Series I Extension
  • Extends the life of, and enhances your Series I projector via a modular solution that provides you with Series II player capabilities.
  • Provides a low-cost migration path to a Series II projector via a simple configuration change at no additional hardware cost.
  • Provides many of the features previously only available on Series II systems, limited only by the projector (3D/HFR)

“Historically, when you have a Series I projector and your Series I server failed, the answer was to purchase another Series I server, which has serious cost and functional implications,” explained Larry McCourt, SVP Sales and Marketing, Hollywood Software. “The DigiCine Series I solution gives exhibitors a more future-proofed option. And combining DigiCine’s content management components with Hollywood Software’s Theatre Command Center (TCC) and Enterprise Web systems provides them with a complete hardware/software solution. We are excited to be able to help move the industry forward at an affordable price point.”

“Having originally rolled out with DigiCine across our circuit in the UK, and more recently having deployed Hollywood Software’s TCC TMS, Empire Cinemas has benefited from the seamless integration of the two systems,” said Justin Ribbons, CEO, Empire Cinemas. “We welcome the additional world-class support and reach Hollywood Software provides as we expand further.”

 

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD SOFTWARE

Hollywood Software partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors by bringing enterprise software to the marketplace to run their distribution and exhibition businesses. Hollywood Software develops the tools for managing all key elements of digital theatrical distribution and exhibition. Hollywood Software’s Theatrical Distribution System (Distributor) is installed in more than 30 distribution companies in the US and Canada including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. Their Digital Cinema Theatre Management System (TCC) product was the pioneer product in the marketplace and is currently used to manage more than 15,000 screens worldwide. Their Royalty Transaction Service (RTS) software efficiently manages complex rights licensing and royalty obligations. And their newest offering, Hollywood B.O.S.S, provides resources to handle Flash, BOR and voucher processing as well as cash collections.

 

ABOUT DIGITAL CINEMA SYSTEMS, INC. (DIGICINE)

Digital Cinema Systems, Inc. (DigiCine) is a digital cinema systems and technology company that provides solutions to exhibitors and digital cinema deployment entities worldwide. The team includes many of the pioneers in the digital cinema industry and the group holds several significant patents. As the leading software-based playback system for exhibitors, its DigiCine product offers exhibitors a premium, easy-to-use SMS with the most flexible options in capability, server choice and configuration, all at an affordable price point.

 

Hollywood Software Signs Exclusive Deal With Bleecker Street To Utilize Its Distributor 3.0 Software For Upcoming Releases

HOLLYWOOD, CA

March 17, 2015 – Woodland Hills-based Hollywood Software announced today that it has signed a deal with Andrew Karpen’s independent film distribution company, Bleecker Street, to exclusively utilize Hollywood Software’s new Distributor 3.0 software for all upcoming film releases. The software implementation will be in place in time for the first of Bleecker Street’s 2015 film releases, I’ll See You In My Dreams, starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott, which will open in theaters on May 15, 2015.

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Karpen formed Bleecker Street in late 2014. The company plans to release three to five pictures a year. Other upcoming releases include Pawn Sacrifice, starring Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber, which will open in theaters on September 18, 2015; Danny Collins, the Dan Fogelman-directed pic starring Al Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale and Christopher Plummer; Captain Fantastic, the Matt Ross-directed film that stars Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Kathryn Hahn, Missi Pyle, and Steve Zahn; and Trumbo, the Jay Roach-directed film that stars Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, and Elle Fanning.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Bleecker Street and helping to position them for even greater success as they begin launching their slate of films,” said David Gajda, Executive Chairman, Hollywood Software. “We are continuing to discuss opportunities to implement our other services and software solutions with Bleecker Street, offering them even more flexibility and efficiency via additional products. For example, RTS—our rights management software—is a great fit for startup film companies and our new HOLLYWOOD B.O.S.S can provide additional full-time, back-end resources as new releases expand.”

 

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD SOFTWARE

Hollywood Software partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors by bringing enterprise software to the marketplace to run their distribution and exhibition businesses. Hollywood Software develops the tools for managing all key elements of digital theatrical distribution and exhibition. Hollywood Software’s Theatrical Distribution System (Distributor) is installed in more than 30 distribution companies in the US and Canada including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. Our Digital Cinema Theatre Management System (TCC) product was the pioneer product in the marketplace and is currently used to manage more than 15,000 screens worldwide. Our Royalty Transaction Service (RTS) software efficiently manages complex rights licensing and royalty obligations. And our newest offering, Hollywood B.O.S.S, provides resources to handle Flash, BOR and voucher processing as well as cash collections.

Hollywood Software Inks Deal With Classic Cinemas To Implement Its New Exhibitor Management System (EMS) v1.7

New Version Features Major Enhancements That Allow Exhibitors to Further Streamline Home Office Booking and Box Office Operations

HOLLYWOOD, CA

Click Here to Set Up a DemoFebruary 12, 2015 – Woodland Hills-based Hollywood Software announced today that Classic Cinemas was the first exhibitor to implement Version 1.7 of its Exhibitor Management System (EMS) this January. The new version of EMS, which has been helping cinema exhibitors book and track film payables since 2001, features many business-driven enhancements and efficiencies that help to streamline bookings, optimize operations and increase productivity.

Version 1.7 of EMS features:

  • Numerous booking enhancements, including calendar functionality to aid in booking non-standard engagements (non-consecutive dates, early opens, alternative content)
  • Automated Box Office auditing
  • The ability to make circuit-wide updates to Box Office and Accruals
  • Performance enhancements
  • Many new optional reports, including a “Holdover by Buyer” report for communicating hold status, shared screens and non-standard openings to theatres

“Being a small, family-owned business, we are always looking for ways to streamline our processes,” said Chris Johnson, CEO, Classic Cinemas. “The features in this new version of EMS, especially the automated auditing and ability to mass update terms, are huge time-savers for our team. And whenever we have a question, the Hollywood Software team is highly responsive. The level of service under their new ownership is excellent.”

“Classic Cinemas is a fantastic partner and their team was great to work with on this new implementation of EMS,” said Kim Lockhart, Senior Vice President of Exhibitor Systems, Hollywood Software. “Our plan is to now upgrade every existing EMS client to version 1.7 so all of our home office users can take advantage of the software’s new efficiencies. We know our Exhibitor clients are under increased pressure to do more with less these days, and EMS’s automations, reporting capabilities and ability to update data circuit-wide with one or two clicks will help reduce the time it takes them to create, communicate and settle their film bookings each week.”

Hollywood Software will also be inviting all EMS clients to join them at CinemaCon this April to discuss the ever-changing nature of the exhibition business. “We are a client-focused software company,” added David Gajda, President, Hollywood Software. “The movie business is constantly evolving, therefore our software must quickly evolve with it.  We are looking forward to unveiling our new roadmap for the next evolution of EMS with our customer base and hearing what additional enhancements they are looking for within the product.”

 

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD SOFTWARE

Hollywood Software partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors by bringing enterprise software to the marketplace to run their distribution and exhibition businesses. Hollywood Software develops the tools for managing all key elements of digital theatrical distribution and exhibition. Hollywood Software’s Theatrical Distribution System is installed in more than 30 distribution companies in the US and Canada including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. Our Digital Cinema Theatre Management System product was the pioneer product in the marketplace and is currently used to manage more than 15,000 screens worldwide.

 

ABOUT CLASSIC CINEMAS

Classic Cinemas, based in Downers Grove, Illinois, is a family-owned business, run by Willis, Shirley and Chris Johnson. The company operates 13 theatres in 12 communities, including the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, the Lindo in Freeport, the York in Elmhurst, the Lake in Oak Park, the Woodstock in Woodstock and the Paramount in Kankakee. It has also modernized existing theatres and built exciting contemporary theatres, such as the Elk Grove in Elk Grove Village and its most recent project, the 6-screen North Riverside Luxury 6 in North Riverside. For more info, visit www.classiccinemas.com

 

TurnKey KDM Ingestion Now Available in Enterprise Web

LOS ANGELES, CA

Click Here to Set Up a DemoAugust 19, 2014 –Hollywood Software’s Enterprise Web gives circuit managers an over-the-shoulder look at operations inside all your theaters from one centralized website. “TurnKey” KDM Management has now been fully integrated with this service. It allows you to have just ONE staff member centrally title map features, manage KDMs and create trailer packs for ALL of your theaters at once, creating circuit-wide efficiencies.

Key Features
  • Secure web-based application for desktop or mobile.
  • Monitors and manages operational issues circuit-wide via “Save the Show.”
  • Evaluates the performance and execution of planned features, trailers and ads across your circuit.
  • Loads, matches and delivers keys to devices across your circuit within minutes.
  • Allows for centralized title mapping and content pack creation.
Benefits
  • Creates efficiencies:
    • Monitor your entire circuit from one screen at the home office (or your home!).
    • Missing KDMs for a new film? Sort your KDM issues by distributor and make just one call for your entire circuit.
  • Eliminates redundant tasks:
    • One qualified staff member can title map and build trailer packs for your entire circuit at once.
    • Allows individual theater managers more time to focus on customers.
  • Gives unprecedented, centralized operational control:
    • Ingest and deliver KDMs without involvement from theater staff.
    • Have a last minute trailer change? Quickly update the pack in Enterprise and send it to all your theaters.
New Features
  • “TurnKey” KDM Management
    • Ingest, match and deliver keys to devices across your circuit within minutes via online upload or delivery to a central email address.
    • Have one staff member monitor key issues across all theaters and resolve with a single action.
    • Manage your auditorium allocation per site with reports on key expiration and availability.
  • Downloadable Trailer Performance Reports
    • Select a date range, studio(s) and the trailer(s) you want data on. Then download a performance report to PDF or Excel for sharing internally or with studio partners.
  • Downloadable Ad Performance Reports
    • Select a date range and the ad(s) you want data on. Then download a performance report to PDF or Excel for sharing internally or with ad partners.

For more information or to set up a demonstration, check out our Enterprise Web product page, HERE.

 

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD SOFTWARE

Hollywood Software partners with Hollywood movie studios, independent movie distributors, and exhibitors by bringing enterprise software to the marketplace to run their distribution and exhibition businesses. Hollywood Software develops the tools for managing all key elements of digital theatrical distribution and exhibition. Hollywood Software’s Theatrical Distribution System (Distributor) is installed in more than 30 distribution companies in the US and Canada including 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Lionsgate. Our Digital Cinema Theatre Management System (TCC) product was the pioneer product in the marketplace and is currently used to manage more than 15,000 screens worldwide.