Operations Executives Darla Guenther and Diana Masuda Elevated to Vice Presidents; Maya Polimac Named Operations Executive; DCDC Surpasses 31,000 Screens, 2,800 Theater Sites & 240 Exhibitors as Content Providers Climb to 44
Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution company founded as a true industry initiative by AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment, has marked its fourth year of operations with the promotions of three executives amid rapid exhibitor and content provider growth.
Randy Blotky, CEO of DCDC, today announced the promotions of Darla Guenther to VP Operations, Exhibitors, and Diane Masuda to VP Operations, Content Providers. After stints as DCDC’s Operations Executives since 2014, which began with each of them having overlapping responsibilities, their responsibilities have now evolved to where they each lead their respective areas of endeavor.
“Darla and Diane are very deserving of these promotions, each having played such key roles in seamlessly building DCDC into the leading theatrical content distribution system in the U.S.,” Mr. Blotky said. “Their contributions are magnified given our small staff, yet in spite of that, we have achieved phenomenal growth across all key metrics. I know we will be in very good hands moving forward with Diane’s and Darla’s continuing leadership in their new positions.”
Additionally, Mr., Blotky announced that Maya Polimac has been promoted to Operations Executive, Exhibitors, reporting to Ms. Guenther. Ms. Polimac joined DCDC as an administrative assistant in 2016.
DCDC began operations in October 2013, offering transformative satellite and terrestrial distribution services. It initially launched with 7,000 screens at 1,200 venues contracted across the U.S. DCDC’s original customer base included The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, Southern Theatres and National Amusements, in addition to the founding partner companies (noted above).
Today, the specially created network capable of supporting feature, promotional, pre-show and live content distribution into theaters has seen more than a four-fold increase in the number of screens, and has over twice as many theater sites contracted. The tally, a record, now stands at 31,000-plus theater screens in the U.S., spanning over 2,800 theater sites operated by more than 240 exhibitors. Since its inception, the venture has made more than 1 million successful deliveries of features, trailers and other content to its exhibitor customers from its 44 content providers, including all the major studios and other leading providers.
In the 16 years prior to joining DCDC, Ms. Guenther managed operations and planning functions to provide digitized home entertainment content from major studios and independent production companies to retail, cable and online platforms.Ms. Guenther previously served as Executive Director of Operations for Warner Bros.’ digital production and broadcast facility, Global Digital Media Xchange, Inc. There, she achieved many industry firsts with the successful launches of digital entertainment formats including DVD, Blu-ray, MOD, VOD, EST and the Digital End-to-End (DETE) content workflow and distribution system developed by Warner Bros. Technical Operations. Her responsibilities included managing production services teams encompassing encoding, multimedia programming, scheduling, quality control and content delivery via fiber and satellite.She received her BA degree from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University in the Television-Radio-Film program and an MFA from the University of Southern California, where she attended the Peter Stark Producing Program at the School of Cinematic Arts.
Ms. Masuda joined DCDC after having previously managed content distribution via satellite and fiber at Warner Bros. and Deluxe. With extensive experience in broadcast transmission, production and customer relations management, she was responsible for creating the broadcast customer services department for Warner Bros. Technical Operations via the Global Digital Media Xchange.Additionally, Ms. Masuda served as broadcast project lead for the development and launch of a new distribution platform, Pitch Blue, a joint venture between Warner Bros., Deluxe and CBS that now reaches more than 1,500 television stations.A graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, with a BA degree in Liberal Arts, Ms. Masuda continues to serve the university as a volunteer for the UCLA Athletics Development Department.
Prior to DCDC, Ms. Polimac served as an executive accounts manager at Warner Bros.’ Global Digital Media Xchange, where she was responsible for managing DVD, Blu-ray and other digital and physical product deliverables for 1,000-plus products, among other responsibilities.
Earlier, from 2006-14, she served as the lead scheduler for the Xchange after having begun her career in 2004 as a production supervisor for ZOO Digital Group (SCOPE SEVEN). A 2003 graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business, Ms. Polimac earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Contracts With New Exhibitor Customers Result in Another
Major Milestone for Transformative Content Distribution Organization
Los Angeles, CA – March 23, 2017 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution company founded as a true industry initiative by AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment, today announced that it now has under contract more than 30,000 theater screens in the United States (in the more than 2,650 theatre sites belonging to the 179 Exhibitors it has under contract).
This milestone follows another record-setting year of across-the-board growth in all key exhibitor and content delivery categories. Additionally, DCDC reported that since its inception in October 2013, the Company has made more than 1,000,000 successful deliveries of features, trailers, and other content to its exhibitor customers from its 36 content provider customers (which includes all the major studios and other leading content providers). Continue reading
Surge for Industry’s Pioneering & Largest Digital Delivery Network
Includes Screens, Exhibitors, Content Providers, Film Deliveries and Special Events
Los Angeles, CA, April 11, 2016 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution organization founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres and AMC Theatres, today announced posting major across-the-board gains in all key categories during its second full year of operation. Additionally, DCDC reported it had made nearly 400,000 deliveries of features and other content, including live and pre-recorded events, to theaters nationwide through December 2015.
“The rapid year-to-year growth we see heading into CinemaCon can be directly attributed to the revolutionary business plan our exhibitor and studio founders have created for the entire industry,” said DCDC CEO Randy Blotky. “By combining the most sophisticated and efficient digital delivery technologies with a pioneering, low-cost economic model, we have built a platform capable of delivering massive volumes of feature films and other content to theaters, opening up a whole new world of opportunities limited only by our customers’ imaginations.” Continue reading
New Exhibitor & Distributor Customer Growth Comes as DCDC’s
Next-Generation Technology Transforms Theatres into a Network
Los Angeles, CA, Aug. 6, 2015 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”), Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution organization founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres and AMC Theatres, today announced it is accelerating the rollout of its network and will surpass 32,000 screens in more than 3000 theatre locations in 2018.
Rapid exhibitor and distributor customer growth since DCDC’s October 2013 launch comes as the specially created North American network, comprised of next-generation satellite and terrestrial distribution technologies, succeeds in transforming theatres into nodes on a network that can be programmed for various audiences. Continue reading
New Live-Streaming Technology Comes Amid Rapid Expansion as DCDC
Surpasses 24,000 Screens Across 2,000-Plus Theatre Sites Under Contract,
Accounting For Nearly Two-Thirds of All U.S. Digital Screens in Its First 18 Months
Las Vegas, NV, April 20, 2015 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (DCDC), the transformative North American theatrical content distribution organization founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark Theatres and AMC Theatres, today announced a high-quality live-streaming technology solution which will be unveiled at this week’s CinemaCon convention.
The new system is designed to allow the DCDC KenCast catch server to stream live content into an unlimited number of auditoriums from two simultaneous real-time 1080p-HD event feeds. Further, the catch server also allows two additional pre-recorded events (encores) to stream in parallel with live content, allowing exhibitors the flexibility to book up to four events simultaneously to an unlimited number of auditoriums. Discussions are underway with manufacturers to provide DCDC’s exhibitor customers with preferred pricing for the decoders required by some exhibitors to convert the KenCast’s IP stream into digital video for their screen servers and digital projectors. Continue reading
DCDC Adds Nation’s Fourth- and Fifth-Largest Exhibitors, as well as
The Oldest and Largest Family-Owned Movie Theatre Chain, to Expand
Its Reach to over 21,000 Screens Across more than 1,800 Sites
Los Angeles, CA, Dec. 10, 2014 – Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition today announced the nation’s fourth- and fifth-largest theatre chains, Carmike Cinemas, Inc. (NASDAQ: CKEC) and Marcus Theatres®, a division of The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS), respectively, and Wehrenberg Theatres have joined as its newest exhibitor customers.
Their entrance brings two more of the largest theatre exhibitors, as well as the oldest and largest family-owned theatre chain in the U.S., into the rapidly expanding DCDC, founded by leading exhibitors AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres and Regal Entertainment, and major studios Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures. DCDC launched in October 2013 with 17,000 screens across more than 1,200 North American theatre sites, most of which have already been satellite-enabled. Continue reading
I am very proud to welcome the newest members of our team, Diane Masuda and Darla Guenther, to the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition. Diane and Darla bring tremendous operational, broadcast transmission, production and customer relations management experience in the digital sphere to their new roles as Operations Executives. They are both seasoned, first-rate executives and will play a critical role in the rapid expansion of the DCDC.
These five partners must be given a lot of credit for coming together as they have to create the DCDC Network. The Hollywood studios and the exhibition community have not always seen eye-to-eye on the key issues facing the entertainment industry. However, in this case the two studios and three exhibitor partners were able to successfully engage with one another in the incredibly complex work of envisioning what the network should look like; designing the network to accommodate both technological and business constraints; and creating an economic model that would be both realistic to achieve and compelling to potential content provider and exhibitor customers.
Now Showing at Your Theater: DCDC and the World of Content Delivery
DCDC CEO Randy Blotky speaks on a panel introducing the new technology to CinemaCon attendees.
Moderator: Brian McKay, Executive Vice President of Production Operations, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Inc.
Other Panel Members:
- Noah Bergman, Vice President, Business Development & Strategic Planning, Universal Pictures
- Ron Krueger II, President & COO, Southern Theatres
- Fred Medina, Executive Vice President, BBC Worldwide Latin American and U.S. Hispanic
- Kelly O’Connor, Senior Vice President, Exhibitor and Marketing Services, Warner Bros. Pictures
- Tim Warner, CEO, Cinemark Theatres