Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres and Wehrenberg Theatres Join Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition as Exhibitor Customers

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

Welcome Diane Masuda & Darla Guenther

DCDC GroupI 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.

Special delivery: DCDC network promises to revolutionize cinema content distribution

The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition (“DCDC”) was founded by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Regal Entertainment Group, Cinemark and AMC Theatres to benefit the entire entertainment industry by enabling the digital delivery of movies and other forms of entertainment product to North American theatres in a highly efficient, cost-effective manner.

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.

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CinemaCon 2014 Panel – DCDC and the World of Content Delivery

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