Final Speakers Set for Digital Cinema Summit

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Thu, 01/17/2019 - 09:39 -- Nick Dager

The final roster of speakers has been set for the first Digital Cinema Summit.The final roster of speakers has been set for the first Digital Cinema Summit. These top digital cinema technology authorities from around the world will address a range of issues facing professionals in all phases of the motion picture industry. The half-day event takes place February 6 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam the Netherlands. Nick Dager, Editor & Publisher of Digital Cinema Report created the Summit in conjunction with Integrated Systems Europe. The theme is Transforming the Moviegoing Experience; its purpose is to give digital cinema technology center stage.

The Summit will open with a keynote address from Jan Runge, Head, International Cinema Technology Association, Europe, and David Hancock, President of the European Digital Cinema Forum. They will offer an economic overview of the digital cinema market worldwide. 

Runge and Hancock will be followed by three panel discussions that Dager will moderate. The panel topics and speakers include:

Theatre Management Systems – What Are the Limits?

Rich Phillips, Chief Technology Officer, Arts Alliance Media

Tony Adamson, Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, GDC Technology

Mark Waldman, Director of Marketing, POSitive Cinema

Theatre Sound – Object Based or File Based?

Gerard Loupias, Manager Business Development, Cinema and Pro Audio, Europe, DTS

Tom Bert, Senior Product Manager, Digital Cinema, Barco

Fritz Deininger, Senior Sales Director for Cinema in EMEA and India, Dolby

High Dynamic Range in Exhibition – Laser versus LED

Najib Riegert, Technical Director, EclairColor HDR

David Hernandez, Cinema Business Development Manager, Europe, Samsung

Bas van Heek, Strategic Marketing Manager, Cinionic

A coffee break is scheduled following the theatre sound panel. Immediately following the break Sean Wargo, Senior Director of Market Intelligence, AVIXA, will share data on the size and growth of the digital cinema market thanks to the potential upgrade cycle being sparked by direct-view LED screens. Digital signage also plays a role as cinemas invest in the broader experience outside the theatre itself.

The HDR panel will follow Wargo’s remarks.

The final discussion of the day will be a fireside chat between Dager and Michael Karagosian, who was technology advisor to the National Association of Theatre Owners during the digital cinema transition. Their topic will be: The Digital Cinema Era: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going.

The Summit will conclude with a networking cocktail reception.

For more information about the Digital Cinema Summit visit