Disney, Christie Sign Digital Cinema Technology, Services Agreement

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Thu, 10/03/2013 - 15:21 -- Nick Dager

The Walt Disney Studios has entered into an agreement with Christie to provide the latest digital cinema technologies and a variety of professional services for The Walt Disney Studios’ production, post-production, screening rooms and premieres. In addition, Christie’s Managed Services will provide Disney’s engineering team with round-the-clock support for Disney’s digital cinema facilities, supported by Christie’s Network Operations Center (NOC) and Christie’s on-site preventative maintenance services.

Disney and Christie have shared a relationship since the 1995 digital release of Toy Story.The two companies will share projection technology ideas and innovations to provide audiences with unparalleled movie-going experiences. Disney will have early access to emerging Christie technologies and provide input into product development, including laser projection, 4K projection, and Christie’s Integrated Media Block.

Disney and Christie have always shared a special bond. Toy Story was the first all-digital movie, created digitally and shown on a digital projector in theatres. The digital projector was from Christie. Many of Disney’s major world premieres, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, have been screened on Christie projectors.

“Disney continues to push the limits of technology and innovation, and we at Christie are honored that we have this long-term opportunity to bring our considerable technology and service resources to bear to support Disney’s movie business,” said Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA Inc.

“Our agreement with Christie assures us of leading-edge projection technology and services for our Motion Pictures and our Studio Lot,” said Jeff Miller, president, studio operations, The Walt Disney Studios. “We’re also looking forward to working with Christie to refine and improve projection technologies.”

A combination of 2K and 4K Christie Solaria Series DLP Cinema projectors will be delivered to Disney in 2013, beginning with Disney’s worldwide headquarters in Burbank, California.

Christie Digital Systems USA www.christiedigital.com