The cinema business has endured many ups and downs in its history. While digital technology has reinvigorated not only how films are made but also the means of delivery, projection and sound reproduction, it has also brought a new rival to cinemas in the form of streaming services. How the market can respond is to be discussed during the Digital Cinema Summit (DCS) at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam.

The theme for this year’s DCS is The Changing Cineplex. This encapsulates how operators are looking to change not only theatres but also what they offer the moviegoer. Leading experts in the field will look at whether films are still the main focus of cineplexes, what impact streaming is having on cinemas and the latest developments in advertising and presentation of live events.

The afternoon will be moderated by Nick Dager, editor and Publisher of Digital Cinema Report. After opening remarks, Jan Runge, Head of the European branch of the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA), and David Hancock, Director of Research and Analysis for Cinema Home Entertainment at information provider IHS Markit, will present a market overview.

This is followed by the panel discussion Cinema Advertising and Event Cinema. Contributors are Kathryn Jacob, CEO of Pearl & Dean; Marlene Wickel, Managing Director at Jean Mineur Mediavision; Melissa Cogavin, MD of event cinema consultancy Melissa Cogavin Limited; and Pei-Zhi Liou, CEO and co-founder of Esports management and services firm Cooldown Ventures.

Attempting to answer the question Are Movies Still the Focus of the Cineplex? will be Emily Ng, Senior Vice President of Business Development at 4D technology developer MediaMation; Sujin Lee, Director of Business Development with CJ 4DPLEX, developer of the 4DX film format; and Tim Potter, Vice President of Sales, EMEA and International at systems provider CinemaNext. On the panel Streaming and its Impact on Movie Theatres will be: Melissa Cogavin; Graham Spurling, Director of Irish chain Spurling Cinema Group; and Goran Stojmenovik, Senior Product Manager for laser projection at Barco. All three panels will be moderated by Nick Dager.

Kim Ludolf Koch, General Manager of Canadian operating group Cineplex, is to front a ‘Kick-off Presentation’ and then join a cinema operator roundtable discussion on What’s Next for European Cinemas. Also taking part are Jaime Tarrazón, Senior Vice President of the Federación de Cines de España (Federation of Spanish Cinemas, FECE), and Jan Runge from ICTA.

The Digital Cinema Summit takes place on 12 February from Hotel Okura, Amsterdam from 14.00 to 18.00.

Digital Cinema Summit (DCS) is a half-day conference produced by Integrated Systems Events in association with Digital Cinema Report. DCS explores how advances in digital cinema technology are transforming not just how movie theatres around the world operate but the kinds of content they can offer to their customers. It is being held on 12 February 2020 at the Hotel Okura during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the world’s largest exhibition for professional AV and systems integration (11-14 February 2020, RAI Amsterdam).

  • Digital Cinema Summit (DCS) ISE 2020
  • Wednesday 12 February 2020, 14:00-18:00
  • Hotel Okura, Amsterdam
  • Tickets are available here