Eclair, a leader in content services for the motion picture and television industries, and German independent film distributors organization AG Verleih have concluded a three-year agreement for the electronic theatrical delivery of feature films and promotional materials to cinema exhibitors across Germany.
“With this master agreement, we are very pleased to offer AG Verleih, which represents 36 distribution companies, a unique, versatile and turnkey electronic DCP delivery solution that greatly benefits the association’s members in their release and marketing of award-winning feature films. It will also help ensure diversity in the film offer across Germany,” explains Georg Miros, Sales & Business Development Manager at Éclair. “It’s a sign of AG Verleih’s confidence in our expertise as well as a major commitment on their part. We are the only technical provider able to deliver DCP content to cinemas via broadband, satellite and hard drive.”
For Leopold Grün, CEO of AG Verleih, “We are very pleased with this new cooperation between Eclair and AG Verleih. The 36 members of our professional organization now have access to fast, reliable and affordable technologies, which are widely accepted and used by cinema exhibitors across Germany while allowing them to significantly lower their operating costs.”
Eclair operates the largest pan-European theatrical delivery network with more than 3,400 cinemas connected.
ABOUT ECLAIR – YMAGIS GROUP
Founded in 1907 in the early days of cinema, Eclair is a historic, innovative and respected company in the motion picture and television industries. Eclair is the Ymagis Group’s business unit dedicated to content services, a leader in advanced digital technology services for the cinema industry. Through CinemaNext and Eclair, the Group provides smart and comprehensive solutions to movie exhibitors, distributors (feature films & event cinema), producers, rights holders, cinema/TV advertising networks, broadcasters, OTT channels and video publishers. Over the years, Ymagis Group has significantly grown its portfolio of solutions & services and further developed its geographic footprint with permanent offices in 25 countries. The company’s core business is structured around three main units: CinemaNext (exhibitor services: sales and field services, software solutions, customer service/NOC and consulting), Eclair (content services: post-production, theatrical delivery, digital distribution, versioning and accessibility, restoration and preservation) and VPF (financial services). A publicly-traded company listed on Euronext, Ymagis Group is headquartered in Paris (France) and counts close to 750 employees. For more information, please connect to http://www.ymagis.com, http://www.cinemanext.digital or http://www.eclair.digital
About AG Verleih
Created in 1999, AG Verleih is the association of 36 German distribution companies from micro-structures to independent majors. For a trade association, it is unique in the development of consumer awareness of the exhibition business. In short, good cinema exists only in good cinemas. AG Verleih not only represents its own interests, but always has in mind that three other factors come into play: the content provider (the rental), the entity that makes it available to the public (the cinema) and, finally,the audience. AG Verleih stands for the preservation, expansion and renewal of the film offering in cinemas. In addition, the association is committed to improving the economic and cultural conditions for the distribution of films by independent production companies, young directors, documentary films, short films and interesting films from all countries. We have also set ourselves the goal of promoting communication and cooperation with national, European and international institutions and organizations that share a similar goal. AG Verleih intervenes when unfair market barriers make it difficult for independent productions to enter cinemas, when injustices in the German and European film promotion system only favor large companies, distort competition and thus damage the development of film art. Since 1999, AG Verleih has been working continuously to promote film culture.
Georg Miros (Germany), +49 179 222 5 222, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leopold Grün (Germany), +49 (0)30 44 35 14 60, email@example.com
Julien Bollee (International), +33 (0)6 64 45 00 20, firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Eclair Deutschland and AG Verleih