Vista Group companies Numero and Maccs today named Jim Zak as Senior Vice President, North America. Zak will be based in Los Angeles and report to Numero and Maccs Chief Executive, and Numero Co-Founder, Simon Burton.
Zak will work across both Numero and Maccs, with primary responsibility for expanding the client base for each solution in the North American market. Vista Group companies, Numero and Maccs, offer distributors the tools needed to effectively plan and execute their release strategy for each of their films, while at the same time providing real-time insights for exhibitors and studios alike.
A seasoned film industry executive, Zak brings with him over 30 years of both domestic and international theatrical experience, and a strong background in distribution operations. Zak began his film career with Orion Pictures before moving on to PolyGram films and Destination films.
Zak was instrumental in the founding, launch and expansion of the global Rentrak box office service, where he served as SVP. Most recently Zak was SVP Worldwide Sales and Client Services at Comscore, where he oversaw studio relations and the expansion of box office offerings and research tools globally.
“I am thrilled to have Jim join the Numero and Maccs team and lead our US operations,” said Burton. “Jim brings with him a wealth of industry experience, deep understanding of distributor operations and leadership in the box office landscape – which is key for our team as we strengthen and grow our North American presence.”
“Vista Group has proven to be a true and dedicated partner in the theatrical distribution and exhibition space,” said Zak. “I’m looking forward to our future as we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdowns. Numero and Maccs both offer modern film-tech solutions that I believe will be as readily adopted domestically, as they have internationally, and I’m eager to get started.”
Numero provides an aggregated box office reporting platform, giving the film industry and media clean, fast and effective box office information. Designed and developed primarily for film studios, distributors and cinemas, the platform delivers accurate box office numbers using proprietary infrastructure and technology, as well as pre-built and custom reports for consistent and accurate performance tracking. Numero is a subsidiary of Vista Group International Ltd (NZX & ASX: VGL).
Maccs develops market leading theatrical distribution software for the global film industry. Maccs software is used by more than 100 distributors to distribute films in more than 50 countries. Clients range from small independent distributors to major international distributors. The Maccs software portfolio includes an integrated theatrical distribution system, with Rights & Royalties and Print & Advertising modules. It also includes MaccsBox and MaccsDCHub, an online platform that automates content ordering, delivery reporting, gross box office and eBOR collection and invoicing. Maccs’ customers include some of the world’s largest movie studios, including Paramount Pictures International and Warner Bros. Maccs is a subsidiary of Vista Group International (NZX: VGL, ASX: VGL).