Vista Entertainment Solutions, a Vista Group International Company, Launches the World’s First Cloud-Based Cinema Staff Scheduling Application

Development Partner Harkins Theatres, Fifth Largest US Cinema Group, Brought Practical Experience and Highest Standards to Beta Process

Los Angeles & Las Vegas ( April 13, 2016 ) -

Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES), a company of Vista Group International (NZX & ASX: VGL) has launched a brand new product that reimagines how cinemas manage their staffing. Developed in partnership with Harkins Theatres, the largest independently owned exhibitor in the US and the fifth largest theatre chain in North America, MovieTeam is a cloud-based application that transforms staffing protocols for the 21st century theatre.

The MovieTeam application, the result of more than a year of consultation, development and testing, is the latest premiere offering from cinema management software giant Vista Entertainment Solutions and a solid example of Vista’s fundamental understanding of the needs of cinema exhibitors. VES is the only global supplier of software to the cinema industry’s Large Circuit Market (cinema exhibitors operating more than 20 screens) with software installed at more than 4,000 sites in over 60 countries and growing exponentially year-on-year.

MovieTeam is the first example of an application that enables interconnected, company-wide management and scheduling of all cinema staff – removing fragmented, frustrating, sub-optimal practices that have plagued large circuit exhibitors for decades. Seamlessly integrating the needs of corporate HQ, cinema management and cinema staff, the product arms managers with all the information required to optimize staff management, construct and communicate schedules, monitor the inevitable variables and respond to them in real time; operational staff maintain total visibility of their shift obligations as well as record and manage options related to their lifestyles or preferences.

“MovieTeam is designed specifically for cinemas and the unique staffing requirements that cinema exhibition demands,” says Derek Forbes, President, Vista USA. “For a long time Vista customers have requested a state-of-the-art technology solution for the crucial staffing component of their business, one that would integrate into their existing Vista Cinema software package. MovieTeam meets those needs and more. Having Harkness Theatres as our development partner has ensured that the product meets exacting standards. We’re delighted with the results of our collaboration.”

“Due to the unique nature of cinema scheduling, existing software products have never been able to meet our needs,” says Racheal Wilson, Harkins Senior Vice-President. “So we were excited to be approached by Vista on this project. In our work together for the past several years, Vista has demonstrated why they are the leaders in cinema software. Their proven track record has given us every confidence that MovieTeam will be an impactful addition to the Vista cinema suite.”

Vista is launching MovieTeam at CinemaCon 2016 with planned demonstrations and a comprehensive promotion schedule. The product is available for immediate sale.

About Harkins Theatres
Harkins Theatres is a family owned and operated business, founded and based in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1933. The largest independently owned exhibitor in the nation, Harkins operates more than 430 screens across five states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. For over 80 years, Harkins Theatres has consistently reinvented the landscape of moviegoing. As the fifth largest theatre chain in North America, Harkins Theatres has become the most recognized and trusted name in the motion picture exhibition industry in the Southwest.

Harkins Theatres represents the pinnacle of motion picture technology, amenities and guest services. Featuring many unique amenities such as wall-to-wall screens, all digital projection, pristine digital sound (including ‘object based’ sound), Ultimate Rocker stadium loveseats or plush Ultimate Lounger™ seats, as well as a wide array of unique and traditional concession offerings. Harkins Theatres is renowned for its commitment and passion for offering the Ultimate Moviegoing experience.

Twitter:  @HarkinsTheatres

About Vista Entertainment Solutions
Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd (VES) is the world-leader in cinema management software solutions with installations in over 60 countries across all continents and an estimated 38% global market share in the Large Cinema Circuit market. The Vista software product line is suited to cinema exhibitor’s operating 20+ screens and up to 100’s of cinemas; it comprises a fully inter-connected suite of software modules required to deliver optimal box office return, total cinema management, and internal and external analysis and reporting. VES is head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand and has subsidiaries incorporated in Los Angeles, London, and Shanghai.

Twitter: @VistaCinema

About Vista Group International
Vista Group International (Vista Group) is a public company, listed on both the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges (NZX & ASX: VGL). Vista Group provides cinema management, film distribution and customer analytics software to companies across the global film industry. Cinema management software is provided by Vista Entertainment Solutions, the core business of the Group. Movio (data analytics), Veezi (cloud-based SaaS software for the Independent Circuit Market), MACCS International (film distribution software), Numero (box office reporting software for film distributors and cinemas), and Cinema Intelligence by Share Dimension (business intelligence solutions), provide products that leverage the success of this platform into other parts of the film industry; from production and distribution, to cinema exhibition through to the moviegoer experience. Vista Group has over 400 staff across nine offices in New Zealand (Auckland headquarters), Sydney, Los Angeles, Dallas, London, the Netherlands (2), Romania and Shanghai.