Former Digital Cinema Initiatives topper hired

Looking to add executive heft to their plan to lead the rollout of digital cinema now that the studios have agreed on technical specs for the nascent technology, Access IT and Christie have tapped former Digital Cinema Initiatives topper Chuck Goldwater to head their new d-cinema unit.

Hire comes a week after Digital Cinema Initiatives, the joint venture founded by the seven big studios to create a single technical specification for d-cinema, wrapped its three years of work (Daily Variety, July 28).

Goldwater ankled the org in September, when it stopped work on developing a business plan to fund d-cinema rollout and focused exclusively on finishing the technical details.

Christie/AIX was set up by the two companies in June to administer a planned rollout of digital projection systems to up to 2,500 screens in the next two years. All likely would use Access IT servers and Christie projectors.

Christie and AccessIT clearly are hoping the relationships Goldwater developed at DCI will help them to attract the studio and exhib partners, as well as the outside coin, necessary for the joint venture to succeed.

Numerous other companies, especially equipment manufacturers, are looking to take a similar role facilitating the $3 billion rollout of d-cinema to the nation’s 36,000 screens.

Before taking the chief exec role at DCI in 2002, Goldwater held senior exec posts at several exhibs, including Mann and Loews.

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