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GDC Technology Limited is a digital cinema solutions provider. GDC Technology develops, manufactures and sells digital cinema servers, content storage systems, theatre management systems and network operations center software for digital cinema. In addition, GDC is the appointed worldwide certification services agent, with exclusivity in Asia to certify DTS:X immersive sound auditoriums for DTS, Inc. GDC also provides a suite of digital cinema products and services, including integrated projection systems, 3D products, projector lamps and silver screens. GDC's subsidiary, GDC Digital Cinema Network Limited, manages VPF for approximately 5,000 theater screens and 250 motion picture distributors worldwide.

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Tokyo—Feb 22, 2011

GDC Seals Agreement with Shochiku to Deploy Digital Cinema Systems Under VPF Program

GDC Technology (“GDC”), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, in conjunction with its partner, USHIO Inc., is pleased to announce that it has reached a new agreement with Shochiku Co., Ltd. (“Shochiku”), under a VPF program to supply DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment to Shochiku Multiplex Theaters (“SMT”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Shochiku.
 
GDC currently holds the largest number of VPF agreements with the Hollywood Studios in Asia. Under the VPF program, participating studios will temporarily provide financial contributions towards the DCI-compliant digital equipment, thus exhibitors will greatly benefit from a reduced capital outlay and low risk. Deployment offered by GDC and USHIO under the VPF program is extremely favorable amongst exhibitors as it provides the highest quality products with the least capital expenditures. This agreement will involve the deployment of GDC servers and Christie projectors across Shochiku and SMT theatres totaling more than 200 screens. 

USHIO, a pioneer in the light sourcing industry, was established in 1964 with a focus on lamps, now offers a large range of products, many of which boast the top market share in niche markets throughout the world. Possessing an abundance of unique optical technology, USHIO, through its subsidiary Xebex Inc., is a well established system integrator.

Founded in 1895, Shochiku currently possess 32 movie theatres and 305 screens (including joint ventures), establishing itself as a leading motion picture producer, distributor, and exhibitor in Japan. “We were excited to learn that GDC and USHIO are jointly offering this new VPF program,” said Atsushi Nakajima, Managing director of Theatrical exhibition of Shochiku and CEO of SMT. “GDC and USHIO are the obvious choice for our digital cinema deployment. Based on their highly successful track record, we believe they can provide the highest quality products combined with reliable long-term services.”

“We are delighted to expand our partnership with Ushio to provide digital cinema solution to Shochiku, which is a prestigious and oldest entertainment company found in 1895,” said Dr. Man-Nang CHONG, founder and CEO of GDC Technology. “We are glad that more exhibitors are recognizing the benefits of GDC’s VPF program. And we are confident that this collaboration will not only heighten the cinematic experience for moviegoers, but also ensure Shochiku is served with top quality and future proof digital cinema technology.”


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Media Contact:   Tony Adamson

GDC Technology Limited
Unit 1-7, 20th Floor, Kodak House II, 
39 Healthy Street East, North Point, Hong Kong 
Tel: + 852 2507 9555    Fax:+852 2579 1131
info@gdc-tech.com

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About GDC Technology Limited:

Founded in 1999, GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’) is a leading global digital cinema solutions and service provider with a history of introducing innovative solutions designed from collaboration with its exhibition, distribution and technology partners. GDC has the largest installed base of cinema media servers and theatre management systems in Asia and the second largest globally. One out of three cinemas in the world relies upon a GDC product for daily operations.

Since its inception, GDC has been recognized by nationally and internationally renowned industry-related associations and organizations for innovations that have contributed significantly to enhance the moviegoing experience. Recent awards and industry recognition include the “Digital Cinema Report Catalyst Award” for the best new technology introduced at CinemaCon in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, and the “Technology Innovator of the Year” award from CineAsia in 2016. Additionally, GDC’s theatre management system and Cinema Automation CA2.0 have been awarded the “Innovative Technology of the Year” by Big Cine Expo in 2017 and 2019 respectively. In 2020, GDC partnered with Appotronics to develop the company’s first DCI-compliant laser projection system -  the Espedeo Supra-5000 which received the prestigious Red Dot Design Award. Espedeo Supra-5000   is small, light and quiet enough to mount inside a cinema’s auditorium without a hush box and exhaust fan and perfect for other venues such as a home, hotel or yacht.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, GDC holds 35 patents in US and China and has established a global market presence with 13 offices and 38 local service centers* around the world. 

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About Shochiku Multiplex Theatres:
Shochiku Multiplex Theaters, Ltd. is an entertainment company providing the latest entertainment through its 30 theatre complexes with a total of 297 screens* nationwide. In addition to movies, it provides screenings of a wide lineup of material, such as live viewing (live broadcast screenings) of concerts, plays, and sports events, as well as content unique to the Shochiku group such as Cinema Kabuki. Including five jointly managed theatre complexes (Osaka Station City Cinema, Namba Parks Cinema, Yokohama Burg 13, Midland Square Cinema, Sapporo Cinema Frontier) with a total of 62
Shochiku Multiplex Theatres Directory page
About Ushio Inc.: Established  in  1964,  USHIO  has  handled a number of discharge lamps for exposure  systems, cinema projectors, data projectors, and other equipment, in  addition  to  halogen  lamps  used  with lighting and office automation equipment. USHIO also manufactures and sells optical devices, assembled with its own lamps, and many of these products have obtained a leading position. The number of employees, including those working with overseas consolidated subsidiaries, is about 4,700 and consolidated sales amounted to 119.0 billion yen. (The figures are those for the FY 2009 term; figures have been rounded down to the nearest 100 million yen.) Ushio Inc. Directory page
About Shochiku Co., Ltd.: Founded in 1895, Shochiku Co., Ltd. now operates 33 movie theatres and 317 screens, including its affiliates and joint ventures, establishing itself as a leading motion picture producer, distributor, and exhibitor in Japan. Shochiku, which has always been a pioneer, produced the first color motion picture in Japan and was the creator of the world’s longest-running feature film series. It has also become a symbol of enduring tradition as the exclusive promoter of the Kabuki Theater in Japan. Shochiku Co., Ltd. Directory page

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Nov 4, 2020 GDC Celebrates Two Decades of Innovation at CineAsia 2020 On-line Conference
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GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’), a leading global provider of digital cinema solutions, announced today that it will showcase its Red Dot award-winning Espedeo™ Supra-5000 RGB Plus laser phosphor cinema projector at this year’s CineAsia 2020 On-line Trade Show and Conference, held virtually on November 4 and 5.

Aug 27, 2019 GDC Technology Showcases Its Award-winning Products at Big Cine Expo 2019
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GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’), a leading global provider of digital cinema solutions, announced today that it will showcase the Catalyst Award-winning Best New Technology of CinemaCon 2019 and other new products at this year’s Big Cine Expo, held from August 27 to 28 at the Bombay Exhibition Center.

Aug 6, 2019 CJ 4DPLEX and GDC Partnering to Expand 4DX and ScreenX Across Latin America
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CJ 4DPLEX (www.cj4dx.com), the world’s leading cinema technology company, announced today a new partnership agreement with GDC Technology, where the two companies will work to identify new opportunities for ScreenX and 4DX to expand the companies’ exhibition network across Latin America. This alliance will bring a realistic innovative movie-going experience like no other to a much broader audience in Latin and Central America.

Jul 23, 2019 Grand Cinema Sunshine Installs GDC Future-Proof Cinema Automation 2.0 System
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GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’), a leading global provider of digital cinema solutions, announced today that Grand Cinema Sunshine is the first cinema owned by Sasaki Kogyo Co. Ltd. to deploy the innovative Cinema Automation 2.0 (CA2.0) and SR-1000 Standalone Integrated Media Block™ with CineCache™ designed to fully automate workflow in a cinema multiplex while offering movie-goers much more content with an advanced central media server capable of storing, managing and streaming thousands of movies.

Jun 18, 2019 Czech Republic Cinema Installs First Award-winning GDC Cinema Automation 2.0 Solution in Europe
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GDC Technology Limited (‘GDC’), a leading global provider of digital cinema solutions, announced today that Golden Apple Cinema in Czech Republic is the first cinema in Europe to fully automate its workflow with GDC’s Cinema Automation 2.0 Solution (CA2.0) and SR-1000 Standalone Integrated Media Block™ with CineCache™ along with its PMA-1200 Power Management Adapter and QMS-1000 Quality Management System.
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Apr 18, 2018 Dolby and Shochiku Multiplex Theaters Bring First Dolby Cinema to Japan
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Shochiku Multiplex Theatres, Ltd. (SMT) and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE: DLB) have entered into an agreement for the first deployment of Dolby Cinema™ theatres in Japan. The first opening is scheduled for the fall of 2018 with MOVIX Saitama, with other sites to follow.

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Jul 13, 2011 GDC Inks VPF Financing Deal with Shochiku’s Distribution Division
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GDC Technology (“GDC”), a world leading digital cinema solution provider, is pleased to announce today that it has signed a Virtual Print Fee (VPF) agreement with the Distribution Division of Shochiku Co., Ltd, a Japanese entertainment icon and one of the top film producers in the country.

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