French major Gaumont hassigned a deal with digital developer XDC to offer its upcoming features in adigital format for cinemas equipped with the necessary projection systems. Themove makes Gaumont the first French producer/distributor to make its filmsavailable digitally.
The newly created XDCFrance, a subsidiary of XDC International, proposes technical and financialsolutions for the French market. 'At XDC, we work each day to make digitalcinema a concrete, reliable and advantageous offer for distributors andexhibitors,' said Bernard Collard, General Manager of XDC International. 'Thatis why we are so pleased that Gaumont has chosen XDC to encode its digitalsource masters, as well as encrypting and duplicating its digital copies.'
The first films from Gaumontto get this new treatment will be Le
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However, Gaumont'sexhibition circuit, Europalaces - a joint-venture with Pathe - could be amongthe first players to get in on the game.