Live recordings

Technology Group & Partners Virtual Seminar

January 27, 2021

The session will be live on January 27th from 14:00 CET to 17:00 CET.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming UNIC Technology Group & Partners Virtual Seminar, which will be hosted and moderated in collaboration with our colleagues at Celluloid Junkie and Filmgrail - a huge thanks for their support!

The programme will include a series of presentations, panels and testimonials involving members of the UNIC Technology Group as well as key manufacturers and service providers, members of the UNIC Partnership Programme. We will be discussing a wide range of topics related to cinema technology, with a focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and the road to recovery.


14.00 Welcoming words from Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie, J.Sperling Reich, Executive Editor, Celluloid Junkie and Laura Houlgatte, CEO, UNIC

Introduction from Guillaume Branders, Senior Industry Relations Manager, UNIC

14.05 Technology update – Optical safety distances for lamp projectors

Update on the recently published European legislation on safety measures for lamp projectors in cinema, published by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in December 2020.


Mike Bradbury, Group Head of Sound&Projection, ODEON Cinemas, Rolv Gjestland, Advisor in cinema concepts, design, logistics and technology, Film&Kino and Goran Stojmenovik, Chairman Of The Board, LIPA

14.25 Video update from UNIC partners

14.40 Panel debate – The recovery of cinema technology: maintenance, energy efficiency and lifetime

This session will discuss the practical aspect of the recovery process, looking at the daily challenges faced by cinema operators when it comes to the equipment they own or that they plan to invest in.


Moderated by Jan Rasmussen, Head of Screen Technology, Nordisk Film Cinemas, in conversation with Adil Zerouali, Senior Sales Director Cinema EMEA, Christie, Mark Kendall, Business Development Manager, NEC Display Solutions EMEA and Tom Bert, Director of Cinema Technology, Barco.

This panel will be followed by a live conversation with UNIC Technology Group member Jan Rasmussen.

15.15 Video update from UNIC partners

15.30 Panel debate – The future of the cinema-going experience in a post-COVID world.

This panel will explore the short to long term impact of COVID-19 on the cinema-going experience and audience engagement, with a focus on the relevance of cinema technology, premium formats and content.


Moderated by Patrick von Sychowski, Editor, Celluloid Junkie, in conversation with Friedrich Deininger, Sr. Regional Director Cinema EMEA and India, Dolby, Alessandra Pavan Bernacchi, Director, Theatre Development, EMEA, IMAX and Bobbie Andrews, Marketing & New Product Director: Co-MD, EMEAR, RealD.

This panel will include testimonials from members of the UNIC Technology Group:

Oleg Berezin, Chairman, Russian Association of Cinema Owners (Russia),

Laura Fumagalli, Marketing & Events Manager, Arcadia (Italy),

Marcin Czubak, Technology Director, Helios (Poland),

Benjamin Dauhrer, CTO/CMO, CINECITTA’ Mulitplexkino (Germany).


16.00 Video update from UNIC partners

16.20 Panel debate - The long term impact of COVID-19 on the cinema technology ecosystem, from film production to the Big Screen

This session will be focusing on the broad impact of the pandemic on cinema technology and its various stakeholders in the film value chain, from content production to the Big Screen.


Moderated by David Hancock, Director, Cinema at OMDIA, in conversation with Jean-Francois Gagnon, Global Sales Director, Theatrical, DBOX, Tim Potter, VP of Sales EMEA & International at CinemaNext, Adam MacDonald, European Sales Manager at GDC Technology and George Eyles, EVP and General Manager Worldwide Cinema at Deluxe

This panel will be followed by a live conversation with UNIC Technology Group member Roland Jones, Executive Director, Technical Services, Vue Entertainment International.


16.55 Video update from the European Digital Cinema Forum, Cinema Technology Community and International Cinema Technology Association


17.00 Concluding remarks

Your Host, Patrick Von Sychowski

Editor, Celluloid Junkie

J.Sperling Reich

Executive Editor of Celluloid Junkie