CYPRESS, CA – (July 9, 2007) – Christie, a global leader in visual solutions for entertainment, business and industry, announced today that it has acquired Vista Controls Systems, Corp (Vista), makers of the world’s most powerful video processing systems, including the acclaimed Vista Spyder. The move creates a comprehensive source for image processing and projection solutions for professional display markets – combining the power and flexibility of Vista’s video switchers and real-time windowing and composition products with the power, performance and reliability of award-winning Christie projection systems.
According to the terms of the acquisition, the Christie and Vista transition plan ensures no disruption to employees, customers or business partners, many of which are already shared by both companies. This powerful merger of complementary technologies means an unprecedented, seamless professional display solution for a diverse range of global markets, including fixed installations, rental/staging, broadcast and advanced visualization environments.
“Christie’s acquisition of Vista Controls Systems significantly increases our opportunities for deeper market penetration and reflects Christie’s core strategic goal of establishing solid leadership in markets for professional display solutions,” remarked Jack Kline, president and COO, Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. “Vista offers advancements in technology that no other image processing company has been able to achieve, making our two companies an ideal fit. We already share many of the same channel partners, philosophies and commitment to providing the highest quality, best-in-class solutions to our customers. We welcome Vista, its staff, and partners into the Christie family.”
“The acquisition is an ideal ‘marriage’ of complementary technologies, whose combined power and performance have no equal in the industry,” observed Clark Williams, president of Vista Controls Systems. “Joining Christie provides us with an exciting opportunity to significantly enhance our extensive network of channel partners worldwide, to create cutting-edge, advanced display solutions and an unmatched level of service.”
Williams noted that Christie and Vista have a long history of working together in many successful installations. Christie and Vista solutions can be found in major broadcast environments, including on the multi-display sets of CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and TF1 France. The Vista Spyder also supports NBC Sunday Night Football, CNN International, CNN New York, an eighteen projector wall at the IAC International Headquarters, the Arizona Cardinals' Football Stadium, Deutsche Telekom AG’s headquarters, the Golf Channel, and NBC Sports.
Christie is a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. A leading innovator in film projection since 1929 and a pioneer in digital projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as a total service provider and the world's single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions. Christie offers comprehensive solutions for cinema, large audience venues, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and Virtual Reality, simulation and education as well as industrial and government environments. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com .
About Vista Controls Systems
Vista Controls Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching. For more information on Vista Controls Systems, visit their Web site at www.vistasystems.net.