Press Release

Christie Installs DCP-H Digital Cinema System At USC School Of Cinema-Television In California

Special Guest Speaker George Lucas to Screen “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace” to Highlight Digital Technology

CYPRESS, CA – (November 19, 2003) – Christie Digital Systems, Inc., a major provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and media, today announced that it has installed a Christie DCP-H digital cinema projection system at the USC School of Cinema-Television, which is at the forefront of teaching art and entertainment and is committed to new digital technologies.

The system’s configuration and installation were donated to the school by Christie, who also donated a Christie Cine-IPM image processor to display content from any standard video source, including broadcast television, satellite, business presentations and HDTV sources. Dedication ceremonies for the system will be held at Frank Sinatra Hall in the Norris Theatre Complex before a class of nearly 400 students. Famed director and producer George Lucas will screen his action-adventure tour-de-force “Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace,” which was hailed by critics for its groundbreaking use of visual effects. Lucas will also participate in a Q&A conducted by professor Dr. Drew Casper.

The Christie DCP-H digital cinema projector, donated by Texas Instruments, utilizes advancements in DLP Cinema™ technology. It is one of a handful of digital exhibition technologies embraced by Hollywood for its ability to offer a truly cinematic experience for digital movies. 

“We are very grateful for Christie’s generous contribution of services in the installation of this digital cinema system,” said Dean Elizabeth Daley, USC School of Cinema-Television. “Our school prides itself on its leadership role in educating the next generation of creative cinema, television and interactive media students. Mr. Lucas is a fitting representative to receive the projector on our behalf because, he is a leading champion of digital filmmaking and exhibition.” 

“Christie is pleased to contribute its technical expertise for this important occasion,” said Craig Sholder, senior director, business development and cinema sales, Christie.  “The USC School of Cinema-Television is one of the many educational institutions that we proudly support through our donation of products, services and technical assistance.”

About the USC School of Cinema-Television

In 2004, the USC School of Cinema-Television will celebrate 75 years of leadership in training the next generation of creative talent and scholars in film, television and new media. Co-founded by the University of Southern California and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1929, the School offered the first bachelor’s degree in film in the country and today is consistently ranked as the top program of its kind.  Its more than 7,000 graduates — the ranks of which include such stellar figures as Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, Ron Howard, James Ivory, Randal Kleiser, George Lucas, Michelle Manning, Bill Mechanic, Neal Moritz, Walter Murch, Jay Roach, Gary Rydstrom, Edward Saxon, Stacey Sher, Bryan Singer, John Singleton, Robert Zemeckis and Laura Ziskin — are among the entertainment industry’s most distinguished animators, scholars, teachers, writers, directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, sound experts and industry executives.


About Christie

Christie is a leader in visual solutions for business, entertainment and media used by world-class organizations for diverse applications. Christie is the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies including 35mm film projectors, digital cinema projectors, DLP™ and LCD projectors, rear screen projection modules and cubes, wall display controllers, networking solutions and cutting edge technologies such as immersive 3D, virtual reality and simulation. With expertise in professional projection systems since 1979 and film projection dating back to 1929, Christie has over 50,000 projectors installed in over 50 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.