Cypress, CA – (March 15, 2004) – Christie, an international provider of visual solutions for business, entertainment and industry, announced today that it has named Brian Claypool its new Senior Product Manager, Cinema. In his new role, Claypool will help develop and manage Christie’s expanding portfolio of film, Digital Cinema and On-Screen Advertising (OSA) products worldwide.
Claypool brings strong technical expertise using film projection systems and equipment and has acquired first-hand experience working with the latest in sound and networking in a cinema environment. Among his broad-ranging experience, Brian has been involved in the mastering and/or distribution of over 50 feature films for Digital Cinema. Brian was responsible for the acoustical/optical calibration and THX certification of over 700 movie theatres and post-production studios worldwide. Claypool will work out of Christie’s Cypress, California office, reporting to Zoran Veselic, Senior Director, Product Management, Christie.
“While digital technology is becoming an integral part of the cinema industry, exhibitors and studios today continue to require visual solutions that successfully integrate traditional 35mm film systems with the latest digital solutions,” observes Veselic. “As Christie celebrates its 75th anniversary serving the industry, Brian’s expertise in both film and digital arenas makes him a perfect fit to help us continue to provide the most comprehensive solutions to the cinema marketplace. We are very pleased to welcome Brian to Christie.”
Claypool joins Christie from Avica Technology Corporation where he was the Manager of Mastering and Installation Services participating in many field installations of the Company’s digital cinema server and where he worked closely with the DLP Cinema™ team at Texas Instruments. He was a technical supervisor at LucasFilm THX, where he directed the installation of the first Digital Cinema screening at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
He is an active member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers since 1998 and a member of SMPTE DC28.
Christie is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a leader in visual solutions for world-class organizations, offering diverse applications for business, entertainment, and industry. With expertise in film projection since 1929 and professional projection systems since 1979, Christie has established a global reputation as the world’s single source manufacturer of a variety of display technologies and solutions for cinema, large audience environments, control rooms, business presentations, training facilities, 3D and virtual reality, simulation, education, media and government. Christie has installed over 50,000 projectors worldwide. For more information, visit www.christiedigital.com.