Press Release

Christie Reaffirms Commitment To Rental/Staging Market With Purchase Of Nationwide

Acquisition Strengthens Focus on Purpose-Built Solutions and Service to Meet Market Demands

Cypress, CA – (May 8, 2003) - Christie Digital Systems, the leader in high performance projection systems, today announced the acquisition of Nationwide, one of the most prominent and long-standing wholesale video equipment rental companies in the United States. Nationwide will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Christie Systems Inc, the holding company that owns Christie Digital Systems.  

“We are dedicated to serving the needs of this dynamic and growing market, states Gerry Remers, President, Christie Digital Systems, Canada. The acquisition of Nationwide is part of our continuing long-term strategy and commitment to the rental/staging community. “It will ensure that our rental/staging customers have access to the latest technology and the highest levels of service. Nationwide is well known as the wholesale supplier to go to when rental/stagers want the most reliable product and service – key to success in this business.”

“There is a great synergy between Christie and Nationwide. Both companies have extensive market penetration in the rental/staging community, and both companies share a common commitment to service – to allow our customers to sleep easily, knowing their shows will go on as planned,” comments Gary Becker, President of Nationwide.

According to Remers, Gary Becker will remain as President of Nationwide, with business operations continuing as usual. “Gary has done a phenomenal job of building this business over the past 5 years – and his integrity, knowledge and customer commitment are highly regarded in the industry.”  Nationwide customers currently have access to a wide range of projection and show solutions and this will only increase as more products are added to the Nationwide pool. Nationwide customers can also be assured of continued superior levels of support and service.

About Christie

Preferred by the world’s foremost concert production companies and Fortune 500 corporations, Christie offers a complete line-up of 3-chip DLP and LCD projectors, including the award-winning Roadie projector. Christie projection technology is used at events such as the Emmy’s, Microsoft World Summit and Dell’s Annual Employee meeting, as well as, on tours for Celine Dion, Korn and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Several digital movie premieres like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, SPYkids I & II and Monsters, Inc. made their mark using Christie projectors. Christie’s success is evident through a strong international network of resellers who provide sales support and service to more than 50,000 projection displays in over 50 countries. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at and click on the Rental Staging Products and Solution section.

About Nationwide

Nationwide offers a diverse inventory of LCD and DLP video projectors, lenses and accessories at wholesale rental rates. As a wholesaler, Nationwide’s focus is 100% on supporting professional A/V rental companies with their subrental needs. Nationwide currently offers Local Service to 100 major cities in the United States. Featuring regional headquarters with complete inventories and support staff, technical training programs, and freight free service to 100 major cities, Nationwide simplifies sub-renting.  For more information, please visit Nationwide’s web site at