Metamedia and Visaic Launch Global Content Delivery Network Built on Microsoft Azure to Revitalize Cinemas

The cloud-based MetaMedia Entertainment NetworkTM will help cinemas re-emerge, streamlining operations and creating new revenue opportunities 

LOS ANGELES, CA – To help movie theaters add new capabilities as they reopen around the world, MetaMedia and Visaic today announced the deployment of a global cloud-based content delivery network for secure delivery of films, trailers, marketing and advertising content, esports and live streamed events to cinemas. Built on Microsoft Azure, the MetaMedia Entertainment NetworkTM will support rapid global scaling and provide cinemas and content owners new opportunities for growth and revenue. 

MetaMedia, a leading entertainment technology company, has developed a content management software and hardware platform that securely delivers digital files, such as digital cinema packages (DCP) and movie trailers, over its managed, high-speed IP network. Visaic operates a live and on-demand over-the-top (OTT) platform for distribution and monetization of content worldwide. It also offers cinemas a rich portfolio of live internationally recognized sports and events, such as soccer, basketball, concerts, festivals, and other lifestyle content.

MetaMedia collaborated with Visaic to build the MetaMedia Entertainment NetworkTM on  Azure, enabling studios to deliver content to cinemas around the world using a streamlined workflow. The centrally monitored service eliminates costly physical hard drive shipping of films and automates content ingestion. Azure also offers secure storage of DCP, allowing cost-efficient redistribution of even repertory films without the need for remastering, re-encoding and repackaging. 

“Emerging from this challenging period, cinemas welcome access to a broader array of content programming options, especially as the Hollywood studios create their new film release plans,” said MetaMedia CEO Jason Brenek. “The MetaMedia Entertainment Network TM with Azure integration allows us to quickly scale globally, connecting cinemas everywhere to live or pre-recorded content produced anywhere. Imagine, for example, the latest South Korean films being inexpensively delivered to American cinemas with large Korean communities. Or first-run Hollywood films, TED Talks, independent or global content, no longer burdened with expensive delivery charges, distributed day-and-date across cinemas in Mexico, New Zealand, and Iceland.” 

“Visaic is excited to partner with a leading technology company like Microsoft and a pioneer like MetaMedia to introduce the vast, global benefits of Azure into the cinema space. And our team’s experience delivering live sporting, music, and newsworthy events into OTT devices around the world make us even more excited to bring this programming to the big, cinematic screen with MetaMedia and its cinema launch partners,” according to Kanaan Jemili, CEO of Visaic. 

Hanno Basse, Azure Chief Technical Officer for Media and Entertainment at Microsoft Corp. added, “We are excited to work with partners like MetaMedia and Visaic to provide platforms for innovation and growth.”  

MetaMedia will announce more about the MetaMedia Entertainment NetworkTM and its content and cinema launch partners in the coming weeks. 

MetaMedia Technologies is an entertainment technology company that creates cost-saving content delivery and new revenue-generating programming solutions for cinema owners and content producers. MetaMedia has created and launched the MetaMedia Entertainment Network TM, the first global, cloud-based distribution platform for securely, rapidly, and cost-effectively delivering a diverse array of programming to a global footprint of cinemas. MetaMedia is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.metamedia.global

Visaic is a full-service digital content distribution platform empowering sports leagues and clubs, media companies, and others to reach, engage, monetize and grow their viewer and fan bases. Visaic’s founding team brings years of domain experience and strong industry relationships to offer scalable, cloud enabled, complete end-to-end solutions for creating, launching and monetizing media applications. Visaic offers clients and partners a range of engagement and monetization models on a modern video platform with artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, customer-focused managed services, best-in-class video pipeline, and the latest UI/UX experiences. Visaic is headquartered in San Diego, California. For more information, please visit www.visaic.com

Jason Brenek

Chief Executive Officer

Leveraging two decades of senior executive experience across multiple sectors of the film and entertainment industry, Jason Brenek assembled a group of powerful industry leaders with incomparable experience and relationships to forge the building blocks of MetaMedia. As Chief Executive Officer of MetaMedia, Brenek focuses intently on realizing the operational, economic and programming benefits of creating a next-generation distribution network, which are mutually-beneficial to content producers and cinemas around the world.

Prior to MetaMedia, Brenek was President of IMAX Corporation, where he led business and engineering teams around the world to develop and launch multiple new products, technologies, and platforms. Before IMAX, Brenek spent over a decade in senior management roles at The Walt Disney Studios. While serving as Senior Vice President of International In-Home and Head of Global Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Brenek established partnerships with global brands including Netflix, Google, Amazon, Apple. and Samsung to distribute Disney-owned content across new digital/OTT platforms, television, and retail. Brenek previously served as Disney's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Digital Cinema and Cinema Programming, overseeing the company's global transition from analog to digital cinema. Brenek also developed and co-produced two Disney feature films and multiple live sporting events in cinemas with ESPN. Brenek received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dale "Bud" Mayo

Board Chairman

Dale "Bud" Mayo is an international award-winning digital cinema pioneer. His companies have transformed how films and alternative content are delivered and managed for over 14,000 screens in cinemas around the world. Having raised over $1 billion in capital and founded six companies, Mayo brings a wealth of financial and management expertise to his role as chairman of MetaMedia, where he endeavors to complete the digital cinema revolution he began twenty years ago.

Prior to MetaMedia, Mayo co-founded and was chairman of New Vision Theatres, a 184 screen theatre circuit he assembled from AMC Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas holdings. Before New Vision, Mayo was president of alternative programming and distribution for the nation's fourth largest cinema exhibitor, Carmike Cinemas, which had acquired and sought to emulate the success of Digital Cinema Destinations (also known as Digiplex), of which Mayo was chief executive officer (CEO), chairman, and founder. Mayo had dedicated Digital Cinema Destinations, a 204-screen cinema exhibitor, to demonstrating how cinemas could continue to thrive in the 21st century by growing into interactive entertainment centers that use alternative content such as live sports, gaming, concerts and operas to augment and expand feature film revenues. Previously, Mayo was founder and CEO of Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., the company that rolled out the first 4,000 cinema-screen conversions from analog to digital by serving as a trusted intermediary between studios, exhibitors, distributors and vendors, thus ushering in the start of the digital cinema era. Cinedigm continued to fund and deploy thousands more digital upgrades even after Bud's retirement from the company in 2010. Mayo received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Financial Management Services from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Chuck Goldwater

President, North America

For over two decades, Chuck Goldwater has served as a senior executive in the entertainment and cinema exhibition industry which has earned him incomparable industry-wide trust and respect. As President, North America for MetaMedia, Goldwater draws upon his broad understanding and deep connections to exhibitors and studios across the country to create a robust network of exhibitor and studio partnerships for MetaMedia. He also applies his knack and experience for building successful entertainment startups to MetaMedia's growing infrastructure and success.

Prior to MetaMedia, Goldwater was co-founder and CEO at cinema chain New Vision Theaters. Before that, Goldwater served as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Carmike Cinemas, which acquired Digiplex Destinations, a cinema chain where Goldwater served as Executive Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors. At New Vision, Carmike, and Digiplex, Goldwater was an energetic and effective advocate for alternative programming and “event cinema” as a means of increasing seat utilization and creating incremental revenue for exhibitors. Before Digiplex, Goldwater was President of Cinedigm (formerly known as AccessIT), the company credited with deploying the first digital cinema infrastructure and electronic delivery network. Previously, Goldwater was selected by the then seven largest Hollywood studios to serve as Chief Executive Officer of Digital Cinema Initiatives (“DCI”), a joint venture that created the industry-wide specifications and the technical quality and security architecture for digital cinema systems. Goldwater was also inducted into the industry’s ShowEast Hall of Fame and is a Will Rogers/Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation Board Advisory Member.

Frank Bryant

Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International

With nearly twenty-five years of senior management experience in domestic and international film and television, Frank Bryant has a rare background in strategy, sales, marketing and operations. He has significant experience launching and scaling international businesses in motion picture distribution, exhibition and marketing. As Chief Commercial Officer for MetaMedia, Bryant is responsible for revenue, managing global go-to-market strategies, securing international partners, negotiating strategic partnerships and setting commercial and investment strategy and priorities for MetaMedia.

Prior to joining MetaMedia, Bryant was Senior Vice President and Head of Dolby Cinema, a leading “premium large format” offering. Under Bryant, Dolby Cinema grew from a start up to a global network of over 200 cinema locations on 3 continents, improving box office for exhibitor and studio partners alike. Before Dolby, Bryant was Senior Vice President of International Digital Distribution and Licensing at 21st Century Fox, where he scaled international operations and doubled revenue. Prior to Fox, Bryant was Senior Vice President of Distribution Strategy and Digital Media at Walt Disney Studios, where he spearheaded the studio’s conversion from analog to digital distribution in film, home entertainment and television. During his stint at Disney, Bryant negotiated the industry’s first large scale digital cinema deployment deal, the first digital distribution deal for films with Apple iTunes, and a nine-figure deal to facilitate Disney’s adoption of the Blu-Ray format. Ahead of this role, Bryant served as Executive Director of Worldwide Marketing Operations for Sony Pictures Entertainment and as Principal Consultant in PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Media and Entertainment Strategy practice. Bryant received a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

Daniel Fair

Head of Studio Client Services

After a decade of overseeing relationships with studios for the nation's leading film distribution services firm, Daniel Fair in one of the entertainment industry’s most trusted, reliable leaders. As Metamedia's senior vice president of sales, client services and account management, Fair's role is to cultivate studio partnerships and ensure clients' needs are continuously satisfied. Prior to MetaMedia, Fair was senior vice president of global client services at Deluxe Technicolor Digital Cinema, where he was the main point of contact for studio executives and oversaw all studio facing client teams. Earlier, Fair joined Deluxe near the start of its transition to digital cinema, where his focus was on digital cinema and managing the distributor's domestic Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. accounts. Previously, Fair worked as assistant editor on feature films for 21st Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Dreamworks. Fair received his Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Missouri, Columbia.

Arbi Derzakharian

Head of Operations

An accomplished executive with over fifteen years of experience overseeing operations, exhibitor relations and post-production at two of the world's largest film distributors, Arbi Derzakharian embodies a rare combination of highly-developed management, operational, client relations, and software engineering skills. As MetaMedia's Vice President of Operations, Derzakharian oversees a team of highly skilled operators, manages the secure and timely and secure ingest and delivery of all content which flows through the MetaMedia Entertainment Network.

Prior to MetaMedia, Derzakharian was Senior Director of Post-Production and Operations at IMAX, where he consolidated the post-production and operations departments, doubled the firm's trailer output, created proprietary software to track work orders, and helped lead the successful pilot phase of IMAX's booking and electronic delivery technology. Before IMAX, Derzakharian was Executive Director of Customer Service at film distributor Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, where he oversaw management of exhibitor relations and was responsible for addressing exhibitor issues with the last mile of film delivery. Derzakharian received a dual Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Critical Film Studies from the University of Southern California.

Brad Derusseau

Vice President, Exhibitor Relations & Affiliate Networks

A trusted digital innovation leader, Brad Derusseau has over 30 years of experience cultivating long-term exhibitor partnerships, building customized technology solutions and delivering day and night client support. As MetaMedia’s Vice President of Exhibitor Relations & Affiliate Networks, Derusseau’s role is to expand MetaMedia’s network footprint by forging partnerships with the theatre exhibitors and launching revenue generating technology platforms on MetaMedia’s next-generation digital distribution system.

Prior to MetaMedia, Derusseau was co-founder and chief technology officer of Cinema Scene Marketing, a leader in in-theatre marketing and digital signage. At Cinema Scene, Derusseau oversaw development the TrailerVision media network, which streams movie trailers and advertisements in theater lobbies, and negotiated all long-term agreements for the TrailerVision network. Before Cinema Scene, Derusseau was as senior executive at Sprint, managing Asia-Pacific relations, international product development, and domestic partnership marketing. Derusseau received his Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University and his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Kansas.