METAMEDIA, LAUGH LOUNGE AND THE BIGGER PICTURE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO DELIVER THE WORLD’S FIRST LIVE STAND-UP COMEDY SHOWS TO CINEMAS WITH BROAD SUPPORT FROM CANON U.S.A.

 MetaMedia, one of the world’s fastest growing entertainment technology companies, along with Laugh Lounge, a producer of exclusive live-streamed stand-up comedy shows, and distributor The Bigger Picture, today announced a groundbreaking partnership to deliver live stand-up comedy shows from top U.S. comedy clubs to cinemas and other out-of-home venues across the country for the first time, enabled by Canon and their powerful new 4K UHD PTZ cameras and Cinema EOS cameras.

“Comedy is meant to be enjoyed communally and socially.  This unique partnership with Laugh Lounge revolutionizes the cinema-going experience by allowing consumers to share the live stand-up routines from their favorite comedians on the big screen like they’ve never seen before,” said MetaMedia CEO Jason Brenek. “By utilizing the capabilities of the MetaMedia Entertainment Network TM and the superb image quality of Canon cameras, we seek to redefine the experience of cinematic entertainment. We’re so excited to work with Laugh Lounge and The Bigger Picture to make it happen.”

“Live Stand-Up Comedy is a unique art form and experience that we are excited about bringing to an ever-expanding audience who may not have always had access to traditional stand-up comedy clubs,” said Laugh Lounge Founder and CEO Claude Shires, “Laugh Lounge was built with the comedy community in mind, and is excited to foster this expanding relationship between artists and fans”.

Laugh Lounge will produce the first-ever live, stand-up comedy shows for cinemas and other out-of-home venues this Fall, which MetaMedia will stream from top comedy venues across the country. Laugh Lounge, which created a new online community for comedy, has attracted some of world’s most popular comedians to their Fall line-up. Over the last few years, the company has produced 30 major comedy specials and created a successful stand-up comedy app, Laugh Lounge, which live-streams comedy shows every week with over 150 exclusive shows a year and more on-demand. Laugh Lounge also recently produced Laugh Aid 2020, a live streaming event during the global coronavirus pandemic, which included several popular comedians, including Jimmy Fallon, Bob Saget, Whitney Cummings, Iliza Schlesinger, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt and more.

MetaMedia’s cloud-based MetaMedia Entertainment Network™ will live stream the comedy shows to cinemas and other out-of-home venues that are part of its network across the U.S., which now extends across all major U.S. markets to more than 1,000 out-of-home screens.  The MetaMedia Entertainment Network is the world’s first global, cloud-based distribution platform for content producers, cinemas, and other out-of-home venues, such as drive-ins and sporting arenas. Powered by Microsoft Azure, the network provides for the secure, rapid, and cost-saving delivery of live-streamed events, movies, and advertising. MetaMedia has initiated several groundbreaking partnerships that expand and revolutionize the moviegoing experience. Just last week, MetaMedia partnered with Howie Mandel and Super78 Studios to bring Magic Screen, the world’s first interactive platform for animated and live content, to cinemas around the world. MetaMedia has also recently partnered with Harena Data, Inc., an esports industry leader, and Encore Live, which produces live concerts for drive-ins and cinemas, as well as MacGillivray Freeman Films to produce documentaries and educational events for cinemas.

The Bigger Picture, founded by CEO Jonathan Dern, will work with MetaMedia to distribute Laugh Lounge live comedy line-ups across the MetaMedia Entertainment Network TM.  The Bigger Picture has distributed major cinema events including The Foo Fighters, UFC, Life In A Day and more than 250 other releases for cinemas.  “This a unique opportunity for exhibition to have recurring, programmatic, weekly Live Stand-Up comedy shows from Laugh Lounge,” Dern said.

Laugh Lounge will employ Canon’s Cinema EOS C300 Mark III cameras with CR-N500 PTZ cameras to capture the live comedy specials. The EOS C300 Mark III is built for cinema and broadcasting due to its superb color, dynamic range, ultra low-light sensitivity, high frame rates, impressive usability and imaging power. The CR-N500 produces incredible cinematic 4K and HD image quality using Canon’s world-renowned color science, 1” imaging sensor and optics in a remote production environment. 

About MetaMedia 

MetaMedia is an entertainment technology company that creates next-generation technologies and new revenue-generating opportunities for content producers and cinemas. MetaMedia created and launched the MetaMedia Entertainment NetworkTM the first global, cloud-based distribution platform to out-of-home venues. Powered by Microsoft Azure, the MetaMedia Entertainment Network TM provides for the secure, rapid and cost-effective delivery of movies, trailers, advertisements, live-streamed events, interactive content and other big-screen programming to cinemas, drive-ins, arenas, and other out-of-home entertainment venues. MetaMedia is headquartered in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit www.metamedia.global.

About Laugh Lounge  

Laugh Lounge is the world’s first live stand-up comedy streaming service. Built by a veteran LA comedian and an Emmy® Award winning production team. This subscription streaming service offers live stand-up shows from an increasing number of venues across the country as well as curated comedy specials on demand. Available to download on iOS, Android, AppleTV, coming soon to Roku, Fire TV and Androidtv or watch on www.laughlounge.com .

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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 Operating Officer (COO)

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 Operating Officer (COO) 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.

Shaiwal “Shay” Priyadarshi

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

A dynamic inventor with over a dozen patents, Shaiwal "Shay" Priyadarshi is a trusted leader and mentor to high-performing tech teams, executives and business partners. For over 25 years, Priyadarshi has assembled and led front-end and back-end engineering teams, developed market-leading products and intellectual property that spans from embedded systems and data centers to leading cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud. As chief technology officer (CTO) for MetaMedia, Priyadarshi continues to maintain his exemplary track record of overseeing innovative products from concept to delivery.

Prior to MetaMedia, Priyadarshi was CTO of IMAX Home, where he developed the world's highest-quality, internet-delivered video playback system needed to support IMAX Corporation’s pioneering technologies. Before IMAX, he served as CTO of PRIMA Cinema where he led the research, development and approval processes of the world's first and only movie service that was authorized to distribute new Hollywood movies to private home theaters. And previous to PRIMA Cinema, he worked as director of engineering at DivX, where he led the development of new technologies that power many leading streaming services today. Priyadarshi received his Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Electronics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.