This week sees ECACon2018, the Event Cinema Association (ECA) conference, at The Vue in London’s West End – hosted by John Rubey of Rubey Entertainment.
When it comes to those big screen events that have started popping up – West End plays, operas, musical extravaganzas, sports and other specials – it’s the ECA that supports exhibitors and distributors in making them happen.
Their annual conference – now in its fifth year – brings together a diverse range of content producers, technical providers, distributors and exhibitors from all over the world. You can buy tickets and find out more on the ECA website.
The conference is on Wednesday 7 February 2018 and runs from 9am to 5pm. There are 4 sessions, broken up by networking opportunities, lunch and drinks.
Session 1: James Dobbin of Showcase Cinemas, Johnny Carr of Vue Entertainment and Karen Liu of Odeon Cinemas. An insight into the direction in which cinema will move in over the next ten years. Following this will be the chance for attendees to discuss issues that have arisen with tech, content and revenue in the past with a panel of experts.
Session 2: IT support guru Ben Rapp of Managed Networks, on data protection and Data Reminder.
Session 3: Joe Evea and Jan Runge from event cinema platform Cineplace. Industry panel with audience questions. The post lunch itinerary includes surgeries from founder of Strike Media Wez Merchant, and other industry leaders from legal, technical, funding and web design backgrounds.
The ECA Box Office Awards, sponsored by Encompass.
Session 4: “Windows on the World – What Works In Different Territories?” with five industry experts. Market focus from Brad LaDouceur of Cineplex Canada; John Rubey of Rubey Entertainment for the North American market; Thierry Fontaine of Pathé Live for France; Adon Quinn of Emaar Entertainment with an overview for the Middle East (an industry first); Claire Gandy of Event Cinemas and Janelle Mason of CinemaLive on the Australian market.
Graham Spurling of Ireland’s Movies@
And like all the best conferences there will be complimentary drinks at the Vue Bar and further networking at close of play at All Bar One. (I’d love to see what gets signed at the end of the night).
Tickets are available now from the ECA website along with more information about ECACON 2018. If you think you or your business could benefit from ECA membership, you can find out more about the ECA and join here. Members get discounts to ECA Awards, regular ECA Conferences and networking opportunities with key industry bodies.