Vista Group International (NZX & ASX: VGL) company Vista Entertainment Solutions (‘Vista Cinema’) and Vivendi’s CanalOlympia have signed an agreement to roll-out Vista Cinema’s Veezi across all their cinema venues. Veezi, already utilised by cinemas in 27 countries, is Vista Cinema’s SaaS cinema management solution for Independent cinemas.
Currently operating 9 venues across 7 countries, CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinema and live performance venues in Africa. Several additional sites are set to open in the months to come, extending the breadth of the CanalOlympia footprint. The CanalOlympia operation showcases the diversity of African culture and has helped bring cinemas back to countries currently short on entertainment choices and cultural infrastructure.
The venues include the latest projection and sound technologies. They produce their own electricity via installed solar panels – an example of the CanalOlympia approach to growing its offer in sometimes challenging areas. To help them manage their circuit venues spanning different markets, CanalOlympia required a management solution that their local staff could easily use but one that would also leverage the synergies of their sites operations and enable central reporting.
“The decision to choose Veezi was made to take advantage of a system that focuses on cinema ticketing,” said Barbara Weill Head of Programming and Communication, CanalOlympia. “Using Veezi will allow CanalOlympia to manage the sites homogenously and save a lot of time every week. The solution is a great choice for our operations and we’re very excited about it. The fact that Veezi is engineered by and supported by Vista Cinema – the most experienced cinema management software provider – is an additional bonus.”
“The CanalOlympia operation is a fantastic project for Veezi to be part of. Clients that push the innovation front as CanalOlympia clearly does, provide us with equal opportunity to innovate and push Veezi functionality to new heights. We’re delighted to further extend our part in supporting Africa’s cinema industry by partnering with this very special company,” said Mischa Kay, Managing Director, Vista Cinema, for EMEA.
CanalOlympia have also partnered with Orange to promote the Cineday two-for-one SMS voucher program and Orange Money, their mobile payment solution, both of which will benefit from a Veezi integration. Later this year, CanalOlympia will integrate Orange Money payments with Veezi’s internet ticketing solution, to allow customers to purchase tickets from the CanalOlympia website.
The CanalOlympia/Veezi roll-out will commence in October 2018 and conclude in February 2019 when the Circuit’s new sites are commissioned.
About Veezi, engineered by Vista:
Veezi is a cloud-based SaaS cinema management solution built specifically for cinema exhibitors in the Small Circuit Market, categorized as those with fewer than 20 screens, also referred to as ‘Independent’ Cinemas. Veezi has customers in more than 25 countries with the total market opportunity estimated to exceed 20,000 cinema sites. Like the Vista Cinema suite, new functionality is continuously added to Veezi to meet the growing demands of the Independent Cinema community and its moviegoers.
About Vista Entertainment Solutions:
Vista Entertainment Solutions Ltd (‘Vista Cinema’) is the world leader in cinema management software solutions with installations in more than 90 countries around the world and an estimated 40% global market share in the Large Cinema Circuit market. The Vista Cinema software product line comprises multiple modules, integrated and scalable, suited to cinema exhibitors operating 20+ screens and 100s of cinemas. Vista Cinema is head-quartered in Auckland, New Zealand and has subsidiaries incorporated in Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, Beijing, Cape Town and Mexico City.
CanalOlympia is the leading network of cinema and live performance venues in Africa. Several dozen venues are set to open in central and western African countries, where entertainment and cultural infrastructures are often lacking, appealing to a population with an increasing appetite for cultural content. Nine venues have been opened to date (June 2018) in Conakry (Guinea), Yaoundé and Douala (Cameroon), Niamey (Niger), Dakar (Senegal), Lomé (Togo), Cotonou (Benin) and two in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). The venues are structured around a modular movie theater with 300 seats, which can be transformed into an open-air stage with space for an audience of several thousands. The venues are fitted with the latest projection and sound technologies and use energy provided by solar panels. CanalOlympia is part of the Vivendi group.
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