Vista Entertainment Solutions (VES), a company of Vista Group International (NZX & ASX: VGL) has launched a brand new product that reimagines how cinemas manage their staffing. Developed in partnership with Harkins Theatres, the largest independently owned exhibitor in the US and the fifth largest theatre chain in North America, MovieTeam is a cloud-based application that transforms staffing protocols for the 21st century theatre.
The MovieTeam application, the result of more than a year of consultation, development, and testing, is the latest premiere offering from cinema management software giant Vista Entertainment Solutions and a solid example of Vista’s fundamental understanding of the needs of cinema exhibitors. VES is the world's leading supplier of software to the cinema industry, with software installed at more than 4,000 sites in over 60 countries and growing exponentially year-on-year.
MovieTeam is the first example of an application that enables interconnected, company-wide management and scheduling of all cinema staff – removing fragmented, frustrating, sub-optimal practices that have plagued cinema exhibitors for decades. Seamlessly integrating the needs of corporate HQ, cinema management and cinema staff, the product arms managers with all the information required to optimize staff management, construct and communicate schedules, monitor the inevitable variables and respond to them in real time; operational staff maintain total visibility of their shift obligations as well as record and manage options related to their lifestyles or preferences.
“MovieTeam is designed specifically for cinemas and the unique staffing requirements that cinema exhibition demands,” says Derek Forbes, President, Vista USA. “For a long time Vista customers have requested a state-of-the-art technology solution for the crucial staffing component of their business, one that would integrate into their existing Vista Cinema software package. MovieTeam meets those needs and more. And having Harkins Theatres as our development partner has ensured that the product meets exacting standards. We’re delighted with the results of our collaboration.”
“Due to the unique nature of cinema scheduling, existing software products have never been able to meet our needs,” says Racheal Wilson, Harkins Senior Vice-President. “So we were excited to be approached by Vista on this project. In our work together for the past several years, Vista has demonstrated why they are the leaders in cinema software. Their proven track record has given us every confidence that MovieTeam will be an impactful addition to the Vista Cinema suite.”
Vista is launching MovieTeam at CinemaCon 2016 with planned demonstrations and a comprehensive promotion schedule. The product is available for immediate sale.
About Harkins Theatres
Harkins Theatres is a family owned and operated business, founded and based in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1933. The largest independently owned exhibitor in the nation, Harkins operates more than 430 screens across five states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. For over 80 years, Harkins Theatres has consistently reinvented the landscape of moviegoing. As the fifth largest theatre chain in North America, Harkins Theatres has become the most recognized and trusted name in the motion picture exhibition industry in the Southwest.
Harkins Theatres represents the pinnacle of motion picture technology, amenities and guest services. Featuring many unique amenities such as wall-to-wall screens, all digital projection, pristine digital sound (including ‘object based’ sound), Ultimate Rocker® stadium loveseats or plush Ultimate Lounger™ seats, as well as a wide array of unique and traditional concession offerings. Harkins Theatres is renowned for its commitment and passion for offering the Ultimate Moviegoing® experience.