Arts Alliance Media has several operations, including the funding, management, and promotion of alternative content; digital cinema mastering, distribution, system supply and financing; and operation of a web portal that enable 3rd parties to sell-through movies to the home. It is the system provider and service manager for the 240 sites of the UK Film Council’s Digital Screen Network, and has a 7000 screen VPF deal signed with 5 of the 6 major film studios. (Disney signed in 2008, but, as with so many others, WB has yet to sign.) AAM targets Spring 2009 for the completion of its 400 screen installation for Circuit George Raymond Cinemas (CGR) in France. It closed a €43M financing package in December for the completion of CGR and the build-out of new operations and infrastructure.
2008 saw an expansion for AAM in alternative content offerings as well as well as satellite distribution services. The company now offers to cinemas live opera and ballet from the Royal Opera House.
Arts Alliance Media is a division of Arts Alliance, with sister company Arts Alliance Productions. Arts Alliance’s founder, Thomas Høegh, is a venture capitalist with holdings in various online and storefront ventures.