October 13, 2015—Giant Screen Films and D3D Cinema are thrilled to announce that industry veteran Mark Katz is joining the company as Senior Vice President, Film Distribution and Theater Development. Mark will be spearheading GSF’s worldwide film distribution business and will play a key strategic role in driving D3D’s growth into new museum and other venues.
“We are all elated that Mark is joining the GSF/D3D team,” said Don Kempf, President. “Mark brings a wealth of experience in sales and marketing as well as a keen customer insight, and his reputation in our industry is second to none. Given the strength and diversity of our current film catalog and pipeline, the timing of his arrival couldn’t be better.”
For nearly 30 years, Mark has handled a more diverse and original film catalog than anyone in the industry, most recently as President of Distribution for National Geographic Studios since 2006, representing a wide array of specialty, art and independent films, including the award-winning films Jerusalem, U2 3D and Sea Monsters, as well as box-office greatest hits Forces of Nature, Lewis & Clark, Mysteries of Egypt, Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure, The Human Body and the highly acclaimed feature films Restrepo, Amreeka, Life in a Day, and The Last Lions.
Prior to joining National Geographic, Katz headed up distribution for nWave Pictures from 1998 to 2005, and was Vice President of Sales for Sony Pictures Classics from 1994-98, where he released the original films Wings of Courage and Across the Sea of Time. Prior to Sony, he worked for IMAX Corporation, where he released the ground-breaking film Rolling Stones at the Max and the Academy Award-nominated Fires of Kuwait.
Katz is also a past Chairman of the Board for the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA).
“GSF and D3D are proven leaders in the giant screen and museum cinema industry and are poised to take their business to the next level while at the same time continuing to contribute to the growth of the industry overall. I look forward to working closely with Don Kempf and the entire GSF/D3D team to help make this a reality in the most strategic and impactful way possible.”
ABOUT GIANT SCREEN FILMS
Since 1997, GSF has established itself as a pioneer in the large-format industry, producing and distributing films that push the boundaries of the medium. Through the magic of immersive sight and sound technologies, GSF’s productions challenge the imaginations of children and adults, offering an inspiring perspective on the world and an unforgettable theater experience. Meaningful educational collaborations and partnerships extend each film’s impact far beyond the theater. The company is recognized as one of the world’s leading and most active large-format producers and is based in Evanston, Illinois. For additional information, visit www.gsfilms.com.
ABOUT D3D CINEMA
D3D Cinema offers complete digital 3D cinema solutions and services to museum and attraction industry clients worldwide, providing a unique partnership approach to cinema design and 3D content production built around four core capabilities - theater design and installation; touring exhibition theaters; an award-winning library of 3D content; and custom signature film production. Comprised of institutional theater specialists, D3D excels in bringing first-to-market immersive cinema technologies to its clients, offering technology-agnostic consultation, strategic planning, installation, content production & distribution, operational support, and ongoing service. D3D is headquartered in Evanston, IL. Visit www.d3dcinema.com.