Our Mission Statement
Digital Cinema Destinations Corp. is dedicated to transforming movie theaters into digital entertainment centers. DCDC provides consumers with uniquely satisfying experiences, combining the full promise of digital technology with engaging, dynamic content that far transcends traditional movies. Beyond more “passive” theatergoing, DCDC allows its customers to actively engage in live and lively events. Its applicability and appeal are as unlimited as the number of these events held worldwide and the customer segments who enjoy them.
About Digital Cinema Destinations Corporation
Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Westfield, N.J., Digital Cinema Destinations Corporation is dedicated to transforming movie theaters it operates into interactive entertainment centers. Operating under the brand name, “Digiplex Destinations,” DCDC will provide consumers with uniquely satisfying experiences, combining the full promise of digital technology with engaging, dynamic content that far transcends traditional cinematic fare. DCDC customers will enjoy live sports events, concerts, conferences, operas, videogames, auctions, fashion shows and, on an ongoing basis, the very best of first-run movies.
About Digital Conversion
Digital conversion is environmentally-friendly: for decades, Hollywood films would arrive in 70 pound cans shipped by air, truck and courier, consuming fuel and up to $1 million per film in distribution costs. With digital projection, movies arrive by satellite or paperback book-sized hard drive that’s downloaded into a digital projector, one for each auditorium. It takes only minutes to prepare a digital movie for showing, versus one to two hours to spool six reels of film onto a platter, thread it into a projector, then respool it for return shipment at the end of the run. DCDC’s Bud Mayo says, "In a digital theater, the audience will be totally immersed in the experience. They will be able to text back questions and comments, sing along, host tailgate parties outside, even perform skits to accompany the program, as appropriate. "
"Corporate and professional groups will save time, and consume less energy and money using Digiplex Destination theaters as a meeting place." Mayo continues, "Digital technology allows us to redefine what it means to go to a movie theater."
A. Dale “Bud” Mayo – Chairman and CEO
A. Dale "Bud" Mayo has enjoyed a successful career in the film exhibition industry having founded and led both Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., the pioneer and leader in digital cinema, and Clearview Cinema Group, a top U.S. theater circuit. In recognition of his efforts within the industry, Bud received the distinct honor of being inducted into the film exhibition Hall of Fame at the industry's 2010 ShowEast conference.
Bud served as Chairman, President and CEO from Cinedigm's inception (the firm was originally known as Access Integrated Technologies) until leaving in June, 2010. Cinedigm is a pioneer in the film exhibition industry and has transformed over 12,000 screens in more than 1,000 sites in the US and Canada to digital formats.
In 1994, Bud founded Clearview Cinemas and expanded the theater circuit into the largest independent theater group in the Metropolitan New York area. From 1976 to 1993, Bud was the founder, Chief Executive Officer and sole shareholder of Clearview Leasing.
He began his career at IBM in 1965 and went on to work on Wall Street in the 1970s.
Bud stays involved in the community and helped establish the Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, a not-for-profit organization based in Morristown, N.J. which opened in 1994 and hosts more than 200 world class performances per year in every genre.
Chuck Goldwater – Senior Vice President
Chuck Goldwater is responsible for supporting the strategic development of Digiplex and overseeing the operations of the company. Chuck has held senior management positions at a number of leading theater exhibitors including USA Cinemas, National Amusements and Loews Theatres, and he served as President/CEO of Mann Theatres and President at Clearview Cinemas. In 2012, he was inducted into exhibition’s Hall of Fame at ShowEast, a leading industry conference.
Chuck brings unique perspective to digital cinema deployment and alternative entertainment programming, two key areas of importance to Digiplex’s future success.
At the end of 2012 as the domestic digital cinema rollout business came to a close, he ended seven years of work at Cinedigm where he served as President of its Media Services Group. Prior to his tenure at Cinedigm he was Chief Executive Officer of Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC (DCI), a joint venture of the seven major Hollywood studios, which established the technical specifications and initial business planning for the worldwide implementation of digital cinema.
Brian Pflug – Chief Financial Officer
Brian D. Pflug, CPA, has been our Chief Financial Officer since July 2011, managing the growth of Digiplex Destinations from a financial perspective. Bud Mayo, Brian and others on the management team have a long history together, starting in 1998 when Brian was controller at Clearview Cinemas. The two then worked together at Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. where Brian rose to senior vice president of Accounting and Finance, his most recent position before Digiplex.
Brian is uniquely qualified to help spearhead the expansion of Digiplex Destinations into what we expect will eventually become one of the country’s largest movie theater chains.
Brian, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from Rutgers University.
Jeff Butkovsky – Chief Technology Officer
Jeff has an extensive background in digital cinema and over 25 years in technology management, software development and technology sales. He was Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp.’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer from October 2000 to July 2010. Jeff was responsible for all technical operations of Cinedigm which included its Theatre Command Center software, Library Management System, digital cinema satellite distribution system and Live Event 3D streaming via satellite. He also managed system integration with third party vendors such as Christie, Barco, NEC and, Doremi. Jeff ensured the company’s compliance with the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) specification and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) standards. He was the company’s technical liaison with Fox, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Brothers for digital cinema deployment agreements, digital system conformance, and content delivery. He also was the liaison with several film exhibitors including Carmike, Rave, Celebration, and Emagine to sell and deploy digital cinema systems in their theatres.
Prior to Cinedigm, Jeff held sales management positions at LogicStream, Inc. and Micron Electronics Inc. He also held positions at Motorola as a Senior Systems Engineer and at various technology companies in software development.
John Halecky– Chief Marketing Officer
John is focused on building the Digiplex brand. He has created successful internal and external communications programs for a wide range of business and not-for-profit entities earning recognition from the International Association of Business Communicators, Public Relations Society of America and National Association of Individual Investors.
He became involved in the exhibition industry in 1997 as Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Relations VP at Clearview Cinemas. More recently, he has been involved in the development and operation of independent theaters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. His most memorable theater experience was converting a B-52 aircraft hangar into a cinema at Woodstock ’99 for an 80 hour cult-movie marathon. An Ozoner at heart, he is a drive-in movie buff and has staged hundreds of outdoor film screenings for municipalities, colleges and community groups throughout the Northeast.
He holds an A.B. in Government and Law from Lafayette College.
Brett Marks– Director of Business Development
Brett Mark’s focus is on the identification and evaluation of new business opportunities and strategy in close consultation with the CEO. In this capacity, Brett is intimately engaged in the company’s M&A activity, negotiations with acquisition candidates, real estate developers and managers, joint venture and financing partners.
Since 1994, Brett has worked closely with Bud Mayo, playing an active role as an early stage investor and co-founder of both Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. and Clearview Cinema Group where he served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate. Previously, Brett had a career in real estate from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
Warren Colodner – General Counsel
Warren focuses on the Company’s robust M&A activity as well as general matters related to contracts, leases, human resource issues and relationships with joint venture partners and investment groups. He has received numerous accolades, including recognition in the prestigious 2012 Best Lawyers in America. His familiarity with the motion picture exhibition industry, in particular, reinforces the caliber of talent Digiplex has attracted to propel Digiplex towards a new era in exhibition.
Prior to joining Digiplex, Colodner was with K&L Gates, one of the ten largest law firms in the United States, where he was a founding partner of the New York office. His areas of specialty included commercial disputes, securities and transactional litigation. After graduation from law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Jacob Mishler, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York.
He received a B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and is a cum laude graduate of New York University School of Law.
Dean Gentile – Vice President – Operations
Dean is an accomplished Operations Management and Auditing professional with 23 years of successful leadership experience in the exhibition industry. He has worked in all aspects of the theater business for leading cinema companies including Regal Cinemas, Clearview Cinemas and Crown Theatres. He has managed several theater locations including his previous role as owner-operator of the Digiplex Bloomfield 8 in CT.
He also worked as a Division Manager for Clearview Cinemas charged with leading the start-up of 33 new cinema locations. He also supervised the daily operation of over 20 theaters throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. At Crown Theatres, Dean was a director of the company responsible for Auditing, Loss Prevention and Safety programs. In addition, he worked on special projects which resulted in ancillary revenue for Crown Theatres while also developing policies and procedures to increase efficiency of operations and improve safeguards over company assets.
His most memorable moment in a theater? Had to be the time he seated Al Pacino and Diane Keaton for a showing of Rainman.
Doreen Sayegh – Vice President – Alternative Programming
Doreen Sayegh has principal responsibility for sourcing and selecting alternative entertainment programming for Digiplex from a rapidly expanding community of content creators and emerging distribution channels. Additionally, she coordinates circuit-wide activities related to special events, facility rentals and community relations campaigns.
Prior to joining Digiplex in early 2012, she was general manager of the Rialto Theater of Westfield and the Cranford Theater in suburban New Jersey. She is an active member of the National Association of Theater Owners of NJ and sits on the NATONJ Scholarship Committee. Doreen grew up in a family of independent theater owners and has been involved in the exhibition industry without interruption since she sold her first bag of popcorn at her father’s theater in New Jersey at the age of eight.
Doreen has also been seen on the silver screen – she has a speaking role in the independent film, The Art of Theatrical Ushery, shot on location at the Rialto Theater of Westfield.
Lisa Dallmeyer – Controller
Lisa Dallmeyer has responsibility for financial analysis and reporting, budgeting, preparation of SEC filings and accounting staff management. Her theater experience includes serving in financial capacities at two other publicly held entertainment companies; Controller at Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. and Assistant Controller at Clearview Cinemas. She has additional experience in various finance positions held at DRS Technologies, Paravant Inc. and Roche Diagnostic Systems. She began her work in the accounting profession as a Staff Auditor with Suplee, Clooney & Company, a CPA firm providing services to private, public education and government entities.
Lisa Dallmeyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Montclair State University.