Longtime Chief Technology Officer Brian Bonnick to Retire After Transformative Twenty-Year Career at IMAX
NEW YORK, NY – March 2, 2020 — IMAX Corporation (NYSE: IMAX) today announced it has named Pablo Calamera as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Executive Vice President, IMAX Corporation. Calamera joins IMAX from video platform JW Player, where he served as CTO. He will report directly to Rich Gelfond, CEO of IMAX Corporation, and be based in New York.
Calamera succeeds IMAX CTO Brian Bonnick, who will retire after a transformative twenty-year tenure in which he built and championed technologies that powered the Company’s rise in global entertainment.
“Over the course of his 30-year career, Pablo has cultivated deep expertise in helping global brands leverage technology to develop innovative products and platforms, expand their reach, and connect with consumers in powerful ways,” said Gelfond. “Building on our record-breaking year, Pablo will spearhead the development of solutions that further evolve and strengthen our global theatre network and extend our leadership in delivering the most immersive entertainment experiences in the world.”
“Brian Bonnick has been a driving force behind the technology that lifted IMAX beyond museums and into multiplexes around the world, establishing the Company as a global entertainment powerhouse,” continued Gelfond. “His efforts were responsible for the digital transformation of the Company in the early 2000s that changed IMAX’s entire business proposition and, most recently, the Company’s groundbreaking expansion into laser technology. I want to thank him for his years of friendship and service, as we build on his work and grow our legacy of pioneering innovation in entertainment technology.”
“IMAX is a company I’ve long admired, for the way it’s wielded technology to transform how artists and fans connect, and how audiences around the world experience entertainment,” said Calamera. “I look forward to building on the successful rollout of our new IMAX with Laser® systems, and further evolving and enhancing our global theatre network as well as core IMAX technologies which will further drive our innovation and reach.”
“It has been the great honor of my career to help build and grow IMAX and connect audiences around the world,” said Bonnick. “When I joined IMAX in 1999, no one could have dreamed of how we would grow the brand by building so many new cutting-edge technology platforms, and it’s proof of the power of technology to empower creativity and inspire wonder in us all.”
In his role, Calamera will drive the Company’s technology strategy, overseeing the development and implementation of products that further evolve its theatre network and extend The IMAX Experience® to new platforms. Prior to his role at JW Player, Calamera served as CTO at Vonage where he oversaw technology strategy, product development and R&D. Earlier, Calamera was CTO of ClearChannel, where he was responsible for iHeartRadio’s technology initiatives. He took on the role after serving as CTO of Thumbplay, a cloud-based music company that was acquired by ClearChannel in 2011. Calamera has also held senior positions at Apple, Microsoft, WebTV, Danger and AT&T Labs.
About IMAX Corporation
IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX® theaters to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.
IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of December 31, 2019, there were 1,568 IMAX® theatre systems (1,473 commercial multiplexes, 14 commercial destinations, 82 institutional) operating in 81 countries and territories. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”
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