WASHINGTON D.C. (December 20, 2011) – Delfin Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer, Hoyts Entertainment, will receive the International Achievement Award in Exhibition, as part of CinemaCon’s International Day, it was announced today by Mitch Neuhauser, Managing Director of CinemaCon, which will be held April 23 – 26, 2012 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. CinemaCon, the official convention of The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), is the largest and most important gathering of cinema owners and operators from around the world. Fernandez will receive his special honor during International Day festivities to take place on Monday, April 23, 2012.
Starting out at United Artists Theatres while attending college in Southern California, Fernandez worked his way up through the industry to become CEO of Hoyts Entertainment, a leading film exhibition and distributor in Australia and New Zealand. Hoyts Entertainment is headquartered in Sydney Australia and operates Hoyts Cinemas, the second largest exhibition group with 425 screens in 50 locations, Hoyts Distribution, a leading independent film distributor and Oovie, the leading DVD vending kiosk channel in Australia.
“Through years of dedicated service to the international exhibition arena, Delfin Fernandez has proven to be a valuable asset to the individual companies he’s worked for as well as the industry as a whole.” said Neuhauser. “Over the past two decades, he has been a driving force in the expansion of international theater exhibition and operations and we are extremely proud to present Delfin Fernandez with the CinemaCon International Achievement Award in Exhibition.”
Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, where he finished his secondary education, Fernandez moved to the United States to pursue a career in the movie business. He graduated from California State University Long Beach with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Radio/Television and History. While there, he began his successful career in the theater industry with United Artists Theatres. He went on to supervise cinemas in Southern California, Nevada and Washington for several years as a regional manager.
In 1994, as Director of International Operations, Fernandez began his career in the international exhibition realm pursuing United Artists Theatres’ new international strategy in Latin America. He supervised the development and expansion of multiplex theatres in Mexico and Argentina. In 1997, he joined General Cinema International to further develop a Latin American strategy that included an expansion in Brazil and Uruguay. In 1998, he was appointed the Managing Director of a newly formed joint venture, Hoyts-General Cinema, based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Following an ownership change in 2002, Fernandez was appointed CEO of Hoyts General Cinema South America, Inc. He then became CEO of Hoyts Entertainment in November 2005. He also currently serves as Director of NACO, the National Association of Cinema Operators, the largest exhibitor association in Australia and New Zealand.
CinemaCon will attract upwards of 5,000 motion picture professionals from all facets of the industry—from exhibition and distribution, to the equipment and concession areas—all on hand to celebrate the moviegoing experience and the cinema industry. From exclusive Hollywood product presentations highlighting a slate of upcoming films, to must-see premiere feature screenings, to the biggest stars, producers and directors, CinemaCon will help jumpstart the excitement and buzz that surrounds the summer season at the box office. In returning to Caesars Palace, CinemaCon is able to offer its delegates a modern and upscale conference facility and a one-of-a-kind moviegoing experience in The Colosseum, the 4,200 seat theatre and crown jewel of Caesars Palace.
CinemaCon is delighted to have both the International Cinema Technology Association (ICTA) and National Association of Concessionaires (NAC) as its trade show partners.
Held March 28-31, 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, CinemaCon is expected to play host to more than 6,000 motion picture theater industry professionals. Additional information on CinemaCon, the Official Convention of NATO, can be found at www.cinemacon.com.
The National Association of Theatre Owners is the largest exhibition trade organization in the world, representing more than 30,000 movie screens in all 50 states, and additional cinemas in 50 countries worldwide. NATO’s membership includes the largest cinema chains in the world and hundreds of independent theatre owners, too. For more information visit www.natoonline.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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