There's nothing standard about this company's movie production and distribution services. Deluxe Entertainment Services Group provides a plethora of services to the motion picture industry, including film processing and distribution and post-production and visual effects work. It has offices throughout Australia, Canada, Europe, India, and the US. Clients include all major Hollywood studios. Since 1943 Deluxe has received 10 Academy Awards for technical achievement. The firm can trace its history back to 1919, when Fox Film Corporation built Deluxe Laboratory on its lot for film processing and printing. Deluxe is part of MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings (the holding company of billionaire Ronald Perelman).
In a major deal that increased its service offerings in digital services and content delivery, Deluxe Entertainment Services Group in late 2010 acquired the Creative Services and Media Services businesses from post-production company Ascent Media Group (formerly part of Ascent Capital Group) for $68 million. The assets provide services that help studios and distributors store, manage, and distribute content. Deluxe made the deal in order to offer a wider range of services; the former Ascent businesses do more work in TV and commercials while Deluxe primarily serves the movie industry. As part of the deal, Deluxe obtained post-production brands from Ascent such as Company 3, Beast, Method, Rushes, Encore Hollywood, and Level 3 Post.
Building on the television-related assets it acquired in the Ascent deal, the company in 2011 launched integrated Los Angeles TV operations. The launch effectively combined the best of Encore Hollywood and Level 3 Post with its existing Next Element by Deluxe post production service. It added operations in Hollywood and Burbank to offices in Vancouver, Toronto, and New York, allowing for Deluxe to offer services for television productions regardless of location.
On the motion picture front, in 2011 Deluxe capitalized on the increased availability of 3D screens when it acquired StereoD, a provider of 2D to 3D conversion services. StereoD has created 2D to 3D conversions for Thor (Marvel ), The Green Hornet (Columbia Pictures), and Gulliver's Travels (20th Century Fox). In previous movie-related activities, in 2010 Deluxe partnered with EchoStar Corporation to form a joint venture that provides a digital cinema distribution network for digitally equipped movie theaters in the US and Canada. Since its formation, Deluxe/EchoStar has signed agreements to distribute films to theaters owned by Carmike Cinemas and Rave Cinemas.
The company was previously owned by The Rank Group, which sold Deluxe to MacAndrews & Forbes for $750 million in 2006.
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