AJAY BIJLI OF PVR LIMITED TO RECEIVE "EXHIBITOR OF THE YEAR" AWARD AT CINEASIA 2017: Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director of PVR Limited, will receive the "Exhibitor of the Year" Award at the CineAsia Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 14th December 2017 at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong. ?It gives us great pleasure to present the Exhibitor of the Year award to Ajay Bijli of PVR Limited,? said Andrew Sunshine, Vice President of The Film Expo Group. "PVR has built a culture of innovation for cinema, changing the movie-going experience in India. Bijli has proven to be a pioneer in the industry and we congratulate him on this well-deserved honor." In 1995 Bijli started PVR Cinemas, the largest cinema exhibition chain in India today. The company began as a joint venture agreement with Village Roadshow, a global film production and exhibition company of Australia, and within a few years the company established the multiplex format in India. Since its inception, PVR Limited has redefined the movie-going experience in the country. In 2012, the company acquired Cinemax and has taken over DT Cinemas in 2016. The brand currently serves approximately 75 million moviegoers and has 579 screens across India. Bijli completed his Bachelor?s Degree in Commerce (Honours) from Hindu College of Delhiand shortly after pursued the Owner/President Management Program at Harvard Business School. Bijli has recently been awarded the ?Asia Innovator of the Year? award at India Business Leader Awards, 2016 and Images Retail awarded him as the ?Most Admired Retailer of the year 2016?. In addition to the recent recognitions, Bijli has also been honored with prestigious awards such as E&Y Entrepreneurial Award for Business Transformation, CNBC's Emerging India Award and Most Admired Multiplex Professional by CMO Asia?s Multiplex Excellence Award. Under his leadership, PVR Limited has also received the Fortune India?s Next 500 Big and Mid-size companies award. Bijli is on the Board of Trustees of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) and the founding member of FICCI Multiplex Association (India). He is also a member of The Film and TV Producers Guild (India), Young Presidents? Organization and is associated with the Central Board of Film Certification, Government of India. # # # About CineAsia CineAsia will take place from 12-14 December 2017 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong. The CineAsia trade show is where cinema exhibition and distribution professional come to do business and network. The convention will also feature product presentations and screenings of major upcoming films, exclusive sponsored events, and seminars relating to current and future trends happening across the industry. About PVR Limited PVR is the largest and the most premium film exhibition company in India. Since its inception in 1997, the brand has redefined the way entertainment is consumed in the country by bringing world class cinema formats accessible to the Indian audience, which includes IMAX, 4DX, DOLBY ATMOS along with luxury experience provided by Gold Class and Director?s cut. PVR currently operates a cinema circuit comprising of 579 screens at 126 properties in 50 cities serving approx. 75 million patrons annually. About Film Expo Group The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces CineAsia, held in Hong Kong; CineEurope, held in Barcelona; and ShowEast, held in Miami. Additionally, the group publishes, Film Journal International, a trade magazine and website covering the motion picture industry with a special emphasis on theatrical exhibition. Additional information on CineAsia can be found at www.cineasia.com.
Moviegoers delight: PVR opens its 2 properties with 10 screens on a single day in Pune : The largest Indian cinema-exhibition company PVR Ltd. has reaffirmed its presence in style, launching 10 screens on a single day in Pune. The combined launch includes the iconic sub-brand ?PVR ICON? at the Pavillion, Senapati Bapat Road, Shivajinagar and PVR Cinemas at the Kumar Pacific Mall, Shankarshet Road, Near Swargate and it is the first-of-its-kind attempt by any cinema exhibition chain in terms of scale. These launches see PVR reach a screen count of 160 screens across 38 properties in Maharashtra with 6 properties and 35 screens in Pune. The launches were attended by actors Siddharth Malhotra and Arjun Rampal. Actor Siddharth Malhotra did a ribbon cutting ceremony for PVR ICON and actor Arjun Rampal inaugurated PVR Cinemas at Kumar Pacific Mall. PVR ICON is the most opulent format in India equipped with 4K projection system and next-generation 3D enabled screens with ultra HD picture quality and Dolby ATMOS surround-sound system in its auditoriums. It also delivers rich cinema experience through its signature ambience, which includes magnificent lobby spaces, chandeliers, classic wall art, new leather recliners and extra leg room. On the occasion, Mr Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director, PVR Ltd, said, ?Our commitment towards the Pune market can be seen through our continuous endeavour to bring new and unique formats to the city. With the increasing demand of premium cinema experience in Western India, we are sincerely working towards expanding our foothold in the markets and provide the best of movie watching experience with a touch of luxury to the people here.? Combined, the newly launched cinemas have a total capacity of 2,307 seats and are spread across 78,416 sqft. While the 1,366-seat 6-screens?PVR ICON? is located at The Pavilion and Kumar Pacific Mall is the site for the smaller 941-seat 4-screen PVR multiplex. Both the properties launch with a wide variety of gourmet indulgences and Quick Tix, PVR?s digital ticketing solution to promote cashless transactions and reduce ticket-wait times. Commenting at the launch, Mr. Atul Chordia, Chairman, Panchshil Realty said, ?In line with the Panchshil philosophy towards quality, The Pavillion Mall is our endeavor to provide an international shopping, culinary and entertainment experience to Puneites. With PVR ICON at the Pavillion, we believe in taking a step forward in creating a premium cinema viewing experience, which will be unique to the city of Pune. PVR ICON contributes hugely in making that experiences complete.? Mr. Manish Jain, Managing Director, Kumar Properties said, ?Kumar Pacific is located in the heart of old Pune. The old city is devoid of modern cinema experience. A cinema in this catchment will see large customer volume. We had an excellent working experience with the PVR team and we wish them a lot of success for future.? With these launches, PVR?s total screen count has reached to 597 screens at 130 properties in 51 cities across India.
PVR Ltd. receives PCI-DSS Certification- The highest security accreditation obtained by any cinema company: PVR Ltd. (PVR), the largest cinema exhibition company in India, has been certified with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version3.2. PCI-DSS is a globally recognised security certification standard designed for protecting cardholders? information. After a successful completion of audit in April, 2017 by Panacea Infosec Pvt Ltd, a leading payment card industry qualified security assessor company in India, PVR becomes the first cinema exhibition company to receive the accreditation. This endorsement reiterates PVR?s commitment towards robust and mature technology processes to secure customer's personal and payment related information. At the time when cyber vulnerability in payment gateways is becoming visible due to their increased usage and popularity; an upgraded security is the only way to safeguard millions of users? data. PCI- DSS Certification provides a multi-level cyber safety and security system for all the online transactions that happen across PVR channels ?website and app. Mr. Kamal Gianchandani, Chief of Strategy PVR Ltd. said, ?More than 50% of PVR movie ticket sales happen online. People are becoming more dependent on online transactions, and it is vital to ensure the online security for payment gateways. PCI-DSS Certification is an added, high level encrypted system that provides a secure and reliable platform to our customers while they make payments through PVR web and app.? During the PCI DSS Certificate Handover Ceremony, Panacea Founder & CEO Ajay Kaushik said, ?PVR?s commitment and maturity towards safeguarding customer?s data and payment related information is truly commendable. It is imperative for organizations to protect card data for its customers due to ever changing risk environment and we are extremely happy to assist PVR in their endeavors towards cyber security, information security and protection of customers? payment information.? The PCI DSS is a comprehensive set of standards that adhere to strict information security controls and processes, which further helps in storing the customer payment data in a secured format.
PVR Cinemas makes its debut in Kota: PVR Cinemas, India's largest cinema exhibition chain announces the launch of its first 3 screen multiplex at Cine Mall, Kota. The newly launched PVR property will redefine the cinema experience in the city with its luxurious and comfortable interiors along with state of the art sound and projection technology. With this launch, PVR?s screen count in Rajasthan stands at 7 screens in 2 properties, augmenting its presence in the Northern Region of the country to 197 screens in 46 properties. Spread across an area of 30,000 sq ft with a seating capacity of 828 seats, the brand new multiplex will be city?s first cinema with recliners and next generation 3D technology. It also offers an exceptional digital movie experience with 7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound and 2K projection systems providing the best cinema watching experience to the customers. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Cinemas said, ?We are extremely pleased to launch our first property in Kota. Kota is the third largest city of Rajasthan after Jaipur and Jodhpur and is famous for Kota stones and Kota Sarees. It is a major coaching hub in the country for the competitive examination preparation with large number of engineering and medical institutes and along with its interesting demographics brings our debut in the market. The brand new cinema in the city will deliver best in class services just like our properties in Delhi or Mumbai. We hope to receive an overwhelming response from the people of Kota and strive to provide them world class cinema watching experience. I would also like to thank the management of E-city Bioscope Pvt. Ltd. for providing us the prime location in the city to reach out to a wider audience. We look forward to many such associations with them in the future.? Besides its unique interiors and a wide range of F&B; the cinema is also equipped with Quick Tix facility, an instant ticketing solution that gives an added convenience to the customers. Furthermore, patrons can also avail the facility of redeeming PVR gift cards and privilege cards at the cinema. At the launch of the cinema, Mr. Abhishek Bansal, Managing Director, E ? City Bioscope Entertainment Pvt Ltd. said, ?Our association with PVR Cinemas has been wonderful since inception and our team seamlessly interacted with different departments of PVR at various stages of this project in the most pleasant, efficient and professional manner. We welcome India?s largest and the most premium film and retail Entertainment Company, PVR Cinemas and their team in Cinemall Kota. Now, movie watching is going to be an altogether different experience for the audiences at PVR Cinemall. With a brand like PVR Cinemas in its kitty, Cinemall will surely invite visitors across all segments of society and will be a catalyst to the business of other tenants of the mall. We wish the promoters, stake holders and employees of PVR Cinemas all the best.? With this opening, PVR continues its growth momentum in FY 2017-18 with 587 screens at 128 properties in 51 cities.