Kaleidescape Appoints New CEO

Luxury home cinema company Kaleidescape has appointed Tayloe Stansbury CEO, succeeding Cheena Srinivasan, who has served as CEO since 2014,

Srinivasan will remain with Kaleidescape as founder and EVP, focused on alliances and business development, including movie studio relationships.

In addition, Norma Garcia-Muro has joined Kaleidescape as VP of marketing.

“We are excited to have Tayloe’s expertise in product, technology, growth, and scale, and Norma’s expertise in cinema systems and movie marketing, to drive Kaleidescape’s growth,” said Michael Malcolm, founder and chairman of Kaleidescape’s board of directors, in a statement.

Stansbury, a longtime Kaleidescape customer, previously served as interim CEO of Watermark Insights, chief technology officer of Intuit, and EVP of product and operations at Ariba. He serves on a number of nonprofit, private, and public boards, including Coupa Software. He received his A.B. in applied mathematics from Harvard University.

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Garcia-Muro has a background in motion picture, home entertainment, and premium cinema technology. She helped launch Dolby Cinema worldwide and the premium cinema experience at THX. She previously was head of international marketing at Lucasfilm, where she oversaw strategy and positioning for the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, and as director at Paramount’s home entertainment arm.

“Tayloe’s proven leadership in technology and corporate stewardship, together with Norma’s background marketing iconic films and next-generation cinema technology, provide Kaleidescape with a strong synergy of tech and Hollywood,” said Srinivasan in a statement. “We are delighted to see them both take the lead as we launch this exciting new chapter in revolutionizing home entertainment with the finest cinema experience available.”

Kaleidescape is an online provider of films with full-fidelity audio and video for luxury home cinema. The company’s Internet-delivered movies include exclusive metadata for its movie players. Founded in 2001, and headquartered in California, Kaleidescape sells its products exclusively through custom integrators.

MGM Inks Distribution Deal With Kaleidescape

Transactional VOD movie service Kaleidescape Nov. 5 announced the availability of select films from Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). With the addition of MGM’s catalog, Kaleidescape’s 11,000+ titles include most of Hollywood’s top-rated movies, including 88 of the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Films of All Time, according to the service.

Over 100 MGM titles are available now, including The Princess Bride; The Silence of the Lambs; the “Rocky” franchise, including Creed, Creed II and the original Rocky; romantic comedies When Harry Met Sally and Four Weddings and a Funeral; classics Some Like It Hot and 12 Angry Men; actioners Robocop and The Terminator; and Oscar winners Rain Man and Dances With Wolves.

MGM owns one of the world’s deepest libraries of premium film and television content as well as the premium pay television network EPIX, which is available throughout the U.S. via cable, satellite, telco and digital distributors.

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“MGM’s storied catalog is home to some of Hollywood’s most iconic films, and this partnership with Kaleidescape represents a unique opportunity for us to reintroduce audiences to many of our most classic titles at an incredibly high quality, all in the comfort of their homes,” Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide TV distribution & acquisitions at MGM, said in a statement.

“The combination of Kaleidescape’s high-quality playback and metadata-rich movies enables cinema connoisseurs to rediscover and experience some of the greatest Hollywood movies,” Cheena Srinivasan, Kaleidescape founder and CEO, said in a statement.