Kaleidescape Hires New VP

Kaleidescape, a designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has hired Heather Olson Grundeman as VP of customer engagement.

Heather Olson Grundeman

“Heather brings a unique set of skills to Kaleidescape as she championed at home experiences across several media companies including Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Studios,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, in a statement. “In addition, she has pioneered, built, launched and managed innovative in-home entertainment experiences like pay-per-view and video on demand, and helped redefine digital storefront experiences to enhance the way customers engage with content.”

In her new role, Grundeman will be responsible for optimizing and enriching customer experiences across movie prioritization, licensing and merchandising, as well as developing analytics-driven integrated customer engagement campaigns.

She worked with Kaleidescape for several years while at 20th Century Fox.

“Over the years I have been a huge advocate of Kaleidescape and admire its entrepreneurial spirit in driving innovations in digital media experiences,” said Grundeman in a statement. “Kaleidescape has a unique opportunity to grow both its customer base and engagement with its players, and I believe my competitive and industry insights will help drive its leadership position in digital media.”

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Previously, Grundeman was VP of global digital accounts at 20th Century Fox, where she licensed content and designed customer engagement strategies for tech companies such as Apple, Facebook, Oculus, Amazon and Google. She also constructed digital content strategies at the company. As executive director of international marketing at Sony Pictures, Heather pioneered international marketing campaigns and executed strategies across more than 150 territories. She also led analytics and marketing teams, synthesizing data and overseeing catalog strategy and the pricing lifecycle for Sony Picture film library releases.

Heather holds a B.S. in business administration and marketing from California State University, Northridge, and was elected to an elite group of future leaders at Sony’s Global Business Leadership University program.

Kaleidescape Hires Tom Vaughan as VP of Engineering

Kaleidescape, a designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has appointed Tom Vaughan VP of engineering.

Tom Vaughan

“Tom brings more than 30 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry to Kaleidescape engineering,” Tayloe Stansbury, CEO of Kaleidescape, said in a statement. “With a robust career in driving innovation for image and sound technology that has had a profound impact on the industry, Tom will play an essential role in furthering Kaleidescape’s aggressive product roadmap.”

“Kaleidescape engineering has accomplished amazing feats over the past two decades, trailblazing industry firsts that are now best practices used by the digital media and entertainment market today,” Vaughan said in a statement. “I am excited about the opportunity to lead Kaleidescape’s engineering efforts, build on its success, and usher in the next generation of product capabilities.”

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Vaughan started his career in the compact disc industry, building and managing mastering operations for CBS Records. Later, he led development of DVD manufacturing capability at Cinram. From 2002 to 2012 he led product management of multimedia software at Roxio, CyberLink, and Corel. In 2013 he joined MulticoreWare, where he led development of x265, the video encoder used by most leading video services. Most recently, Tom was VP of strategy at Beamr, a leading developer of commercial video encoder and image optimization software.

He holds a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.

Kaleidescape, Sony Mount Joint Promotion

Kaleidescape, designer and manufacturer of home movie servers and players, has mounted a joint promotion with Sony Electronics offering a $3,000 discount to customers purchasing a Kaleidescape system alongside one of four Sony projectors: VPL-GTZ380, VPL-VW5000ES, VPL-VW995ES or VPL-VW915ES.

“This joint promotion with Kaleidescape underscores our unwavering commitment to provide the finest in 4K HDR entertainment,” Jeff Goldstein, head of custom integrator channel sales at Sony Electronics, said in a statement. “Besides being an incredible deal, this incentive ensures that our customers will get the very best from their premium Sony projector.”

Kaleidescape delivers reference-quality 4K HDR movies at the source, optimizing for the highest resolution, dynamic range and contrast capabilities of Sony’s high-end projectors, according to a company press release. With more than 12,000 movies and shows to choose from within its interface, Kaleidescape employs proprietary metadata to adjust Sony’s projectors to display every movie in native aspect ratio.

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“Sony is synonymous with 4K innovation and shares Kaleidescape’s vision for delivering the finest picture and sound quality,” Kaleidescape CEO Tayloe Stansbury said in a statement. “When you combine Sony’s finest projectors with Kaleidescape’s exceptional products, like the newly released Terra movie server with 48TB storage, the result is a 4K HDR experience you can’t take your eyes off.”

A streaming device cannot maximize a high-end projector’s innovative capabilities and stops short of delivering the best possible viewing experience, according to the press release. In contrast, a Kaleidescape system is designed to play 4K HDR movies with a video bitrate four times higher while reproducing lossless audio at up to 10 times higher than any streaming device.

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,” Michael Malcolm, founder and chairman of Kaleidescape’s board of directors, said 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,” Srinivasan said 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.