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Deluxe hires Walter Schonfeld as president of digital cinema global ops

Walter Schonfeld, formerly CEO of SDI Media Group and president of Technicolor Entertainment Services, has joined Deluxe as president, digital cinema global operations (DTDC).

DTDC, a joint venture between entertainment services companies Deluxe and Technicolor, handles digital mastering, distribution and key management for feature film titles released worldwide.

Schonfeld is the former CEO of localization company SDI Media Group, where he introduced technology-based tools and services to maximize its scale and scope, integrating global operations. Previously, he was also president of Technicolor’s worldwide entertainment services group for six years, and was instrumental in transitioning the company to digital services and expanding the geographic scope of its operations. Prior to Technicolor, Schonfeld was a SVP at MCI Telecommunications, heading international business development and developing global strategies and partnerships for the S&P 500 firm. He is also a veteran, having served as a US Air Force officer during the first Gulf War.

Schonfeld, based in Burbank, takes over the leadership role of DTDC as Deluxe veteran executive Warren Stein departs at the end of the year. Stein and Schonfeld will work closely during this time to ensure a consistent and smooth transition of all projects, processes and operations.

Schonfeld said, “DTDC is highly regarded throughout the industry and well known for the quality of their work. The organization and its professionals around the world are top notch, and I’m looking forward to being part of the team John has been assembling and the new energy and vision he has brought to Deluxe.”

Schonfeld will guide operations and teams across DTDC facilities worldwide — Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Sydney and Madrid.


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