SHOWEAST (STAND 518) HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, 25TH OCTOBER 2011 — Harkness Screens
, the world’s leading manufacturer of projection screens for cinema and events applications, is pleased to announce the appointment of
Keith Watanabe as Director of Sales, Americas.
Mr. Watanabe joins Harkness Screens with significant experience of the cinema industry having previously worked for Kodak and most recently Christie Digital Systems, where he was responsible for handling digital cinema projection equipment for a number of major North American circuits and reseller partners.
In his new position, Mr. Watanabe will work closely with Dennis Pacelli (VP Sales) to manage and develop strategic customer and industry partnerships while identifying new markets.
“Keith comes to Harkness Screens with a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience of the cinema industry and is a welcomed addition to our team,” says Andrew Robinson, Managing Director, Harkness Screens. “In his new position, Keith will enable us to work even more closely with our existing customers to assist them in making more informed business decisions about future digital cinema investments while obtaining maximum return on their existing technology. Keith’s appointment also helps strengthen our presence in the US, Canadian and Latin American markets, reinforcing our commitment to continue to be the leader and innovator in the cinema and event screen markets, not just in the US but across the globe.”
About Harkness Screens
Harkness Screens is the world’s largest manufacturer of projection screen surfaces, specialising in the design and production of cinema screens and custom screens of virtually any shape and size.
Harkness Screens is the world leader in cinema with screens in more cinemas worldwide than any other manufacturer. From single-screen independent theatres to large multiplexes to large format immersive theatre experiences or live events, Harkness supplies thousands of screens every year for cinema, film production, special effects, live events and custom AV applications.
Founded in 1929, Harkness’ corporate office is located in Ireland with other offices and factories located in the USA, UK, France and China. Harkness Screens combines unrivalled experience with the latest technology and production methods to provide innovative solutions to the company’s key markets worldwide. For more information, visit the Harkness Screens web page at