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J. Timothy Richards

CEO, Vue Entertainment

Portrait of J. Timothy Richards

In 1999, Tim left Warner Bros. Studio in L.A. and founded a start up cinema exhibition company known as SBC International Cinemas (“SBC”) that developed and operated state-of-the-art multiplexes in the UK, Taiwan and Portugal.  In May of 2003, SBC changed their name to ‘Vue Entertainment’ with the acquisition of Warner Village’s 36 state-of-the-art stadium seating multiplex cinemas, over 400 screens and a market leading position in London.

The Vue Entertainment cinema circuit grew quickly through a series of strategic acquisitions complemented by organic growth.  Vue now operates 66 state-of-the-art cinemas nationwide employing 3500 staff and attracting over 35 million customers a year. The circuit is unrivalled with over 95% of its auditoria having full stadium seating and full digital surround sound.  Vue also has its flagship site, the Vue West End in Leicester Square, that was opened by HRH the Queen in 1938 for the premiere of the original Robin Hood.

Vue is widely recognised as the best run and most profitable cinema chain in the UK. Vue is also known worldwide for its industry leading innovations and technological advances ranging from the first live music concert (Genesis Live at 40 cinemas in July 2007), sporting events, live comedy and computer games to the UK’s first digital 3D movie presentation in 2005 and Europe’s first live 3D music concert (Keane, April 2009). With the roll out of digital projection now starting, Vue is ideally placed to capitalize on the transformation and increasing revitalisation of the British cinema industry. In December of 2007, Vue opened Europe’s first, and at the time, one of only three in the world, fully automated 10-screen digital multiplex cinema in Hull. 

In June of 2008, the Independent newspaper named Tim as one of the “20 Most Influential People in Film”.  Over the course of the past 19 years in cinema exhibition, Tim has developed extensive international development and operational experience in over 14 major international markets in Europe, South America, Australia and the Far East. Before entering the entertainment industry, Tim was a Wall Street lawyer engaged in international finance and cross-border mergers and acquisitions while based in London and New York.

Married for 20 years with three children, Tim’s interests are his family, films, reading and sports. A former international ski racer, Tim is still an avid skier, windsurfer, runner, cyclist and tennis player.

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