Lumiere VOD was launched this week at the Council of Europe by Mariya Gabriel, the EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and the Council’s Secretary General, Thorbjorn Jagland in the presence of Silvia Costa, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for Creative Europe and president of the Association of Film Directors and Producers, filmmaker Radu Milaileanu. The database contains information on more than 35,000 European films offered 150,000 times on VOD. This data has been taken from 250 different VOD catalogues available in 28 European countries.
The New York facility of Eurofins Digital Media Services has been granted a Certification in Dolby Vision Quality Control Services. Eurofins is the first dedicated Dolby Vision quality assurance facility on the East Coast, meeting the growing demand for quality control and testing services in New York City.
FandangoNow, Fandango’s video on-demand service, will become the first U.S. digital retailer for IMAX Enhanced films releasing to home video. FandangoNow will have exclusive rights as the sole transactional VOD service to feature this content in the U.S. through 2019. The IMAX Enhanced program is a certification and licensing program, combining IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K high dynamic range content and DTS audio technologies.
Jonathan Wales, mixing at Formosa NoHo, recently completed the audio mix for the Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House. The Haunting of Hill House was mixed in Dolby Atmos. For the show, Wales needed to convey the feeling of spaciousness in the house and create unnerving suspense throughout the mix as a family relives their scary past.
Last summer, Emagine Entertainment showed the first-run movie Ideal Home starring Paul Rudd at its Royal Oak Cinema in Detroit using Nagra’s myCinema technology. “This is the first-time audiences have enjoyed a feature length film leveraging advanced digital compression technology via Nagra-secured myCinema theater premise equipment,” said Jean-Luc Jezouin, Nagra’s senior vice president business development. “The plug-and-play experience of the myCinema solution offers a significant leap in digital cinema distribution technology, alleviating enormous costs experienced with traditional digital cinema prints.”
In response to what it says is the shifting intersection of theatrical film distribution and moviegoers’ accelerating trend towards in-home entertainment, new over-the-top company Row8 is launching what it claims will be the most cinematic and highest security digital streaming service – initially focused on exclusive premieres of foreign theatrical titles in the U.S. market. Row8’s goal is to elevate the experience of viewing theatrical features at home, presenting quality filmmaking fresh from theaters to targeted and passionate audiences
“I think if you’re making a high school movie, you can’t not watch John Hughes movies for reference,” said cinematographer Hillary Spera (Duck Butter, Submission). “Even if it’s subliminal, they’re woven into the language.” Filmmaker John Hughes had a string of hit films in the 1980s that were a true depiction of high school life in middle class suburbia. Movies like 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink portrayed teen characters with depth and intelligence but were also comedic.
China’s market-leading online entertainment service iQiyi today announced that it has officially opened its first Yuke on-demand movie theatre in Zhongshan, Guangdong. The company plans to open more Yuke movie theatres in first- and second-tier cities throughout China.
VFX Legion recently created the visual effects for the highly anticipated crossover episodes of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. Legion has handled all of the visual effects for both shows for almost three-years. However, the crossover episodes required visual effects that blended with two series that use different tools and each have their own look, presenting a more complex set of challenges.
The Indian film entertainment company Eros International announced today that Eros Now, its digital over-the-top South Asian entertainment platform has reached 80 million registered users and five million paying subscribers worldwide. This represents growth of more than 150 percent since the end of 2016.