Cinema-industry veteran Susie Beiersdorf, vice president of sales, cinema – The Americas, Christie, has been selected as the 2019 recipient of the Ken Mason Inter-Society Award. The Ken Mason Award honors an individual who has made outstanding long-term contributions leading to the overall improvement of the motion picture experience. The announcement was made today by Paul Holliman, president, The Inter-Society for the Enhancement of Cinema Presentation. Beiersdorf will receive the award at a ceremony held at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on April 4.
San Francisco-based 1606 Studio, formerly Made-SF, has hired veteran post-production producer Vickie Sornsilp as head of production. Sornsilp, whose background includes senior positions with One Union Recording and Beast Editorial, will oversee editorial and post-production finishing projects for the studio, launched last month by executive producer Jon Ettinger, editor/director Doug Walker and editors Brian Lagerhausen and Connor McDonald.
Christie has announced that Jack Kline, a pioneer in digital cinema technology and an architect of the innovative virtual print fee that accelerated the adoption of digital projection in movie theaters and created a revolution in global entertainment, is stepping down as chairman, president and CEO of Christie after 40 years with the company, effective April 1. Current chief financial officer Kazuhisa Kamiyama will assume the role as chairman and CEO, while Kline remains at the company as an executive advisor to the CEO until April 1, 2020 to assist in a smooth transition.
The National Association of Theatre Owners will honor John D. Loeks, chairman of Studio C, with the 2019 NATO Marquee Award during this year’s CinemaCon, according to the conference’s managing director Mitch Neuhauser. CinemaCon, the official convention of NATO, will be held April 1-4, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The Society of Camera Operators has announced the nominees for Camera Operator of the Year in the Film category. They are:
In its effort to meet audience demand for exceptional content, Fathom Events has hired Andrew Goldman as vice president of programming. Based in New York, Goldman will bring his creative expertise and industry-wide relationships to help Fathom grow its cable, broadcast, Broadway and other verticals to acquire high-value content that has broad audience appeal.
Arri has signed Art Adams to the newly created position of cinema lens specialist. In that role he will further develop and support sales of Arri lenses for North America, while collecting user feedback from imagemakers.
Éclair today announced the appointment of Marie-Laure Barrau to the newly created position of sales director for its activities in France and Belgium effective immediately. She is responsible for managing the sales teams across Éclair’s business divisions (Digital Applications, Digital Distribution, Theatrical Delivery, Preservation, Post-Production, Restoration and Versioning & Accessibility) in both countries.
Former Sony Pictures Entertainment senior executive Jonathan Gordon has joined SoundFi as executive vice president, head of global operations and business development. Gordon will be part of SoundFi’s senior management team and will work closely with founder/CEO Chris Anastas, president – entertainment division Tracy Falco, and COO/CFO Bill Kehoe. He will be responsible for leading global strategy as well as relations with studios, exhibitors, and other vital partners and industry stakeholders, as the company prepares for its next stage of growth.
Industry veteran Rod Archer has joined QSC Cinema as product manager. In his new role, Archer will be primarily responsible for product strategy and execution for Q-SYS for Cinema, Cinema Media Server, Control and Accessibility Product categories. Archer brings a rich career of product development experience, with more than 30 years of executive product development roles.