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Disney Releasing Four New Films in 4DX

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 13:04 -- Nick Dager

The Walt Disney Studios will release four upcoming titles in CJ 4DPlex’s multi-sensory 4DX format. Following the successful global release of The Lion King and Aladdin in 4DX, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be released in October, followed by Frozen 2 and Ford v Ferrari in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December.

Africa Key Focus of Emerging Cinema Markets Conference

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Africa will be a key focus when the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul convenes November 19-21. The conference is run by Digital Cinema Solutions Events. Rob Arthur, founder and director of DCS Events and senior consultant at the Big Picture says, “Cinema in Africa is the new frontier. It is critically important that the industry stakeholders work as a team to best manage the growth opportunities cross the continent.”

Showcase Flagship Thesatre Converting to All Laser

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:27 -- Nick Dager

Later this year National Amusements’ Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place will become the exhibitor’s first all Barco laser multiplex in the United States. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the theatre will be the Northeast’s first theatre to feature Showcase XPlus – CGS Enlightened, the cinemas’ enhanced giant screen offering with immersive sound, crystal clear laser projection and reserved seating.

DTS Releases DTS:X Immersive Audio Bitstream Software Development Kit

Tue, 10/15/2019 - 11:21 -- Nick Dager

This week DTS released its DTS:X Immersive Audio Bitstream software development kit to its cinema partners. The company believes the move strengthens its position as the motion picture industry creates the interoperable IAB content and device ecosystem needed to provide a true immersive sound experience in theatres.

QSC Announces DCI Compliance for CMS-5000 Cinema Media Server

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 13:06 -- Nick Dager

QSC’s CMS-5000 cinema media server has met all of the requirements of the Digital Cinema System Specification Version 1.2 published by Digital Cinema Initiatives, the company announced today. This certification validates that the next-generation cinema media server can reliably play controlled digital cinema content in movie theatres around the world and can reproduce high-quality images and sound as well as secure the content against piracy.

Abramorama Releasing Neil Young Documentary

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 09:01 -- Nick Dager

Abramorama is partnering with Shakey Pictures and Reprise/Warner Records to release the latest Neil Young film Mountaintop across North America on October 22 and in Europe and South American on November 18. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Young continues his 50-year odyssey with Crazy Horse, this time in the mountains of Colorado with Mountaintop, a Bernard Shakey + dhlovelife film with cinematographer Adam C.K. Vollick.

Pamela Green Featured Speaker at Women in Technology Luncheon

Mon, 10/14/2019 - 08:57 -- Nick Dager

Emmy nominated filmmaker Pamela B. Green will be the featured speaker at the annual Women in Technology Luncheon on October 21, presented by HPA Women in Post and SMPTE. The popular gathering takes place October 21-24 during the SMPTE 2019 Conference at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Green’s feature documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché tells the moving and groundbreaking story of the first female filmmaker. During the luncheon, Green will be in conversation with Loren Nielsen, co-chair of the HPA Women in Post Committee.

Workshop Seeks to Demystify the Film Distribution Process

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:51 -- Nick Dager

Goldcrest Post and CinePointe Advisors will unravel the process of preparing films for distribution in a special two-night workshop aimed at feature film and documentary producers and others responsible for budgeting and supervising films as they make their way through post-production. Sessions will offer insight into the legal, technical and physical aspects of film delivery, covering topics as wide-ranging as how to negotiate delivery terms to the intricacies of OTT delivery specs. Workshop leaders will include CinePointe Advisors business and financial affairs advisor Stacey Smith, Goldcrest Films head of production Gretchen McGowan and Goldcrest Post managing director Domenic Rom.

Victoria Alonso to Receive MPSE Filmmaker Award

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:47 -- Nick Dager

The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Victoria Alonso with its annual Filmmaker Award. As executive vice president of production at Marvel Studios, Alonso has executive produced films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe that have garnered critical acclaim and amassed more than $20 billion worldwide including Avengers: Endgame, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, as well as the upcoming Black Widow. She will receive the award at the 67th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles.

Spotlight, AFI Partner on Unique Preshow

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 15:50 -- Nick Dager

Spotlight Cinema Networks and the American Film Institute are joining in an exclusive yearlong partnership to showcase rare and never-before-seen footage from the AFI Archive within Spotlight’s preshow entertainment to luxury exhibitors and iconic independent film theatres. The inaugural October preshow will feature stories about the making of the classic thriller North By Northwest as told by the “Master of Suspense” himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

Frame.io Names Michael Cioni SVP of Global Innovation

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 12:45 -- Nick Dager

Frame.io, one of the world’s leading video review and collaboration platform used by more than one million filmmakers and media professionals, has hired Michael Cioni as senior vice president of global innovation. Cioni, one of the industry’s most prominent production and post workflow experts, joins Frame.io from international camera company Panavision, where, in a similar role, he spearheaded numerous breakthrough products and workflows, including the Millennium DXL 8K large-format camera system.

Movio Names Shona Grundy Head of Product

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 10:38 -- Nick Dager

Movio has named Shona Grundy head of product. Grundy will work out of Auckland and report to Movio co-founder and CEO William Palmer. A seasoned entrepreneur and product leader, Grundy will be responsible for capturing the required outcomes of the market, related industries, as well as the Movio front-line team and distilling this information into a product vision that provides clear and cohesive direction for the company.

Rethinking a Movie Theatre

Tue, 10/08/2019 - 10:23 -- Nick Dager

Combining one of the oldest architectural designs in the Western world – the amphitheatre – with some of the most advanced motion picture exhibition technology available today may sound like a great idea for a new movie theatre. Applying that concept to an existing theatre, though, makes the challenge seem truly daunting. But that’s exactly what happened when B&B Theatres acquired an old movie house in Overland Park, Kansas and set about the work of making it their own. The result is the world’s second largest ScreenX auditorium and its first ScreenX Amphitheatre, complete with a unique approach to the DTS:X sound system.

UNIC Announces Support for NATO’s Technology Evaluation Program

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 11:32 -- Nick Dager

The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the trade body representing cinema operators and their national associations across 38 European territories, has voiced its support for the National Association of Theatre Owners resolution laying out aspects of its digital cinema technology evaluation program. The technology evaluation program was approved last month by NATO’s executive board at the organization’s annual meeting.

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