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Making Personal Connections

Thu, 03/15/2018 - 11:18 -- Nick Dager

Over the past 10 years, technology has brought people together more than ever, while at the same time creating a huge disconnect in personal relationships. In his new documentary Beyond Transport, directed and produced by first time filmmaker Ched Lohr, this topic is examined from the unique perspective of cab drivers. Shot on all seven continents of the world, the film includes interviews with drivers who share their accounts of how socializing has changed dramatically in the 21st Century.

National CineMedia Announces 2017 Fourth Quarter Results

Tue, 03/13/2018 - 12:28 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia today announced consolidated results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended December 28, 2017. Total revenue for the fourth quarter decreased 1.3 percent to $140.7 million from $142.5 million for the comparable quarter last year. Adjusted OIBDA decreased 4.4 percent to $82.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 from $86.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.

MoviePass Names Former Spotify, Viacom Executive Chief Product Officer

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 15:03 -- Nick Dager

MoviePass has named former product leader at Spotify, Viacom and Comcast, Mike Berkley chief product officer. Berkley’s role at MoviePass will be to lead the product strategy and vision for the MoviePass service, as the company continues its efforts to grow its subscriber base and expand technology integrations with exhibitors and other partners.

Vox Cinemas, Myrkott, Sign Distribution Deal

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:33 -- Nick Dager

Vox Cinemas has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Myrkott, the Saudi production company behind the YouTube animated series Masameer that has attracted more than 700 million views across social media. The development marks the first of its kind deal with a Saudi production company and will see Myrkott content screened across the Middle East and North Africa, including the distribution of a forthcoming feature film based on the YouTube show.

Jean-Pierre Decrette to Receive 2018 UNIC Achievement Award

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 12:25 -- Nick Dager

Jean-Pierre Decrette, until recently director of development at Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the UNIC Achievement Award, given each year in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to European cinema exhibition. The award will be presented as part of the CineEurope Awards Ceremony June 14 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

The Color of Emotions

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:11 -- Nick Dager

Screen actors convey emotion in several ways: their voices, their eyes and the subtle color changes of their facial skin. But what if – as in the case of Gary Oldman’s Oscar-winning performance in Darkest Hour – much of their face is covered in silicone? That was one of the key questions Peter Doyle, supervising colorist at Technicolor, addressed when he collaborated on the film’s palette.

VAB Appoints Lauren Leff VP Marketing and Communications

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:01 -- Nick Dager

The Video Advertising Bureau has appointed Lauren Leff as vice president, marketing & communications effective immediately. In this newly created role, Leff will oversee the organization’s internal and external communications supporting the VAB’s advocacy and dedication to providing advertisers and their agencies with the most current and actionable media insights on the expanding world of premium, multi-screen video content.

Felix Fissel Joins VFXnow as VP of Global Operations

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

GPL Technologies has hired Felix Fissel to lead its VFXnow unit as vice president of global operations. Fissel, an IT specialist with deep experience in the visual effects industry, will oversee VFXnow operations in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. He will also lead business development and seek to expand markets for the unit, a hardware-as-a-service provider to visual effects studios, game developers, editing houses and other creative services companies.

SMPTE Issues Call for Papers for SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:47 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has issued a call for technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, which will be held October 23-25 at a new venue, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. Authors must submit their proposals by May 28.

AR Coming to NCM Movie Theatres

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:40 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia is pioneering interactive augmented reality gaming in theaters this spring with the launch of Noovie ARcade, a companion app to NCM’s Noovie pre-show and Lobby Entertainment Network. Noovie ARcade is available in the iOS and Android app stores. NCM expects it to be rolled out nationwide this spring on over 20,600 screens in 1,700 theatres across the country including AMC, Cinemark, Regal Entertainment Group, and 49 other regional and local theater chains.

Reliance Industries Takes Equity Stake in Eros International

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30 -- Nick Dager

Reliance Industries Limited, through a subsidiary, has agreed to subscribe to a five percent equity stake in Eros International Media Limited at a price of fifteen dollars per share, which represents an 18 percent premium over the stock’s last closing price. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and other approvals. Furthermore, RIL and Eros announced that they have agreed to partner in India to jointly produce and consolidate content from across India.

Helios and Matheson Increases Stake in MoviePass

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

Helios and Matheson Analytics has increased its total ownership of the outstanding shares of MoviePass’ common stock (excluding shares underlying MoviePass options and warrants) to approximately 78 percent. The increase in ownership stems from cash advances provided by HMNY to MoviePass, from time to time, from December 19, 2017 through February 15, 2018.

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