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Supercines to Open Five New IMAX Theatres in Ecuador

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:47 -- Nick Dager

Supercines today announced a sales agreement for five new IMAX theatres in Ecuador. The exhibitor is the largest cinema operator in the country. The theatres will be added to a combination of new and existing complexes throughout Ecuador with three to be located in the city of Guayaquil, one in the city of Ambato and another in the city of Machala. The deal brings to seven Supercines' total IMAX footprint with theatres currently in operation in Guayaquil and in Quito.

Cosmic Picture Launches Distribution Arm, Secures Rights for Nat Geo Giant Screen Films

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 13:13 -- Nick Dager

Cosmic Picture has launched a new giant screen film distribution company for museum and science center theaters. The company will distribute a range of films, including a number of giant screen educational films from the National Geographic library, including award-winning documentaries such as Sea Monsters, Extreme Weather, Mysteries of the Unseen World and its own hit Jerusalem.

Ymagis Group Reports 2017 Financial Reports

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 13:08 -- Nick Dager

Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter of 2017 and its full year revenue for 2017 December 31, 2017. Driven by its technological services activities and recent acquisitions, Ymagis Group continued its growth momentum with revenue up by +0.8 percent in 2017 despite the structural decline in virtual print fees activities. During Q4, business stood at its highest historical level as revenue reached €54.1M (+3.5 percent).

Wanda Cinemas Installs Samsung Cinema LED Screen

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:27 -- Nick Dager

Wanda Cinemas’s Wujiaochang theatre in Shanghai’s Yangpu District is installing Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen technology, becoming the first implementation of Samsung’s Cinema LED Screen in China. This follows implementations in Asia last year in Seoul and Busan, Korea, and Bangkok, Thailand, and in Europe, at the Arena Cinemas Sihlcity in Zurich, Switzerland.

Defining Digital Cinema Technology

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 14:33 -- Nick Dager

Digital cinema technology is defined by a collection of documents developed by many different organizations. No one organization defines it all, and in one case, the organization no longer exists. To address that situation, industry veteran Michael Karagosian has launched the website Cinepedia. His goal is to provide a single source of information about cinema technology. Among his many accomplishments Karagosian represented the technology interests of the National Association of Theatre Owners for eleven years during the digital cinema transition and is co-chair of the ASC Technology Subcommittee on Next Generation Cinema Display. I recently spoke with him about Cinepedia.

MoCap Makes Maz Kanata Go

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:44 -- Nick Dager

In a pivotal moment in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the CGI character Maz Kanata, played by Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, shows up just in time to give the Rebels a vital piece of information. Although Maz’s appearance is brief, the complex shoot involved creating a temporary, studio-grade motion capture stage inside the famed Pinewood Studios. To complete this task, Lucasfilm turned to Audiomotion and its Vicon system.

Animating a Singular Kiss

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

What began as an indie mobile game in 2014, Five Nights At Freddy’s has grown into a multimedia franchise with multiple games, novel adaptations and a feature film currently in progress. The series is produced by Kiev, Ukraine-based GoldenLane Studio. One particularly challenging scene for GoldenLane co-founder Roman Maltsev was playing two characters named Zoe and Ellis that kiss.

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Alchimie, Unified Streaming Extend Partnership

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 12:19 -- Nick Dager

Digital distribution company Alchimie is extending its partnership with Unified Streaming. Alchimie, headquartered just outside Paris, advises rights owners who are dealing with companies such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Samsung, and Orange to name a few. Unified Streaming has worked with Alchimie since 2015. By installing their web-server plug-in Unified Origin, Alchimie says it has been able to offer stable, scalable live and on-demand streaming to all its partners, who, in turn, can unfailingly satisfy their customers as the final users

Modern Cinema Group Opens London Office

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:31 -- Nick Dager

The Modern Cinema Group has opened a London office for its new media exchange now named the MOCI Media Exchange. With the help of the finance team working for the Dubai-based Pride Group, London was selected as an ideal location for the new media exchange due to its favorable geographical location as well as its long history of hosting successful international exchanges.

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