Nightflix Drive-In Cinema kicked-off screenings June 19 and topped all UK and Ireland cinema ticket sales for June as cinema goers have flocked to its site in Colchester. From day one demand was high, leading to the site’s capacity being increased to meet demand on the majority of screenings across the month.
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Platinum Equity today announced the acquisition of Deluxe Entertainment Services’ distribution business. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deluxe Entertainment's creative businesses are not included in the acquisition. Former Deluxe CEO Cyril Drabinsky, who left the company in 2016 to found CineVizion, is returning to lead the business as CEO under Platinum Equity's ownership. As part of the transition, CineVizion's assets will be integrated into Deluxe.
CineLife Entertainment, a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, has announced the drive-in theatre rollout of The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon, a concert filmed in Havana, Cuba in 2016. The company will partner with UK content provider Eagle Rock to bring this film to drive-in theatres across the U.S. and Canada for an exclusive summer concert experience beginning July 1, while observing specific state reopening guidelines.
Nagra, part of the Kudelski Group, has announced the application programming integration of NexGuard forensic watermarking technologies into Elemental MediaConvert, a file-based video transcoding service from Amazon Web Services. The API provides content owners, and any third-party working on premium content, with an added layer of security and traceability for their pre-release and early release content workflows, and simplifies the watermarking process for file transcoding and streaming content preparation.
Showbiz Cinemas is upgrading all of its Superior Digital Experience auditoriums with Cinionic RGB+ Laser Light Upgrade Kits for their Barco Series 2 Projectors. Laser is core to the exhibitor’s upcoming remodels and renovations including ShowBiz’s Waxahachie, Texas and Edmond, Oklahoma locations.
The European cinema trade group International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) today launched the fourth edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Program, a twelve-month mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition.
CEN Media Group and Ultraleap have signed a deal that will see touchless technology signage installed into as many as ten theatres as cinemas reopen and respond to life post-COVID-19. this technology will allow brands to continue to engage with consumers in a safe and responsible way. The companies did not disclose what theatres or locations are involved in the effort.
Last night the popular app HQ Trivia unveiled HQ Movie Trivia Night, a game show for passionate film buffs and families bringing you questions on your favorite motion pictures. Presented by Tribeca in partnership with National CineMedia HQ Movie Trivia night will air live every Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. EDT. Players compete for a $5,000 prize.
To support the reopening of movie theatres across the country, Fandango announced today the launch of a multi-dimensional program to help moviegoers go back to theatres with confidence and peace of mind. Starting today, Fandango.com and Fandango mobile apps will begin rolling out new resources and product functionality, including social distance seating maps, a one-stop guide to safety policies provided by more than one hundred theatre chains, a special search filter to find reopened theatres by location, instructional videos and more.
Showcase Cinemas today launched ShowcaseNow, a new video-on-demand service designed to complement and expand upon the exhibitor’s in-theatre event cinema programming. Showcase also introduced free apps for IOS and Android.