The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has just updated its annual report on the prominence of European films and programs on transactional, pay-per-view video on demand platforms. This new analysis of the prominence of films and TV series covers 57 leading services from seven European countries.
CineStar Bosnia and Herzegovina has chosen 4K laser projection by Cinionic for its new destination cinema, CineStar 4DX Sarajevo - Bingo City Center. As part of the deal, Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, brings its award-winning Barco Series 4 laser projection to the theatre’s 10 auditoriums.
The International Cinema Technology Association 2020-2021 award for innovation in cinema exhibition in Europe, the Middle East and Africa goes to Muvi Cinema, U-Walk, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for Best New Build Cinema; to Cineplexx, Millennium City, Vienna, Austria for Best Cinema Refurbishment; and to Pathé Tuschinski, Amsterdam, The Netherlands for Classic Cinema of the Year.
Following recent decisions requiring the closure of cinemas across a number of European countries in response to spikes in COVID-19, European trade body the International Union of Cinemas in a statement today renewed its call to national governments, the European Commission and the European Parliament to provide further public funding support to the sector to ensure that cinemas are able to survive the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.
Following the decision by Walt Disney Studios to release Pixar’s Soul directly onto its Disney+ streaming platform, the International Union of Cinemas, representing European cinema operators, has issued the following statement: “Walt Disney Studios’ decision to release Soul directly onto their Disney+ streaming platform, depriving many audiences across Europe from seeing it on the Big Screen, has shocked and dismayed all cinema operators.
European exhibitor services specialist CinemaNext has announced that the UK Digital Funding Partnership, the ground-breaking project established by the UK Cinema Association and CinemaNext to allow more than 100 small and medium-sized cinema operators to digitize their sites across the United Kingdom, has reached recoupment.
After a long delay caused by the global pandemic, Kinepolis today finally opened the doors to its newest cinema, which is located in Centrum Schalkwijk in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Undeterred by this year’s COVID-19 health challenges, Éclair Versioning & Accessibility has added a new state-of-the-art recording room to the Vanves’ facility as part of a wider reorganization of its Parisian studios, which included changes and upgrades to a number of its recording studios. The company has also opened a new dubbing facility in Barcelona.
Platforms for the distribution of film and TV content are endlessly multiplying and changing in nature. In parallel, the application of copyright rules attached to audiovisual works and their exploitation along the value chain are becoming increasingly complex. Obtaining rights from the rights holders involved in a given project and, in some cases, acquiring licenses for the use of pre-existing works, is an essential aspect of the work of film producers and marks an indispensable preliminary step before they can grant licenses for the exploitation of the work to the various exploitation channels.
“It’s like nothing we have ever seen before,” said Graham Spurling, the owner of Movies @ Cinemas, one of Ireland’s largest cinema chains. “The rule book has been ripped apart. But look, we have got to keep positive. We will see good times again.” He’s not the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Showman for nothing. Full disclosure, I consider him to be my friend.