Twenty-five years after it debuted to wide critical and popular acclaim, the award-winning documentary Everest is back in giant-screen theatres. MacGillivray Freeman Films, producers of Everest, spent months completing an all-new 16K restoration of the film for a special digitally remastered release.
Production & Post-Production
The Motion Picture Sound Editors association hosted a special in-person reception for winners in the 69th Annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards on March 26th at the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. Sound Editors honored for their work in feature films, long-form and short-form television, animation and documentaries were presented with gold GRA statuettes and joined with colleagues in celebrating their shared craft.
Who owns the media in Europe? Who has the power over the information we receive? And who can safeguard against monopolies becoming too powerful a voice in the media landscape? While European media players are looking to form super groups with enough reach and scale to count among the global players, one may wonder who is keeping an eye on the transparency of media ownership. Who are the watchdogs? And who is watching the watchdogs? This timely new report, Transparency of Media Ownership, by the European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has spotlighted these issues.
Final Pixel, a global creative studio specializing in end-to-end virtual production, has worked with a variety of clients in film and television to develop bespoke virtual production setups that meet the needs of each project. In addition to working with international clients such as Discovery and Disney, the studio also recently launched its Final Pixel Academy, which provides training on the latest virtual production skills and techniques, ensuring that artists and technicians have first-hand experience in this rapidly evolving field.
Tony Award winning actress Tonya Pinkins (Women of the Movement, Fear the Walking Dead) will premiere her directorial debut film Red Pill on April 1 at 7:30 pm in the Harlem Film House Metaverse. Director and producer Warrington Hudlin (House Party, Boomerang) will moderate a live Q&A with Pinkins following the screening.
New York CineFest will welcome dozens of independent films, short and feature length, to the inaugural year of the international film festival May 13-15 at the Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas in Chelsea. Films of all genres will be presented, including documentaries.
CES Power has acquired West Coast Cinema Services and its affiliate BST Power, the primary provider of power generation and temperature control services to most Hollywood movie studios. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Founded in 2009, West Coast Cinema has built a reputation as a leading service provider for the television and film industry through environmentally friendly, state-of-the-art power services.
Euro Media Group, a leading European global provider of media services, has expanded its digital services division with the purchase of new SubtitleNext licenses to support major productions. The SubtitleNext platform is used for captioning offline content in real time and is embraced by a growing number of film industry professionals across the globe.
The award-winning Istanbul production company, Autonomy, partnered with MGX Studio, Turkey’s first virtual production facility, and Formula 1, to deliver an immersive commercial project for the country’s financial hub and official sponsors of last year’s Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix, Istanbul Financial Center.
SMPTE Hollywood and the IMF User Group will co-host a virtual meeting on IMF and its impact on content owners, service providers and technology developers. The Interoperable Master Format is fast becoming the standard deliverable for studios and streamers. Free and open to all, the event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 30 at noon PDT on Zoom.