This year the buzz at CineEurope seemed to be all about alternative content, or event cinema as it’s being increasingly referred to. As chair of the ECA it’s difficult to gain real perspective from the eye of the storm but having seen the business grow from an occasional add-on for exhibitors to a serious revenue stream in more recent years, the sense in Barcelona last month was that in event cinema, the possibilities are endless and the sense of real excitement was tangible. Everyone from major studios to major cinema chains to independents to technical partners seemed keen to know more, hear more, do more to exploit this established and still growing revenue stream.
Eagle Rock Entertainment has appointed More2Screen to distribute legacy concert film, Morrissey 25: Live, to cinemas worldwide (except North America) beginnging in August. Filmed live during Morrissey’s most intimate gig in decades at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles on March 2, this is the first authorized Morrissey film for nine years and marks 25 years of the solo career of one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic performers.
Mr Wolf and the Royal Opera House have announced an exclusive long-term agreement to distribute Royal Opera House operas and ballets to cinemas worldwide, beginning this autumn with the 2013-14 Season.
The Event Cinema Association has launched the first website to promote and support live and recorded cinema events, also known as alternative content, which is increasingly being screened and finding new audiences in cinemas around the world.
TromaDance Detroit, Michigan's only free independent film festival is coming to the Tangent Gallery on June 22.
The Camera Store supplied five Skquattro pedestals and additional support equipment for a live stereoscopic broadcast of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from St Petersburg. Starring Yekaterina Kondaurova, the Swan Lake 3D Live Special Event was relayed on June 6 from the Mariinsky Theatre to cinema audiences in more than 50 countries around the world.
Announcing new deals with Twitter and Foursquare, NCM Media held its second annual upfront presentation last month at New York City’s AMC Loews Lincoln Square movie theater. According to NCM, it is America’s No. 1 weekend network, consistently ranking higher in reach than any other network on Fridays and Saturdays. As the largest cinema network in the U.S., NCM delivers national reach and scale that is comparable to – and often bigger than – the biggest TV networks.
Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to Visitors, the new film from director Godfrey Reggio, composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Jon Kane. Seven years in the making, Visitors is the fourth film that Reggio and Glass have collaborated on following the groundbreaking, internationally acclaimed, Qatsi Trilogy formed by the films Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, and Naqoyqatsi.
More2Screen has been appointed by the Dutch National Ballet and 3 Minutes West to distribute an all new Cinderella ballet to digital cinemas worldwide (except the US) beginning May 1. Choreographed by the internationally acclaimed Christopher Wheeldon, Cinderella was premiered by the Dutch National Ballet last December and received a rapturous reception from both ballet fans and critics alike.