National CineMedia has completed its acquisition of Fantasy Movie League, the box office predictions game that combines the fierce competition of fantasy sports with the insanely popular world of entertainment and movies. It marks the company’s first acquisition as a key part of its new focus on consumer digital products for movie audiences.
The Event Cinema Association is hosting a morning of activities June 21 at the Hotel SB Diagonal Zero, across the road from the CCIB Convention Centre in Barcelona, site of CineEurope 2017. The ECA is also hosting its annual evening reception.
Event cinema has come a long way since its earliest days more than a decade ago. The challenge now is to push the boundaries of event cinema to find new content, new concepts that can attract and sustain even larger audiences. To that end, the Event Cinema Association’s annual day-long ECA Conference & Awards session will be held in London this Friday February 3 at the QE11 Centre in central London, near Parliament Square in Westminster. The conference, now in its fourth year is the only event of its kind in the world. To learn more about the association, the conference and the event cinema business in general I spoke with Melissa Cogavin, the ECA’s managing director.
Screenvision Media today announced the signing of two new long-term agreements totaling 177 screens across 17 theatres with CMX and Pacific Theatres. These agreements increase Screenvision Media’s inventory in the nation’s top three markets: New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago
Digital Theatre’s recording of the live production of Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s acclaimed performance of Things I Know To Be True by Andrew Bovell will be available to Digital Theatre’s worldwide education audience from February 22. This will be the second Frantic Assembly production (following Lovesong) to appear on Digital Theatre’s education platform, DT+.
The Event Cinema Association has announced the launch of an ECA chapter in Moscow to help grow the event cinema sector in the Russia and CIS territories. ECA board member and industry veteran Oleg Berezin of Nevafilm, St. Petersburg, will run the chapter.
The New York Film Critics Series has partnered with many of the nation's leading independent cinemas to present live, in-theater events. The next NYFCS screening will be pre-release screenings of Silver Skies.
More2Screen will distribute Warner Bros. Records new music event, Michael Bublé – Tour Stop 148, to be released in cinemas worldwide September 25. The event includes a special fifteen-minute introduction by Michael Bublé exclusive to cinemas. The agreement does not include the United States.
Rooftop Films and Arts Brookfield will be co-presenting three free screenings on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center). The screenings will take place July 28, 29, and 30, with live musical performances preceding each of the films.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced the official launch of The Vista Project, a competition that will identify emerging talent in the creative and engineering realms and support future filmmakers in developing interactive cinema experiences. Open exclusively to students enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited university-level undergraduate or graduate program, the competition will award five finalists with $5,000 to create a 10-minute short that could serve as a template for a long-form interactive cinema experience.