[Editors Note: As has been widely reported, in recent weeks filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh have predicted that Hollywood will implode if the major studios continue to invest only in tent-pole movies and endless sequels. In a guest column Russ Collins, artistic director of the Cinetopia Festival, CEO of Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater and director of the Art House Convergence, takes exception.] Steven Spielberg is a gifted filmmaker whose impact on the art and business of cinema is arguably peerless. Steven Soderbergh is a gifted and important filmmaker. The aesthetic and financial success of both Stevens is unquestioned. However, both of these cinema icons have come out with almost bitter assessments of the future of movies recently. I believe these assessments are wrongheaded. Maybe it’s because the pessimistic assessments come from these two cinema idols that it makes me sad and a little mad.
Carlton Screen Advertising Ireland has upgraded their Advertising Accord software to include digital content distribution. The system developed by Unique Digital will enable CSA to take full advantage of the digital cinema market in Ireland in which they are the cinema advertising market leader.
Kodak has concluded a new agreement with 20th Century Fox to supply motion picture film to its movie and television studios.
Dolby Laboratories and Regal Entertainment Group announced today that Regal recently installed Dolby Atmos in 20 of its big-screen RPX: Regal Premium Experience theatres. The systems were installed in time for the premiere of Warner Bros. Man of Steel.
Opening June 28, DDA cinematographer Rachel Morrion’s next feature Some Girl(s) is filled with her sensitive portraiture of poignant stories. Some Girl(s) will be the first narrative feature to be released exclusively through new online video portal Vimeo On Demand.
The Euromed Audiovisual III program of the European Union and the European Audiovisual Observatory are publishing a report on film and audiovisual industry in Lebanon.
International Datacasting has sold its SuperFlex Pro Cinema receivers to CinecolorSAT – the leading digital cinema content distribution network in Latin America—part of Grupo Chilefims.
Cine Colombia, Colombia's leading exhibitor is continuing its digital cinema rollout with the addition of 124 Doremi ShowVaults and Integrated Media Blocks (IMBs).
Doremi was once again technical partner of the Cannes Film Festival, marking its eleventh successive year of involvement for the world-famous event. The company supplied digital cinema servers throughout the Festival.
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.