The Orchard has acquired theatrical and digital rights spanning North America and the U.K. to Harmontown. The documentary, directed by Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) and co-produced by Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries, follows Community creator and writer/producer Dan Harmon on tour for his eponymous podcast series. The film features appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale -- among other A-list comics -- and will be released by The Orchard theatrically and digitally this fall.
The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a brand new report on the theatrical circulation of European children’s films. The Observatory’s cinema analyst, Martin Kanzler, presented this new report at the KIDS Regio Forum, which took place in Erfurt, Germany June 20th.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, a blockbuster produced by Paramount and Jiaflix was the highest grossing imported film in Mainland China for the first half of 2014. The movie is the China Movie Media Group’s first collaboration with a U.S. Studio, Paramount Pictures.
New business models and forward-looking ideas for operating in a changed market environment are the goals of Kinoton Digital Solutions, which as of July 1 has begun operations from its base in Germering, Germany. The successor, following liquidation, to Kinoton, the company says it will continue to offer customers custom-tailored, sustainable, complete cinema solutions as well as a comprehensive range of services and products.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced plans for a new partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance. The partnership will begin with SMPTE providing administrative support to HPA, and it is expected to culminate in the merger of the two organizations by May 2015.
Arts Alliance Ventures announced today that it is merging its existing opera-to-rock cinema content businesses into a single integrated company to capitalize on the rapidly growing global market for event cinema.
China’s largest movie media group, China Movie Media Group (影时尚 Ying Shishang), announced today it will open its first United States office in Los Angeles, California. In tandem, it will team with its first U.S. studio, Paramount Pictures, to launch the marketing of Transformers: Age of Extinction (TF4) in China, a movie that has incorporated many Chinese elements and locations.
According to Fandango, X-Men: Days of Future Past is pacing to be the biggest X-Men movie opening in Fandango history, overpowering the company’s previous record-holder, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
Fandango has added Harkins Theatres, Digiplex Destinations and Premiere Cinemas to its cinema network. These latest exhibitor agreements bring Fandango’s ticketing conveniences to an additional 1,000 screens in a dozen states including Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Fandango now powers online and mobile ticketing for more than 24,000 U.S. screens, representing the vast majority of the nation’s theaters.
Carmike Cinemas and Digital Cinema Destinations (Digiplex) have announced that their boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement for Carmike to acquire Digiplex.