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.
Evergrande Real Estate Group, one of the ten largest real estate developers in Mainland China, is expanding its business to the cinema industry. In an initial phase, the Evergrande Cinema Line is building 77 cinema complexes in residential neighborhoods across the country, five of which are already operational.
Broadway Circuit, one of the largest cinema circuits in Hong Kong with 62 screens in 12 theatres has reported a film delivery rate of 99.99 percent in 2013. The theatre credited GDC Technology for its success in presenting more than 150,000 performances that year.
Wanda Cinema Line, a subsidiary of Dalian Wanda Group Corporation, has selected software from Arts Alliance Media to manage cinema screens in its new build sites in China. The deal, completed through AAM’s Chinese reseller partner, ACE (Shanghai) Digital System will equip 270 screens with AAM’s theatre management system, Screenwriter, to manage their content, playlists and scheduling.
AAM’s partnership in China with ACE will see ACE representing AAM across China and reselling AAM digital cinema software to exhibitors and integrators.
Harkness Screens has begun making its new passive 3D screen surface Clarus 170 at its Asian facilities in India and China.
Designed for use in large format auditoria (using two projectors) or smaller to mid-sized theatres where 3D systems using polarized light are deployed, the Clarus 170 3D surface also enhances conventional 2D presentation enabling DCI compliance with optimized theatre geometry.
The American Film Institute has announced the AFI/IDG China Story Fellowship, a new scholarship program at the AFI Conservatory aimed at developing feature-length screenplays that foster greater understanding of Chinese history, culture and literature.
UltraStar Cinemas, a U.S.-owned movie theatre group, and Letian Entertainment, a subsidiary of China’s most influential broadcast network, have announced the formation of a joint venture to develop and operate theatres in China.
Dolby Laboratories and Jet Tone Production have announced that award-winning director Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster will be the first Chinese movie mixed in Dolby Atmos to be shown in the United States.
Barco has announced that it has installed 10,000 units of its digital cinema projectors install bases thus far in Greater China. The company says it is the first manufacturer to reach this number in China.
NCM Media Networks and Beijing China Times Media Advertising Co. have entered into an advertising cooperation and fee agreement to help international brands reach movie audiences in the United States and China.