Christie has announced that Jack Kline, a pioneer in digital cinema technology and an architect of the innovative virtual print fee that accelerated the adoption of digital projection in movie theaters and created a revolution in global entertainment, is stepping down as chairman, president and CEO of Christie after 40 years with the company, effective April 1. Current chief financial officer Kazuhisa Kamiyama will assume the role as chairman and CEO, while Kline remains at the company as an executive advisor to the CEO until April 1, 2020 to assist in a smooth transition.
Chris Buchanan, Samsung’s director, business development, cinema screen, will give the keynote address at the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers Future of Cinema Conference April 8 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is co-sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters and is part of their annual convention.
Digital cinema technology is defined by a collection of documents developed by many different organizations. No one organization defines it all, and in one case, the organization no longer exists. To address that situation, industry veteran Michael Karagosian has launched the website Cinepedia. His goal is to provide a single source of information about cinema technology. Among his many accomplishments Karagosian represented the technology interests of the National Association of Theatre Owners for eleven years during the digital cinema transition and is co-chair of the ASC Technology Subcommittee on Next Generation Cinema Display. I recently spoke with him about Cinepedia.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today released details about the 2017 NAB Show's Future of Cinema Conference: The Intersection of Technology, Art, & Commerce in Cinema, produced in partnership with SMPTE. Scheduled for April 22-23 during the 2017 NAB Show, the conference will feature two full days of expert presentations delving into how technical innovation, artistic intent, and evolving consumption and business models will interact to shape the future of cinema.
Ymagis Group today announced the EclairColor release of Liongate’s La La Land, which opens in cinemas across France January 25. Distributed by SND - M6 Group and directed by Damien Chazelle, La La Land, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will be available exclusively in EclairColor in the following cinemas: Gaumont Champs-Elysées (Paris, 8th arrondissement), Pathé Wepler (Paris, 18th arrondissement), Les Confluences (Varenne-sur-Seine) and Le Sirius (Le Havre).
Ymagis Group has increasd its ownership stake in Belarusian exhibitor services business partner Kraftwerk Weissrussland from 20 percent to 60 percent following an agreement with Austria’s Kraftwerk Living Technologies.
Ymagis Group has released its three-year strategic plan, Perform 2020. Following a build-up period that saw revenue quadruple since Ymagis’ initial public offering in 2013, the group is setting the framework for a new profitable growth phase based upon the rationalization of its organizational structure and services offer as well as innovation and international expansion.
Ultra-Stereo Labs has upgraded its JSD-60 Digital Cinema Processor. USL’s engineering team has now added parametric equalization and bass management to the JSD-60 processor.
Wanda Cinema Line and Dolby Laboratories today announced a collaboration to open 100 Dolby Cinema locations in China in the next five years, with the first location scheduled to open this spring.
Digital entertainment curator FilmBuff has licensed the U.S. rights to distribute A Wonderful Cloud, a feature-length improv comedy written, directed, and starring Eugene Kotlyarenko, with Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, Queen of Earth). The film, which is inspired by the real life relationship between Kotlyarenko and Sheil, debuted at SXSW, and will open in select theaters nationwide.