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Distribution & Exhibition
Ymagis Group today reported its full-year earnings for the 2017 fiscal year December 31. In 2017, saying the group demonstrated its ability to offset the decline in its virtual print fee activities (revenue -11.5 percent at €61.5 million) by the growth of its service activities (+9.0 percent at €118.1 million). The group’s business thus rose slightly by +0.8 percent to €179.2 million. Driven by the full-year integration of acquisitions made in 2016 and by the implementation of the growth strategy based on its services activities, the Eclair and CinemaNext business units saw their revenue increase respectively by +15.4 percent and +3.4 percent at €54.8 million and €63.3 million.
National CineMedia today announced that Mark Segall and Renana Teperberg have been appointed to its board of directors.
Everyman Cinemas, which has 22 sites in England including London’s Canary Wharf, Bristol and Harrogate, has signed a 30-year lease on a 10,000 square foot unit in Glasgow’s Princes Square, which was named Scotland’s Favorite Building by the Royal Institute for Architects in Scotland in 2016.
MoviePass announced today that Maria Stipp, CEO of Lagunitas Brewing Company, has been elected to its board of directors.
Viacom has partnered with Movio to combine Movio’s moviegoer data with Viacom Vantage’s advanced advertising capabilities. Viacom is the only media company to connect Movio’s consumer data to set-top box viewing data, providing film studios with the ability to deliver marketing campaigns at scale.
MoviePass has named former product leader at Spotify, Viacom and Comcast, Mike Berkley chief product officer. Berkley’s role at MoviePass will be to lead the product strategy and vision for the MoviePass service, as the company continues its efforts to grow its subscriber base and expand technology integrations with exhibitors and other partners.
Vox Cinemas has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Myrkott, the Saudi production company behind the YouTube animated series Masameer that has attracted more than 700 million views across social media. The development marks the first of its kind deal with a Saudi production company and will see Myrkott content screened across the Middle East and North Africa, including the distribution of a forthcoming feature film based on the YouTube show.
CinemaNext today announced the official opening of CinemaNext Middle East & Africa in Jebel Ali Free Zone, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Cinema industry professional Francois Inizan will serve as its general manager.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will delve into the deep history of moving imagery with filmmaker, inventor, and author Lenny Lipton at its monthly meeting March 22 in Hollywood. Lipton will offer a presentation based on his forthcoming book The Cinema in Flux.