Influential European trade organization IBC and TM Forum, the digital business trade association today jointly announced a new collaboration to drive open innovation between the telecoms and media industries. The collaboration will include a focus on developing multi-company, rapid proof-of-concept projects to be showcased at each other’s flagship events and a range of joint marketing and content sharing activities.
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The patented technology Cinema Anywhere, a public screening platform from Israeli start-up Muvix, is on display at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Cinema Anywhere provides public screening as a service, and enables on-demand screening of any content in any public place, indoors and outdoors. During the festival, Muvix will operate a smart cinema in the Israeli pavilion, where films of Israeli filmmakers will be screened to festival visitors.
Gofilex and Motion Picture Solutions — two established names in theatrical film servicing and digital content distribution — today announced that the companies have signed several commercial and financial agreements to pave the way for the strategic alliance of MPS’s 700-site LANsat estate with Gofilex’s pan-European network of more than 1,400 sites.
Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the first quarter of 2018, ending March 31. Revenue for Ymagis Group fell by 5.4 percent to €39.3 million during the first three months of 2018 due to the anticipated acceleration in the decline of virtual print fee activities. This is partly offset by the growth in service activities (+4.1 percent at €25.6 million).
Pixvanaa, today announced that it has partnered with Seattle International Film Festival to provide the content distribution technology for the SIFF VR Zone, where audiences will explore compelling virtual reality and 360 video content from around the world.
Vista Group International has signed Aeon Entertainment, its first customer in Japan. Japan is one of the top five film exhibition markets in the world according to box office revenue. Vista Group companies Vista Entertainment Solutions and Movio, will provide their respective cinema management and marketing data analytics software to Aeon who operate 91 cinema sites throughout Japan comprising 774 screens.
Media industry veteran Mark Brown has launched Tono Labs, a systems integrator with expertise in audio, video, control, automation and networking, for applications that include cinema, pro AV, enterprise, broadcast and home entertainment.
A neuroscience research project conducted by Screenvision Media says that movie theatres are optimized for advertising. According to the research, moviegoers view the screen for 84 percent of an ad's duration. Viewers also pay more attention to ads in cinema's immersive environment than they do on television, the research found, where more than half of viewers lose attention during ads.
As the trend toward boothless cinemas grows, Arttech Cinema has introduced the Tibex T/WS projector lift, the only product of its kind on the market with a turntable, which enables easy access to the projector from every side for service and repairs.
Award-winning animation studio Laika has announced that its fifth and most ambitious film to date, Missing Link, will be released in the U.S. next spring. The name, release date and complete cast details were revealed by Laika president and CEO Travis Knight prior to meetings with foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Festival. Annapurna Pictures will distribute Missing Link in the U.S.. AGC International, the sales and distribution division of AGC Studios, is handling international sales.