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NYWIFT, IRIS Names Writers Lab Winners

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 10:04 -- Nick Dager

New York Women in Film & Television and IRIS, a collective of women filmmakers, has selected the screenwriters to participate in the second year of The Writers Lab. The program is the only lab in the world dedicated to providing script development for women writers over the age of 40, and is funded by Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep.

Report on Scandinavian Cinema Industry Released

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 14:49 -- Nick Dager

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the Cinema Industry Research – Scandinavia report to their offering. The countries of Scandinavia and the Baltic region have very different cinema markets with attendance rates ranging from among the lowest in Western Europe to the highest in Iceland, and some potentially fast-growing markets in the Baltic States.

Rohde & Schwarz Announces Reorganization

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 11:52 -- Nick Dager

In November 2014, the Rohde & Schwarz Broadcasting Division was renamed Broadcast and Media Division. This emphasized the company’s growing commitment in the studio market as well as the expansion of its product portfolio across the entire value added chain. What the company calls the next logical step is now taking place with the complete integration of the Rohde & Schwarz DVS GmbH subsidiary into the parent company. "We have had a common vision for a long time. Now we have merged perfectly to continue on our successful path," said Juergen Nies, head of the division.

NYC Campaign Promotes Diversity in Motion Picture Production

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:16 -- Nick Dager

New York City Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin has announced #NominateNYC, a new initiative that will work towards bringing greater diversity to the film and entertainment industry. According to recent reports from the USC Institute for Diversity and Empowerment at Annenberg and UCLA’s Bunche Center for African American Studies, women directed only 4 percent of the top-grossing films of 2014, while people of color directed 13 percent. Women and people of color accounted for less than 10 percent of writers of the top 163 films of that year. People of color held 13 percent of lead roles in the 163 top films of 2014, and women 26 percent. Additionally, across 4,610 speaking characters in the 100 top grossing films of 2014, only 19 were lesbian, gay or bisexual, and zero were transgender.

Law in Film and TV Subject of July 20 Program

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:51 -- Nick Dager

The depiction of the law in art and culture is as old as storytelling. Its manifestation in moving pictures often focuses on questions and concerns about the rule of law and equal citizenship in a well-functioning democracy. The Law Library of Congress and the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation will offer a program highlighting the depiction of law in film and television July 20 at the Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virginia. The event is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

UNIC President Praises European Distributor, Exhibitor Relationships

Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:57 -- Nick Dager

Phil Clapp, president of the International Union of Cinemas used his keynote address at CineEurope 2016 to highlight the strong relationship between cinema operators and their partners in film distribution, seeing it as key both to the success enjoyed by the European industry in 2015, and in years to come.

Free Movies for a Year?

Tue, 06/21/2016 - 11:55 -- Nick Dager

Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Brooklyn will be offering a few lucky prizewinners free movie passes for an entire year. The sweepstakes begins on June 21 and closes August 5. Winners will be announced throughout the sweepstakes period.

Dolby, Lionsgate Bringing Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos Content to the Home

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 11:53 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and Lionsgate are partnering to release a slate of Lionsgate new release and catalog titles mastered in Dolby Vision and mixed in Dolby Atmos to offer a premium cinematic experience to the home entertainment market. As a result of this collaboration, consumers with Dolby Vision enabled televisions and Dolby Atmos enabled home theater products will be able to enjoy a broad spectrum of entertainment content from Lionsgate.

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