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.
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.
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.
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 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.
One million Australians 14 and older see art house or foreign language movies at the cinema—but they still go to mainstream movies too, Roy Morgan Research cinema attendance data shows. More than half (58 percent) of art house-foreign film-goers saw just one such film in an average three month period last year, while 30 percent saw two or three, and the remaining twelve percent saw four or more. Overall, at an average of two such films each per quarter, it adds up to a total of eight art house/foreign films over the year.
iPic has defeated an attempt by AMC Entertainment to dismiss iPic's antitrust claims in Texas. Instead, the court found that there was sufficient evidence of an antitrust conspiracy between AMC and Regal Entertainment that targeted iPic and will allow iPic's conspiracy claims to go to trial.
Bloomberg News is reporting that AMC Entertainment is assembling a bid for Odeon & UCI Cinemas Group valuing the European company at as much as 900 million pounds ($1.3 billion), according to two people familiar with the matter.
Ymagis Group has announced a complete corporate rebranding initiative effective immediately, which will be rolled out through the second quarter of 2016. This rebranding encompasses all aspects of the visual identity of the Group’s portfolio of brands as well as the complete revision of the company tagline, mission and vision statement. All exhibitor services activities (dcinex, Ymagis, R2D1 and shortly Proyecson) now operate under the name CinemaNext.
Oscilloscope Laboratories announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights from Visit Films to Sophia Takal’s second directorial feature, Always Shine, which recently bowed at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Actress in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film. Oscilloscope will release the film in theaters later this year.