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.
A new report says that nearly three-quarters of all visits to film & TV specific piracy sites in 2015 used web streaming as their method of consuming illegal content, highlighting a clear piracy audience trend change away from content ownership using P2P/Torrents or web downloads.
Barco has announced the departure of its chief financial officer, Carl Peeters, who has decided to pursue a new professional opportunity. Ann Desender, currently vice president finance & control will succeed Peeters as CFO for Barco. The change will become effective in September.
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.
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.
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.