Thinkbox Software is providing free licensing hours of Deadline and Krakatoa as well as free hours of The Foundry’s Nuke and Katana, and Chaos Group’s V-Ray for the month of May. Deadline 8, now available, introduces on-demand, per-minute licensing for Thinkbox tools and third-party applications. Users will receive the complimentary time in 10,000-hour increments.
In the wake of Barco CEO Eric Van Zele’s decision to retire later this year the company has named Jan De Witte, a former corporate officer of the General Electric Company, as CEO-designate. De Witte will join Barco’s core leadership team in June and effectively take over as CEO October 1.
LipSync has appointed Tom Russell to the role of colorist, effective immediately. Russell will work across feature films, TV drama and commercials alongside the existing grading team.
Revolution Studios has signed a multi-year deal with clip licensing agency Visual Icon to manage the licensing of excerpts, still photographs, characters, dialogue and other copyrighted materials related to Revolution properties for use in advertisements, documentaries, books, museum exhibits, films and television shows.
Christie is proudly celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its Environmental Management System. The system, based on ISO 14001, focuses on building and continually improving Christie’s environmental performance. The EMS encompasses numerous environmental programs including waste reduction, recycling, water and electricity reduction, facility and operational improvements, with a significant net CO2 reduction.
Novra Technologies has announced a proposed merger with International Datacasting Corporation. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Novra will acquire 100 percent of the issued and outstanding common shares of IDC for total purchase consideration of approximately $1.9 million. This proposed transaction was done at arm's length and there was no finder's fee.
DSpecialists Digitale Audio- und Messsysteme has named Audiowerk as distributor of the audio and media control matrix Harvey mx.16 and its forthcoming new models for Switzerland.
MovieTickets.com has integrated Amazon Payments into its checkout process providing its customers with an additional payment option when purchasing advance tickets online. By integrating Amazon Payments, millions of users can now use Pay with Amazon to purchase advance tickets on MovieTickets.com.
CJ 4DPplex has announced that the company has signed a contract to open the first 4DX auditorium in Kuwait with KNCC (Kuwait National Cinema Company), the country’s number one cinema operator. Also, 4DX has signed an MOU with China’s SFC (Shanghai Film Corporation) early this month, which opens the way to an in-depth discussion on the actual launch of 4DX theaters.
Europe's cinema trade association the International Union of Cinemas has published a report confirming the importance of the European cinema sector – and international territories more generally – to the continued health of the global film industry.