March 1, 2013
The Big Picture
The Empire State Strikes Back
By Nick Dager
As digital technology inexorably transforms the way movie theatres do business, exhibitors at times may feel singled out as they adapt to the challenges of the transition. Realistically, though, as things stand now no segment of the motion picture business has been altered more dramatically than post-production. In the 1980s both audio editing and video editing were drastically changed by the advent of digital tools and, at first, those who adapted were happy. By the start of the Nineties the post business was booming, driven by the high hourly rates that could be commanded for work done in editing suites that often cost a million dollars or more to equip. Even more dramatic change came at the end of that decade, though, as lower cost tools gradually forced many facilities out of business. From 2000 to 2010, the industry saw a 43.2 percent decline in the number of video post-production companies, according to a 2011 report from IBISWorld on the nation’s Top 10 dying industries. New York, always a thriving production center, was not immune to these changes. Today, though, there are growing signs that the state’s overall production picture is poised for a comeback. The Empire State is striking back.Read More >>>
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Gotham, PELA Announce Merger
The entertainment management and production company Gotham Group and talent management firm Principal Entertainment Los Angeles have joined forces, effective immediately and will be housed in The Gotham Group’s existing offices in Los Angeles. The announcement was made by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, founder and CEO of The Gotham Group, and PELA partners Marsha McManus, Larry Taube and Liz Robinson. Gotham’s Lindsay Williams and Lee Stollman will help manage the relationship on the Gotham side.
Reinventing Cinema now available at Diesel Books
Reinventing Cinema: The First Decade of Digital Cinema by Nick Dager is now available at Diesel Books. In May 1999 Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace opened with digital screenings in a handful of movie theatres in and around New York and Los Angeles: digital cinema’s first decade was underway. Now on sale for only $1.99.
Be Film The Underground Film Festival to be Held April 23-27 in New York
Be Film The Underground Film Festival has announced dates for its 10th edition scheduled for April 23-27. The opening night party and screening will take place at the Dolby Screening Room in New York on April 23rd at 6:00pm.
Argo Win Continues Kodak Film 85-Year Oscar Streak
Argo’s best picture win topped off a successful night at the Academy Awards for movies originating on Kodak film. In the 85-year history of the awards, no Oscar-winning best picture has ever been made without motion picture film technology.
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Dreamworks’ The Croods Released in Barco Auro 11.1
Following its recent alliance with Barco, Dreamworks Animation has released The Croods in the Auro 11.1 by Barco cinema sound format. The movie screened in Auro 11.1 at the CineStar Sony Center in Berlin last month. CineStar’s Sony Center cinema at Potsdamer Platz has eight theaters equipped with Auro 11.1.
Sound City Tops iTunes Documentary List Two Weeks in a Row
Named one of the Best Movies of 2013 by film site Rotten Tomatoes with a 100 percent fresh tomato meter, Dave Grohl’s directorial debut Sound City remains atop the iTunes documentary charts for the second week in a row in the U.S. and 15 countries and jumped to the top spot of the Amazon Documentary chart in Blu-ray pre-orders.
Movie, TV Trade Groups to Promote Parental Media Controls
The television and film industries have announced plans to roll out a national multimedia campaign to inform parents about the many tools that can help them manage what their children see on television and at the movies. The industries say they will make a positive contribution to the national conversation on violent behavior by launching a national educational campaign through communications channels including television public service announcements, educational and informational websites, in-theater advertising, and other media.
Kormákur’s The Deep Wins Eleven Edda Awards
Baltasar Kormákur’s riveting drama The Deep won a record 11 Edda Awards at the annual ceremony celebrating Icelandic film and television, the most honors a film has received in the event’s 15 year history. The film received 16 nominations in 14 categories and among the prizes won was Best Film of the Year, Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Best Cinematography, Bergsteinn Bjorgulfsson and Best Original Score, Ben Frost and Daníel Bjarnason.
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