China Film Group Orders 800 Barco Digital Cinema Projectors

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Thu, 12/13/2012 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The China Film Group has purchased 800 Barco digital cinema projectors to convert existing theaters to digital and to supply newly constructed digital cinemas a number that is expected to increase each year. As a digital cinema leader we continually invest in China and its digital cinema development. So we are really pleased that China Film Group has selected our leading technology to further develop the digital cinema market in China. This roll-out of digital cinema technology to many more theaters will enable China’s film industry to reach and benefit a large audience of moviegoers ” said Wim Buyens senior vice president entertainment for Barco. “Our comprehensive range of cutting-edge digital cinema solutions including 3D cinema sound advanced digital cinema projection technology and digital signage will offer Chinese moviegoers the ultimate cinema experience.” Chen Xuxiang general manager of CFG Barco said   “We are grateful for the trust and support we have received from China Film Group over the past few years. After many years of effort in digital cinema projection we have developed trend-setting technologies and comprehensive after-sales services. We look forward to continuing our close partnership with CFG and to establishing long-term relations with other premium exhibitors to provide them with advanced technologies and top-quality service.” ,3747
Bogart Film Festival to be Held in May in Key Largo Florida,2012-12-14,The Humphrey Bogart Estate and the Key Largo Chamber of Commerce have created an annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival in Key Largo Florida.  The inaugural edition will be held May 2-5 2013.  The festival will be hosted by Stephen Humphrey Bogart the son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and will feature preeminent film historian and critic Leonard Maltin as a special guest.  The festival opens with a cocktail reception and an outdoor screening of the Bogie-Bacall classic Key Largo. The Humphrey Bogart Film Festival features a formal Bogart Ball a display of Bogart memorabilia and rides on the original fully restored African Queen.  The theme of the inaugural festival is film noir and Leonard Maltin will give a presentation at the Bogart Ball about Humphrey Bogart's contribution to the genre.  The Bogart Ball is a formal event and features a cocktail reception dinner and dancing.  The Bogie memorabilia include personal letters signed contracts movie posters trophies and awards clothing and other unique artifacts. The festival will screen Bogart movies and other iconic films from the film noir genre.  Tracing Bogart's career arc and the history of noir's golden age the following Bogie classics will be screened:  The Petrified Forest  High Sierra  The Maltese Falcon  The Big Sleep  Dark Passage  The Treasure of the Sierra Madre  Key Largo and In a Lonely Place.  Because the actual African Queen boat is in Key Largo Bogie's Oscar-winning turn as Charlie Allnut in The African Queen will also be shown.  Lastly since it's hard to imagine a Humphrey Bogart festival without Rick Blaine  Casablanca will be screened.  In between the Bogie classics in order to provide a fuller picture of the history of film noir classics such as Double Indemnity and Sunset Boulevard will be screened.  More recent noirs such as Memento Brick and Drive will complete the journey through the world of film noir. Taking advantage of Key Largo's wonderful climate and natural beauty many of the movies will be screened under the stars.  ,3749
Dcinex Acquires Majority Stake in Cinema Next ,2012-12-14, Belgium-based dcinex has acquired 51 percent of Cinema Next which will now be rebranded as dcinex UK. As a result of this agreement Cinema Next will extend its range of activities and become the exhibitor services arm of dcinex in the UK. The company will also become the flagship of the new consulting business of dcinex in Europe.

 The company will start its exhibitors' direct sales support and maintenance operations in the UK as of January. Keith Pullinger currently director of Cinema Next will become country general manager and director of dcinex UK.

Joining dcinex will give us the unique opportunity to support our clients from initial advice through to execution and beyond said Pullinger. Till Cussmann vice president exhibitor services of dcinex said Thanks to Keith and the field operations team we are setting in place in the UK we will be able to better serve our existing UK clients and extend our footprint in the country.”

 In parallel John Sullivan currently Cinema Next director will reinforce dcinex’s management structure as head of consulting activities and director of dcinex UK. His role will be to grow the current consulting business of Cinema Next outside the UK leveraging the dcinex client base.

We have been advising real estate firms and exhibitors to improve cinema design and operations for more than a decade now. We are happy to join with dcinex to grow that business throughout Europe said Sullivan.

 Having already collaborated with Cinema Next to equip cinemas in Romania Serge Plasch CEO and managing director of dcinex said We are delighted that the Cinema Next team joins dcinex. This transaction is clearly a major step for dcinex as it will enable our existing UK clients to get direct support from dcinex. On top leveraging the consulting know-how of Cinema Next will open another growth avenue for dcinex.

 Within this new structure David Pope – assisted by Zoe Birch – will continue to serve dcinex as head of virtual print fees UK/IE.