SmartJog Apuntolapospo Sign Distribution Deal in Spain

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Wed, 02/27/2013 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

SmartJog has signed with Spanish mastering lab Apuntolapospo to use SmartJog’s delivery platform service to distribute digital cinema preshow content trailers and feature films directly to theaters connected in Spain. Currently 145 Spanish theatres are connected to SmartJog’s distribution system. The company has contracts with a total of 270 theatres in Spain.
 Digital Cinema content is sent through the SmartJog community using its file transfer network via satellite and ADSL/Fiber which includes a web-based file management interface monitoring and support and cloud-storage solutions. The service gives clients the opportunity to electronically receive their DCPs without having to manage physical ones (HDD).

 This partnership will represent new business opportunities for Apuntolapospo and a major technical improvement in content reception and expedition in a secure way between their origin and final destination in theaters all over the globe. It also represents the beginning of a new kind of service offer for our clients based on the importance of managing library content ” says Mª Rosa Fusté CEO of Apuntolapospo.

 “The highlight of this partnership is that SmartJog enables Apuntolapospo to operate a full digital delivery workflow from lab to cinema. Apuntolapospo can receive content electronically from any of the more than 250 labs and content providers connected to SmartJog worldwide and then securely deliver advertising trailers feature films promotional and alternative content to all cinemas connected in Spain” says Ana Fernández theatrical sales manager for SmartJog in Spain and Portugal.

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Penny Marshall to Receive Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Award,2013-02-28, The Society of Camera Operators has announced that the 2013 Governors Award for Lifetime Achievement will be presented to Penny Marshall. The ceremony will take place March 9 at The Leonard Goldenson Theatre at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in North Hollywood California. The SOC honors her commitment dedication and mastery of the art and craft as producer director and actress with their Governors Award for a true Lifetime of Achievement. Penny Marshall born into a show business family began her acting career in the television situation comedy The Odd Couple and as title character Laverne in the hit show Laverne and Shirley. Marshall first turned to directing feature films with Jumpin’ Jack Flash at the urging of friend Whoopi Goldberg. Her biggest box office hits soon followed with Awakenings Big and A League of Their Own.

This year the SOC salutes Women in the Industry. ,3923
Thurso Cinema Signs VPF Deal with Sony,2013-02-28, The Thurso Cinema the UK mainland’s most northerly cinema has signed up to a Virtual Print Fee deal with Sony Digital Cinema. The independent cinema which recently re-opened will install two SRX-R515 4K cinema projectors.
 Rob Arthur managing director of The Thurso Cinema said “Bringing digital cinema to Caithness is a big deal as we can now offer a range of entertainment content that appeals to a broader audience and ensures that the cinema is in use all day every day throughout the year. We are very excited about the installation of the Sony 4K digital projector system at The Thurso Cinema as our customers will be getting the very best cinema experience and can now enjoy the content with crystal clear picture quality and sound.”
 Roy Kirk area manager at Highlands and Islands Enterprise said “HIE actively supports the development of innovative opportunities in arts and culture across the region in order to strengthen our communities. Since it's reopening in July last year The Thurso Cinema has proved an incredible success. The local community have come out in force to support the Cinema and make the most of having a new quality attraction in their midst. The new equipment will enhance this experience and provide opportunities for a range of new events to be held. We are delighted that Rob and his team have invested further and look forward to continuing to work with The Thurso Cinema in the future.”
  David McIntosh director Sony Europe said “Sony is delighted to partner with The Thurso Cinema. Having two Sony 4K digital projector systems installed allows customers of The Thurso Cinema to enjoy a full range of alternative content and blockbuster releases projected in outstanding picture quality. The SRX-R515 with its outstanding image quality operational versatility and low cost of ownership showcases Sony’s long-term commitment to delivering the ultimate entertainment experience to the independent cinema market.”
Sound City Tops iTunes Documentary List Two Weeks in a Row ,2013-02-28,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. A critics’ darling since last month’s Sundance debut fans have reacted with equal enthusiasm writing more than 600 customer reviews on iTunes. Theatrically Sound City is attracting global audiences with over $500 000 in box office gross in the first twenty days of release and dozens more theatrical engagements scheduled over the next several months.  One-week runs in NYC and LA have been repeatedly extended by audience demands with both markets beginning their fourth week this Friday as the film continues to draw repeat business to theaters. The film had its UK premiere last month along with another sold-out Sound City Players show at the London Forum. Sound City’s grassroots distribution strategy to release day and date globally is blazing a trail as theatrical VOD and direct to consumer has grossed the film a combined $1.5 million in its first days of release.   It is available for purchase DRM-free direct from the filmmaker at and through iTunes at The film is also available worldwide on demand with more than 100 operators. ,3925
Athena Studios Hosts VFX Presentation,2013-03-14, Athena Studios played host to a special event produced by the Bay Area Chapter of the Visual Effects Society last month. During the event visual effects director of photography Carl Miller delivered a hands-on presentation entitled VFX - Keeping it Real. More than 45 people attended the presentation including VFX professionals from Pixar Tippett Studios and 32Ten Studios. David Tanaka Bay Area/Northern California section chairman of the Visual Effects Society introduced Miller. During the presentation Miller discussed how the lines between CG and practical effects continue to blur with the advent of digital cinema. He explored the evolution of VFX photography from its practical roots through the advent of motion control and CGI citing examples from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of The Clones  and then moving into the latest developments in affordable digital cinema hardware. Miller also talked about how the tools and methodologies of pre-visualization and pre-planning help to keep CGI and practical VFX collaborative creative and affordable. In addition Miller stressed how to “keep things realistic ” so that cinematic stories may be believable and convincing. “We were delighted to have hosted this extremely insightful event at Athena Studios ” said Jon V. Peters Athena’s CEO/founder. “One of our goals with Athena is to help nurture and promote the extraordinary talent located in the Bay Area. Events such as this one led by Carl Miller a renowned DP with decades of experience allow us to foster the continued viability of the filmmaking community based in Northern California.” “This was a really great event for our Bay Area VES members ” said Tanaka. “I’ve known Carl for over 20 years back in the day when we first started working at ILM. Many talented VFX artists live in the Bay Area and it’s great that we are able to learn and grow as a community through the Visual Effects Society connection. The VES enables us to share our craft and experience with other members on both a personal as well as on a professional basis.” “Carl Miller had an amazing amount of information to share and was able to make it a fun and participative experience for our attendees. We’re looking forward to doing more events such as these through which we are able to create educational and networking opportunities for VFX professionals based across the San Francisco Bay Area ” Tanaka said. ,3932
Barco Highlights Compact Projector 3D Sound Format at Ficci Frames,2013-03-14,Earlier this week Barco presented its digital cinema technologies during the annual Ficci Frames convention in Mumbai India. Highlights included the compact DP2K-10S projector and the Auro 11.1 3D sound system by Barco. Barco’s DP2K-10S digital projector is a compact and fully integrated digital cinema projector designed to meet the specific requirements of smaller theaters independent cinemas and art houses. Auro 11.1 was developed to turn conventional cinema audio into a fully immersive 3D sound experience. The company says the new format is fully compatible with existing standards and requires minimal hardware and installation investment. World-class movie production requires world-class presentation ” says Abel Garamhegyi managing director at Barco India. “Whether it is through the impressive sound delivered by the Auro 11.1 or through cutting-edge projectors for single screen cinemas like the DP2K-10S. Barco is extremely proud to cooperate further with the Indian cinema industry to further enhance the quality of cinema solutions.” Ficci Frames is a three-day global convention that covers the entire gamut of media and entertainment including films broadcast (TV and radio) digital entertainment animation gaming and visual effects. The event draws nearly 2 000 Indian and 800 foreign delegates encompassing the entire media and entertainment industry.