FandangoNow, Fandango’s video on-demand service, will become the first U.S. digital retailer for IMAX Enhanced films releasing to home video. FandangoNow will have exclusive rights as the sole transactional VOD service to feature this content in the U.S. through 2019. The IMAX Enhanced program is a certification and licensing program, combining IMAX digitally re-mastered 4K high dynamic range content and DTS audio technologies.
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The American Society of Cinematographers celebrates its 100th anniversary today and to mark the occasion, the society released their members’ list of 100 Milestone Films in the art and craft of cinematography of the 20th century. The list is the first of its kind to showcase the best of cinematography as selected by professional cinematographers. The list culminates in a Top 10, with the other 90 titles unranked. The Top 10 films are:
The International Broadcasting Convention is now accepting submissions of technical papers for its annual conference, which is being held this September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Following an increase in female speakers at the conference in 2018, up from 14 percent in 2017 to 37 percent, IBC is encouraging applications from a globally diverse audience.
On the heels of its already record-breaking release, and in response to popular demand, a third Fathom Events date has been added for Warner Bros. Pictures’ much-heralded WWI documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson. The film will be screened at more than 1,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, January 21, taking advantage of the long Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.
Kinepolis Diversia in Madrid, Spain has installed CJ 4DPlex 4DX immersive seating and is the 600th 4DX auditorium in the world.
Cineplex has partnered with CJ 4DPlex to open Canada’s first ScreenX auditorium today at Cineplex Cinemas Queensway and VIP in Toronto, Ontario with the debut of Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated film, Aquaman.
Spotlight Cinema Networks has signed a new long-term cinema advertising agreement with Landmark Theatres. Under the terms of the new agreement, Spotlight Cinema Networks will continue to have the exclusive right to market and exhibit advertising at Landmark Theatres, including their flagship location, The Landmark in Los Angeles, and new luxury venues, such as The Landmark at 57 West in New York City, Atlantic Plumbing Cinema in Washington DC, and The Landmark at Merrick Park in Miami. Landmark Theatres is the nation’s largest art house exhibitor with 52 theatres and 252 screens.
In its first North American presentation, director Peter Jackson’s stunning World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old grossed $2.3 million at the domestic box office on Monday, setting a record for Fathom Events as the highest-grossing single-day documentary, and one of the top-grossing single-night presentations of any kind from the distribution company.
Éclair today announced the appointment of Marie-Laure Barrau to the newly created position of sales director for its activities in France and Belgium effective immediately. She is responsible for managing the sales teams across Éclair’s business divisions (Digital Applications, Digital Distribution, Theatrical Delivery, Preservation, Post-Production, Restoration and Versioning & Accessibility) in both countries.
Former Sony Pictures Entertainment senior executive Jonathan Gordon has joined SoundFi as executive vice president, head of global operations and business development. Gordon will be part of SoundFi’s senior management team and will work closely with founder/CEO Chris Anastas, president – entertainment division Tracy Falco, and COO/CFO Bill Kehoe. He will be responsible for leading global strategy as well as relations with studios, exhibitors, and other vital partners and industry stakeholders, as the company prepares for its next stage of growth.