Ymagis Group has appointed Jean Firome has been appointed chief financial officer, replacing Rémi Gérard, who left the group this summer for personal reasons. Philippe Lefebvre joins the group as vice president procurement. Benoit Schils is the group’s new quality director.
Distribution & Exhibition
The Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers has announced the program for its 2017 Symposium: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Digital Media Creation: The Promise, the Reality, and the (Scary?) Future. The October 23 event, which will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, California, immediately precedes the SMPTE 2017 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition.
CJ 4DPlex today announced that its 4DX technology is now available in 400 theatres around the world. The opening of its 400th location makes 4DX the fastest-growing premium cinema format, having reached this milestone in seven-and-a-half years following its debut in 2009. The 400th 4DX location is officially launching today at Wanda Cinemas in Tiantongyuan, Beijing, China, with the screening of Spider-Man: Homecoming – an ideal showcase for an innovative film technology that features motion seats and environmental effects such as rain, fog and various scents.
Ymagis Group today announced an agreement with Greek cinema exhibitor Village Cinemas to install Sphera, CinemaNext’s new premium format cinema concept, at the Village Cinemas location at The Mall Athens in Greece.
IBC will award its highest accolade, the International Honor for Excellence, to Dolby Laboratories. In IBC’s 50th anniversary year, the award reflects on more than 50 years of continual improvement in sound from Dolby, which culminated with the 2012 release of Brave in Dolby Atmos.
Australia’s Showbiz Cinemas has chosen the Christie CP2208-LP 3DLP laser phosphor cinema projectors to be deployed in all auditoriums. Located in the new Delacombe Town Centre complex in Ballarat, Victoria, the contemporary 530-seat cinema complex comprises six screens and features luxury seats, surround sound and wall-to-wall screens, with the largest screen in Cinema 1 hall measuring 10 meters wide. The cinema opened August 31.
Volfoni Limited launched an upgrade program designed to provide a path from legacy 3D cinema hardware systems from other manufacturers to the latest-generation 3D cinema hardware systems from Volfoni. The manufacturers included in the program are MasterImage, Dolby and XpanD. The program recognizes the past investments that customers have made, and provides incentives to let them easily and affordably replace outdated 3D systems.
Movio has promoted Matthew Liebmann to global president, Movio Cinema. He previously held the title of senior vice president, the Americas.
The Guitammer Company has partnered with CBS Films for the release of American Assassin in theatres nationwide September 15. The film can be seen in the more than one hundred auditoriums that are already equipped with Guitammer ButtKicker seats.
At India’s recent Big Cine Expo 2017 GDC Technology received the Innovative Technology of the Year award for its GDC TMS-2000 Theatre Management System. The award signifies the company’s commitment to providing intelligent, innovative cinema solutions to Indian exhibitors.