The cinema has been the genesis of audio and imaging innovation that drives new, spectacular, and captivating experiences to moviegoers. For more than 50 years, Dolby has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of these efforts to advance the science of sight and sound that lead to unforgettable entertainment experiences. Dolby began its journey in delivering superlative audio experiences with the introduction of Dolby Stereo with Star Wars in 1977. Fifteen years later, with the release of Batman Returns, Dolby Digital ushered in a next-generation multichannel surround sound experience that became the de facto standard for movies, television, gaming, and more. We have always believed, and the industry has demonstrated, that sound is every bit as vital to the patron’s experience as image. Our ability to deliver an improved experience and draw audiences deeper into a story by enabling them to hear the whole picture is what solidifies their desire for a theatrical experience time and time again.
Distribution & Exhibition
For the first time under its corporate banner CJ CGV will exhibit at CinemaCon 2016, which convenes next week at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The company will be in Booth 2003A. In addition to the latest advances and developments with 4DX – the multisensory cinema technology with motion and environmental effects – and ScreenX – the world’s first 270-degree, multi-projection system used within a theatre setting, CJ CGV will be demonstrating its newest addition to the immersive cinema universe: 4DX VR.
Wanda Cinema Line Corporation is planning to purchase more than 800 units of Dolby digital cinema processors, including the Dolby Atmos Cinema Processor CP850 and the Dolby Digital Cinema Processor CP750, to deploy in all of its new cinema screens in China through the end of 2016.
Barco was honored at the 2016 Digital Signage Expo with a prestigious Bronze Apex Award in the arts, entertainment and recreation category. The award recognizes the Barco Lobby Experience installed last year for ShowBiz Cinemas at its Baytown Entertainment Center in Texas.
Ultra-Stereo Labs has upgraded its JSD-60 Digital Cinema Processor. USL’s engineering team has now added parametric equalization and bass management to the JSD-60 processor.
Barco will highlight CinemaBarco at CinemaCon 2016, April 11-14 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. CinemaBarco includes Barco Laser Projection, Barco Escape, AuroMax and Barco Lobby Experience. Recent independent and exhibitor surveys indicate that moviegoers give the highest image quality scores to laser-illuminated screens. They also state that this premium experience would entice them to visit the cinema more frequently and that patrons are willing to pay a higher ticket price for the laser-projected movie, resulting in significantly higher revenues for exhibitors.
Funimation will screen The Empire of Corpses in more than 50 theaters across the United States on April 19 and 20. The film is the first in a series of three movies based on novels by award-winning writer Project Itoh and is directed by Ryotaro Makihara. "We're pleased to bring this first in the series of films based on Project Itoh's novels," said Gen Fukunaga, founder and CEO of Funimation. "'The Empire of Corpses' is a truly captivating sci-fi action thriller – perfect for the big screen – and one that fans will certainly enjoy."
After 37 years in Manhattan, IFP’s signature event, IFP Film Week is moving across the river to Brooklyn. The event will set up shop in DUMBO anchored around its headquarters, the Made in NY Media Center By IFP. Since its downtown beginnings as the Independent Feature Film Market in 1979, IFP Week has evolved into a must-attend gathering for the global storytelling community. It remains the only international co-production market for film – and now television, web-based, and VR projects – in the United States, with over 150 projects from over 22 countries curated and presented as scripts and works-in-progress each year.
Opening night celebration for WorldFest Houston the 49th Annual Houston International Film Festival is Friday, April 8. Bo Brinkman’s Last Man Club will open the festival; it will close with Hope, a Charles Irving production directed by Lakisha Lemons. Last Man Club is a film years in the making that pays tribute to Brinkman’s father, a WWII veteran. The film involves a small group of WWII veterans who set out on a personal mission many years after the war has ended to honor a pact they made. It’s a film about grit, true loyalties and determination, real life issues with a touch of humor. Many of the scenes were shot at Ellington Field.
Ymagis Group has begun a complete corporate rebranding initiative effective immediately, and which will be rolled out through the second quarter of 2016. The rebranding effort encompasses all aspects of the visual identity of each of the company’s brands as well as the complete revision of the company tagline, mission and vision statement. The company is now structured into three business units with new names and visual identities.