The Video Advertising Bureau has appointed Lauren Leff as vice president, marketing & communications effective immediately. In this newly created role, Leff will oversee the organization’s internal and external communications supporting the VAB’s advocacy and dedication to providing advertisers and their agencies with the most current and actionable media insights on the expanding world of premium, multi-screen video content.
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MoviePass today announced a partnership with the customer experience specialist TaskUs. In addition to partnering with TaskUs, MoviePass has also hired former TaskUs senior manager of client services, Jake Petersen, as the company’s vice president of customer experience.
Fandango says it sold more than thirty percent of all online tickets purchased for Black Panther, making it the largest shares of opening weekend for any movie in the company's 18-year history.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has issued a call for technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, which will be held October 23-25 at a new venue, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. Authors must submit their proposals by May 28.
National CineMedia is pioneering interactive augmented reality gaming in theaters this spring with the launch of Noovie ARcade, a companion app to NCM’s Noovie pre-show and Lobby Entertainment Network. Noovie ARcade is available in the iOS and Android app stores. NCM expects it to be rolled out nationwide this spring on over 20,600 screens in 1,700 theatres across the country including AMC, Cinemark, Regal Entertainment Group, and 49 other regional and local theater chains.
Reliance Industries Limited, through a subsidiary, has agreed to subscribe to a five percent equity stake in Eros International Media Limited at a price of fifteen dollars per share, which represents an 18 percent premium over the stock’s last closing price. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and other approvals. Furthermore, RIL and Eros announced that they have agreed to partner in India to jointly produce and consolidate content from across India.
Cinema software firm Vista Group International has bought back 7.9 per cent of its Chinese entity for $7.7 million, leaving it with 47.5 per cent of the business and allowing it to treat the division as a controlled entity within the group
Helios and Matheson Analytics has increased its total ownership of the outstanding shares of MoviePass’ common stock (excluding shares underlying MoviePass options and warrants) to approximately 78 percent. The increase in ownership stems from cash advances provided by HMNY to MoviePass, from time to time, from December 19, 2017 through February 15, 2018.
Volfoni today announced that it has voluntarily withdrawn its opposition against the granting of RealD’s patent no. EP2067066 in Europe. Volfoni made this strategic business decision due to the fact, the company says, there is no infringement between Volfoni’s current generation of products and RealD’s patent.
Éclair has appointed Dan Clark as its commercial director in the United Kingdom. Clark started his career in 2001 with Kodak Motion Picture as feature and short film manager before becoming post-production and digital cinema manager, and then technical manager.