National CineMedia has completed its acquisition of Fantasy Movie League, the box office predictions game that combines the fierce competition of fantasy sports with the insanely popular world of entertainment and movies. It marks the company’s first acquisition as a key part of its new focus on consumer digital products for movie audiences.
Distribution & Exhibition
MediaMation has launched its MX4D Esports Theatre concept for exhibition. Cinema owners are continually seeking new entertainment to engage patrons. With that in mind, MediaMation is planning to offer a scalable entertainment package that converts a new or existing MX4D theatre into an Esports gaming environment that can then be converted back to the MX4D theatre configuration.
Malaysian exhibitor MBO Cinemas has fully deployed Arts Alliance Media’s enterprise theatre management system software, Producer. MBO Cinemas is the first exhibitor in South East Asia to centralize all their operations at head office with AAM’s Producer. The Goldenduck Group managed the system integration.
Sony Pictures will celebrate the 40th anniversary of legendary director Steven Spielberg's epic science fiction adventure Close Encounters of the Third Kind with a series of special events. As a highlight of the celebration, the film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen in the United States and Canada.
Augmented reality and mixed reality present many opportunities for application enhancement and new monetization opportunities, a new report shows, but the technologies are still a long-way from being an everyday feature of consumers' lives. The report, from industry analyst Futuresources, synthesizes fieldwork drawn from vendors, content creators and service providers, along with mobile device forecasts and existing research. It found that the race is on to develop the essential killer application and, ultimately, to establish the dominant platform for mobile AR/MR content.
Screenvision Media has announced that it is now working with Strata, makers of advertising buying and selling software. The integration allows buyers to view movie theater ad opportunities offered by Screenvision Media as local spot buys in Strata's systems.
Fathom Events, and its owners, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark and Regal Entertainment Group have named Ray Nutt as chief executive officer for Fathom Events. Nutt will be transitioning from Regal Entertainment Group to the role, where he will also serve as a board director.
Cinépolis USA is opening a premium large format theatre in Kimco Realty’s Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas-Gaithersburg, anticipated to open in 2019, marks Cinépolis USA’s debut into Maryland and adds to the brand’s existing list of 16 movie houses in the U.S., six of which are Luxury Cinemas. The approximately 34,000-square-foot movie theater will hold 540 seats.
Snell Advanced Media’s LiveTouch replay and highlights system and its Kahuna 9600 production switcher were central to the first live UHD production workflow of the 2017 Isle of Wight Festival. Based in High Wycombe, UK, CTV Outside Broadcast has 12 trucks in operation and has provided live coverage for a wide range of events including The European Golf Tour, The London Marathon as well as primetime studio-based programs including Strictly Come Dancing and The Brit Awards.
Unified Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Amin Matalqa's The Rendezvous, starring Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland). Unified Pictures will release the action adventure film across U.S. ancillary markets this fall. The film made its World Premiere at the Mill Valley Film Festival last November.