Cinedigm and Robert Halmi Jr.’s Great Point Media announced today they have entered into a multi-picture distribution and production output deal. In this multi-year deal, Great Point Media will deliver a minimum of eight cast-driven films primarily in the sci-fi and thriller genres. Cinedigm will distribute all US rights to the films, including theatrical, digital and video-on-demand, physical home entertainment and television. Additionally, Cinedigm will have a first look at Great Point Media’s extensive development slate. The first two films are expected by late 2014, with the balance of the initial slate delivered in 2015.
The largest exhibitor in southern Brazil, Arcoplex, with more than 50 years in the market, has begun the process of digitalization of 61 of its screens with Doremi technology. The screens will be upgraded with the IMS1000 and IMB/ShowVault.
Following an extensive review over the past year, Kinoplex announced that it has selected Doremi to digitize 160 of its screens across Brazil. Quanta DTG/AAM is managing the transition.
Studio Movie Grill is opening new locations in Tampa, Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rocklin and Simi Valley, California. Since 2000, Studio Movie Grill has expanded from its Texas roots to soon include 22 locations in ten states.
The Orchard has acquired theatrical and digital rights spanning North America and the U.K. to Harmontown. The documentary, directed by Neil Berkeley (Beauty Is Embarrassing) and co-produced by Future You Pictures and Starburns Industries, follows Community creator and writer/producer Dan Harmon on tour for his eponymous podcast series. The film features appearances by Jack Black, Ben Stiller, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Joel McHale -- among other A-list comics -- and will be released by The Orchard theatrically and digitally this fall.
The European Audiovisual Observatory has just published a brand new report on the theatrical circulation of European children’s films. The Observatory’s cinema analyst, Martin Kanzler, presented this new report at the KIDS Regio Forum, which took place in Erfurt, Germany June 20th.
Transformers: Age of Extinction, a blockbuster produced by Paramount and Jiaflix was the highest grossing imported film in Mainland China for the first half of 2014. The movie is the China Movie Media Group’s first collaboration with a U.S. Studio, Paramount Pictures.
New business models and forward-looking ideas for operating in a changed market environment are the goals of Kinoton Digital Solutions, which as of July 1 has begun operations from its base in Germering, Germany. The successor, following liquidation, to Kinoton, the company says it will continue to offer customers custom-tailored, sustainable, complete cinema solutions as well as a comprehensive range of services and products.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has announced plans for a new partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance. The partnership will begin with SMPTE providing administrative support to HPA, and it is expected to culminate in the merger of the two organizations by May 2015.
Arts Alliance Ventures announced today that it is merging its existing opera-to-rock cinema content businesses into a single integrated company to capitalize on the rapidly growing global market for event cinema.