Arts Alliance Media’s content services business has been acquired by London-based Motion Picture Solutions. The company will form Europe’s largest and most experienced independent mastering facility, serving a range of clients from major studios to independent filmmakers.
At its annual upfront event April 2 at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater, cinema advertising company Screenvision outlined its Weekend Daypart concept, calling it “a high impact and essential complement to TV advertising plans.” Additional presentations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit were to take place today. Citing a high awareness of cinema advertising among 18-49 years olds – so-called millennials – one executive said, “When you run an ad on a big screen you know it will be seen.”
National CineMedia has renewed its long-term affiliate agreement with leading regional movie theater circuit Cobb Theatres and is also adding four new regional theater circuits to its network to further expand its national reach and geographic coverage.
London-based digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media has appointed Andrew Stucker as business development consultant in North America. Stucker will be based in Los Angeles and will focus on offering AAM’s digital cinema software solutions to exhibitors across the US and Canada. He reports to AAM’s commercial director Eric Stevens.
In less than two weeks the major movie studios and theatre owners will gather at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for the annual CinemaCon conference, hosted by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Despite the implementation of new laws, new anti-piracy technology, and I heightened industry awareness, the Motion Picture Association of America estimates it loses billions of dollars each year to movie theft, although some people believe the number is in the millions. In any case, theft is theft, and as movie budgets tighten and theatre owners face increased competition, every dollar counts. Via email I recently interviewed Patrick Corcoran, vice president and chief communications officer for the National Association of Theatre Owners about the state of the piracy battle and for a preview of the trade show.
More2Screen has been appointed as the international distributor for the British Museum’s second big screen event, Vikings from the British Museum, a recorded release available to cinemas worldwide (except the UK and Ireland) beginning June 6.
Last September, International Datacasting announced that DSAT Cinema had committed to buy more than 1,000 of its SuperFlex Pro Video Receivers. Since its inception last year, DSAT Cinema, the Eutelsat and dcinex joint venture has used IDC’s technology to deliver more than 300 films and 50 live broadcasts, from iconic locations that include the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London. The companies described their relationship as an alliance and a partnership. Digital Cinema Report recently spoke with Walter Capitani, International Datacasting’s vice president of marketing to get an update on the progress they’ve made to date.
London-based distributor More2Screen will present British actor Orlando Bloom’s acclaimed performance in the recent Broadway production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in cinemas worldwide (except the United States and Canada) beginning April 1.
BTV Post recently completed work with Globe on Screen on three titles from Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2013 theatre season.
Pictorvision has introduced TrussCam by Camera Special Systems, the latest innovation to enable creative and dynamic coverage for stadium, arena, courts, theatres and other events. This one-of-a-kind trolley mounted, gyro-stabilized camera system provides previously impossible shots in large venues. The versatile system features a camera mounted on a completely wireless trolley, which runs on standard 290mm truss.