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.
Opening night at Teatro alla Scala will be broadcast in high definition by satellite to audiences in cinemas worldwide. The event takes place annually on December 7, the feast day of Milan’s patron saint, Saint Ambrose. This year, La Scala has chosen the Verdi favorite La Traviata, conducted by Daniele Gatti, to kick off the 2013-2014 Season.
On December 22 Digital Theatre will make Merrily We Roll Along available to purchase online. The show was recently awarded the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical at the 2013 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has gone live with the launch of its North American satellite and terrestrial digital distribution platform to 17,000 screens across 1,200 venues.
Digital Cinema Destinations has entered into definitive agreements with certain institutional investors to sell an aggregate of 1,141,000 shares of its Class A Common Stock in a registered direct offering for gross proceeds of approximately $5.7 million, before deducting placement fees and offering expenses.