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The Women’s Film Preservation Fund, a project of New York Women in Film & Television, is accepting submissions for its film Preservation grants for this year. This is not a production grant. The deadline is June 15.
Ymagis Group today reported its full-year earnings for the 2017 fiscal year December 31. In 2017, saying the group demonstrated its ability to offset the decline in its virtual print fee activities (revenue -11.5 percent at €61.5 million) by the growth of its service activities (+9.0 percent at €118.1 million). The group’s business thus rose slightly by +0.8 percent to €179.2 million. Driven by the full-year integration of acquisitions made in 2016 and by the implementation of the growth strategy based on its services activities, the Eclair and CinemaNext business units saw their revenue increase respectively by +15.4 percent and +3.4 percent at €54.8 million and €63.3 million.
National CineMedia today announced that Mark Segall and Renana Teperberg have been appointed to its board of directors.
Moviehouse and Eatery, a Texas exhibitor whose theatres feature wall-to-wall screens, plush recliners and a full-service kitchen and bar with a chef-prepared menu, had a challenge: they wanted to build a social media presence to harness their existing clients’ experience and leverage the engagement to further their overall marketing efforts. In May 2015 M&E engaged Social Flash Media, a local Austin, Texas company to dramatically improve their social presence by way of their existing clientele. SFM has created what the company says is the first unattended marketing social photo station powering a diverse social marketing pipeline.
Post-production creative services provider Light Iron, a member of the Panavision family of companies, has opened a new facility in Atlanta to locally support the robust Georgia production community. The expansion is the fourth since Panavision acquired Light Iron in 2015, bringing Light Iron’s U.S. locations to six total, including Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Albuquerque and Chicago.
Over the past 10 years, technology has brought people together more than ever, while at the same time creating a huge disconnect in personal relationships. In his new documentary Beyond Transport, directed and produced by first time filmmaker Ched Lohr, this topic is examined from the unique perspective of cab drivers. Shot on all seven continents of the world, the film includes interviews with drivers who share their accounts of how socializing has changed dramatically in the 21st Century.
Everyman Cinemas, which has 22 sites in England including London’s Canary Wharf, Bristol and Harrogate, has signed a 30-year lease on a 10,000 square foot unit in Glasgow’s Princes Square, which was named Scotland’s Favorite Building by the Royal Institute for Architects in Scotland in 2016.
MoviePass announced today that Maria Stipp, CEO of Lagunitas Brewing Company, has been elected to its board of directors.
National CineMedia today announced consolidated results for the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended December 28, 2017. Total revenue for the fourth quarter decreased 1.3 percent to $140.7 million from $142.5 million for the comparable quarter last year. Adjusted OIBDA decreased 4.4 percent to $82.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2017 from $86.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.
Viacom has partnered with Movio to combine Movio’s moviegoer data with Viacom Vantage’s advanced advertising capabilities. Viacom is the only media company to connect Movio’s consumer data to set-top box viewing data, providing film studios with the ability to deliver marketing campaigns at scale.
MoviePass has named former product leader at Spotify, Viacom and Comcast, Mike Berkley chief product officer. Berkley’s role at MoviePass will be to lead the product strategy and vision for the MoviePass service, as the company continues its efforts to grow its subscriber base and expand technology integrations with exhibitors and other partners.
Vox Cinemas has signed an exclusive distribution deal with Myrkott, the Saudi production company behind the YouTube animated series Masameer that has attracted more than 700 million views across social media. The development marks the first of its kind deal with a Saudi production company and will see Myrkott content screened across the Middle East and North Africa, including the distribution of a forthcoming feature film based on the YouTube show.
CinemaNext today announced the official opening of CinemaNext Middle East & Africa in Jebel Ali Free Zone, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Cinema industry professional Francois Inizan will serve as its general manager.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will delve into the deep history of moving imagery with filmmaker, inventor, and author Lenny Lipton at its monthly meeting March 22 in Hollywood. Lipton will offer a presentation based on his forthcoming book The Cinema in Flux.
Jean-Pierre Decrette, until recently director of development at Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, has been named as the 2018 recipient of the UNIC Achievement Award, given each year in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to European cinema exhibition. The award will be presented as part of the CineEurope Awards Ceremony June 14 at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.
Screen actors convey emotion in several ways: their voices, their eyes and the subtle color changes of their facial skin. But what if – as in the case of Gary Oldman’s Oscar-winning performance in Darkest Hour – much of their face is covered in silicone? That was one of the key questions Peter Doyle, supervising colorist at Technicolor, addressed when he collaborated on the film’s palette.
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.
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.
GPL Technologies has hired Felix Fissel to lead its VFXnow unit as vice president of global operations. Fissel, an IT specialist with deep experience in the visual effects industry, will oversee VFXnow operations in Los Angeles, New York, and Vancouver. He will also lead business development and seek to expand markets for the unit, a hardware-as-a-service provider to visual effects studios, game developers, editing houses and other creative services companies.