Kinopolis Gruppe today announced that it has opened Germany’s first Dolby Cinema at the renowned Mathäser Palast in Munich. In addition, the Dolby Cinema at Mathäser will have its own entrance as well as a lounge area for film fans to enjoy the refreshments and beverages that will be on offer in a VIP style lounge.
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Cinematic Media, Mexico City’s largest, full-service post-production facility focused on television and cinema content, is teaming with two-time Academy Award-nominated supervising sound editor Martín Hernández to bring Hollywood-caliber sound services to Mexico. Hernández, sound supervisor for such films as The Revenant, Birdman and Pan’s Labyrinth, is overseeing construction of a new sound division at Cinematic Media. When complete, it will feature six sound editorial and mixing stages, each with Avid Pro Tools systems, and each certified for Dolby Atmos sound production. Construction will be finished in July.
CinemaNext has completed the installation of Pathé Switzerland’s brand-new Pathé Spreitenbach multiplex, located near Zurich. Open to the public since May 9, the 10-screen cinema complex (1,322 seats) has been equipped by CinemaNext Switzerland with 4K laser phosphor projection, Dolby Surround 7.1 and three Dolby Atmos-enabled screens.
Light Iron, a Panavision company, has announced that Jeremy Sawyer is returning to its Los Angeles facility as a senior colorist. Sawyer brings more than 20 years of color finishing experience to his role. He joins Light Iron’s talent roster as the facility manages a growing list of feature and episodic projects.
Imagination Park Technologies has acquired a patent portfolio from XMG Studio Inc., which was a pioneer in augmented reality gaming and location based games in 2009-2011 and was the developer of the successful Ghostbusters Paranormal Blast game in partnership with Sony.
Domenic Rom, a longtime fixture of New York’s post-production industry, has joined Goldcrest Post as managing director. Rom will oversee operations, drive sales and pursue growth strategies for Goldcrest, one of the largest independent providers of post services for film and television on the East Coast. He previously served as president and general manager of Deluxe TV Post Production Services.
In the wake of one of the movie industry’s most successful years, executives from Screenvision Media took the stage at New York’s historic Ziegfeld Theatre to extol the many virtues of cinema advertising to a roomful of ad professionals. The theme of this year’s Upfront event was Big Screens – Big Impact. During the event, Screenvision renewed its 10 Pack option for another year, unveiled a Smart Network that enables advertisers to better track the effectiveness of their campaigns, and announced programs advocating for more inclusion of women in the motion picture industry.
Mingalar Cinemas is Myanmar’s largest movie theatre chain with twenty-seven locations across eight cities. Mingalar also owns and operate the first high-definition Gold Class cinema in the country, which features three halls with luxurious, automatic reclining seats and cutting-edge visuals. In order to deliver premium sound in their Gold Class theaters, Mingalar entrusted Goldenduck Group, a leading supplier of professional cinema equipment, with installing a JBL Professional cinema audio system.
Cinionic has expanded its relationship with one of India’s fastest growing theater chains, Miraj Cinemas, and will upgrade Miraj’s fleet of theaters with Barco Smart and Flagship Laser projectors. In all 60 screens across 20 Miraj Cinemas’ Multiplexes will be upgraded including its Miraj Maximum, the largest movie theater screen in Delhi.
For the thirteenth year in a row, Christie will be the official projection technology partner for the Cannes Film Festival, which runs May 14-25. Christie is supplying thirty-six Solaria Series projectors and accessories.
The Hollywood Professional Association has opened its call for entries in creative categories for the HPA Awards. The Awards, now in their 14th year, are considered important recognition for groundbreaking work and artistic excellence, acknowledging creative artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in feature film, episodic, and commercials. The 14th HPA Awards gala will be returning to the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California on the evening of Thursday, November 21, 2019.
Alkemy X has hired Rebecca Manning as compositing supervisor for its visual effects division. Manning brings 16 years of experience and more than 40 major feature film and television credits, including Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avatar. Manning will be based out of Alkemy X’s New York studio and will lead its compositing team on projects including the television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Fear of the Walking Dead, Mr. Mercedes and Blindspot.
The Ymagis Group’s today reported an increase in revenue of 7.2 percent in the first quarter of 2019 following four consecutive quarters in decline. Thanks to robust equipment sales and its geographical expansion, CinemaNext recorded a 45 percent increase in revenue at €17.0 million, which more than offset the scheduled reduction in virtual print fee revenue.
For the fourth consecutive year, Volfoni will be the official 3D technical partner for all 3D screenings at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, which takes place May 14-25 in the Palais des Festivals et Congresses, in La Croisette, France.
This year, as it has for more than twelve years, Harkness Screens will be the official screen provider for the Cannes Film Festival May 14-25. The screens come from the Harkness French Demospec Manufacturing Facility.
Production sound mixer Adam P. Lawrence has had a lifelong love for audio/visual storytelling. For the last decade, Lawrence has turned that passion into a career, mixing audio on countless film and television productions. As with any field production, radio frequency interruptions rank highly on the list of worst-case scenarios among audio professionals.
Am I alone in thinking that filmmakers and exhibitors have embraced the digital cinema transition with more enthusiasm, creativity and intelligence than the Hollywood studios? Given that Hollywood started the drive to digital, that would be incredibly ironic. I ask this because, last week in Vanity Fair, Nicole Sperling wrote a fascinating article about the current debate apparently raging in Hollywood over the question: what is a movie? But the article raised a different question for me: in the second decade of the digital cinema era, what is a movie theatre?
The MENA Cinema Forum, the region's largest event of its kind, will return to Dubai from October 22-24, promising more than 60 speakers and 800 experts in the field of cinema production, exhibition and distribution from 50 countries, it will be spread over two levels at Conrad Dubai.
Global content studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired worldwide rights to Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan’s SXSW music documentary, Everybody’s Everything. The film follows the life and career of Lil Peep, the genre-bending rapper who was just rising to fame when he died of an accidental drug overdose at 21 years old. Dubbed the future of emo by Pitchfork, Gustav Åhr was influential in bringing emo and pop-punk to hip-hop through his mixtapes, released via SoundCloud. Ahr’s first mixtape, 2015’s Lil Peep Part One generated 4,000 plays in its first week.
Studio Canal, a subsidiary of Canal+ Group, has deployed Nagra’s NexGuard forensince watermarking technology to protect the international distribution of its content.