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SMPTE Releases Report on Flow Management in Professional Media Networks

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:52 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced the publication of the Report of the Study Group on Flow Management in Professional Media Networks. The new, 52-page report investigates current and future technologies for media content flow management in professional media networks, explores user requirements, examines potential transmission methods for management commands, provides an overview of existing standards and specifications now available to the professional media industry, and offers a series of recommendations to the industry including some for future work.

AlphaDogs Completes Post on Kaiser Permanente Videos

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:46 -- Nick Dager

AlphaDogs has completed work on a series of corporate videos introducing services for the new Southern California Regional Spine Center to Kaiser Permanente members and physicians. Produced and directed by Bill and Douglas Sarine of Beachglass Films, Kaiser will be using the videos across many distribution channels to deliver a great introduction to their new initiative.

Kitag Cinemas Installing 4DX Seats

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:44 -- Nick Dager

Kitag Cinemas, the largest exhibitor in German-speaking Switzerland, is installing CJ 4DPlex’s 4DX cinema seating in its theatre in Abaton Zurich. Kitag Cinemas has 85 screens and 17,000 seats at the following locations: Basel, Bern, Biel, Lucerne, Emmenbrück/LU, St. Gallen, Abtwil/SG, Winterthur and Zurich. The Zurich theatre has 12 auditoriums with a total of 1,759 seats. The 4DX screen is scheduled to open before the end of the year.


ECA to Host Slate Day December 6

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:33 -- Nick Dager

The Event Cinema Association has confirmed the line up for its first-ever industry Slate Day, including many of the leading names in event cinema distribution. The purpose of the event, which will hosted at the Vue West End in London December 6, is to showcase the next 6-12 months of programs on the event cinema calendar.

Creating Blade Runner 2049's Sound

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 09:39 -- Pro Sound Effects

The sound of Blade Runner 2049 is striking. Even non-soundfolk are likely to recognize the crucial role it plays throughout the expansive follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi cult classic. Artfully sweeping from immersive to hyper-focused to nearly silent, the film’s stellar sound propels the viewer through a dystopian world feeling at once futuristic yet jarringly human. Leading the sound team was supervising sound editor Mark Mangini: winner of the 2016 Best Sound Editing Academy Award for Mad Max: Fury Road, and renowned audio post veteran with over 100 film credits across several decades.

MoviePass Lowers Price to $6.95 Per Month

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:04 -- Nick Dager

Just in time for Christmas, MoviePass is offering a one-year subscription plan for a flat fee of $89.95 and a $6.55 processing fee. Existing MoviePass customers will receive 25 percent savings from their current $9.95 per month plan if they subscribe to the new one year MoviePass subscription plan.The one-year subscription plan will be available only for a limited time.

MoviePass Names Bernadette McCabe SVP of Exhibitor Relations

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 11:22 -- Nick Dager

MoviePass has expanded its leadership team and named Bernadette McCabe as senior vice president of exhibitor relations. McCabe, a proven industry veteran and former Screenvision Media executive with more than 16 years of experience, will be responsible for growing and developing the company’s relationships with movie theater exhibitors. She will spearhead strategic initiatives across marketing and business development, provide financial insights for how theaters can glean the most value from MoviePass data and analytics, and evaluate opportunities to increase collaboration between theaters and movie studios.

Ymagis Group Reports Growth for Third Quarter 2017

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 13:08 -- Nick Dager

Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the third quarter 2017 and first nine months of the 2017 fiscal year, ending September 30. Ymagis Group’s activities resumed growth, with the consolidated financial results for Q3 2017 slightly up at €43.2 million, for an increase of +2.1 percent, driven by the group’s services activities.

Fathom’s Second Act

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 09:01 -- Nick Dager

This past July, Ray Nutt succeeded John Rubey at Fathom Events becoming the company’s second CEO in its four-year history. While many things at Fathom remain the same, there have already been some changes under Nutt. Among them, the fact that the company has started releasing its revenue figures on a regular basis. Not surprisingly, what those numbers show is that event cinema is big business and that, as the dominant company in the market, Fathom is a force to be reckoned with.

Classic Cinemas Installing DTS:X Sound in Five Theatres

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:50 -- Nick Dager

Classic Cinemas is installing DTS:X immersive audio technology across 16 screens at five of its locations in the greater metropolitan Chicago region. The installation has begun and will be completed by Spring 2018 at the following theatres in Illinois: Charlestowne 18 in St. Charles, Cinema 12 in Carpentersville, Lake Theatre in Oak Park, North Riverside Luxury 6 in North Riverside, and York Theatre in Elmhurst.

Capturing The Morning After

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 15:24 -- Nick Dager

Shanra J. Kehl’s The Morning After features eight intercut vignettes shot in eight locations in 11 days, telling the story of the moment when you wake up next to someone... the next morning. Kehl served as director/writer/producer and cinematographer on the film. She shot with shot with Cooke S4/I lenses.

MPSE to Honor John Paul Fasal with Career Achievement Award

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 13:05 -- Nick Dager

The Motion Picture Sound Editors announced today that it will present sound designer and sound recordist John Paul Fasal with its 2018 MPSE Career Achievement Award. A 30-year veteran of the sound industry, Fasal has contributed to more than 150 motion pictures and is best known for his groundbreaking work in field recording. Among his many credits are Top Gun, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, American Sniper and this year’s box office hit Dunkirk. Fasal will receive his award at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony, February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Gearing Up for The Letdown

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

Netflix and the Australian Broadcast Corporation have partnered to produce a new comedy series, The Letdown. Produced and written by Sarah Scheller and Alison Bell, the pilot and six half hour episodes follows Audrey, played by Bell, as she navigates the chaos of motherhood while still trying to balance a career-focused husband, a self-absorbed mother, and a care-free best friend. The series also stars Duncan Fellows, Sacha Horler, Noni Hazelhurst and Celeste Barber. Cinematographer Judd Overton shot the series with Panasonic VariCam LT cameras.

HPA Gives Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to NASA, Amazon

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 11:15 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has awarded the organization’s prestigious Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation to National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Amazon Web Services, and AWS Elemental, an Amazon Web Services Company, for the first public live 4K stream from the International Space Station. The honor, whose recipient was selected by a jury of industry veterans, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow and process or project to support creative storytelling or in technical innovation. The coveted distinction will be bestowed


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