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MediaMation Unveils MX4D Esports

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:22 -- Nick Dager

MediaMation has launched its MX4D Esports Theatre concept for exhibition. Cinema owners are continually seeking new entertainment to engage patrons. With that in mind, MediaMation is planning to offer a scalable entertainment package that converts a new or existing MX4D theatre into an Esports gaming environment that can then be converted back to the MX4D theatre configuration.

EditFest 2017 Program Announced

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:16 -- Nick Dager

EditFest, the day long celebration of the art and craft of editing, returns to the Frank Wells Theater at Walt Disney Studios August 12. Presented by American Cinema Editors, EditFest 2017 presents top-level film and television editors sharing their experiences and insights. Featuring panels, clips, and conversation, EditFest offers a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with panelists and colleagues throughout the day and during a lively post-event reception.

Broadway Video’s Pelino Nominated for Sound Emmy

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:05 -- Nick Dager

Sue Pelino of Broadway Video was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Awards as part of the sound mixing team for outstanding sound mixing for a variety series or special. The nomination was awarded to the audio production team on the 2017 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony that aired on HBO. Pelino served as re-recording mixer on the project.

Jellyfish Pictures Adds Dave Wells to Senior Staff

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Award-winning production studio Jellyfish Pictures has appointed Dave Wells pipeline technical director and compositor. Bringing a level of technical experience that will enhance Jellyfish Pictures’ expansion into developing standalone solutions, Wells’ role also sees him provide support and technical know-how to Jellyfish’s CTO Jeremy Smith.

Jellyfish Pictures Launches RenderWise VFX, Animation Technology Business

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:43 -- Nick Dager

Award-winning production studio Jellyfish Pictures today announced that it has launched a subsidiary business called RenderWise. Responding to the obstacles faced when met with time sensitive demands, RenderWise offers cloud hybrid rendering and virtual studio solutions for VFX and animation applications.

Customizing Cartoon Sounds

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:17 -- Nick Dager

The animated series Welcome to the Wayne recently debuted on Nickelodeon, becoming the network’s first original series to move from digital to broadcast. The series launched in 2014 as a series of shorts on Nick App and Nick.com. Created by Billy Lopez, the show centers on two 10-year-old boys living in a Manhattan high-rise, dubbed The Wayne, where they are involved in all manner of wild adventures.

Picture Production Company Adds EditShare Storage Capability

Wed, 07/26/2017 - 12:05 -- Nick Dager

Film-marketing agency Picture Production Company is the first facility to place an order for the EditShare XStream EFS 300 single-node, scale-out storage platform. Renowned for its creative work, PPC has locations in Soho, London and Los Angeles, and produces trailers, television spots and online video for some of the world’s largest film studios.

Sony Re-Releasing Close Encounters

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:24 -- Nick Dager

Sony Pictures will celebrate the 40th anniversary of legendary director Steven Spielberg's epic science fiction adventure Close Encounters of the Third Kind with a series of special events. As a highlight of the celebration, the film has been restored and remastered in 4K and will be returning to the big screen in the United States and Canada.

Integrating Multiple Source Formats

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:16 -- Nick Dager

Hare Krishna! The Mantra, The Movement and the Swami Who Started It All is a documentary film on the life of Srila Prabhupada—the 70-year-old Indian Swami who arrived in America without support or money in the turbulent 1960s and ignited a worldwide spiritual phenomenon with only his unflinching determination and faith. The film posted at AlphaDogs in Burbank. As with most historical documentaries, the biggest hurdle the team had to overcome were the technical challenges inherent in working with multiple source formats.

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Future Strong for AR and MR, New Report Says

Tue, 07/25/2017 - 13:02 -- Nick Dager

Augmented reality and mixed reality present many opportunities for application enhancement and new monetization opportunities, a new report shows, but the technologies are still a long-way from being an everyday feature of consumers' lives. The report, from industry analyst Futuresources, synthesizes fieldwork drawn from vendors, content creators and service providers, along with mobile device forecasts and existing research. It found that the race is on to develop the essential killer application and, ultimately, to establish the dominant platform for mobile AR/MR content.

Stature Films Acquires Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 Zoom Lenses

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Toronto-based Stature Films is the first North American customer to purchase FujiFilm’s new Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 zoom lens. Stature Films, best known for its commercial and documentary production, was an early adopter of the first in the MK Series – the MK18-55mm – purchasing two shortly after the lens’ introduction last February.

Cinépolis Opens Maryland Theatre

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

Cinépolis USA is opening a premium large format theatre in Kimco Realty’s Kentlands Market Square in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas-Gaithersburg, anticipated to open in 2019, marks Cinépolis USA’s debut into Maryland and adds to the brand’s existing list of 16 movie houses in the U.S., six of which are Luxury Cinemas. The approximately 34,000-square-foot movie theater will hold 540 seats.

Isle of Wight Festival Live in UHD

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

Snell Advanced Media’s LiveTouch replay and highlights system and its Kahuna 9600 production switcher were central to the first live UHD production workflow of the 2017 Isle of Wight Festival. Based in High Wycombe, UK, CTV Outside Broadcast has 12 trucks in operation and has provided live coverage for a wide range of events including The European Golf Tour, The London Marathon as well as primetime studio-based programs including Strictly Come Dancing and The Brit Awards.

Nine Mile Circle Hires Julia Merrill as Executive Producer

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:44 -- Nick Dager

Atlanta post house Nine Mile Circle has hired Julia Merrill as executive producer. Merrill, whose background includes nine years as a writer/producer for Cartoon Network, will lead client relations, business development and project management. She will also work with Nine Mile Circle editor and owner Kyle Kramb in implementing the company’s further expansion plans, including a move to a larger facility this fall.

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