Cineworld, the U.K.’s largest cinema operator, has acquired Regal, one of the largest theatre circuits in the U.S., for a reported $5.9 billion. The deal would create the world’s second-largest movie theater owner and enable Cineworld to better compete with AMC Entertainment, which is owned by the Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda. The Cineworld-Regal combination would create a company with more than 9,500 screens in 10 countries.
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The tenth annual DTLA Film Festival will be held October 17-21, 2018 in downtown Los Angeles. Submissions are now open, and filmmakers are invited to register their films online. Details are available on the festival’s website.
Later this month Emagine Entertainment will unveil its Super EMAX theatre, which features a 92 feet wide by more than 48 feet tall screen. The company says it is the largest movie screen in the State of Michigan. Located at Emagine’s Novi location, the theatre’s grand opening will take place December 15 with the first showing of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Digital Cinema Report recently teamed up with global cinema software leader Arts Alliance Media to ask exhibitors around the world how they see their businesses evolving over the next five years. We especially wanted to know their thoughts on technology, both what they’re using today and what they plan to use in the future. I sat down with John Aalbers, CEO of AAM to discuss the survey results.
In advance of the December 15 release of Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, National CineMedia is now presenting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie as part of its revamped preshow Noovies. The content is part of NCM’s Noovie Backlot series. For Steve Ochs, NCM’s senior vice president, marketing and creative, this is all part of his overall effort to re-imagine the preshow experience.
NEC Display Solutions projector solutions, announced today the appointment of Reiner Doetzkies as director, cinema business and technology. Doetzkies brings nearly two decades of cinema technology experience to NEC where he will be responsible for supporting the global company — including Japan, America, and Europe — in its cinema business and technology development. His duties will include alliance/partner management, industry standards management, building relationships within the movie studio community and supporting global sales and marketing.
Post-production finishing for season six of TNT’s police drama Major Crimes is currently underway at MTI Film, continuing a relationship that began with the show’s debut in 2012. The facility faces tight deadlines and significant technical and creative hurdles in delivering each of 13 episodes included in the current season.
Canada's first D-Box VR cinematic experience will officially open to the public Thursday in the lobby of Cineplex's Scotiabank Theatre Ottawa. The new center features 10 D-Box VR motion seats and VR systems.
Lensrentals today announced a strategic partnership with LensProToGo. The combined company will be privately held, with both the Lensrentals and LensProToGo management team taking an active role in its leadership, with both brands continuing to operate with increased resources.
Making a film for the first time is a challenge enough in itself, but post-production can sometimes be even more daunting. Aspiring filmmaker Michael Thibault said, “Strangely, all the things we were warned about – actors, scheduling, permits, etc – weren’t a problem at all. But when it came to post-production, it was a complete nightmare until we brought the show to AlphaDogs. We tried to get by cheap and skip using a professional post house, only to find out these freelance colorists and audio mixers have no clue as to what they are doing.”
Barco announced today that it has reached an agreement with China Film Company to change the ownership structure of its BarcoCFG joint venture for the Chinese cinema market.
Ymagis Group today launched EclairGame, a new esports based entertainment system fully-dedicated to gaming in cinemas, and a first agreement with Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, the largest cinema circuit in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
MoviePass today announced two key additions to its business development team. Khalid Itum, an accomplished tech entrepreneur, investor, and advisor joins the company as vice president of business development; and former preferred content vice president, Zac Bright, has been appointed director of business development.
Registration is now open for the fourth Munich Seminar of the International Cinema Technology Association, which is being held January 15-16 following Munich Film Week.
FilmLight has named Andy Minuth as its color workflow specialist. Minuth, originally from Germany, was most recently lead colorist at 1000Volt Post Production in Istanbul. There he was responsible for the grade of commercials as well as feature films.
Greek exhibitor Village Cinemas has opened the first Sphera auditorium, CinemaNext’s new premium format cinema concept, at its theatre at The Mall of Athens.
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 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, 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.
Éclair has announced an exclusive partnership with Sydney-based Shooting Star Company Group to deploy ÉclairPlay among cinema exhibitors in SSCG’s DStar Cinema network in Australia and New Zealand