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The Color of Emotions

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 15:11 -- Nick Dager

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.

VAB Appoints Lauren Leff VP Marketing and Communications

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 12:01 -- Nick Dager

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.

Felix Fissel Joins VFXnow as VP of Global Operations

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

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.

SMPTE Issues Call for Papers for SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:47 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers has issued a call for technical manuscript proposals for the SMPTE 2018 Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition, which will be held October 23-25 at a new venue, the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in downtown Los Angeles. Authors must submit their proposals by May 28.

AR Coming to NCM Movie Theatres

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:40 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia is pioneering interactive augmented reality gaming in theaters this spring with the launch of Noovie ARcade, a companion app to NCM’s Noovie pre-show and Lobby Entertainment Network. Noovie ARcade is available in the iOS and Android app stores. NCM expects it to be rolled out nationwide this spring on over 20,600 screens in 1,700 theatres across the country including AMC, Cinemark, Regal Entertainment Group, and 49 other regional and local theater chains.

Reliance Industries Takes Equity Stake in Eros International

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:30 -- Nick Dager

Reliance Industries Limited, through a subsidiary, has agreed to subscribe to a five percent equity stake in Eros International Media Limited at a price of fifteen dollars per share, which represents an 18 percent premium over the stock’s last closing price. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and other approvals. Furthermore, RIL and Eros announced that they have agreed to partner in India to jointly produce and consolidate content from across India.

Helios and Matheson Increases Stake in MoviePass

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:14 -- Nick Dager

Helios and Matheson Analytics has increased its total ownership of the outstanding shares of MoviePass’ common stock (excluding shares underlying MoviePass options and warrants) to approximately 78 percent. The increase in ownership stems from cash advances provided by HMNY to MoviePass, from time to time, from December 19, 2017 through February 15, 2018.

EPO Upholds One of RealD’s Patents in Volfoni Fight

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

RealD announced today that the European Patent Office’s Opposition Division has upheld the validity of one of the company’s key patents for light-doubling 3D cinema projection systems. Volfoni and MasterImage had both challenged the EPO’s grant of RealD’s European patent, which covers optical architectures in light-doubling 3D cinema systems.

CinemaNext, Ezcaray International Expand Seating Distribution Agreement

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:49 -- Nick Dager

CinemaNext has signed a distribution deal with Spanish seating supplier Ezcaray International recognizing CinemaNext as an official distributor in 17 European countries as well as in the US, Russia, Egypt, Kazakhstan and Morocco. CinemaNext is currently the exclusive reseller of Ezcaray’s full range of seating products for cinema in Germany.


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