Cineworld Group and Cinemark Holdings have agreed to buy the remaining units of National CineMedia currently owned by AMC Entertainment, 21.5 million units for approximately $156.8 million. Cineworld and Cinemark will each acquire half of the units and will fund the transaction with available cash.
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Event cinema distributor Fathom Events has enhanced its executive team with the appointment of Tom Bracken as vice president of marketing, Nancy Silverstone as vice president of programming and the promotion of Daren Miller to vice president of business affairs & strategy.
Manuel Canchola is a freelance colorist based in Mexico City. He works on a mixture of commercials, television and film and uses this variety to continuously improve his skills as a colorist. Canchola, a passionate advocate for new technology and, in particular, high dynamic range, recently spoke with Digital Cinema Report about his career and his work in color grading.
Christie is marking a decade of collaboration with the Shanghai International Film Festival as the event’s exclusive cinema projection partner. “This is the tenth consecutive year that Christie has partnered with the SIFF, which is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in Asia, by serving as its exclusive cinema projection partner,” said Lin Yu, vice president, cinema sales for Asia, Christie. “It is an honor for us be associated with the SIFF, supplying our cinema projectors for screening feature films from around the world that are distinguished by their artistic excellence. It is a perfect combination of ‘art and technology’, and we are fully committed to delivering the best possible image on screen that allows all audiences to enjoy an immersive and highly satisfying cinema experience.”
“I think if you’re making a high school movie, you can’t not watch John Hughes movies for reference,” said cinematographer Hillary Spera (Duck Butter, Submission). “Even if it’s subliminal, they’re woven into the language.” Filmmaker John Hughes had a string of hit films in the 1980s that were a true depiction of high school life in middle class suburbia. Movies like 16 Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink portrayed teen characters with depth and intelligence but were also comedic.
Reel Cinemas has announced that it is adding a ScreenX screen to its theatre in The Dubai Mall, which is the world’s largest and most visited retail and entertainment destination and welcomes more than 80 million visitors every year.
The Fourth Annual Asian World Film Festival will once again be held in Culver City, California with opening night scheduled for October 24 and closing night November 1. This year's theme will focus on the female empowerment, said the festival’s executive director Georges N. Chamchoum.
Cinionic, the Barco cinema joint venture, will be the exclusive laser projection provider for Kinepolis. The replacement of hundreds of existing and new screens with Barco laser projectors will take place over the next three years across Western Europe and Canada.
The International Union of Cinemas, the European Cinema trade group, has launched the second edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Program, a 12-month mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition. Building on the success of a ground-breaking pilot program, itself launched at CineEurope in 2017, this year’s edition will provide seven talented female European cinema professionals with the opportunity to receive one-to-one career advice, network and learn from outstanding women executives, recognized for their leadership and business success across the cinema landscape.
One of the biggest exhibition news stories of 2018 was the return of cinemas to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia after a 35-year ban. Vista Entertainment supported AMC Entertainment and the Development & Investment Entertainment, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, tin their efforts to open the country’s first commercial cinema this past April.
The Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Ant-Man and The Wasp will be released in ScreenX, CJ4DPlex’s panoramic film format. Ant-Man and The Wasp is set to premiere around the world beginning July 4.
The Odeon Cinemas Group has agreed to install seven Dolby Cinemas, marking the premium large format’s first implementation in the UK. Additionally, Odeon Cinemas Group has confirmed that Dolby servers, processors, and speakers will be utilized for all of its European entities going forward.
Cineworld Group says it will open 100 ScreenX locations at its theatres in the next few years. The agreement, which marks a major milestone for both companies, will include installing the multi-projection cinematic system in 10 different countries: U.S., U.K., Israel and seven other European countries.
MoviePass announced today that it has exceeded three million paying subscribers since announcing its low-cost subscription plans last August. The company says MoviePass’ rapid growth is within its projections that estimate the service will exceed five million paying subscribers by the end of 2018.
The American Society of Cinematographers has re-elected Kees van Oostrum as president, who will serve his third consecutive term at the organization.
The Kuwait National Cinema Company has signed an agreement with CJ 4DPlex to bring its panoramic film-viewing experience ScreenX to the Middle East. The agreement represents the first ScreenX screen to be installed Kuwait.
Cinema Intelligence, a Vista Group company specializing in business intelligence for cinema exhibitors, has signed a deal with Nordisk Film, its first Scandinavian customer. The agreement covers both Denmark and Norway territories where Nordisk operates a total of 43 cinemas.
Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 will be available on the TheaterEars app, enabling moviegoers who prefer Spanish to enjoy it at movie theatres across the US and Puerto Rico.
Vista Entertainment has signed an agreement with French exhibitor Les Cinemas Pathé Gaumont to incorporate a range of Vista’s theatre management software products into its operation.
Matthews Studio Equipment has introduced a rig that further extends the range of filming environments for Samsung 360 Round camera. The Matthews VRig offers flexible mounting options, low center of gravity and a small footprint to minimize nadir hole obstruction while maintaining rock-solid stability. When paired with Samsung’s 360 Round, which captures true 4Kx4K 360 degree footage, users can record, edit and livestream complete VR video and audio, anywhere. 360 Round features a unibody chassis and compact design and is IP65 dust and water-resistant.