The Hollywood Professional Association awards committee will honor Peter Jackson’s documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old with the organization’s Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. The award, whose recipient is selected by a jury of industry luminaries, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow, process or project to support creative storytelling, or in technical innovation. The award will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
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Screenvision Media today launched the Smart Network creating what it says is an entirely new digital playing field for advertisers. Fueled by Movie Pixel technology, the Smart Network is integrated across Screenvision’s 15,000 screens in more than 2,300 theatres nationwide.
Sim, which recently completed a major expansion of its post-production facility in New York City, has seven new rooms there, four that accommodate audio. All four new audio rooms and a central machine room are linked using a network employing components from Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces. There are now three broadcast audio 5.1-surround mix suites, one with Dolby Atmos capability, and an ADR/VO recording studio, which can accommodate as many as five actors.
Cinema advertising company Spotlight Cinema Networks has announced several promotions within its national sales department. The changes are effective immediately and include: Bob Shaw promoted to executive vice president, national; Karen Brady promoted to senior vice president, Eastern region; and Mandi Dyner promoted to senior vice president, Western region
Continuing to build the pool of talent at its post-production facility in New York, Sim has hired Lucie Barbier-Dearnley as senior colorist. Barbier arrives from Company 3, London, and brings expansive credits across features, episodic television and documentaries. Her first projects for Sim will include Aggie, a documentary about philanthropist and art patron Agnes Gund; and the feature You Should Have Left for Blumhouse Productions and director David Koepp.
Viewers in a movie theatre are more likely to have a better overall experience than those in a home setting, according to the 2019 Showcase Cinemas Theatre Vs Home Biometrics Study. This first-of-its-kind biometrics study examines not only how excited moviegoers felt while watching a movie in a movie theatre versus a home setting but also how much more satisfied study participants were with key aspects of watching a movie in-cinema versus a home environment.
I’ve been thinking for some time now about how to issue a new press release regarding the same old boring story about the never-ending lawsuits taking place between RealD and Volfoni, being totally clear and transparent so that everyone understands my words and the situation without making it too technical or using patent jargon that no one is going to understand. I consider at this stage it is important the communication is clear and straight.
The Walt Disney Studios will release four upcoming titles in CJ 4DPlex’s multi-sensory 4DX format. Following the successful global release of The Lion King and Aladdin in 4DX, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil will be released in October, followed by Frozen 2 and Ford v Ferrari in November and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in December.
Sony Pictures will release more films for 2019-2020 in MediaMation’s immersive cinema MX4D format. The format was programmed for nine Sony Pictures releases this calendar year, starting with Escape Room, through the blockbuster, Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Africa will be a key focus when the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul convenes November 19-21. The conference is run by Digital Cinema Solutions Events. Rob Arthur, founder and director of DCS Events and senior consultant at the Big Picture says, “Cinema in Africa is the new frontier. It is critically important that the industry stakeholders work as a team to best manage the growth opportunities cross the continent.”
Arts Alliance Media and Motion Picture Solutions have signed a strategic co-operation agreement, which will see AAM collaborate with MPS and its invested partner Gofilex on a global content e-delivery system.
European cinema services provider CinemaNext has installed its first Illucity Corner virtual reality system for cinema exhibitors at Belgium’s Kinepolis Liège cinema. The opening comes one year after the launch of the Illucity adventure park in Paris, the first VR location based entertainment center of its kind.
Later this year National Amusements’ Showcase Cinema de Lux Legacy Place will become the exhibitor’s first all Barco laser multiplex in the United States. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the theatre will be the Northeast’s first theatre to feature Showcase XPlus – CGS Enlightened, the cinemas’ enhanced giant screen offering with immersive sound, crystal clear laser projection and reserved seating.
This week DTS released its DTS:X Immersive Audio Bitstream software development kit to its cinema partners. The company believes the move strengthens its position as the motion picture industry creates the interoperable IAB content and device ecosystem needed to provide a true immersive sound experience in theatres.
A district court in Düsseldorf, Germany ruled in favor of stereoscopic 3D company RealD, finding infringement of three of its patents by Volfoni SmartCrystal Diamond triple-beam systems. RealD made the announcement today.
QSC’s CMS-5000 cinema media server has met all of the requirements of the Digital Cinema System Specification Version 1.2 published by Digital Cinema Initiatives, the company announced today. This certification validates that the next-generation cinema media server can reliably play controlled digital cinema content in movie theatres around the world and can reproduce high-quality images and sound as well as secure the content against piracy.
Abramorama is partnering with Shakey Pictures and Reprise/Warner Records to release the latest Neil Young film Mountaintop across North America on October 22 and in Europe and South American on November 18. Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Neil Young continues his 50-year odyssey with Crazy Horse, this time in the mountains of Colorado with Mountaintop, a Bernard Shakey + dhlovelife film with cinematographer Adam C.K. Vollick.
Emmy nominated filmmaker Pamela B. Green will be the featured speaker at the annual Women in Technology Luncheon on October 21, presented by HPA Women in Post and SMPTE. The popular gathering takes place October 21-24 during the SMPTE 2019 Conference at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Green’s feature documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché tells the moving and groundbreaking story of the first female filmmaker. During the luncheon, Green will be in conversation with Loren Nielsen, co-chair of the HPA Women in Post Committee.
Goldcrest Post and CinePointe Advisors will unravel the process of preparing films for distribution in a special two-night workshop aimed at feature film and documentary producers and others responsible for budgeting and supervising films as they make their way through post-production. Sessions will offer insight into the legal, technical and physical aspects of film delivery, covering topics as wide-ranging as how to negotiate delivery terms to the intricacies of OTT delivery specs. Workshop leaders will include CinePointe Advisors business and financial affairs advisor Stacey Smith, Goldcrest Films head of production Gretchen McGowan and Goldcrest Post managing director Domenic Rom.
The Motion Picture Sound Editors will honor Victoria Alonso with its annual Filmmaker Award. As executive vice president of production at Marvel Studios, Alonso has executive produced films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe that have garnered critical acclaim and amassed more than $20 billion worldwide including Avengers: Endgame, Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Black Panther and Captain Marvel, as well as the upcoming Black Widow. She will receive the award at the 67th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony January 19, 2020, in Los Angeles.