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The Games People Play

Wed, 08/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Tekken Wraps in Lousiana Crystal Sky Pictures has just completed shooting Tekken a feature film based on the hugely popular video game series. The film was shot in Shreveport Louisiana and will be released next year.

Game Changing

Wed, 08/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Shooting Tape and Data To capture the boy’s basketball season leading to a much anticipated final championship game between urban archrivals Boys and Girls High School and Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn New York producer/director Jon Alpert and his co-director Matt O’Neill captured the event with the newly released Sony XDCam PMW-EX1 cameras. They also shot with tape cameras. The documentary will air this winter as an ESPN signature special.

Think Globally

Wed, 08/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Deluxe Installs New Digital Media Distribution System Deluxe has chosen a Signiant digital media distribution management system to automate accelerate and secure the distribution of post-production materials for motion pictures from major Hollywood studios and broadcast companies. Post-production and distribution of films has become more complex especially as releasing films simultaneously around the world has become more popular. Less than a decade ago dubbing films into different languages for international release was a tape-based process that took months.

Another Real Deal

Wed, 08/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Cineplex Entertainment RealD Sign Agreement for 175 3D Installations Cineplex Entertainment and RealD have signed a long-term agreement to install a minimum of 175 3D systems into Cineplex Entertainment theatres across the country by December 2009 bringing RealD’s committed screen count to well over 5 500.

Live 3D Interview

Wed, 08/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Katzenberg to speak at IBC Via Satellite On September 14th more than 1000 delegates at this year’s IBC exhibition and conference in Amsterdam Holland are expected to witness an historic interview conducted in Los Angeles with DreamWorks Animation chief executive officer Jeffrey Katzenberg. Elizabeth Daley professor and dean of the USC School of Cinematic Arts will interview him. Thanks to 3Ality Digital a company based in Los Angeles the interview will be photographed on multi-camera stereoscopic equipment and packaged for delivery by satellite service company Arqiva to Amsterdam.

SMPTE Forms 3D Home Display Task Force

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is establishing a task force to define the parameters of a stereoscopic 3D mastering standard for content viewed in the home. Called 3D Home Display Formats Task Force the project promises to propel the 3D home entertainment industry forward by setting the stage for a standard that will enable 3D feature films and other programming to be played on all fixed devices in the home no matter the delivery channel.

IndiePix Nelson Madison Films Release Skid Row

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

  IndiePix the Internet-based distributor of independent films has announced a partnership with Nelson Madison Films’ distribution arm Indie Rights Inc. The partnership coincides with the launch of the new ‘Activist’ and ‘Educational’ Editions of Skid Row – a no-holds-barred documentary featuring Pras Michael from the Fugees as he takes to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for nine days with no money or food.

PERA Opens National Office in New York

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Production Equipment Rental Association has opened a new national office in Manhattan at 101 West 31st Street. This location will now serve as a place for meetings and consolidated communications for members. PERA has been listening to members and the industry since our member meeting at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in April says executive director John Johnston. We are acting on recommendations to rebuild the organization focus on current issues address member needs and increase the value of membership in PERA. PERA has also launched a new Web site.

Cinema Ad Council Names 2007 Creative Excellence Award Winners

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Cinema Advertising Council has named the winners of its 2007 Creative Excellence Awards. The annual awards recognize high-quality entertaining advertising that has been showcased in movie theatres during the past year on a national regional and local basis.   “With Madison Avenue's continued embrace of cinema advertising it comes as no surprise that advertisers and their agencies continue to raise the bar relative to their on-and off-screen creative ” says Stu Ballatt president and chairman of the CAC.

National CineMedia Promotes Biederman Hoff and Leff

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

National CineMedia has promoted Pam Biederman Beth Hoff and Lauren Leff to the role of senior vice president. Biederman has been promoted from vice president to senior vice president central division in National CineMedia’s Chicago office where she will continue to lead the Midwest national sales team. Biederman joined Regal CineMedia (now National CineMedia) in 2002 as Midwest sales director and was elevated to vice president in 2003. Prior to joining the company Biederman opened and managed the Midwest sales offices for Screenvision in 2000.

New Study Looks at Everything from Red to Blu-ray

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Cinema is more than just about a digital projector. The entire value chain is changing - everything from the excitement caused by a new company selling a camera called Red to new ways to make money with Blu-ray and everything in between. It is difficult to find an industry that is undergoing so much change. And where there is change there are opportunities for companies to find growth.  It has been three years since the Digital Cinema Initiative published recommendations for how distributors and theatres should handle movies distributed and exhibited digitally.

Carmike to Show Delirium and Rent

Tue, 08/12/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Carmike Cinemas has announced that Cirque Du Soleil's Delirium and the Broadway hit Rent will be featured on 176 digital screens at Carmike movie theatres through Sony's The Hot Ticket. Tickets will cost $20 for each event. For fans of Broadway shows rock concerts or premier sporting events The Hot Ticket will provide a community experience to see some of the world's best entertainment on larger-than-life digital screens it was announced.Starting Aug. 20 Carmike Cinemas will feature Cirque Du Soleil's Delirium on 176 of its digital screens.

Sensio and International Sign 3D Licensing Agreement

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sensio has signed a licensing agreement with International Datacasting Corporation for the integration of the Sensio 3D cinema decoding technology into products for the digital cinema market. This agreement comes with the first sale of licenses for an initial deployment of 3D systems for 50 movie theatres to enable the broadcasting of live stereoscopic 3D events. “We are extremely pleased of this agreement with IDC and this initial order ” says Nicholas Routhier president and CEO of Sensio.

Real Digital Media Announces On-Demand Feature for Neocast

Thu, 07/31/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Real Digital Media has announced a new on-demand feature for its Neocast digital signage platform. Using a simple remote control device with a tiny receiver connected via USB Neocast clients are now able to instantly suspend a running play list jump to a menu screen scroll up and down to select a desired menu item and have that selected item start playing instantaneously.

Preparing for the Journey

Mon, 07/28/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

NEC RealD Ballantyne Partner on 3D Release in U.S. Theatres NEC RealD 3D and Ballantyne joined forces to provide digital 3D projection capability to multiple U.S. theatres. This latest wave of upgrades was driven by the release of Journey to the Center of the Earth. Ballantyne of Omaha/Strong Cinema Products is an industry leader in projection systems and trusted partner of Great Escape Theatres says Chance Ragains chief operating officer Great Escape Theatres.

Saving 2009

Mon, 07/28/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

As exhibitors bask at least temporarily in the financial glow of The Dark Knight there is now reason to be cautiously optimistic about the box office outlook for 2009. It was widely announced in recent days that Twentieth Century Fox has reached an agreement with the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Sun, 07/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Intermediates Three-Dimensional Scratch Scratch Takes the Amazing Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D For film studio Walden Media’s latest feature film with New Line Cinema Journey to the Center of the Earth Assimilate’s Scratch was the stereoscopic 3D workflow of choice for the film.

Carrying a Big Stick

Sun, 07/27/2008 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Christie Unveils Lightweight CP2000-M DLP Cinema Projector Christie introduced the new light and compact CP2000-M DLP Cinema projector at Cine Expo in Amsterdam.The latest addition to the company's CP 2000 series it weighs in at only 95 pounds yet delivers up to 12 000 ANSI Lumens of output power. Ideal for screens 35 feet wide Christie says the new projector opens up a whole new universe of digital cinema excitement for smaller theatres multiplexes and post-production facilities around the world.

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