The National Film Board of Canada’s collection is now available to airlines around the world. Canada’s public film producer and distributor has signed an exclusive airline distribution agreement with Skeye Inflight Entertainment to offer its catalog to airlines worldwide operating outside of Canada. “We are thrilled to explore this new market ” says Johanne St-Arnauld the NFB’s director general of distribution. The NFB is seen on television in classrooms and on DVD in over 60 countries worldwide.
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Band Pro has announced that renowned rental house Otto Nemenz International has taken delivery of ten new Sony F35 cameras. The F35 CineAlta camera system captures 10-bit and 4:4:4 images from a single Super 35 size sensor at variable frame rates from 1-50fps. The sensor size allows cinematographers to use familiar and comfortable 35mm PL mount optics. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary Otto Nemenz International is known throughout the industry for supplying the highest quality motion picture cameras and equipment available.
Post-production facility Post Logic Studios a division of Prime Focus Group is completing restoration of more than 80 scientific micro-cinematography short films developed by world-renowned academics and funded by the National Science Foundation. The films were commissioned beginning in 1967 through the mid-1970s using a $20 million grant from the NSF as part of a push to close a perceived scientific gap between the US and the former Soviet Union.
IndiePix has implemented watermarking technology to help reduce illegal DVD downloading copying and selling. All of IndiePix's films offered for download are now embedded with a watermark code that enables security experts and law enforcement officials to trace illegally copied DVDs back to the original disc and the initial download transaction. This technology will work to increase the trust that filmmakers have in the distribution process as well as deter and pursue individuals and groups that continue to break the law and damage the film industry.
RealD has announced RealD Live a new product that works with the company’s cinema systems enabling RealD equipped theatres to display live event broadcasts from anywhere in the world in 3D. “Films presented in RealD 3D are driving today’s box office showing moviegoers overwhelmingly prefer the true-to-life entertainment experience of RealD 3D ” says Joe Peixoto RealD president of worldwide cinema.
ZON Lusomundo the largest cinema chain in Portugal is in the process of installing 213 digital cinema systems and by the end of 2010 28 of the company’s cinema complexes will be equipped with Barco digital cinema projectors. XDC and ZON Lusomundo have signed an exclusive agreement for the deployment of full digital cinema systems in all of ZON Lusomundo's theatres in Portugal.
Real Digital Media has announced the availability of an all-in-one digital signage display combining the Samsung MXn-series LCD displays with Neocast Media Player software. The combined solution includes a range of Samsung's MXn-series displays with embedded PC and Real Digital Media's Neocast Media Player software. This turnkey solution provides an elegant option for customers seeking a digital signage application to promote their business products and services.
IFP/Chicago will be honoring Towers Productions at this year’s 2009 Independent Film Gala on September 25th. Towers Productions was chosen as the Honoree for the 2009 Independent Film Gala in celebration of their 20th Anniversary and dedication to production in the Midwest. Towers Productions Inc. has produced over one thousand hours of factual and entertainment programming for networks around the world such as A Animal Planet Bio CNN and Discovery Channel to name a few. TPI is part of the multi-media group Towers Holdings Inc.
According to a new survey from the company Research and Markets the U.S. movie theatre industry includes about 2 000 companies with combined annual revenue of $11 billion and around 5 000 indoor theatres and 300 drive-ins. Major companies include Regal Entertainment AMC Entertainment and Cinemark. The industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest firms own half of the nation's theatres and earn around 85 percent of industry revenue.
Danoo operator of a digital location-based media network with interactive video screens in retail locations has acquired IdeaCast a provider of advertising in the rapidly expanding captive television category. The companies say that this combination creates one of the largest and most advanced media platforms in the location-based media space. As part of the transaction exhibitor National CineMedia and venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will each hold a minority interest in the new company.
Roland Films and James Bruce Productions are proud to announce Oka! Amerikee a bittersweet comedy based on the unlikely friendship between an American ethnomusicologist and the Bayaka people of the Central African Republic. The film stars Kris Marshall Isaach Bankole and natives to the areas: Bayaka and Bantu. Based on true events from distinguished ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno’s life Sarno co-wrote the script with the film’s director Lavinia Currier.
Q Black Entertainment has acquired the rights to Janet Fitch’s Paint it Black. Chris Luu Joe Q. Bretz and David Blackford”s company who bested multiple suitors for the rights will produce along with Coup d’ Etat Films and Deviant Films. Following the success of White Oleander Fitch has again created unforgettable and dynamic female characters in her latest work Paint it Black.
Sony Digital Cinema and Apollo Cinemas have announced an agreement for the deployment of 83 CineAlta 4K digital cinema projectors a third of which will be able to deliver 3D content. This move makes Apollo Cinemas the first in Europe to move to Sony Digital Cinema virtual print fee. Rob Arthur managing director of Apollo Cinemas says “This agreement puts Apollo among the most innovative cinema operators in the world and will establish the UK's first fully digital circuit and in CineAlta 4K.
In recent weeks digital cinema service company XDC has announced a deal with Polish exhibitor Multikino and another with exhibitor Euroscoop in the Netherlands to install new digital systems in multiple theatres. In the first announcement XDC says that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the deployment of digital cinema systems in 174 of Multikino's cinema screens in Poland. The Letter of Intent signed between Multikino and XDC includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model represented by XDC.
One of the highlights of last month’s Cinema Expo in Amsterdam was the 3D premiere of Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The screening was shown on a Barco twin projector setup with Dolby 3D for large screens. The Dolby 3D large screen solution combined with Barco's digital cinema twin-projector allows exhibitors to project 3D onto standard non-silver screens ranging from 12.5 to 21 meters surpassing the previous size limit of 12 meters. The RAI auditorium where the movie premiered has a 16.5-meter wide screen.
The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West is seeking submissions for its sixth annual event. The deadline is September 4. From February 12-21 the festival will screen 100 films including world and U.S. premieres classics rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula Montana. In addition to ten days of screenings the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions galas receptions and networking round-tables.
Cinedigm Digital Cinema has announced that thousands of fans turned out to theatres around the country to view the July 7th Michael Jackson Memorial Service via a live feed direct from the Staples Center. A total of 47 Cinedigm-certified theatres carried the broadcast with ten of those coming online within hours of its commencement due to the last minute nature of the event.
Da Vinci Systems has announced that its Resolve v.6.2 software for R-series color grading systems for the first time enables Resolve to color grade native digital motion picture files — including debayered Red RAW files — and to grade between two remote systems. Available worldwide new features in Resolve 6.2 also include enhanced support for 3D color grading projects.
Dolby Laboratories has announced that its newest cinema server the Dolby Screen Server DSS200 is available for orders. The DSS200 is an all-in-one platform to store decode and deliver pristine movies to the digital cinema projector. Based on Dolby’s existing FIPS-certified media block and DCI-compliant server the DSS200 offers improved storage serviceability and interoperability. A storage subsystem moves feature content around the network effortlessly.
Film & Kino the Norwegian interest organization for cinemas has announced the world’s first non-commercial complete national digital roll out with agreements with Twentieth Century Fox United International Pictures (the local distributor for Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures in Norway) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and Warner Bros. Pictures International. According to Film & Kino this complete digital roll out will transform all of Norway’s cinemas big and small to modern DCI-compliant digital cinema houses.