Beaufort International Group has announced that it has acquired the business and assets of DTS Digital Cinema from DTS Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Beaufort made the acquisition through its US subsidiary Beaufort California. Chris Thomas Beaufort California’s CEO says “We are very pleased to have made this acquisition. DTS is an established brand in the cinema industry and provides a solid foundation for us to develop our plans in digital cinema.
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Lionsgate has signed an agreement to provide its movies in the digital cinema equipped theatres in AccessIT’s Phase 1 digital cinema program. Under the terms of the deal Lionsgate will pay virtual print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by all the other major studios. Lionsgate is already a long-time customer of AccessIT’s Software Division employing its industry-leading Theatrical Distribution System (TDS) which enables theatre bookings for screens in the U.S. and Canada. AccessIT and Lionsgate have begun negotiations on a Phase 2 agreement.
David Doerksen and Waterfront Pictures have started shooting Deep Cove which the filmmakers have described as a sexy teen thriller. Michael Storey is directing the movie. We’ll have that story in our next Report.
June 1 2008 - Regal Entertainment Group and RealD 3D have announced a partnership to convert some 1 500 screens to 3D. The deal when completed the key phrase here would bring the total number of 3D screens in the US to well over 3 000. But the deal will not take effect until the major studios and the Digital Cinema Implementation Partners come to terms. So the question is what does this all mean? The answer lies in the fact that the studios either by happenstance or by design are taking a very passive-aggressive approach in their negotiations with DCIP.
No Digital Deal in the States but Significant Activity in Europe While the Hollywood studios continue to differ over how to move forward with DCIP in the United States four of them have combined for a major European deal. XDC has signed non-exclusive long-term agreements with four major distributors – Warners Paramount Disney and Twentieth Century Fox – to deploy 8 000 upcoming DCI-compliant digital cinema installations across Europe. Similar agreements with Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures are reportedly in a very advanced stage and are expected to close shortly.
Russia’s Cinema Park gets World’s First Complete Digital B-Chain Audio Network The Harman Pro Cinema Group and Italian systems integrator Cinemeccanica have designed and installed the world’s first complete multiplex Digital B-Chain cinema audio network for Russian cinema exhibitor Cinema Park at Cinema Park’s new 10 screen multiplex in Novosibirsk Russia. The project is the first all Digital B-Chain installation with the entire multiplex utilizing DBC Systems in all 10 auditoriums.
A Conversation with Producer/Director James Chressanthis No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo and Vilmos premiered as an official selection of Cannes Classics at the 61st Annual Cannes International Film Festival last month. The documentary tracks a 50-year journey with Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond beginning with their arrival in the United States as political refugees from Hungary in February 1957. Person A with B and C at shoot for Great Movie There is poetic justice in this film premiering at Cannes says producer/director James Chressanthis.
Stereoscope Opens to meet Growing Demand for 3D Production Post-Production Responding to Hollywood's growing demand for 3D production and post-production Stereoscope has opened its doors to serve the creative community. Equipped with the new version of Quantel's Pablo 4K color grading system which can handle real-time stereoscopic post-production the studio has been designed from the ground up to provide a full range of stereo3D digital content services from development through distribution.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) has issued a revised Digital Cinema System Requirements document (version 2.0). The requirements are a product of a group of committed NATO member company volunteers working in conjunction with NATO's digital cinema consultant Michael Karagosian.
Russian digital cinema has experienced a significant breakthrough with the presentation of the movie Scar 3D on 33 screens throughout the country. Shown for the first time during the Cannes Film Festival 2007 Scar is a first-of-its kind 3D movie. Moviegoers should brace themselves for an entirely new dimension in larger-than-life horror shot entirely with one vision: to create an amazing full 3D digital cinema experience.
The Society for Information Display has announced a 3D technology-focused addition to its program lineup for Display Week 2008 May 18-23 at the Convention Center in Los Angeles California. The Special Session on 3D in Cinema slated for May 21st will feature invited talks from leading experts in the field on topics spanning the full 3D movie process – from content creation (animation and live action) and editing to post-production and theatrical display.
When the Newseum – an interactive museum of news – celebrated the grand opening of its new location last month visitors were greeted by a 40-by-22-foot LED wall displaying crystal-clear video of breaking news historic news presentations and documentaries. Dubbed the ‘Electronic Window on the World ’ the giant display made by Barco is the central feature of the New York Times – Ochs-Sulzberger Family Great Hall of News and by far the largest electronic display in a museum filled with high-tech gear.
Avid Technology has announced the next-generation of its high-performance storage disk arrays: Avid VideoRAID ST and Avid VideoRAID SR. According to Avid the new disk arrays combine real-time performance cost-effective SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment) drive technology and the security of fail-safe data protection in the event of a disk drive failure.
The 2008 National Association of Broadcasters convention was held in Las Vegas last month and hosted more than 100 000 attendees who saw an overwhelming assortment of technology. Here are the six products that we found the most interesting and noteworthy. Sony F35 Camera For quite some time now the Hollywood motion picture production community has been calling for a consistent 4K workflow from acquisition through post-production and exhibition. Cameras are a key part of that equation and Sony addressed the issue at this show.
De ja Vu in Las Vegas as 3D and 4K Dominate the Conversation For the second year in a row the National Association of Broadcasters convention held last month in Las Vegas was a relatively quiet affair. As evidence of this one of the big stories at the convention was the fact that two major companies – Avid and Apple – weren’t there. Despite their absence as exhibitors both companies had ample presence at the show in other booths and in a host of shared announcements with other companies.
The Entertainment Technology Center at USC has announced that LG Electronics has joined ETC as an Anytime/Anywhere Content Lab sponsor. The AACL will showcase a wide spectrum of products services and technologies in action. The lab will use these tools to examine the technological and sociological implications of providing content to consumers who desire it at anytime on any device and anywhere they happen to be.
The Orphan Works Act of 2008 under consideration in the US Congress would allow filmmakers and other creators to use orphan works that have been languishing because the copyright owner no longer exists or cannot be found. The bill is officially designated S. 2913 the Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act of 2008 and H.R. 5889. The Independent Feature Project and the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture are both supporting the measure.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers 2008 Pre-Conference Symposium How Did They Do That? Innovations in Filmmaking and Live Event Broadcast will be held October 27 at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. The Symposium will present interesting applications of new technology used to capture the dramatic images from two extremes of programming: live fast-action coverage of the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and the methodical production of the landmark nature footage in the BBC's award winning Planet Earth series.
London-based production companies Aria Films and Full Circle Films are in the early discussions post-production facility Axis3D to produce what is expected to be one of the first UK feature films to be shot and posted using newly-available 3D technology. The Mortician is a redemption tale where kindness triumphs over cruelty and falls within the genres of urban noir contemporary fairytale and psychological thriller. The film is set in the nightmare ghetto of a decaying metropolis and is based around about one man's struggle through the violence and corruption of a dying city.