The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers is forming a technology committee to standardize mastering and packaging formats for content distributed over broadband networks. Such a broadband standard could fuel fresh business models by enabling consumers to purchase entertainment from any online destination and play it back on any device. The committee’s launch highlights SMPTE’s interest in addressing the challenges of delivering professional content—including movies television programming online programming and music—no matter the distribution platform.
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Mac Guff one of France’s largest digital visual effects design studios is installing Exanet’s ExaStore Clustered NAS 2008 to ensure that its 3D animation video effects and post-production processes are supported at the highest performance levels available. “Mac Guff chose Exanet to provide its storage solution because ExaStore’s performance and reliability are unmatched in the media and entertainment industry ” says Jeronimo Munoz Exanet regional vice president Southern Europe.
QuVIS has selected Paragon Software’s Universal File System Driver technology to embed within their new Wraptor Digital Cinema Package mastering plug-in for Apple Final Cut Studio. Paragon's technology fulfills the requirements for creating a digital cinema content distribution hard drive according to the Digital Cinema Initiative specifications by enabling a Mac with Wraptor and Final Cut Studio to: Create a Linux ext2/3 File System partition on a USB2.0 external hard drive suitable for use as a DCI-compliant distribution hard drive.
Ymagis the Paris-based European digital cinema services provider has announced that Universal Pictures will provide movies to theaters equipped by Ymagis and will pay digital print fees under a long-term agreement similar to those signed by Paramount Disney and Fox. Ymagis started its roll out activity in July after the first signing contracts with distributors and has so far signed contracts with exhibitors for a total of 29 screens in France.
David Hill chairman and chief executive officer Fox Sports Television Group will deliver the second keynote address for the 3D Entertainment Summit on December 2 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles California. As announced previously Jeffery Katzenberg chief executive officer and president of Dreamworks Animation will deliver the opening day keynote address on Monday December 1. In the opening highlight of the event Katzenberg will discuss the future of 3D before event attendees. Mr. Hill will deliver a presentation that addresses broadcasting sports to the home in 3D.
Carmike Cinemas has announced that The Royal Opera House in HD Series of Five Masterworks will be featured on 42 digital high definition screens through DigiScreen at local Carmike theatres in 26 states. The Royal Opera House is the home of three world-class performing companies -- The Royal Ballet The Royal Opera and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Carmike Cinemas will feature a series of five masterworks - including two operas and three ballets. Carmen: Thursday October 16 7:00 p.m. and Sunday October 19 1:00 p.m.
Christie returned for the 11th straight year as the exclusive digital projection sponsor of last month’s annual Manhattan Short Film Festival. As the founding sponsor of the international festival Christie provided its Roadster HD18K 3-Chip DLP projector to screen the 12 festival finalists in MSFF's new location on Spring Street in New York City. According to festival director and founder Nick Mason the festival continues to grow in popularity every year with audiences exceeding expectations worldwide.
Pioneering show runners Jesse Alexander (Heroes Lost) Tim Kring (Heroes Crossing Jordan) Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman Medium) and Naren Shankar (CSI UC: Undercover) will partake in an in-depth panel discussion about transmedia — branding and storytelling across multiple media channels — at SMPTE's annual fall conference later this month. They are the first of several top creative talents to be named to the session which will be moderated by noted author and journalist David Kushner and sponsored by the Fast Company magazine.
The Doorpost Film Project announced that filmmaker John Gray won the $100 000 grand prize for his dramatic short film Before I Wake which explores one man’s confrontation and eventual emotional release from the haunting paralyzing effects of familial sexual abuse in his past.
Nominations were announced by the Hollywood Post Alliance for the Third Annual HPA Awards. Winners of the prestigious HPA Award will be announced on November 6 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles California. The awards launched in 2006 acknowledge creative and technical excellence in the art science and craft of post production in twelve categories. The HPA Awards recognize the abilities of the talented men and women behind the scenes that are a vital part in the creation of motion pictures commercials and television.
The Independent Film & Television Alliance announced the results of its board of directors election in which four industry leaders will join the global trade organization’s executive committee. The announcement was made by Jean Prewitt president and chief executive officer of IFTA.
Access Integrated subsidiary UniqueScreen Media and Screenvision have completed an agreement for Screenvision to sell national advertising on behalf of USM and its exhibitor customers. Under the agreement Screenvision will hold exclusive national on-screen advertising sales rights for all of USM's advertising customers including several thousand screens across 111 U.S. designated market areas.
Adlabs a part of the Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group and India's largest cinema chain and SureWaves a media convergence solution provider have partnered to create communication channel at their cinemas. The SureWaves centralized servers help manage delivery of content across the 150-plus digital screen network across 12 locations at Adlabs Cinemas. Deployed at an enterprise level the SureWaves solution enables integration of the box office ticketing information and displays the same on a real time basis across the screen network at Adlabs properties.
Jack Green will receive the American Society of Cinematographers 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd Annual ASC Outstanding Achievement Awards celebration in February. “Jack Green has earned the respect of his peers with an extraordinary body of work that is constantly evolving ” says ASC president Daryn Okada. “His innovative cinematography has inspired other filmmakers to follow their dreams and explore new frontiers in visual storytelling.
Band Pro's popular One World on HD '08 Open House is set for December 11. The annual event is renowned for showcasing the newest HD technology in an informal setting that allows professionals to get hands-on experience with the latest groundbreaking gear while conversing with colleagues and industry decision-makers. In honor of Band Pro's 25th year in the industry the company is planning a full schedule of special events. Highlighted will be new developments by well known equipment innovators. Past exhibitors have included Zeiss Codex Technicolor and Iconix.
The fifth annual Advertising Week conference convened last month in Manhattan and one of the most interesting panel discussions focused on “how brands are using new media such as in-theatre advertising online and mobile to drive their motion picture integration/partnership programs.” The panel was held at the Nokia Theatre in midtown. Ann Oldenburg of USA Today moderated.
EUE Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington North Carolina has broken ground on the third largest indoor production stage in the United States. EUE Screen Gems Studios’ executive vice president Bill Vassar welcomed 200 guests including North Carolina Gov. Michael Easley North Carolina Senator Julia Boseman and Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo who all assisted in the groundbreaking ceremony. Chris Cooney COO and president of EUE/Screen Gems was also on hand. With nine stages already in operation Cooney pointed to the investment EUE/Screen Gems has in Wilmington and in the industry.
Dolby 3D Digital Cinema has been selected to present Giant Screen Films' Egypt 3D: Secrets of the Mummies a companion 3D movie experience to the National Geographic touring exhibition Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs. The King Tut exhibit combines entertainment and educational dynamics delivering a unique and exciting experience to the millions of visitors expected to attend the tour says John Carey vice president of worldwide sales products and services Dolby Laboratories.
Theatrical box office revenues hit a gross record of $9.67 billion domestically in 2007 besting the previous mark of $9.29 billion set in 2002 a recent study shows. SNL Kagan’s “Economics of Motion Pictures” analyzes all films released on 1 000 or more screens from 2003 to 2007 providing 10-year pro forma models based on genre and budget range with varying distribution structures. Included are detailed costs for action animation comedy drama family horror romance sci-fi/fantasy and thriller films.
Twentieth Century Fox Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment have entered into separate non-exclusive digital cinema deployment agreements with Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Solutions and Services group. The agreements relate to supplying exhibitors with feature motion pictures in digital form in order to promote the use of digital cinema projection systems. The new agreements will provide certain operational and financial resources to encourage exhibitors to implement digital cinema systems that will feature Sony’s DCI-compliant 4K SXRD projection technology.