New York Women in Film & Television has named Cynthia López, an Emmy, Peabody and duPont-Columbia Award-winning media strategist, and former commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, as its new executive director. López will succeed Terry Lawler, who concludes a remarkable 21-year tenure, effective January 1. NYWIFT president, Simone Pero made the announcement on behalf of the organization’s 18-member board of directors.
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Christie has been chosen as the official projector partner for CineAsia 2018, which takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre December 10-13.
The Motion Picture Sound Editor will honor Antoine Fuqua with its annual Filmmaker Award. The director of such films as The Equalizer (1 & 2), The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw and Training Day, is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the art of cinema. He will receive the award at the 66th MPSE Golden Reel Awards ceremony February 17th in Los Angeles.
As the line between cinemas and amusement parks continues to blur, the Ymagis Group has announced plans to open several dozen virtual reality adventure parks and at least 200 arcade sites in partnership with cinema exhibitors worldwide by the end of 2020. Since Ymagis Group was founded, the company says it has pursued an innovation policy designed to put it at the heart of the digital transformation of the entertainment industry. Today, this industry is experiencing a new revolution with the irruption of virtual reality technologies. Halfway between cinema and video games, virtual reality is already a global phenomenon benefiting from an advanced technological environment
iQiyi today announced that the company’s first offline Yuker on-demand movie theatre in Zhongshan, Guangdong is now THX certified. Tao Lei, vice president of iQiyi, and Wu Hao, general manager of THX China unveiled the official THX Certified Cinema plaque during the opening ceremony launch event in Zhongshan, Guangdong on November 9. The company’s said this milestone not only reinforced iQiyi’s adherence to the company vision of “to become a technology-based entertainment giant”, but also demonstrated iQiyi and THX as the ideal partners to enable shopping malls to drive traffic and enhance engagement with consumers, as part of an ongoing transformation of retail spaces into digital entertainment complexes
CJ 4DPlex announced today an agreement with Kinepolis to bring the 4DX immersive-seat experience to six additional Kinepolis cinema complexes. Less than one year after the opening of its first 4DX theatres in Antwerp, Brussels, Lomme, Madrid and Valencia, the company has announced six additional 4DX theatres, which include three in Belgium (Kinepolis Hasselt, Ghent and Rocourt), one in Luxembourg (Kirchberg), one in France (Kinepolis Nîmes) and one in Spain (Kinepolis Diversia, Madrid).
Newton Thomas ‘Tom’ Sigel, ASC chose a full range of original Cooke Speed Panchros, with a slightly new housing and updated mechanics from Arri Rental UK, to shoot the early years documented in the 20th Century Fox/Regency production of Bohemian Rhapsody. Sigel needed to capture the idealistic energy of Freddie Mercury and his future bandmates when he first came to London in 1970. To accomplish this, he made use of a full vintage set of Cooke Speed Panchros, with a very light net at the back of the lens and a special LUT for the Alexa SXT that was specifically designed for the period. This set-up was used for the entire first act of the film, with Sigel relying mostly on the 40mm lens, with the 25, 32 and 50 as secondary lenses.
In a partnership with Auditorium Films, myCinema announced today the exclusive cinematic release of the Monte Carlo Opera Production of Don Giovanni – the classic and world-famous opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Fathom Events has partnered with Warner Bros. Pictures to bring Academy Award winner Peter Jackson’s poignant WWI documentary They Sall Not Grow Old to movie theaters across the U.S. December 17, with an encore presentation December 27. The film is presented in 2D and RealD 3D. Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Earlier this week Éclair and Samsung held a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Éclair’s Paris-Vanves Onyx Cinema LED facility, the first of its kind in Europe. Éclair can now provide professional services specifically tailored for the Onyx Cinema LED – contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, color grading with true zero nit black, and ÉclairColor DCP mastering – to European filmmakers, producers and distributors.
Technical PostWorks vice president of creative services Ben Murray will moderate a panel discussion on preparing films for distribution at next week’s Doc NYC Pro Conference, held in conjunction with the Doc NYC film festival. Murray will be joined by John Campbell, a partner and head of management at Buffalo 8; producer/director Blair Foster of Jigsaw Productions, and filmmaker Alysa Nahmias, founder of Ajna Films.
Supervising sound editors/re-recording mixers Steve Giammaria and Evan Benjamin from Sound Lounge’s Film + Television division will share their insights into documentary sound at the Doc NYC Pro Conference, held in conjunction with the Doc NYC film festival.
Cinépolis USE announced today that its Bay Theatre in Pacific Palisades, California, will reopen this Friday, November 9. The theatre, which was originally designed in 1948 by one of the most prolific American motion pictures theaters architects, S. Charles Lee, will reopen in Palisades Village after being closed for 40 years. The new facility will feature five ultra-lux, customized screening rooms each with over-the-top amenities that cater to one of Southern California’s most coveted communities for families and privacy-seeking celebrities.
National CineMedia announced today that Andrew J. England has stepped down as chief executive officer and a member of the company’s board of directors and that the company’s president, Clifford E. Marks, has been appointed to the additional role of Interim chief executive officer.
One of Europe’s most famous cinemas, London’s Odeon Leicester Square, will reopen this Christmas following an 11 month, multi million pound deluxe refurbishment that has transformed what has been called the home of the premiere back into a global icon in the heart of London’s West End. The building’s largest screen has been fully upgraded to combine luxurious reclining Odeon Luxe seats with the captivating experience of Dolby Cinema.
In a tour de force effort, boutique visual effects studio Mod teamed with director Dave Meyers for Sicko Mode, the trippy, new music video from artist Travis Scott, featuring Drake.
Cinépolis, the fourth largest movie theater circuit in the world, and the largest in Mexico and Latin America, has selected Cielo as its provider of choice for digital management, monitoring and support of the entire Cinépolis circuit across the world. Cielo is joining forces with CES+, who has a longstanding business alliance with Cinépolis, and will act as the integrator channel partner and primary manager of the account.
CJ 4DPlex has reached new levels of success with more than 20 million worldwide attendees and $250 million at the box office to date in 2018. The company anticipates that the total number of moviegoers who have experienced 4DX since its launch in 2009 will exceed 85 million by year’s end, with the total box office gross surpassing $1 billion.
CinemaNext is relocating its UK offices to a new, high-tech facility in the west London town of Uxbridge. The result is an optimized and fully secure hub to support CinemaNext’s fast-growing activities in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
With a focus on Turkey, Middle East, Central Asia, Balkans and Africa, DCS Events in association with The Big Picture will host the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference November 20-22 at the five-star luxury Swissôtel The Bosphorus, Istanbul. The three-day conference will outline the current issues facing emerging markets, including: