The Hackesche Höfe Kino in Berlin is the first all-EclairColor cinema complex in the world. Hackesche Höfe Kino is the flagship theatre of German cinema exhibitor Timebandits GmbH & Co. Kinobetriebs KG.
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Defining Hope, a new documentary following eight patients with life-threatening illnesses and the nurses who care for them, will be released in select theaters nationwide for special screenings on November 1st, in honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
In recognition of their special contributions to the art of cinematography, the American Society of Cinematographers has named four honorees to be feted at the 32nd ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement. Russell Carpenter will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Russell Boyd will earn the International Award; Alan Caso will get the Career Achievement in Television Award; and Stephen Lighthill will take home the Presidents Award. The presentations will be made at the annual ASC awards gala on February 17, 2018, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood.
For a company that’s relatively new to the professional cinema business, Samsung has had an impressive year and there are no signs it’s slowing down. In March at CinemaCon 2017 in Las Vegas, and working with GDC Technology, the company created a major stir by unveiling its prototype LED Cinema Screen. Two months later it finalized its $8 billion acquisition of audio giant Harman International, including, importantly here, the JBL cinema group. Following that, and in short order, the company received DCI-compliance certification for its LED screen technology and installed its first commercial cinema screen in South Korea. A few weeks ago, Samsung installed a second LED screen in the same South Korean theatre. In just seven months Samsung has seriously disrupted the professional cinema market.
Ferco Seating Systems has entered into an exclusive agreement to sell Guitammer’s ButtKicker Cinema System in Japan, Hong Kong Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, and for select exhibitors in the Middle East. The company also announced that it has sold the system to Legend Cinema in Cambodia
MTI Film colorist provided final post services for three new videos directed by Phillip R. Lopez, including a release from Russian punk band Pussy Riot with the provocative title Straight Outta Vagina. In finalizing the look of the videos, colorist Alex Chernoff collaborated directly with Lopez who’s been garnering a lot of attention for his visually stunning short films and music videos.
Alchemy Post Sound has added a second Foley stage to its facility in New York. The new space is designed to complement the company’s original Foley stage with a live sound environment meant to enhance the production of interior effects that can benefit from natural ambiance. The new stage will also enable Alchemy to boost production, allowing two Foley teams to work simultaneously.
Harkness Screens is opening a new manufacturing facility in the USA. The state-of-the-art facility based in Roanoke, Virginia will replace the existing plant, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and will commence manufacturing of Harkness’ leading screen technologies this fall. Meanwhile, the company will retain a presence in Fredericksburg with the opening of a new commercial and administration office.
Fujifilm is now offering zero percent financing for all Fujinon 4K and HD broadcast lenses and the Premier HK 4K+ and Cabrio 4K range of cinema-style lenses.
Portuguese communications and entertainment group NOS has selected Aptilo Networks to enable carrier-class guest Wi-Fi services to NOS' business customers. NOS' B2B Wi-Fi services will be deployed at businesses including large multisite retail venues, banks and cinema chains across the country.
Motion picture and television sound executive Paul Rodriguez passed away September 26th in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest after a brief hospitalization. He was 65. Rodriguez was president of South Lake Audio Services and vice president of audio services and development at Roundabout Entertainment in Burbank where he oversaw post-production sound for projects including HBO’s Westworld.
Ymagis Group today reported its earnings and consolidated financial results for the first half year of 2017 ending June 30, as approved by the Group’s board of directors following its meeting on September 29. As of June 30, 2017, Ymagis Group’s revenues are slightly down by 1.5 percent at €82.3M compared to €83.6M for the same period last year. The strong acceleration in activities from the Eclair Business Unit, for which the recent acquisitions are the main growth driver, does not compensate the less important contribution during the first half-year of equipment sales by the CinemaNext Business Unit and the first effects of VPF recoupments.
The Television Academy has announced that Arri is a recipient of one of the 69th Engineering Emmy Awards for outstanding achievement in engineering development for its Arri Alexa digital motion picture camera system. The Television Academy’s Engineering Emmys are presented to individuals, companies, or organizations for engineering developments that considerably improve existing methods or innovations that materially affect the transmission, recording, or reception of television.
The Hollywood Professional Association has announced nominees in the creative categories for the 2017 HPA Awards. Considered the standard-bearer for excellence and innovation in an industry embracing an expanding array of groundbreaking technologies and creativity, the HPA Awards honor creative achievement and artistic excellence. Receiving a record-breaking number of entrants this year, the HPA Awards creative categories recognize the outstanding work done by individuals and teams who bring compelling content to a global audience.
Modern Cinema Group has filed a patent application for a system designed to solve problems relating to the financing, distribution and promotion of media assets, including movies, television and electronic games. The patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office provides the system design and architecture that allows a futures exchange to trade and hedge media assets in an effort to keep more cash within the distribution supply chain, therefore reducing dependence on banks.
The International Moving Image Society’s cinema technology committee has announced further details of its forthcoming seminar on augmented reality and virtual reality in cinema.
This weekend in more than 20,600 screens in 1,700 U.S. movie theaters National CineMedia will launch its revamped pre-show, Noovie. The Walt Disney Studios has signed on as the premiere studio for new Noovie Backlot segments through June and will offer a unique behind-the-scenes look at upcoming films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, including Coco, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, A Wrinkle In Time, Avengers: Infinity War, Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film and The Incredibles 2.
The Deuce, the new drama from HBO and executive producers David Simon and George Pelecanos, is set in 1970s New York City where prostitution and crime were rampant, and the modern adult entertainment industry was just coming into its own. Bold, brash and visually intoxicating, the series finished natively in high dynamic range at Technicolor PostWorks New York. To grade the project, colorist Sam Daley collaborated with director of photography Vanja Černjul.
Dadi Cinema Group, China’s second-largest exhibitor, will open five IMAX theatres to be added to new multiplexes in first-, second- and third-tier cities in the People’s Republic of China.
Motion Picture Solutions and Labo have launched a joint venture — MPSLabo — an international entertainment content services partnership based in Burbank, California, that draws heavily on the experience and technology of two leading industry vendors.