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Who Made Wonder Woman a Hit?

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:15 -- Nick Dager

Wonder Woman's audience evolved in a similar manner as most blockbusters but with some trends notably magnified, according to an audience evolution report released by Movio. While the female and fifty and older segments of the audience generally grow over the course of a blockbuster’s run, Wonder Woman’s female audience nearly reached parity with the male audience by the third week.

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Moviegoers Prefer Immersive Seating, CJ 4DPlex-Funded Survey Says

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:38 -- Nick Dager

Kantar Millward Brown, a specialized consumer research firm, and 4D cinema seating company CJ 4DPlex have announced the results of jointly conducted research entitled Consumer Perception Trends of Global Cinema. The results of the study, conducted in June 2017, are based on 3,000 consumers across the United Kingdom, Japan, and China who watch movies in cinemas more than twice in a year in their given location. The research has found a significant global preference for 4DX technology over traditional movie viewing.

Virtual Reality Focus of IBC2017 Keynote

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:34 -- Nick Dager

Rikard Steiber, president of Viveport and senior vice president virtual reality at HTC Vive, will give a conference keynote presentation September 16 at IBC2017 looking at the road ahead for virtual reality. The session will look at the emerging swathe of consumer devices and services, such as the Viveport VR app store, as well as showcasing successful VR experiences across platforms, from entertainment to sports content.

HPA Seeks Applicants for Second Year of Young Entertainment Professionals Program

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:30 -- Nick Dager

On the heels of last year’s successful launch of the Young Entertainment Professionals Program, the Hollywood Professional Association is pleased to announce the second year of the YEP program. YEP 2017 seeks passionate and driven applicants open to mentorship and to developing lasting relationships with industry leaders and other young professionals. The HPA’s YEP program provides a framework for young professionals to network and learn from peers and mentors. YEPs selected for the yearlong program will participate in signature HPA events, including the HPA Tech Retreat and HPA Awards, as well as exclusive and high-powered mentoring events.

The Fight for Cinema Dollars

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:14 -- Nick Dager

Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne issued a report this week in which he argues that the big studios should get serious about premium on-demand video and suggests that Hollywood release feature films to the home while they’re still showing in movie theatres.

Africa Cinematography Festival to be held in November

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:52 -- Nick Dager

Legacy Empire Management has announced that the first Africa Cinematography Festival will take place in Lagos, Nigeria in the second week of November. “The ACF will provide a platform for film equipment manufacturers to reach the desired market with their latest offerings and technologies.” Said Legacy Empire’s CEO Henry Emenike. “Quality filmmaking is tied directly to good technologies; sadly, there is a huge gap in this aspect among film makers.”

Ancient Magus’ Bride Screens in July

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 11:28 -- Nick Dager

Coming off the heels of a successful inaugural Anime Movie Night screening event this spring, Crunchyroll, which calls itself the destination for anime and manga, working with Screenvision Media and Kaos Connect, will screen the first three episodes of The Ancient Magus’ Bride, a series adapted from the wildly popular manga of the same name.

Raising the Stakes

Thu, 06/29/2017 - 12:52 -- Nick Dager

Netflix this week committed to streaming its movies in both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision high-dynamic range formats. It is the first global on-demand service to commit to combining both formats. Okja, the critically praised Netflix Original Film, is the first film available in both formats. Additional Dolby-supported titles are coming soon, and the catalog will continue to grow. Okja will be released to select movie theatres this week as well. Netflix has raised the stakes again.

Cinema Vérité Anne with an E

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

Anne with an E, a Netflix series, is a filmed adaptation of the classic coming-of-age 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. The series was shot by cinematographer Bobby Shore, CSC with Panasonic VariCam 35 cinema cameras. As a teenager growing up in Canada, Shore was a huge fan of director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream) and his cinematographer, Matthew Libatique, ASC. While studying film at Concordia University in Montreal, he worked as an extra on the set of Abandon (2002), a feature film shot by Libatique. “When I would read about movies he [Libatique] was working on, it always seemed like his work came from an emotionally driven place,” reveals Shore. “It was easy for me to latch on to his ideas.”

EditShare to Open Soho Office

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:01 -- Nick Dager

Shared storage and media management systems company EditShare will expand its UK operations with a brand new office opening in London’s Soho district in July. The central London location features full demonstration capabilities of Ultra HD workflows. The facility will also offer professional and business development services, providing the local creative community a place to gain hands-on experience along with expert guidance for building next-generation editorial and VFX workflows.

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Metropolitan Signs with Vision Media

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 12:21 -- Nick Dager

Metropolitan Theatres has signed Vision Media to oversee installation and on-going management of circuit-wide digital signage and media systems. “Our partnership with Vision Media will further our efforts to enhance the movie-going experience. The investment in digital signage enables highly impactful communication that is flexible to best serve our customers,” said David Corwin, president of Metropolitan Theatres.

Nordisk Film Cinemas Adds 4DX Screens

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 11:33 -- Nick Dager

CJ 4DPlex has announced that Nordisk Film Cinemas will bring nine additional 4DX immersive seating screens to Scandinavia by the end of 2021. This agreement comes on the heels of a successful run at Nordisk’s first 4DX theatre in Oslo, the Nordisk Ringen. During full time screenings of eight Hollywood titles since March 10, the theater has seen an overall occupancy rate of 72 percent.

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