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Editing Sound for Object-Based Audio Formats

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:44 -- Nick Dager

The landscape of sound for picture is moving at a faster clip than ever before. Cinema sound and television audio – broadcast and streamed – are both racing from 5.1 surround to 7.1 to formats that range from 11.2 in broadcast for residential applications to as many as 64 individual speaker locations for object-based audio platforms like Dolby’s Atmos and Auro Technologies’ Auro-3D.

EU Cinema Attendance Up, Box Office Down in 2016; Digital Conversion Nearly Complete

Fri, 05/12/2017 - 12:29 -- Nick Dager

An estimated 991 million cinema tickets were sold in the 28 European Union member states in 2016. This is 13.3 million more than in 2015 and marks the highest level registered in the EU since 2004. Cumulative gross box office revenues measured in euros, however, declined slightly by 2.3 percent from 2015’s record high but remained above the €7 billion level for the second consecutive year amounting to an estimated €7.04 billion.

Long Strange Trip in Theatres May 26

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 12:33 -- Nick Dager

Amazon Studios and Abramorama are bringing Long Strange Trip, Amir Bar-Lev’s critically acclaimed documentary about the Grateful Dead, to theaters across the U.S. to give fans an opportunity to experience the documentary on the big screen prior to its New York and Los Angeles release on May 26. Following its release in theaters, the documentary will come exclusively to Amazon Prime Video on June 2.

Managing Today’s Sound Landscape

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 11:47 -- Nick Dager

The landscape of sound for picture is moving at a faster clip than ever before. Cinema sound and television audio – broadcast and streamed – are both racing from 5.1 surround to 7.1 to formats that range from 11.2 in broadcast for residential applications to as many as 64 individual speaker locations for object-based audio platforms like Dolby’s Atmos and Auro Technologies’ Auro-3D.

Screenvision Promotes Three Sales and Operations Executives

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:14 -- Nick Dager

Coming off a record year of growth, Screenvision Media has promoted three top executives in its national ad sales and business operations departments. They include: Christine Martino to executive vice president, national ad sales; Andrew Gyves to senior vice president, national ad sales, Eastern Region; and Ryan Barker to vice president, business operations.

Harklets Return to CineEurope 2017

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:11 -- Nick Dager

Harkness Screens has announced the forthcoming release of its animated sequel starring its storytelling characters, the Harklets. Designed to help educate and inform the movie industry in a simple and fun way, the Harklets return at CineEurope 2017 in their second animated adventure tackling a dirty screen in need or urgent attention.

Peter Wetherell to Bolster WCPMedia Marketing

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 12:04 -- Nick Dager

WCPMedia Services has announced that Peter Wetherell, who heads Magus Entertainment, has joined the company as senior advisor. A 30-year veteran of the motion picture and television industry, Wetherell will assist with WCPMedia Services sales and marketing efforts, broadening its market share among international sales agents, producers and distributors. He will be representing the company at the 70th Cannes Film Festival next week in Cannes.

Kaos Connect, Screenvision to Release JFK Assassination Documentary

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:57 -- Nick Dager

Barry Katz Entertainment in association with Kaos Connect and Screenvision Media are releasing a one night only, special documentary event, focused on the world’s greatest unsolved murder case entitled I Killed JFK. The film features two interviews with the only living person to have ever confessed to killing President John F. Kennedy from the now infamous grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas.

Fullscreen Upgrades Workflow

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:18 -- Nick Dager

Fullscreen Media is using Facilis TerraBlock shared storage systems to improve collaboration and workflows between its remotely located teams. A global network of content creators and brands focused on creating engaging entertainment across social media channels and its own subscription service, Fullscreen Media creates and supports content over a wide range of platforms and clientele from offices in Los Angeles, New York City, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Jeanette Zepeda Joins Roundabout Entertainment

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 12:11 -- Nick Dager

Roundabout Entertainment has hired post-production industry veteran Jeannette Zepeda to fill the newly created post of executive director for business development, creative services. Zepeda will oversee sales and marketing for the facility’s post-production sound services, and for its newly expanded digital intermediates department, which provides color grading, editorial finishing and deliverables for features and television. She will also work with the facility’s senior management in developing new services and workflows to meet emerging market demands.

Mr. Wolf Expands to New York

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:57 -- Nick Dager

Culver City, California-based visual effects boutique Mr. Wolf has opened a studio in New York City. The new operation, located within the post-production facility Post FactoryNY, will provide visual effects and finishing services for features, television, broadcast media, advertising and other projects. Mr. Wolf is known for its work on features American Hustle, Hercules, The Brother’s Grimsby and Allegiant. Its New York operation has already completed work for MTV’s Teen Wolf, Spike’s Adam Carolla and Friends Build Stuff, and VH-1’s America’s Next Top Model and Leave It to Stevie.

Roundabout Posts Parrot Heads

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:52 -- Nick Dager

Post-production finishing for Parrott Heads, a new feature length documentary about dedicated fans of singer Jimmy Buffett, was completed recently at Roundabout Entertainment. The Burbank facility provided editorial conforming, color grading, sound mixing and DVD authoring services for the film, currently streaming on Amazon, iTunes and elsewhere.

Jon Cowley to Lead FuseFX Vancouver Production Team

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 14:40 -- Nick Dager

FuseFX has hired 18-year visual effects industry veteran Jon Cowley as head of production and senior VFX supervisor at its production facility in Vancouver. Cowley will oversee production activity at the facility lead its team of VFX supervisors on projects including the television series Zoo and Mist. He brings deep experience as a manager, supervisor and artist with credits including the blockbusters Furious 7, TRON: Legacy, The Great Gatsby, and District 9. Most recently, he served as a client-side VFX supervisor on the Netflix television series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Icarus to Open AFI Docs

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 14:01 -- Nick Dager

AFI Docs, the American Film Institute's annual documentary celebration in the nation's capital, has announced the Opening and Closing Night films for its 15th annual edition. The festival will open with the East Coast premiere of Netflix's Icarus, directed by Bryan Fogel, and will close with ESPN Films' Year of the Scab, directed by Emmy winner John Dorsey. Both screenings will be held at the Newseum, the festival's Official Gala Screening Partner. AFI Docs runs June 14-18 in Washington, DC, and Silver Spring, Maryland.

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