Kino Lorber has made a multi-year strategic alliance with film distributor Zeitgeist Films, founded and run by industry leaders Nancy Gerstman and Emily Russo. Going forward, Kino Lorber and Zeitgeist Films will co-acquire four to five theatrical titles per year to be marketed and released by Zeitgeist Films, which will continue to be operated and controlled by co-presidents Gerstman and Russo.
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SF Studios, Stockholm, has signed an agreement to begin using Unique Digital’s Movie Transit system to deliver digital cinema packages electronically into cinemas across the Nordic Territories. Movie Transit will enable SF Studios to deliver quickly, securely, and reliably across four different territories, providing digital delivery access to nearly 1,000 cinema sites.
The International Union of Cinemas has launched its Women’s Cinema Leadership Scheme, a one-year pilot mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition. The program will provide six rising female European cinema professionals with the unique opportunity to network with and receive one-to-one career advice from a group of senior female executives recognized for their leadership and business success across the wider cinema landscape.
Vista Group International has agreed to pursue a partnership with German independent cinema operator Yorck Kinogruppe, Berlin’s premier art house cinema chain. Yorck Kinos plans to work with two Vista Group companies: Vista Entertainment and Movio. Yorck Kinos is Movio’s first German customer.
CinemaNext today announced a new technology licensing agreement with US-based Adaptive Technologies Group for its PS Box boothless cinema system. Under this exclusive agreement, Adaptive will manufacture the PS Box at their factory in southern Los Angeles and sell it in select territories including the USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Australia & New Zealand.
The world’s leading cinema operators today announced the establishment of the Global Cinema Federation, a worldwide group intended to represent cinema exhibition’s global interests. Exhibition today is a global and dynamic phenomenon, with growing annual box office returns of $38.6 billion increasingly evenly spread across the world. With the rapid development of the industry in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, the operators involved recognize the extent to which the business opportunities and policy challenges they face – such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the highly valued relationship with partners in film distribution – are shared by counterparts across territories.
Éclair today announced a theatrical delivery agreement with Zurich-based Diagonal to offer service solutions to film studios, distributors and cinema exhibitors. The three-year contract is effective immediately and covers Diagonal’s home base in Switzerland and Éclair's key markets, including France, Benelux, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy and UK.
At CineEurope 2017 GDC Technology is showcasing its full line of integrated media block technology including the SR-1000, the SX-4000, and SX-3000. The company will also highlight an advanced storage system.
Sony Digital Cinema 4K and Hawk-Eye Innovations today announced what the companies say is the first full proof of concept of Hawk-Eye’s globally renowned technology outside the world of sports broadcasting. Hawk-Eye’s Smart Production technology is being used to capture the Hackney Empire’s production of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird chamber opera, with a view to demonstrating scalable, cost-effective remote production for arts establishments.
Vista Entertainment Solutions today announced it has signed a major new customer, Austria’s biggest cinema chain, Cineplexx. This is the first signing for Vista Cinema in Austria and the SEE market.
Released this month by IFC Films, Band Aid marks the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, best known for her acting roles on Life in Pieces and New Girl. The film has been earning rave reviews for its engaging story of a couple who turn to songwriting to work out their marital difficulties. It has also generated lots of buzz for Lister-Jones’s unique decision to employ women in all key production and post-production crew positions.
Starz's original series American Gods adapts author Neil Gaiman's novel into a feast of visceral imagery. Developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the ambitious project features extensive visual effects, which were facilitated via The Portal, Deluxe’s cloud-based proprietary service.
Philadelphia-based event cinema distributor SpectiCast Entertainment has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Rising Alternative. "The acquisition of Rising Alternative tremendously enhances our presence in the event cinema marketplace," said Mark Rupp, president of SpectiCast. "Not only will we gain access to amazing programs; the acquisition will accelerate the expansion of our global cinema network."
Bio Rex has signed a new agreement with Unique Digital for the award-winning software Smart Trailering centralized trailer planner. Using Unique Digital’s innovative Smart Trailering software, the Bio Rex trailer pre-show is created centrally for the entire estate and delivered to all sites in a single coordinated workflow.
The Hollywood Professional Association has announced that Larry Chernoff has been named 2017 recipient of the prized HPA Lifetime Achievement Award. Chernoff will receive the award during the HPA Awards gala on November 16 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California. The HPA Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who is recognized for service and commitment to the professional media content industry. The mission of the award is to give recognition to individuals who have, with great service, dedicated their careers to the betterment of the industry. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given at the discretion of the HPA Board and Awards Committee and is not given every year.
Barcelona post-production and digital effects house Antaviana Films recently completed work on an array of feature films, including Incerta Glòria by Agustí Villaronga, La Higuera de los Bastardosby Ana Murugarren, and Non è un paese per giovani by Giovanni Veronesi. For these projects, Antaviana Films used Mistika Ultima with a Tangent Element control panel for conforming, color correction, finishing, and VFX compositing.
Screenvision Media has unveiled a creative launch pad ad unit that provides an unprecedented platform for ads to make their debut in cinema. The new ad unit will have a dedicated introduction and premium placement within Screenvision Media’s Front + Center preshow. The announcement was made today at the 2017 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
A young reporter and his niece discover a beautiful and enchanting creature they believe to be a real mermaid, in the 1930s period tale The Little Mermaid, a live-action film inspired by the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale and co-directed by Chris Bouchard and Blake Harris. Book-ended in the present day, The Little Mermaid gave cinematographer Neil Oseman the opportunity to use Cooke S4/i lenses to their fullest, capturing the look he loves from the fantasy/adventure films of the 1980s and1990s for The Little Mermaid’s 1930s look.
Ymagis Group announced today that Barco high contrast 6P laser cinema projection systems are now ÉclairColor-compliant. The announcement was made in Barcelona during CineEurope, the official convention of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) in Europe.
Horizon Cinema plans to open a new Dolby Atmos multiplex in Russia. Based in Rostov-on-Don, the 13-screen multiplex is set to open by the end of 2017 and will be the biggest Dolby Atmos multiplex in Russia.