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Fandango, HBO Partner on Content

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 13:28 -- Nick Dager

Fandango today announced a new relationship with HBO Home Entertainment to make HBO’s award winning content available for purchase via digital download on FandangoNow. Individual episodes and seasons of HBO content will join FandangoNow’s robust collection of 40,000 new release and catalog movies and TV shows.

Cinemex Installs 500th Christie Vive Audio System

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:50 -- Nick Dager

Christie is celebrating its 500th Christie Vive Audio cinema sound system installation with Cinemex Mundo E, Mexico City, Mexico. Featuring 19 auditoriums, Cinemex Mundo E is the 30th installation of both Christie Vive Audio and Dolby Atmos under their CinemeXtremo PLF brand. Additionally, this auditorium hosts the first Christie RGB laser projection installation in Mexico.

Event Cinema Winners Announced

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 12:09 -- Nick Dager

The Event Cinema Association has announced the winners of the 4th ECA Awards, which took place last week at the QEII Centre in London. The ceremonies were sponsored by Encompass Digital Media and featured sales director Nigel Crow on stage with One Show presenter Nick Wallis. ECA managing director said, “The event was a great success and the quality of the nominees reminds the wider media industry and ourselves just how far the sector has progressed in a decade.”

Fraser Wins Top ASC Prize for Lion

Mon, 02/06/2017 - 11:49 -- Nick Dager

Greig Fraser, ASC, won the coveted Theatrical Award for best cinematography in a motion picture for Lion at the 31st Annual American Society of Cinematographers Awards for Outstanding Achievement. The ASC Spotlight Award went to Gorka Gómez Andreu, AEC, for House of Others. Winners in the TV categories included Fabian Wagner, BSC for Game of Thrones, Tod Campbell for Mr. Robot and Igor Martinovic for The Night Of.

WCPMedia Adds Features to Platform

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 11:17 -- Nick Dager

WCPMedia Services has added a number of new features to its media asset management platform designed to improve asset management, simplify transcoding, speed content delivery, enhance communication and collaboration, and boost marketing. Producers of the current television series The Young Pope from Sky, HBO and Canal Plus, used the WCPMedia platform to share assets with stakeholders around the globe during production and post.

European Cinemas Thrive in Digital Era

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:01 -- Nick Dager

In a new report, the Union Internationale des Cinémas | International Union of Cinemas says that growth and box office results over recent years across UNIC territories clearly show that cinema-going in Europe is thriving, becoming an ever more engaging, diverse and immersive experience. This is thanks in large part to on-going investment in innovation by cinema operators and their partners. This report explores how the sector embraces new technological and consumer trends by exploring three key areas: creative audience engagement; the big screen experience; and social innovation.

The Wages of Sun

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:54 -- Nick Dager

Cinematographer William Wages, ASC shot the upcoming CMT limited dramatic series Sun Records with Panasonic VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders. The story was inspired by the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis, Tennessee during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement. Guided by Sam Phillips of the legendary Sun Records, young musicians like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins combined the styles of hillbilly country with the 1950s R&B sound, changing the course of music forever. The series chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.

Harkness Expands Asia Sales Team

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:42 -- Nick Dager

Harkness Screens has announced that senior vice president sales & marketing (Asia) Preetham Daniel has taken on new responsibilities in addition to his existing role. As well as managing Harkness’ expansion in Asia, which has seen significant growth, Daniel will focus on supporting Harkness’ global customers and partners. In addition, Chaitanya Patel is joining the Harkness commercial team in Bangalore.

A Million Dollar Workflow

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:55 -- Nick Dager

Leslie Carney has more than twenty years of experience in television post-production. Working as post supervisor for MTV's Stranded with a Million Dollars, which will air February 21, she recently delivered 10 one-hour episodes. An efficient workflow has rarely been more critical. “The show was challenging,” said Carney. “It was shot over 40-days using 14 different types of cameras, including RoboCams and 4K Drones. We had to deal with a massive amount of media and all kinds of frame-rates and codecs.”

AFI Statement on Asghar Farhadi

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:31 -- Nick Dager

The American Film Institute released a statement today regarding award-winning Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who will not attend this year’s Academy Award ceremonies because of President Donald Trump’s executive order banning Iranians from entering the country. Farhadi, who received a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation, is nominated again in the same category this year.

SMPTE, NAB Partner on Future of Cinema

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:24 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today released details about the 2017 NAB Show's Future of Cinema Conference: The Intersection of Technology, Art, & Commerce in Cinema, produced in partnership with SMPTE. Scheduled for April 22-23 during the 2017 NAB Show, the conference will feature two full days of expert presentations delving into how technical innovation, artistic intent, and evolving consumption and business models will interact to shape the future of cinema.

Sony Pictures Adds IMAX Dub Stage

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 15:18 -- Nick Dager

Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a mix stage dedicated exclusively to IMAX. The new stage, which is equipped with a 24-fader Avid S6 mixing console, is the only dub stage on the West Coast that uses IMAX loudspeakers and meets specifications for mixing in its immersive IMAX 12.0 sound format. The room will be used to prepare 2D and 3D theatrical features and trailers for release to IMAX theaters worldwide.

Pushing the Boundaries

Tue, 01/31/2017 - 11:27 -- Nick Dager

Event cinema has come a long way since its earliest days more than a decade ago. The challenge now is to push the boundaries of event cinema to find new content, new concepts that can attract and sustain even larger audiences. To that end, the Event Cinema Association’s annual day-long ECA Conference & Awards session will be held in London this Friday February 3 at the QE11 Centre in central London, near Parliament Square in Westminster. The conference, now in its fourth year is the only event of its kind in the world. To learn more about the association, the conference and the event cinema business in general I spoke with Melissa Cogavin, the ECA’s managing director.

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