New York Women in Film & Television is proud to present the 2021 NYWIFT Summit: The Creative Industry Radically Reimagined, June 22-25 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm EDT. The annual NYWIFT Creative Workforce Initiative brings together some of the most unique and diverse voices of women working in the entertainment industry to establish forward-moving strategies to create change and mobilize support and leadership for the future.
Distribution & Exhibition
According to the latest analysis from the British research firm Gower Street, and based on operating site data from its partners at Comscore Movies, 80.2 percent of global cinemas were in operation for the June 11 weekend, one dominated at the box office by the horror sequels The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It ($33.7 million) and A Quiet Place, Part ll ($28 million).
Christie is partnering with the Shanghai International Film Festival for the 13th consecutive year. This year’s festival, themed The Film Art of Centennial Glory on a Ceaseless Journey, will run from June 11-20. More than 400 films from around the world will be screened in 40 cinemas located across Shanghai during this period, including those equipped with the Cinity Cinema System and Dolby Cinema, which utilizes Christie projection.
Cine Colombia, the largest exhibitor in Colombia, with 339 screens across 46 locations, has named Cinionic as exclusive provider of all its cinema visualization technology. The arrangement also includes access to Cinionic’s laser light upgrades and an extended warranty for the circuit’s entire fleet.
Severtson Screens is celebrating its 35th anniversary. “Severtson Corporation started in 1986, literally in our parents’ house,” explained Toby Severtson, president & CEO. “The company’s first job was with Arizona’s own Williams Air Force Base in response to the U.S. Air Force’s need to find both a quality optical coating and a uniform application process for the interior of their domed flight simulators.”
Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated summer release In the Heights is available nationwide in Spanish on the TheaterEars app – the app that empowers moviegoers to enjoy a film at the movie theatre in Spanish using just their smartphone and earbuds.
Sony Electronics has launched Create Action, a new $1 million grant program designed to support underserved, underrepresented communities by amplifying the efforts of local, non-profit organizations embedded within these communities. This program is part of Sony’s broader social justice efforts, with funding sourced from the company’s Global Social Justice Fund.
AFI Docs — the American Film Institute's documentary film festival — has announced its Docs Talks and Industry Forum events for its 19th edition, June 22-27. The inaugural Docs Talks section will feature the World Premiere of Netflix’s and Higher Ground Production’s We the People, as well as History Is Out of the Closet: Excavating Queer Stories for the Screen, a live stream conversation celebrating LGBTQ+ pride. Docs Talks events are free.
Supercines, Ecuador’s largest cinema chain, has opened a 16-screen multiplex in the city of Guayaquil. Located in the Riocentro Ceibos shopping mall, the new Supercines Ceibos, can seat 3,034 spectators, making it the biggest in the country.
National CineMedia announced today that president Clifford E. Marks is retiring as of July 1. He will continue working with NCM on major new initiatives, corporate development, and affiliate partnerships as a consultant in a multi-year agreement through his new strategic media and marketing company, CMarksCo, LLC.