Sena Cinemas, Reykjavik has signed a multi-year agreement with Movio Cinema to better analyze, understand and connect with its cinema audiences. Sena owns and operates Iceland’s largest cinemas including Smarabio equipped with laser projectors for all screens and Dolby Atmos sound system in the main hall. Smarabio’s fun center hosts an arcade, laser tag, virtual reality games, karaoke, and facilities to accommodate groups of all sizes.
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The Digital Citizens Alliance and Nagra have jointly an investigative report showcasing how illegal piracy subscription services in the United States have grown into a billion-dollar industry that steals from creators, circumvents legitimate TV operators, and poses risks for consumers. The report, entitled Money for Nothing, details how a sophisticated ecosystem of thousands of retailers and wholesalers – through content theft and enabled by legal businesses – provides illicit piracy services to at least nine million U.S. households.
Platforms for the distribution of film and TV content are endlessly multiplying and changing in nature. In parallel, the application of copyright rules attached to audiovisual works and their exploitation along the value chain are becoming increasingly complex. Obtaining rights from the rights holders involved in a given project and, in some cases, acquiring licenses for the use of pre-existing works, is an essential aspect of the work of film producers and marks an indispensable preliminary step before they can grant licenses for the exploitation of the work to the various exploitation channels.
Muvi Cinemas has opened the first Dolby Cinema in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the U-Walk Boulevard, Arabian Centres in Riyadh.
Amazon Studios has acquired the worldwide rights to Oscar-winning actress Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, written by Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers, based on his 2013 stage play. Producers are Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder of Snoot Entertainment (Blindspotting, Anomalisa) and Jody Klein of ABKCO (The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus). King and Powers are executive producers.
The Movie Studio has submitted an official application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the company says that trademark protection is pending for its recognizable name, insignia, phrase and logo.
CineXpert, which runs network operation centers and provides theatre management systems is offering free connectivity and service activation to new customers now through the end of the year.
Screenvision Media today announced an advertising sales partnership with Atmosphere, the leading streaming TV service for businesses. Screenvision will feature its own channel, Front + Center, debuting on Atmosphere's platform spanning restaurants and bars nationwide, reaching more than 500,000 daily viewers. Additionally, Screenvision's national, regional and local sales team will be the exclusive seller of Atmosphere's ad inventory across its streaming network.
Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, a division of Comcast Corporation, and AMC Entertainment Holdings have announced a multi-year agreement giving AMC exclusive rights to Universal Pictures and Focus Features theatrical releases for at least three weekends or 17 days, after which the studio will have the option to make its titles available across premium video on demand platforms, including through AMC Theatres On Demand.
“It’s like nothing we have ever seen before,” said Graham Spurling, the owner of Movies @ Cinemas, one of Ireland’s largest cinema chains. “The rule book has been ripped apart. But look, we have got to keep positive. We will see good times again.” He’s not the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Showman for nothing. Full disclosure, I consider him to be my friend.