Barco, the official projection provider for the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, brings to life several key virtual reality and art installations at the New Frontier exhibition with its large venue projectors and presentation switchers. The festival also uses Barco digital cinema projectors in all 23 of its movie theater venues for official screenings.
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On the heels of the Goosebumps movie release on Blu-ray and DVD, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has joined together with Scholastic, the global children's publishing and education company, to donate 20,000 books to children in underserved communities as well as those recovering from crises or natural disasters in the United States. The books, featuring a selection of Goosebumps books by bestselling author R.L. Stine, are being donated through the Scholastic Possible Fund and will be distributed by Save the Children.
National CineMedia has partnered with Strata, makers of media buying and selling software, to allow agencies to buy cinema advertising in the spot marketplace for the first time. NCM’s FirstLook pre-show inventory is now available to Strata’s client base of over a thousand agencies.
The French independent film platform UniversCiné has selected Unified Streaming to create a platform that offers viewers more than 4000 independent films ranging from classics to contemporary hits of independent cinema.
NEC Display Solutions Europe reached a milestone recently when with New Lineo cinemas in Israel installed NEC’s 10,000th digital cinema projector. The milestone marks the evolution of NEC’s cinema-wide portfolio. New Lineo purchased an NC900C.
A film like Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes along once in a very great while. With the support of Veezi, independent theatre owners were able to participate in the film’s phenomenal theatrical performance incident-free, the company says.
One of the highlights at this year’s Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier Program could be the five-minute virtual reality film experience Giant. Drawing on director and co-creator Milica Zec’s personal experiences as a child in war-torn Serbia, the VR narrative takes the viewer into the experience of a family struggling to survive in a war zone. The film shows how cinematic VR lets us observe our instincts and ourselves and become more conscious of the way we make choices.
Cinedigm has acquired all North American distribution rights to Amateur Night (formerly Drive, She Said). The film will be released theatrically mid-2016, and will be simultaneously made available on digital and TV VOD platforms, with a DVD release to follow later in the year.
The Klpsch Group has announced the addition of two consumer electronics veterans to the company as part of an internal reorganization, positioning Klipsch as the leader in innovative audio solutions. Chad Vogelsong is senior director of product and channel marketing for the Digital, Streaming and Portable Audio Solutions division, a new division. Dusty Thomas serves a dual role as cinema sales manager in North and South America, as well as the channel marketing specialist for the Component Audio Solutions business unit.
Harman Professional Solutions has introduced the JBL 9350, a high-output, 3-way, 15-inch configurable pattern surround loudspeaker designed specifically to meet the challenging demands of immersive cinema sound systems.