GDC Technology’s Digital Cinema Network has signed separate non-exclusive digital cinema deployment agreements with each of the six Hollywood studios — Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Paramount Pictures Global, Sony Pictures Releasing International Corporation, Universal Pictures International and Warner Bros. Entertainment – to deploy DCI-compliant digital cinema equipment to cinemas in the Latin American region.
Distribution & Exhibition
This year the buzz at CineEurope seemed to be all about alternative content, or event cinema as it’s being increasingly referred to. As chair of the ECA it’s difficult to gain real perspective from the eye of the storm but having seen the business grow from an occasional add-on for exhibitors to a serious revenue stream in more recent years, the sense in Barcelona last month was that in event cinema, the possibilities are endless and the sense of real excitement was tangible. Everyone from major studios to major cinema chains to independents to technical partners seemed keen to know more, hear more, do more to exploit this established and still growing revenue stream.
The European Union's Euromed Audiovisual III program and the European Audiovisual Observatory, in collaboration with the Moroccan Film Centre, brought together cinema experts from around the South Mediterranean region in Casablanca on June 20 and 21.These Arab film professionals met representatives of international bodies working on statistics in cinema, and successfully developed recommendations (see link below to download) for a permanent South Mediterranean network to ensure systematic collection and exchange of data on the region's film sector.
When Space Shuttle Atlantis, the newest attraction at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida opened to the public on June 29, a new chapter in the story of interactive AV design for the themed entertainment industry was written.
During the past three years, Cinepolis has completed the exclusive installation of more than 3000 Doremi Integrated Media Block servers with ShowVault. Cinepolis, Latin America’s largest cinema chain has concluded its deployment in Mexico with 286 theaters that span 84 cities, and has expanded globally to operate over 3,000 screens.
Harkness Screens has launched Foldable Perlux Digital screens that retain all the features of the Perlux Digital line, with the added capability of being folded rather than rolled.
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has named Dr. Susanne Nikoltchev as its new director as of July 1.
Omniplex Cinema Group has completed installation of Cinedigm’s Theatre Command Center software to streamline its circuit-wide movie operations.
Harkness Screens has released new versions of its recently launched iOS and web-based Digital Screen Modeller and Digital Screen Archiver apps. Both apps were released at CinemaCon 2013 and are currently available as free apps on the Apple iTunes store and via the Harkness Screens website.
Barco officials say that more than 50 films are to be released in its immersive cinema sound format, Auro 11.1 and that the company has signed agreements for the deployment of more than 200 Auro 11.1 installations worldwide.