[Editors Note: As has been widely reported, in recent weeks filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh have predicted that Hollywood will implode if the major studios continue to invest only in tent-pole movies and endless sequels. In a guest column Russ Collins, artistic director of the Cinetopia Festival, CEO of Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater and director of the Art House Convergence, takes exception.] Steven Spielberg is a gifted filmmaker whose impact on the art and business of cinema is arguably peerless. Steven Soderbergh is a gifted and important filmmaker. The aesthetic and financial success of both Stevens is unquestioned. However, both of these cinema icons have come out with almost bitter assessments of the future of movies recently. I believe these assessments are wrongheaded. Maybe it’s because the pessimistic assessments come from these two cinema idols that it makes me sad and a little mad.
Distribution & Exhibition
Carlton Screen Advertising Ireland has upgraded their Advertising Accord software to include digital content distribution. The system developed by Unique Digital will enable CSA to take full advantage of the digital cinema market in Ireland in which they are the cinema advertising market leader.
The Event Cinema Association has launched the first website to promote and support live and recorded cinema events, also known as alternative content, which is increasingly being screened and finding new audiences in cinemas around the world.
The new Centaurus Cineplex opens its doors this month in the new The Centaurus mega-mall in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city.
Harkness Screens has provided a Stagelite White/Black surface for the forthcoming Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Oscars Outdoors summer series.
Kodak has concluded a new agreement with 20th Century Fox to supply motion picture film to its movie and television studios.
Laser Light Engines founder and executive vice president, Bill Beck, has been elected chairman of the Laser Illuminated Projector Association.
Dolby Laboratories and Regal Entertainment Group announced today that Regal recently installed Dolby Atmos in 20 of its big-screen RPX: Regal Premium Experience theatres. The systems were installed in time for the premiere of Warner Bros. Man of Steel.
Cinedigm has announced a partnership with Slamdance that will bring a slate of feature programming to digital platforms.
The Camera Store supplied five Skquattro pedestals and additional support equipment for a live stereoscopic broadcast of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from St Petersburg. Starring Yekaterina Kondaurova, the Swan Lake 3D Live Special Event was relayed on June 6 from the Mariinsky Theatre to cinema audiences in more than 50 countries around the world.