The Hollywood Professional Association has named Paul Chapman, Kari Grubin, and Joachim Zell to its board of directors. They will serve three-year terms that began January 1. Michael DeValue joins the board for a one-year term as the SMPTE representative, a role vacated by Chapman at the end of his term.
Distribution & Exhibition
Saudi Arabian animation studio Manga Production is releasing its debut feature-length animated film The Journey in the 4DX format, the first film in the Middle East to do so. The film is an epic story that tells historic fantasia of ancient civilizations of the Arabian Peninsula and Middle East in an attractive and high-quality art style, turning those stories immortal and passing them on to generations to come, while celebrating the beauty of the Arabic language through this inspirational creative content.
Funimation Films, the theatrical division of Sony Pictures Television’s Funimation, is teaming up domestically with MediaMation to bring My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising to life by giving audiences a truly immersive experience in select MX4D theaters equipped with MediaMation’s EFX theater seats.
The not-for-profit independent trade organization Cinema Technology Community has announced ambitious plans to support the cinema industry during 2020 through knowledge-sharing and education initiatives across a broad range of issues.
Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the fourth quarter and for the full year 2019. The Group’s revenue in the fourth quarter confirms the trends seen in the first nine months of 2019:
CJ 4DPlex today announced that its multi-sensory 4DX format drew $23 million at the global box office in January, up 18 percent year-over-year, making it the highest ever recorded for the month of January in the history of the company, this despite screenings being suspended in China for several days.
The Norwegian Film Institute has selected Nagra’s media asset management platform DVnor Organizer for secure storage and one-click distribution of its films to more than 170 film festivals worldwide. The system will enable the NFI to receive, store and distribute new cinema titles in high-quality from all the major Norwegian film producers and production companies, as well as store more than 300 catalogue titles. It will also provide subtitling packages in different languages.
Mark Louis is Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas director of presentation. In that role, he is responsible for maintaining the level of technology that has become central to the exhibitor’s brand and identity. Louis is currently overseeing the opening of seven new Alamo theatres across the United States, while simultaneously maintaining the quality control of the established sites. When I contacted him to talk about how he approaches new builds he described himself as “busier that a one-armed reel-to-reel projectionist,” but he agreed to talk via email. Here’s an excerpted version of our conversation.
The International Union of Cinemas, the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, has today released its provisional update on admissions and box office revenues across Europe for 2019. While some data remains to be collated and figures for certain territories are based only on initial estimates, the overview provided by UNIC represents the first wide-ranging assessment of the performance of the European cinema sector in 2019. More detailed final data on the performance of each territory will be released in Spring 2020.
A coalition of companies and organizations from across the media and entertainment industry, EIPMA is dedicated to nurturing the industry’s next generation of talent. It plans to partner with high schools, universities and entertainment industry organizations to increase student awareness for career opportunities in the entertainment industry through job fairs, speaker programs, webinars and other events. It will also connect aspiring professionals with mentoring and career counseling programs.