Canal+ Group and the Kudelski Group have shut down a piracy organization based in Canton of Vaud in the Lake Geneva region that delivered French-speaking on-demand content to thousands of customers. It is the first piracy shutdown of its kind in Switzerland. The operation is the result of a criminal complaint from Canal+ Group and Nagra, the digital TV division of the Kudelski Group, to the Vaud Police, which led the effort with the support of Europol, the law enforcement agency of the European Union, and Eurojust, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation.
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After achieving critical acclaim during an award-winning tour of global film festivals, Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s feature film Scales (Sayidat Al Bahr) will be screening in cinemas in Saudi Arabia this week, after it was picked up by Saudi distributor Cinewaves Films. Viewers will be able to experience the debut film from Saudi Arabian writer-director Shahad Ameen in cinemas across Riyadh, Jeddah, Tabuk, Jizan and the Eastern Province in its first theatrical release.
Arts Alliance Media, the global leader in digital cinema software and support services, has launched Operation Beach Clean, an initiative designed to reduce environmental waste by removing litter from Britain’s beaches.
Vue Entertainment’s Cinema3D circuit in Poland has installed Vista Cinema management software in all 11 sites. The announcement was made jointly by Roland Jones, executive director technical services, Vue International and Till Cussmann, Vista’s senior vice president, sales for EMEA and general manager, Europe.
The Hollywood Professional Association and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers announced today that Felicia Yue, principal product manager at Amazon and veteran sports technology innovator, will be in conversation at the annual Women in Technology Luncheon on Thursday, November 12, presented by HPA Women in Post and SMPTE. The event takes place during the popular annual technology conference SMPTE 2020. Yue will be in conversation with Loren Nielsen and Kari Grubin, co-chairs of the HPA Women in Post Committee.
The Topgolf Entertainment Group has joined Screenvision Media’s out of home network of more than 200,000 screens that feature its Front + Center Everywhere content.
Melbourne, Australia-based Village Entertainment has announced that its Victorian cinema locations will begin re-opening November 12. The theatres have been closed for eight months due to the pandemic.
Wonderfilm Media, founded by Jeff Bowler and Bret Saxon, will showcase the company’s slate of feature films and episodic television across all platforms this week as the American Film Market presents its annual gathering online November 9-13.
CinemaCon 2021, originally scheduled for April 26-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, has been rescheduled for August 23-26 it was announced today by CinemaCon managing director Mitch Neuhauser. Ongoing international travel restrictions and limits on large gatherings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the decision.
Toho Cinemas has selected Cinionic laser cinema projection for its new Tachikawa location, which opened in September. The theatre is the first Cinionic laser site for Toho Cinemas, one of Japan’s largest exhibitors with more than 679 screens across 72 locations and will include Barco Series 4 and Barco Smart laser units.