The Global Cinema Federation, a consortium of the National Association of Theatre Owners, the International Union of Cinemas and eleven leading cinema operators, issued a statement today in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The statement reads:
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Sony Corporation today announced the establishment of the Sony Global Relief Fund for COVID-19, a $100 million fund to support those around the world affected by the COVID-19 virus. Through this fund, Sony will provide support in three areas: assistance for those individuals engaged in frontline medical and first responder efforts to fight the virus, support for children and educators who must now work remotely, and support for members of the creative community in the entertainment industry, which has been greatly impacted by the spread of the virus.
CJ 4DPlex today announced that ScreenX, the company’s innovative 270-degree panoramic movie-going format was awarded Gold in the Media, Visual Communications & Entertainment category at this year’s Edison Awards.
Thousands of people from around the world who work in the motion picture industry were supposed to be at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas this week for CinemaCon 2020. Instead we are all, for the most part, dealing with the COVID-19 crisis by staying home, washing our hands frequently and practicing social distancing. With the vast majority of the world’s movie theatres closed until further notice and movie production at a standstill, many people are out of work and worrying about when, or if, they will get paid again. With that in mind, I reached out via email to Patrick Corcoran, the National Association of Theatre Owners vice president & chief communications officer, to see how NATO and its members are responding to the crisi
The Art-House America Campaign, a new relief fund established by initial donations from the Criterion Collection and Janus Films, has been launched to help the more than 150 independent movie theatres across the United States that have temporarily closed to slow the spread of COVID-19. As part of that effort, a map is being created to track specific theatres that are closed.
Some event cinema distributors and their partners are getting creative in these challenging times. This Thursday, April 2, the Los Angeles-based event cinema distributor Abramorama and The Dollywood Foundation will present an online book-reading series entitled Goodnight with Dolly. Abramorama was originally scheduled to release the documentary The Library That Dolly Built in more than 330 cinemas on April 2. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the film will instead open nationally the week of September 21, to commemorate the Library’s 25th anniversary.
NEC Display Solutions of America has announced the NC1402L, a 9,500-lumen, install-anywhere laser projector that produces a brighter image than any other projector in its class. It is DCI-compliant, and can display images at 2K resolution. The NC1402L is equipped with an internal liquid cooling system, eliminating the need for an exhaust and allowing the projector to run at a quiet 49 decibels. It is also capable of high frame rates and can easily handle projecting 3D content.
The Ymagis Group has named Thierry Lescasse as group executive vice president, finance, succeeding Benoît Jacheet, whose transition mission concluded with the completion of the financial restructuring plan. Jacheet will remain with the company for several weeks to ensure a smooth transition.
In a statement released to the press late Wednesday the National Association of Theatre Owners expressed its gratitude to the U.S. Senate for approving a financial aid package that will benefit its members.
The International Union of Cinemas, the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, has today issued the following statement on the current situation with regard to the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19: