Following the decision by Walt Disney Studios to release Pixar’s Soul directly onto its Disney+ streaming platform, the International Union of Cinemas, representing European cinema operators, has issued the following statement: “Walt Disney Studios’ decision to release Soul directly onto their Disney+ streaming platform, depriving many audiences across Europe from seeing it on the Big Screen, has shocked and dismayed all cinema operators.
European exhibitor services specialist CinemaNext has announced that the UK Digital Funding Partnership, the ground-breaking project established by the UK Cinema Association and CinemaNext to allow more than 100 small and medium-sized cinema operators to digitize their sites across the United Kingdom, has reached recoupment.
After a long delay caused by the global pandemic, Kinepolis today finally opened the doors to its newest cinema, which is located in Centrum Schalkwijk in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Undeterred by this year’s COVID-19 health challenges, Éclair Versioning & Accessibility has added a new state-of-the-art recording room to the Vanves’ facility as part of a wider reorganization of its Parisian studios, which included changes and upgrades to a number of its recording studios. The company has also opened a new dubbing facility in Barcelona.
Platforms for the distribution of film and TV content are endlessly multiplying and changing in nature. In parallel, the application of copyright rules attached to audiovisual works and their exploitation along the value chain are becoming increasingly complex. Obtaining rights from the rights holders involved in a given project and, in some cases, acquiring licenses for the use of pre-existing works, is an essential aspect of the work of film producers and marks an indispensable preliminary step before they can grant licenses for the exploitation of the work to the various exploitation channels.
“It’s like nothing we have ever seen before,” said Graham Spurling, the owner of Movies @ Cinemas, one of Ireland’s largest cinema chains. “The rule book has been ripped apart. But look, we have got to keep positive. We will see good times again.” He’s not the self-proclaimed World’s Greatest Showman for nothing. Full disclosure, I consider him to be my friend.
For the fifteenth consecutive year, Éclair Theatrical Services is proudly serving as a partner of the Locarno Film Festival and this year’s edition, Locarno 2020 - For the Future of Films.
The European cinema trade group International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) today launched the fourth edition of its Women’s Cinema Leadership Program, a twelve-month mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition.
The European Audiovisual Observatory, part of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, has completed a mapping exercise to provide a comprehensive picture of the rules defining the nationality of an audiovisual work in Europe. This landmark study was undertaken at the request of the European Commission in collaboration with a group of national experts.
NEC is offering a free four-month extension to its existing NEC projector warranty contracts throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.