More2Screen in partnership with production company Telmondis will bring the Mariinsky Theatre’s Mariinsky on Screen Live to cinemas worldwide this summer.
Later this year, Moody Gardens MG3D Cinema will become the world’s first museum-based 4K 3D giant screen 6P laser projection system. The upgrade will replace Moody Gardens’ existing 4K xenon system with a state-of-the-art pair of Christie 4K laser projection heads, a 6P modular laser light farm with fiber optic delivery, Christie 4K 3D high-bitrate server, new giant screen 6P laser glasses, and a new premium white screen. D3D Cinema is systems integrator for the project.
Rooftop Films, New York, has announced that Industry City will be their 2014 Presenting Sponsor, as well as the primary venue for their 2014 Summer Series. The support of Industry City as Presenting Sponsor will help Rooftop Films enhance, reinvent and reinvigorate their outdoor screenings all summer long, presenting more than 45 new, independent films in locations all across New York City – including 15 at Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
National CineMedia announced today that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Screenvision, for $375 million of cash and stock on a debt free, cash free basis. We will have a more complete report with analysis in the coming days.
Arts Alliance Media’s content services business has been acquired by London-based Motion Picture Solutions. The company will form Europe’s largest and most experienced independent mastering facility, serving a range of clients from major studios to independent filmmakers.
At its annual upfront event April 2 at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater, cinema advertising company Screenvision outlined its Weekend Daypart concept, calling it “a high impact and essential complement to TV advertising plans.” Additional presentations in Chicago, Los Angeles and Detroit were to take place today. Citing a high awareness of cinema advertising among 18-49 years olds – so-called millennials – one executive said, “When you run an ad on a big screen you know it will be seen.”
National CineMedia has renewed its long-term affiliate agreement with leading regional movie theater circuit Cobb Theatres and is also adding four new regional theater circuits to its network to further expand its national reach and geographic coverage.
London-based digital cinema company Arts Alliance Media has appointed Andrew Stucker as business development consultant in North America. Stucker will be based in Los Angeles and will focus on offering AAM’s digital cinema software solutions to exhibitors across the US and Canada. He reports to AAM’s commercial director Eric Stevens.
In less than two weeks the major movie studios and theatre owners will gather at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas for the annual CinemaCon conference, hosted by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Despite the implementation of new laws, new anti-piracy technology, and I heightened industry awareness, the Motion Picture Association of America estimates it loses billions of dollars each year to movie theft, although some people believe the number is in the millions. In any case, theft is theft, and as movie budgets tighten and theatre owners face increased competition, every dollar counts. Via email I recently interviewed Patrick Corcoran, vice president and chief communications officer for the National Association of Theatre Owners about the state of the piracy battle and for a preview of the trade show.
More2Screen has been appointed as the international distributor for the British Museum’s second big screen event, Vikings from the British Museum, a recorded release available to cinemas worldwide (except the UK and Ireland) beginning June 6.