The Hollywood Section of SMPTE will host a demonstration of classic movie sound technology at its monthly meeting Tuesday, July 25, in Hollywood. The event will include a live performance by Joe Rinaudo, founder of the Silent Cinema Society, on an American Fotoplayer (provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences). The Fotoplayer is a type of player piano used in movie theaters during the silent era to provide sound effects and music.
SMPTE today announced that it will be working with the Digital Production Partnership on a joint pilot specification project to create an Interoperable Master Format specification for broadcast and online.
New York Women in Film & Television has named Simone Pero president of its board of directors, effective July 1. Pero was most recently vice president of special events, and previously vice president of membership. She is founder of For Impact Productions, a social impact film marketing and production company.
The Hollywood Professional Association Awards Committee has announced the winners of the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards. Winners were determined after a judging session held June 17 after presentations to a panel of industry experts. The awards will be presented November 16 at the 12th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, California.
Harkness will provide the screens for all the screenings and other content displayed at Expocine 2017.
On the heels of last year’s successful launch of the Young Entertainment Professionals Program, the Hollywood Professional Association is pleased to announce the second year of the YEP program. YEP 2017 seeks passionate and driven applicants open to mentorship and to developing lasting relationships with industry leaders and other young professionals. The HPA’s YEP program provides a framework for young professionals to network and learn from peers and mentors. YEPs selected for the yearlong program will participate in signature HPA events, including the HPA Tech Retreat and HPA Awards, as well as exclusive and high-powered mentoring events.
The International Union of Cinemas has launched its Women’s Cinema Leadership Scheme, a one-year pilot mentoring program for women in cinema exhibition. The program will provide six rising female European cinema professionals with the unique opportunity to network with and receive one-to-one career advice from a group of senior female executives recognized for their leadership and business success across the wider cinema landscape.
The world’s leading cinema operators today announced the establishment of the Global Cinema Federation, a worldwide group intended to represent cinema exhibition’s global interests. Exhibition today is a global and dynamic phenomenon, with growing annual box office returns of $38.6 billion increasingly evenly spread across the world. With the rapid development of the industry in Latin America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region, the operators involved recognize the extent to which the business opportunities and policy challenges they face – such as film theft, technology standards, theatrical release practices, international trade practices and the highly valued relationship with partners in film distribution – are shared by counterparts across territories.
Members of the International Union of Cinemas, which represents European cinema associations and key operators, today elected a new board to serve the organization for the next two years. The decision – made during the organization’s General Assembly at CineEurope, UNIC’s official convention in Barcelona – saw Phil Clapp, CEO of the UK Cinema Association, re-appointed as president and a number of other key board positions confirmed
The Hollywood Section of SMPTE and the Visual Effects Society Los Angeles Section will conduct a joint meeting June 22 to examine the rapidly evolving field of augmented reality. AR is creating new ways for people to experience the world. At this joint meeting of the SMPTE Hollywood Section and VES Los Angeles, a panel of experts will provide an overview of the AR landscape and the technologies driving it. They will also share insights into emerging business opportunities and offer advice on what it takes to get involved in this exciting new field.