IntoPix Opens North American Subsidiary in Virginia

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Thu, 04/30/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

IntoPix has opened a U.S. based subsidiary IntoPix America headquartered in Virginia.  The move signals the company’s intent to grow its business and support in the North American markets. Jeff Segal former chief technology officer of Cinea has been tapped to run the new entity. The new subsidiary will focus on supporting existing customers and expanding IntoPix’s market presence in current and new market segments. “IntoPix technology is already integrated and deployed in the US market supporting post production digital cinema and the broadcast industry” says Jean Francois Nivart IntoPix’s CEO.  “The opening of a US office is crucial to providing world class support of our North America customers and to our future growth. Nivart says “Having a regional presence is very important to IntoPix as it will allow us to have a stronger relationship with our customers and will enable us to react more quickly to our customer’s needs. With over ten years of experience in marketing selling and delivering technology and solutions to the entertainment industry Jeff Segal already has relationships with many of our customers and will quickly add value to both IntoPix and our clients.” Segal says “IntoPix is already recognized as providing world class technology for hardware assisted security cores and for JPEG 2000 codec and I am excited to be able to help them serve their existing customer base and to grow their presence in North America.” ,927
Kodak Unveils Latest Film Stock in Vision3 Family,2009-05-01,Eastman Kodak Company has unveiled the latest product offering in its Vision3 technology platform: Kodak Vision3 250D color negative film 5207/7207 incorporates all of the advancements and imaging characteristics unique to the Vision3 family of films optimized for an exposure index of 250 in daylight.   We introduced Kodak Vision3 technology in response to our customers' requests for an expanded range of capabilities from capture all the way through post-production and distribution says Ingrid Goodyear general manager of Worldwide Image Capture Products for Kodak's Entertainment Imaging Division. By extending the Vision3 portfolio we continue to raise the bar by giving our customers more workflow efficiencies combined with all the existing advantages of film - image quality resolution unrivaled dynamic range flexibility and archivability. We are very proud to now offer Vision3 in both 500T and 250D speeds enabling more creative options in a wider variety of lighting conditions.   The newest addition to the family is designed to retain the richness in colors and contrast that are characteristic of Kodak Vision3 technology with more details in the extreme highlight areas. Like Kodak Vision3 500T 5219/7219 the new film also incorporates proprietary Advanced Dye-Layering Technology which renders finer grain images in underexposed areas and produces cleaner film-to-digital transfers for postproduction. Complimentary to the 500T product this new medium-speed daylight-balanced emulsion offers exceptional imaging in natural daylight artificial daylight and a variety of mixed lighting situations while maintaining pleasing flesh tones and color reproduction.   Cinematographers around the world have tested the new emulsion in extensive dynamic range environments including overexposing the negative in extreme bright-light situations.   What I like about the 5207 is its intense rendering of color its strength when it is underexposed and its ability to reach into the highlights says Fred Murphy ASC. It has warmer richer better skin tones than its predecessors. It is also good to have a relatively fast stock that gives you strong images in falling light urban canyons or gloomy day exteriors.   Despite today's digital hype film remains the state-of-the-art image capture format available. It enables filmmakers to work without compromise to bring their vision to life in a way that no other medium can match adds Goodyear. Based upon our customers' expectations for the very highest quality images – and for flexibility and ease of use – Kodak motion picture films continue to deliver the best images possible for a new generation.   Kodak Vision3 250D 5207/7207 Color Negative Film is now available in 35 mm and Super 16 formats.   Kodak ,928
Big and Digital Offset Films to Distribute Red Crabs Documentary,2009-05-12,Mark Simpfendorfer Productions has announced that giant screen and digital theatre distribution rights to the documentary Red Crabs: Australia's Christmas Island have been granted to two distribution companies.  Offset Films lead by Campbell Woskett and based in Australia will distribute the film in Australia Asia Europe Africa and the Middle East. Big & Digital lead by Tina Ratterman and based in Louisville Kentucky will distribute to theatres in the Americas.  Evans and Sutherland have been given rights to the full dome market worldwide. “We are making final adjustments to the film and I am excited to have the energy and experience of Tina Ratterman working on the film in the Americas ” says director and producer Mark Simpfendorfer.   Red Crabs will be released in 15/70 2D Digital in 2D and 3D and Full Dome in Summer 2009 with 15/70 3D and 8/70 2D available in Fall 2009.  The industry premiere will take place at GSCA during the annual conference this September in Indianapolis. Red Crabs is set deep in the Indian Ocean on the tropical oasis of Christmas Island. When monsoon clouds signal the beginning of the wet season millions of red crabs march from the rain forest to the ocean to breed. The red crab population has dropped from hundreds of millions to around forty million in just over a hundred years of human settlement. Audiences join the Red Crabs on their epic journey not just to breed but also for the survival of their species. This amazing natural phenomenon is presented in time-lapse photography which keeps the audience engaged and entertained. The technology used for filming Red Crabs is a first for Imax theatre audiences.  It was shot over a two-year period with Canon digital cameras at 4K. Andrew Oran from Fotokem in Los Angeles says “Red Crabs features what may well be the highest resolution digital capture employed in a giant screen documentary to date.” Big and Digital Offset Films ,948
Christie/AIX Amends Credit with GE Commercial Finance,2009-05-13,Cinedigm Digital Cinema has announced that its Phase 1 subsidiary Christie/AIX has entered into an amendment to its senior credit facility with GE Commercial Finance.   The company says that the amendment significantly relaxes the financial covenant ratios that C/AIX is required to meet every quarter through the maturity of the loan in 2013.  In addition the new arrangement allows C/AIX to pay approximately $5 million in cash to its parent company Cinedigm as well as increase its ability to pay annual fees to Cinedigm.   Reflecting current market conditions the amendment increases the interest rate on the credit facility from 4.5 percent to 6 percent above LIBOR and sets a LIBOR floor of 2.5 percent.  C/AIX will pay a 0.5 percent amendment fee on the outstanding balance of $183.9 million. Bud Mayo chief executive officer of Cinedigm says “This amendment demonstrates the strength of our relationship with GE and its confidence in Cinedigm’s leading industry position as well as our ability to execute on our business plan.  With this amendment in place we have improved our liquidity and our ability to grow across all divisions of Cinedigm.  We expect C/AIX to remain well within its financial covenant requirements through the loan maturity in 2013.  We thank GE and its co-lenders for their ongoing support as we continue the rollout of digital cinema systems to theatres nationwide.” Cinedigm Digital Cinema ,950
D&E to Distribute Clapton Winwood Concert to London and Fifty Theatres in U.S.,2009-05-13,D&E Entertainment through their partnership with Reprise Records will be distributing and marketing the theatrical premiere of Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood’s Live from Madison Square Garden concert film documenting their amazing performance at the world famous venue. The film will be premiered in over 50 cinemas in the US and a special London Premiere on May 18. Live From Madison Square Garden captures Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood as the rock legends took the stage together for just three concerts in a highly anticipated collaboration. They performed a string of hits that included Blind Faith's Presence of the Lord and Can't Find My Way Home in addition to Clapton's classics After Midnight Tell the Truth and Crossroads and Steve Winwood’s Dear Mr. Fantasy and Glad. The concert film was shot in HD with 5.1 Surround-Sound and will be projected in digital cinemas. D&E Entertainment United Kingdom Theatre London Odeon Covent Garden _ United States Theatres Apple Valley CA UltraStar Apple Valley Bay Area/Oakland CA Brenden Concord 14 Benton Harbor MI Celebration! Cinema Benton Harbor Birmingham AL Rave Patton Creek 15 Boston MA The Regent Theatre Buffalo NY McKinley 6 Theatres Chicago IL Kerasotes City North 14 Chicago IL Kerasotes Webster Place 11 Chicago/Naperville Kerasotes Showplace 16 Chicago/New Lenox Kerasotes Showplace 14 Chicago/Niles Kerasotes Showplace 12 Chicago/Orland Park Orland Park Cinemas Chicago/Schereville Kerasotes Showplace 12 Chicago/Skokie Kerasotes Village Crossing 18 Columbus OH Rave Polaris 18 Dallas/Fort Worth TX Rave Northeast Mall 18 Denver CO Kerasotes Cherry Creek 8 Denver/Aurora CO Kerasotes Chinese 16 at Arapahoe Crossing Detroit MI Emagine Canton Fort Lauderdale FL Trademark Coral Square 8 Grand Rapids MI Celebration! Cinema South Indianapolis IN Kerasotes ShowPlace 16 and IMAX Kalamazoo MI Celebration! Crossroads Cinema Lake Havasu AZ UltraStar Lake Havasu 10 Lansing MI Celebration! Cinemas Lansing IMAX Las Vegas NV Brenden Theatres and IMAX Little Rock AR Rave Colonel Glenn 18 Long Island NY Clearview Port Washington - Main St Los Angeles Mann Chinese 6 Madison WI Kerasotes Star 18 Madison WI Marcus Point UltraScreen Cinema Memphis TN Paradiso Theatre Miami/Palm Beach FL Cobb Theatres Downtown 16 Middlebrook NJ Clearview's Middlebrook Cinema 10 Milwaukee WI Marcus Ridge Cinemas Minneapolis/Coon Rapids Kerasotes ShowPlace 16 Minneapolis/Inver Grove Kerasotes Showplace 14 Minneapolis MN Riverview Theatre Muskegon MI Cinema Carousel New Jersey NJ Clearview Parsippany 12 New York City NY Clearview's Chelsea Cinemas New York City NY SoHo House (Private Screening) Omaha NE Marcus Village Pointe Cinemas Omaha/Council Bluffs IA Kerasotes Star 16 Philadelphia PA Clearview's Anthony Wayne Phoenix AZ UltraStar Surprise Pointe Cinema San Diego CA UltraStar Mission Valley San Diego/Del Mar CA UltraStar Del Mar Highlands 8 San Diego/Oceanside CA     UltraStar Mission Marketplace Springfield IL Kerasotes Showplace West 12 Springfield/Edwardsville   Kerasotes Showplace 12 ,953
ESTA and PERA Announce Merger Agreement,2009-05-13,The Entertainment Services and Technology Association and the Production Equipment Rental Association have announced an agreement to merge subject to final ratification. Under the agreement PERA will become the PERA Council within ESTA retaining its focus on the production of film television and commercials. The Council’s mission is to focus on development and implementation of programs and services for production rental businesses. The move will provide PERA members with immediate access to a wide array of benefits and services as well as the support of a professional staff while allowing the PERA leadership to focus on their core mission. By adding a key sector ESTA strengthens its voice on behalf of the entertainment technology industry and brings an important new dimension to many of its programs. ESTA president Bill Groener says In a time where uncertainty rules the day and even General Motors is a question mark the merger of these two closely related industry organizations makes economic sense and more importantly business sense for the companies that make up the membership of both organizations.” “This will provide greater membership value and expand opportunities for companies serving the entire entertainment technology industry ” says PERA president Pat Patin. “This merger strengthens the position of both organizations.” PERA