Vista Cinema has signed a multi-year deal with SM Cinema, the Philippines largest film exhibitor. The arrangement is the first for Vista in the Philippines and will give SM customers easier access to seat reservations, ticket purchasing and concession sales.
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The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the social justice movement and a pause in filmmaking, has provided the movie industry and audiences alike with the rare opportunity to catch up to the evolution of the moviegoing experience. The industry is at a crossroads, and what is relevant to audiences has changed dramatically over the past several years; this shifting reality accelerated in 2020 and will undoubtedly influence moviegoer behavior and future storytelling. With the abrupt halt to movie production and the extended closure of cinemas, content creators and studios have been gifted the time and opportunity to pivot and ensure what is shown onscreen is reflective of society.
The Hollywood Professional Association has issued the call for proposals for the 2021 HPA Tech Retreat. This year, the respected gathering is evolving into a dynamic virtual event, taking place in February 2021. The HPA Tech Retreat has led technology transformation for over 25 years, this year turning the power of its thought leaders and key influencers towards tackling the impact of the global pandemic on the media landscape.
QSC has announced a Q-SYS plugin that allows users to discover and control Christie Series 2 digital cinema projectors within the QSC Ecosystem. The new plugin enables automated functionality within Q-SYS. The plugin mirrors what is displayed on the projector touch panel, including channel, power, lamp, douser, test pattern, and lens adjustments, along with key status indicators.
The New Zealand film industry data analytics company Movio and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s Institue have teamed up to determine if what and who is presented on cinema screens affects who shows up for a film during its theatrical run. Data scientists at both organizations examined the following questions for a white paper entitled I Want to See Me: Why Diverse On-Screen Representation Drives Cinema Audiences.
Abramorama today announced Abramorama Selects, a new imprint to handle global digital distribution and marketing for non-fiction feature films and television series. As a part of the newly expanded services offered by Abramorama, the company has entered into a multi-year agreement with Giant Pictures to be their preferred partner. The first film to be released under Abramorama Selects is the feature length documentary Herb Alpert Is… about the legendary musician and music industry titan.
Severtson Screens has been named a strategic partner for the 2020 MENA Cinema Forum, being held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates October 27-28. The event will have both in-person and virtual presentations.
The International Cinema Technology Association, in conjunction Box Office Pro magazine, recently presented a webinar entitled Back to the Future – How Drive-Ins and Pop-Up Cinema Complements the Movie Going Experience in the COVID-19 Aftermath. Moderated by ICTA vice president Frank Tees, the group presented five interviews describing innovative approaches to exhibiting movies outdoors.
In 2016, Barco set a number of very ambitious five-year sustainability goals, to be established by 2020. These were reducing the carbon footprint of its operations by 20 percent, reducing the energy footprint of its products by 25 percent, and ensuring that at least 25 percent of new product releases would qualify for ecoscoring as defined in the ISO 14021 standard. And now, the company has announced that the first of these goals has already been reached in fiscal year 2019: one year in advance.
The Cinema Star, the new multiplex located in the Kvartal West multipurpose center on Aminyevskoye Shosse in Moscow, is the first Dolby Atmos cinema to also feature the Christie CP4440-RGB digital cinema projector RealLaser illumination technology.