The triumphant start to October delivered new cinema recovery successes around the world, according to the latest box office report from London-based analytics firm Gower Street. China’s Golden Week brought blockbuster juggernaut The Battle at Lake Changjin, which by Monday (October 11) had already grossed $650 million to rank as China’s seventh biggest film of all-time. Combined with number two title My Country, My Parents, which has made $185 million so far, the holiday openers finally put Chinese box office back on the upswing after a concerning four months.
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SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that registration is open for its annual technical conference, SMPTE 2021 ATC, a virtual event with daily four-hour sessions offered November 9-11 and November 16-18. The society's annual technical conference is the world's premier peer-reviewed forum for media and entertainment technology, and this year's format and schedule, including a day of sessions presented in APAC-friendly time zones, are designed to make participation more convenient for busy industry professionals everywhere.
GDC Technology announced today the option to upgrade the award-winning GDC SX-4000 Standalone Integrated Media Block to DTS:X supporting the immersive audio bitstream. This upgrade is designed to support SMPTE’s immersive audio bitstream standard ST 2098-2, which represents a major milestone towards the goal of delivering a single interoperable immersive audio format for theatrical distribution.
Digital Cinema United, a content services company specializing in digital cinema package production and delivery services, has hired Ronnie Ycong to lead the company’s North America and Latin America region as executive vice president and general manager – Americas. At the same time the company announced the addition of Premiere Cinemas and Epic Theatres to its DCU Connect network.
Santikos has selected Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, as its exclusive technology partner for the next three years. Under the new agreement, Cinionic will power the San Antonio, Texas based circuit with laser cinema systems and Barco Alchemy media servers. The exclusive partnership builds on Santikos’ long-standing relationship with Cinionic.
Arena Cinemas, Switzerland, has converted 58 screens across all its locations to GDC’s Cinema Automation 2.0 technology. The installations and further developments in the whole complex cinema ecosystem were managed by leading systems integrator Imaculix, based in Zurich, Switzerland.
Arts Alliance Media today announced that Grand Cinemas will introduce a MediaMation immersive MX4D Motion EFX Theatre to their forthcoming projects in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia which are due to open in 2022. The announcement follows the news earlier this week that AAM is now the sole cinema reseller of MX4D products globally.
What happens if you compare the streaming giants’ top movies with their ratings on major movie rating sites? The Bad Movie Index, created by Draken Film, the Swedish streaming service for quality cinema, was created to inspire people to broaden their film taste with what the service believes is the first-ever moving subscription price.
Arts Alliance Media today announced the November arrival of Screenwriter’s smartest theatre management system software release to date, introducing what the company says is never-before-seen functionality. It will first be deployed exclusively to existing Screenwriter customers.
GDC Technology today announced that ECCO Cine Supply and Service has formally agreed to strengthen their business relationship. As part of ECCO’s commitment to GDC, they will sell, market and service the multiple award-winning Espedeo Supra-5000 RGB Plus Laser Cinema Projector to the German theatre market and beyond.