For the first time in its seven-year history, the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has begun to pay all its customers rebates. After recently paying back its founding investors – AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. – initial investments in full, DCDC is now fulfilling the promise it made to all of its customers when it was formed to pay them rebates pursuant to the same mathematical formula in each of their agreements.
Distribution & Exhibition
Netflix in 2019 launched about nine times as much original programming as its chief video-streaming rival Amazon, reflecting the divergent business models of the two companies, a new study shows. Last year, Netflix released 2,701 hours’ worth of original programming, compared to just 314 hours for Amazon Prime Video, according to the Omdia Original Online Production Report – 2020.
The 12th edition of DTLA Film Festival, a leading annual showcase for indie films in Los Angeles, has announced that it will postpone its 12th edition until further notice. Citing the worsening Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies for all citizens to avoid public events, festival organizers said the time had come to pull the plug on this year’s festival.
Disney's epic live-action film, Mulan, will be releasing worldwide in the 4DX and ScreenX formats, starting March 25 in certain markets. In all the film will be shown on 734 4DX screens and 314 ScreenX screens worldwide.
Vowing to complete the digital revolution that began nearly two decades ago when cinemas around the world converted from analog film projectors to digital cinema, former Imax president and Walt Disney Studios executive Jason Brenek has launched MetaMedia, an entertainment technology company that he says creates next-generation content delivery and new revenue-generating opportunities for content producers and cinemas.
Arts Alliance Media has launched the company’s first online customer support portal. Offering a centralized approach to raising tickets while browsing an extensive knowledge base, the support portal provides a simple, self-serve solution that connects the customer directly to the AAM Service Desk, removing the need to call or send emails.
Severtson Screens will feature its next generation SAT-4K Acoustically Transparent cinema projection screen line during CinemaCon 2020, which is being held from March 30 through April 2 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, announced today that the award-winning Barco Series 4 laser projection platform has had commitments from global exhibitors for more than 8,000 units since its launch one year ago. According to the company, Cinionic leads in laser solutions with more than 20,000 units worldwide.
On the heels of a successful kick-off event in Los Angeles, the trade group Women in Exhibition is set to make its CinemaCon 2020 debut. Officially introduced at 2019’s Geneva Convention, Women in Exhibition serves as a networking hub for women within the film exhibition industry. Since its launch, the non-profit foundation has welcomed more than 100 new members. At WIE events in Los Angeles in January and at last year’s ShowEast, women gathered to chat, network, and have a little fun.
The Network of Independent Canadian Exhibitors has submitted evidence to the nation’s Competition Bureau regarding their access to films in Canada. Across the country, independent cinemas are coming together to decry prohibitive practices, which the association sees as unfairly blocking audiences from the choice of where to see a movie. They single out Cineplex for the blame.