Barco Escape, Barco’s ultra-wide, multi-screen movie format on Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus device, will debut to the public September 19 with the release of director Wes Ball’s The Maze Runner from 20th Century Fox.
Distribution & Exhibition
HeckArt Studios embraces new and emerging distribution models, signing a five-year output agreement with DirecTV. HeckArt Studios will world premiere select films on DirecTV that will run exclusively on the platform weeks before being released in theatres.
Cinedigm has acquired U.S. rights to City of Peace’s faith and family-friendly film The Identical, featuring Ashley Judd, Amanda Crew, Seth Green, Joe Pantoliano and Ray Liotta. The film is being released theatrically on September 5th on a targeted 1,200 screens. The home entertainment rollout, including physical, digital, television and non-theatrical rights, is set to launch January 2015.
AEG Live will be bringing music to NCM’s FirstLook pre-show in movie theaters nationwide in a new multi-year deal with National CineMedia, making AEG Live the premiere music supplier to NCM. The deal kicked off in August with ten- and twenty-second features starring international superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull promoting their upcoming 24-city AEG Live-promoted North American concert tour, launching on September 12 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Evergrande Cinema Line has selected GDC Technology as its technology partner for its cineplexes in China. GDC will provide approximately 300 SX-3000 Standalone Integrated Media Blocks and 30 Theatre Management Systems. As of August 13 systems have been deployed in 15 Evergrande cineplexes.
South Korea’s epic film The Admiral: Roaring Currents had an strong opening this past weekend in the U.S., while back in Korea it became the most-watched film in the country’s cinematic history, tallying more than 14 million admissions.
Cinedigm and Cinema Management Group announced that they have entered into a multi-year home entertainment distribution deal for the award-winning Moriah Films’ documentary film collection of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Located in Los Angeles, Moriah Films has twice won Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature, including Genocide in 1981 and The Long Way Home in 1997. The deal covers home video, digital, television and non-theatrical rights in the US and all digital rights in Canada.
Cinedigm has acquired Alpine Labs' hybrid competition reality series Fight of the Living Dead, the first original series acquisition for Con TV, Cinedigm’s direct-to-consumer, streaming network targeting Comic Con and pop culture fans. The announcement was made today by Cinedigm executive vice president/digital networks Erick Opeka and Alpine Labs co-founder Kevin Abrams and partner Jamie Denenberg.
Arts Alliance Media will supply Norway’s Media Direct Norge with AdFuser software to manage and automate MDN’s entire cinema advertising workflow. MDN is one of the pioneers of cinema advertising in the Norwegian market and covers more than 200 screens in the region, all of which will be powered by AdFuser
Christie today announced the formal launch of Christie Global Professional Services, a new group that consolidates Christie’s long-standing Managed Services’ offerings to a single, full-service delivery function capable of supporting diverse visual and experiential digital installations globally.