Deluxe and JMS Group announced today that they have entered into exclusive discussions to finalize the acquisition by Deluxe of Europe based Éclair Theatrical Services, a provider of cinema services including mastering and electronic delivery to content production studios and distributors controlled by JMS. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deluxe is a portfolio company of Platinum Equity.
The NEP Group has launched a virtual production business segment, to be called NEP Virtual Studios, bringing on board industry leaders in real-time production with the acquisition of Prysm Collective, Lux Machina and Halon Entertainment. As part of this new venture, NEP welcomes a group of experts and world-class talent, including entertainment industry veteran Cliff Plumer to lead this new segment, Jeff Ruggels as senior vice president of finance and operations, Phil Galler and Zach Alexander as co-presidents of the Lux Machina NEP Business Unit, and Daniel Gregoire and Chris Ferriter as executive creative director and president, respectively, of the Halon NEP Business Unit.
CJ 4DPlex and Sony Pictures Entertainment today announced a multi-picture, multi-year deal adding up to 15 films over three years to play on CJ 4DPlex's immersive, panoramic, 270-degree viewing experience ScreenX. The deal begins with Venom: Let There Be Carnage in September, that will play in more than 350 ScreenX auditoriums across the country and around the world.
The United Drive-In Theater Owners Association and the Independent Cinema Alliance have launched the Blockbuster Summer program, designed to celebrate, and support the comeback of the movie-going experience.
After a year’s delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Omniplex Killarney in Kerry, Ireland is officially open for business. “The reopening of cinemas in Ireland is a seminal moment for cinema lovers,” said Mark Anderson, director of Omniplex Cinemas.
The selection is complete for the Virtual Reality works of the 78th Venice International Film Festival. The Venice VR Expanded will again be held online September 1-19. From September 1-11 the Venice VR Expanded Program will be available on site for accredited festival guests, at the VR Gallery in the Palazzo del Casinò (Lido di Venezia), Sala Amici, upon reservation.
World Wrestling Entertainment is set to air its annual SummerSlam pay-per-view in movie theatres nationwide for the first time. In partnership with Iconic Events Releasing, SummerSlam will be available in select theaters, including some ShowBiz Cinemas, when it airs live on August 21 at 7 pm Central Time.
In Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, the title character confronts the demons of her past in a spectacular – and explosive – fashion. After discovering a flying fortress hidden in the clouds, the Avenger puts on a master class in destruction, leading to an airborne battle with heroes and villains dodging flaming wreckage as they approach terminal velocity. It’s one of the most visually complex and technically demanding scenes ever seen on film, made possible by Marvel Studios’ longtime collaborator, Digital Domain. [Editor’s Note: Warning. This article contains spoilers.]
Earlier this month, B&B Theatres, the sixth largest exhibitor in the U.S., opened its latest facility, the newly renovated Blacksburg 11 theatre in Blacksburg, Virginia. B&B acquired the Blacksburg multiplex in fall of 2020 with a vision to upgrade and enhance the entire moviegoing experience for the vibrant college town, but the project was delayed by the pandemic. Blacksburg features B&B’s signature premium large format experience, the Grand Screen.