This weekend in more than 20,600 screens in 1,700 U.S. movie theaters National CineMedia will launch its revamped pre-show, Noovie. The Walt Disney Studios has signed on as the premiere studio for new Noovie Backlot segments through June and will offer a unique behind-the-scenes look at upcoming films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm, including Coco, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, A Wrinkle In Time, Avengers: Infinity War, Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology Film and The Incredibles 2.
Motion Picture Solutions and Labo have launched a joint venture — MPSLabo — an international entertainment content services partnership based in Burbank, California, that draws heavily on the experience and technology of two leading industry vendors.
Landmark Cinemas, Calgary, Alberta, Canada has reached an agreement to be acquired by Kinepolis Group. The conclusion of the transaction is subject to customary government approvals.
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has launched a Brazilian sign language (LIBRAS) localization service. The service – the first of its kind outside of Brazil – is designed to help studios meet Brazil’s new LIBRAS accessibility requirements, which began to be enforced as of September 17 and necessitate that studios produce and deliver LIBRAS video recordings for any feature released in Brazilian theaters.
Volfoni Limited launched an upgrade program designed to provide a path from legacy 3D cinema hardware systems from other manufacturers to the latest-generation 3D cinema hardware systems from Volfoni. The manufacturers included in the program are MasterImage, Dolby and XpanD. The program recognizes the past investments that customers have made, and provides incentives to let them easily and affordably replace outdated 3D systems.
CinemaNext today announced the official opening of its North American offices in Irving, Texas, conveniently located next to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The new facility boasts a 12-seat screening room equipped with EclairColor HDR technology as well as a showroom with digital equipment and solutions on display, office space, conference rooms, customer service/NOC and a warehouse.
Vista Group International has reached an agreement with its long-term Latin American business partner Senda Dirección Tecnológica to take a controlling 60 percent share in the company, which will be renamed Vista Latin America, become of full member of the Vista Group and continue to be run by its founders and managers, Armando Mejias and Gustavo Ortega.
Helios and Matheson Analytics has acquired movie subscription technology company MoviePass as part of its continued expansion into industries with opportunities for big data and artificial intelligence innovations.
Christie is the exclusive projection partner of Big Cine Expo 2017, which is taking place at the Chennai Trade Centre in Chennai, India August 8-9.
Grand Cinemas, the leading cinema chain in Lebanon, Jordan and Kuwait, is installing Volfoni 3D systems for its roll out of more than 40 screens. Volfoni’s 3D cinema technology will be deployed in a new multiplex to be opened this month in ABC Mall in Verdun, Lebanon. In line with its strategy of expanding vertically and horizontally in the region, Grand Cinemas counts today over 81 screens, with additional new screens currently under development.