The Event Cinema Association has announced the appointment of four new ECA members to its board of directors. Vanessa Hills, head of marketing at UK distributor More2Screen and Janelle Mason, director and producer at production company and distributor CinemaLive, have been appointed as board directors, and Fabrice Testa, head of international business development for Kencast stepped down from his role at DSAT Cinema to be replaced by Manel Carreras, senior vice president, marketing and content business development services at Ymagis, was voted back onto the board in his new role as head of business development at U.S. technical provider Kencast.
Celebrating its 45th anniversary as America’s premier Latino dance company, Ballet Hispanico will be seen in performance in movie theaters nationwide November 12 as the third program of the Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance series.
Funimation Entertainment has announced the North American theatrical dates for the release of Ghost in The Shell: The New Movie. This is the first movie in more than ten years for the Ghost in The Shell sci-fi franchise, which will screen in more than 330 theaters across the United States and Canada on November 10, 11 and 16.
To enhance the Lincoln Center at the Movies experience for audiences of all ages, Lincoln Center Education has created interactive guides to accompany screenings of the Great American Dance series. Presented by Lincoln Center in association with Fathom Events, Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance brings spectacular dance performances by four of America’s leading dance companies to approximately 600 movie theaters throughout the U.S. in the fall and winter of 2015. The on-screen hosts for the series are Live with Kelly and Michael stars Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. The series opened on September 24 with San Francisco Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet.
Last week’s live performance of Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest from the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End to 460 cinemas in 11 territories across Europe achieved a gross box office of £508,041, according to Rentrak. Broadcast by More2Screen and produced by Kim Poster and Nica Burns, the live cinema event across 372 sites in the UK had the highest opening week gross for any commercial West End theatre production screened in cinemas and the second highest-grossing feature on the night, outsold only by The Martian.
On the day of its world premiere at the 38th Mill Valley Film Festival, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Green Day have announced a collaboration with Abramorama, Reprise Records and Vimeo to distribute the documentary, Heart Like a Hand Grenade, an unprecedented behind the scenes look at the writing and recording of their legendary album American Idiot. Abramorama will release the film theatrically in the United States on more than 135 screens on October 15 followed by an exclusive Vimeo On Demand release the next day, October 16.
As is the case with most things in life, the major success that Group 1200 Media has had with the Dragon Ball Z movie series boils down to one thing: a lot of hard work by a dedicated group of talented people serving a vibrant, loyal audience. Group 1200 Media is the parent company of a range of companies including Funimation, the anime division, and Funimation Films, the film distribution department. Funimation Entertainment recently announced that the home video release of the Group’s latest success, the anime film Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F will be available on digital HD starting October 9 and at retail outlets throughout the U.S. and Canada starting October 20.
The Event Cinema Association’s Box Office ECA Awards winners have just been announced, along with nominees for the hotly anticipated Awards of Excellence. The Awards, which recognize excellence in international box office admissions, programming, distribution and exhibition in all fields of the Event Cinema sector are in their third year and are sponsored by Rentrak.
The Event Cinema Association’s annual ECA Conference will take place on October 19 in London. The only event of its kind in the world, this annual conference is a highlight in the calendar for anyone involved in the event cinema industry. The conference is being held at the newly launched Picturehouse Central cinema complex in the Trocadero site in London’s West End.
This season’s acclaimed staging of The Beaux’ Stratagem, broadcast by National Theatre Live, promises a sumptuous spectacle for Vue cinema audiences across the UK. A special performance of the 18th century comedy is being captured by Sony PMW-F55 4K cameras. Vue cinemagoers attending exclusive encore screenings on September 17th will enjoy a performance reproduced faithfully by a fleet of Sony 4K projectors across Vue’s 84-site estate.