Late last year, as was widely reported, the investment firm Arts Alliance opened Garden Studios, a 62,000-square-foot facility located in Park Royal, West London. Arts Alliance founder and CEO Thomas Hoegh said at the time, “This will be an owner-operated business, spearheaded by people who have long and deep experience across many aspects of the film industry with success stories like Picturehouse Cinemas, Love Film, Arts Alliance Media, Met Film School and Park Circus under our belts. Like all Arts Alliance companies, we seek to demonstrate an innovative and passionate drive for inclusive community building, learning, and opportunities for all.” In all his businesses Hoegh says, “My principal task is not to be in the way.” I recently spoke via email with Hoegh and Garden Studios CTO Rich Phillips to learn more about this latest venture.
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Produced to extremely high production standards and directed by Indian American filmmaker Mira Nair, A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election. The series involves more than a hundred characters, many belonging to one of four extended families.
National CineMedia and Screenvision Media have selected Epicenter Experience’s the People Platform to measure cinema advertising audience traffic. Through its cloud-based mobile technology, the People Platform enables authentic conversations between individual consumers and companies in near real-time to unlock a comprehensive understanding of customer experience and behavior.
Fathom Events will launch the company’s first Black History Month film series, Fathom Events Celebrates Black History Month, this February in cinemas across the U.S. Moviegoers will have the opportunity to delve into the diverse lives, historic accomplishments and award-winning filmmaking of some of the most influential African American entertainers in modern history.
SMPTE Hollywood will host senior technology executives from MovieLabs, Sony Pictures and Universal Pictures January 28 in a virtual panel discussion on their shared vision for the future of the film and television industry.
Ian Sheppard has been appointed head of development at Laika, the award-winning animation studio known for the films Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls, Kubo and the Two Strings and Missing Link. A veteran animation executive, Sheppard’s career has included senior positions at Skydance Animation, DreamWorks Animation and Nickelodeon. He will report directly to Laika president & CEO Travis Knight.
Senior colorist Alex Berman has joined the team at Goldcrest Post. Berman brings more than 20 years of experience in color grading and credits across feature films, episodic television, documentaries and commercials.
Fujifilm has announced that the Fujinon Premista 19-45mm T2.9 lens will be released on January 28. This lens is the third model to join the Premista Series of cinema zooms that support large format sensors.
Streamland Media, formerly Picture Head Holdings, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Technicolor Post business. This addition builds upon Streamland’s global network of award-winning talent, further solidifying their dedication to the creativity, innovation and collaboration essential in post-production. The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is backed by Trive Capital and Five Crowns Capital and is expected to close in the first half of 2021.
National CineMedia and Captivate, one of North America’s leading location-based digital video networks, have teamed up to introduce a new way for local businesses to reach movie audiences where they work and live.