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Trusted Partner Network Upgrades Program

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 12:26 -- Nick Dager

The Trusted Partner Network today announced the launch of its enhanced program with a new membership model, application, and cloud content security assessments, and the TPN+ platform. TPN, which is fully owned by the Motion Picture Association, is leveraging the updated MPA Content Security Best Practices v5.0 to expand its scope to include software application and cloud security in addition to site and work-from-home security assessments.

POV Acquires Children of the Mist

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 12:09 -- Nick Dager

POV has acquired the feature documentary, Children of the Mist, directed by Vietnamese filmmaker Hà Lệ Diễm and produced by Trần Phương Thảo. Children of the Mist delves into the tradition of bride kidnapping still practiced by the Hmong, one of Vietnam’s largest ethnic groups. Diễm's directorial feature-length debut, is a tender portrait of a community on the cusp between tradition and modernity, and one girl tragically stuck in the middle.

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Academy Names Scientific and Technical Achievement Winners

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 11:57 -- Nick Dager

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named the eight scientific and technical achievements represented by 19 individual award recipients who will be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards presentation on Friday, February 24 at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, marking its return to an in-person event for the first time since 2019.

AFI Announces Dates for 2023 Film Festival

Mon, 02/06/2023 - 11:54 -- Nick Dager

The American Film Institute has announced the dates for AFI Fest 2023. The 37th edition of the Institute’s annual festival will take place exclusively in person on October 25-29 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre in the heart of Hollywood. The five-day festival will once again include a curated selection of red-carpet galas, special screenings, world cinema, documentaries, and short films.

What’s Next for MoviePass?

Wed, 02/01/2023 - 15:14 -- Nick Dager

In June 2011, when co-founders Stacy Spikes and Hamet Watt launched MoviePass, they surely had no idea what the next decade would have in store for them. The new company initially faced hostility from many of the biggest exhibitors, notably AMC. That never changed but MoviePass made progress and by 2016 Mitch Lowe, a former Netflix executive, was named CEO. Throughout that period, MoviePass experimented with different pricing models and slowly, but steadily, grew. In 2017 the analytics firm Helios and Matheson's acquired a majority stake in the company, Spikes was fired, and Helios and Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth began to exert more control.

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