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Mark Ashcroft: Rising to the Challenge

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 08:23 -- Nick Dager

My intimate contact with COVID-19 started last December. Looking back, I remember I was trying to arrange interviews for a new business development director in Beijing. I would fly out for a full day of interviews plus a quarterly business review with our China general manager, Allen Xing. Harkness had been developing a partnership for a high gain silver 3D screen with a premium format cinema brand.

AMIA Launches Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:04 -- Nick Dager

The Association of Moving Image Archivists has launched the AMIA Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship Program a new initiative designed to expand career opportunities, advance learning objectives and guide professionals from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of audiovisual archiving and preservation.

CinemaNext Offers Free Test DCPs to Ensure Safe Theatre Reopenings

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 09:11 -- Nick Dager

CinemaNext has produced its own test Digital Cinema Package to allow cinemas to regularly test their digital projection and sound equipment to ensure they are in working order prior to reopening to the public. The company’s four test DCPs – one encrypted and three non-encrypted – are available to cinema exhibitors across Europe and internationally and can be downloaded free of charge via the EclairPlay content delivery platform at https://www.eclairplay.com/en_BEL/movies/cinemanext-test-dcp-package.

Cinemobiel: Movies on the Road

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:33 -- Nick Dager

As movie lovers cope with the challenges of quarantining, entrepreneurs around the world have experimented with an almost endless number of variations of drive-in and pop-up theatres. No one knows if this is a trend that will sustain itself or a fad that will fade away once the pandemic has ended. But I thought it would make sense to get some perspective about what’s involved in that kind of business from the people at Cinemobiel in Belgium, a group of friends who, for the past 20 years, have been presenting movies from a fire truck in towns all across their country. Which is why I spoke, via email, with Simon Verschelde, Cinemobiel’s only fulltime employee.

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Realism Grounded in LA Locations

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 10:25 -- Nick Dager

Inspired by Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, the Amazon Prime Video police-procedural series Bosch premiered its sixth season on April 17. The show has also been renewed for a seventh and final season, offering one last outing for the eponymous LAPD homicide detective. Cinematographer Patrick Cady, ASC has been behind the camera for roughly half of the show’s 60 episodes to date, going back to Season 1. From the beginning, Cady and his collaborators have sought to create a sense of realism grounded in the show’s Los Angeles locations.

Screenvision, Volta Partner on Advertising

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 08:52 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision Media has announced a partnership with Volta, a company that provides 1,300 ad-supported electric vehicle charging stations – and growing – at 400 locations across the United States, including retail, grocery, sport venues and movie theater parking lots. The relationship will enable Screenvision to augment its audience engagement by complementing its existing cinema network with the high-impact reach of on-the-go media.

Disney to Screen Short Horror Films from 20th Digital Studio

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 08:48 -- Nick Dager

20th Digital Studio will premiere a series featuring 60 diverse, genre-bending short films for Halloween. These range from horror comedy to psychological thrillers and everything in between. The entire series will be screened in September and October across Disney’s digital and broadcast platforms including ABC, Freeform, FX and Hulu.

Éclair Produces Test DCP to Ensure Theatre Systems Are Functional

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 09:51 -- Nick Dager

Éclair Theatrical Services has partnered with France’s Superior Commission for Image and Sound (CST) and the Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF) by overseeing the DCP mastering of their “Test” film, produced specially to allow French cinemas to ensure their projection equipment remains fully functional prior to reopening.

Rising Sun Pictures Turns 25

Thu, 05/14/2020 - 08:51 -- Nick Dager

Rising Sun Pictures is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month, another milestone for the visual effects studio which, from humble beginnings, has gone on to produce ground breaking work for more than 150 motion picture and series productions, including some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed films of the past two decades.

Nigerian Cinema: We’ll Be Back

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 09:00 -- Espérance Ngandu

Nigeria’s cinema sector is perhaps the most evolving in the nation’s creative industry, as movie going has become a norm amongst many working-class youths and Millennials in the recent past. In metropolitan cities such as Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, the usual #TGIF aura on Fridays is commonly dominated by scenarios of young corporate workers, couples and students, storming cinemas as soon as the clock ticks to call it a day.

JBL Debuts Cinema Expansion Series Line of Commercial Theatre Sound Systems

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 08:50 -- Nick Dager

Harman has introduced JBL Professional Cinema Expansion Series sound systems for small to medium-size commercial theatres. The company says the line, which includes JBL 3153 and 4253 3-way screen-channel loudspeakers, 3181F and 4281F subwoofers and 8102 surrounds, delivers the highest SPLs in its class and covers rooms up to 85 feet (26 meters) deep and up to 40 feet (12 meters) wide. Harman also debuted the 2-channel, 1,300-watt Crown XLC 21300 amplifier, which supports cinema series speakers in a range of system configurations.

CineEurope August Show Cancelled; Online Conference set for June

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:09 -- Nick Dager

Faced with the new realities posed by the COVID-2019 pandemic, in a statement released today, organizers for CineEurope 2020 said, “With concern for the health and safety of our attendees as our absolute priority, we regret to inform you that we have decided now to cancel the 2020 CineEurope Convention, planned for August.”

ShowBiz Cinemas Adds Five People to Corporate Management Team

Tue, 05/12/2020 - 11:06 -- Nick Dager

ShowBiz Cinemas has added five new members to its corporate office management team: Jeremy Devine as vice president of marketing and content, Aron Barr as vice president of information technology, Chris Younts as vice president of construction, Jalynn Crummel as director of purchasing, and Wesley Cribb as director of food and beverage.

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