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Strike Media Proposes Free Newsletter for Film Distributors During Crisis

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 10:18 -- Nick Dager

Wez Merchant, the founder and managing director of the public relations company Strike Media has a plan to support motion picture distributors during the COVID-19 crisis. He is launching a free newsletter that would include all the home entertainment, video on demand and premium video on demand movies being released each week.

In Response to Pandemic, DejaSoft Offers 50% Off Licenses

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 12:58 -- Nick Dager

To help assist with the COVID-19 outbreak measures, DejaSoft is offering editors 50 percent off all their DejaEdit licenses over March and April. “As editors adapt to the current world-wide virus precautions, we are offering assistance to the post-production community by providing half-price licenses,” said DejaSoft’s CEO Clas Hakeröd. “As of Thursday March 19 through to the end of April, we will provide DejaEdit licenses for Avid editors at half the usual cost.”

Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition Now Paying Rebates

Wed, 03/18/2020 - 09:52 -- Nick Dager

For the first time in its seven-year history, the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition has begun to pay all its customers rebates. After recently paying back its founding investors – AMC Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Regal Entertainment Group, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. – initial investments in full, DCDC is now fulfilling the promise it made to all of its customers when it was formed to pay them rebates pursuant to the same mathematical formula in each of their agreements.

Netflix Dramatically Out Produced Amazon in 2019, Study Says

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:01 -- Nick Dager

Netflix in 2019 launched about nine times as much original programming as its chief video-streaming rival Amazon, reflecting the divergent business models of the two companies, a new study shows. Last year, Netflix released 2,701 hours’ worth of original programming, compared to just 314 hours for Amazon Prime Video, according to the Omdia Original Online Production Report – 2020.

DTLA Film Festival Postponed Indefinitely Due to Pandemic

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 13:23 -- Nick Dager

The 12th edition of DTLA Film Festival, a leading annual showcase for indie films in Los Angeles, has announced that it will postpone its 12th edition until further notice. Citing the worsening Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic and recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and other agencies for all citizens to avoid public events, festival organizers said the time had come to pull the plug on this year’s festival.

CinemaCon 2020 Cancelled

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 11:41 -- Nick Dager

John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners and Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of the trade show CinemaCon issued a joint memo to the industry today to announce that, “It is with great regret we are announcing the cancellation of CinemaCon 2020.”

Industry Veteran Launches Media Entertainment Network

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 11:59 -- Nick Dager

Vowing to complete the digital revolution that began nearly two decades ago when cinemas around the world converted from analog film projectors to digital cinema, former Imax president and Walt Disney Studios executive Jason Brenek has launched MetaMedia, an entertainment technology company that he says creates next-generation content delivery and new revenue-generating opportunities for content producers and cinemas.

AAM Introduces Customer Support Portal

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:31 -- Nick Dager

Arts Alliance Media has launched the company’s first online customer support portal. Offering a centralized approach to raising tickets while browsing an extensive knowledge base, the support portal provides a simple, self-serve solution that connects the customer directly to the AAM Service Desk, removing the need to call or send emails.

Goldcrest Announces Death of Production Head Jay Tilin

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 14:57 -- Nick Dager

With profound sadness, New York's Goldcrest Post announces the passing of post-production industry pioneer Jay Tilin on February 12 after a long illness. Head of production at Goldcrest Post since 2017, Tilin worked in the industry as an editor, visual effects artist and executive for 40 years. His many notable credits include the Netflix series Marco Polo, and the series Treme and True Detective for HBO.

A VFX Rising Star

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 12:25 -- Nick Dager

As head of business development and a member of the executive management team at Rising Sun Pictures, Jennie Zeiher leads the team responsible for the visual effects studio’s forward slate of high-quality film and series projects. Zeiher considers staying abreast of the development schedule and saying yes to opportunities as they arise to be key to her company’s success, which is not an easy feat being half a world away from Hollywood. “Over the past several years RSP’s relationships have broadened and through consistent high quality delivery we’re developing new ones,” she says. “It's a virtuous cycle.”

Barco Series 4 Laser Projection has Commitments for 8,000+ Units

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 13:48 -- Nick Dager

Cinionic, the Barco, CGS, and ALPD cinema joint venture, announced today that the award-winning Barco Series 4 laser projection platform has had commitments from global exhibitors for more than 8,000 units since its launch one year ago. According to the company, Cinionic leads in laser solutions with more than 20,000 units worldwide.

Women in Exhibition to Host Reception at Inaugural CinemaCon

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 11:21 -- Nick Dager

On the heels of a successful kick-off event in Los Angeles, the trade group Women in Exhibition is set to make its CinemaCon 2020 debut. Officially introduced at 2019’s Geneva Convention, Women in Exhibition serves as a networking hub for women within the film exhibition industry. Since its launch, the non-profit foundation has welcomed more than 100 new members. At WIE events in Los Angeles in January and at last year’s ShowEast, women gathered to chat, network, and have a little fun.

They’re Not Playing NICE in Canada

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 10:02 -- Nick Dager

The Network of Independent Canadian Exhibitors has submitted evidence to the nation’s Competition Bureau regarding their access to films in Canada. Across the country, independent cinemas are coming together to decry prohibitive practices, which the association sees as unfairly blocking audiences from the choice of where to see a movie. They single out Cineplex for the blame.

Disney-Pixar’s Onward First Movie Available on TheaterEars Audio Description Track

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 09:55 -- Nick Dager

TheaterEars and the Walt Disney Studios have announced that Disney and Pixar’s Onward is the first movie ever to have Audio Description available on the TheaterEars app, enabling moviegoers with visual impairments the ability to enjoy the film. “We are proud to work with Disney to break new ground with this [new] offering in our app,” said TheaterEars CEO Dam Mangru. “Onward is a fantastic film for moviegoers of all ages, and everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy it.”

CinemaCon 2020: Precautions Being Taken

Fri, 03/06/2020 - 11:13 -- Nick Dager

Late last month, John Fithian, president and CEO of the National Association of Theatre Owners and Mitch Neuhauser, managing director of the trade show CinemaCon issued a joint memo to the industry acknowledging that while the Coronavirus or COVID-19 is a serious concern, CinemaCon 2020 is still set to convene March 30 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. Digital Cinema Report published that memo http://bit.ly/2uQJITK in its entirety. This week the two men issued another memo detailing the many precautions that are being taken to ensure the safety of everyone who attends the convention.

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