When New York City began Phase 4 reopening of its economy, it paved the way for the resumption of film and television production under restrictions designed to forestall the spread of coronavirus. Productions must implement testing, apply rigorous cleaning measures and practice social distancing. But the good news is, the city is back in the business of making films and television shows.
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As movie theatres around the world slowly begin to open their doors and begin showing first-run feature films, one of most critical aspects of their business will be reassuring moviegoers that their buildings are as clean and disinfected as can be. To that end, Digital Light Sources has added a long list of items to its offerings to help exhibitors reach that important goal.
More than $2.6 billion in domestic box office might have been sacrificed in 2019 had a 17-day window been in place. A new report from the research firm Gower Street Analytics shows that 24 percent of total box office across the domestic market last year was taken beyond Day 17 of release. In the most dramatic example of this, Sam Mendes’ 1917 grossed $129 million at the domestic box office beyond Day 17 – an astonishing 81 percent of its lifetime gross.
Red Star Macalline Pictures Development of China today announced an agreement to install 120 screens with RealD technology over the next three years. The agreement includes 15 premium format Luxe and 45 RealD Cinema screens in addition to 60 auditoria utilizing RealD's patented 3D systems.
OwnZones Entertainment Technologies has announced that its cloud-based platform Connect, and its integrated features like FrameDNA have been named finalists in both the SaaS Awards, for Best Data-Driven SaaS technology and the CSI Awards for Best Use of Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning in Video.
The heads of two of New York’s leading animation studios will discuss prospects for their industry in the next edition of Post Break, the weekly webinar series from Post New York Alliance. James Belfer of Brooklyn’s Cartuna and Mary Nittolo of the Studio NYC will reveal how their companies are surviving the pandemic and how they plan to thrive in the future. The free event, which is called The Business of Animation: Past, Present and Future is slated for Thursday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m. EDT.
Production sound mixer Ben Nimkin has worked on a long list of compelling documentaries including Fyre Fraud; Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story; States of Undress; Gaycation and more. With a specialty for investigative documentaries, Nimkin is no stranger to capturing highly emotional conversations and working in extreme environments. Experience has taught him – sometimes the hard way – that in documentary work you usually have just one chance to get the sound right.
Integrated Media Technologies has joined the Active Archive Alliance, which promotes modern strategies to solve data growth challenges. IMT’s software division recently introduced SoDA, an intelligent data management software application that provides real-time, actionable insights for data management strategies and cloud storage spend.
The loosening of restrictions on the media and entertainment sector by The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has fueled the demand for public viewing of cinema in theatres. This positive development has created revenue generation opportunities for several stakeholders in the ecosystem, both nationally and internationally, as the region is one of few in the world where cinema exhibition is a new business.
VFX Legion, a remote boutique-style global company, has announced the opening of a full-scale division in British Columbia. An early proponent of the virtualization of visual effects, industry veteran James David Hattin launched the company in 2013, introducing a groundbreaking collaborative work-from-home business model almost a decade before COVID-19 made social distancing essential. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company’s new Kelowna-based division takes its road-tested remote visual effect services to the next level.
Screen Media has announced that ahead of its limited theatrical and video-on-demand release of Roger Michell’s Blackbird on September 18, they have partnered with Fathom Events for an exclusive nationwide cinema premiere on September 14 and 15. Each screening will be accompanied by a special introduction from Michell and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage.
Juliana F. Hill has been appointed to National CineMedia’s board of directors. She has also been appointed by the board to serve as a member of the audit committee. Hill brings her extensive financial, media industry, and outdoor advertising expertise to NCM, following a long career in finance with iHeartMedia, Inc. (formerly Clear Channel Communications), the number one audio company in the United States.
Draken Film, Sweden’s leading streaming service for art house cinema, has launched an initiative to coax audiences back into theatres in a unique collaboration with the country’s cinemas, as they prepare to re-open after months-long closures. Starting today, Draken Film subscribers will have access to the opening weekend screenings of a hand picked selection of new releases as part of their monthly subscription offer.
The Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers has released the names of the industry leaders and innovators who will be honored at the Awards Gala that will be part of this year's interactive remote SMPTE 2020. Scheduled for November 11-12 during the Society's annual technical conference and exhibition, the online celebration will recognize business, technical, and creative leaders and students who have made substantial contributions to the ongoing advancement of media and entertainment technology. SMPTE Fellow elevations will be conferred November 10.
The Hollywood Professional Association will hold its second Industry Recovery Task Force virtual global town hall meeting on August 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PDT.
Theatrical distributor Abramorama will host the world premiere of the documentary Herb Alpert Is…. The global event will take place October 1 via Facebook Live and will feature a Q&A with Herb Alpert and director John Scheinfeld moderated by the Grammy Museum’s artistic director Scott Goldman immediately following. On October 2 the film will be available via a nationwide virtual cinema release and globally on demand through Amazon, iTunes and other video-on-demand providers. The film will also be available on Blu-Ray and DVD via Amazon.
Christie is highlighting a new certified refurbishment program at the Beijing International Radio, TV & Film Exhibition 2020 online trade show, taking place on August 19-21.
Severtson Screens is partnering with systems integrator CES+ to provide projection screens for CES+’s InstaCinema inflatable outdoor cinema screen.
In response to the ongoing turmoil in the cinema business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Atom Seating is lowering prices, extending payment times and donating five percent of sales to organizations fighting the virus.
Movie theatres worldwide continue to struggle simultaneously with the ongoing effects of both COVID-19 and a lack of first run movies to show their anxious patrons. What, then, will the pandemic’s long-term impact be on a business that is more than a century old? Incredibly, the biggest issue facing the UK exhibition industry as we blindly turned the corner into 2020 was Brexit. Scary and pointless to some, justified and overdue to others, it was heralded as a great success by a few high profile, self-serving politicians but barely acknowledged by the vast majority of UK voters, exhausted after four years of endless debate, negotiation and re-imagined expectations. The exit date of January 31 came and went with little fanfare in the end. A bland, commemorative Brexit 50p coin seemed to hit just the right level of anticlimax at the time. Is that it? After all that?