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Comcast Doubled Day-and-Date DVD Releases in 2010

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Comcast doubled the amount of movies available to customers on demand that were released the same day as the DVD in 2010 with more than 200 “day-and-date” movies.  The company also announced that in 2010 its on demand service reached a total of 18 billion views since it launched in 2003. 
 
 Our customers continue to use on demand and embrace day-and-date movies in record numbers ” says Marcien Jenckes senior vice president and general manager for Comcast.

Deluxe Closes Ascent Media Deal

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Deluxe Entertainment Services Group has closed its acquisition of Ascent Media Corporation's creative services and media services businesses including Company 3 Beast Method Rushes Encore Hollywood and Level 3 Post. Many of the acquired business units provide creative and media services in television and commercial post-production that go beyond Deluxe's portfolio of services for the theatrical market. In the coming weeks and months Deluxe will be advising customers on the new service offerings says Cyril Drabinsky president and CEO of Deluxe.

Digital Artists Killer Digital Announce Partnership

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Digital Artists has reached a multi-year collaboration with Killer Digital a newly formed partnership between Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler’s Killer Films and their former CAA agent Kevin Iwashina. Beginning at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival DA and Killer Digital will unveil a live series that brings together some of the most promising personalities at the forefront of creative storytelling.

Dolby Laboratories Announces Major Order in China

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Dadi Media Group is China has ordered 600 Dolby Digital Cinema systems including 600 Dolby Screen Servers (DSS200s) and Dolby CP750 Digital Cinema Processors. Dadi plans to have these systems installed by the end of 2011. “We have three years of unique experience with digital cinema investment and operation in China’s domestic market. When we started working with Dolby in 2009 it allowed us to enhance our exhibition stability and offer our audience a new immersing entertainment experience when watching movies ” says Liu Kaijun general manager cinema investment Dadi Media Group.

Doremi Cinema Expands Sales Staff

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

On the heels of the successful launch of seven new products for digital cinema and the shipment of its 20 000th server Burbank-based Doremi Cinema has expanded its sales and customer service team to include Beth Figge and Hannah Cash as senior sales managers. Figg and Cash will oversee the service sales and customer relationships for their family of cinema products with exhibitors and dealers in North America.

Francisco Partners Completes Acquisition of Grass Valley

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Francisco Partners has completed the closing process with Technicolor and finalized the acquisition of the Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business. As of January 1 2011 Grass Valley began doing business as an independent company under the trade name Grass Valley. Terms of the sale include 100 percent ownership of the current Grass Valley Broadcast & Professional business.

LuXin Cinema Installs Barco Projectors

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

LuXin Cinema in Shandong China is installing 120 Barco Series II digital cinema projectors. The LuXin Group plans to first operate the complexes in 17 cities – including the capital city Jinan – and then to move into more cities and perhaps other provinces. By late 2011 20 cinemas – each with six-eight halls – will be open. LuXin Cinema is promoting the film industry in cities like Jinan and Qingdao and bringing the modern multi-hall cinemas into secondary cities such as Yantai Dezhou Dongying Taian and others.

Panasonic Shipping AG-AF100 Camera

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Panasonic has begun deliveries of the AG-AF100. Targeted at the film and video production communities the AF100 delivers shallow depth of field and the wider field of view of a large imager. It is available now at a suggested list price of $4 995. “The design of the AF100’s advanced custom-designed 4/3-inch sensor affords depth of field and field of view similar to that of 35mm movie cameras in a more affordable camera ” says Jan Crittenden Livingston product line business manager Panasonic Solutions Company.

ShowPlex Cinemas to Install 83 Digital Screens across Five States

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

ShowPlex Cinemas is installing 83 digital screens in locations in Missouri Kansas Oklahoma Nebraska and Arkansas. Most of the installations are anticipated to be done in the next 12 months with the final few to be completed in the beginning of 2012. The exhibitor is working with Cinedigm. ShowPlex Cinemas is a newly established theatre circuit owned by Texas-based Trinity Hunt Partners. Cinedigm's deployment financing of ShowPlex Cinemas was made possible by KBC the same lender as previous Cinedigm financing deals with Premiere Rave Starplex and Movie Tavern.

SMPTE Forms Study Group to Consider Movie Theatre Sound Improvements

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers‘ Standards Committee has created a Study Group focusing on movie theatre sound system measurement and adjustment techniques with an ‘ear’ toward possible improvements in sound quality and consistency.

 The purpose of this group chaired by Brian A. Vessa is to examine and investigate possible design setup and performance issues with movie theatre sound systems (generally known as the B-chain) and recommend areas where these could be improved.

SOC Operator of the Year Nominations Lifetime Achievement Recipients Announced

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators has announced its nominees for the Camera Operator of the Year competition and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. The awards ceremony a black tie fundraising event to support the Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles will be held on February 5th at the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank California.

Thailand Earned $60 Million on Film Production in 2010

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Thailand earned $60 million from foreign film production teams shooting in the country last year according to the Department of Tourism. 
 
 Department of Tourism director-general Supol Sripan says statistics of the Thailand Film Office showed that 578 productions were filmed in Thailand in 2010 earning the country $60 million in 2010 double the more than $30 million earned in 2009. 

The greatest number of foreign production teams was from India and Japan with European and Korean productions following close behind according to Wanasiri Morakul director of the Thailand Film Office.

Warner Bros. Signs Deployment Agreement with Key Taiwanese Exhibitors

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Warner Bros. Pictures International has entered into digital deployment agreements directly with several key cinema circuits in Taiwan. Under agreements with Showtime Cinemas Miramar WV Cinemas Cinemark-Core Pacific and Ambassador Theatres WBPI will supply digital feature films to DCI–compliant digital projection systems installed by these circuits. The Studio will make financial contributions towards their recoupment.

XDC to Deploy SmartJog Service in 100 Cinemas

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

XDC will deploy SmartJog service in 100 cinemas under contract with XDC.  The service enables all cinemas to be connected to the SmartJog network as well as provides cinemas with a storage library for Digital Cinema Packages. XDC will handle the installation and first tier of support with local exhibitors while SmartJog will provide the end-to-end service including the hardware and software solution in cinemas permanent optimized satellite capacity supervision and additional support to XDC.

Suick Theatres Signs with Sonic Equipment to Convert to Digital

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Suick Theatres has signed with Sonic Equipment Company of Iola Kansas to fully convert their four-screen facility in Shawano Wisconsin.  Suick Theatres will showcase the theatre as the first of their facilities to be converted. The company will install Christie Solaria CP2220 digital cinema projectors and Dolby 7.1 sound technology. The conversion is expected to be completed in early January.

The Foundry Launches Free Public Beta of Storm

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Foundry has launched an open beta of their new digital cinema camera workflow product Storm which addresses the growing complexity of shooting digital performing a variety of core tasks on and near-set and bringing camera and post-production closer together.
 
 According to the company Storm can rapidly navigate and playback footage allowing producers directors and editors to view takes in high resolution without interruption or delay.

Utopia/Utopolis Upgrades 45 Installations with MasterImage 3D

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

The Benelux-based Utopia/Utopolis Group is planning to boost its 3D business with 45 MasterImage 3D installations. As the very first exhibitor to have projected digital 3D at its main sites in the Benelux countries Utopia/Utopolis Group one of the major cinema circuits in Belgium Holland and Luxembourg  entered into a deal with FTT Benelux youngest member of the FTT family for the supply and installation of 45 MasterImage 3D digital cinema systems. Moreover FTT also won the bid for the supply and installation of all silver screens for the group.

Stereoscopic 3D Training Program Scheduled for January

Sat, 12/11/2010 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

Principal Large Format will lead a three-day training course on 3D for cinema and television next January in London. Titled Advanced 3D – The National Stereoscopic 3D Training Program the course is being presented by PLF in association with Talking Point and funded by the Skillset Film Skills Fund as part of A Bigger Future 2 and by Sky. 
  Brian Lenz – Sky’s director of TV product development says “With the rapid growth of 3D gaming cinema and the exciting launch of 3D TV spearheaded by Sky there are a wide range of creative and commercial opportunities.

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