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Real Digital Media All-in-One Digital Signage Display Available Now

Tue, 07/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Real Digital Media has announced the availability of an all-in-one digital signage display combining the Samsung MXn-series LCD displays with Neocast Media Player software.   The combined solution includes a range of Samsung's MXn-series displays with embedded PC and Real Digital Media's Neocast Media Player software. This turnkey solution provides an elegant option for customers seeking a digital signage application to promote their business products and services.

Independent Film Gala to Honor Tower Productions


Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

IFP/Chicago will be honoring Towers Productions at this year’s 2009 Independent Film Gala on September 25th. Towers Productions was chosen as the Honoree for the 2009 Independent Film Gala in celebration of their 20th Anniversary and dedication to production in the Midwest.

 Towers Productions Inc. has produced over one thousand hours of factual and entertainment programming for networks around the world such as A Animal Planet Bio CNN and Discovery Channel to name a few. TPI is part of the multi-media group Towers Holdings Inc.

New Report Surveys Exhibition in the United States

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

According to a new survey from the company Research and Markets the U.S. movie theatre industry includes about 2 000 companies with combined annual revenue of $11 billion and around 5 000 indoor theatres and 300 drive-ins. Major companies include Regal Entertainment AMC Entertainment and Cinemark. The industry is highly concentrated: the 50 largest firms own half of the nation's theatres and earn around 85 percent of industry revenue.

NCM has Minority Stake in New Venture Formed by Danoo and IdeaCast

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Danoo operator of a digital location-based media network with interactive video screens in retail locations has acquired IdeaCast a provider of advertising in the rapidly expanding captive television category. The companies say that this combination creates one of the largest and most advanced media platforms in the location-based media space. As part of the transaction exhibitor National CineMedia and venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will each hold a minority interest in the new company.

Production Begins on Oka! Amerikee

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Roland Films and James Bruce Productions are proud to announce Oka! Amerikee a bittersweet comedy based on the unlikely friendship between an American ethnomusicologist and the Bayaka people of the Central African Republic. The film stars Kris Marshall Isaach Bankole and natives to the areas: Bayaka and Bantu. Based on true events from distinguished ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno’s life Sarno co-wrote the script with the film’s director Lavinia Currier.

Q Black Media Acquires the Rights To Janet Fitch’s novel Paint it Black


Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Q Black Entertainment has acquired the rights to Janet Fitch’s Paint it Black. Chris Luu Joe Q. Bretz and David Blackford”s company who bested multiple suitors for the rights will produce along with Coup d’ Etat Films and Deviant Films. Following the success of White Oleander Fitch has again created unforgettable and dynamic female characters in her latest work Paint it Black.

Sony to Install 83 CineAlta 4K Projectors for Apollo Cinemas

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Sony Digital Cinema and Apollo Cinemas have announced an agreement for the deployment of 83 CineAlta 4K digital cinema projectors a third of which will be able to deliver 3D content. This move makes Apollo Cinemas the first in Europe to move to Sony Digital Cinema virtual print fee.   Rob Arthur managing director of Apollo Cinemas says “This agreement puts Apollo among the most innovative cinema operators in the world and will establish the UK's first fully digital circuit and in CineAlta 4K.

XDC Announces Two Digital Cinema Deals in Europe

Mon, 07/13/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

In recent weeks digital cinema service company XDC has announced a deal with Polish exhibitor Multikino and another with exhibitor Euroscoop in the Netherlands to install new digital systems in multiple theatres. In the first announcement XDC says that it has signed a Letter of Intent for the deployment of digital cinema systems in 174 of Multikino's cinema screens in Poland. The Letter of Intent signed between Multikino and XDC includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model represented by XDC.

Arriflex Introduces ArriLaser 2 Film Recorder

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Arriflex has introduced the ArriLaser 2 what the company is calling the next generation of a film recorder that has established itself as an integral component of digital intermediates workflows all over the world. Supporting a 16-bit image path and recording speeds that double those of previous models the ArriLaser 2 will transform the DI capabilities of any facility where it is installed.

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Debuts at Cinema Expo

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

One of the highlights of last month’s Cinema Expo in Amsterdam was the 3D premiere of Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. The screening was shown on a Barco twin projector setup with Dolby 3D for large screens. The Dolby 3D large screen solution combined with Barco's digital cinema twin-projector allows exhibitors to project 3D onto standard non-silver screens ranging from 12.5 to 21 meters surpassing the previous size limit of 12 meters. The RAI auditorium where the movie premiered has a 16.5-meter wide screen.

Submissions Sought for 2010 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival the premier venue for nonfiction film in the American West is seeking submissions for its sixth annual event. The deadline is September 4. From February 12-21 the festival will screen 100 films including world and U.S. premieres classics rare and experimental works on Montana's largest screen at the historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula Montana.  In addition to ten days of screenings the event will feature many public and VIP events including panel discussions galas receptions and networking round-tables.

Michael Jackson Memorial Seen Live at 47 Cinedigm-Certified Theatres

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Cinedigm Digital Cinema has announced that thousands of fans turned out to theatres around the country to view the July 7th Michael Jackson Memorial Service via a live feed direct from the Staples Center. A total of 47 Cinedigm-certified theatres carried the broadcast with ten of those coming online within hours of its commencement due to the last minute nature of the event.

Da Vinci Resolve now has added Support for Red and 3D Files

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Da Vinci Systems has announced that its Resolve v.6.2 software for R-series color grading systems for the first time enables Resolve to color grade native digital motion picture files — including debayered Red RAW files — and to grade between two remote systems. Available worldwide new features in Resolve 6.2 also include enhanced support for 3D color grading projects.

Dolby Taking Orders for New Digital Screen Server

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories has announced that its newest cinema server the Dolby Screen Server DSS200 is available for orders. The DSS200 is an all-in-one platform to store decode and deliver pristine movies to the digital cinema projector. Based on Dolby’s existing FIPS-certified media block and DCI-compliant server the DSS200 offers improved storage serviceability and interoperability. A storage subsystem moves feature content around the network effortlessly.

Film & Kino Announces National Digital Cinema Roll Out in Norway

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Film & Kino the Norwegian interest organization for cinemas has announced the world’s first non-commercial complete national digital roll out with agreements with Twentieth Century Fox United International Pictures (the local distributor for Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures in Norway) Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International and Warner Bros. Pictures International.
 
 According to Film & Kino this complete digital roll out will transform all of Norway’s cinemas big and small to modern DCI-compliant digital cinema houses.

Paul Newman Retrospective set for August 13 in Los Angeles

Sun, 07/12/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The Downtown Film Festival-Los Angeles and Brookfield Properties are pleased to announce a Paul Newman Film Retrospective on the evening of August 13th starting at 6:00 pm at 7+FIG located in the heart of Downtown L.A. The tribute will include free-to-the-public screenings of two of Newman's most critically acclaimed films Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Hud as well as special events that will take place throughout the evening.

SmartJog Signs Agreement with Europalaces

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

SmartJog has announced that French theatre chain Europalaces the owner of Gaumont and Pathe cinemas has signed an agreement for the purchase and deployment of its high capacity SmartJog Digital Cinema Central Library Servers. The first phase of deployment was recently completed to 33 sites in France with planned Phase 2 to start shortly. While SmartJog has been deploying its libraries since last year to theatres in France Europalaces is the largest chain to commit to a substantial rollout in Europe.

IFC Installs Spirit 4K Datacine and Bones System

Sun, 06/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

The IVC Digital Film Center in Los Angeles has expanded its 2K / 4K film scanning remastering and archival services with the new Spirit 4K DataCine and Bones system from Digital Film Technology of Germany. IVC has digital intermediate digital cinema and HD mastering facilities and has been providing the mainstream and independent film and commercial industry with services for more than 20 years.

Big Cinemas to Install Imax Theatre in Mumbai a First for India

Sun, 06/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Imax Corporation and Big Cinemas a division of Adlabs Films a Reliance ADA Group company and India's largest entertainment conglomerate have announced an agreement to install Imax's new digital projection system in Big Cinemas' flagship Imax theatre in the heart of Mumbai. The installation is scheduled to be completed in July and will mark the first digital Imax location in India. The new Imax digital projection system will replace the Imax Dome system that is currently operating in the Big Cinemas location at Wadala Mumbai.

Palace Cinemas XDC Reach Agreement to Deploy Digital Cinema in Central Europe

Sun, 06/28/2009 - 20:00 -- Nick Dager

Palace Cinemas the leading exhibitor in the Czech Republic Slovakia and Hungary and XDC the leading Pan-European digital cinema service company have agreed on the deployment of digital cinema systems in 170 of Palace Cinemas' screens in Central Europe. The agreement between Palace Cinemas and XDC includes the roll out of DCI-compliant projection systems co-financed by the Virtual Print Fee model. Rollout is scheduled to begin in the second half of the year.

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