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At AAM, People Matter Most

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 09:24 -- Nick Dager

This has been a momentous year for digital cinema pioneer Arts Alliance Media. The company celebrated its twentieth year in business and the tenth anniversary of one of its flagship products, the Screenwriter theatre management system that has supported cinema operations through the transition to digital cinema. First launched in 2013, Screenwriter was designed to supersede AAM’s first generation theatre management system that supported exhibitors enrolled in the virtual print fee program as they upgraded to digital cinema equipment. Consequently, Screenwriter embodied an operational restructure, enabling cinemas to centralize their workflows from a single screen instead of traditional, manual methods. The company also launched Screenlighter, a theatre management system designed to solely meet the operational requirements of independent and one-four screen cinemas. But today, the company is thinking only of the future and the ways in which it can help the cinema industry thrive in the months and years ahead. To get a better sense of the company’s plans, I recently spoke via email with David Ong, AAM’s chief commercial officer. One thing he made very clear was the fact that at AAM, people matter most.

Cinemark Concessions Now Available for Delivery

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 09:12 -- Nick Dager

Underscoring the fact that consumers crave movie snacks both in and out of the theatre, Cinemark has expanded its third-party delivery relationships. The company has become the first major U.S. exhibitor to partner with all three large-scale delivery services, DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats, and will continue rolling out its concessions on the platforms through the end of the year.

Changing the Look of Rap Sh!t

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 09:03 -- Nick Dager

Typically, when a series wants to change its look from its first season to its second, there’s a prime consideration that the cinematographer has to take into account: What do you take from the first season and what do you do new for the second? That was where cinematographer Eric Branco found himself with having to set the look for the second season of the Max series Rap Sh!t. Fortunately, he had watched season 1 and loved it, so when his agent called to see if he was interested in changing up the look for season 2, he was all for it.

Dolby and Ghetto Film School Announce New Voices, New Visions Winners

Mon, 11/13/2023 - 08:47 -- Nick Dager

Dolby Laboratories and award-winning nonprofit Ghetto Film School have announced the winners of the Dolby Institute x Ghetto Film School New Voices. New Visions. 2024 competition. This year, the competition encouraged applicants to create an original short film concept that exemplified their singular voice and vision and would benefit from Dolby Vision images and Dolby Atmos sound. The 2024 winning filmmakers are Dwayne LeBlanc, Antonello Velez, and the directing/writing duo Sarah Jean Williams and Luna Garcia.

Cinema Plus Opening Azerbaijans’ First ScreenX Theatre

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 12:05 -- Nick Dager

CJ 4DPlex, producer of premium film formats and cinema technologies, and Cinema Plus, the leading cinema chain in Azerbaijan, announced today at the META Cinema Forum in Dubai that the two companies will be opening the first-ever, 270-degree panoramic ScreenX auditorium in Azerbaijan. The revolutionary ScreenX theater is set to open at the 28 Mall in Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Classic Movie Elf

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 11:44 -- Nick Dager

In honor of the film that has become a holiday tradition for families around the globe, Warner Bros. Discovery and the Empire State Building are celebrating the 20th anniversary of New Line Cinema's holiday classic Elf with a special tower lighting, film screenings, and themed décor at the Observatory through the holiday season.

Strong Global Entertainment Acquires Innovative Cinema Solutions

Wed, 11/08/2023 - 11:35 -- Nick Dager

Strong Global Entertainment today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Innovative Cinema Solutions, a full-service provider of technical services and solutions to national cinema chains. The operations of ICS will be rolled into SGE’s wholly owned subsidiary, Strong Technical Services, which provides comprehensive managed service offerings with 24/7/365 support nationwide to ensure solution uptime and availability.


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