Announcing its participation in the Emerging Cinema Markets conference in Istanbul November 19-21, Influx Worldwide has extended its dedicated African program of cinema technology products and services for African movie theatres – It’s Showtime for Africa – into 2020. The program is offered on a low- to no-cost basis to qualifying cinema exhibitors, to enable digital movie ticketing, loyalty and subscription programs for moviegoers across the continent.
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Established in 1994 by composer, sound designer and dialogue director Rob King, Green Street Studios has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in audio and music production for video games, film, music and other media. Anticipating the growing acceptance of immersive-sound projects for games, film and television, King spent much of the last two years auditioning speakers for the 7.1.4 array he knew would become the standard in the emerging immersive media environment.
CJ4DPlex and The Walt Disney Studios have announced the release of 20th Century Fox’s Ford v Ferrari in the 270-degree, panoramic ScreenX format. Ford v Ferrari in ScreenX will be coming to theatres worldwide beginning November 13 and will be releasing on 270 screens, across 27 countries, including 32 screens in the U.S. with Regal Cinemas, B&B Theatres and CGV Cinemas. The film opens in the U.S. on November 15.
Visual Data Media Services, the West London provider of digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has announced the opening of a new digital screening room. The new facility is fully 4K and Dolby Atmos capable and comprises a 10-seat theatre built around a NEC 4K projector and fed by a Doremi digital cinema server. A Dolby Atmos CP950 sound processor is linked to JBL speakers and Crown amplifiers.
BAFTA and Emmy award-winning visual effects and animation house Jellyfish Pictures is using Pixit Media’s PixStor’s new secure container services to meet the highest security accreditation standards, while supporting collaborative workflows across its multiple sites.
The multi-sensory 4DX format from CJ 4DPlex drew $22 million at the global box office in October, which, according to the company is an increase of 16 percent year-over-year, making it the highest ever recorded for the month of October in the history of the company.
The first Comscore Awards Turkey will be presented November 20 at the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference 2019 in Istanbul. The Comscore Awards recognize the achievements of the people, companies and organizations that work to support, develop and grow the industry.
At this year’s Association of Moving Image Archivists annual conference in Baltimore, four awards will be presented by the organization to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated exceptional work in the areas of preservation. The ceremony will take place on November 14 at the Parkway Theatre in Baltimore, where the convention runs from November 13-16.
The Hollywood Professional Association and the HPA Awards Committee have announced that respected journalist Peter Caranicas will be honored with the HPA Legacy Award. Caranicas is the first recipient of the honor. Given only at the discretion of the HPA Awards Committee and HPA Board of Directors, the HPA Legacy Award honors inspiring leaders, mentors, influencers, and those who have made consistent and valuable contributions to the industry. The award will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Ziva Dynamics has won the Monolith Award for Technology for its flagship simulation software, Ziva VFX. The annual award is presented to the achievement that represents “the most outstanding innovations in technology" across the media and entertainment industry. It was presented live to Ziva Dynamics on November 9 at the Infinity Festival in Hollywood.
The trade association New York Women in Film and Television has partnered with GoIndieTV to showcase showcase the work of its talented membership through the third annual NYWIFT Online Shorts Festival. Members are invited to submit their short films, TV pilots and webisodes to the festival, which will run on GoIndieTV.com and on Roku for public viewing in early 2020.
The not-for-profit independent trade organization Cinema Technology Community has announced the recipients of its 2019 awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that continue to drive excellence in moviegoing through the use of technology and outstanding service to the industry.
Cineworld has renovated its Newport Spytty Park theatre with three premium formats to create the most immersive cinema in Wales. Mo Williams, general manager of Cineworld Newport Spytty Park said, “We are absolutely delighted to be the first in the area to open 4DX, ScreenX and Superscreen [auditoriums] in the one cinema. I can’t wait to welcome movie fans from Newport and beyond to visit the most immersive cinema in Wales.”
Post-production IT specialist Edwin Polanco has joined Periscope Post & Audio, Hollywood, as its chief engineer. Polanco will set engineering policies, oversee technical operations and lead technology planning. He will also manage the engineering aspects of the facility’s ongoing buildout.
Supercines, Ecuador’s leading cinema chain, has opened a new eight-screen multiplex in the Ambato shopping mall equipped with Christie Vive Audio and Christie RGB pure laser cinema projectors, the first of their kind in the country. The multiplex lobby also uses 60 Christie Access LCD panels to advertise upcoming movies and promotions.
The Hollywood Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers will examine the promise, and potential peril, of digital humans and so-called deepfakes at its monthly meeting November 19, in Hollywood. Held in tandem with the Radio, Television, Digital Newsroom Association, the free event will include a panel discussion of experts in the emerging field of synthetic humans.
Red Digital Cinema has named Alan Piper managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Piper, a veteran in the industry with previous experience at Red, will oversee operations, sales, marketing, services, and customer relationships in the region, while expanding the company’s interface with post-production facilities. He will be based in the Red offices at Pinewood Studios and will manage the launch of Red’s new storefront facility in Soho early next year.
Following the successful debut earlier this year of the first event, Digital Cinema Report, in conjunction with Integrated Systems Europe is presenting the second Digital Cinema Summit February 12, 2020 at the Okura Hotel in Amsterdam the Netherlands.
Day-and-date film release is still a rarity in the European film market. A new free report by the European Audiovisual Observatory clarifies the release windows situation in Europe by providing a thorough analysis of the system and the economic and legal rationale on which it is based.
D-Box has signed a contract to install its motion seats in four auditoriums and one large format screen at Kinopolis’s Mathäser Filmpalast’s flagship cinema complex in Munich. This brings the total number of D-Box screens 4 auditoriums including one large format screen. This brings the total number of D-Box screens at Kinopolis to 31.