National CineMedia, the largest cinema advertising network in the U.S., today announced that Donna Speciale has been appointed to its board of directors. A trailblazing advertising executive with extensive experience on both the advertising agency and media network side, Speciale was most recently the president of advertising sales at WarnerMedia where she oversaw advertising revenue for the company’s domestic entertainment, news and kids’ television and digital brands since 2012.
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Screenvision Media today announced the addition of Megaplex Theatres and a new deal with Epic Theatres, strengthening its robust network. Rounding out a strong 2019, Screenvision Media has signed 11 exhibitor partnership deals to date, including with Emagine Entertainment, increasing the company’s total screen count to more than 15,000 nationwide with eight of the top ten exhibitors in the country.
Muvi Cinemas in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has installed the first Samsung Onyx Cinema LED screen in the kingdom. “Muvi Cinemas is proud to partner with Samsung Electronics to launch the new Onyx Cinema LED screen, bringing the latest innovation in cinemas to our upcoming developments at U-Walk Riyadh, Nakheel Mall Riyadh and Mall of Dhahran,” said Adon Quinn, general manager Muvi Cinemas.
DCS Events, organizers of the Emerging Cinema Markets Conference at the Grand Tarabya Hotel in Istanbul November 19-21, have announced further details of the dedicated session Spotlight on Nigeria and West Africa. There is currently only one cinema screen per one million Africans.
Visual Data Media Services, which provides digital supply chain services to global content owners and distributors, has acquired London-based MX1 UK Limited, which offers content preparation services to leading broadcasters and content owners as a part of SES, the world’s leading satellite operator and managed service provider.
Independent London post house Directors Cut Films – owned and operated by its creative staff – has invested in a Baselight Two color grading workstation with a Blackboard 2 control panel.
QSC has named Ian Freer field sales engineer (cinema), APAC. In his new role, Freer will be primarily responsible for product support in the Asia Pacific region. He brings a comprehensive career of technical support knowledge, with over twenty years of roles in the cinema industry.
Axle AI has launched Ascribe.ai, which the company is calling a breakthrough in affordability for the artificial intelligence driven transcription of videos. Ascribe.ai is available directly from the Adobe Exchange Application Marketplace at no charge, and includes one hour of free transcription of video content on registration.
A new organization was formed in recent weeks designed by women in exhibition for women in exhibition. Heather Blair, the founder of the new trade group Women in Exhibition, says the idea had its beginnings one day at a conference when, for the latest in more times than she can remember, she was the lone woman taking part in a panel discussion with a group of all white men. She says she knows many talented and intelligent women who have as much to offer the industry as men do and she set her mind to changing things. I recently spoke with Blair about her plans and goals for the new organization. Here is our conversation.
Warner Bros Pictures has landed a multi-film deal with Locksmith Animation, the UK computer graphics feature studio, to co-develop and distribute its slate of pictures, it was announced today by Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; Courtenay Valenti, president production and development, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Sarah Smith and Julie Lockhart, co-CEOs of Locksmith.
Fathom Events continues its celebration of Friends’ 25th anniversary by bringing eight Thanksgiving-themed episodes of the legendary series to movie theaters across the U.S. over two days: November 24 and November 25. Each day will feature four unique episodes that have been newly remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negative.
Amazon Studios and Original Headquarters started principal photography on director Julia Hart’s I’m Your Woman this week in Pittsburgh. “I am incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to make this movie with this genuinely wonderful cast and crew, and couldn’t be more excited to be doing it with Amazon Studios. Amazon has a proven track-record for telling bold, diverse and singular stories, and we’re thrilled to be included amongst them,” said Hart.
The Rochester Institute of Technology, a leading university in Western New York, has upgraded its facilities to include a world-class creative technology and design hub at Magic Spell Studios. The 52,000-square-foot space brings together RIT’s academic strengths in game design and development, film and animation, new media design and more.
William Chan has joined QSC as senior director, North Asia, reporting to Markus Winkler, senior vice president Asia and EMEA. In this newly created role, Chan is responsible for sales and business operations in the North Asia region, including a focus on driving new revenue growth in Greater China and Japan for QSC’s live sound, cinema, and systems portfolios.
The Middle East and North Africa Cinema Forum, the region’s only cinema convention, held last week in Dubai, concluded with an awards ceremony, recognizing industry leaders in the MENA region. Executives from cinema chains, major studios, film distributors and their global partners attended the red-carpet affair. The awards were quantified by ComScore and presented in partnership with Dubai Studio City.
Ymagis Group today reported its consolidated financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2019. The Group’s revenue in the third quarter confirms the first half-year trends:
With both an increasingly diverse movie going audience and an increasingly diverse U.S. population, understanding how to attract diverse audiences will soon be paramount to the success of filmmakers and marketers, and to the sustainability of the exhibition sector. Movio’s recently released white paper, The Diversity Demand: Securing the Future of Movie Going, examines how theatrical audience composition correlates to increased representation on screen, and if this suggests an opportunity to drive box office by producing content representative of audiences that have historically been underrepresented in film.
The Hollywood Professional Association awards committee will honor Peter Jackson’s documentary film They Shall Not Grow Old with the organization’s Judges Award for Creativity and Innovation. The award, whose recipient is selected by a jury of industry luminaries, was conceived to recognize companies and individuals who have demonstrated excellence, whether in the development of workflow, process or project to support creative storytelling, or in technical innovation. The award will be bestowed on November 21 at the 14th annual HPA Awards gala at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.
Screenvision Media today launched the Smart Network creating what it says is an entirely new digital playing field for advertisers. Fueled by Movie Pixel technology, the Smart Network is integrated across Screenvision’s 15,000 screens in more than 2,300 theatres nationwide.
Sim, which recently completed a major expansion of its post-production facility in New York City, has seven new rooms there, four that accommodate audio. All four new audio rooms and a central machine room are linked using a network employing components from Focusrite’s RedNet range of Dante-networked audio converters and interfaces. There are now three broadcast audio 5.1-surround mix suites, one with Dolby Atmos capability, and an ADR/VO recording studio, which can accommodate as many as five actors.