The Hollywood Professional Association has unveiled a robust suite of virtual programs to provide the production and post-production industry with critical technical knowledge and offer opportunities to build community both during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis. The slate of content is free with registration for the foreseeable future.
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DejaSoft has extended its 50 percent discount on all DejaEdit licenses until the end of July. The offer was introduced in March and was due to expire at the end of April. DejaEdit enables editors and operators to collaborate between multiple remote Avid editing platforms.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas announced today that Shelli Taylor will assume the role of chief executive officer, effective May 1. Taylor spent almost twenty years as an executive with Starbucks, and most recently served as president of United Planet Fitness Partners, overseeing over 169 facilities across the country.
ShowBiz Cinemas plans to reopen its locations in the states of Texas and Oklahoma on May 18. In a statement on its social media channels the exhibitor wrote, “The safety of our guests and team members is the top priority, and we pledge to deliver our signature first class entertainment experience while providing peace of mind for each member of the communities we serve.”
Movie Tavern by Marcus is a premium theatre concept offering restaurant-style dining and in-seat service for moviegoers. At its new location in the Brookfield Square shopping center in suburban Milwaukee, guests can enjoy dinner and a movie in the premium SuperScreen DLX theatre. It is the first full theatre complex in the U.S. to exclusively feature JBL Sculpted Surround and Dolby Atmos.
Nagra, a Kudelski Group company, has exceeded 1.5 billion multi-digital rights management licenses served by its cloud-based security services platform for the Airtel Xstream app. Airtel Xstream is the digital entertainment platform of Bharti Airtel, India’s largest integrated telecom company. Built as an India-first video network for premium digital content, Airtel Xstream offers more than 10,000 shows and movies, and 350 live TV channels.
Light Illusion, a specialist in critical color management within the film, post-production, and broadcast industries, has launched ColorSpace CMS, currently available for pre-order, which enables participation in the open beta program to provide feedback and input for the final release.
The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, today issued a statement condemning Universal Studios' reported decision to stream movies the same day they are released to theatres. Here is the UNIC statement:
The launch of curbside concessions pickup, powered by Vista Cinema mobile apps, allows cinemas the opportunity to generate revenue and keep a connection with their moviegoers while theatres are closed due to COVID-19. With the Vista app, moviegoers are able to place orders easily from home, drive to their local theatre and pick up their order, all with no contact. The workflow and technology emphasize speed and safety.
Steve Munga is a truly inspiring entrepreneur. Four years ago he realized his dream and opened his first movie theatre, CineKin, and his first movie distribution company, MSKD, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. That they were the first movie theatre and distribution company opened in the country is only part of the story. To full appreciate the importance of that, it helps to first have a better understanding of the continent of Africa and, in particular, the country that is the DRC.
After its first successful season the creative team behind the hit HBO series Insecure decided they wanted the show to have a more cinematic look. For that they turned to cinematographer Ava Berkofsky whose efforts have already earned her a primetime Emmy nomination in the category outstanding cinematography for a single-camera series.
The trade organization Cinema Technology Community has released a comprehensive guide to drive-in movie screenings. The guide is in direct response to resurgence in drive-in screenings around the world as the cinema industry seeks to provide the big screen experience to movie-goers while adhering to government guidelines which have forced the closure of cinemas globally and the requirement for social distancing.
After 2020, Sony Digital Cinema will no longer manufacture projectors for professional movie theatres, a decision that was confirmed for Digital Cinema Report by a top Sony executive. The company will continue to honor all of the maintenance agreements it has with existing customers and will continue to sell professional digital cinema projectors through the end of the year.
When it became obvious that the COVID-19 outbreak was going to have a dramatic and negative impact on the motion picture business, Fathom CEO Ray Nutt issued a memo to encourage his employees not to give in to fear. Here is his message:
Nagra, a Kudelski Group company, has launched a new forensic watermarking plug-in for editing and collaboration workflows on Avid's Media Composer video editing software. The NexGuard Plug-in for Editing Software allows studios, content owners and post-production houses to ensure protection of high-value assets when sharing pre-release content such as feature films or TV series with their editing department, reviewers or their creative agencies.
ABR Cinemas is a multiplex located in historic Gudivada, India and is one of Andhra Pradesh’s premier cinemas. To create a more immersive experience with even, balanced sound coverage, the exhibitor recently decided to upgrade its aging audio systems. The company hired sound integrators Digital Sound System to install three Harman Professional Solutions cinema audio systems featuring JBL loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos processors.
Digital Light Sources has reached an exclusive distribution agreement with American Ultraviolet to use its UVC disinfection equipment and systems to disinfect movie theatres in the United States in preparation for reopening.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers today announced changes to its educational programming designed to make it easier for industry professionals to keep up with the latest technology and to learn new skills. In addition to supporting professional development, the society's robust array of webcasts, meetings, and online courses offers members a way to connect with colleagues and to prepare for future opportunities in a changing industry and world.
Nagra, a Kudelski Group company, today launched NexGuard ClipMark, which it says is the industry’s only forensic watermarking technology designed to detect the source of pre-release content leaks on very short video clips, down to thirty seconds.
Screenvision Media today announced the addition of The Lot to the company's dynamically growing theatre portfolio, along with new deals for Studio Movie Grill and Reading International. Concluding a milestone year of double-digit growth, Screenvision Media signed 19 exhibitor partnership deals in 2019, increasing the company's total screen count to more than 15,000 nationwide with eight of the top ten exhibitors in the country.