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Leaping Group Cinemas Set to Reopen in Northeast China

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 11:00 -- Nick Dager

ATIF Holdings Limited, which provides business consulting and multimedia services in Asia, today announced that the cinemas of its majority-owned subsidiary, Leaping Group, a leading multimedia and advertising firm in Northeast China, are ready to resume operation. The company added that it expects a strong post-pandemic rebound from its cinema business as China allows theatres to gradually resume operations starting today.

STMPD World’s Newest Dolby Atmos Premier Studio

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 09:27 -- Nick Dager

STMPD Recording Studios in Amsterdam recently completed an extensive three-year renovation, bringing its total number of studios to eight, including a 135 square-meter Dolby Atmos Premier Studio. With just nine Dolby Atmos Premier studios in the world, and only two others in Europe, STMPD recording studios joins a very exclusive club.

DCM Film Distribution Takes Minority Stake in Arthouse Commercio Movie

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 09:19 -- Nick Dager

German-Swiss distributor DCM Film Distribution has moved into exhibition with the acquisition of a minority stake in Zurich-based exhibitor Arthouse Commercio Movie. It has assumed operational responsibilities for the programming, PR and marketing for the seven screens in five locations in the Swiss city.

Inspired Images Names James Martin Chief Strategy Officer

Mon, 07/20/2020 - 09:14 -- Nick Dager

Canadian production services and equipment rental house Inspired Image has appointed James Martin as chief strategy officer. A 20-year industry executive, Martin will focus primarily on business expansion and diversification. He will lead a new effort to develop strategic partnerships, add products and services, and grow the company’s presence across Canada. Previously, Martin was chief strategy officer at Sim International.

State Farm, Kraft Heinz to Sponsor Screenvision’s Drive-In Network

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 11:51 -- Nick Dager

Screenvision Media has announced that State Farm and Kraft Heinz will be the sole sponsors of its summer drive-in movie series. Screenvision's drive-in advertising network spans 200 theaters, the largest in the country. "Screenvision is fortunate to have approximately two thirds of all US drive-ins in our network," said Katy Loria, Screenvision's chief revenue officer.

Christie Sponsors Drive-In Film Festival

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:40 -- Nick Dager

The Lavazza Drive-In Film Festival at Toronto’s Ontario Place is set for July 20-31. The festival, which is sponsored by Christie Digital Systems, is co-hosted by the Italian Contemporary Film Festival and presented by IC Savings and CHIN Radio/TV. Moviegoers will be able to enjoy a curated selection of films from countries hardest hit by COVID-19, in a safe, socially distanced environment.

CineAsia 2020 Cancelled

Thu, 07/16/2020 - 10:36 -- Nick Dager

CineAsia 2020, set to be held December 7-10 in Bangkok, Thailand, has been cancelled by the Film Expo Group. According to the group’s official announcement, “Given ongoing uncertainty over the COVID-19 pandemic and taking into account travel restrictions by governments as well as employers, we feel this is the prudent decision.”

CGV, IMAX Expand Ongoing Relationship

Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:12 -- Nick Dager

CGV and IMAX Corporation have announced a broad expansion of their longstanding partnership with an agreement to launch 17 new theatres around the world. The expansive agreement includes nine new IMAX theatres in South Korea — one of IMAX's fast-growing markets and home of its highest grossing screen worldwide — as well as theatres across CGV's global footprint, which includes Turkey, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

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NATO Sues to Reopen New Jersey Theatres

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 10:29 -- Nick Dager

The National Association of Theatre Owners, on behalf of six major movie theatre chains, has filed a lawsuit against the state of New Jersey, claiming a First Amendment right to reopen their locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Calling their treatment by the state "neither fair nor reasonable," they assert that New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy's administration has allowed churches, malls, museums and other establishments to reopen without laying out a timetable for the reopening of movie theatres and other entertainment venues.

HPA Now Accepting Entries for 2020 Creative Awards

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 11:03 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood Professional Association has opened the call for entries in creative categories for the 2020 HPA Awards. Celebrating its fifteenth anniversary this year, the HPA Awards shine a light on the creative brilliance of the HPA community, honoring artistry in color grading, editing, sound, and visual effects in feature film, episodic, and commercials.

Rethinking Cinema Distribution

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 09:12 -- Nick Dager

Last month, three companies, MetaMedia Entertainment, Velocity Managed Services and Burbank post facility Pixelogic Media, formed a partnership to improve how digital cinema packages, key delivery messages and cinema advertising are produced and distributed over managed internet connections directly to exhibitors’ screens and dynamic digital lobby displays.

Nugen Audio Releases New Version of Halo Downmix

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 11:45 -- Nick Dager

Nugen Audio has released the latest version of its Halo Downmix, which now increases the compatibility of the software allowing for greater flexibility and collaboration across a broad spectrum of project types. Nugen has also broadened the plug-in’s channel count support to address less common output formats. With this update, Halo Downmix is capable of downmixing from 7.1 and 5.1 to any of the following configurations: 7.0, 6.1, 6.0, 5.1, 5.0 and 4.0, as well as LCR and stereo. With the optional 3D extension, downmixing from 7.1.2 is also supported.

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